A Catechism of Familiar Things; Their History, and the Events Which Led to Their Discovery (FULL Audio Book) by Anonymous This book, a reprint of a successful English publication, has been so enlarged as to be to all intents and purposes new. It has been carefully revised by a Reverend gentleman, who for some time filled the chair of Physics and Chemistry in one of our colleges. Recent inventions and improvements are described in a simple, popular style, so as to be easily understood by all, Read more [...]
The South Pole; an account of the Norwegian Antarctic expedition in the Fram, 1910-12 (FULL Audio Book) by Roald Amundsen (1872 -- 1928), translated by A. G. Chater (???? -- ????) In contrast to Scott's South Pole expedition, Amundsen's expedition benefited from good equipment, appropriate clothing, and a fundamentally different primary task (Amundsen did no surveying on his route south and is known to have taken only two photographs) Amundsen had a better understanding of dogs and their handling, Read more [...]
The Lancashire Witches (FULL Audio Book) by Harrison Ainsworth The Lancashire Witches is a highly fictionalised account of the activities of the notorious witches Demdike, Chattox and Alice Nutter who, together with others terrorised the district of Lancashire around Pendle Hill and the Forest of Bowland during the early seventeenth century. The witches named in the book were real enough, if not as witches then as people. Ainsworth, in his story brings in the dissolution of Whalley Abbey and Read more [...]
Birds in the Calendar (FULL Audio Book) by Frederick G. Aflalo (1870 -- 1918) Delightful sketches of British wild birds -- a bird for every month of the year from the pheasant in January to the robin in December. This collection of articles, reprinted in book form from the periodical The Outlook, is full of fascinating information about bird behaviour and habitat, as well as many interesting anecdotes. Out of date in some respects, particularly in its reference to the (now illegal) collecting Read more [...]
Twenty Years at Hull-House (FULL Audio Book) by Jane Addams (1860-1935) Jane Addams was the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In a long, complex career, she was a pioneer settlement worker and founder of Hull-House in Chicago, public philosopher (the first American woman in that role), author, and leader in woman suffrage and world peace. She was the most prominent woman of the Progressive Era and helped turn the nation to issues of concern to mothers, such as the needs Read more [...]
The Theory of Social Revolutions by Brooks Adams (1848-1927) Brooks Adams (1848- 1927), was an American historian and a critic of capitalism. He believed that commercial civilizations rise and fall in predictable cycles. First, masses of people draw together in large population centers and engage in commercial activities. As their desire for wealth grows, they discard spiritual and creative values. Their greed leads to distrust and dishonesty, and eventually the society crumbles. In The Law of Read more [...]
Gentle Measures in the Management and Training of the Young (FULL Audio Book) by Jacob Abbott (1803-1879) Subtitled, "The principles on which a firm parental authority may be established and maintained, without violence or anger, and the right development of the moral and mental capacities be promoted by methods in harmony with the structure and the characteristics of the juvenile mind." This book gives practical advice on how to raise children using "gentle measures" that do not damage the children's Read more [...]
The Outline of Science (Audio Book) by J. Arthur Thomson In The Outline of Science, Thomson gives us a window into scientific thinking as it stood in 1922 on the big, the little, and the biological. With straightforward language intended for a general audience, this book covers astronomy from the Solar System to the Milky Way, the submicroscopic makeup of matter from protons and electrons, and the evolution of simple living beings into the varied fauna of the world today. Thomson cites many examples Read more [...]
Mozart, The Man and the Artist as Revealed in His Own Words by Friedrich Kerst Translated by Henry Edward Krehbiel (1854-1923) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His name is one of the most recognizable names in history and one of the most enduring of composers. At age 5, this "wunderkinder" took to the stage and began his life as a prolific and celebrated creator-genius of such luminous works the world has not known since. This collection of morsels taken from his personal letters is engaging and gives Read more [...]
The Story of Alchemy and the Beginnings of Chemistry by M. M. Pattison Muir (d1931) A light journey through the history of chemistry, from its start in the obscure mysteries of alchemy to what was, for the author, the cutting edge of the development of modern atomic theory ... and whose developing blind ends we can now see with the advantage of hind sight. (Summary by Peter Yearsley)     Read more [...]
A Guide to Men: Being Encore Reflections of a Bachelor Girl by Helen Rowland (1875-1950) A series of occasionally witty one-liners, poems and considerations on the subject of Men, Women and their Conjunction. By turns tender, bland, sexist (in both directions!) and funny. Summary by Cori Samuel. From the text: A man is like a park squirrel; if you fling your favors or your charms at his head he will never come up and eat out of your hand. Even Satan could find a woman to call him "Dearie," Read more [...]
How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) "Which of us lives on twenty-four hours a day? And when I say 'lives,' I do not mean exists, nor 'muddles through.'" Arnold Bennett knew a "rat race" when he saw one. Every day, his fellow white-collar Londoners followed the same old routine. And they routinely decried the sameness in their lives. So Bennett set out to explain how to inject new enthusiasm into living. In this delightful little work, he taught his fellow Read more [...]
Mental Efficiency and Other Hints to Men and Women by Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) Published: 1911 In this light-hearted yet thought-provoking collection of articles, Bennett offers his thoughts on exercising your mind, organising your life, marriage, books and happiness, and other pocket philosophies. The book stands the test of time, and much is still relevant and amusing -- perhaps even more so, with nearly 100 years of hindsight, than when it was originally written. The book "X" to Read more [...]
Supreme Personality by Delmer Eugene Croft Life is self-realization. Every birth is divine. We are born anew every morning. My wish is that you may catch the gleam, be freed from limitations and enter upon your boundless possibilities. To bring you into the throne-room of your being, that you may awaken in self-realization, is why I have prepared this course of lessons. Should you give five minutes a day to them, in a year you will know the joy there is in Life, in Power, and in Service. (from Read more [...]
A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis by Melvin Powers This book is written in terms that are comprehensible to the layman. The step-by-step instructions should afford the reader a means of acquiring self-hypnosis. The necessary material is here. The reader need only follow the instructions as they are given. It is the author's hope that you will, through the selective use of self-hypnosis, arrive at a more rewarding, well-adjusted, and fuller life. (Summary from A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis) Read more [...]
God and the State by Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876) Translated by Benjamin R. Tucker (1854-1939) Bakunin's most famous work, published in various lengths, this version is the most complete form of the work published hitherto. Originally titled "Dieu et l'?tat", Bakunin intended it to be part of the second portion to a larger work named "The Knouto-Germanic Empire and the Social Revolution" (Knouto-Germanic Empire is in reference to a treaty betwixt Russia and Germany at the time), but the work Read more [...]
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) Translated by W. K. Marriott The Prince (Italian: Il Principe) is a political treatise by the Italian diplomat, historian and political theorist Niccol? Machiavelli. From correspondence a version appears to have been distributed in 1513, using a Latin title, De Principatibus (About Principalities). But the printed version was not published until 1532, five years after Machiavelli's death. This was done with the permission of the Medici pope Clement Read more [...]