Nine Unlikely Tales audiobook E. NESBIT (1858 - 1924) Nine original and, yes, unlikely fairy-tales, which include stories of the arithmetic fairy, the king who became a charming villa-residence and the dreadful automatic nagging machine. All are classic-Nesbit: charming, novel and not afraid to squeeze in a moral or two -- told with proper fairy-tale style. Summary by Cori Genre(s): Myths, Legends & Fairy Tales Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   Read more [...]
Ten Books on Architecture Marcus VITRUVIUS POLLIO (80-70 BC - c. 15 BC), translated by Morris Hicky MORGAN (1859 - 1910) On Architecture is a treatise on architecture written by the Roman architect Vitruvius and dedicated to his patron, the emperor Caesar Augustus as a guide for building projects. The work is one of the most important sources of modern knowledge of Roman building methods as well as the planning and design of structures, both large (aqueducts, buildings, baths, harbours) and small Read more [...]
Michael O'Halloran audiobook Gene STRATTON-PORTER (1863 - 1924) The story of a plucky, optimistic newsboy, Michael O'Halloran, who has been orphaned from a young age and asks nothing of the world but to "Be Square!" This is a warm and joyous story of how Michael makes life sunnier for those around him, bringing joy to all who know him. (Summary by Mary A.) Genre(s): Published 1900 onward Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   Read more [...]
The Idiot audiobook Fyodor DOSTOYEVSKY (1821 - 1881), translated by Eva M. MARTIN ( - ) The extraordinary child-adult Prince Myshkin, confined for several years in a Swiss sanatorium suffering from severe epilepsy, returns to Russia to claim his inheritance and to find a place in healthy human society. The teeming St Petersburg community he enters is far from receptive to an innocent like himself, despite some early successes and relentless pursuit by grotesque fortune-hunters. His naive gaucheries Read more [...]
The Book of Lieh-Tzu audiobook LIEZI ( - ca. 400 BC), translated by Lionel GILES (1875 - 1958) Although Lieh Tzu's work has evidently passed through the hands of many editors and gathered numerous accretions, there remains a considerable nucleus which in all probability was committed to writing by Lieh Tzu's immediate disciples, and is therefore older than the genuine parts of Chuang Tzu. There are some obvious analogies between the two authors, and indeed a certain amount of matter common to both; Read more [...]
Ancient Greek Philosopher-Scientists audiobook VARIOUS ( - ), translated by Various The Pre-Socratic Greek philosophers, that is, the philosopher-scientists who lived before or contemporaneously to Socrates, were the first men in the Western world to establish a line of inquiry regarding the natural phenomena that rejected the traditional religious explanations and searched for rational explanations. Even though they do not form a school of thought, they can be considered the fathers of philosophy Read more [...]
The Hill of Dreams audiobook Arthur MACHEN (1863 - 1947) The novel recounts the life of a young man, Lucian Taylor, focusing on his dreamy childhood in rural Wales, in a town based on Caerleon. The Hill of Dreams of the title is an old Roman fort where Lucian has strange sensual visions, including ones of the town in the time of Roman Britain. Later it describes Lucian's attempts to make a living as an author in London, enduring poverty and suffering in the pursuit of art. Generally thought to Read more [...]
The Vicar of Wakefield audiobook Oliver GOLDSMITH (1730 - 1774) First published in 1766, the loveable and innocent Dr Primrose and his family have given pleasure to all that have read it.The story opens with the vicar losing his fortune and moving to another parish. What follows is a tale of love, deceit, betrayal, humour and a hidden hero.....It was one of Charles Dickens favourite books and a source of inspiration to him. No further recommendation is needed. Enjoy. (Summary by Tadhg) Genre(s): Read more [...]
The Shortstop audiobook by Zane Grey (1872-1939) Zane Grey (Pearl Zane Gray) born in 1872 in Zanesville, Ohio was best known for his western stories, most notably Riders Of The Purple Sage which has been filmed four times, the last in 1996 starring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan. Among his other interests was baseball. He attended the University of Pennsylvania on a baseball scholarship where he earned a degree in dentistry. Grey later played minor league baseball with a team in Wheeling, West Virginia. Read more [...]
Ten Days in a Madhouse audiobook by Nellie Bly (1864-1922) In 1887 Nellie Bly, one of the first female newspaper writers, and a young reporter who would soon go on to make a career for herself as an investigative journalist and "stunt" reporter, had herself committed to the Blackwell's Island Insane Asylum in New York. Her purpose was to discover what life was like for those who had been deemed insane. She was surprised to discover the depth of mistreatement of the patients. Partially as a result Read more [...]
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Dorian Gray, a young man of wealth and stature in late 1800's London, meets Lord Henry Wotton while posing for a portrait by his friend Basil Hallward. Once the painting is complete, Dorian realizes that it will always be young and attractive, while he will be forced to age and wither with the years. Carelessly, he wishes the opposite were true. What happens is a treatise on morals, self-indulgence and how crucial personal responsibility is Read more [...]
Shakespeare Monologues by William Shakespeare (1564-1616) William Shakespeare (April 26, 1564 -- April 23, 1616) remains widely to be considered the single greatest playwright of all time. He wrote in such a variety of genres -- tragedy, comedy, romance, &c -- that there is always at least one monologue in each of his plays. Some of these teach a lesson, some simply characterize Shakespeare at his best, some are funny, some sad, but all are very moving. Each monologue will touch everybody Read more [...]

One-Act Play Collection
Librivox’s One-Act Play Collection includes one-act plays in the public domain read by a variety of LibriVox members.

 

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