Pepper and Salt

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(3.2 stars; 3 reviews)

One must have a little pinch of seasoning in this dull, heavy life of ours; one should never look to have all the troubles, the labors, and the cares, with never a whit of innocent jollity and mirth. Yes, one must smile now and then, if for nothing else than to lift the corners of the lips in laughter that are only too often dragged down in sorrow. … Yet listen! One must not look to have nothing but pepper and salt in this life of ours—no, indeed! At that rate we would be worse off than we are now. I only mean that it is a good and pleasant thing to have something to lend the more solid part a little savor now and then! …
Are you ready? Very well; then I will tell you a story. - Summary from the Preface (3 hr 7 min)


Preface 2:50 Read by Maria Kasper
The Skillful Huntsman 15:44 Read by Maria Kasper
Two Opinions 2:49 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
Song of Ye Foolish old Woman 1:42 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
A Newspaper Puff 1:56 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
Claus and His Wonderful Staff 18:29 Read by Maria Kasper
Three Fortunes 1:52 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
Venturesome Boldness 1:30 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
Superficial Culture 1:36 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
How Dame Margery Twist Saw More Than Was Good For Her 17:29 Read by Maria Kasper
Song of Ye Gossips 1:29 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
A Victim to Science 2:37 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
Play and Earnest 1:28 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
Clever Peter and the Two Bottles 19:51 Read by Maria Kasper
Accident of Birth 2:06 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
Romantic Adventures of Three Tailors 2:39 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
Fancy and Fact 1:17 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
Hans Hecklemann's Luck 15:27 Read by Maria Kasper
Two Wishes 2:24 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
Verse With a Moral But No Name 2:04 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
Song of Ye Rajah and Ye Fly 2:20 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
Farmer Griggs's Boggart 14:38 Read by Maria Kasper
Pride in Distress 1:41 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
Profession and Practice 2:39 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
A Tale of a Tub 1:45 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
The Bird in the Linden Tree 17:31 Read by Maria Kasper
Story of a Blue China Plate 2:12 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
Moral Blindness 1:57 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
Overconfidence 2:10 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
The Apple of Contentment 18:29 Read by Maria Kasper
The Force of Need 1:22 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
A Disappointment 1:55 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)
One Innocent Lamb and Four Wicked Wolves 1:55 Read by Ray Kasper (1938-2017)


Not overly impressed with this collection

(3 stars)

This is a collection of short stories and poems that are very much like the Aesop fables. Some are interesting, some are boring, and some are blah. I lost interest at chapter 13 and moved onto another book. Regarding readers: Maria did a fine job, I was able to follow her without issue. Ray was more difficult. His cadence was blurry in some way that I had trouble following. I believe this story will appeal more to fans of the dramatic, which I am not.