Fantasy Audiobooks

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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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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When the World Was Young

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

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by Jack London
38 minutes, 6 seconds
Unabridged Horror Short Story
1910

Jack London

“And then the thing happened–the thing unthinkable and unexpected.” London’s speculative story about the frightening, dual nature of man.

Read by William Coon.


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Darkness

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

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by Lord Byron
5 minutes, 19 seconds
Unabridged Narrative Poem
1816

Lord Byron

In which our hero, the most Romantic of all the Romantic poets, takes on the end of the world.

Written in Geneva, Switzerland in the summer of 1816, when Byron, Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, and John Polidori spent their evenings telling each other ghost stories. The resulting tales included Shelley’s Frankenstein, Polidori’s creation of the vampire/vampyre genre (based on a novel fragment of Byron’s), and this gloomy, speculative verse.

Read 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 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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A Christmas Carol

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

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by Charles Dickens
2 hours, 47 minutes
Unabridged Classic Novel
1843

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is the classic tale of curmudgeon Ebeneezer Scrooge and the visitation of three ghosts (four if you include Marley) in the run up to Christmas. Read by James Spencer.

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The Black Cat

Monday, September 20th, 2010

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by Edgar Allan Poe
33 minutes, 22 seconds
Unabridged Horror / Mystery Fiction
1843

Poe

“Who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or a silly action, for no other reason than because he knows he should not? Have we not a perpetual inclination, in the teeth of our best judgment, to violate that which is Law, merely because we understand it to be such?”

Poe’s classic horror tale about intoxication, murder, and a most mysterious cat. Read by Alex Wilson.

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A Bite of Bierce: Owl Creek Bridge and Other Stories

Monday, June 21st, 2010

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by Ambrose Bierce
1 hour, 14 minutes
Unabridged Story Collection
1891, 1894, 1909

Ambrose Bierce

Susie Berneis and Robert Bethune narrate five stories by Bierce, full of vivid characters, precise and evocative language, surprises and suspense.

An Occurrence on Owl Creek Bridge
A life, flashing before the eyes, and a miraculous escape from certain death, suddenly becomes–something else entirely. Bierce’s strangest and most famous fantasy. A French film adaptation of “Owl Creek Bridge” won the Academy Award for short film in 1963, and also became the hightest-rated episode of The Twilight Zone.

Staley Fleming’s Hallucination
The ghost of a Newfoundland dog with a white forefoot–and hungry for revenge!

The Damned Thing
A wild, ferocious animal determined to drive a man off his land-or or drive him insane, once he realizes the strange truth about the danger he faces.

Diagnosis of Death
A doctor whose incredibly accurate diagnoses are not at all conducive to a long and healthy life.

The Boarded Window
A window forever boarded up; a love forever gone.

Written a century ago, these stories still capture the imagination with vivid, precise language that bites–and may even draw blood. This Freshwater Seas production presents these five classics performed by Susie Berneis and Robert Bethune, with subtle musical underscoring to enhance and enrich Bierce’s words.

Note: The podcast includes only “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” All five stories are included in the downloadable bundles.

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The Witch of Atlas

Monday, June 7th, 2010

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by Percy Shelley
43 minutes, 21 seconds
Unabridged Formal Poem
1820

Shelley at his most playful (starting with the dedication to his wife, Frankenstein author Mary Shelley: “On her objecting to the following poem, upon the score of its containing no human interest.”), combining Greek and Egyptian myths into a fanciful meditation on creativity.

A longform poem of the fantastic, read by Alex Wilson.

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