The Yellow House - audiobook E. Phillips OPPENHEIM (1866 - 1946) Vicar and his two daughters move to a small, quiet country village and soon learn that their neighbor in the yellow house holds secrets that will change everything they thought to be real in their lives. (Summary by Sharon Kilmer) Genre(s): Crime & Mystery Fiction, Romance, Published 1900 onward Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   Read more [...]
The Beetle - audiobook Richard MARSH (1857 - 1915) A story about a mysterious oriental figure who pursues a British politician to London, where he wreaks havoc with his powers of hypnosis and shape-shifting, Marsh's novel is of a piece with other sensational turn-of-the-century fictions such as Stoker's Dracula, George du Maurier's Trilby, and Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu novels. Like Dracula and many of the sensation novels pioneered by Wilkie Collins and others in the 1860s, The Beetle is narrated Read more [...]
The House of the Vampire - audiobook George Sylvester VIERECK (1884 - 1962) The House of the Vampire is a 1907 novella that is a very unusual vampire story. A young writer comes under the powerful influence of a mysterious older master, who seems to have left a trail of ruined proteges in his wake. The story is as much about the nature of artistic creation as it is a chilling vampire tale. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett) Genre(s): Horror & Supernatural Fiction Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   Read more [...]
The Ambulance Made Two Trips - audiobook Murray LEINSTER (1896 - 1975) Big Jake Connors is taking over his town through violence, inimidation and bribery but Detective Sergeant Fitzgerald can only grind his teeth in frustration. The gangsters seem to have everything going their way until the day that a little dry cleaning establishment declines their offer of 'protection' and strange things start to happen. Murray Leinster gives us another wonderful product of 'what if' from his limitless imagination Read more [...]
The Parenticide Club - audiobook Ambrose BIERCE (1842 - 1914) Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914?), best known as journalist, satirist and short story writer. Cynical in outlook, economical in style; Bierce vanished while an observer with Pancho Villa's army. Four grotesque short stories about murder within the family, seen through the gently innocent eyes of family members ... usually the murderer himself. (Summary written by Peter Yearsley) Genre(s): Horror & Supernatural Fiction Language: Read more [...]
A Prairie-Schooner Princess - audiobook Mary Katherine MAULE (1861 - ) The story of a Quaker family's journey from Ohio to Nebraska beginning in 1856. They encounter a mystery which leaves them an orphan girl who will forever change their lives. Blizzard, the Civil War, and Indians and more Indians fill this great adventure which tests their faith and ingenuity while shaping their loves and futures. Summary by Sharon Kilmer. Genre(s): Action & Adventure, Christian Fiction Language: English Read more [...]
Folk Tales Every Child Should Know - audiobook Hamilton Wright MABIE (1846 - 1916) We have always loved stories. people have always entertained each other by telling tales around the campfire; traveling storytellers were huge crowd-pullers. Many of these stories were passed down through the generations, largely unchanged. "The stories made by the people, and told before evening fires, or in public places and at the gates of inns in the Orient, belong to the ages when books were few and knowledge Read more [...]
The Czar's Spy - audiobook William LE QUEUX (1864 - 1927) William Le Queux was a British novelist and prolific writer of mysteries. Indeed, mystery surrounds the author himself as to whether he was a spy or rather just a self-promoter. Regardless of which is true, Le Queux brings us a story of intrigue and espionage that travels across Europe in the true spirit of a good mystery. There are shootings, burglaries, romances, escapes from prisons, and intricate conspiracies that may surprise and leave Read more [...]
My First Summer in the Sierra - audiobook John MUIR (1838 - 1914) The journal of nature-lover John Muir who spent the summer of 1869 walking California's Sierra Nevada range. From French Bar to Mono Lake and the Yosemite Valley, Muir was awestruck by everything he saw. The antics of the smallest "insect people" amazed him as much as stunted thousand-year old Juniper trees growing with inconceivable tenacity from tiny cracks in the stone. Muir spent the rest of his life working to preserve the high Read more [...]
Freckles - audiobook Gene STRATTON-PORTER (1863 - 1924) Freckles is a young man who has been raised since infancy in a Chicago orphanage. His one dream is to find a job, a place to belong and people who accept him despite his youth and the disability of having only one hand. He finds this place in the Limberlost Swamp, as a Limberlost guard of precious timber. In the process, he discovers a love for the wilderness and animals he encounters every day on his rounds and a burning desire to learn Read more [...]
The Mystery of a Hansom Cab - audiobook Fergus HUME (1859 - 1932) "The following report appeared in the Argus newspaper of Saturday, the 28th July, 18-- "Truth is said to be stranger than fiction, and certainly the extraordinary murder which took place in Melbourne on Thursday night, or rather Friday morning, goes a long way towards verifying this saying. A crime has been committed by an unknown assassin, within a short distance of the principal streets of this great city, and is surrounded by 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 [...]
The Wood Beyond the World - audiobook William MORRIS (1834 - 1896) The Wood beyond the World is a fantasy novel by William Morris, perhaps the first modern fantasy writer to unite an imaginary world with the element of the supernatural, and thus the precursor of much of present-day fantasy literature. His use of archaic language has been seen by some modern readers as making his fiction difficult to read, but brings a wonderful atmosphere to the telling. Morris considered his fantasies a revival Read more [...]
Who Was Who: 5000 BC - 1914 Biographical Dictionary of the Famous and Those Who Wanted to Be - audiobook Irwin Leslie GORDON (1888 - 1954) A short, humorous biography of famous people from 5000 BC to 1914. -- S. McGaughey From the Introduction, "The editor begs leave to inform the public that only persons who can produce proper evidence of their demise will be admitted to Who Was Who. Press Agent notices or complimentary comments are absolutely excluded, and those offering to pay for the insertion Read more [...]
Pens?es - audiobook Blaise PASCAL (1623 - 1662), translated by W. F. TROTTER (1871 - ?) Pascal's Pens?es is widely considered to be a masterpiece, and a landmark in French prose. When commenting on one particular section (Thought #72), Sainte-Beuve praised it as the finest pages in the French language. Will Durant, in his 11-volume, comprehensive The Story of Civilization series, hailed it as "the most eloquent book in French prose." In Pens?es, Pascal surveys several philosophical paradoxes: infinity Read more [...]
Gawayne and the Green Knight - audiobook Charlton Miner LEWIS (1866 - 1923) Charlton Miner Lewis' version of Gawayne and the Green Knight, a late 14th century alliterative romance, is written in modern language telling the story of the Green Knight's challenge to Gawayne, and the romance between Sir Gawayne and Lady Elfinheart. The name Gawayne is often also spelled Gawain. (Summary by Betsie Bush) Genre(s): Myths, Legends & Fairy Tales, Fantastic Fiction, Poetry Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   Read more [...]
Among Malay Pirates : a Tale of Adventure and Peril - audiobook G. A. HENTY (1832 - 1902) G. A . Henty was a prolific writer of historical fiction for young adults. In this collection of shorter stories we visit Malay pirates, have a couple of tales of India, a shipwreck off the Channel Islands and a bursting dam in California, and finish off escaping from captivity in China (Summary by annise) Genre(s): Children's Fiction, Action & Adventure Fiction, Historical Fiction Language: English Read more [...]
The Good-Natured Man - audiobook Oliver GOLDSMITH (1730 - 1774) By the playwright of the more popular She Stoops to Conquer, The Good-Natured Man is the comedic story of misguided philanthropy, mistaken identity, and secret romance. Will Honeywell, The Good-Natured Man, see through the lies and trickery surrounding his generosity? Will Leontine and Olivia's true relationship be found out? And just what is that Lofty guy up to...? (Summary by Amanda Friday) Cast: Narrator: Katy Fossil Sir William 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 [...]