1891 Audiobooks

Tales of the Elephant

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

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by Rudyard Kipling
1 hour, 15 minutes
Unabridged Story Collection
1891, 1894, 1902

Rudyard Kipling

Three classic elephant stories by Rudyard Kipling:

The Elephant’s Child (1902)


“In the High and Far-Off Times the Elephant, O Best Beloved, had no trunk. He had only a blackish, bulgy nose, as big as a boot, that he could wriggle about from side to side; but he couldn’t pick up things with it. But there was one Elephant–a new Elephant–an Elephant’s Child–who was full of ’satiable curtiosity, and that means he asked ever so many questions.”

Moti Guj Mutineer (1891)


“Once upon a time there was a coffee planter in India who wished to clear some forest land for coffee planting. When he had cut down all the trees and burned the under-wood the stumps still remained. Dynamite is expensive and slow-fire slow. The happy medium for stump clearing is the lord of all beasts, who is the elephant.”

Toomai of the Elephants (1894)


“Kala Nag stood ten fair feet at the shoulders, and his tusks had been cut off short at five feet, and bound round the ends, to prevent them splitting, with bands of copper; but he could do more with those stumps than any untrained elephant could do with the real sharpened ones.”


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Told After Supper

Friday, July 13th, 2012

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by Jerome K Jerome
1 hour, 2 minutes
Unabridged Humor/Ghost/Christmas Novella
1891

Jerome K Jerome

A Christmas mystery story where even the narrator can’t be trusted to stay sober or keep his clothes on.

“There must be something ghostly in the air of Christmas–something about the close, muggy atmosphere that draws up the ghosts, like the dampness of the summer rains brings out the frogs and snails.”

Performed by Susie Berneis and Robert Bethune.



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Originally for sale on July 13, 2007, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.


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A Bite of Bierce: Owl Creek Bridge and Other Stories

Monday, June 21st, 2010

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by Ambrose Bierce
1 hour, 14 minutes
Unabridged Story Collection
1891, 1894, 1909

Ambrose Bierce

Susie Berneis and Robert Bethune narrate five stories by Bierce, full of vivid characters, precise and evocative language, surprises and suspense.

An Occurrence on Owl Creek Bridge
A life, flashing before the eyes, and a miraculous escape from certain death, suddenly becomes–something else entirely. Bierce’s strangest and most famous fantasy. A French film adaptation of “Owl Creek Bridge” won the Academy Award for short film in 1963, and also became the hightest-rated episode of The Twilight Zone.

Staley Fleming’s Hallucination
The ghost of a Newfoundland dog with a white forefoot–and hungry for revenge!

The Damned Thing
A wild, ferocious animal determined to drive a man off his land-or or drive him insane, once he realizes the strange truth about the danger he faces.

Diagnosis of Death
A doctor whose incredibly accurate diagnoses are not at all conducive to a long and healthy life.

The Boarded Window
A window forever boarded up; a love forever gone.

Written a century ago, these stories still capture the imagination with vivid, precise language that bites–and may even draw blood. This Freshwater Seas production presents these five classics performed by Susie Berneis and Robert Bethune, with subtle musical underscoring to enhance and enrich Bierce’s words.

Note: The podcast includes only “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” All five stories are included in the downloadable bundles.

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Originally for sale on June 21, 2005, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.



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The Rediscovery of the Unique

Monday, March 15th, 2010

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by H G Wells
23 minutes, 16 seconds
Unabridged Science & Philosophy Essay
1891

H G Wells

“Science is a match that man has just got alight.” An important early essay on science and philosophy, offering insight into the unfettered mind that would a few years later belong to “The Father of Science Fiction.” Read by Alex Wilson. Not licensed in the EU.


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Originally for sale on March 15, 2005, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later (though please note restrictions based on internationally diverse copyright standards). See the Mission page for why.


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