Life in the Clearings Versus the Bush audiobook Susanna MOODIE (1803 - 1885) As a middle class Englishwoman Moodie did not particularly enjoy "the bush", as she called it. She and her husband moved to Belleville in 1840, which she referred to as "the clearings". Here she described urban life, including religion, art, and education, especially as compared to relative lack of these things in "the bush". She studied the Family Compact and became sympathetic to the moderate reformers led by Robert Read more [...]
The Jungle audiobook by Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) It is the end of the 19th century. Like thousands of others, the Rudkus family has emigrated from Lithuania to America in search of a better life. As they settle into the Packingtown neighborhood of Chicago, they find their dreams are unlikely to be realized. In fact, just the opposite is quite likely to occur. Jurgis, the main character of the novel, has brought his father Antanas, his fianc?e Ona, her stepmother Teta Elzbieta, Teta Elzbieta's Read more [...]
1601: Conversation, as it was by the Social Fireside, in the Time of the Tudors audiobook Mark TWAIN (1835 - 1910) Also known simply as "1601", this is a humorously risque work by Mark Twain, first published anonymously in 1880, and finally acknowledged by the author in 1906. (Summary by John Greenman & Wikipedia) Genre(s): Erotica, General Fiction, Historical Fiction Language: English (FULL Audiobook)     Read more [...]
Captains Courageous audiobook Rudyard KIPLING (1868 - 1936) Real men don't take guff from snotty kids. Neither does Disko Troop, skipper of the "We're Here", a fishing schooner out of Gloucester, Massachusetts, when his crew fishes Harvey Cheyne out of the Atlantic. There's no place on the Grand Banks for bystanders, so Harvey is press-ganged into service as a replacement for a man lost overboard and drowned. Harvey is heir to a vast fortune, but his rescuers believe none of what he tells them Read more [...]
Women in Love audiobook D. H. LAWRENCE (1885 - 1930) Women in Love is a novel by British author D. H. Lawrence published in 1920. It is a sequel to his earlier novel The Rainbow (1915), and follows the continuing loves and lives of the Brangwen sisters, Gudrun and Ursula. Gudrun Brangwen, an artist, pursues a destructive relationship with Gerald Crich, an industrialist. Lawrence contrasts this pair with the love that develops between Ursula and Rupert Birkin, an alienated intellectual who articulates Read more [...]
Our Mutual Friend audiobook Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870) Our Mutual Friend, the last novel completed by Charles Dickens, has many plots, twists and turns, from the murky river Thames to the gold and crystal on the tables of 'Society'. A tale of murder, treachery, jealousy and love, takes us first to a rowing boat on the Thames, where the Hexhams have found a body in the water and are bringing it to shore. We attend the Boffins, a poor na?ve couple, who unexpectedly have just become wealthy, after Read more [...]
Night and Day audiobook Virginia WOOLF (1882 - 1941) Night and Day (1919) is a novel by Virginia Woolf. Set in Edwardian London, Night and Day contrasts the daily lives of two friends, Katharine Hilbery and Mary Datchet. The novel examines the relationships between love, marriage, happiness, and success. (Wikipedia) Genre(s): General Fiction Language: English     Night and Day First edition cover Author Virginia Woolf Country United Kingdom Language English Genre Novel Publisher Duckworth Publication Read more [...]
The Portrait of a Lady audiobook by Henry James (1843-1916) The Portrait of a Lady is a novel by Henry James, first published as a serial in The Atlantic Monthly and Macmillan's Magazine in 1880-1881 and then as a book in 1881. It is the story of a spirited young American woman, Isabel Archer, who "affronts her destiny" and finds it overwhelming. She inherits a large amount of money and subsequently becomes the victim of Machiavellian scheming by two American expatriates. Like many of James's Read more [...]
The House on the Borderland audiobook by William Hope Hodgson (1877-1918) In 1877, two gentlemen, Messrs Tonnison and Berreggnog, head into Ireland to spend a week fishing in the village of Kraighten. While there, they discover in the ruins of a very curious house a diary of the man who had once owned it. Its torn pages seem to hint at an evil beyond anything that existed on this side of the curtains of impossibility. This is a classic novel that worked to slowly bridge the gap between the British Read more [...]
The Black Moth audiobook by Georgette Heyer The year is 1752. Devil, the Duke of Andover, and highwayman Jack, the Earl of Wyncham are at odds over a country squire's beautiful daughter. Cheating at cards, the marital problems of the younger sister of the Duke and the younger brother of the Earl, and debts beyond imagination form the backdrop for this romance, Heyer's first work and the only one in the public domain. (Summary by Sibella Denton)   The Black Moth First edition Author Georgette Read more [...]
Siddhartha audiobook by Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) Translated by Gunther Olesch, Anke Dreher, Amy Coulter, Stefan Langer and Semyon Chaichenets Siddhartha is one of the great philosophical novels. Profoundly insightful, it is also a beautifully written story that begins as Siddhartha, son of an Indian Brahman, leaves his family and begins a lifelong journey towards Enlightenment. On the way he faces the entire range of human experience and emotion: he lives with ascetics, meets Gotama the Buddha, Read more [...]
The House of the Seven Gables audiobook by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) "The wrongdoing of one generation lives into the successive ones and... becomes a pure and uncontrollable mischief." Hawthorne's moral for "The House of the Seven Gables," taken from the Preface, accurately presages his story. The full weight of the gloomy mansion of the title seems to sit on the fortunes of the Pyncheon family. An ancestor took advantage of the Salem witch trials to wrest away the land whereon the house Read more [...]
A Pair of Blue Eyes audiobook by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) The book describes the love triangle between a young woman, Elfride Swancourt, and her two suitors from very different backgrounds. Stephen Smith is a socially inferior but ambitious young man who adores her and with whom she shares a country background. Henry Knight is the respectable, established, older man who represents London society.(Summary by Wikipedia)   A Pair of Blue Eyes First edition title page Author Thomas Read more [...]
Jude the Obscure audiobook by Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928) Eleven-year-old Jude Fawley, inspired by his teacher Mr. Phillotson, who leaves Marygreen for Christminster to take a university degree, decides to adopt the same course for himself. Raised by his great-aunt, he studies hard with the aid of some old Latin and Greek books sent to him by Phillotson.He trains as a stonemason in order to enable him to support himself when at the university.However when he finally arrives in Christminster he Read more [...]
Cleek of Scotland Yard audiobook by Thomas W. Hanshew (1857--1914) Hamilton Cleek is back - or is he? Margot, Queen of the Apaches (the notorious French criminal gang) has been released on bail and vanished, Mr. Narkom has a series of inexplicable murders to solve, there is talk of revolution in Mauravania. And Cleek is missing. Hold on to your hats for another thrilling ride as murder, espionage, bombs and political intrigue rear their ugly heads. (Introduction by Ruth Golding)     Read more [...]
Sylvia's Lovers audiobook by Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) The novel begins in the 1790s in the coastal town of Monkshaven. Sylvia Robson lives with her parents on a farm, and is loved by her rather dull Quaker cousin Philip. She, however, meets and falls in love with Charlie Kinraid, a sailor on a whaling vessel, and they become engaged, although few people know of the engagement. But Charlie gets press-ganged and has to leave without a word. (Summary from Wikipedia)   Read more [...]
The Adventures of Master F.J. audiobook by George Gascoigne (1535-1577) This story presents through letters, poems and third-person commentary the love affair between a young man named Freeman Jones and a married woman named Elinor, lady of the castle he is visiting in Scotland. Events in the affair are traced from initial attraction through mutual seduction to (somewhat) graphic sexual encounters and their aftermath. Allegedly based on a real-life scandal, the author, in re-issuing his story Read more [...]
That Sweet Little Old Lady audiobook by Randall Garrett (1927-1987) Randall Garrett had this story first published in Astounding Science Fiction September and October of 1959. His twisted sense of humor and gift for the bizarre situation with believable characters shines here. In the not too distant future, Ken Malone, young but promising FBI agent , is given the most important and difficult assignment of his career: find a spy who is stealing information from the Ultra Top Absolute Secret project Read more [...]
The Fifth Queen audiobook by Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939) The Fifth Queen trilogy is a series of connected historical novels by English novelist Ford Madox Ford. It consists of three novels, The Fifth Queen; And How She Came to Court (1906), Privy Seal (1907) and The Fifth Queen Crowned (1908), which present a highly fictionalized account of Katharine Howard's marriage to King Henry VIII. (Summary by Wikipedia)     Read more [...]
Fanny Herself audiobook by Edna Ferber (1885-1968) Fanny Herself is the story of Fanny Brandeis, a sensitive, young Jewish girl coming of age in the Midwest at the turn of the 20th century. It is generally considered to have been based on Ferber's own experiences growing up in Appleton, Wisconsin. Fanny's inner struggle between her compassionate, artistic side and her desire for financial independence as a successful young businesswoman is the recurring theme of the novel. Ferber's engaging style Read more [...]