2004 Release Audiobooks

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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by Washington Irving
1 hour, 26 minutes
Unabridged Horror Story
1819

Washington Irving

Irving’s most famous story about Ichabod Crane–a timid schoolmaster and superstitious outsider in the the haunted Dutch community of Tarry Town–and his fateful encounter with the ghost of a Revolutionary War soldier: the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.

Note: only the first part (of two total) will be podcasted; the MP3, AAC, and Ogg Vorbis downloads include the full recordings. Read by Alex Wilson.



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The Tell-Tale Heart

Monday, October 12th, 2009

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by Edgar Allan Poe
18 minutes, 39 seconds
Unabridged Horror Fiction
1843

Poe

“You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me.”

The Master of the Macabre’s most famous horror story, and a consistent favorite among Telltale listeners. Read by Alex Wilson.




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Civil Disobedience

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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by Henry David Thoreau
1 hour, 20 minutes
Unabridged Essay
1849

Thoreau

Originally entitled “Resistance to Civil Government,” the classic libertarian essay on self-reliance advocating the active refusal to disobey unjust laws. Note: the Spoken Alexandria podcast includes only the first part (of two) of Civil Disobedience. The full book is included in the zipped download options. Read by Alex Wilson.


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The Queen of Quok

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

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by L. Frank Baum
18 minutes, 34 seconds
Unabridged Fairy Tale
1901

L Frank Baum

“You haven’t a penny in the world, but you have a kingdom. There are many rich women who would be glad to give their wealth in exchange for a queen’s coronet–even if the king is but a child. So we have decided to advertise that the one who bids the highest shall become the queen of Quok.”

This humourous story by the author of the Wizard of Oz series involves a young, broke king and the quest by his advisors to replenish the treasury. It was published in 1901 with eleven other fantastical stories in a volume entitled American Fairy Tales. In his introduction to the second publication of these stories in 1908, Baum wrote:

My friends, the children, will find these stories quite as astonishing as if they had been written hundreds of years ago, for ours is the age of astonishing things. They are not too serious in purpose, but aim to amuse and entertain, yet I trust the more thoughtful of my readers will find a wholesome lesson hidden beneath each extravagant notion and humorous incident.

This is the unabridged short story, read by J. Winter Collins.

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The Time Machine

Friday, August 14th, 2009

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by H G Wells
3 hours, 2 minutes
Unabridged Science Fiction Novel
1895

H G Wells

An amateur scientist discovers that just as he may travel around in the three physical dimensions, he may also travel through the fourth–time. These are his adventures and discoveries through time. Read by James Spencer. Note: the Spoken Alexandria podcast includes only the first chapter of TM. The full book is included in the zipped download options

“There’s a slightly old-fashioned quality to his speech that compliments Wells’ old-fashioned brand of science fiction … rises above the source material, making these audio editions a great way to experience these two classics.” – John Joseph Adams, Locus

As James Patrick Kelly writes in this month’s (September 2004 issue) Asimov’s Science Fiction, “What makes this the first science fiction time travel story is that the Time Traveler actually builds his machine.” Previous fictitious time travelers (like Ebeneezer Scrooge or the Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court) didn’t have a choice in the matter.

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The Gift of the Magi

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

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by O Henry
14 minutes, 45 seconds
Unabridged Short Story
1906

O Henry

O. Henry’s most famous and beloved story about a young couple trying to make ends meet around Christmas time. Read by Alex Wilson.


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Originally for sale on July 30, 2004, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.



O Henry (1862-1910), born William Sidney Porter, was an American author of over three hundred short stories, including the still-beloved classics "The Gift of the Magi," and "The Ransom of Red Chief." In story writing, he said, "the unusual is the ordinary rather than the unexpected."


Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.


 

Frost at Midnight

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

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by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
5 minutes, 30 seconds
Unabridged Formal Poetry
1798

A quiet, conversational poem by one of the founders of the Romantic Movement. The frost is both harsh like reality and comforting like the speaker’s imagination, and the poem deals with the juxtaposition of being present and of longing.

The University of Alberta offers an in-depth examination of this poem as a joint project between the Departments of Psychology and English. Read by Alex Wilson.

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Originally for sale on July 23, 2004, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) was an English poet and philosopher who began the Romantic Movement of poetry with William Wordsworth. He is best known for his longform poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.


Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.


 

Inaugural Addresses 1861 & 1865

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

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by Abraham Lincoln
32 minutes, 53 seconds
Unabridged Speech
1861, 1865

Lincoln

1861

President Lincoln’s thoughtful and passionate (but ultimately unsuccessful) plea to keep southern states from seceding from the Union and to avoid the coming Civil War, delivered as he entered office during the most divisive time in U.S. history.

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Delivered March 4, 1861, just two weeks after Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the president of the Confederacy.

1865

“With malice toward none, with charity for all…” The end of the Civil War in sight, Lincoln took the oath of office a second time and gave one of the most America’s most famous speeches, and the shortest inaugural address in U.S. history.

This speech is inscribed, along with the The Gettysburg Address, in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. In many ways, Lincoln’s second inaugural address was a sequel to the address at Gettysburg, honoring the fallen and reflecting on the guilt and loss of a nation.

Delivered March 4, 1865, a month and 10 days before his assassination.

Read by Alex Wilson. Note: the podcasted version only includes the 1965 address; the zip files above contain both speeches.

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Originally for sale on July 23, 2004, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.



Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was the sixteenth president of the United States, residing over a nation divided by slavery, states rights, and The Civil War.


Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.




The Glass Dog

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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by L. Frank Baum
15 minutes
Unabridged Fairy Tale
1901

L Frank Baum

“An accomplished wizard once lived on the top floor of a tenement house and passed his time in thoughtful study and studious thought. What he didn’t know about wizardry was hardly worth knowing, for he possessed all the books and recipes of all the wizards who had lived before him; and, moreover, he had invented several wizardments himself. “

This humourous story by the author of the Wizard of Oz series, involves a wizard, a glass-blower and a lady of high-society. It was published in 1901 with eleven other fantastical stories in a volume entitled American Fairy Tales. In his introduction to the second publication of these stories in 1908, Baum wrote:

My friends, the children, will find these stories quite as astonishing as if they had been written hundreds of years ago, for ours is the age of astonishing things. They are not too serious in purpose, but aim to amuse and entertain, yet I trust the more thoughtful of my readers will find a wholesome lesson hidden beneath each extravagant notion and humorous incident.

This is the unabridged short story, read by J. Winter Collins.

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Originally for sale on July 16, 2004, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.



Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919) was a New York-born author best known for the beloved classics of children's literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and 13 other books in the Oz universe.


J. Winter Collins is a teacher, artist, writer and performer who lives in north central Florida. She is involved in a wide range of creative projects, most of which relate to teaching and entertaining children of all ages.




 

Sherlock Holmes: The Crooked Man

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

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by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
44 minutes, 30 seconds
Unabridged Short Story
1892

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes and Watson investigate the matter of a mysterious, deformed man, a more mysterious animal, and an even (wait for it) more mysterious murder in a locked room. Read by Alex Wilson.

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Originally for sale on July 9, 2004, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.

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