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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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Originally for sale on January 14, 2009, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.


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A Dill Pickle

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

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by Katherine Mansfield
17 minutes, 19 seconds
Unabridged Short Story
1920

Katherine Mansfield

A story of love lost and found, after an absence of six years. The reasons for connection and separation quickly become clear, but what will be the choice this time around?

A beautiful day. A discussion of classlessness. A snobbish ex-lover. What could possibly go right?

Read by William Coon.


Funding A Free Audio Library

Originally for sale on June 17, 2007, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.

Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) was a New Zealand-born author of short stories and critical writings. She was a prominent modernist in the first part of the 20th century.


Athough William Coon is a relative newcomer to audiobook recording, he has many years of experience using his voice to inform, persuade, and educate his consulting clients. A recent contributor to the podcast timetravelershow.com, Bill has narrated over 30 short works for LibriVox. A list of his LibriVox recordings can be found here.





 

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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Originally for sale on August 13, 2004, 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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