The Ultimate Weapon audiobook by John W. Campbell (1910-1971) The star Mira was unpredictably variable. Sometimes it was blazing, brilliant and hot. Other times it was oddly dim, cool, shedding little warmth on its many planets. Gresth Gkae, leader of the Mirans, was seeking a better star, one to which his "people" could migrate. That star had to be steady, reliable, with a good planetary system. And in his astronomical searching, he found Sol. With hundreds of ships, each larger than whole Read more [...]
At the Earth's Core audiobook by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) This is the first book in the Pellucidar series. Pellucidar is a fictional Hollow Earth milieu invented by Edgar Rice Burroughs for a series of action adventure stories. The stories initially involve the adventures of mining heir David Innes and his inventor friend Abner Perry after they use an "iron mole" to burrow 500 miles into the earth's crust. (adapted from Wikipedia)   At the Earth's Core dust-jacket Read more [...]
Black Amazon of Mars audiobook by Leigh Brackett (1915 -- 1978) Carrying out the last wishes of a comrade, mercenary Eric John Stark takes on the task of returning a stolen talisman to a walled city near the Martian pole; a city that guards the mysterious Gates of Death. Now all he has to do is get past the brutal clans of Mekh and the shadowy Lord Ciaran to get to Kushat where they'll probably attempt to kill him. All while he tries to hold on to a talisman that imprints ancient memories of Read more [...]
Jimbo audiobook by Algernon Blackwood (1869 -- 1951) A supernatural fantasy about the mystical adventures of a lonely English boy named Jimbo--who can fly! It's really quite beautiful and can be enjoyed by adults and teenagers alike. Be warned, however: The death of a beloved character and a creepy old house haunted by the wraith-like spirits of children makes some of this story far too scary for younger kids or indeed anyone of a sensitive disposition. Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951) was born Read more [...]
The Princess and the Goblin audiobook by George MacDonald George MacDonald's fairy stories and fantasy have inspired a number of writers including C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and of this popular fairy story, which as you might suspect concerns a little princess plotted against by a race of goblins, G.K. Chesterton said that it "made a difference to my whole existence." (Summary by Andy Minter)   The Princess and the Goblin Cover of the edition published by Blackie & Read more [...]
The Princess and Curdie audiobook by George MacDonald (1824-1905) The Princess and Curdie is the sequel to The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. It's been a year since the Princess Irene and Curdie first met, and a year since the goblin incident and all appears to be going well in the Kingdom. Or is it? After a visit from Irene's great-great-grandmother, Curdie finds himself on a mission to save the kingdom, with a rather strange companion in tow. (Summary by Lizzie Driver)   Read more [...]
Gulliver's Travels audiobook by Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Gulliver's Travels (1726, amended 1735), officially Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, is a novel by Jonathan Swift that is both a satire on human nature and a parody of the "travellers' tales" literary sub-genre. It is widely considered Swift's magnum opus and is his most celebrated work, as well as one of the indisputable classics of English literature. (Summary from Wikipedia)     Gulliver's Travels First Read more [...]
The Book of Wonder (audiobook) by Lord Dunsany (Edward J. M. D. Plunkett) (1878-1957) "Come with me, ladies and gentlemen who are in any wise weary of London: come with me: and those that tire at all of the world we know: for we have new worlds here." -- Lord Dunsany, the preface to "The Book of Wonder"   The Book of Wonder   Author(s) Lord Dunsany Illustrator Sidney H. Sime Language English Genre(s) Fantasy short stories Publisher William Heinemann Publication Read more [...]
Gulliver of Mars (FULL Audio Book) by Edwin L. Arnold This escapist novel, first published in 1905 as Lieutenant Gullivar Jones: His Vacation, follows the exploits of American Navy Lieutenant Gulliver Jones, a bold, if slightly hapless, hero who is magically transported to Mars; where he almost outwits his enemies, almost gets the girl, and almost saves the day. Somewhat of a literary and chronological bridge between H.G. Wells and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jones' adventures provide an evocative Read more [...]
The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson  (Audio Book) by Mark Twain (1835-1910) It was published in 1893--1894 by Century Magazine in seven installments, and is a detective story with some racial themes. The plot of this novel is a detective story, in which a series of identities — the judge's murderer, Tom, Chambers — must be sorted out. This structure highlights the problem of identity and one's ability to determine one's own identity. Broader issues of identity are the central ideas of this Read more [...]