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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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Tales of the Elephant

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

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by Rudyard Kipling
1 hour, 15 minutes
Unabridged Story Collection
1891, 1894, 1902

Rudyard Kipling

Three classic elephant stories by Rudyard Kipling:

The Elephant’s Child (1902)


“In the High and Far-Off Times the Elephant, O Best Beloved, had no trunk. He had only a blackish, bulgy nose, as big as a boot, that he could wriggle about from side to side; but he couldn’t pick up things with it. But there was one Elephant–a new Elephant–an Elephant’s Child–who was full of ’satiable curtiosity, and that means he asked ever so many questions.”

Moti Guj Mutineer (1891)


“Once upon a time there was a coffee planter in India who wished to clear some forest land for coffee planting. When he had cut down all the trees and burned the under-wood the stumps still remained. Dynamite is expensive and slow-fire slow. The happy medium for stump clearing is the lord of all beasts, who is the elephant.”

Toomai of the Elephants (1894)


“Kala Nag stood ten fair feet at the shoulders, and his tusks had been cut off short at five feet, and bound round the ends, to prevent them splitting, with bands of copper; but he could do more with those stumps than any untrained elephant could do with the real sharpened ones.”


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Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Six Napoleons

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

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by Arthur Conan Doyle
50 minutes, 34 seconds
Unabridged Short Mystery Story
1904

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard seeks the guidance of Sherlock Holmes and Watson when the mysterious destruction of statues leads to murder.

Read by Alex Wilson.


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About Magnanimous-Incident Literature

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

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by Mark Twain
16 minutes, 7 seconds
Unabridged Humor/Storytelling/Essay
1878

Twain

Twain proposes some realistic sequels to three common morality tales.

Read by Alex Wilson.


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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.

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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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