1902 Audiobooks

The Vacant Lot

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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by Mary E Wilkins Freeman
32 minutes, 40 seconds
Unabridged Mystery/Ghost Story
1902

Mary E Wilkins Freeman

“David gave one stride toward the black veil, but it rose from the floor and moved away before him across the room at exactly the same height as if suspended from a woman’s head…”

First published in Everybody’s Magazine. Performed by Susie Berneis.



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The Story of the Inexperienced Ghost

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

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by H G Wells
32 minutes, 11 seconds
Unabridged Fantasy/Horror/SF Story
1902

Wells

A classic Victorian ghost tale, framed by Wells’s trademark love of mystery, adventure, and scientific philosophizing. Performed by Robert Bethune.

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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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To Build a Fire

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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by Jack London
36 minutes, 37 seconds
Unabridged Short Story
1902

To Build a Fire

“All a man had to do was to keep his head, and he was all right. Any man who was a man could travel alone. But it was surprising, the rapidity with which his cheeks and nose were freezing. And he had not thought his fingers could go lifeless in so short a time. Lifeless they were, for he could scarcely make them move together to grip a twig, and they seemed remote from his body and from him. When he touched a twig, he had to look and see whether or not he had hold of it.”

The classic man vs. nature story. Read by Max Miller.

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Jack London (1876-1916) was an American writer, agriculturist, and socialist best known for his novels and short stories, including The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and "To Build a Fire."


Max Miller, born in Dallas, Texas and raised everywhere else has a background in acting and stand-up comedy. Max has spent most of his life just reading great literature for his own edification but on the advice of almost everyone who has heard his voice he launched a career as a voice professional (see DejaVoice.com [new window] for more details). Max draws upon his acting and comedic skills to bring novels to life in the theater of the mind. Enjoy what his children and wife do every night at storytime as Max puts and skin and bones on the great characters that have flowed from the pens of our greatest writers.

Max has been married only once in 1993 to Sara whom he met on a blind date. His three children, Avery, Zoe (twin girls) and Seven (their younger brother) have enjoyed hours of great, classic literature because it is delivered to them with all the dialect, regional accents, emotion and wit the writers intended. His audiobooks are produced under contract for UnabridgedBooks.com [new window].