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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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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Monday, December 16th, 2013

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by F Scott Fitzgerald
55 minutes, 44 seconds
Unabridged Short Story
1921

F Scott Fitzgerald

Benjamin Button is born as a grown man of seventy years. He spends the rest of his life growing ever younger.

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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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The Masque of the Red Death

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

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by Edgar Allan Poe
16 minutes, 27 seconds
Unabridged Horror Story
1842

Poe

What’s a Prince to do when his people are dying of plague? Why, wall himself off with a thousand other nobles and throw a masquerade ball, of course!

Silly prince. Doesn’t he know he’s in an Edgar Allan Poe story?
Narrated by Alex Wilson.



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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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The Star

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

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by H G Wells
30 minutes, 18 seconds
Unabridged Science Fiction Story
1897

Wells

One hundred and one years before the films Armegeddon and Deep Impact entered U.S. theaters, the father of modern science fiction scared the crap out of Victorian London with this, the first of such death-from-above science fiction tales. Read 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 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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