Boyhood audiobook
Leo TOLSTOY (1828 – 1910)
Boyhood is the second in Tolstoy’s trilogy of three autobiographical novels, including Childhood and Youth, published in a literary journal during the 1850s. (Introduction by Bill Boerst)
Genre(s): General Fiction, *Non-fiction, Biography & Autobiography
Language: English (FULL Audiobook)

 

Domestic Cookery, Useful Receipts, and Hints to Young Housekeepers audiobook Elizabeth E. LEA (1793 - 1858) The compiler of [this book] having entered early in life upon a train of duties, was frequently embarrassed by her ignorance of domestic affairs. For, whilst receipt books for elegant preparations were often seen, those connected with the ordinary, but far more useful part of household duties, were not easily procured; thus situated, she applied to persons of experience, and embodied the Read more [...]
Is Mars Habitable? - audiobook Alfred Russel WALLACE (1823 - 1913) In 1907 Wallace wrote the short book Is Mars Habitable? to criticize the claims made by Percival Lowell that there were Martian canals built by intelligent beings. Wallace did months of research, consulted various experts, and produced his own scientific analysis of the martian climate and atmospheric conditions. Among other things Wallace pointed out that spectroscopic analysis had shown no signs of water vapour in the Martian Read more [...]
Oscar Wilde: His Life and Confessions audiobook Frank HARRIS (1856 - 1931) Consumers of biography are familiar with the division between memoirs of the living or recently dead written by those who "knew" the subject more or less intimately, and the more objective or scholarly accounts produced by later generations. In the case of Wilde, as presented to us by Frank Harris, we are in a way doubly estranged from the subject. We meet with Oscar the charismatic talker, whose tone of voice can never Read more [...]
365 Foreign Dishes audiobook UNKNOWN ( - ) Starters, main courses and desserts from around the world, one dish for every day of the year. From Turkey to China, from India to England, from Austria to Egypt, a wide variety of mouth-watering cuisines are represented. Each recipe is described in one short paragraph, making this book perfect for dipping into when you're seeking inspiration on what to cook. (Summary by Lucy Perry) Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Self-Help Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   Read more [...]
Easy Lessons in Einstein audiobook Edwin E. SLOSSON (1865 - 1929) Published in 1920, Slosson's Easy Lessons in Einstein is one of the first popularizations of Einstein's theory of relativity. This book is meant to convey to the general reader the ideas of relativity in non-mathematical terms, by the use of thought experiements and pop-cultural references of the day. This edition also includes a short article by Einstein on Time, Space and Gravitation. (Summary by JoeD) Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Read more [...]
Discoverers and Explorers audiobook Edward R. SHAW (1855 - 1903) Tales of the brave and daring explorers that ventured into the unknown "Sea of Darkness" where it was thought monsters and angry gods lived. They dared to sail near the equator which was thought to have such intense heat that it would boil the ocean water. It was also commonly thought at the time that the world was flat, and the ships would fall off the face of the earth. These men overcame these fears to explore and discover new Read more [...]
The Montessori Method audiobook Maria MONTESSORI (1870 - 1952) In the early 1900's Dr. Maria Montessori began to reform educational methods with her work the 'Case dei Bambini' in Rome, Italy. Montessori began her work by developing methods to educate mentally retarded children, the method she developed was used with several children who at age eight took the state examinations in reading and writing, the children passed with above average scores. Because of this success (which is known as the 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)

 

Some Turns of Thought in Modern Philosophy audiobook George SANTAYANA (1863 - 1952) Before the beginning of World War II, during the time of the Modernist movement in philosophy, George Santayana wrote these five descriptive essays. He examined John Locke's sensationalism, British Idealism, the "Theory of Relativity", Freud's psychology, and Julien Benda's preachment on the relations between God and the world. (Summary written by Gary) Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Philosophy Language: English (FULL Read more [...]
Utilitarianism audiobook John Stuart MILL (1806 - 1873) John Stuart Mill's book Utilitarianism is one of the most influential and widely-read philosophical defenses of utilitarianism in ethics. The essay first appeared as a series of three articles published in Fraser's Magazine in 1861; the articles were collected and reprinted as a single book in 1863. It went through four editions during Mill's lifetime with minor additions and revisions. Although Mill includes discussions of utilitarian Read more [...]
The Art of Controversy (or: The Art of Being Right) audiobook Arthur SCHOPENHAUER (1788 - 1860), translated by T. Bailey SAUNDERS (1860 - 1928) The Art of Controversy (or The Art of Being Right) (Die Kunst, Recht zu Behalten) is a short treatise written in 1831 by the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer in which he presents thirty-eight methods of gaining an unfair advantage in a debate and thereby being right even if you are wrong. Schopenhauer champions the virtue of dialectical argument, Read more [...]
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, Volumes 1 & 2 Mark TWAIN (1835 - 1910) Mark Twain's work on Joan of Arc is titled in full "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte." De Conte is identified as Joan's page and secretary. For those who've always wanted to "get behind" the Joan of Arc story and to better understand just what happened, Twain's narrative makes the story personal and very accessible. The work is fictionally presented as a translation from the manuscript 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 [...]
Jewish Children (Yudishe Kinder) SHOLEM ALEICHEM (1859 - 1916), translated by Hannah BERMAN (1883 - 1955) Although written from a child's perspective, this is not a kids book but a series of funny, poignant, and sometimes disturbing stories about life in a late 19th-century Russian-Jewish village -- the world of my grandparents. Sholem Rabinovich (1859-1916) was born in Pereiaslav, Ukraine and later immigrated to New York. His short stories about Tevye and his daughters were freely adapted into Read more [...]
Essays on Some Unsettled Questions of Political Economy audiobook John Stuart MILL (1806 - 1873) This is Mill's first work on economics. It foreshadows his Political Economy which was the standard Anglo-American Economics textbook of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Mill's economic theory moved from free market capitalism, to government intervention within the precepts of Utilitarianism, and finally to Socialism. [Summary written by Gary Gilberd] Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Philosophy Language: Read more [...]
Spurgeon's Sermons May 1858 audiobook Charles H. SPURGEON (1834 - 1892) Charles Spurgeon was a popular Baptist minister in London in mid-Victorian times; his ministry was highly influential and had a significant effect on many families in London and further afield. It was difficult to find a hall large enough to accommodate the crowd who wished to hear him. At times the Royal Surrey Gardens' Music Hall was hired to accomodate the Sunday congregation; this could seat 10,000 but large numbers were 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 [...]