Heretics audiobook by G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) The Author Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London, England on the 29th of May, 1874. Though he considered himself a mere "rollicking journalist," he was actually a prolific and gifted writer in virtually every area of literature. A man of strong opinions and enormously talented at defending them, his exuberant personality nevertheless allowed him to maintain warm friendships with people--such as George Bernard Shaw and H. G. Wells--with Read more [...]
George Bernard Shaw audiobook by G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) Chesterton and Shaw were famous friends and enjoyed their arguments and discussions. Although rarely in agreement, they both maintained good-will towards and respect for each other. However, in his writing, Chesterton expressed himself very plainly on where they differed and why. In Heretics he writes of Shaw: "After belabouring a great many people for a great many years for being unprogressive, Mr. Shaw has discovered, with characteristic Read more [...]
Eugenics and Other Evils audiobook by G. K. Chesterton Most Eugenists are Euphemists. I mean merely that short words startle them, while long words soothe them. And they are utterly incapable of translating the one into the other, however obviously they mean the same thing. Say to them "The persuasive and even coercive powers of the citizen should enable him to make sure that the burden of longevity in the previous generation does not become disproportionate and intolerable, especially to the Read more [...]
The Defendant audiobook by G. K. Chesterton A collection of reprinted articles on a wide-range of subject, all in the unique style of G. K. Chesterton. Using wit, paradox, and good humor he "defends" a series of seeming harmless things that need no defense, and in so doing he exposes many of the broken assumptions and dogmatic notions of secular humanism and other trends of his age and of ours. (Summary by Ray Clare)     Read more [...]
All Things Considered audiobook by G.K. Chesterton Another delightful and sharply pointed excursion into the topics of the day, and of this day as well, with Gilbert Keith Chesterton. These reprinted magazine articles are filled with his good natured wit, his masterful use of paradox, and devastating ability to use reductio ad absurdum to destroy the popular myths that drive a society driving full-speed into secular humanism. You will come away with a whole new collection of wonderful quotes. Read more [...]
Alarms and Discursions audiobook by G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) Gilbert Keith Chesterton was an influential English writer of the early 20th century. His prolific and diverse output included journalism, philosophy, poetry, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy, and detective fiction. Chesterton has been called the "prince of paradox." He wrote in an off-hand, whimsical prose studded with startling formulations. Chesterton wrote about 4000 essays on various subjects, and "Ararms and Discursions Read more [...]
Your Psychic Powers and How to Develop Them by Hereward Carrington (1880-1959) Instructions in how to develop your psychic powers including telepathy, clairvoyance, self-projection, reincarnation, and other topics. Seriously. "It must be distinctly understood ... that I believe the vast bulk of the material presented in this book to be sound and helpful; the practical instructions are good, and the reader cannot go far wrong in following them. May he develop his own psychic powers, and gain light Read more [...]
The Art of Public Speaking audiobook by Dale Carnegie (1888 - 1955) and Joseph Berg Esenwein (1867-1946) The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnagay (aka Carnegie) and Joseph B. Esenwein is a manual for people who have to speak in public, and it is still in use today. Whether the occasion in question is sharing travel experiences with friends, a toast for newly-weds, or a public debate, the tips and tricks collected in this book will come handy anywhere. The book describes how to make effective Read more [...]
Commentaries on the Gallic War audiobook by GAIUS JULIUS CAESAR Translated by Thomas Rice Holmes Commentarii de Bello Gallico (English: Commentaries on the Gallic War) is Julius Caesar's firsthand account of the Gallic Wars, written as a third-person narrative. In it Caesar describes the battles and intrigues that took place in the nine years he spent fighting local armies in Gaul that opposed Roman domination. The work has been a mainstay in the teaching of Latin to schoolchildren, its simple, Read more [...]
Woman as Decoration audiobook by Emily Burbank (?-?) Published in 1917 A guide for women to complement their dress to their surroundings, be it in their own home, on outings or on stage. Please note that there is a separate chapter with the captions of the fashion plates which can be found in the online text. (Summary by Julie VW)     Read more [...]
The Complete Book of Cheese by Bob Brown (1886 -- 1959) This recording was released to coincide with National Cheese Lovers' Day 2010 in the United States. Robert Carlton Brown (1886 -- 1959), after living thirty years in as many foreign lands and enjoying countless national cheeses at the source, returned to New York and summed them all up in this book. After majoring in beer and free lunch from Milwaukee to Munich, Bob celebrated the end of Prohibition with a book called Let There Be Read more [...]
Other People's Money audiobook by Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941) Other People's Money and How the Bankers Use It is a collection of essays written by Louis Brandeis published as a book in 1914. The book attacked the use of investment funds to promote the consolidation of various industries under the control of a small number of corporations, which Brandeis alleged were working in concert to prevent competition. Brandeis harshly criticized investment bankers who controlled large amounts of money Read more [...]
About Orchids, a Chat audiobook by Frederick Boyle (1841-?) This is not a manual of instruction for orchid growers; though there are many hints on cultivation, and a few paragraphs on how to hybridize. The author is just an enthusiastic amateur orchid lover. He takes the reader on a wander through the dangers and consequences of hunting orchids in the tropical jungles of the nineteenth century, and chats about the extreme peculiarities of orchid growth, behaviour and structure, colouring the Read more [...]
The Consolation of Philosophy audiobook by Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius (480-524/525). Translated by H.R. James (1862-1931). Consolation of Philosophy (Latin: Consolatio Philosophiae) is a philosophical work by Boethius written in about the year 524 AD. It has been described as the single most important and influential work in the West in medieval and early Renaissance Christianity, and is also the last great work that can be called Classical. Consolation of Philosophy was written during Read more [...]
Around the World in Seventy-Two Days audiobook by Nellie Bly (1864-1922) This is a true account by American woman journalist who, in 1889, set out to see whether she could beat the fictional journey in Jules Verne's 1873 novel, Around the World in Eighty Days. Wearing one dress and carrying one handbag, Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman (pen name "Nellie Bly"), reported her travels back to avid readers in America. (Summary by Mary Reagan)   Around the World in Seventy-Two Days "Round Read more [...]
The Englishwoman in America audiobook by Isabella Lucy Bird Isabella Bird travels abroad in Canada and the United States in the 1850s. As an Englishwoman and a lone female, she travels as far as Chicago, Prince Edward Island, and Cincinatti. Her observations on the trials and tribulations of the journeys are astute, if formed by her place and time in history. Adventures with pickpockets, omnibuses, cholera, and rat invested hotels deter her not. (Sibella Denton)     Read more [...]
The Mind and the Brain audiobook by Alfred Binet (1857-1911) being the authorized translation of L'?me et le corps F. Legge, editor "This book is a prolonged effort to establish a distinction between what is called mind and what is called matter. Nothing is more simple than to realise this distinction when you do not go deeply into it; nothing is more difficult when you analyse it a little. At first sight, it seems impossible to confuse things so far apart as a thought and a block of stone; Read more [...]
Unbeaten Tracks in Japan audiobook by Isabella L. Bird (1831 -- 1904) Isabella Lucy Bird (1831 -- 1904) was a 19th century English traveller, writer, and natural historian. She was a sickly child, however, while she was travelling she was almost always healthy. Her first trip, in 1854, took her to America, visiting relatives. Her first book, The Englishwoman in America was published anonymously two years later. Unbeaten Tracks in Japan is compiled of the letters she sent to her sister during Read more [...]
A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains audiobook by Isabella L. Bird (1831-1904) Isabella Bird began travelling while in her early twenties to help alleviate illness that had plagued her since childhood. She was a single woman in her early forties when she made her treck through the Rocky Mountains. A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains details this fascinating account of her travels through a series of letters written to her sister, Henrietta. These letters are filled with beautiful, vivid descriptions Read more [...]