For this section an entirely new approach has been used. Adult Cave Fiction has been broken down into the various types of fiction and various languages.
First of all cave poetry, probably the oldest example of poetry, Homer’s The Odyssey, originally in Ancient Greek, is presented here in its prose adaptations with all the known recordings of this work in various languages. There follows all the other cave poetry in English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian.
The second part here is entirely devoted to cave prose, first presenting English cave prose according to the different categories, as in a lending library, ranging alphabetically from comedy to drama all the way to science fiction.
An effort has been made to separate those recordings of a work intended for adults from those that were obviously intended for children. In most cases the adult versions are complete, unabidged readings that are performed in an adult manner. The children’s oriented recordings of any particular work will be listed under Spoken Word – Children’s Cave Fiction.
Under science fiction you will find the recorded versions of Jules Verne’s classic Journey to the Center of the Earth, presenting all the known adult recordings in various languages, starting with the English translations, then the original French, followed by the German translations.
Under aventure there are the adult readings of Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines and Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, both on LP and CD, and these also are adult, mostly unabridged performances; careful readings that respect the original text. Abridged children's versions of these two tales are included under Children’s Cave Fiction section.
In general children's fiction records are defined as spoken word recordings that tell stories about children or about young animals; stories that are clearly intended to appeal to the minds of young listeners. An exception to this rule would be Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, a tale which involves only adults, but which is clearly designed for children.
So, as for the other cave classics, such as Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the Brothers Grimm Pied Piper of Hamlin, and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, all have been included only under the Children’s Fiction section.
The other adult cave fiction written in French and German prose are listed at the bottom.
And under adult non-fiction there is philosophy: two entries for Plato’s famous Allegory of the Cave.
All MP3 audiobooks have been excluded from this discography because they use a form of lousy data compression and require a special digital audio player.
Each section, whether poetry or prose has been listed according to language or type. And each entry within all the different sections was given a code number – starting with “SWA” meaning spoken word adult fiction followed by the code.
The list of abbreviations used for each entry will be found in the “Abbreviations” tab on the bottom left.