Mike Hagerty, in response to the Fourth Annual SFFaudio Challenge, has recorded and posted a 1901 Science Fiction(y) collaborative novel by two giants of English literature. You can currently get the entire audiobook for FREE either via LearnOutLoud.com or Archive.org. There are plans afoot to get it up on LibriVox.org as well (which will provide a very handy podcast feed). Thanks so much Mike!
The Inheritors (An Extravagant Story)
By Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford; Read by Mike Hagerty
7 MP3 Files o 7 OGG Vorbis Files – Approx. 6 Hours 28 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Archive.org / LearnOutLoud.com
Published: November 2009
The Inheritors: An Extravagant Story (1901) is a quasi-science fiction novel on which Ford Madox Ford and Joseph Conrad collaborated. It looks at society’s mental evolution and what is gained and lost in the process. Written before the first World War, its themes of corruption and the effect of the 20th Century on British aristocracy appeared to predict history. In the novel, the metaphor of the “fourth dimension” is used to explain a societal shift from a generation of people who have traditional values of interdependence, being overtaken by a modern generation who believe in expediency, callously using political power to bring down the old order. Its narrator is an aspiring writer who himself makes a similar transition at a personal level only to feel he has lost everything.
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