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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 Romance of Certain Old Clothes

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

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by Henry James
44 minutes, 35 seconds
Unabridged Fantasy/Horror Story
1868

James

The first ghost story of Henry James, and was part of a gothic literature revival in the 1880s. First appeared in The Atlantic Monthly. Performed by Susie Berneis.



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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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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 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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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.

Narrated by John Jennens. ote: the podcast MP3 includes only the first part (of seven) of The Call of the Wild. Find the complete recording in any of the zip files.

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The Fall of the House of Usher

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

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by Edgar Allan Poe
54 minutes, 13 seconds
Unabridged Horror / Mystery Fiction
1839

Poe

“I felt that I breathed an atmosphere of sorrow. An air of stern, deep, and irredeemable gloom hung over and pervaded all…”

Disease (vampirism?) and decay of both man and stone (do they share a soul?) in the master of the macabre’s famous tale. Includes Poe’s poem “The Haunted Palace” with musical accompaniment.

Performed by Alex Wilson.


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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Monday, February 21st, 2011

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by Mark Twain
9 hours, 24 minutes
Unabridged Adventure/Humor Novel
1885


Huck Finn

Ernest Hemingway wrote: “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn … it’s the best book we’ve had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.”

Big-river adventure and biting, laugh-out-loud satire in this classic “Great American Novel.” Narrated by John Jennens.

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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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Leaves of Grass Book III: Song of Myself

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

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by Walt Whitman
2 hours, 20 minutes
Unabridged Free Verse Poetry Collection
1855

Whitman

“Song of Myself” is the longest and most famous book (of 35 total) of Walt Whitman’s legendary poetry collection Leaves of Grass. Song of Myself is a longform poem in 52 parts. Read by Alex Wilson.

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