2011 Release Audiobooks

Dubliners: Two Gallants

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

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by James Joyce
25 minutes, 14 seconds
Unabridged Short Story
1914

Joyce

Con men want to convince a maid to steal from her employer. “Two Gallants” is the sixth story in James Joyce’s collection Dubliners, classic tales dealing thematically with miscommunication, isolation, class differences, and emotional paralysis in Joyce’s Ireland.

Narrated by Alex Wilson.


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The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

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by Edgar Allan Poe
27 minutes, 01 seconds
Unabridged Horror / Science Fiction
1835

Poe

What happens when you hypnotize a person in the moments before he dies? The story that began as a hoax (it was first published without the “fiction” label) is one of the first modern science fiction tales.

Narrated by Alex Wilson.


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Young Goodman Brown

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

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by Nathaniel Hawthorne
38 minutes, 54 seconds
Unabridged Short Fiction
1835

Young Goodman Brown

A puritan confronts witches, the devil, and his own morality in the spooky, Salem woods in this classic American short story.

Read by Alex Wilson.

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The Call of the Wild

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

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by Jack London
3 hours, 8 minutes
Unabridged Adventure Novel
1903

Jack London

“Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing…” The classic adventure novel.

Narrated by John Jennens. ote: the podcast MP3 includes only the first part (of seven) of The Call of the Wild. Find the complete recording in any of the zip files.

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A Plea for Captain John Brown

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

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by Henry David Thoreau
56 minutes, 45 seconds
Unabridged Essay/Speech
1859

Thoreau

Against the then-popular condemnation of the radical abolitionist who seized a federal armory, attempting to arm slaves and create a violent rebelion against the South, Thoreau delivered this spirited speech justifying Brown’s character and actions to those who would have rather resolved (or failed to resolve) the issue of slavery using discussions and diplomacy. Read by Alex Wilson.


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The Valley of the Spiders

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

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by H G Wells
29 minutes, 11 seconds
Unabridged SF/Fantasy Pulp Adventure Story
1903

Wells

H G Wells was such a science fiction pioneer that he took all the great, archetypal titles (Think about it: The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Magic Shop, etc.. You’d think he would have at least been generous enough to call it, say, “A Magic Shop,” allowing that Asimov or Heinlein might decades later want to write about another one.) So it goes with “The Valley of the Spiders.”

Three adventurers face danger, death, and giant spiders, all for the capture love of a woman, in this classic pulp adventure story. Read by Alex Wilson.


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The Fall of the House of Usher

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

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by Edgar Allan Poe
54 minutes, 13 seconds
Unabridged Horror / Mystery Fiction
1839

Poe

“I felt that I breathed an atmosphere of sorrow. An air of stern, deep, and irredeemable gloom hung over and pervaded all…”

Disease (vampirism?) and decay of both man and stone (do they share a soul?) in the master of the macabre’s famous tale. Includes Poe’s poem “The Haunted Palace” with musical accompaniment.

Performed by Alex Wilson.


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New Poems

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

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by D H Lawrence
58 minutes, 39 seconds
Unabridged Free and Formal Verse Poetry Collection
1918

D H Lawrence

The 1918 “New Poems” collection by the ever controversial (sometimes-deemed “pornographic,” but this collection contains only a smattering of his erotica) English writer. Includes 42 poems:


Apprehension
Coming Awake
From a College Window
Flapper
Birdcage Walk
Letter from Town: The Almond Tree
Flat Suburbs, SW, in the Morning
Thief in the Night
Letter from Town: On a Grey Evening in March
Suburbs on a Hazy Day
Hyde Park at Night: Clerks
Gipsy
Two-Fold
Under the Oak
Sigh No More
Love Storm
Parliament Hill in the Evening
Piccadilly Circus at Night: Street-Walkers
Tarantella
In Church
Piano

Embankment at Night: Charity
Phantasmagoria
Next Morning
Palimpsest of Twilight
Embankment at Night: Outcasts
Winter in the Boulevard
School on the Outskirts
Sickness
Everlasting Flowers
The North Country
Bitterness of Death
Seven Seals
Reading a Letter
Twenty Years Ago
Intime
Two Wives
Heimweh
Debacle
Narcissus
Autumn Sunshine
On That Day

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Leaves of Grass Book IV: Children of Adam

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

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by Walt Whitman
44 minutes, 3 seconds
Unabridged Free Verse Poetry Collection
1855

Whitman

“Children of Adam” is the fourth book (of 35 total) of Walt Whitman’s legendary poetry collection Leaves of Grass. This book is among Whitman’s most controversial with its celebration of sexuality. It includes the poems:


To the Garden the World
From Pent-up Aching Rivers
I Sing the Body Electric
A Woman Waits for Me
Spontaneous Me
One Hour to Madness and Joy


We Two–How Long We were Fool‚Äôd
Out of the Rolling Ocean, the Crowd
Native Moments
Once I Pass’d Through a Populous City
Facing West from California’s Shores
Ages and Ages, Returning at Intervals
O Hymen! O Hymenee!
As Adam, Early in the Morning

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Monday, February 21st, 2011

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by Mark Twain
9 hours, 24 minutes
Unabridged Adventure/Humor Novel
1885


Huck Finn

Ernest Hemingway wrote: “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn … it’s the best book we’ve had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.”

Big-river adventure and biting, laugh-out-loud satire in this classic “Great American Novel.” Narrated by John Jennens.

[Note: Two downloads are required for the complete novel. You can download just the first part if you want, but it might lack the closure you're looking for. Also the podcast includes only a fraction of the book. A good fraction, but still.]




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