War Audiobooks

The Art of War

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

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by Sun Tzu
1 hour, 19 minutes
Unabridged Military Treatise
600 BC, 1910 (translation)

The Art of War

The classic, definitive Chinese book on military strategies and tactics. For centuries it has influenced generals, rulers, and others interested in military intelligence. More recently it has become required reading for some businesses executives. Translation from the Chinese by Lionel Giles.

Note: the podcast MP3 includes only the first part of The Art of War. Find the complete recording in any of the zip files. 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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War

Monday, March 8th, 2010

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by Sherwood Anderson
11 minutes, 3 seconds
Unabridged Short Story
1921

Sherwood Anderson

The narrator meets a refugee on a train, and learns the true meaning (or lack of meaning) of war.

Read by Alex Wilson.





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Present at a Hanging & An Arrest

Monday, February 15th, 2010

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by Ambrose Bierce
8 minutes, 25 seconds
Two Unabridged Short Ghost Stories
1910

Ambrose Bierce

Two short, Civil War era ghost stories by one of the most mysterious authors in American history.

Read by Alex Wilson.





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A Horseman in the Sky

Monday, February 1st, 2010

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by Ambrose Bierce
17 minutes, 27 seconds
Unabridged Short War Story
1892

Ambrose Bierce

A soldier in the Civil War makes an incredible decision. One of Bierce’s most famous short stories.

Read by Alex Wilson.




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Inaugural Addresses 1861 & 1865

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

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by Abraham Lincoln
32 minutes, 53 seconds
Unabridged Speech
1861, 1865

Lincoln

1861

President Lincoln’s thoughtful and passionate (but ultimately unsuccessful) plea to keep southern states from seceding from the Union and to avoid the coming Civil War, delivered as he entered office during the most divisive time in U.S. history.

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Delivered March 4, 1861, just two weeks after Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the president of the Confederacy.

1865

“With malice toward none, with charity for all…” The end of the Civil War in sight, Lincoln took the oath of office a second time and gave one of the most America’s most famous speeches, and the shortest inaugural address in U.S. history.

This speech is inscribed, along with the The Gettysburg Address, in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. In many ways, Lincoln’s second inaugural address was a sequel to the address at Gettysburg, honoring the fallen and reflecting on the guilt and loss of a nation.

Delivered March 4, 1865, a month and 10 days before his assassination.

Read by Alex Wilson. Note: the podcasted version only includes the 1965 address; the zip files above contain both speeches.

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Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was the sixteenth president of the United States, residing over a nation divided by slavery, states rights, and The Civil War.


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.




Dulce Et Decorum Est

Friday, April 28th, 2006

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by Wilfred Owen
2 minutes, 5 seconds
Unabridged Formal Poetry
1920

The classic war poem written by a British soldier during World War I.

Read by Alex Wilson.

Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) was an English poet whose most famous works were inspired by his front-line experiences in France during World War I. His poetry highlighted the morbidity and absurdity of war, and, perhaps as a living echo to those themes, he was killed in action less than a week before the armistice that ended the war. Most of his poetry was published posthumously. He is considered by many to be the greatest poet of the Great War, and by some even as the greatest war poet of the English language.


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 Gettysburg Address

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

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by Abraham Lincoln
2 minutes, 22 seconds
Unabridged Speech
1863

Lincoln

“Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the propisition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great Civil War…” Given by US President Abraham Lincoln on the battlefield November 19, 1863, after the hard-fought, casualty-ridden, and turning-point Civil War battle near Gettysburg, PA.

This speech is inscribed, along with Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Read by Alex Wilson.

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Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

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by Patrick Henry
6 minutes, 51 seconds
Unabridged Speech
1775

Patrick Henry’s address to the second Virginia Convention in March 23, 1775, where he offered a resolution that put the colony in a state of defense leading up to the American Revolution.

A bestselling Telltale recording (and one of the first), now available free with a Creative Commons License. Read by Alex Wilson.

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Patrick Henry (1736-1799) was an accomplished orator and political leader during the American Revolution. He was twice governor of Virginia and served as a delegate to the first Continental Congress, the House of Burgesses, and the Virginia provincial convention. Before and after the American Revolution, he championed individual liberties to the point of unsuccessfully opposing the ratification of the US Constitution, fearing it gave the federal government too much power, and successfully working to have the Bill of Rights added.


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.