Opera Vox Audiobooks
By David Clarke
Acclaimed librivox narrator David Clarke brings the classics to life in these serialised readings. Opera (Classic) Vox (Voice). Subscribe to ensure you do not miss out on each chapter of the current book. Recommendations for future works will be considered. Thanks for listening.
Chapter 20 - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Chapter 20 - In which we hear a brief description of the morning at the Dairy and the early meetings of our 2 protagonists
December 6, 2021
Chapter 19 - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Chapter 19 - In which Tess begins to make the acquaintance of the interesting parson's son, Angel Clare and they begin to share thoughts on life from their different perspectives, finding more in common than they might have imagined
December 2, 2021
Chapter 18 - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Chapter 18 - In which we are introduced to a brief history of our new protagonist, Angel Clare and his journey to the present occupation at the milk farm.
November 29, 2021
Chapter 17 - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Chapter 17 - In which Tess is welcomed into her new community of milkers and begins her work as a milkmaid. She also becomes aware of a past acquaintance from her happier days.
November 23, 2021
Chapter 16 - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Chapter 16 - In which Tess sets out on her journey to her new opportunity away from the past misfortunes and with hope that she can begin again in a sphere where she is less known and with the intention of putting this past behind her.
November 21, 2021
Chapter 15 - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Chapter 15 - In which Tess resolves to leave Marlott after the challenging and unfortunate events caused by her family's desire to 'claim kin'.
November 21, 2021
Chapter 14 - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Chapter 14 - In which Tess emerges with the other village harvesters to help with the harvest and take her place among the binders of sheaves. But further consequences of the past are also revealed.
November 18, 2021
Chapter 13 - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Chapter 13 - In which Tess begins to mix with her compatriots in Marlott, and takes some encouragement from their misplaced admiration before realizing that things have changed beyond her control.
November 18, 2021
Chapter 12 - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Chapter 12 - In which Tess says goodbye to Trantridge and makes her way back home to Marlott but not before a final encounter with Alec D'Urberville before she reaches the place of her birth.
November 15, 2021
Chapter 11 - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Chapter 11 - In which Tess is taken for a long ride with Alec after escaping with him on his horse. But the short journey home seems to turn into a much longer trek in the descending fog.
November 12, 2021
Chapter 10 - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Chapter 10 - In which Tess has settled in to her new job at the fowl house and is now able to participate in the countryfolk's propensity to revel of a Saturday night and to enjoy the company of her peers before an incident occurs that has her once again bearing the company of Alec D'Urberville.
November 9, 2021
Chapter 9 - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Chapter 9 - In which Tess makes the acquaintance of not only the birds she is now repsonsibile for, but also of the lady of the house, Mrs. D'Urberville.
November 9, 2021
Chapter 8 - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Chapter 8 - In which Tess rides with Alec D'Urberville to her new situation and has grave doubts about her newly found connection to her so called kinsman.
November 6, 2021
Chapter 7 - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Chapter 7 - In which Tess makes ready for her journey to the Stoke-D'Urbervilles and her new position working for them. Her mother conitnues to enthuse over the prospects this might intend, and the family bid farewell as her new adventure begins.
November 4, 2021
Chapter 6 - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Chapter 6 - In which plans are discussed regarding Tess's invitation to take up a position with the Stoke-D'Urbervilles as a manager of their poultry farm. Mrs Durbeyfield is keen to see her daughter take up the offer, Tess not so much.
November 4, 2021
Chapter 5 - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Chapter 5 - In which Tess agrees to go along with her mother's project given the guilt she feels over the dead horse. This leads to a somewhat reluctant journey and experience in unfamiliar surroundings.
October 30, 2021
Chapter 4 - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Chapter 4 - The locals hear about the Durbeyfield's new found ancestry over a pleasant drink in the upper room of the local off-license. It falls to Tess to take the beehives to market
October 28, 2021
Chapter 3 - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Chapter 3 - Tess chooses to leave her revelry in the fields to return to her home in the village where we meet some members of her family.
October 26, 2021
Chapter 2 - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Chapter 2 - After setting the countryside scene of our story, we are introduced to our main protagonist and her companions in their traditional walking club and some new characters make their entrance.
October 26, 2021
Chapter 1 and Prefaces - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Thomas Hardy added a number of prefaces to his novel over the period from first publication until his final comments in 1912. These are followed by the first chapter in this classic novel
October 22, 2021
Season 3 Introduction and Welcome Back
Thanks for being patient while my wife and I took a well needed trip to Europe, where we were able to see family and friends we hadn't seen for 2 years. Inspired by some days in a beautiful part of England that features in my next reading and one teenage vacation when I read this author's complete works of fiction, I have decided to give you Thomas Hardy's novel 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have and I look forward to starting with Chapter 1 in the next few days. '
October 20, 2021
Season 3 Introduction and Break after 13,000 plays!
This is just a short update from me in advance of a somewhat longer break than normal before Season 3 as we are finally able to travel to see family and friends back in the UK and Europe. Thanks so much for making this project worthwhile and for listening. As of today we are just short of 13,000 unique plays on all the podcast platforms and I apparently have an audience of over 100 listeners which is seen as a success in podcast terms. See you on the other side for the next book.
September 3, 2021
The Greatness of Dickens
The Greatness of Dickens. A bonus episode and epilogue to the narration of David Copperfield examining the excellence of Charles Dickens as a writer and his impact on social conditions during his lifetime. Enjoy.
August 8, 2021
Chapter 64 - David Copperfield2
Chapter 64 - A Last Retrospect. In which David reflects on his life and the many personalities and events that have transpired since he began his journey from the inauspicious beginnings of his birth and the trials and triumphs that he encountered along the way.
August 4, 2021
Chapter 63 - David Copperfield
Chapter 63 - A Visitor. In which David has a very unexpected encounter with yet another of his past acquaintances and learns a good deal of the fortunes of some of his childhood friends.
July 31, 2021
Chapter 62 - David Copperfield
Chapter 62 - A Light Shines On My Way. In which David has an interesting discourse with his aunt and then something begins to happent that will bring light to the future of our protagonist.
July 28, 2021
Chapter 61 - David Copperfield
Chapter 61 - I Am Shown Two Interesting Penitents. In which David is re-aquainted with 2 of the characters we have already met and who now find themselves in altered circumstances.
July 24, 2021
Chapter 60 - David Copperfield
Chapter 60 - Agnes. In which David once again turns his attention to one of the people still left behind from his life and story. He ponders what might have beem and wonders about the future.
July 22, 2021
Chapter 59 - David Copperfield
Chapter 59 - The Return. In which David returns (surprise!) and re-makes his acquaintaince with some old friends and people from his past.
July 20, 2021
Chapter 58 - David Copperfield
Chapter 58 - Absence. In which we hear of David's time away and his thoughts on his life so far.
July 16, 2021
Chapter 57 - David Copperfield
Chapter 57 - The Emigrants. In which David and Traddles spend some time with the Micawbers and family as they prepare for their long journey abroad.
July 13, 2021
Chapter 56 - David Copperfield2
Chapter 56 - The New Wound and The Old. In which David deals with the aftermath of the tempest and pays a visit to his friend's mother to announce the sad news of the night's events.
July 11, 2021
Chapter 55 - David Copperfield
Chapter 55 - Tempest. In which a singularly violent night of storms heralds devastating consequences for David and many of his fellow protagonists.
July 8, 2021
Chapter 54 - David Copperfield
Chapter 54 - Mr Micawber's Transactions. In which many matters are resolved both financially and personally. The scene is set for the unfolding of David's future.
July 4, 2021
Chapter 53 - David Copperfield
Chapter 53 - Another Retrospect. In which, as the title suggests, time has moved on in our story and David looks back on key moments that have brought him to this point
July 3, 2021
Chapter 52 - David Copperfield
Chapter 52 - I Assist At an Explosion. In which a dramatic encounter happens in the offices of Wickfield and Heep involving many of the main protagonists and resulting in a satsifactory conclusion, especially for one of the families involved.
June 30, 2021
Chapter 51 - David Copperfield
Chapter 51 - The Beginning of A Longer Journey. In which we hear stories relayed by Mr Peggoty concerning the events surrounding little Emly's return to London.
June 27, 2021
Chapter 50 - David Copperfield
Chapter 50 - Mr Peggoty's Dream Comes True. In which the title of the chapter says it all!
June 25, 2021
Chapter 49 - David Copperfield
Chapter 49 - I Am Involved In Mystery. In which letters are read and once again attention is on David's old friends the Micawbers!
June 22, 2021
Chapter 48 - David Copperfield
Chapter 48 - Domestic. In which we hear more of David and Dora's domestic arrangements and David's attempts to from work on his child-wife's mind.
June 19, 2021
Chapter 47 - David Copperfield
Chapter 47 - Martha. In which a meeting reveals a little more of the mystery surrounding Little Emily's disappearance and a secret of David's aunt is exposed. '
June 17, 2021
Chapter 46 - David Copperfield
Chapter 46 - Intelligence. In which, amongst other things, David re-visits his old friend Steerforth's house and spends some time with his mother and Miss Dartle
June 13, 2021
Chapter 45 - David Copperfield
Chapter 45 - Mr DIck Fulfills My Aunts' Predictions. In which further revelations bring some relief and understanding to previous disclosures.
June 11, 2021
Chapter 44 - David Copperfield
Chapter 44 - Our Housekeeping. In which David begins his adjustment to his new living arrangements and the challenges they present.
June 8, 2021
Chapter 43 - David Copperfield
Chapter 43 - Another Retrospect. In which, as the title suggests, the story has moved on a little and David looks back on the time passed, which has not been uneventful.
June 5, 2021
Chapter 42 - David Copperfield
Chapter 42 - Mischief. In which we see Uriah very much living up to his reputation and David continues to progress in his relationship with Dora.
June 2, 2021
Chapter 41 - David Copperfield
Chapter 41 - Dora's Aunts. In which David finally has his audience with the aunts and makes his case with his friend Traddles for regular visits to his intended.
May 30, 2021
Chapter 40 - David Copperfield
Chapter 40 - The Wanderer. In which David meets up with an old friend and hears all about his adventures abroad.
May 28, 2021
Chapter 39 - David Copperfield
Chapter 39 - Wickfield and Heep. In which David passes some less pleasant moments with the cloying Uriah and continues to dto all he can to remain an influence in the affairs of Mr Wickfield and Agnes
May 26, 2021
Chapter 38 - David Copperfield
Chapter 38 - A Dissolution of Partnership. In which the truth finally comes out to Mr Spenlow, and David has to face the music. Unfortunately, a further event then conspires to change David's world completely.
May 22, 2021
Chapter 37 - David Copperfield
Chapter 37 - A Little Cold Water. In which David finally visits with his sweetheart and has an opportunity to explain his new circumstances. This proves to be a difficult encounter.
May 20, 2021
Chapter 36 - David Copperfield
Chapter 36 - Enthusiasm. In which David renews a couple of old acqaintances firstly in his quest to secure a better living and secondly in encountering some old friends for whom something has 'turned up'.
May 18, 2021
Chapter 35 - David Copperfield
Chapter 35 - Depression. In which a number of our characters meet up again and David and his Aunt look at a new arrangement for their living arrangements.
May 13, 2021
Chapter 34 - David Copperfield
Chapter 34 - My Aunt Astonishes Me. In which David and Traddles compare notes and Aunt Betsy and Mr Dick make an appearance at his place in London.
May 10, 2021
Chapter 33 - David Copperfield
Chapter 33 - Blissful. In which David's love aspirations take a turn for the better and a new pact is made.
May 7, 2021
Chapter 32 - David Coppefield
Chapter 32 - The Beginning of A Long Journey. In which the various protagonists cope with the aftermath of the preceding events of the night before and Mr Peggotty decides on a course of action.
May 4, 2021
Chapter 31 - David Copperfield
Chapter 31 - A Greater Loss. In which more bad news besets he and his friends during his visit to Yarmouth.
May 1, 2021
Chapter 30 - David Copperfield
Chapter 30 - A Loss. In which David is reunited with his old nurse, her brother and his childhood sweetheart, but in sadder times.
April 30, 2021
Chapter 29 - David Copperfield
Chapter 29 - I Visit Steerforth At His Home, Again. In which David experiences a strange inquisition and wonders with his interrogator just what is his erstwhile schoolfriend has been doing with his time.
April 26, 2021
Chapter 28 - David Copperfield
Chapter 28 - Mr Micawber's Gauntlet. In which an evening of reunion expands beyond the expected. You can listen to more of my readings at https://librivox.org/reader/7408. Included are The Count of Monte Cristo and the canon of Sherlock Holmes stories by Conan Doyle.
April 23, 2021
Chapter 27 - David Copperfield
Chapter 27 - Tommy Traddles. In which, no surprises, David re-acquaints himself with his old school friend but is surprised when he comes across some other old friends most unexpectedly.
April 19, 2021
Chapter 26 - David Copperfield
Chapter 26 - I Fall Into Captivity - In which David meets and is overwhelmed by a new character in our story. An old protagonist also makes an appearance who is perhaps a little less welcome.
April 15, 2021
Chapter 25 - David Copperfield
Chapter 25 - Good and Bad Angels - In which David meets up with Agnes, who tries to warn him of an unhelpful association and he encounters a couple of characters from his past.
April 10, 2021
Chapter 24 - David Copperfield
Chapter 24 - My First Dissipation - In which David finds himself in unusual circumstances, some of which he has difficulty remembering.
April 8, 2021
Chapter 23 - David Copperfield
Chapter 23 - I Corroborate Mr. Dick and Choose A Profession - In which David is reunited with his aunt and begins his professional life with a new choice.
April 3, 2021
Chapter 22 - David Copperfield
Chapter 22 - Some Old Scenes and Some New People - In which David and Steerforth spend their remaining time in Yarmouth with old friends and a startling new character
March 28, 2021
Chapter 21 - David Copperfield
Chapter 21 - Little Emly. In which David and Steerforth venture back to David's birthplace and his old childhood connections are renewed.
March 24, 2021
Chapter 20 - David Copperfield
Chapter 20 - Steerforth's Home. In which David meets Steerforth's mother and companion and renews his friendship with his school hero.
March 21, 2021
Chapter 19 - David Copperfield
Chapter 19 - I Look About Me and Make A Discovery. In which David sets off on further travels now he has completed his school days and meets with friends old and new.
March 17, 2021
Chapter 18 - David Copperfield
Chapter 18 - A Retrospect. In which David takes a break from the traditional narrative to give a retrospective look at the years up to his gaining the age of 17. Amorous adventures dominate the proceedings.
March 14, 2021
Chapter 17 - David Copperfield
Chapter 17 - Somebody Turns Up. David describes his new life and the happy circumstance he finds himself in. The visits from his family and friends with a surprise encounter with an old friend.
March 11, 2021
Chapter 16 - David Copperfield
Chapter 16 - I Am A New Boy In More Senses Than One. David is witness to the relationships around him in his new situation at Mr Wickfields and the departure of John Maldon. His past difficulties fade into the distance.
March 7, 2021
Chapter 15 - David Copperfield
Chapter 15 - I Make Another Beginning. In which David once again moves in to new unchartered waters and meets some new faces.
March 3, 2021
Chapter 14 - David Copperfield
Chapter 14 - My Aunt Makes Up Her Mind About Me. In which David hears with much trepidation of the visit of the Murdstones and realizes his future is in the balance.
February 28, 2021
Chapter 13 - David Copperfield
Chapter 13 - The Sequel of My Resolution - David makes his way down to Dover whilst shedding clothes for the sake of his impecunious state.
February 25, 2021
Chapter 12 - David Copperfield
Chapter 12 - Liking Life On My Own Account No Better, I Form A Great Resolution. Good news for the Micawbers means David has to re-assess what he must do next and he makes a big decision about his future.
February 22, 2021
Chapter 11 - David Copperfield
Chapter 11 - I Begin Life on My Own Account, And Don't Like It! After an unprecedented weather experience here in Texas, I have finally managed to get this next chapter out. David is now in London and weathering himself his changed circumstances. Though not all is bleak!
February 19, 2021
Chapter 10 - David Copperfield
Chapter 10 - I Become Neglected and Am Provided For. David once again finds himself back at his childhood home but in changed circumstances. This has many repercussions for his future.
February 14, 2021
Chapter 9 - David Copperfield
Chapter 9 - I Have a Memorable Birthday. David receives some unexpected news on his birthday, requiring a trip back to his home and new circumstances awaiting him there.
February 10, 2021
Chapter 8 - David Copperfield
Chapter 8 - My Holidays, Especially One Happy Afternoon. David returns home and despite his forebodings, is able to reconnect with those he loves at least for a short time.
February 7, 2021
Chapter 7 - David Copperfield
Chapter 7 - My "First Half" at Salem House. David has his first full term at the new school with a surprise event before returning home.
February 3, 2021
Chapter 6 - David Copperfield
Chapter 6 - I Enlarge My Circle of Acquaintance. David settles in after the school term begins and he meets those who normally inhabit this new world in term time. Enter the notorious J Steerforth.
February 1, 2021
Chapter 5 - David Copperfield
Chapter 5 - I Am Sent Away from Home. David leaves his mother and Peggotty for new pastures, but his journey into the unknown is not without trepidation.
January 30, 2021
Chapter 4 - David Copperfield
Chapter 4 - I Fall Into Disgrace. Back at home after returning with Peggotty, David is confronted by new developments and a new character on the scene.
January 27, 2021
Chapter 3 - David Copperfield
Chapter 3 - I Have A Change. David and Peggotty are off on their travels to visit Peggotty's relations in Yarmouth. This proves to open up new avenues of interest.
January 26, 2021
Chapter 2 - David Copperfield
Chapter 2 - I Observe. I have provided a brief explanation of the unusual term 'Caul' in Chapter 2 preceding this next chapter. The early observations of David's life and the unwelcome changes served by the arrival of his mother's new male friend Mr. Murdstone.
January 23, 2021
Chapter 1 - David Copperfield
Chapter 1 - I Am Born. The beginning of the life of our protagonist appropriately with his birth, which he faithfully recollects despite his young age!
January 21, 2021
Season 2 - Opera Vox Audiooks
Season 2 - Introduction to my next classic fiction narration. After soliciting feedback on the shortlist of books that I had prepared to read, I can now reveal the result of that feedback and announce the new season......!
January 19, 2021
Epilog and The Paris Opera - The Phantom of the Opera
Epilog - some of the outstanding mysteries explained and a brief history of Erik's life. This is followed by a historical account of the real Paris Opera included with the original book. I will now take a short break while finalising the choice of my next classic fiction narration along with some preparation. Please make sure you subscribe to your favorite podcast platform so you will know when this begins. And if you want to make any suggestions, you can email me at email@example.com or comment on my blog at verysmallrocks.io. Thanks for listening.
January 13, 2021
Chapters 25 & 26 - The Phantom of the Opera
Chapter 25 - The Scorpion or the Grasshopper: Which? - Decision time for Christine and the fate of our protagonists hangs in the balance. Chapter 26 - The End of the Ghost's Love Story - No spoilers as we reach the denouement!
January 12, 2021
Chapter 24 - The Phantom of the Opera
Chapter 24 - Barrels!...Barrels!...Any Barrels to Sell? The Persian continues his narrative as he and Raoul navigate the Forest and the Desert of the Torture Chamber.
January 9, 2021
Chapters 22 & 23 - The Phantom of the Opera
Chapter 22 - In the Torture Chamber and Chapter 23 - The Tortures Begin. The account of the Persian continues, We become more acquainted with the man behind the mask as Raoul and the Persian listen in the room next to where Christine is held.
January 7, 2021
Chapter 21 - The Phantom of the Opera
Chapter 21 - Interesting and Instructive Vicissitudes of a Persian in the Cellars of the Opera - THE PERSIANS NARRATIVE. The mysterious Persian takes up the story as more is explained and revealed about the Ghost, Angel of Music or perhaps we should say 'Erik'. For updates and access to my blog - www.verysmallrocks.io - Thanks for listening!
January 5, 2021
Chapter 20 - The Phantom of the Opera
Chapter 20 - In The Cellars of the Opera. Descending into the cellars Raoul and the Persian experience some strange encounters. There are some author's notes at the end of the chapter which help cast light on some of the less obvious mentions in the chapter. Enjoy!
January 4, 2021
Chapter 19 - The Phantom of the Opera
Chapter 19 - The Viscount and the Persian. The mysterious Persian and his servant Darius make an appearance in the story.
January 3, 2021
Chapters 17 & 18 - The Phantom of the Opera
Chapter 17 - The Safety Pin Again where all is explained as regards the mysterious involvement of a Safety Pin. Chapter 18 - The Commissary, The Viscount and the Persian. The Commissary of Police becomes involved in the case of the missing Prima Donna and the twenty thousand francs.
January 1, 2021
Chapter 16 - The Phantom of the Opera
Chapter 16 - Madame Giry's Astounding Revelations as to Her Personal Relations with the Opera Ghost. In which more revelations as to the managers dealings with the Ghost are revealed. To stay in touch, make comments or catch up on my blog I can be found here Very Small Rocks
December 31, 2020
Chapters 14 & 15 - The Phantom of the Opera
I hope you are enjoying this intriguing story as it unfolds. Much confusion and speculation on all sides follows the strange disappearance at the Opera. Raoul despairs at the latest developments.
December 30, 2020
Chapter 13 - The Phantom of the Opera
Chapter 13 A Master-Stroke of the Trap-Door Lover. Whilst Christine and Raoul plan their flight, the influence of the shadowy Erik continues to grow and impact their plans.
December 29, 2020
Chapter 12 - The Phantom of the Opera
Apollo's Lyre. In which much is revealed by Christine to Raoul about the nature of the Opera Ghost, the Angel of Music and various happenings during Christine's absence.
December 28, 2020
Chapters 10 & 11 - The Phantom of the Opera
The spectre of the Angel of Music continues to haunt the relationship between Christine and Raoul. Moments of happiness continue to be overshadowed by his mysterious presence.
December 27, 2020
Chapters 8 & 9 - The Phantom of the Opera
Rauoul continues to pursue his childhood love; soliciting advice from Mamma Valerius and and accepting an unexpected invitation to a masked ball.
December 26, 2020
Chapters 6 & 7 - The Phantom of the Opera
The influence of the Ghost begins to have an effect on the 2 Opera managers as his warnings to them are borne out in the latest performance to devastating effect
December 23, 2020
Chapter 5 - The Phantom of the Opera
In which we discover something of the history of Christine and Raoul and the mysterious Angel of Music.
December 22, 2020
Chapter 4 - The Phantom of the Opera
Chapter 4 - Box Five. The new Opera managers, Richard and Montcharmin begin to understand that the Opera Ghost may not be, after all, a joke played on them by the outgoing managers.
December 21, 2020
Chapters 2 & 3 - The Phantom of the Opera
Chapter 2 The New Margarita, Chapter 3 The Mysterious Reason. The story continues with new revelations concerning the Opera Ghost. Some characters left bemused and others unable to take the idea of a Ghost seriously. For further information visit http://www.verysmallrocks.io. Also listen to my version of Count of Monte Cristo and the Sherlock Holmes at https://librivox.org/reader/7408 Thanks for listening
December 19, 2020
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Prologue and Chapter 1 After receiving feedback from many of you with your suggestions on which great classics you would like me to tackle, I made a decision to begin this journey with The Phantom of the Opera. Set in Paris and originally serialized, just as I intend to do with the audiobook, it was published in the early 20th Century. It has since been made famous by the 1925 Lon Chaney film and the Musical written by Andrew Lloyd-Webber in 1986. I hope you enjoy my first Opera Vox Audiobook.
December 17, 2020
Opera Vox Trailer
Welcome to Opera Vox Audiobooks. This first episode is my introduction to the podcast dedicated to audiobook recordings of the classics. 3 Times weekly serializations of books by great authors from the past. I am currently seeking input from my listeners before embarking on my first recording. Let me know if you have any favorites you would like to be included as the podcast progresses. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoy bringing these works of literature to life through my narration. Subscribe to stay in touch and thanks for listening.
December 15, 2020