2009 Release 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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Lost Hearts

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

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by M R James
24 minutes, 24 seconds
Unabridged Ghost Story
1895

MR James

An early ghost story by James about a kidnapper/dabbler in the occult who has a keen interest in removing the hearts of children. You’re welcome. Performed by Susie Berneis.




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Tales of the Jungle

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

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by Rudyard Kipling
1 hour, 14 minutes
Unabridged Story Collection
1894, 1895

Rudyard Kipling

Two classic Rudyard Kipling stories of the Indian jungle:

The King’s Ankus (1895)


The python Kaa takes the manchild Mowgli to the ruined city of Cold Lairs, seeking treasure but finding something far worse.

“These are the Four that are never content,
that have never been filled since the Dews began:
Jacala’s mouth, and the glut of the Kite,
and the hands of the Ape, and the Eyes of Man.”

The Miracle of Purun Bhagat (1894)


A rich man casts away all possessions in the quest for (or from?) his true identity.

“The night we felt the earth would move
We stole and plucked him by the hand,
Because we loved him with the love
That knows but cannot understand.”

Performed by Robert Bethune.



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Microsoft Research DRM Talk

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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by Cory Doctorow
53 minutes, 1 second
Unabridged Speech on Technology and Business Issues
2004

Cory Doctorow DRM Talk

On June 17, 2004, science fiction author and EFF spokesman Cory Doctorow talked to Microsoft Research Group and other interested parties about Digital Rights Management (DRM), copyright, and the technology that cleaves them together and apart. In five parts, Doctorow covers everything from DVD region coding and the player piano to the Apple iTunes Music Store and why Sony didn’t create the digital successor to its once-ubiquitous Walkman. Everything you ever wanted to know about DRM, but were afraid to tell Microsoft.

Read by Alex Wilson. The text of this speech is freely available online [new window].



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The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses

Monday, November 16th, 2009

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by Robert W Service
1 hour, 19 minutes
Unabridged Lyrical Poetry Collection
1907

Robert W Service Spell of the Yukon

Thirty-four accessible, adventurous poems including the famous narrative oft-memorized poems “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” and “The Cremation of Sam McGee.” This collection has also been published as “Songs of a Sourdough.”

Read by Craig R Currier. Podcast includes the poem “My Madonna.” Complete audiobook collection (in the downloadable archives above) includes:




The Land God Forgot
The Spell of the Yukon
The Heart of the Sourdough
The Three Voices
The Law of the Yukon
The Parson’s Son
The Call of the Wild
The Lone Trail
The Pines
The Lure of Little Voices
The Song of the Wage Slave
Grin
The Shooting of Dan McGrew
The Cremation of Sam McGee
My Madonna
Unforgotten


The Reckoning
Quatrains
The Men that Don’t Fit In
Music in the Bush
The Rhyme of the Remittance Man
The Low-Down White
The Little Old Log Cabin
The Younger Son
The March of the Dead
Fighting Mac
The Woman and the Angel
The Rhyme of the Restless Ones
New Year’s Eve
Comfort
The Harpy
Premonition
The Tramps
L’Envoi



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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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