The Diary of a Nobody (Audiobook) by George Grossmith (1847-1912) and Weedon Grossmith (1852-1919). The Diary of a Nobody is the fictitious record of fifteen months in the life of Charles Pooter, his family, friends and small circle of acquaintances. It first appeared, serialised in Punch magazine and might be regarded as the first 'blog'; being a record of the simplicities and humiliations in the life of this mundane, but upright, city clerk, who had an incontestable faith that a record of his Read more [...]
The Admirable Crichton (Audio Book) by J. M. Barrie (1860--1937) From the author of Peter Pan: Lord Loam, a British peer, considers class divisions to be artificial. He promotes his views during tea-parties where servants mingle with his aristocratic guests, to the embarrassment of all. Crichton, his butler, particularly disapproves of this. Loam, his family, a maid, and Crichton are shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island. The resourceful Crichton is the only one of the party with any Read more [...]
Northanger Abbey (FULL Audio Book) by Jane Austen (1775-1817) Northanger Abbey follows Catherine Morland and family friends Mr. and Mrs. Allen as they visit Bath, England. Seventeen year-old Catherine spends her time visiting newly-made friends, such as Isabella Thorpe, and going to balls. Catherine finds herself pursued by Isabella's brother John Thorpe (Catherine's brother James's friend from university), and by Henry Tilney. She also becomes friends with Eleanor Tilney, Henry's younger sister. Read more [...]
The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight (FULL Audio Book) by Elizabeth von Arnim (1866-1941) The Princess Priscilla of Lothen Kunitz finds court life stifling and runs away to England with the elderly court librarian. Her intention is to live a pure and simple life filled with good works. But life among ordinary people in an English village is not what she expects it to be... (Introduction by Tabithat) Read more [...]
Irish Wit and Humor (FULL Audio Book) by Anonymous Excerpted anecdotes from the biographies of Swift, Curran, O'Leary and O'Connell, relating humorous snippets of politics in 18th and 19th century Ireland. For some these may be poignant in addition to being humorous and for others they may be humorous in addition to being poignant. ( Summary by JCarson )     Read more [...]
Comic Tragedies (FULL Audio Book) by Louisa May Alcott 1832-1888 Fans of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women will remember the elaborate plays which the March sisters loved to perform. This volume, published after Alcott's death, is a compilation of the real plays written by her and her sisters, which were fictionalized in Little Women. (Summary by Arielle Lipshaw) Cast: Actor 1: Algy Pug Actor 2: Marty Kris Actor 3: Matthew Reece Actor 4: Peter Bishop Actor 5: John Steigerwald Actor 6: Read more [...]
The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson  (Audio Book) by Mark Twain (1835-1910) It was published in 1893--1894 by Century Magazine in seven installments, and is a detective story with some racial themes. The plot of this novel is a detective story, in which a series of identities — the judge's murderer, Tom, Chambers — must be sorted out. This structure highlights the problem of identity and one's ability to determine one's own identity. Broader issues of identity are the central ideas of this Read more [...]