Great Chicago Fire - audiobook Charles Cole HINE (1825 - 1897) Historical information relating the nature, extent, and consequences of The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the insurance losses, and the relief costs. A brief interlude of comic relief is inserted midway in the form of a poem regarding the event.. - Summary by lubee930 Genre(s): Single author, Modern (19th C) Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   Read more [...]
The Awakening of Europe - audiobook M. B. SYNGE (1861 - 1939) The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge is the third book in the series, Story of the World. Included in this history is a myriad of interesting men, women, and events that shaped Europe during the years 1520-1745. (Summary by Laura Caldwell) Genre(s): Children's Fiction, *Non-fiction, History Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   Read more [...]
In Defense of Women - audiobook H. L. MENCKEN (1880 - 1956) In Defense of Women is H. L. Mencken's 1918 book on women and the relationship between the sexes. Some laud the book as progressive while others brand it as reactionary. While Mencken didn't champion women's rights, he described women as wiser in many novel and observable ways, while demeaning average men. According to Mencken's biographer, Fred Hobson: Depending on the position of the reader, he was either a great defender of women's Read more [...]
Hero Tales from American History Theodore ROOSEVELT (1858 - 1919) and Henry Cabot LODGE (1850 - 1924) Its purpose ... is to tell in simple fashion the story of some Americans who showed that they knew how to live and how to die; who proved their truth by their endeavor; and who joined to the stern and manly qualities which are essential to the well-being of a masterful race the virtues of gentleness, of patriotism, and of lofty adherence to an ideal. It is a good thing for all Americans ... Read more [...]
A Short History of Scotland Andrew LANG (1844 - 1912) A Short History of Scotland is a consise introduction to the history of Scotland from Roman times to the last Jacobite rebellion, written by the author of a much longer Scottish history. (Summary by Sibella Denton.) Genre(s): Antiquity, Middle Ages/Middle History Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   Read more [...]
Germania audiobook Publius Cornelius TACITUS (56 - 117), translated by Alfred John CHURCH (1829 - 1912) and William Jackson BRODRIBB (1829 - 1905) The Germania (Latin: De Origine et situ Germanorum, literally The Origin and Situation of the Germans), written by Gaius Cornelius Tacitus around 98, is an ethnographic work on the Germanic tribes outside the Roman Empire. Germania fits squarely within the tradition established by authors from Herodotus to Julius Caesar. Tacitus himself had already written Read more [...]
Master and Man audiobook Leo TOLSTOY (1828 - 1910), translated by Aylmer MAUDE (1858 - 1938) and Louise MAUDE (1855 - 1939) A land owner, Vasili Andreevich, takes along one of his peasants, Nikita, for a short journey to another town. He wishes to get to the town quickly 'for business'. They find themselves in the middle of a blizzard, but the master in his avarice wishes to press on. They eventually get lost off the road and they try to camp. The master's peasant soon finds himself about to die Read more [...]

De Profundis audiobook
Oscar WILDE (1854 – 1900)
This is a letter written from prison in 1897 by Oscar Wilde to Lord Alfred Douglas, in which he recounts how he came to be in prison and charts his spiritual development. (summary by AdamH)
Genre(s): *Non-fiction, History , Philosophy
Language: English (FULL Audiobook)

 

The Talisman audiobook Sir Walter SCOTT (1771 - 1832) The Talisman is a gripping tale set near the end of the Third Crusade. King Richard the Lionheart is grievously ill, and all around him the leaders from allied countries plot and scheme to gain personal power, putting the future of the crusade in jeopardy. Sir Kenneth of Scotland finds himself caught up in events, and finds both his honour and his life are now on the line. Can a cure be found for the King? Can Kenneth redeem his honour? -- Written Read more [...]
Lewis and Clark: Meriwether Lewis and William Clark audiobook William R. LIGHTON (1866 - 1923) In the years 1804, 1805, and 1806, two men commanded an expedition which explored the wilderness that stretched from the mouth of the Missouri River to where the Columbia enters the Pacific, and dedicated to civilization a new empire. Their names were Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. This book relates that adventure from it's inception through it's completion as well as the effect the expedition had Read more [...]
Bushido: The Soul of Japan audiobook Inaz? NITOBE (1862 - 1933) Bushido: The Soul of Japan written by Inazo Nitobe was one of the first books on samurai ethics that was originally written in English for a Western audience, and has been subsequently translated into many other languages (also Japanese). Nitobe found in Bushido, the Way of the Warrior, the sources of the virtues most admired by his people: rectitude, courage, benevolence, politeness, sincerity, honor, loyalty and self-control, and Read more [...]
The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki audiobook U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS ( - ) This is the official report, published nearly 11 months after the first and only atomic bombings in history (to date), of a group of military physicians and engineers who accompanied the initial contingent of U.S. soldiers into the destroyed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The report presents a clinical description of the devastation, loss of life and continued suffering of the survivors that resulted Read more [...]
Herodotus' Histories Vol 3 Audiobook HERODOTUS (c.484 BC - 425 BC), translated by A. D. GODLEY (1856 - 1925) The Histories of Herodotus of Halicarnassus is considered the first work of history in Western literature. Written about 440 BC, the Histories tell the story of the war between the Persian Empire and the Greek city-states in the 5th century BC. Herodotus traveled extensively around the ancient world, conducting interviews and collecting stories for his book. The rise of the Persian Empire Read more [...]
Herodotus' Histories Vol 2 Audiobook HERODOTUS (c.484 BC - 425 BC), translated by A. D. GODLEY (1856 - 1925) The Histories of Herodotus of Halicarnassus is considered the first work of history in Western literature. Written about 440 BC, the Histories tell the story of the war between the Persian Empire and the Greek city-states in the 5th century BC. Herodotus traveled extensively around the ancient world, conducting interviews and collecting stories for his book. The rise of the Persian Empire Read more [...]
Herodotus' Histories Vol 1 Audiobook HERODOTUS (c.484 BC - 425 BC), translated by A. D. GODLEY (1856 - 1925) The Histories of Herodotus of Halicarnassus is considered the first work of history in Western literature. Written about 440 BC, the Histories tell the story of the war between the Persian Empire and the Greek city-states in the 5th century BC. Herodotus traveled extensively around the ancient world, conducting interviews and collecting stories for his book. The rise of the Persian Empire Read more [...]

The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters audiobook
Logan MARSHALL (1884 – ?)
This is a detailed and accurate account of the most awful marine disaster in history, constructed from the real facts as obtained from those on board who survived (gutenberg.org).
Genre(s): Nautical & Marine Fiction, *Non-fiction, History
Language: English (FULL Audiobook)

 

Comic History of the United States audiobook Bill NYE (1850 - 1896) This text takes the reader on a comical journey from the time of the first European settlement through the Civil War. The author's caustic wit is evident throughout the book in his numerous sarcastic and humorous remarks. The reader will enjoy a "different" type of history book based on facts, yet caustically embellished for entertainment purposes. (Summary by Allyson Hester) Genre(s): Humorous Fiction, *Non-fiction, History Language: Read more [...]
The Book of Hallowe'en audiobook by Ruth Edna Kelley This book is intended to give the reader an account of the origin and history of Hallowe'en, how it absorbed some customs belonging to other days in the year,—such as May Day, Midsummer, and Christmas. The context is illustrated by selections from ancient and modern poetry and prose, related to Hallowe'en ideas. (Summary by Ruth Kelley, from the Preface)   Read more [...]
The Story of Ancient Irish Civilisation audiobook by P.W. Joyce (1827-1914) This little book has been written and published with the main object of spreading as widely as possible among our people, young and old, a knowledge of the civilisation and general social condition of Ireland from the fifth or sixth to the twelfth century, when it was wholly governed by native rulers. The publication comes at an appropriate time, when there is an awakening of interest in the Irish language, and in Irish Read more [...]
Country of the Pointed Firs audiobook by Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896) is considered Jewett's finest work, described by Henry James as her "beautiful little quantum of achievement." Despite James's diminutives, the novel remains a classic. Because it is loosely structured, many critics view the book not as a novel, but a series of sketches; however, its structure is unified through both setting and theme. Jewett herself felt that her strengths as a writer Read more [...]