Romance Audiobooks

Dubliners: The Boarding House

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

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by James Joyce
17 minutes, 2 seconds
Unabridged Short Story
1914

Joyce

Sometimes romance needs a bit of deliberation; this is Joyce at his most satiric.
“The Boarding House” is the seventh story in his 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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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.


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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.





 

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

Read by Alex Wilson.


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The Gift of the Magi

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

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by O Henry
14 minutes, 45 seconds
Unabridged Short Story
1906

O Henry

O. Henry’s most famous and beloved story about a young couple trying to make ends meet around Christmas time. Read by Alex Wilson.


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O Henry (1862-1910), born William Sidney Porter, was an American author of over three hundred short stories, including the still-beloved classics "The Gift of the Magi," and "The Ransom of Red Chief." In story writing, he said, "the unusual is the ordinary rather than the unexpected."


Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.


 

Hymn to Intellectual Beauty

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

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by Percy Shelley
5 minutes, 13 seconds
Unabridged Formal Poetry
1816

Percy Shelley

A confessional poem by Shelley, written during the summer he spent on the shores of Lake Geneva. Read by Alex Wilson.

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Percy Shelley (1792-1822) was an English Romantic-Era poet known for his radical values (for the time period) and his idealism about human nature and love. His wife, Mary Shelley, was the author of the novel Frankenstein (and was the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft).


Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.


 

The Kiss

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

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by Kate Chopin
6 minutes, 24 seconds
Unabridged Short Story
1895

The Kiss by Kate Chopin

A short story about a woman believing and hoping (and manipulating) that she may have both her security in marriage and passions outside of it. Read by Alex Wilson.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904) was an American author best known, revered, and reviled for her 1899 novel The Awakening and its sexually aware and shocking female protagonist. Her fiction's emphasis on women's independence and passions was controversial enough during her lifetime for both it and her to remain relatively obscure until over half a century after her death.


Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.




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The Glove and the Lions

Friday, February 27th, 2004

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by James Leigh Hunt
1 minute, 54 seconds
Unabridged Formal Poem
1836

“‘No Love,’ quoth he, ‘but vanity sets love a task like that…’” A famous lyrical poem by James Leigh Hunt.

Read by Alex Wilson.


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