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The Tell-Tale Heart Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Tell-Tale Heart Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Tell-Tale Heart Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Gary Zupkas, K. Anderson Yancy Format: Unabridged Length: 15 mins Language: English Release date: 07-20-09 Publisher: SonicMovie.net Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 10 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: SonicMovies are premium audios with strong vocal performances enhanced by music and sound effects to such an extent that they sound like movies - hence, SonicMovies. Presented by Wollcott & Sheridan (WSAPL.com) / SonicMovie.net & K. Anderson Yancy. Members Reviews: I absolutely loved this story I absolutely loved this story because of the beating heart! I love hearing a heart beat! Job well done.... Good narrator to an already great story that resonates well on audio... especially with the beating of the heart, echoing in the background! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

To Build a Fire Audiobook by Jack London
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To Build a Fire Audiobook by Jack London

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: To Build a Fire Author: Jack London Narrator: Mark F. Smith Format: Unabridged Length: 44 mins Language: English Release date: 10-15-13 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: At fifty degrees below zero, your spit freezes instantly upon hitting the ground. At seventy-five below zero, it freezes in mid-air. If you get wet at that temperature you need to know one thing, and know it very well - how to build a fire. Members Reviews: you will feel the chill I have been reading Jack London works since I was given a copy of White Fang as an 11 year old. This one, though short, is still excellent reading. If you have ever been outside in the wintertime in a place that is more than a days walk from a mall, you will appreciate this novel. You will feel the cold as it seeps into your bones. Read it! Never get this cold. I decided to reread this American Classic from my childhood. I usually don't read books more than once, but I had forgotten that nobody can describe the bitter cold of winter in the northwest better than Jack London. You feel the deep, penetrating cold; you feel the hopefulness of completing your mission despite making a few inconsequential mistakes; and yet deep in your soul, you know how easily others and perhaps you can succumb to adversity in the wake of Mother Nature. Although having lived in Alaska and doing a lot of walking for exercise, I was skeptical that a man could travel in deep snow and bitter cold at four miles per hour, but perhaps that speaks of the fortitude of our pioneers, trappers, and miners in the frontier. Five Stars It's a classic, everyone knows that. One of the greatest American writer's tells the tale of a man who ... One of the greatest American writer's tells the tale of a man who ventures into the Yukon without a full understanding of the dangers. A vivid description of the perils in traveling in the severe cold (-75 degrees!) and the desperate struggle to survive by building a fire. Five Stars! Loved To Build a Fire! This short story by Jack London was written with such vivid imagery that it took me there. A fascinating story and a quick read. Recommend, recommend, recommend!!! Can't wait to read more by this author. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Uncanny Tales Audiobook by F. Marion Crawford
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Uncanny Tales Audiobook by F. Marion Crawford

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Uncanny Tales Author: F. Marion Crawford Narrator: Roy Macready Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins Language: English Release date: 01-25-16 Publisher: Spiders' House Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Francis Marion Crawford (1854-1909) was an American writer, born in Italy and educated in the USA. He also studied at the universities of Cambridge and Heidelberg. He was a prolific writer in many fields, but it was his novels that were most popular, commanding a large following. His stories of the macabre and supernatural are very highly regarded. Roy Macready reads five of them from Uncanny Tales: "The Dead Smile"; "The Screaming Skull"; "Man Overboard!"; "For the Blood Is the Life"; and "The Doll's Ghost". Members Reviews: Very Good Very good stories told in an interesting voice. Well worth the price and I think a few modern authors could learn something here. Some of the stories drag, but others are excellent. Some of the scenes in the tales are excellent, and actually true horror. Not a review, but merely a comment: one ... Not a review, but merely a comment: one of the best-written tales in the volume--one that is not listed either on the cover or on the title page--is Von Degen's novella "A Shadow on a Wave," a Gothic romance of old Venice. It contains perhaps the most evocative line in the collection: "Who does not know the longing and despair at the sight of a divinely lovely thing?" Von Degen was the pen name of Anne née Crawford, the oldest sister of F. Marion Crawford; only two works of hers are known, both published in this collection. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Virginian Audiobook by Owen Wister
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The Virginian Audiobook by Owen Wister

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Virginian Author: Owen Wister Narrator: Richard Davidson Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins Language: English Release date: 01-26-11 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 29 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: He is the Virginian - the first fully realized cowboy hero in American literature, a near-mythic figure whose idealized image has profoundly influenced our national consciousness. This enduring work of fiction marks the birth of a legend that lives with us still. Editorial Reviews: In addition to being one of the first full-length Western novels, Owen Wister's The Virginian still ranks among the most satisfying. Richard Davidson's performance of this classic tale of an honorable cowboy and the woman who loves him captures the outsized personalities that populated the Wyoming frontier at the turn of the century. Davidson summons the particular cadences of good guys as well as villains, Indians as well as refined East Coast schoolteachers. The performer's gilded and self-assured delivery reveals his sizable experience. He has won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Audiobook Non-fiction and has performed over 200 audiobooks in his career. Members Reviews: I could read it over and over again... :) I mean it! You really could! It's the kind of book you read, and then come back to a month later, just for enjoyment :) I've read the book before, but I decided I wanted my own copy. In the book, unlike the TV series (which I also love), Trampas is a bad - dark mustache - sinister - guy. The Virginian and he have an ongoing feud. I'm glad that they changed this in the TV show, but in the book, it works. On TV, the main emphasis seems to be on the Virginian and Trampas, while in the book, the main subject is the Virginian and his girl, Molly. The show used many of the ideas in the book. If you've even seen the show, you'll be reading the book, and you'll come to a part, and suddenly, it'll be like, "Oh! I remember that from season 3," and vice versa. You might be watching the show, and see a certain part (especially season 1), and be like, "That's from chapter 2!" At any rate, it's a great story. It's easy to see how Owen Wister broke the ice with this one. My copy arrived today in excellent condition. I love it. Nice work, publisher people. the original Western "The Virginian's pistol came out, and his hand lay on the table, holding it unaimed. And with a voice as gentle as ever, the voice that sounded almost like a caress, but drawling a very little more than usual, so that there was almost a space between each word, he issued his orders to the man Trampas: `When you call me that, smile.' And he looked at Trampas across the table." This novel, the first true western that paved the way for other famous authors such as Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour, covers a span of five years and chronicles the acquaintance of the unnamed author/narrator with a strong, silent stranger known only as "The Virginian," a young man in his twenties who works on Judge Henry's Shiloh Ranch at Sunk Creek in the Wyoming territory. The account begins when the narrator arrives in Medicine Bow, WY, around 1886, to visit Judge Henry and the Virginian is sent to escort him to Shiloh.

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume 3 Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume 3 Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume 3 Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Tim Habeger Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins Language: English Release date: 02-07-12 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 28 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A collection of classic works by Edgar Allan Poe, American author, poet, editor and literary critic. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career. This volume includes "Narrative of A. Gordon Pym", "Ligeia", "Morella", "A Tale pof the Ragged Mountains", "The Spectacles", "King Pest", and "Three Sundays in a Week". Editorial Reviews: Edgar Allen Poes poems and stories of horror and mystery blend wit with the macabre. His inventive narratives and erudite use of language have delighted countless fans since his tragically short career ended in the early 19th century. Here is a selection of works from one of the most admired and entertaining American intellects. Tim Habeger performs this third volume slowly, deliberately, and with resonance. It includes Poes only novel, The Narrative of A. Gordyn Pym, detailing a young mans adventures at sea, as well as six short stories that will excite and amuse, with descriptions of undead wives, drug-induced states, mistaken identity, and drunken sailors. Members Reviews: Could NOT listen What disappointed you about The Works of Edgar Allen Poe, Volume 3? I bought this MP3 for my husband and downloaded it in EVERY available format on SEVERAL ocassions...I bought TWO diffrent MP3 players and even contacted the tech support people to try to get it transfered to the or ANY player so that he could listen to it. I was told by tech support that they did not do tech support for the MP3 players and if i did nto have one of the players they recommended they could not help me. I am so dissapointed in my attempt to start listening to books. And dissapointed for my husband that I wasted money, time and tears of frustration trying to figure out something that should have been simple and was so darn complicated that three adults and tech support could NOT help me!!!! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Tales of the Jazz Age Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Tales of the Jazz Age Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Tales of the Jazz Age Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: John Michaels Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins Language: English Release date: 06-18-10 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 10 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Tales of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgerald's second book of 11 short stories, including "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", a humorous satire of the wealthy, is a perfect length for a long commute - and for a return to a golden, bygone era. Members Reviews: Poor Narration My first impression was the narrator would be better suited for stories by Bret Harte or Mark Twain (Innocents Abroad, e.g.). Fitzgerald's lighthearted Jazz Age tales about flappers and their beaus requires something of a lighter, smoother voice. Flirtatious chatter is ludicrous coming from this narrator. However, the constant mispronunciations were so annoying and, in some instances, I think the words were just made up ( 'preciptously'?) that I can't imagine enjoying anything read by this narrator. There really should have been some quality control imposed here. Don't buy this Audible version - Horrid narration Any additional comments? This is so badly read that you realize the narrator is uneducated. He constantly mangles words and his tone and elocution are so far from what the youthful, spirited writing of FSF deserves. This is an awful treatment of fine American fiction. FSF would die if he heard this reading. How does Audible produce these works? Is there any quality control? This is one of many examples of terrible mispronunciations that populate Audible productions. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Fireside Tales Audiobook by O. Henry, H. P. Lovecraft, W. F. Harvey, Mark Twain, Robert E. Howard, A. J. Alan, Arthur Conan Doyle
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Fireside Tales Audiobook by O. Henry, H. P. Lovecraft, W. F. Harvey, Mark Twain, Robert E. Howard, A. J. Alan, Arthur Conan Doyle

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Fireside Tales Subtitle: Sixty Short Stories of Ghosts, Mysteries, Crimes and Puzzles Author: O. Henry, H. P. Lovecraft, W. F. Harvey, Mark Twain, Robert E. Howard, A. J. Alan, Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 25 hrs and 48 mins Language: English Release date: 07-31-15 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 12 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: An enthralling collection of creepy and mysterious stories. From classic detective stories to spine-tingling horror and scary ghost stories, these tales will make your flesh crawl.... And 30 more enthralling stories... Members Reviews: Great book with some great stories I'm glad that I didn't listen to the review on how bad the narrator was. I thought she did a great job and am looking forward to other books read by her. Some of the stories we're not as good as others but over all a really great book. Worst narraration I've ever heard! The narrator is so painful to listen to it actually gave me a headache. Stay away! Monotone Would you try another book from the authors and/or Cathy Dobson? Yes, I would try another book from the authors. What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!) On the whole the stories were excellent. How could the performance have been better? the stories were read in a monotone. I am used to readers changing their voices as the read . Could you see Fireside Tales being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be? Haven't thought of that. horrible reading Good stories ruined completely by the person reading them. I will never again purchase anything read by this person. The storys are fine the narration is awful What would have made Fireside Tales better? I could not get past the first story due to the poor narration You didnt love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities? the material is good Any additional comments? don't buy Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man Audiobook by James Weldon Johnson
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The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man Audiobook by James Weldon Johnson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man Author: James Weldon Johnson Narrator: Alan Bomar Jones Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins Language: English Release date: 02-07-11 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 29 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: James Weldon Johnson's emotionally gripping novel is a landmark in black literary history and, more than eighty years after its original anonymous publication, a classic of American fiction. The first fictional memoir ever written by a black, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man influenced a generation of writers during the Harlem Renaissance and served as eloquent inspiration for Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, and Richard Wright. In the 1920s and since, it has also given white readers a startling new perspective on their own culture, revealing to many the double standard of racial identity imposed on black Americans. Narrated by a mulatto man whose light skin allows him to "pass" for white, the novel describes a pilgrimage through America's color lines at the turn of the century - from a black college in Jacksonville to an elite New York nightclub, from the rural South to the white suburbs of the Northeast. This is a powerful, unsentimental examination of race in America, a hymn to the anguish of forging an identity in a nation obsessed with color. Members Reviews: Liked it very much Once you get used to the narrator's tempo, the novel is no longer boring. I loved the story. Very good audiobook! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

William Wilson Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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William Wilson Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: William Wilson Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 54 mins Language: English Release date: 07-21-13 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 4 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Poe's eerie story of a strange doppelganger, with a classic twist at the end. William Wilson, from his early schooldays, is dogged and taunted by another boy of similar height and appearance, who bears the same name as himself. Although as young boys they manage to tolerate each other, over time, as Wilson moves through Eton and Oxford and out into the world, his alter ego frequently turns up to thwart him at critical moments in his life. Members Reviews: Nicely read doppelgänger story Clear female reader with a calm thespian voice. Since it's first-person madman, a male and more impassioned reading would make sense. Don't think that the climax really came out in this reading. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

MS. Found in a Bottle Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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MS. Found in a Bottle Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: MS. Found in a Bottle Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Patrick Girard Lawlor Format: Unabridged Length: 28 mins Language: English Release date: 06-28-11 Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc. Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 2 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "MS. Found in a Bottle" is an adventure short story by Edgar Allan Poe that first appeared in the May 1833 edition of Baltimore Saturday Visiter. The plot follows an unnamed narrator at sea who finds himself in a series of harrowing circumstances. As he nears his own disastrous death while his ship drives ever southward, he writes an "MS," or manuscript, telling of his adventures which he casts into the sea. Some critics believe the story was meant as a satire of typical sea tales. Edgar Allan Poe, born in Boston, was an American writer, poet, editor and literary critic considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Patrick Girard Lawlor, a classically trained stage actor, has performed onstage throughout the US and Europe. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Beautiful and Damned Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Beautiful and Damned Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Beautiful and Damned Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: Sean Crisden Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins Language: English Release date: 10-14-10 Publisher: Hudson Audio Publishing Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 23 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In this second classic novel, published in 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald tells us the story of Anthony Patch, a 1920s socialite and presumptive heir to a tycoon's fortune; his relationship with his wife, Gloria; his service in the Army; and his alcoholism. The novel provides an excellent portrait of the Eastern elite as the Jazz Age began its ascent. Members Reviews: Lordy. Two people, who have no business getting married, end up falling in love with each other Lordy. Two people, who have no business getting married, end up falling in love with each other. Anthony is a dull intellectual and Gloria is a capricious flapper, and they somehow manage to fool each other and themselves that they are meant to be. And naturally, their worse instincts make it into a nightmare marriage. (To be fair, I don't want to say whose fault it is...but it's definitely a lot more Anthony's fault). And that's not even considering the wide assortment of friends, 1920's young aristocrats meandering away their lives until they're 29 and looking in the mirror, and finally notice that they aren't immortal. The book is just shy of being a great book. But the first half is thunderously slow-paced, a little too on-the-nose about how much Anthony and Gloria putter around. And the second half...there's a lot to unpack there, but I'm not sure if the conclusion is executed well enough to earn the ending. But it's clear that Fitzgerald was well on his way of refining his style and themes of empty decadence and tragic romance. ...And it's also clear that Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda had issues. Write what you know, I guess. Great Fitzgerald as always, The Audio book read by William Dufris makes it even better This is by far one of my favorite books of all times, and having listened to the Audio Book read by William Dufris, I enjoyed it even more. His voice talents are amazing and he really immerses the reader/listener into the book. The Sad tale of being the spoilt brat of life, is beautifully portrayed and complemented by Fitzgerald's writing style. I'll definitely re-read this book again in a few years times Absolutely touched The beautiful part of this book with the short stories is amazing. I loved every story R.M Drake wrote. Each spoke to me in a different way, as if I could relate it to my own life. I felt moved and touched by each and every short story. Some reviews complain they didn't like the stories at all, but in my opinion, I couldn't have enjoyed any other just like these. I will never forget these stories I have read and I hope he makes another book similar. I rather read them than his quotes/poetry any day. Hands down, one of his best books I've read this far. This book is a real disappointment. The novel must be in the public domain ... This book is a real disappointment. The novel must be in the public domain because this volume is soul-less, lacks any publication history, except that of the Seller. Even the cover illustration is inappropriate. I expected a high quality paper back with the appropriate publication history and perhaps some remarks about Fitzgerald and the book itself. Instead one opens the book and on the fly leaf is a passing nod to Fitzgerald as the author, followed by a page on which it is announced that the publication house has a 2014 copyright.

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume 2 Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume 2 Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume 2 Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Bernard Setaro Clark Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins Language: English Release date: 02-07-12 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 10 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A collection of classic works by Edgar Allan Poe, American author, poet, editor, and literary critic. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career. This volume includes "The Purloined Letter", "The Thousand and Second Tale of Scheherazade", "A Descent into the Maelstrom", "Von Kempelen and his Discovery", "Mesmeric Revelation", "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar", "The Black Cat", "The Fall of the House of Usher", "Silence: A Fable", "The Masque of the Red Death", "The Cask of Amontillado", "The Imp of the Perverse", "The Island of the Fay", "The Assignation", "The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Premature Burial", "The Domain of Arnheim", "Landor's Cottage", and "William Wilson". Editorial Reviews: This volume contains some of Edgar Allan Poe's best works, including "The Cask of Amontillado", "The Fall of the House of Usher", and "The Pit and the Pendulum". Though all the stories contained in this audiobook might not live up to these more famous narratives from the dark Romanticist, altogether the volume stands up to scrutiny from the harshest critics. The vocal performance of Bernard Setaro Clark pushes the narrative through every haunted bedroom and under every eerie floorboard. Because some of Poe's works are reminiscent of police procedurals, a performer must be able to capture the voices of detectives, perps, and accusers, and Clark does so with conviction. Members Reviews: Warning: Missing portions of the original text Any additional comments? Through some error of transcription or typography, sections of many of the stories in this collection have been omitted -- specifically, any and every block quotation (including all poetry) is entirely skipped, and certain paragraphs are inexplicably absent (such as Roderick Usher's climactic dialogue in "The Fall of the House of Usher"). Reviews on the Kindle edition reveal that this is the case there as well, so perhaps the narrator was reading from that version. In general this narrator is acceptable; he regularly mispronounces certain words, but his evident understanding of Poe's often complex sentence structure makes his reading adequate. I do rather wonder how he could have failed to notice and inquire about the omissions from the text, however, as the passages in question blatantly don't make sense without the missing portions. Some of the stories don't suffer terribly from this problem, so this collection is still a viable option for anyone seeking audio recordings of Poe's works, but be aware of this bizarre deficiency (which affected most, in my opinion, "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Assignation") when purchasing this audiobook. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

To Build a Fire Audiobook by Jack London
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To Build a Fire Audiobook by Jack London

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: To Build a Fire Author: Jack London Narrator: Richard Rohan Format: Unabridged Length: 38 mins Language: English Release date: 12-27-07 Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 95 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "To Build a Fire" is the best known of all London's stories. It tells the story of a new arrival to the Klondike who stubbornly ignores warnings about the folly of traveling alone. He falls through the ice into a creek in 70-below weather, and his survival depends on being able to build a fire and dry his clothes - which he is unable to do. The famous version of this story was published in 1908. (P)2007 Listen and Live Audio, Inc. Members Reviews: A Tale of Survival? This is a pretty straightforward story about a man trying to survive in the bitter cold of the North. It's well-written and well-told, but otherwise unremarkable. It's difficult for me to see why it's one of Jack London's best-known stories when he has so much other great work out there. Nothing to lose This is such a well-regarded story and it's offered so cheaply that I found it hard to pass up. The audio is fine and the reader does a fair job, though I sometimes felt the tension in his voice was a bit forced. I think the story could have benefitted from a somewhat graver, perhaps gruffer, voice. But that's nitpicking really. I might actually prefer to read the paper version on its own, but for a couple of bucks there is nothing to lose here. It's a tense outdoor survival story and I certainly feel like I got my money's worth! Maybe we are not invinsible Loved it, very detailed writing for a short story. Highly recommended Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Mansion Audiobook by William Faulkner
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The Mansion Audiobook by William Faulkner

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Mansion Author: William Faulkner Narrator: Joe Barrett Format: Unabridged Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins Language: English Release date: 10-07-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 72 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The Mansion tells of Mink Snopes, whose archaic sense of honor brings about the downfall of his cousin Flem. "For all his concern with the South, Faulkner was actually seeking out the nature of man," noted Ralph Ellison. "Thus we must turn to him for that continuity of moral purpose which made for the greatness of our classics." As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of William Faulkner's book, you'll also receive an exclusive Jim Atlas interview. This interview where James Atlas interviews James Lee Burke about the life and work of William Faulkner begins as soon as the audiobook ends. Members Reviews: Faulkner Snopes trlogy it is wonderful, funny and sad at the same time. a marvelous writer and an experience. Mink Cometh Where does The Mansion rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? Very solid reading. The ending of a 20th century classic American trilogy of novels, of course. What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mansion? Glimpses into Mink's interior monolog are simultaenously touching, horrifying and revolting. Which character as performed by Joe Barrett was your favorite? Barrett did a wonderful job with Mink's voice, and his Flem was chilling. I didn't love his interpretation of Linda's deaf woman voice, but it was an okay choice and Barrett was consistent. Really a very, very good reading. If you could rename The Mansion, what would you call it? The entire Snopes trilogy should be read or listened to as one book, The Hamlet, The Town, The Mansion. Any additional comments? Faulkner closes the books on the wonderful characters he's created in the previous two books: Gavin, Linda, Flem, Ratliff, Chick, and Mink. After two books, he delivers a solid and engrossing finale. It is possible to listen to this as a stand alone, for there is enough recounting to bring one up to speed. I did not find this redundant, as some do, because Faulkner always finds a slightly different angle to view it from. For instance, we get a recap of The Sound and the Fury that tells that incredibly complex and tragic tale from an amusing and detached angle that let's you have even one more look at one of the great books in English. Awesome Great narration, Great writing, certainly a challenge, Worth the time and effort, highly recommend this. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Ben-Hur Audiobook by Lew Wallace
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Ben-Hur Audiobook by Lew Wallace

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Ben-Hur Author: Lew Wallace Narrator: Lloyd James Format: Unabridged Length: 23 hrs and 6 mins Language: English Release date: 08-28-06 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 335 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: An American classic, Ben-Hur is both a vivid historical epic and the powerful story of one man's spiritual journey from slavery to vengeance to redemption. Born the son of a Jewish nobleman, Ben-Hur is condemned to the galleys for life for accidentally dislodging a piece of tile that falls on the Roman procurator. He is betrayed by his best friend, manages to escape his imprisonment, and gains revenge and glory before the cheering multitudes in the chariot races at the Roman circus in Antioch. Later, he fulfills his true destiny at the foot of a cross on a hill in Jerusalem. (P)2000 Blackstone Audio Inc. Critic Reviews: "This is a performance of sustained excellence, sustained across a range of characters and emotions, across time and geography. Male and female, young and old, the self-absorbed and the selfless, the worldly and the spiritual; all are within the compass of James' command. His reading is at once evocative, moving, and entertaining." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: Beautiful & Thought-Provoking This book is a masterpiece, a vivid blend of description and larger-than-life characters. The book's full title "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" should clue you into the fact that this story parallels the life of Jesus. Ben-Hur is a handsome, intelligent, wealthy Jewish boy who is almost destroyed by the hatred of a former friend and Roman, Messala. Ben-Hur eventually escapes his life-sentence to the galleys and regains his fortune, which he uses to reap vengeance on his betrayer. However, when he learns that 'The King of the Jews' is at hand, he turns all his attention to building armies and preparing for the overthrow of Rome. When the Christ turns out not to be quite what he had expected, Ben-Hur is left with a difficult choice: wage war on Rome or follow the Prince of Peace. I give the reader 8/10. Sound quality 10/10. Story 10/10. (Fair Warning-- avoid this book if you don't like: descriptions, long books, historical fiction, or readers who actually laugh whenever it says 'so-and-so laughed.' Otherwise, enjoy!) Masterpiece "Ben-Hur" by Lew Wallace is a great book. Essentially a fictional account of events leading up to the birth of Christ, Wallace attempts to put give the reader (listener) a feel for the environment of Palestine / Rome at that time. The extensive use of descriptive text, metaphors, and adjectives, makes the story come vividly alive. Once you have listened to this book, the movie seems shallow in comparison. If you liked Ben-Hur the movie with Charlton Hesston, you will love this book. A "masterpiece". Absolutely great This timeless tale brought to life beautifully. Not a dull moment. I loved it. Terrible Quality This is the worst quality recording I have purchased from Audible. The narrator has a good voice, but the editing was terrible. There were awkward gaps throughout the recording, sometimes in mid-sentence, and it almost seemed like parts were re-recorded with someone else's voice. On top of that, there are many skips in the recording (as if listening to a CD) that become more numerous as the story goes on. This wouldn't warrant any stars but for the greatness of the story itself. I can't believe Audible would even carry this recording. Still A Great Story! A great story when first written and still a great story to listen to.

The Fall Of The House Of Usher Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Fall Of The House Of Usher Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Fall Of The House Of Usher Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Lissa Lia, K. Anderson Yancy Format: Unabridged Length: 57 mins Language: English Release date: 07-20-09 Publisher: SonicMovie.net Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 14 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Presented by Wollcott & Sheridan (WSAPL.com) / SonicMovie.net & K. Anderson Yancy. Members Reviews: Horrors: Not Poe as Much as This Audio Track Only 1 hour in length, still I couldn't get through it. The audio track was just too annoying. The narration is constantly accompanied by sound effects aimed, I'm guessing, at creating a horror-film like mood. But these effects are so loud that it sometimes drowns out the narration. And it gets to be tedious very quickly, and ultimately it becomes highly aggrevating. Because of the distracting sound effects it may be a bit unfair to critique the narrator, but it did seem to come off as a very flat reading. It had all the drama of someone reading a cake recipe. The female voice never conveyed the suspense and menace one would expect for a reading of Edgar Allen. Frank is right- this is awful I'm glad I didn't waste an actual credit on this and just spent the $2.60. The narrator sounds like she was tasered just before staring her reading- no emotion at all. Just like Frank said in his review, the sound effects were annoying to the point of distraction. Don't waste your money, and DON'T waste your credit. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Classic American Short Stories, Volume 3 Audiobook by Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Shirley Jackson, James Thurber, O. Henry, Stephen Crane, Sherwood Anderson, Ring Lardner, Henry James, Katherine Porter
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Classic American Short Stories, Volume 3 Audiobook by Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Shirley Jackson, James Thurber, O. Henry, Stephen Crane, Sherwood Anderson, Ring Lardner, Henry James, Katherine Porter

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Classic American Short Stories, Volume 3 Author: Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Shirley Jackson, James Thurber, O. Henry, Stephen Crane, Sherwood Anderson, Ring Lardner, Henry James, Katherine Porter Narrator: Charlton Griffin Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins Language: English Release date: 09-07-10 Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 34 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: No nation has ever achieved the literary diversity of America. From nativist humor to immigrant triumph, Americans have recorded their visions and hopes better than anyone. "The Great French Duel" by Mark Twain - The writer is asked to arrange the details of a duel in Paris...to the chagrin of the participants. "Zelig" by Benjamin Rosenblatt - A Jewish immigrant in New York's lower east side toils away from some inner motivation that no one can fathom. "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson - A typical midwest farm town holds its annual lottery. But the winner is the loser. "The Open Boat by Stephen Crane" - Four men are trapped in a storm on a small lifeboat within sight of the shore...but can't reach it. "The Other Woman" by Sherwood Anderson - A man who is about to be married confesses a secret to a close friend. "The Furnished Room" by O. Henry - A man searches for a very special room where he can rejoin his beloved. "The Golden Honeymoon" by Ring Lardner - An elderly New York gentleman recounts a recent vacation he spent with his wife in Florida. "Brooksmith" by Henry James - Brooksmith is no ordinary Butler...and when his employer dies, he encounters difficulty obtaining a similar post. "Theft" by Katherine Anne Porter - The value of a thing varies greatly depending on the eyes that behold it. "Ethan Brand" by Nathaniel Hawthorne - A lime burner and his son receive a most strange and disturbing guest one evening. "Seventy Thousand Assyrians" by William Saroyan - A longing for something that is difficult to define and perhaps irretrievably lost sets the immigrant apart. "You Could Look It Up" by James Thurber - An old-timer gives us a tale from his early days with a professional baseball team. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Color Purple Audiobook by Alice Walker
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The Color Purple Audiobook by Alice Walker

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Color Purple Author: Alice Walker Narrator: Alice Walker Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins Language: English Release date: 01-25-11 Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 26 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: As a young black woman living in 1930s Georgia, Celie faces constant violence and oppression. Raped repeatedly by her father, she loses two children and then is married off to a man who treats her like a slave. But a deep bond with her husband's mistress teaches her she is a woman capable of being loved and respected. Gradually, Celie begins to leave the past behind and start a new life. Members Reviews: Disappointing This book wasnt for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more? I have listened to other books with similar themes but find this very disappointing. What could Alice Walker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you? Not sure. How did the narrator detract from the book? Perhaps a different narrator would provide better expression than the author did. Very moving Would you consider the audio edition of The Color Purple to be better than the print version? This is one of those audiobooks that was a joy to listen to. I can't imagine that Alice Walker's words on the page could match those same words straight from her heart. What does Alice Walker bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? Staggering emotion. Lovely. More than the movie - read by the Author Would you consider the audio edition of The Color Purple to be better than the print version? Yes you get the voice of the auithor Alice Walker and a better idea about how the slang is pronouced and its effect and emphaisis. Would you be willing to try another book from Alice Walker? Why or why not? Did she write any others? Delightful Before 'The Help' there was The Color Purple. A book that will stay with you for a long time. It is made far more meaningful as it is beautifully narrated by the author, so you know that the spoken nuances and inflections are exactly what Alice Walker wanted to convey. In her acknowledgements, she thanks the characters of the book for coming, and that is how the book develops, the characters, telling their interweaving stories of hopes, heartaches, love, rejection and destiny. Delightful. A classic We were heading to NYC and had booked tickets for a musical version of The Color Purple on Broadway so I thought I'd read the book first. Miss Celie tells her story, which moves along quickly, and through her eyes the characters are brought to life. It is brilliantly narrated and is the sort of book that lives with you long after it is finished. It is a story of a harsh life but it is not without humour or beauty. The musical is fantastic, too, by the way. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Short Story Classics Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe, George Eliot, Kate Chopin, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, O. Henry
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Short Story Classics Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe, George Eliot, Kate Chopin, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, O. Henry

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Short Story Classics Subtitle: From the Great Storywriters of the World Author: Edgar Allan Poe, George Eliot, Kate Chopin, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, O. Henry Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins Language: English Release date: 05-20-13 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A vintage collection of some of the greatest short stories ever written: Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Man of the Crowd Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Man of the Crowd Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Man of the Crowd Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Ralph Cosham Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins Language: English Release date: 12-16-99 Publisher: Findaway World Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This unique collection of lesser-known tales and poems from a master of the macabre demonstrates Poe's literary range. From the title story, which examines the behavior of an old man walking through Baltimore, to the beautiful poetry in "The Sleeper" and "Annabel Lee," these often hard-to-find works are superbly narrated by Ralph Cosham. Also included in the collection is "MS. Found in a Bottle" (one of Poe's first major works), the account of a man who boards the Flying Dutchman; "Eleonora," a tale of a vow of love; "The Oval Portrait," in which a young artist literally captures the life force of his new bride; "Berenice," about a premature burial - with a particularly unnerving effect; "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar," about a macabre experiment in hypnotism; and "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" and "The Man That Was Used Up," 2 stories that demonstrate Poe's humor. (P) and ©1994 Commuter's Library Critic Reviews: "In his own fashion [Edgar Allan Poe] tries to solve the riddle of time and change, to find an answer to suffering, to reveal love in the very abyss of cruelty and injustice." (Isaac Bashevis Singer) Members Reviews: Poe's penetrating insights about the world we see Published in 1845, `The Man of the Crowd' by Edgar Allan Poe is a fascinating tale exploring, among other topics, the various ways we can be in the world and experience the people and life around us. For such 19th century thinkers as Arthur Schopenhauer aesthetic experience is a way to lift us above our everyday concerns, material desires and emotional sufferings to a realm of intellectual contemplation that is most pleasant and freeing. This is, in fact, the narrator's mindset for the first half of the story when he sits in a coffeehouse in a happy mood, free of boredom, with clear-headedness and a sense of exhilaration so that "Merely to breathe was enjoyable." He has been feeling calm and keenly interested in his cigar, his paper and the people in the coffeehouse for some time when he turns his attention to the coffeehouse window and the mass of humanity pounding the pavement outside. Listening to his account, it's as if he is a spectator sitting in his box at the theater, watching the play of everyday urban life where the actors are men and women from London's social classes and cultural strata, top to bottom. The narrator categorizes and describes in colorful detail the appearance of decent business-types, haggard clerks, pick-pockets, gamblers, dandies, military men, peddlers, beggars, invalids, young girls, the elderly, drunkards, porters, coal-heavers, organ-grinders, laborers and monkey-exhibiters. Then, when night descends and the gas-lights turn on, as if in answer to the shifting light, the narrator shifts his focus from overall physical appearances and clothing to an examination of individual faces. We read, " . . .

The Town Audiobook by William Faulkner
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The Town Audiobook by William Faulkner

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Town Subtitle: A Novel of the Snopes Family Author: William Faulkner Narrator: Joe Barrett Format: Unabridged Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins Language: English Release date: 10-08-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 87 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This is the second volume of Faulkner's trilogy about the Snopes family, his symbol for the grasping, destructive element in the post-bellum South. Like its predecessor, The Hamlet, and its successor, The Mansion, The Town is completely self-contained, but it gains resonance from the other two. The story of Flem Snopes' ruthless struggle to take over the town of Jefferson, Mississippi, the book is rich in typically Faulknerian episodes of humor and of profundity. As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of William Faulkner's book, you'll also receive an exclusive Jim Atlas interview. This interview where James Atlas interviews James Lee Burke about the life and work of William Faulkner begins as soon as the audiobook ends. Members Reviews: Accessible Faulkner Faulkner humorously tells tales about the Snopes family members....sneaky, oily, crafty, ravening, grasping, double-dealing, nearly wolfish lower class Southerners who are determined to rise above their birth status. This is one of the easier Faulkner titles to read. Still, Faulkner does employ his challenging prose style at times, so the reader/listener must attend carefully. The narrator of the book did a very good job, with an excellent accent and very good pacing. Disappointment This book wasnt for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more? I like many of William Faulkner's other books, but this one I didn't finish. Too many characters to keep track of, not a very interesting story to me about a small town, and the reader's voice was not to my liking. Would you ever listen to anything by William Faulkner again? I would listen to other Faulkner books that I know, but I would definitely preview a sample of the reader's voice. Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joe Barrett? If I was able to hire the narrator, I would have hired Richard Poe, narrator of John Steinbeck's You didnt love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities? This book didn't have any redeeming qualities for me. I listened for two hours and then jumped ahead, searching for something to pique my interest. No such luck. I kept waiting for the story to get better. Very disappointing. Finally just moved on to another book. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm Audiobook by Mark Twain
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The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Abridged Length: 16 mins Language: English Release date: 03-14-13 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Mark Twain's hilarious account of life with a malfunctioning burglar alarm. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Spoon River Anthology Audiobook by Edgar Lee Masters
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Spoon River Anthology Audiobook by Edgar Lee Masters

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Spoon River Anthology Author: Edgar Lee Masters Narrator: Edward Asner, Patrick Fraley Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins Language: English Release date: 06-13-03 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 41 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Deemed "essential" in the canon of American literature, this audiobook masterpiece performed in its entirety by a full cast makes the classic accessible to everyone. From a cemetery in a fictional mid-American town, the dead speak the truths about their lives. Some speak of hardships and sordidness; others, of their simple, honest, happy lives. Some are elderly and others are youthful or children; mortality has claimed them all. Their voices reach us deeply, alternately plaintive, anguished, enigmatic, angry, contemptuous, and comedic, evoking themes of love and hope, disappointment, despair, and abiding faith. As the Spoon River residents examine their lives, they invite us to do the same. (P)2002 Patrick Franley and the Audio Partners Publishing Corp. Published by The Audio Partners. Critic Reviews: "The cast of 50, headed by Patrick Fraley and Edward Asner, is well matched to the many characters in this excellent production." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: Magnificent American poetry This anthology of beautiful, often gritty poems is every bit as powerful, amusing, and American as Whitman's Leaves of Grass. The Asner et. al. performance is magnificent! I wish they would record Whitman's great legacy to American letters like this! The performers lend meaning to the material in the best way. This is the way to read poetry! This is the way to listen to it! Classic lessons from Sound great and if they seem depressing, the point is being missed. They are meant to teach the living how to live and not carry their regrets to the grave. Great Book This is one of those books that I remember friends reading in high school, but for some reason my teacher skipped. It is something that I have meant to read for years, but have never made time for; well I am glad I finally made the time. Even though I knew the reputation of the book, I was still surprised by how well it worked. The depth and variety of the characters were surprising. Part of me really wanted to sit down and make a chart of all the interconnecting stories like I was some sort of school kid. If you have never made the time for this classic, I would suggest that you do so as soon as possible. Great Treatment of a Great Work This version of "Anthology" is beautfully read, and if the artistic choices are not always the ones I would choose, they are invariably well-chosen. The exception to this is the music, which is a distraction. Sometimes the overly-folksy and sentimental music seems to be nothing more than a bridge between segments. Other times the music serves as a 'stinger' to emphasize a particularly arch point, as if to say, "Get it? Do you get it?" The musical contributions to this audiobook are unfortunate. Beyond this, the audiobook is excellent. Good dramatic reading I was looking for a good dramatic reading of this anthology on audio and this is the best one I've found. There is a cast of 50 that includes Patrick Fraley and Edward Asner. I highly recommend this version. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Of Mice and Men Audiobook by John Steinbeck
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Of Mice and Men Audiobook by John Steinbeck

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Of Mice and Men Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: Clarke Peters Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins Language: English Release date: 11-04-10 Publisher: Hachette Audio UK Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 96 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day theyll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesnt know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the bosss daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him.... Members Reviews: As Good as They Get There was a time in my life when I read at least two books every year. These were Conrad's, "Heart of Darkness" and this one. Both are short by modern standards (recent Booker award notwithstanding), but each gives as complete a picture as one might hope for through the medium of words. I say this to disclose my bias. Yet, it has been ten years since I last read this classic. It has always been inspiring for me, particularly the account of the the demise of the old dog and the final juxtaposition of the two friends' farewell. He does juxtaposed story lines so well. But what I love most about Steinbeck is that he does not waste a word. Each one seems especially chosen, and it's hard to think of a better one to replace it. Truly intelligent design. The reader will probably know the story and perhaps even the ending. I won't precise it. But even knowing one or both won't spoil the climax in my view. The performance was first class too. If I could have given 4.5 stars, I would've. The only reason I haven't given 5 stars is because of the relativity against which I rate Ian Richardson and Linden Gregory. Peters is really very good indeed. His transition from male to female, black, to white, Lenny to George is almost faultless. I would not let the lost half star deter you from this excellent interpretation of a loved favourite. A must-read classic. It's hard to say what exactly makes this book such a good read, but I believe it must be the combination of a compelling and straightforward story, and an efficient and original use of language, characterized and settings. In brief: a good story just as good stories should be! Clarke Peters delivers a terrific performance. It's simply superb the way he gives life to the various characters in the story. Magnificent As much I appreciated this piece of fiction, I have to confess that Im thankful it was only a short time spent in the heartrending world of George and Lennie. In some ways this is an easy listen --- the pacing is brisk, the characters are well-defined, the narrative is engaging and the performance from Clarke Peters is a delight. But in some other very important ways, Of Mice and Men is a real challenge. The characters attitudes toward race and gender may be historically accurate but are nonetheless pretty hard to take. And the sense of impending calamity imbued in the writing may be masterful, but left me spent. By the time we reached the final scenes, my heart was truly broken. I really did respect this novella and thoroughly recommend it, but cant say I enjoyed it. A classic revisited Would you listen to Of Mice and Men again? Why? This is a grim portrayal of a short period in the life of two men who have nothing but each other. It is classic Steinbech at his best, depicting depressing themes that lead us to the final punch in guts ending.

To Build a Fire Audiobook by Jack London
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To Build a Fire Audiobook by Jack London

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: To Build a Fire Author: Jack London Narrator: John Michaels Format: Unabridged Length: 41 mins Language: English Release date: 10-13-11 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 26 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: To Build a Fire is regarded by many as an American classic, one of London's most highly regarded works. We never know the name of the protagonist as he makes his way towards his destination, trekking across the Yukon at 70 below zero. Nature is unforgiving to those who challenge her. Members Reviews: Great Classic, Great Narrator I like Mike Vendetti, for the material that suits his voice. Londons To Build A Fire. Classic. Short that is enough out of me. Poor narration ruins a great short story. Would you try another book from Jack London and/or John Michaels? Jack London is magnificent and I've read this story before, long years ago. However the narrator reads too fast and oddly emphasizes certain words. The rhythm was too jarring and ruined the story for me. Precise and dreamy at the same time Narrarotor has a matter of fact reading style, which allows the listener to focus on one's own experience plugging oneself in as the protagonist, making for a great listen. The journey of this protagonist is almost poetic. Terrible Performance What would have made To Build a Fire better? This sounded like my GPS was reading the story to me. Wish I could get my money back. Any additional comments? Try purchasing a different audio and not this one. Great story, horrendous reading. How could the performance have been better? This reading sounded half computer, half person. Several of the words were blended or read at weird speeds. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Last Gentleman Audiobook by Walker Percy
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The Last Gentleman Audiobook by Walker Percy

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Last Gentleman Author: Walker Percy Narrator: Wolfram Kandinsky Format: Unabridged Length: 15 hrs Language: English Release date: 09-18-12 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 28 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Williston Bibb Barrett is a rather unusual and inquisitive young Southerner with a special gift for cultivating the possibilities of life. He suffers from occasional bouts of amnesia and disconcerting attacks of déjà vu. He clings to certain old-fashioned notions of behavior, and yet he finds himself constantly impelled to eavesdrop on other peoples conversations. And he lives with the secret suspicion that the great world catastrophe that everyone fears will happen has already happened. The novel follows Will Barretts adventures as he becomes involved in the complex troubles, loves, and fortunes of a Southern family, the Vaughts, that is living in the shadow of their youngest sons illness. With settings ranging from New York to Alabama, Louisiana to New Mexico, this is an ambitious, funny, compulsively readable novel about the dilemmas of modern man. Critic Reviews: "Splendid. A beautifully textured novel. A distinguished work of art." ( New York Times Book Review) "Breaks your heart in the midst of laughter." ( Philadelphia Inquirer) "Nothing I can say about this novel will convey the sense of constant delight that it provides, a rich essence that is always right. It is art - and more vivid and alive and meaningful than our own livingtender-funny and full of references to things we were certain no one else had ever noticed." ( Houston Post) Members Reviews: Tolerable novel narrated by a terrible reader I have long admired Walker Percy and his novels, which embody his perceptions about 20th century America. I read most of them (in book form) 10 or 20 years ago, and as a kind of project, I have started to "reread" some as audiobooks. Do they "hold up" after 20 years? I began with Love in the Ruins (my favorite) and enjoyed it very much. But The Last Gentlemen is not one of Percy's best novels. Percy's characters, even in the best novels--The Moviegoer, Love in the Ruins, The Second Coming--tend to be enactments of ideas . . . types. In the best novels, they somehow "work." But in The Last Gentlemen, every character seems especially cardboard-like. The dialog is stilted and artificial. Will Barrett's constantly repeating the words of others as he wanders uncomprehending through the existential wonderland of 20th century America becomes, especially with Wolfram Kandinsky's narration, just plain irritating. Which brings me to the narrator. The habitual way Kandinsky inflected his tones nearly made me throw my ipod against a wall. His reading sounded like the narrations in 1950's newsreels or the travel featurettes that used to play before movies in theaters. But Kandinsky's manner is so exaggerated and the pattern of his inflections so repetitious, they seem like a parody. His whimpery, whiny voicing of Kitty Vaught made it IMPOSSIBLE to imagine how Will (or anyone) could fall in love with her. I kept asking myself, "How did this guy get the job of recording an audiobook???" At times, I was gritting my teeth (literally), trying to get through a chapter. I intend to continue revisiting The Moviegoer and The Second Coming through audiobooks, but I would NOT be doing so if Kandinsky were narrating them. Yikes! Would you listen to The Last Gentleman again? Why? As an Alabamian, I found the narrators slaughtering of Southern dialect appalling.

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Audiobook by Mark Twain
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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Author: Mark Twain Narrator: William Roberts Format: Unabridged Length: 14 mins Language: English Release date: 11-20-13 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 11 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This is a story from the Classic American Short Stories collection. Five great American short story writers, dating from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, are represented here. Different in atmosphere and writing style, they nevertheless caught the mood and concerns of the day in a way that was distinctly American. Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" leaves echoes in the imagination; the stories by Crane and London recall the themes of the Civil War and the Klondike for which they are well known. Twain's humor is to the fore in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," and O. Henry's sharp observations make his neat tales a joy to listen to. An attractive and accessible collection! Editorial Reviews: Excerpted from the full Classic American Short Stories collection, the 1865 comedic masterpiece that first brought American humorist Mark Twain to the attention of a wide audience (and continues to entertain all ages today) receives a spot-on narration. William Roberts gentle baritone shifts easily from the character of the beleaguered Easterner to that of the loquacious Westerner rambling on with his shaggy dog (frog, actually) tale about gambling, record-setting amphibian leaps, human nature, and how a gullet full of quail shot handicaps even the greatest of jumpers. Members Reviews: A Classic! This is one of Twain's early humorous stories, taken from a tale he overheard from a disreputable con man who ran a less than fair frog race. The beauty of Twain, no matter if he is racing frogs or sailing down the Mississippi, is the richness of character and language and setting that transport the reader through time and space to a land of beings just different enough and still just enough like us to make us reflect upon our own circumstances, morals and customs from a different angle--and outlandish enough to make us laugh in the bargain. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Beautiful and Damned Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Beautiful and Damned Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Beautiful and Damned Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Format: Unabridged Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins Language: English Release date: 09-21-10 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 62 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: F. Scott Fitzgerald's second novel, The Beautiful and Damned, is a savage and haunting satire of the young, rootless postwar generation who lived intent only on the pursuit of wealth and decadent pleasure. Anthony Patch is a 1920s socialite and the presumptive heir to a tycoon's fortune. His marriage to the beautiful but selfish Gloria is idyllic at first, but the union slowly disintegrates as reality sets in and their sole goal becomes Anthony's grandfather's fortune. Gloria's beauty fades, and Anthony's drinking takes its toll. Charting the corrosive attraction of wealth and malign influence, The Beautiful and Damned is also a vivid portrait of early-20th-century New York and the sights and sounds of the city's burgeoning night life. Members Reviews: Audio volume way too low! What disappointed you about The Beautiful and Damned? Have it on my kindle, can barely hear it...no excuse for an audio book to have insufficient volume... Rich people wasting their lives. I like the way Fitzgerald uses words. That is why I listened to this book. I don't think it is his best work, because it was hard for me to care about these people. Gloria is a beautiful, pampered girl who expects to get whatever she wants whenever she wants it. She does grow up before the end of the book, so that is at least something. Anthony Patch is the supposed hero of the piece. He does nothing in the book but wait for his grandfather to die so he can inherit 41 million dollars. Trouble is, his grandfather disapproves of his drinking and doing nothing so he disinherits him. So Anthony gets a lawyer and fights the will in the courts which takes five years to come to a final decision. In the meantime he has an affair, tries wall street, sales and even the army, but never finds a career. He takes up drinking full time and his way of economizing is to buy his booze by the case... It's hard to like Anthony but it is enlightening to see how people with a trust fund and a promise of more can waste their lives if they have no real guidance from anyone. Kirby Heybourne does an adequate job as narrator. I can't complain about his reading it just wasn't special. I recommend this book if you are a fan of Fitzgerald's and I fully intend on reading Tender is the Night in the future. I'll Be Damned How could the same F. Scott Fitzgerald who composed such a brilliant novel in The Great Gatsby have preceded it with such a lifeless moral tale? A bantam-cock and his haughty hussy, Anthony and Gloria Patch, squander their days for more than a decade of their lives anticipating an inheritance of a large part of the estate of Anthony's grandfather, a Rockefeller-type magnate, who excludes them from his Last Will and Testament because of their debauched style of living. It's just hard to be captivated by two despicable anti-heroes. The gritty sand before the pearl. Awkward writing, disappointing A total waste of hours of my life. It didn't get better. The writing is awkward. The reading doesn't help. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Assistant Audiobook by Bernard Malamud
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The Assistant Audiobook by Bernard Malamud

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Assistant Author: Bernard Malamud Narrator: Richard Davidson Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins Language: English Release date: 07-29-14 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 33 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Bernard Malamud's second novel, originally published in 1957, is the story of Morris Bober, a grocer in postwar Brooklyn, who "wants better" for himself and his family. First two robbers appear and hold him up; then things take a turn for the better when broken-nosed Frank Alpine becomes his assistant. But there are complications: Frank, whose reaction to Jews is ambivalent, falls in love with Helen Bober; at the same time he begins to steal from the store. Like Malamud's best stories, this novel unerringly evokes an immigrant world of cramped circumstances and great expectations. Malamud defined the immigrant experience in a way that has proven vital for several generations of writers. Members Reviews: Timeless Classic I read this book years ago in one sitting and after downloading it onto my Kindle, did the same thing today. Beautifully written, beautiful story, and plot and themes that are as relevant today as they were 60 years ago. If you are a fan of his short stories, also highly recommended, especially his earlier ones, you'll love this book. It is fun to read a book already recognized as great!! I like to go back and explore authors who are recognized as great but I never read and many time their books are free on Kindle. So I Goggle pulitzer winners and then pick a book. A lot of great reviews are out there on this book so all I will say it is wonderful to read a book that is recognized as part of 20th century lit. ... class and was plesantly surprised by how much I liked it! It is a little graphic in terms ... had to read this book for English class and was plesantly surprised by how much I liked it! It is a little graphic in terms of sexual content but mostly just gives context clues for the reader to infer what actually took place. THE ASSISTANT is a wonderful story about morality, dignity despite extreme poverty The book examines the will to become moral, honest and escape the bondage of a childhood set in hopeless abandonment. The drive to change is born in love and forgiveness. Three Stars Very slow until 2/3 of the way through! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Chateau Audiobook by William Maxwell
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The Chateau Audiobook by William Maxwell

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Chateau Author: William Maxwell Narrator: Karl Miller Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins Language: English Release date: 03-22-11 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 12 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: It is 1948 and a young American couple arrive in France for a holiday. It is their chance to immerse themselves in the culture and language, and they arrive full of anticipation and enthusiasm. But the countryside and people are war-battered and their reception at the Chateau Beaumesnil, where they begin their stay, is not all the open-hearted Americans could wish for. Every encounter leaves them with more questions. Why are they not welcomed as citizens of the nation that liberated Europe? What are the secrets in the family? Critic Reviews: "I can think of few novels that have such romantic authority as The Chateau, fewer still so adult in vitality, so alight with humour." (Elizabeth Bowen) "No one else can capture as Maxwell does a sense of life in the balance, of a moment appreciated. The beauty of some sentences is like a stab of light." (Chicago Tribune) Members Reviews: Excellent choice! Without rehashing the plot, it's an exposition of how an young American couple becomes involved with an extended French family (and other guests) at the chateau, with those relationships largely carried over to their subsequent time in Paris. Loose ends are dealt with via an epilogue format I found ... odd, but it worked, for the most part. The characters are all well differentiated, none of them stock. Overall, a good snapshot of a place and time. Karl Miller does a great job as narrator, especially with the principal voice of Harold, who could've come off as dopey, or priggish, at times with the wrong reader. I found this one a great use of a credit. The Chateau, by William Maxwell Has The Chateau turned you off from other books in this genre? No What didnt you like about Karl Millers performance? Odd hesitations in all the dialog, mispronounced French words Any additional comments? I enjoyed listening to this -- it was soothing and managed to hold my interest somehow even though almost nothing actually happens. It is about a young American couple moving around France as tourists during the years right after World War II, wondering about the oddities of the characters they meet and cultural differences that often baffle them. If you love France and/or William Maxwell, all this will be of interest, but be warned that the story amasses small mysteries which, just as in life, are only explained by conjecture. Because I love this author and his other books, I was willing to accept this but could certainly sympathize with any reader who finds it frustrating. This is not Maxwell's best book by a long shot (try TIME WILL DARKEN IT or THE FOLDED LEAF), but his wonderful voice is fully present. I was less pleased with the reading performance. To my ear, the French accents sounded labored, and I know that many of the words were mispronounced. It should have been possible to find a bilingual reader for this work! Uninteresting story told in the most perfect way Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Yes.

The Most Dangerous Game Audiobook by Richard Connell
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The Most Dangerous Game Audiobook by Richard Connell

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Most Dangerous Game Author: Richard Connell Narrator: Ran Alan Ricard Length: 48 mins Language: English Release date: 03-26-10 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 19 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: American author Richard Connell wrote many novels, stories, and screenplays, but today is known primarily for his fascinating story, "The Most Dangerous Game", which to this day continues to be widely anthologized and read. The two main characters are and American big-game hunter who finds himself stranded on a remote island, and a Russian aristocrat who is also a hunter but, it turns out, one has some very strange ideas about that "sport". This is an extremely suspenseful and action-packed yarn, but it also raises questions about the nature of violence and cruelty and the ethics of hunting for sport. The story won the prestigious O. Henry Memorial Award for short fiction in 1924. Members Reviews: Use In Classroom What made the experience of listening to The Most Dangerous Game the most enjoyable? Ran Alan Ricard had a great voice for this story and my students appreciated hearing the story read by a male rather than a female voice. What was one of the most memorable moments of The Most Dangerous Game? The most memorable moments of the story for my students are the suspense of the hunt and the surprise ending of the story. Have you listened to any of Ran Alan Ricards other performances before? How does this one compare? No, I have not listened to any or Ran Alan Richard's other performances before. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? I am very familiar with the story, since I have taught it over many years but, it was nice to have someone other than myself read the very masculine story. My students however, were very attentive as they read along. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Book Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft
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The Book Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Book Author: H. P. Lovecraft Narrator: K. Anderson Yancy Format: Unabridged Length: 13 mins Language: English Release date: 02-17-13 Publisher: SonicMovie.net, ChicagoWood Media, Wollcott & Sheridan, WSAPL.com Ratings: 2.5 of 5 out of 7 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A man discovers an ancient book containing an incantation that allows him to move through this world and its dimensions to undiscovered worlds and dimensions. Members Reviews: Lovecraft smothered in bad production Any additional comments? Never trust an audiobook with electronic music in the background. The original story by Lovecraft is only 10 minutes long but, with the introduction, weird starting and ending music and detailed credits, it is dragged out to a whopping 14 minutes.Rough analogy: you order a 'small dinner salad' and you get a small dinner salad topped with pineapple chunks, whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, and liver chunks. yecch! Keep your dollar What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you? The endless credits-garbage (all for one guy) are done with great emotion and production values, but are endless and garbage. After that, the 5 minutes of actual content was mediocre and overdone. Just silly overacting. Really, this was not redeemable except by ditching the garbage at BOTH ENDS, as if the credits need to be repeated verbetim AT BOTH ENDS! Has The Book turned you off from other books in this genre? No. How could the performance have been better? The producer could have made a straight reading as opposed to a long commercial for their website. If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Book? I would cut the credits. Any additional comments? This was the worst thing I have ever gotten from Audible.com. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The James Thurber Audio Collection Audiobook by James Thurber
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The James Thurber Audio Collection Audiobook by James Thurber

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The James Thurber Audio Collection Subtitle: Fables and Selected Stories by James Thurber Author: James Thurber Narrator: Keith Olbermann Format: Original Recording Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins Language: English Release date: 06-07-11 Publisher: HarperAudio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 105 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "My father was in the hospital and every night when I visited him, I read aloud to him. James Thurber. And one night he said, 'You really should do that on your show,' and I said, 'Dad, its a television newscast. Id love to, but how could it possibly fit?' And he said, 'How often have I ever suggested anything for your shows?' And I remembered that he never had. But I also reminded him that there were things like copyrights and bills, to which he said, 'Try it. You never know.' "I began to read Thurber once a week on television, and continue to do so whenever and wherever I can. Im happy to say this has sparked a mini-revival, which I hope erupts into a full-scale newfound appreciation for a man whose writings are nearly perfect. He did not intend them to be read aloud, but they are ideally suited for the task: clean, economical, vivid, full of crashes and thuds - and silences, too. And for that matter, they make wonderful tributes to memories - memories of my dad, and Rosemary Thurbers." Keith Olbermann, May 19, 2011 Stories included in The James Thurber Audio Collection: "Theres No Place Like Home", "The Bear Who Let It Alone", "The Greatest Man in the World", "The Night the Ghost Got In", "I Went to Sullivant", "The Unicorn in the Garden", "How to Relax While Broadcasting", "The Tortoise and the Hare", "A Box to Hide In", "The Owl Who Was God", "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", "If Grant Had Been Drinking at Appomattox", "The Moth and the Star", "The Dog That Bit People", "The Topaz Cufflinks Mystery", "The Little Girl and the Wolf", "The Macbeth Murder Mystery", "The Rabbits Who Caused All the Trouble", "The Night the Bed Fell", "Sex Ex Machina", "The Scotty Who Knew Too Much", "The Car We Had to Push", and "The Peacelike Mongoose". Members Reviews: Olbermann a lttle over the top Thrurber's oddities are thoroughly enjoyable, but may have been even more so if most had been presented by a less frenetic narrator. Olbermann did, however, have his moments, and the way he came to this was very touching... Superb Any additional comments? I had downloaded this book some time ago, and kept it as a 'buffer', to listen to when one audiobook ran out and there was no quick replacement. When I finally got to listen to it, I was pleasantly surprised. Olberman does a masterful job, and gets things out of the reading that truly adds to the enjoyment of these Thurber classics. James Thurber and Keith Olbermann? Wonderful!!! I remember James Thurber from high school when we did a play called "The Unicorn in the Garden". I enjoyed that so much I read some other short stories he had written like, "The Night The bed Fell" and the different fables he wrote. All of these and more are included here and for the most part they really hold up today. Keith Olbermann's introduction explains that he read these to his dying father in the hospital and his father told him he should do this for a living. So this selection is lovingly done with his father in mind. I can't recommend this enough.

Winesburg, Ohio Audiobook by Sherwood Anderson
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Winesburg, Ohio Audiobook by Sherwood Anderson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Winesburg, Ohio Author: Sherwood Anderson Narrator: Deaver Brown Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins Language: English Release date: 12-27-10 Publisher: Simply Media Ratings: 2 of 5 out of 18 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Winesburg, Ohio has the most memorable cast of characters in 20th-century fiction. Listeners will remember at least a few stories and their characters for the rest of their lives. Each of the 23 stories stands on its own. Each is also interwoven into the fabric of the book. Winesburg has a special glow, a grace, poignant feelings, and a magical quality. Winesburg moves forward in a cascading fashion to the final chapters with Helen White, the most beautiful and richest girl in Winesburg, and "Departure" with George Willard, the charismatic character instrumental to all the characters, who reveal themselves through conversation - or a lack of it - with George. The primary characters in some stories become the bit characters in others, much as Tom Stoppard showed that Hamlet was only a bit character in the lives of the hangers on, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Winesburg avoids isms, making it a purely literary work. The only political comments involve characters talking to each other, not pushing political views. Winesburg is not narrowly realistic as in Dreiser's novels. Rather, Winesburg is broadly realistic, because it involves everything good and bad about people and their circumstances. At first it seems that everyone is stuck in Winesburg. But as you listen, you will notice that most people have been elsewhere or are on a road from or to some other place, either physically or in dreams. The town is vibrant with the "moving on" of American life, both in the character's thinking and doing. For all of these reasons, these characters seem far more timeless than those of more famous 20th-century authors, such as Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Dreiser, Lewis, or Faulkner. Those authors recognized this at some level and, with the exception of Fitzgerald, acknowledged that Anderson was the master from whom they learned. Jack Kerouac may have said it best: "Winesburg sticks to your ribs." Members Reviews: Hilariously bad It would be very hard to find a worse reading (of any book). (Well, some stuff on Librivox is pretty bad, but at least they aren't selling it...) The reader, Deaver Brown, occasionally adds additional words or simply replaces words with his own choices. And a huge chunk of the crucial opening story ("The Book of the Grotesque") is missing, leading me to believe that Deaver accidentally turned two pages at the same time without noticing his error. It is as if no one played it back even once before sending it to press. Lastly, probably the most embarrassing aspect of this reading is that the narrator slowly,carefully reads the *table of contents* and later painstakingly describes an *illustration* in the edition of Winesburg, Ohio that he happens to be reading. It's actually quite funny. Actually: I've changed my own mind. Buy it anyway & treat yourself to a couple of laughs. Very difficult listen. What would have made Winesburg, Ohio better? My ears were in pain. What was most disappointing about Sherwood Andersons story? I could not listen to the story due to the poor narration. How did the narrator detract from the book? I have enjoyed all prior narrators from my audible collection.

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc Audiobook by Mark Twain
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Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Robin Field Format: Unabridged Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins Language: English Release date: 01-11-12 Publisher: Mission Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 32 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Regarded by many as the most luminous example of Twain's work, this historical novel chronicles the French heroine's life, as purportedly told by her longtime friend--Sieur Louis de Conte. A panorama of stirring scenes recount Joan's childhood in Domremy, the story of her voices, the fight for Orleans, the splendid march to Rheims, and much more. An amazing record that disclosed Twain's unrestrained admiration for Joan's nobility of character, the book is matchless in its workmanship--one of Twain's lesser-known novels that will charm and delightfully surprise his admirers and devotees. Members Reviews: Underrated novel, well worth a listen How amazing to think of Mark Twain, arch-skeptic and misanthrope, being so taken with the Maid of Orleans. He plays this one straight: there is occasional humor, mostly centered around village life in Donremy or the childhood companions of Joan who join her later as part of her "staff." But Joan herself is taken exactly as she presented herself and as she apparently thought of herself - certainly as many people thought of her in her lifetime: a deeply religious, courageous, and patriotic young woman who wrought a military miracle. There is not the slightest trace of irony in Twain's portrait of her. (If you want a contrast, read Shakespeare's "Henry VI Part One," where Joan figures as a witch, a sadist, and a trull.) Much of what he says in the book (where he credits himself somewhat archly as a "translator" of the memoirs of one of Joan's aides) is taken, Twain assures us, directly from the historical record. Joan is unique in medieval history in having testimony preserved that was given in two ecclesiastical proceedings: one that condemned her to death, one that posthumously found her innocent. Her own words, her own brilliant responses to many of the questions put to her by inquisitors, are there in the record. So is testimony from people who knew her as a child and as a young woman, as a peasant girl and a warrior. I've read some discussions of the book that suggest Joan was modeled on Twain's daughter Suzy, who died the year the book was published. Maybe so; but if Joan's dialogue in the trial scene is really taken straight from the record, there doesn't seem to be much Twain needed to add. I'd avoided this novel for a long time, and only read it recently because I'm trying to work my way through all of Twain. I wish I'd done it sooner. It's not his greatest novel, but it's a good one, much better than I'd been led to expect by the many dismissive comments about it I've read over the years. Joan herself is a charming and tragic (and totally credible) figure throughout the book, and the story of her military campaigns and the trial that ended her life are given in richly anchored historical detail. I've since started reading some of the many nonfiction books about Joan: I think I've been bitten. Robin Field's narration is excellent. He's one of several first-rate narrators of Twain (others include Grover Gardner, Bronson Pinchot, Richard Henzel, and Patrick Fraley). He provides a slight French accent for the novel's narrator, which I don't think was necessary but didn't mind. After Joan's death, I found myself in a somber, thoughtful mood for several hours. Personal Recollections? Yes...

Free Air Audiobook by Sinclair Lewis
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Free Air Audiobook by Sinclair Lewis

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Free Air Author: Sinclair Lewis Narrator: Barrett Whitener Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins Language: English Release date: 07-28-06 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 23 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Free Air anticipates many of the themes of Lewis' later novels and John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley. Claire blazing her own trail West personifies the nineteenth-century pioneer woman and looks ahead to the independent minded 20th century woman like the heroines played by Katherine Hepburn. Critic Reviews: "An American story in every page....Amusing, interesting, alive to its final period." (The New York Times) "Lewis really seems to catch the sweep and exhilaration of the great open country over which his characters wind their way." (New Republic) Members Reviews: Good narration Took a while to get into the story (which I found a bit dated), but I did end up caring about the characters. Context of place & time is important One of those tales that makes you admire how far women's lib has come in 100 years. Chapters not individually bookmarked, but rather grouped, which is rather annoying. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Tambourines to Glory Audiobook by Langston Hughes
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Tambourines to Glory Audiobook by Langston Hughes

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Tambourines to Glory Author: Langston Hughes Narrator: Myra Taylor Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins Language: English Release date: 06-19-07 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 25 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Angelic Essie Belle Johnson and devilish Laura Reed both agree that they need to do something to spice up their lives and earn more money. So they start their own church on the street in front of their Harlem apartment. With Laura's gift for performing and Essie's melodious voice, the two quickly become a hit and must move their services into a renovated theater. But as their congregation grows, a host of misfits enter the scene - some honest, but others who just want a piece of the pie. ©1958 Langston Hughes; (P)2007 Recorded Books Members Reviews: Witty, simple wisdom I enjoyed the dialogue and characters. It is a solid, simple story, worthwhile, enjoyable. The characters have stuck with me - good to read Langston Hughes and appreciate the period Nice timepiece Worth the listen if you love Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance. Well performed and easily takes you to the era in which it was written Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Imp of the Perverse Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Imp of the Perverse Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Imp of the Perverse Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: D. Candis Paule Format: Original Recording Length: 21 mins Language: English Release date: 01-03-13 Publisher: SonicMovie.net, Wollcott & Sheridan, ChicagoWood Media Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: After executing the perfect crime, a woman inherits an estate by poisoning its original owner and learns that we are sometimes our own worst enemy. Members Reviews: Awful background music What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you? This could've been such a nicer audio book without the loud music in the background which in multiple occasions is louder than the narrator. Have my $1.81, I'll just go buy the real book. What didnt you like about D. Candis Paules performance? She starts really well, then gets way too excited. What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment? Disappointment. Any additional comments? Unfortunately I was using a mobile device to buy this so the audio sample didn't work.I learned my lesson, I usually avoid background music, too bad there is no written warning that this contains loud background music. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

I'd Die for You Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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I'd Die for You Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: I'd Die for You Subtitle: And Other Lost Stories Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: Victor Bevine Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins Language: English Release date: 04-25-17 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 6 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A collection including the last complete unpublished short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the iconic American writer of The Great Gatsby who is more widely read today than ever. I'd Die for You is a collection of the last remaining unpublished and uncollected short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by Anne Margaret Daniel. Fitzgerald did not design the stories in I'd Die for You as a collection. Most were submitted individually to major magazines during the 1930s and accepted for publication during Fitzgerald's lifetime, but were never printed. Some were written as movie scenarios and sent to studios or producers, but not filmed. Others are stories that could not be sold because their subject matter or style departed from what editors expected of Fitzgerald. They date from the earliest days of Fitzgerald's career to the last. They come from various sources, from libraries to private collections, including those of Fitzgerald's family. Listeners will experience Fitzgerald writing about controversial topics, depicting young men and women who actually spoke and thought more as young men and women did, without censorship. Rather than permit changes and sanitizing by his contemporary editors, Fitzgerald preferred to let his work remain unpublished, even at a time when he was in great need of money and review attention. "I'd Die For You", the collection's title story, is drawn from Fitzgerald's stays in the mountains of North Carolina when his health, and that of his wife Zelda, was falling apart. With the addition of a Hollywood star and film crew to the Smoky Mountain lakes and pines, Fitzgerald brings in the cinematic world in which he would soon be living. Most of the stories printed here come from this time period, during the middle and late 1930s, though the collection spans Fitzgerald's career from 1920 to the end of his life. The book is subtitled And Other Lost Stories in recognition of an absence until now. Some of the 18 stories were physically lost, coming to light only in the past few years. All were lost, in one sense or another: lost in the painful shuffle of the difficulties of Fitzgerald's life in the middle 1930s; lost to listeners because contemporary editors did not understand or accept what he was trying to write; lost because archives are like that, and good things can wait patiently in libraries for many centuries sometimes. I'd Die for You echoes as well the nostalgia and elegy in Gertrude Stein's famous phrase "a lost generation", that generation for whom Fitzgerald was a leading figure. Written in his characteristically beautiful, sharp, and surprising language, exploring themes both familiar and fresh, these stories provide new insight into the bold and uncompromising arc of Fitzgerald's career. I'd Die for You is a revealing, intimate look at Fitzgerald's creative process that shows him to be a writer working at the fore of modern literature - in all its developing complexities. Members Reviews: If I'd wanted a biography, I'd have bought one. If you want a half assed biography, here you go. Most of the book seems to be a biography. From the title, I'd assumed it was the actual stories. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

That Spot Audiobook by Jack London
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2018-03-02 23:12:41 UTC 00:20:00
That Spot Audiobook by Jack London

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: That Spot Author: Jack London Narrator: Glenn Hascall Format: Unabridged Length: 20 mins Language: English Release date: 01-29-14 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 2 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Spot was a good-looking dog and everyone in the Klondike wanted the canine - except the two men that owned him. They tried selling him, they tried leaving him behind, and Spot seemed content to keep them guessing how he was always able to find them. Adventure, humor, and a good dose of owner frustration populate this story from famed writer Jack London. Members Reviews: Fun story, but overpriced An amusing story. Unless you're a sled-dog trainer. A former miner tells about a particularly ornerous god belonging to him and his partner. It ate all the food (including their neighbor's), bullied the other dorgs, never did any work, and could NOT be got rid of, whether they should sell or abandon him. There's a bit of a twist ending, which almost makes this into a tiny horror story, but overall it sounds more like a frontier tall tale. However. The price. The price listed is maybe in line with printing costs, but this story is well into public domain, so you can find it free on Project Gutenberg, recorded by Librivox, and also recorded by Protecting Project Pulp. Save yourself a bit of money and get it there. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Civil War Stories Audiobook by Ambrose Bierce
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Civil War Stories Audiobook by Ambrose Bierce

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Civil War Stories Subtitle: The Best American Civil War Story Collection Author: Ambrose Bierce Narrator: Deaver Brown Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins Language: English Release date: 07-02-12 Publisher: Simply Media Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 8 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Ambrose Bierce brings to life the heart rendering stories of divided loyalties, splitting families, states, countries, and individuals. He writes of the glory in beginning and savagery in the doing. Here is a moving anti-war series of stories if ever there was one. A must read by all students of American History and Literature, though perhaps best understood by older adults. Members Reviews: Great Stories Poorly Read Good stories for Civil War buffs, written in somewhat formal and convoluted (but authentic) 19th Century style. The audiobook is haltingly read, as if the narrator is seeing it for the first time, and at some points crudely edited. Bierce deserves better treatment than this amateur production. Terrible editing Muffled, fuzzy sound as the narrator reads. It's completely unlistenable. Almost unintelligible. Plenty of times I had to rewind to make out what he was saying, but I gave up an hour in. Unlistenable Bought it. The reading is unbearable. End of review. I've heard the story's are wonderful. I guess I'll go to the library. Not sure what this was meant to be. Bought it as thought it was a non-fiction work, but I'm not adverse to well written fiction so perservered. Unfortunately each story is nonsensical and pointless, with very little historical relevance and full of over dramatised characters and description. Audio has been recorded on low budget equipment and is bad, although the unintentional bird song in the background in parts of the book is quite pleasant. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Hop-Frog Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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2018-03-02 23:12:42 UTC 00:27:00
Hop-Frog Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Hop-Frog Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Chris Lutkin Format: Unabridged Length: 27 mins Language: English Release date: 07-25-17 Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 2 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: First published in an 1849 edition of The Flag of Our Union, "Hop-Frog" is a revenge tale akin to "The Cask of Amontillado". Told from the perspective of a crippled jester who was taken from his homeland and has been abused by the king he serves, the story focuses on the revenge Hop-Frog takes after the king strikes his fellow countrywoman and performer, the dancer Trippetta. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Pit and the Pendulum Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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2018-03-02 23:12:42 UTC 00:43:00
The Pit and the Pendulum Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Pit and the Pendulum Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Chris Lutkin Format: Unabridged Length: 43 mins Language: English Release date: 07-25-17 Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: First published in an 1842 literary annual The Gift: A Christmas and New Year's Present for 1843, "The Pit and the Pendulum" takes place during the Spanish Inquisition and follows the plight of a prisoner in a cell that has a pit and a pendulum. Unlike many of Poe's short stories, "The Pit and the Pendulum" does not rely on any supernatural elements to inspire fear but instead uses the narrator's heightened sensory experiences to do so. Members Reviews: Five Stars Great read! Five Stars Perfect poe Love it!!!! It's suspenseful and scary, I followed along on kindle while listening to and audio which made it even better! I recommend Dark and thought provoking This is a standard. Typical Poe...dark and thought provoking. Not graphic, but definitely spurs your imagination. Overall a disturbing, short read. One of my favorites I love this story so much! It is so well written and thrilling. My only gripe is that I had to buy the audio separate from the text, so it did not match up 100%. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Herman Melville Audiobook by Herman Melville
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Herman Melville Audiobook by Herman Melville

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Herman Melville Subtitle: Selected Stories Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Walter Covell, John Chatty Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins Language: English Release date: 02-08-06 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 15 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Herman Melville, known primarily for his epic Moby Dick, also wrote a number of equally incisive, but much shorter stories. This collection contains four of his best: "Bartelby the Scrivner", "Benito Cereno", "Jimmy Rose", and "The Fiddler". © and (P)1979 Jimcin Recordings Editorial Reviews: Herman Melvilles dense descriptive powers and striking atmospherics are at full throttle in these four short stories, including "Bartleby the Scrivner", "Benito Cereno", "The Fiddler", and "Jimmy Rose". Performers Walter Covell and John Chatty color the proceedings with heavy intensity, capturing the oppressive mystery that compels these adventures. From the perils of the high seas to the stifling confinement of Wall Street, Melville populates his stories with a garish cast of characters: sailors, slaves, drunks, and racketeers serve as subjects for these studies of human nature. Nevertheless, beneath their masculine exterior, Melvilles men are driven by fear and fatalism, often finding themselves mere pawns in the bewildering environments that engulf them. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Fall of the House of Usher Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Fall of the House of Usher Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Fall of the House of Usher Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Chris Lutkin Format: Unabridged Length: 52 mins Language: English Release date: 07-25-17 Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: First published in an 1839 edition of Burton's Gentleman's Magazine, "The Fall of the House of Usher" is the story of the declining physical and psychological health of the residents of the House of Usher - and the way in which the house itself reflects that. Gothic in theme and style, the story is an exemplar of Poe's philosophy of composition, which dictates that literary works should be short and methodological and have a unity of effect wherein all the elements of the story are related and relevant. Members Reviews: One of Poe's best! Definitely Gothic tradition âWhat was itâI paused to thinkâwhat was it that so unnerved me in the contemplation of the House of Usher? It was a mystery all insolubleââ Poeâs classic tale âThe Fall of the House of Usherâ is sort of the poster child for the chilling, atmosphere driven Gothic tale. It has so many elements of the fantastic, the weird, the gloomy, and the supernatural. What I find so refreshing, interesting and thought-provoking about this story is that you can read it ten different times and find ten different meanings. There is so much going on, both on the surface and symbolically, that you can see something in the story that may have missed on a previous read. On the barest level, this is simply a tale of an unnamed narrator going to visit and old friend to help him find some solace for an mysterious illness. In the old Gothic tradition, you just know some crazy stuff is going to happen once he gets there. When he gets to the house, as you can imagine, there is a constant sense of foreboding, a gloomy and awful sensation as he sees poor Roderick Usher. (Just wait till you meet Roderickâs sister). Scary and odds things abound, thereâs a feeling that we do not know what is real, and what is imagined. How much of the gloom and disparity is feeding into the narratorâs own state of mind? There a story within a story here as well, as some elements drift right into the plot from outside sources. I donât think there are many writers who can duplicate Poeâs ability to create and intensify an atmosphere that is deeply disturbing and odd. This story is literally dripping with a heavy, unsettling atmosphere, and it builds and builds. We, much like the narrator, cannot pin down just what the heck is happening here in this house (or, for that matter, in this House). âThe Fall of the House of Usherâ is superb, one to read multiple times. Madman This story is mysterious and breath taking. Told from the perspective of a curious friend. It held my interest as I have been told that I am a descendant of the house of Usher. I am not sure if this is a good thing or if it is true. Good read, I will recommend it to anyone who has an interest in horror. Don't be fooled! The French is provided after the entirety of the English text, making it completely unhelpful for French language studies. Worse than that, the audiobook that is Whispersynced to it is only in English! My whole reason for purchasing it (to listen to the French, following along, with the English translation nearby) was erroneous. Don't be fooled! Fine, but I wished there wasn't so much background noise There was a lot of background soundtrack that made it difficult to listen to.

Paul's Case Audiobook by Willa Cather
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Paul's Case Audiobook by Willa Cather

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Paul's Case Author: Willa Cather Narrator: Walter Zimmerman Format: Unabridged Length: 45 mins Language: English Release date: 06-18-07 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 12 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "Paul's Case" was first published in 1905 in Willa Cather's first story collection, The Troll Garden, which began her literary career. When the story was printed in McClure's magazine in May of the same year, it brought Cather to national attention. In 1920 the story was reprinted by Alfred Knopf in Youth and the Bright Medusa. "Paul's Case" examines the dangers of art and the struggles of youthful artists in a commercial world. © and (P)1982 Jimcin Recordings Editorial Reviews: Author Willa Cather is one of America's most beloved writers of the 20th century. Her literary career was jumpstarted when McClure published her short story, "Paul's Case". Now Audible members can listen to this wonderful short story in audio, narrated by the accomplished Walter Covell. Covell's voice is soothing and measured, demanding your full attention. This 45-minute audio tells of a young artist who has to figure out what he is and isn't willing to compromise in order to survive. This is a short American classic and a great addition to your Audible library! Members Reviews: Sad and beautiful, ahead of its time! Wow, this was Willa Cather's first published piece? I'm amazed and impressed! Her prose is lovely and descriptive. I feel as though I was really there. She truly was a brilliant writer! The hauntingly realistic characters remind me of Henry James' writing. The performance... was strange. This must have been recorded decades ago, for two reasons: First, the reader has the affected accent of times past. That having been said, it does fit the upper-class American setting of the story. Second, the recording quality is crazy bad. At times he sounds like he's recording this in a bathroom, and at others in a closet, or under a blanket. Still other times it sounds like someone held a microphone to the speaker of their RCA Victor radio and recorded it. However by the end of the story I found myself so compelled by the writing that the auditory distractions were no longer an issue. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Cop and the Anthem Audiobook by O. Henry
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The Cop and the Anthem Audiobook by O. Henry

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Cop and the Anthem Author: O. Henry Narrator: Garrick Hagon, Liza Ross Format: Unabridged Length: 18 mins Language: English Release date: 11-20-13 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This is a story from the More Classic American Short Stories collection. Here are eight stories from master American writers of the 19th century. They vary from sinister tales by Ambrose Bierce - why is that window boarded up? - and a reflective moment in the life of a woman without children, but forced to look after children, to classic short stories by O. Henry and Stephen Crane. There is even an elegiac description of an eclipse by James Fenimore Cooper, author of The Last of the Mohicans. Read with sensitivity and skill by Garrick Hagon and Liza Ross. Editorial Reviews: It's coming on winter in New York City, and Soapy is homeless. Desperate to find shelter, he decides to get himself thrown in jail, where he will have a warm place to sleep. But an increasingly humorous series of events - attempted vandalism, theft, and harassment - prove futile, thanks to the kindness of Soapy's intended victims. "The Cop and the Anthem" showcases O. Henry's mastery of the short story. Garrick Hagon and Liza Ross perform with a winning theatricality that evokes radio broadcasts of yesteryear, and their broad and booming styles underscore O. Henry's brilliant use of dramatic irony. Members Reviews: A cheap read, but little else. First off, here are the short stories included on the 2 discs: A Horseman in the Sky - Ambrose Bierce Regret - Kate Chopin Eclipse - James Fenimore Cooper The Bride Comes To Yellow Sky - Stephen Crane The Cop and the Anthem - O. Henry The Princess and the Puma - O. Henry The Whirligig of Life - O. Henry Read by Garrick Hagon and Liza Ross Based on the name recognition of the authors, I was expecting much more. None of the stories were known to me (and probably not to anyone outside an english lit department). Two of the stories were decent, but the rest were unimpressive. Wasn't impressed with the readers either, as they tended towards over-acting (though perhaps the material lent itself to that). The two-disc set served its purpose of keeping me awake on a long drive to a fishing cabin, but little else. I did like the fact that I could stop between short stories, unlike a longer novel. On my last long trip, I was listening to Shadow Divers (great book!) and arrived at my destination in the middle of a dive emergency. Had to wait three days to learn the fate of the divers. Can't say I would really recommend this compilation, but if you're a voracious reader/listener who goes through books like candy, the price is hard to beat. Also might be more enjoyable to someone else for the nostalgic qualities. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Pigs in Heaven Audiobook by Barbara Kingsolver
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Pigs in Heaven Audiobook by Barbara Kingsolver

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Pigs in Heaven Author: Barbara Kingsolver Narrator: Barbara Kingsolver Format: Abridged Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins Language: English Release date: 12-16-99 Publisher: HarperAudio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 164 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In Heaven, Oklahoma, pigs are both edible and inspirational! The story begins when a 6-year-old named Turtle is the sole witness to a freak accident. As a result she and her adoptive mother, Taylor, have a moment of celebrity that changes their lives forever. After seeing them on television, Annawake Fourkiller, a young attorney for Oklahoma's Cherokee Nation, claims that Turtle was improperly taken from the tribe. Fear of losing her child sends Taylor fleeing across the country. In the course of the journey Taylor, her mother, and Annawake discover love and wisdom in surprising places, including a heaven where pigs serve as both succulent picnic fare and as guiding lights. This is a dramatic novel of heartbreak and redeeming love that explores family bonds and the many separate truths of the human condition. ©1993 Barbara Kingsolver; (P)1993 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Critic Reviews: "Kingsolver is giving a new voice to our literature." (Los Angeles Times Book Review) "Every page of this beautifully controlled narrative offers prose shimmering with imagery and honed to simple lyric intensity." (Publishers Weekly) Members Reviews: I didn't realize it was the abridged version Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? This is another great book from Barbara Kingsolver. I love her style of writing and especially the store that continues with this book. Any additional comments? The only flaw I have with this book is not the book itself rather that was the abridged version and there was no indication when I bought it that it was. Knitter Lady Where does Pigs in Heaven rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? Pigs in Heaven is the second book in the story of Turtle and her mother and her mother's mother! I not only enjoyed the story and the narration but I learned new things to consider when making a judgement about a right or wrong in another culture. I highly recommend this book but only if the listener has listened to The Bean Trees, also by Barbara Kingsolver. What did you like best about this story? That love and commensense can't be beat! What about Barbara Kingsolvers performance did you like? Barbara Kingsolver is such a excellent author. I have read or listened to all of her books this fall and winter. It has been such a excellent experience. If you could rename Pigs in Heaven, what would you call it? I don't have an answer for this question, but I don't really like Pigs in Heaven for a title for it. PIGS IN HEAVEN This short-ish story wraps up The Bean Trees in such a satisfying way for my imagination. And Barbara Kingsolvers own narration makes the whole experience feel genuine. She manages somehow to say so much in so few words. Great story Would you listen to Pigs in Heaven again? Why? It is just a great story about motherhood, love, forgiveness, and a surprise. Any additional comments? Love the voice. Very Refreshing Book Would you listen to Pigs in Heaven again? Why? YES, and I highly recommend it. The characters were unique to modern fiction. A mid-western girl of good character traveling away from home in search of identity as many young country folks do.

The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Two Audiobook by Charles Dickens, Joseph Conrad, P. G. Wodehouse
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The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Two Audiobook by Charles Dickens, Joseph Conrad, P. G. Wodehouse

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Two Author: Charles Dickens, Joseph Conrad, P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: BJ Harrison Format: Original Recording Length: 37 hrs and 31 mins Language: English Release date: 03-05-14 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 18 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Relish the wonders of Classic Literature in B.J. Harrisons second season of The Classic Tales Podcast. Experience more of the greatest fiction ever written, as it comes to life in this unprecedented audiobook. Adventure from Jack London and Edgar Rice Burroughs, gothic suspense from Wilkie Collins and Edgar Allan Poe, humor from Mark Twain and P.G. Wodehouse - this collection has it all, complete and unabridged. Running time is over 37 hours! Titles include: "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle", by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; "The Most Dangerous Game", by Richard Connell; "The Man Who Would Be King", by Rudyard Kipling; "The Highwayman", by Alfred Noyes, "Berenice"; by Edgar Allan Poe; "The Offshore Pirate"; by F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"; by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "To Build a Fire", by Jack London; "The Body Snatcher", by Robert Louis Stevenson; "The Blue Cross", by G. K. Chesterton; "If", by Rudyard Kipling; "Heart of Darkness", by Joseph Conrad; "Leave It to Jeeves", by P.G. Wodehouse; "The Birthmark", by Nathaniel Hawthorne; "The Red Room", by H. G. Wells; "The Million Pound Bank Note", by Mark Twain; "The Aunt and Amabel", by E. Nesbit; "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves", from The Arabian Nights; "The Hound of the Baskervilles", by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; "Jeeves and the Unwanted Guest", by P.G. Wodehouse; "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", by Ambrose Bierce; "A Horseman in the Sky", by Ambrose Bierce; "Bernice Bobs Her Hair", by F. Scott Fitzgerald; "The Yellow Wallpaper", by Charlotte Perkins Gilman; "Fear" and "Was It a Dream?" by Guy de Maupassant; "The Canterville Ghost", by Oscar Wilde; "The Man Upstairs", by P. G. Wodehouse; "The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde", by Robert Louis Stevenson; "Dracula's Guest", by Bram Stoker; "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", by Rudyard Kipling; "The Machine Stops", by E.M. Forster; "The Purple Dress", by O. Henry; and more! Members Reviews: Like an high school literature class with a great Would you consider the audio edition of The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Two to be better than the print version? Yes. The is a varied collection of short stories and short novels. I've read many, but most are one that I probably ever got around to reading myself. And there were a few new authors to me. What was one of the most memorable moments of The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Two? The Purple Dress by O. Henry. (I would like to hear Harrison perform more O. Henry). What does BJ Harrison bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? Bernice Bobs Her Hair by Fitzgerald and The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell. If you could take any character from The Classic Tales Podcast, Season Two out to dinner, who would it be and why? Sherlock Holmes from the Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle. There are many interesting characters, but Holmes may the most interesting character in literature.

My Antonia Audiobook by Willa Cather
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My Antonia Audiobook by Willa Cather

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: My Antonia Author: Willa Cather Narrator: George Guidall Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins Language: English Release date: 12-16-99 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 95 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The Shimerda family come to Nebraska from Bohemia - but they find the promised land of opportunity a harsh and unforgiving reality. Young Jim Burden - the narrator of the tale - who lives with his grandparents on a homestead nearby, finds ways to be neighborly and to help the Shimerdas and in the process comes to befriend the daughter of the family, Ántonia. For Jim, Ántonia is an embodiment of the female pioneer - self-sufficient, vigorous, and strong enough to withstand the daily challenges of maintaining a family in a primitive countryside. Ántonia's character makes such an impression on Jim, that in later years, he feels compelled to immortalize her in words. Editorial Reviews: Cather's classic looks back at life on the Nebraska plains from the late 1800s to the turn of the century. The novel is perfect for audio - the narrative tone of reminiscence set when two life-long friends recall the adventures of their childhood. George Guidall's relaxed and unassuming presentation allows the listener to forget the narrator and enjoy the listening experience. He delivers a deep portrait of a pioneer farm community, and especially of its immigrant girls from Denmark, Sweden, and Bohemia, whom the narrator, Jim Burden, especially loves. Guidall is subtly in tune with the writing at all times. Members Reviews: A deep river of American writing I prefer Cather's 'Death Comes for the Archbishop', but 'My Antonia' is still beautiful, soothing; "a rich mine of life, like the founders of early races." Willa Cather, for me, is one of those deep rivers of American writing. Everything seems to flow gently and slow, but there is huge power and great depth in every page. George Guidall delivers another solid narration, but the overall production quality is not very good. It sounds like it was recorded using wet equipment in a tin box. What pioneering REALLY meant Willa Cather's My Antonia is clearly an American classic, and I can recommend it on that basis alone, but beyond that story she tells, through the voice of Jim Burden, the narrator, is just riveting. Many of us have been to early American homes that are maintained by state governments or the National Park Service, and they're fine; but here is a story that tells us what days in the life of a real pioneering family was like. What was it really like to travel for more than a month (overland from Bohemia to some European port, sail across the Atlantic, take train after train to some rail head beyond Kansas City, and then by horse) to a wind blown prairie that you now had to live on, and if you didn't make up your mind to live on it you would most certainly die on it. What was it like to live in a hole in the ground during an entire Nebraska winter? Would you really like to be the very first human being to bust Nebraska sod with a plow so that you convert it into crop land? If you thought life was hard for those people, think again. It was really, really hard.

H. P. Lovecraft's Book of the Supernatural Audiobook by Stephen Jones (editor), Henry James, Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Guy de Maupassant, Ambrose Bierce, Arthur Conan Doyle
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H. P. Lovecraft's Book of the Supernatural Audiobook by Stephen Jones (editor), Henry James, Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Guy de Maupassant, Ambrose Bierce, Arthur Conan Doyle

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: H. P. Lovecraft's Book of the Supernatural Subtitle: 20 Classic Tales of the Macabre, Chosen by the Master of Horror Himself Author: Stephen Jones (editor), Henry James, Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Guy de Maupassant, Ambrose Bierce, Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Davina Porter, Steven Crossley, Bronson Pinchot Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins Language: English Release date: 08-02-12 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 108 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: H. P. Lovecraft is arguably the most important horror writer of the 20th century. Culled from his 1927 essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature, Lovecraft acknowledges those authors and stories that he feels are the very finest the horror field has to offer, including Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Guy de Maupassant, Ambrose Bierce, and Arthur Conan Doyle. This chilling collection includes 20 works, each prefaced by Lovecraft's own opinions and insights in each authors work, as well as Henry James wonderfully atmospheric short novel, The Turn of the Screw. For every fan of modern horror, here is an opportunity to rediscover the origins of the genre with some of most terrifying stories ever imagined. Members Reviews: Audiobook Contents Courtesy SFFAudio: Introduction by editor Stephen Jones Approx. 7 Minutes Notes on Writing Weird Fiction By H.P. Lovecraft Approx. 11 Minutes The Tale of the German Student by Washington Irving Approx. 14 Minutes Markheim by Robert Louis Stevenson Approx. 49 Minutes Who Knows? by Guy de Maupassant Approx. 34 Minutes The Invisible Eye by Erckmann-Chatrian Approx. 41 Minutes The Torture by Hope by Villiers de lIsle Adam Approx. 15 Minutes Ms. Found in a Bottle by Edgar Allan Poe Approx. 29 Minutes What Was It? by Fitz-James OBrien Approx. 34 Minutes The Middle Toe of the Right Foot by Ambrose Bierce Approx. 24 Minutes The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James Approx. 4 Hours 52 Minutes The Dead Smile by F. Marion Crawford Approx. 57 Minutes The Wind In The Rose-Bush by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman Approx. 38 Minutes The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Approx. 36 Minutes The Recrudescence of Imray by Rudyard Kipling Approx. 30 Minutes The Hands Of Karma (Ingwa-banashi) by Lafcadio Hearn Approx. 11 Minutes The Burial Of The Rats by Bram Stoker Approx. 1 Hour 7 Minutes The Red Lodge by H.R. Wakefield Approx. 35 Minutes The Captain Of The Pole-Star by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Approx. 1 Hour 6 Minutes The Villa Desiree by May Sinclair Approx. 28 Minutes The Voice In The Night by William Hope Hodgson Approx. 36 Minutes Novel of the White Powder by Arthur Machen Approx. 48 Minutes Not all the stories are complete Any additional comments? I'm not sure if it was the editing of the original book or the audio recording, but, not every story is complete. For example, "The Adventure of the German Student" by Washington Irving cuts off before the twist ending reveal . . . I remembered the ending so, I re-played the audio over to see if I missed anything, then I checked online to make sure I remembered the ending correctly . . . and I did and the ending was not included in the audio (at least at the time I downloaded this book). This was rather disappointing. I will now have to check all of the stories now to make sure I don't miss anything because it was left out of the book editing or recording. This was wonderful! I've listened to it twice! The narrations were engaging and the stories are fantastic! I wish there was more of it so I could listen to it longer.

The Man Without a Country Audiobook by Edward Everett Hale
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The Man Without a Country Audiobook by Edward Everett Hale

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Man Without a Country Author: Edward Everett Hale Narrator: Jim Roberts Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr Language: English Release date: 05-15-07 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 21 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: An officer accused of being a traitor says he "never wants to hear of the United States again". His wish is granted - and ends up being a terrible punishment. © and (P)1979 Jimcin Recordings Editorial Reviews: Parents are forever reminding their children to choose their friends wisely, and in this classic by Edward Everett Hale listeners will hear how an association with one of America's most infamous traders can completely alter one's life. Jim Roberts, a veteran Audible narrator, performs this story with the confidence necessary to evoke its deep, patriotic message. The Man Without a Country is the regrettable tale of a young man who turns his back on his country, and because of a brash declaration, is forced to spend his remaining days stuck at sea. Members Reviews: Be careful what you wish for Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? I would recommend this short story to a friend. It puts a fresh perspective on our current attitudes toward patriotism in the United States. I think this story would make great discussion for young people. This story exemplifies the heartache that can happen when we speak in the heat of the moment. A calm head and a moment's thought could have changed the character's life. What did you like best about this story? The best thing about this story is that it is short. It can be listened to in just over an hour between longer listens. What does Jim Roberts bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? Jim's voice is pleasant to listen to. He did not sound judgmental during the reading. If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be? Speak in haste, repent at leisure. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The One Million Pound Bank Note Audiobook by Mark Twain
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The One Million Pound Bank Note Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The One Million Pound Bank Note Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Jack Benson Format: Unabridged Length: 47 mins Language: English Release date: 05-16-07 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 14 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Two wealthy gentlemen decide to give a poor stranger a million-pound bank note to see what he will do with it. The results are very unexpected. © and (P)1980 Jimcin Recordings Editorial Reviews: Henry Adams, the protagonist in this well-loved Mark Twain story, tells listeners the English way of settling anything is, of course, a bet. And thus, it is a bet between two very rich and very eccentric brothers that drives the action in "The Million Pound Bank Note". Notable Audible performer, Jack Benson, lends his talents to this classic tale wherein the Montpellier brothers give Adams, a penniless stranger, a large sum of money and try to predict the effects of their random generosity. Members Reviews: Clever tale Always reading the original "Mark Twain" sans editing (because the searing humor is intact), this tale is a good one, but not at the humor level of other works such as "Innocents Abroad". It's also a relatively brief story, but will keep the reader intrigued and it has a couple of surprise twists to catch the unwary. Bad formatting makes it nearly illegible This appears to be a hastily-done OCR scan of a print book. It's full of garbage characters and unexpected linebreaks that make it difficult to read. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

South Sea Tales Audiobook by Jack London
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South Sea Tales Audiobook by Jack London

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: South Sea Tales Author: Jack London Narrator: Lloyd James Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins Language: English Release date: 05-11-04 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 40 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Most readers are familiar with Jack London's stories of the frozen northland, such as White Fang and To Light a Fire, but many critics feel he should be equally acknowledged for his fascinating stories of the South Pacific. Here is another remote corner of the world, a background for his magnificently colorful and entertaining Tales of the South Pacific. London is able to pierce the stereotype of his era concerning the "Noble Savage" and present the people who lived on these exotic islands as individuals who had to deal with the white man's intrusions, the racism, foreign diseases, biased legal systems, and brutality. These stories are based on the themes Jack London considered most important: race, culture, justice, and heroism. ©1909 Members Reviews: Be prepared - it's from another time While Jack London was an amazing writer, these stories haven't stood the test of time too well. It's hard for a modern reader to get past the racism - which is pretty constant - including the liberal use of the "n" word. If you're able to listen to it as a product of its time, great - but for kids? It's got an "audible kids" intro, and I don't think I'd want my kids to listen to this without a whole lot of discussion. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Riders of the Purple Sage Audiobook by Zane Grey
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Riders of the Purple Sage Audiobook by Zane Grey

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Riders of the Purple Sage Author: Zane Grey Narrator: Donald Buka Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins Language: English Release date: 07-07-99 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 26 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: It's 1871 in the contented Mormon town of Cottonwoods, Utah, and Elder Tull wants to marry wealthy rancher Jane Withersteen so desperately that he's willing to use the water supply - the precious lifeblood of the land - to force her hand. But that was before a mysterious, lone gunman called Lassiter showed up... Public Domain (P)1990 Recorded Books, Inc. Editorial Reviews: Zane Grey's first (1912) and most popular bestseller defined the mythical Wild West for subsequent generations. Donald Buka's twang and clear voice accent the tale well. Gunman Lassiter helps a wealthy Mormon rancher protect her ranch from cattle rustlers and the church. Although his narration is somewhat dry, Buka delivers at the dramatic points and allows listeners to savor the the excitement and intrigue of the Western frontier. Members Reviews: The Father of the Genre If Zane Grey's books sound like cliche cowboy stories, it's because he invented the genre. His writing conveys an authentic voice of the times about which he wrote. If you don't Westerns, you probably won't like it. If you like that period in history, this is as good as it gets. This particular recording is lower quality. However, the narrator is a delightful story teller. I recommend the book and this particular production. Good, fun read (Listen) This is the first western I had ever listened to, and must admit I had many negative preconceptions of what to expect. To my surprise this was a deep work which focuses of many important issues including role and treatment of women in society. I was very impressed with the style of writing and beautiful descriptions of the rigid west, which Grey wrote from first hand experience. Some of his characters can come across as caricatures, but this can be leveled even at greats such as Dickens. Overall, an excellent audio book and introduction to the works of Zane Grey. Buka?s narration is beautiful and he poses enough variation to bring all the character vividly to life. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Winesburg, Ohio Audiobook by Sherwood Anderson
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Winesburg, Ohio Audiobook by Sherwood Anderson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Winesburg, Ohio Author: Sherwood Anderson Narrator: Flo Gibson Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs Language: English Release date: 05-19-14 Publisher: Audio Book Contractors Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 7 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Considered to be Anderson's masterpiece, this series of short stories with recurring characters depicts the joys of love, the pains of loss and the prejudices and secrets of a small town as seen through the eyes of its inhabitants. The main character, George Willard, is said to resemble the author in many ways. Members Reviews: Small Town America Passions and Fears This is a very modern feeling read for a book published in 1919 . The prose are clear and frank exposing a few quintessentially small town American characters through their inner passions and fears in many tightly coupled short stories. There is very little story or action, but growing and changing characters dealing with life, sexuality, loneliness, expectations, and fears inherent in small town American life. I laughed many times, but did not come close to crying, although there is a darkness in many of the stories. The audio is excellent, with a clear, non-judgmental forthrightness narration, that adds to the subtle dark humor of the stories. Winesburg, Ohio A book that looks at the interior lives of characters versus the events. The author explores and displays some unusual personalities with a small town as the backdrop. It kept my interest and is well-done. However, it is not my list to re-read. Great Classic Book, Reader Might Detract You Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not? Yes. I love the book. What other book might you compare Winesburg, Ohio to and why? Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway Would you be willing to try another one of Flo Gibsons performances? Yes, but it would depend on the book and subject matter. For me the reader makes the book feel older and less relevant to myself although others may enjoy the classic feeling his voice evokes. Do you think Winesburg, Ohio needs a follow-up book? Why or why not? No. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Classic American Short Stories, Volume 2 Audiobook by Theodore Dreiser, Jack London, F. Scott Fitzgerald, more
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Classic American Short Stories, Volume 2 Audiobook by Theodore Dreiser, Jack London, F. Scott Fitzgerald, more

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Classic American Short Stories, Volume 2 Author: Theodore Dreiser, Jack London, F. Scott Fitzgerald, more Narrator: Charlton Griffin Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins Language: English Release date: 07-20-06 Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 52 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: To Build a Fire by Jack London A young man in Alaska elects to go on a cross country journey in mid-winter against the advice of older, more experienced men. The Long Way Out by F. Scott Fitzgerald A woman loses her husband while convalescing at a sanitarium. The Wonderful Tar Baby by Joel Chandler Harris : An Old South story of the eternal battle of wits between rabbit and fox. The Coup de Grace by Ambrose Bierce In wartime, personal animosities are usually set aside so as not to interfere with the business of war. A White Heron by Sarah Orne Jewett The delicate story of a young New England girl's infatuation with a stranger and a strange bird. After the Storm by Ernest Hemingway Set in Key West, an adventurer tells his tale of a drunken fight during a hurricane. The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane This hilarious tale describes what happens when the sheriff of a west Texas town comes home with a brand new eastern bride. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe A gothic horror story by a master writer. Torch Song by John Cheever A woman's repeated efforts to help a variety of strange men seem to coincide with her own inability to form a meaningful relationship. The Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte This is a humorous, poignant tale of a group of exiles from a California mining town who get caught up in a blizzard while en route to a nearby settlement. Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving Possibly America's most famous short story, this early fairy tale set in our colonial past is easily one of the most popular short stories ever written. Members Reviews: Fun listening too This had some interesting short stories. I like the twists of some of the stories. The stories tend to be a little dark at times, but many are classics and some I have never heard. I am a big fan of these short stories as a means to break up listening to longer more complicated books. I could recommend this audible selection. Charlton Griffin turns classics into superhits! I now got into the habit of searching the Audible website solely by the name of one narrator: Charlton Griffin. So far he helped me hear stories I have read, or tried to read, several times since high school in a brand new way. For instance, for many years I could never get through Poe's House of Usher. But Mr. Griffin gave Poe's rather pompous verbosity a pleasing musical quality and thus helped me finally make it to the end of the story and discover that it is indeed a very good one. So, now I am going to order Charlton Griffin's rendition of Homer's Iliad. I have tried to read that super classic several times before, but never quite made it past page 20 or so. I'll be happy to keep everybody who is interested informed what Mr. Griffin did for me there. Anthony Pour Some good, some really bad Is there anything you would change about this book? The narrator was somewhat ok, but the voices and the setting music is just annoying! Any additional comments? It is hard to give an overall review of a collection of stories that varies so much. The total balance is that it is an ok book, but I would not listen to it again.

The Outsider Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft
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The Outsider Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Outsider Author: H. P. Lovecraft Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 20 mins Language: English Release date: 09-11-17 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937), more commonly known as H. P. Lovecraft, was an American writer renowned for his highly influential works of horror fiction. "The Outsider" is one of Lovecraft's earliest and creepiest stories. A man exists alone in a mysterious dark castle, with no memory of how or why he is there. One day he decides to climb the highest tower in the hope of seeing the sky...and in doing so briefly learns the terrible, ghastly, unbearable truth.... Members Reviews: NOTICE: This book is sort of considered an odd one from Lovecraft. If you're looking to maybe start with Lovecraft with the intent to get into his larger works, don't expect it to be as similar to this as other works. This is not a review, just a notice for potential buyers. I expected more Eeeeeeh? It's okay? I've come to expect a lot from Lovecraft, what with all the hype and his saturation of seemingly every medium (board games...there's board games), so I'm often rather underwhelmed by the stories as I read them. This is a bit more underwhelming than normal. A man who has spent all his time locked in a castle, with no recollection of human interaction beyond a barely-seen old face, escapes and attempts contact with humanity, only to learn grim truths. The reality of the man--that he's more monster than man--was rather anticipated, so whatever impact Lovecraft was going for, it missed me entirely. This story is in the public domain, so there's many places you can go to read or listen. I listened to the free audio production available from the Drabblecast. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Tell-Tale Heart Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Tell-Tale Heart Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Tell-Tale Heart Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Chris Lutkin Format: Unabridged Length: 15 mins Language: English Release date: 07-25-17 Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: First published in an 1843 edition of The Pioneer, "The Tell-Tale Heart" is one of Poe's best-known stories. In it, an unreliable narrator is increasingly troubled by the clouded eye of the old man he lives with. Similar to "The Black Cat", "The Tell-Tale Heart" focuses on the effects of mental instability, crime, and guilt. Members Reviews: Cheap and worthless book. This book looks like it was printed from a home printer and the illustrations are a joke. Do not buy this book, such a let down because the cover looks very nice. Just go online and print it yourself. Great Graphic Novel This story was a English assignment for my 8th grade son. When I saw the story in a graphic novel, it was a must have. Very nice book and great pictures. Very satisfied with this book. Macabre. Well-executed. The classic short story. Bone chilling. Macabre. Well-executed. The beating heart was really CREEPY! Realistic First, this isy favorite short story. Since receiving this, my kids (8-10) have asked me to read it to them several times. My only suggestion would be to make the beating of the heart more audible. You can get it but not really hear it. They hold it and pass it around, but a little sound would be nice, since it is the sound of the heart that is central to the story. Five Stars I am a fan of Edgar Allan Poe. I wish I had his talent. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Cannery Row Audiobook by John Steinbeck
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Cannery Row Audiobook by John Steinbeck

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Cannery Row Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: Trevor White Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins Language: English Release date: 12-08-10 Publisher: Hachette Audio UK Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 23 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In the din and stink that is Cannery Row a colourful blend of misfits - gamblers, whores, drunks, bums and artists - survive side by side in a jumble of adventure and mischief. Lee Chong, the astute owner of the well-stocked grocery store, is also the proprietor of the Palace Flophouse that Mack and his troupe of good-natured 'boys' call home. Dora, of the flaming orange hair and taste for Nile-green dresses, runs the brothel with clockwork efficiency and a generous heart. Doc, who owns the laboratory, is the fount of all wisdom. Everybody wants to do something nice for Doc: the trouble is, he always ends up paying. Packed with invention and joie de vivre CANNERY ROW is Steinbeck's high-spirited tribute to his native California. Members Reviews: Do you remember that party? One of Steinbecks best, but too short! Again Steinbeck draws a picture of a time and place that will remain a vivid portrait. This time it is a derelict area in Monterey, California. Probably the 1920s, although it is not said. There are T-Fords, it is on this I am guessing. Steinbeck was from Salinas, California, so he is writing about what he knows best: a cannery, the sea, its smells pungent, acrid and salt, the octopi and starfish and rattlesnakes and the rats, the sound of the surf, the feel of the air, the quiet at dawn and the heat at the end of a hot summer day. The stickiness and the lilting breeze and the people - who live in a discarded boiler, a rusted tunnel, the lucky in a deserted warehouse. There is a brothel and a Chinese grocery. This book is about these people and it is about friendship and it is about parties. Think back on all the parties you have been at. The ones of your youth. How they start and how they end. The food, the drink, the music and dancing and the whole atmosphere. Reading this book will back to you the parties of your own past. They are made palpable. This book is a tribute to parties, parties with people you love. A small story worth reading I decided to read some more highly regarded authors/books and Steinbeck was one of them. This is what I would call a 'small story' in that its just a little tale about a group of friends but obviously with all the things you can expect from Steinbeck, it's not Of Mice and Men or Grapes of Wrath but worth a read Sometimes listening is better. This book was set by our reading group. Unable to buy and read it in time I downloaded this audible version and am so glad. It really is a cracking little story, we all enjoyed it but when I briefly played part of my audible version at the meeting some members thought it too slow. Not a fast reader myself I particularly enjoyed the audible because it really brought out the poetic lyricism of the novella, enlivened the imagery and was simply such a pleasure to listen to. I'd recommend it every time. just perfect A Beautiful and characterful piece of writing from the man who wrote about the place he lived in and about the good that is always lurking somewhere in the hearts of men. Steinbeck at his best loved it in paper back audible brought it to life . gave a new dimension to a classic title tempted to listen again from chapter 1 Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and Other Tales [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by Ambrose Bierce
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and Other Tales [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by Ambrose Bierce

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and Other Tales [Classic Tales Edition] Author: Ambrose Bierce Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 52 mins Language: English Release date: 08-09-16 Publisher: B. J. Harrison Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: There is a bridge at Owl Creek that is surrounded by dry and cracking driftwood. Burning the bridge would be the perfect way for a civilian Southerner to strike a blow against the Union Army. But Peyton Farkuar doesn't make it that far and instead finds a rope around his neck. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Very Best of O. Henry Audiobook by O. Henry
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The Very Best of O. Henry Audiobook by O. Henry

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Very Best of O. Henry Author: O. Henry Narrator: Peter Berkrot Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins Language: English Release date: 01-10-11 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 7 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: O. Henry, the pseudonym of the American writer William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), is best known for writing stories full of wit, wordplay, and warm characterizations, and particularly for their clever twist endings. This volume contains 20 of O. Henry's best and best-loved stories. They are marked by coincidence and surprise endings, as well as the compassion and high humor that have made O. Henry's stories popular for the last century. The stories contained in this unique collection are "Whistling Dick's Christmas Stocking", "The Gift of the Magi", "The Cop and the Anthem", "One Dollar's Worth", "A Retrieved Reformation", "The Last of the Troubadours", "The Caballero's Way", "Last Leaf", "The Furnished Room", "Cupid's Exile Number Two", "The Lotus and the Bottle", "The Trimmed Lamp", "Springtime a la Carte", "The Sleuths", "Out of Nazareth", "Memoirs of a Yellow Dog", "The Making of a New Yorker", "Law and Order", "Hearts and Hands", and "The Ransom of Red Chief". Members Reviews: Four Stars It was a gift for my father and he liked it O Henry a Great Read I would recommend this book to anyone that has a good imagination and a good sense of humor. These short stories are entertaining and very funny. One short story "The Ransom of Red Chief" is a real classic. There is a companion short created for television starring Struther Martin and Jack Elam. It is fun to have your children, grandchildren, or nephews read this short story then watch this classic short together. Five Stars User book look like new, love it. Good twist at the end of his stories Difficult language for most readers. Good twist at the end of his stories. i love reading books i love reading books, and this is one of the best book for the year i like. i enjoy the storyline of the book. support Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Billy Budd Audiobook by Herman Melville
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Billy Budd Audiobook by Herman Melville

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Billy Budd Author: Herman Melville Narrator: John Hedigan Format: Abridged Length: 1 hr and 17 mins Language: English Release date: 03-12-13 Publisher: Flowerpot Press Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick, takes us once more to the sea in the tragic, yet triumphant story of Billy Budd. A model merchant seaman, admired by crew and officers alike for his skill, masculine beauty, and noble nature, Billy Budd's life changes dramatically and irrevocably when he is impressed into the military. Like many sailors in the late 18th century, Billy Budd is forced into service aboard a warship where life is ruthless and unforgiving. Amidst the accusations of inciting a mutiny and the harsh consequence of one impulsive act, Billy Budd must find the courage to remain strong and merciful, even while his life hangs in jeopardy. Members Reviews: Disturbingly Suspect Edition This edition of Melville's Billy Budd is useless and alarming inauthentic. I ordered it for school, and I chose this edition largely due to the listing's inclusion of this quote in the description: âThis is the most teachable edition of Billy Budd available. It lucidly situates Melvilleâs novella within its legal, literary, and historical contexts, providing a variety of compelling ways to approach the text. Michael J. Evertonâs introduction is also incisive and engaging. This edition is an impressive achievement.â âCody Marrs, University of Georgia What I didn't notice was that several lines beneath this quote is the disclaimer that the quote is not actually about this edition. What about this quote is relevant to a description of any edition of the book OTHER than the one to which it specifically refers? This disclaimer appears again after the two quotations provided under âFrom the Back Cover,â neither of which is on the back cover of THIS edition. Whoever wrote the description for this edition is clearly misleading buyers by including several multi-line quotations about other editions of the book accompanied by a terse disclaimer that is easy to miss. I am ashamed to have been deceived this way. The entire printing of this edition is of dubious quality. On the front cover, the words "A Novel" are about four times bigger than "Herman Melville," which many people might not mind, but as a graphic design enthusiast, I do. On the title page, "By" is erroneously capitalized. Below that, Herman Melville is credited as also being "The Author of: 'Redburn.'" Yes, he wrote it, but the publisher puts the title of the book in quotation marks. It is a full novel, not a short story or poem, and should be either underlined or italicized. And in my personal opinion and experience, the authorâs most recognizable title should be included in this context. Again, in my opinion, Moby Dick is Melvilleâs best-known work. Then â(1924)ââin font several times larger than the authorial attribution directly above itâis not attached to any other text indicating the significance of that year. It is the year Melvilleâs story was published, but this date is is followed by two ISBNs that separate it from the word âCopyrighted.â The book doesnât contain a legitimate copyright! There is no clear copyright date, copyright holder, or publisher listed, which leads me to the conclusion that this is a counterfeit edition of Melvilleâs work.

Flappers and Philosophers Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Flappers and Philosophers Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Flappers and Philosophers Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: Kitty Hendrix Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins Language: English Release date: 10-20-16 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 8 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: F. Scott Fitzgerald is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. He wrote this collection of eight short stories in 1920 for magazines such as Colliers and The Saturday Evening Post. This collection includes: "The Offshore Pirate", "Dalyrimple Goes Wrong", "Head and Shoulders", "Benediction", "Bernice Bobs Her Hair", "The Cut Glass Bowl", "The Four Fists", and "The Ice Palace". Public Domain (P)2016 Kitty Hendrix Members Reviews: Perfect Reading of a Classic! I thought, between high school and college I had read every F. Scott Fitzgerald book there was, I was wrong and Im so glad I listened to this collection of short stories now, allowing me to view his writings from the perspective of an older and wiser person. These short stories were written in 1920 when F. Scott Fitzgerald was a young man of 24-years-old and his writing reflects that sense of wonder, romance and pseudo angst that most young people have before the brutality of everyday life beats it out of you by the age of thirty-five, but what remains timeless, unlike youth, is the beauty of his words, his way with prose is still a marvel to this very day. Some, Im sure will find offense and or discomfort with the archaic and offensive use of racial terms, that at the time this book was written, was completely acceptable and commonplace, but it would be wrong to censor this work and history should not be rewritten, but rather learned from. The narration was performed admirably by Kitty Hendrix, she really captured the feeling and tone of the time that this book was written in and I was completely engaged with her reading through the entire audiobook. The production quality of this audiobook is top of the line as well. Young scholars take note if this book is required reading you will be doing yourself a great favor by downloading this version and guaranteeing an A in class. This audiobook was gifted to me exchange for an unbiased review! A collection of short stories. What did you love best about Flappers and Philosophers? It was a nice change to listen to a collection of short stories vs a complete book. F. Scott Fitzgerald. What can you say? Always a joy. What about Kitty Hendrixs performance did you like? The narration was good, easy to follow, I would listen to her again. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? Both. The stories make one laugh and also cry. Any additional comments? I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator for an unbiased review. Vibrant I really enjoyed this collection, and found the stories to be very relatable despite their age. The best part, though, is how vividly each story captures the jazz era. Kitty Hendrix' performance is fantastic too, she really brings each story and character to life, to the point that I can't imagine reading the physical book. I highly recommend Flappers and Philosophers for fans of F. Scott Fitzgerald. It's a real treat! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. Fantastic Audio Update to Fitzgerald Collection! Any additional comments? I simply loved listening to F. Scott Fitzgerald's Flappers and Philosophers, an anthology of eight short stories first published in magazines like The Saturday Evening Post in 1920.

Classic Tales of Hope and Courage Audiobook by Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, William Ernest Henley, O. Henry, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman
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Classic Tales of Hope and Courage Audiobook by Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, William Ernest Henley, O. Henry, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Classic Tales of Hope and Courage Subtitle: Selected Masterworks, Annotated for Modern Adventure Seekers Author: Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, William Ernest Henley, O. Henry, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman Narrator: Daniel H. Vimont Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs Language: English Release date: 04-15-14 Publisher: Daniel H. Vimont Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 14 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Let yourself be swept away by these classic tales of hope and courage!! - Classic tales (short stories and poems) of hope and courage from the 19th and 20th centuries Annotated for modern listeners The third entry in the Classic Tales series, joining "Classic Tales of Horror" and "Classic Tales of Christmas" For adventure fans of all ages, these stories are guaranteed to intrigue, delight, and sometimes take you by surprise! Give them a try, and don't be surprised if a few of them make their way onto your list of all-time personal favorites! Members Reviews: Five Stars All The Way! Daniel has a melodious, literate voice. He understands how to read with rhythm and tempo. He does not rush his words. A real joy! Great stories can be ruined by a bad reading What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you? A different narrator would have made the difference for me. What was one of the most memorable moments of Classic Tales of Hope and Courage? Behrman's masterpiece was very unexpected. How could the performance have been better? Well, I feel the acting of the voices was very much over acted. He was loudly over emphasizing words then, for overly dramatic effects he would whisper. Several times, I had to turn up the volume really high because his voice was so soft and then unexpectedly, he would almost shout. I still don't know what happens at the very end of Jack London's "To Build a Fire". It was like taking Tony Robbins word emphasis, giving it to William Shatner then telling him to read it to children around the fireplace. Very awkward. What character would you cut from Classic Tales of Hope and Courage? I wouldn't cut any character from this book. Too Bad! What did you like best about Classic Tales of Hope and Courage? What did you like least? Great stories grossly overacted by the reader. What did you like best about this story? Could not get through the first story - presentation too painful to listen to. Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Daniel H. Vimont? Almost anyone Was Classic Tales of Hope and Courage worth the listening time? No Any additional comments? Don't bother Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

A Bell for Adano Audiobook by John Hersey
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A Bell for Adano Audiobook by John Hersey

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Bell for Adano Author: John Hersey Narrator: David Green Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins Language: English Release date: 10-15-10 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 61 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: John Hersey grew up in China, studied at Yale and Cambridge, worked as a journalist, and astonished the nation when he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945 for A Bell for Adano. His first novel, its offbeat blend of patriotism and warm humor immediately captured readers hearts. In 1943, the American Major Victor Joppolo finds himself the civil affairs officer - the mayor - of a small town in Sicily. Equipped with the rulebook, How to Bring American Democracy to Liberated Territories he sets about bringing choices to a people whose every recent activity had been dictated. Asking them what the town needs most, he is answered: give the town back its spirit - a bell to replace the 700-year-old one that was melted down for bullets. The major soon discovers that he may not be able to guarantee democracy for the ancient town, but he can do something about the bell. His story is one of humanity in the midst of wars cruelty, and conviction in a maze of military bureaucracy. Members Reviews: A quick little gem Good to listen to, if you like to hear a little Italian spoken here and there. Greatly inspirational story of someone who can make things happen and work around problems. Should be a must read for all troops leaving for overseas. Not out of date despite the years that have passed since its publication. I see why it got the prize. Glad Livermore chose it for our "Community Read". Another Good Piece of WWII Historical Fiction David Green's performance of Hersey's novel is very good. The tipsiness of the Americans, the general's 'Go* damn' voice, Mr. Major, the different Italian guys...great performance. Green helped the story come alive. The story itself, personally, very excellently follows up Underneath a Scarlet Sky, where the Americans begin to make their appearance at the end of the book. I feel like A Bell for Adano is a continuation of Underneath a Scarlet Sky. Though the beginning of this novel was a bit difficult for me to get through. This story is much older and the style of writing is different, to the point where I could see a 1950s black and white film on television--bland and "he said", then so so said, the the other guy said, and he said...too much ping pong for me. Other than all that, Hersey writes as though Major Joppolo perfected the art of Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People. If only the military truly practiced Joppolo's technique of establishing rapport, building relationships, and being selfless then the world might actually be a better place. Unfortunately, there are not enough Joppolo's in our military. I have been on a WWII in Italy kick. This book is the fourth that I have read on the topic. Whereas Underneath a Scarlet Sky and The Alice Network were educational with historical contexts, there is not exactly anything historical about this book, in the sense that there is little takeaway about the war itself. This book is more on the relationship between the military and the local population. Still, highly recommend! Entertaining. Kept my interest and provided a nostalgic look at WWII while being presented in a wholesome manner. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Rip Van Winkle Audiobook by Washington Irving
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Rip Van Winkle Audiobook by Washington Irving

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Rip Van Winkle Author: Washington Irving Narrator: Cindy Hardin Killavey Format: Unabridged Length: 46 mins Language: English Release date: 03-21-12 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 7 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Washington Irving was a prolific writer known today primarily for four short stories: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", "The Devil and Tom Walker", "The Phantom Island", and, of course, "Rip Van Winkle". Rip Van Winkle is known as a good neighbor, a friend to animals and children, and a regular at the discussions held at the town tavern. His sudden disappearance causes consternation in the small town. Where did he go? What happened to him? When a lean, white bearded old man appears 20 years later, claiming to be Rip, he has a tale to tell that is quite incredible. Members Reviews: Visions of the Disney Cartoon So many years ago, and so many times have I watched Walt Disney's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." It is hard to tell if the cartoon was taken from the story or the story from the cartoon. The visions of the animated version never left my mind as I read this wonderful and deeply descriptive short story for the very first time just tonight. What a great tale! Love this story! One of my favorite tales! Love Irving's detail! You can see and feel it! The wording could trip up young readers, but what a wonderful opportunity to increase vocabulary! Rather dry read. THE story was very detailed including "old" English words and phrases. It was difficult to get through quickly, but as a read aloud to a classroom, I think that it would work. I wouldn't read aloud more than one chapter/section at a time. For better understanding of the story, many passages would need to be explained and put into today's terminology. Spooky I had never actually read this story and I love the creepy haunted vibe Irving projects in the story and makes the whole haunting come alive so well. This old tale will never go out of favor. To read the original text of Washington Irving, lends a special tone to the story: Remembering that Ichabod Crane was a figment of the imagination more than one and one half centuries ago. To have sat with friends around a fire to keep warm, with little or no other light adds to the fright factor of this spooky tale. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Tarzan: The Jungle Tales Audiobook by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Tarzan: The Jungle Tales Audiobook by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Tarzan: The Jungle Tales Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs Narrator: David Sharp Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins Language: English Release date: 08-11-11 Publisher: Books in Motion Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 10 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Here are a dozen action-packed, interlinked jungle stories illustrating the early life of Tarzan of the Apes. The stories included are: "Tarzan's First Love", "The Capture of Tarzan", "The Fight for Balu", "The God of Tarzan", "Tarzan and the Black Boy", "The Witch Doctor Seeks Vengeance", "The End of Bukwai", "The Lion", "The Nightmare", "The Battle for Teeka", "A Jungle Joke", and "Tarzan Rescues the Moon". Members Reviews: Great Read I am enjoying the original Tarzan books and would recommend the complete series. All are available in every format at Amazon. My Favorite Tarzan Book (so far) My original plan to read through all the Tarzan books was nearly thwarted by the shocking low quality of the writing. 'Son of Tarzan' was just about the last straw literally insulting the very concept of Tarzan while the previous two books were likewise weak. I skipped `Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar' because I don't happen to own that book but `Jungle Tales of Tarzan' has reinvigorated my quest to forge on. Jungle Tales goes back to before Tarzan met Jane and was still living with the apes. THIS is what I read Tarzan for and THIS is where Burroughs shines. I love it when Burroughs tries to put the reader into the mind of an animal. In one story Tarzan ponders the concept of God having discovered it in one of the books he came across. He consults an elderly ape, Mumba, but her single stroke of wisdom through her many years of life is the story of how she once ate a sting-bug beetle that she mistook for an edible one. In another story a tiger, having killed a female ape, attempts to drag her away for lunch. The ape tribe having no long term thinking simply accepts the situation intending to go about their lives. Tarzan, however, rallies the apes having realized that if no punishment is meted out to the jungle cat it'll simply return again and kill more apes. Burroughs treatment of the animal intellect is much more believable and inventive here than in the lamentable `Beasts of Tarzan' where Tarzan trains a tribe of apes to row a canoe. Perhaps my favorite in this book was when Taug discovers that other apes in the tribe intend on killing Tarzan. His primitive mind feels a kinship towards Tarzan thanks to the numerous times Tarzan had saved him. Although Taug couldn't literally recall that his feelings of friendship grew from past events they existed nonetheless and discovering the conspiracy enraged his primitive mind... until a rodent caught his eye and he forgot the whole thing. Classic. Unlike previous books `Jungle Tales of Tarzan' is a series of smaller stories that blend together. In one story Tarzan kidnaps a young African boy when he begins feeling that everyone has someone to care for except him. It's somewhat touching except that Burroughs can't help but push the idea that the boy is a genetic inferior. There is a LOT of interaction between Tarzan and the local tribe of Mbongo whom he holds a grudge against for causing the death of his adoptive mother, Kala. It generally involves Tarzan playing pranks that lead to the deaths of one or more black.

The Jack London Collection Audiobook by Jack London
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The Jack London Collection Audiobook by Jack London

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Jack London Collection Author: Jack London Narrator: Patrick Girard Lawlor, Richard Rohan, Gary Telles, Erik Synnestvedt Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins Language: English Release date: 01-28-11 Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 8 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Jack London was an American author who wrote The Call of the Wild and other books. A pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first Americans to make a lucrative career exclusively from writing. Here are four of his best stories: "The Whale Tooth", "To Build a Fire", "The House of Pride", and "The House of Mapuhi". Members Reviews: Four short stories by Jack London There are four different readers for four stories. There are three stories set in Pacific islands and one in the frozen Yukon. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Willa Cather Short Stories Audiobook by Willa Cather
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Willa Cather Short Stories Audiobook by Willa Cather

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Willa Cather Short Stories Subtitle: 9 of Her Best Author: Willa Cather Narrator: Deaver Brown Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins Language: English Release date: 04-10-12 Publisher: Simply Media Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 15 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Willa Cather was perhaps most famous for her great novels such as My Antonia and Death Comes to the Archbishop. However, her short stories were enchanting and practical, local and cosmopolitan. Of the great American writers of the early part of the twentieth century she stood alone in her vision. No American writer ever had her breadth of experience and knowledge of people and places, relating to farmers in Nebraska, to barons in New York, and artists in Paris. Some of each of them appear in these stories. Nine of her best and favorite short stories are read here. "The Burglar's Christmas", "The Enchanted Bluff", "The Garden Lodge", "The Namesake", "Nanette: An Aside", "On the Divide", "The Profile", "The Sculptor's Funeral", and "The Strategy of Were-Wolf Dog". Members Reviews: Excellent book; awful narrator I am a devotee of audiobooks and this is the first time in my use of audible that the experience of the book has been significantly diminished by the deficiencies of the narrator. As I was listening to his introduction, which was well done, I was certain that he would not be the narrator of the text. I was sorely disappointed to hear him begin the first story and there was no improvement throughout the book. The timbre of his voice, his lack of appreciation for phrasing and a generally roughshod approach to the text left a sour taste in my mouth. These stories are wonderful and they deserve a professional narrator. I hope never again to hear a book in this manner. Hire competent readers@@ Would you try another book from Willa Cather and/or Deaver Brown? I would try another book of Cather's stories. I will not listen to anything read by Deaver Brown again. How did the narrator detract from the book? Poor reading, no inflection, no feel for the story Not done justice Cather is an excellent story teller, but the narrator was not up to the job. His diction was poor and he gravelly. Would have been better served by another. Because the narrator was not an actor, it really wasn't worth listing ti. Why couldn't. Audible hire a professional like they usually do. Willa Cather is such a wonderful author, and I can't imagine they have to pay anything for the use of the material because it is so old. Very disappointing Disappointing editing This book wasnt for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more? Probably good for the intended audience, which according to the introduction, is classroom use and discussion. What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike? The sound quality itself is poor and the narration is mostly without emotion or inflection. Not up to Audible's normal standards. You didnt love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities? Lovely stories. Any additional comments? The editing is too abrupt to be enjoyable for the casual listener. The various stories flow together without pause. As soon as one ends, the next begins as a following sentence. A pause of at least a few seconds at the end of each story would have been much appreciated. I would not recommend this book. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Him with His Foot in His Mouth and Other Stories Audiobook by Saul Bellow
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Him with His Foot in His Mouth and Other Stories Audiobook by Saul Bellow

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Him with His Foot in His Mouth and Other Stories Author: Saul Bellow Narrator: Sean Runnette, Joe Barrett, Grover Gardner, Dawn Harvey Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins Language: English Release date: 05-15-15 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Him with His Foot in His Mouth and Other Stories is a collection of short fiction from one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. In the title piece, a musicologist awaiting extradition in British Columbia reflects on the events of his past that led to his criminal offense - beginning with a thoughtless insult he'd given over 30 years earlier. "What Kind of Day Did You Have?" explores the humorous conflicts in a single day in the lives of a divorcée and her lovers. Reanimating the Chicago of the past as only Bellow can, "Zetland: By a Character Witness" tells the story of the early life of a brilliant, but eccentric, artist. In "A Silver Dish" a man mourning his father recalls his memories of their relationship. And in "Cousins" a successful man is drawn into his cousin's life of criminal activities. Witty and at times emotional, Him with His Foot in His Mouth and Other Stories is a must-have collection for all Bellow fans. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Stephen Crane's Other 13 Favorite Short Stories Audiobook by Stephen Crane
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Stephen Crane's Other 13 Favorite Short Stories Audiobook by Stephen Crane

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Stephen Crane's Other 13 Favorite Short Stories Subtitle: George's Mother, The Monster & 11 Others Author: Stephen Crane Narrator: Deaver Brown Format: Original Recording Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins Language: English Release date: 04-27-12 Publisher: Simply Media Ratings: 1.5 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: These are the 13 best known and respected short works of Stephen Crane. George's "Mother and The Monster" are particularly highly regarded but rarely read and almost never listened to. In addition, this audiobook includes "A Dark Brown Dog", "A Great Mistake", "An Experiment in Luxury", "An Experiment in Misery", "An Ominous Baby", "Flanagan", "His New Mittens", "The Five White Mice", "The Knife", "The Men in the Storm", and "The Veteran". Members Reviews: reader is terrible The reader is terrible. Hes plunging through the prose, mulling it into a mess. He has no personality. No presence. No timbre. No timing. Its always like hes falling forward, but without reaction. He stole the life from the stories. Bad production values Any additional comments? There are two VERY large gaps near the middle of the book.. Totaling around 15 minutes. Very poor production. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Audiobook by Mark Twain
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Jim Donaldson Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins Language: English Release date: 03-30-12 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 55 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This could very well be the definitive American novel. A great success since it was first published. Required reading. Great fun. Members Reviews: Enjoyable It was a little a hard to understand the speaker at times, but enjoyed his accents. A little slow and drawn out in spots. Over all a delightful adventure. The narrator's voice was too gruff and deep for the roll of a young boy. Awful narrator This was one of the first audiobooks I bought. The book itself is amazing and I'm sure you can find better reviews somewhere else. The narrator, on the other hand, was awful - I could not understand the words he was saying and had to rewind and listen again in the (vain) hope that I will get it. After 30 minutes I paused, checked reviews and worked out many others had complained of the same thing. The experience taught me to read reviews before purchasing audiobooks. Lesson learnt. Huckleberry Finn I just loved it! Well done. Some editing flaws, but great performance by Jim Donaldson. I had forgotten what a great book this is. I will re-listen to this audio book for certain. Almost perfect A great classic!! Only reason for the missing*are the editing errors found in the audiobook what I mean by this is how the reader repeats himself a few times. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Tales of Horror and Suspense Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft, E. F. Benson, Robert E. Howard, W. F. Harvey, Edgar Allan Poe
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Tales of Horror and Suspense Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft, E. F. Benson, Robert E. Howard, W. F. Harvey, Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Tales of Horror and Suspense Subtitle: 50 Great Classic Horror Stories Author: H. P. Lovecraft, E. F. Benson, Robert E. Howard, W. F. Harvey, Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 43 mins Language: English Release date: 07-13-15 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 2 of 5 out of 14 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Fifty terrifying short stories from the great classic horror writers: And 20 more terrifying tales. Members Reviews: CAREFUL WHICH COLLECTION YOU PICK.... The production company obviously had Ms. Dobson read as many Victorian and Edwardian short stories as possible. She probably did most of these recording sessions 10 years ago. ** Since then, each recorded story is being used repeatedly, spread out across multiple collections of audiobooks such as this one . ** Therefore, be careful which one you pick. I have several of the earlier audiobooks. Frankly, it's insulting: the repetition of the same recordings, all used to "pad" the majority of what you will find here, and in the many collections read by Ms. Dobson. ( I wonder if she actually owns the production content herself.... If so, I'm in the wrong business! ) Awesome stories destroyed by HORRIBLE narration What disappointed you about Tales of Horror and Suspense? The Narrator sounded like the stand-in for Esmerelda on Bewitched, or some self indulgent acting teacher from the 20s. Actually painful to listen to. Who was your favorite character and why? Couldn't say, the narration kept yanking me out of the stories Would you be willing to try another one of Cathy Dobsons performances? Yes right after I sign up for a mugging What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment? Regret for purchasing it Any additional comments? My own fault. I must remember to listen to samples before buying. In the hands of another narrator this could have been a great collection terrible narrative same woman same voice 20 hours. very monotone and boring. wish I could get credit back Great stories/awful narrator The stories were good, many were actually great. But the narrator? Please do yourself a favor and listen to a preview. Hear that? That is not the narrator affecting her voice for key moments in the story. That is her constant cadence. It never changes. Never. Wish I could leave 0 stars. Reader is horrible! The reader is horrible, I can't stand the British accent and the stories are really bad too so you should look at the ratings first. it didn't get such a low score by accident. This is just a waist of time and money. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Doug Bradley's Spinechillers Volume 13 Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft, M. R. James, Edgar Allan Poe, Saki
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Doug Bradley's Spinechillers Volume 13 Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft, M. R. James, Edgar Allan Poe, Saki

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Doug Bradley's Spinechillers Volume 13 Subtitle: Classic Horror Short Stories Author: H. P. Lovecraft, M. R. James, Edgar Allan Poe, Saki Narrator: Doug Bradley, Jeffery Combs Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins Language: English Release date: 02-19-14 Publisher: Renegade Arts Entertainment Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 26 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This triumphant final volume of Spinechillers begins with Doug Bradley's personal guide to the writers and the history of the stories. M. R. James' classic "Number 13" starts off this volume with a mystery about a disappearing and reappearing hotel room, can you guess the room number? Story two is the tale of a cat that can not only talk, but spills secrets that should have been truly left behind. Next, we present one of the most famous stories by H. P. Lovecraft, "The Call of Cthulhu". Doug transports you into Lovecraft's world of indescribable horror, accompanied by Alistair Lock's outstanding orchestral score. Edgar Allan Poe's well-known allegory on our mortality, "The Masque of the Red Death", follows. Then Jeffrey Combs reads the concluding part of Lovecraft's Herbert West: Reanimator series, "The Tomb Legions". Finishing up Volume 13 is Poe's 1843-penned poem "The Conqueror Worm". Members Reviews: Classic horror in every possible context I have every volume in this sensational series. Doug Bradley is an excellent narrator. These beautifully written stories are Made even more brilliant by the fantastic accompanying music and sound effects. For any fan of classic horror I strongly recommend that you purchase every volume of the series All good, 2 excellent One aspect of the Spinechillers series I appreciate is the introductions. They give background and context to the stories and their authors. They also have quality sound effects and music which enhance rather than detract from the narrative. 1) Number 13 - Written by M.R. James, Read by Doug Bradley 2) Tobamory - Written by Saki (H.H. Munro), Read by Doug Bradley 3) The Call of Cthulhu - Written by H.P. Lovecraft, Read by Doug Bradley 4) The Masque of the Red Death - Written by E.A. Poe, Read by Doug Bradley. 5) Herbert West: Reanimator (Part V of V) Read by Jeffrey Combs I enjoyed stories 1 and 3, both for the stories themselves and the narration. I wasn't much impressed with story 2 and I found stories 4 & 5 too unpleasant but Both Doug Bradley and Jeffrey Combs are excellent narrators. Thank you! Thank you to Doug Bradley and everyone involved with this series. A fantastic collection of stories. I have now listened to all 13 volumes which got me through some very boring housework and ironing. I enjoyed them so much I'm going to start from the beginning again. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Edith Wharton Audiobook by Edith Wharton
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Edith Wharton Audiobook by Edith Wharton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Edith Wharton Subtitle: The Short Stories Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Janet Maw Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins Language: English Release date: 04-02-10 Publisher: The Copyright Group Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 30 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Perhaps best known for her classic novel The Age of Innocence, Wharton loved the short story form because its brevity allowed her to concentrate on telling the story. In these three powerful stories, Edith Wharton transports the listener to the turn of the century, where she depicts (without turning to sensationalism) the shocking topics of the time. Often, she opens just after an incident, allowing the listener to be immersed straight into the story. In 'Souls Belated' we meet a couple on a train, digesting and reacting to that mornings event. In 'The Muses Tragedy', a young man meets his favourite poets muse and soon uncovers the truth about their much talked-about relationship. Atypically, 'Roman Fever' starts with a seemingly normal day in Rome and soon reveals a lot more than expected when two middle-aged women start recalling a past trip to the Italian capital. These stories are read by the accomplished actress Janet Maw. Members Reviews: 3 great stories, sound quality could be better Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not? yes, but in a nother edition What was one of the most memorable moments of Edith Wharton? she has a very elegant way of ending the short stories How could the performance have been better? Better sound quality Entertaining stories These stories were very risqu?? for their time, and are interesting to read now. Wharton is a good, lucid and solid creator of character. Don't expect anything "modern" -- no faxes, cel phones, texting or email. The best story, ROMAN FEVER, is a quiet thriller. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Magnificent Ambersons Audiobook by Booth Tarkington
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The Magnificent Ambersons Audiobook by Booth Tarkington

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Magnificent Ambersons Author: Booth Tarkington Narrator: Geoffrey Blaisdell Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins Language: English Release date: 06-04-07 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 167 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: George Amberson Minafer is the spoiled and arrogant grandson of the founder of the family's magnificence. Eclipsed by a new breed of industrial tycoons and land developers, whose power comes not through family connections but through financial dealings and modern manufacturing, George descends from the Midwestern aristocracy to the working class. As the wheels of industry transform the social landscape, the definitions of ambition, success, and loyalty also change. Orson Welles based his classic film of the same name on Tarkington's novel. Critic Reviews: "All fiction collections should own a copy." (Library Journal) Members Reviews: Great Narration to a Great Story Very well narrated. Great story and characters of a time past. Many of the great ones too are soon forgotten This is one of those fantastic little classics (it won the Pulitzer Prizes second prize for the Novel category in 1919) that while not exactly ignored, certainly aren't read as frequently today as the author's talent should demand. It was made in 1942 into a movie by Orson Wells (his second film) so it does have that anchor to keep it from slipping further into the darkness of the past. I guess old fiction is like old families. "Nothing stays or holds truly. Great Caesar dead and turned to clay stopped no hole to keep the wind away; dead Caesar was nothing but tiresome bit of print in a book that schoolboys study for awhile and then forget." I guess the same can be said of literature. Most books are eventually pulped. Even the good and many, many of the great ones too are soon forgotten. The writer's impulse is for some glimmer of immortality, but memories and readers are damn fickle things. We collectively shrug off and forget those we recently purchased, those banging the publisher's gongs to get attention, and to hell with all those public domain dead writers -- even if they did write such beautiful books. Change - The only thing that is truly constant Any additional comments? I find myself thinking of this book often. The past is always beautiful in our eyes, like George Minafer's mother. The present is drab and plain like his aunt. The future is fast, bold, and unwanted like Mr. Morgan. Life moves on, whether we want it to or not. I love the line "Get a Horse!" because those unreliable automobiles are just a fad. -- While this book was written in 1918, it's moral is certainly timeless which is in and of itself is quite ironic. The book does seem to drag just a bit which is why I have given it only 4 stars instead of 5. Great Read I really enjoyed both the book and the way it was read. Two thumbs Up! A Bygone Era This enduring classic was a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1919. The novel shows life in a small town in the early part of the 20th Century before and after the automobile made an impact and changed the status of the town's prominent families. The author portrays the decline of the big estates and the rise of a new aristocracy based on business acumen and not only inherited wealth. The main character, George Minafer, is not very likable, although by the end of the book, he is more sympathetic. His mother seems to me overprotective and indulgent toward George and this leads to his personality problems. Tarkington introduces humor, especially in the first part of the book, where the townfolk gossip about the Amberson family.

The Best Ghost Stories Audiobook by Arthur B. Reeve, Daniel Defoe, M. R. James, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Leopold Compert, E. F. Benson, Algernon Blackwood
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The Best Ghost Stories Audiobook by Arthur B. Reeve, Daniel Defoe, M. R. James, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Leopold Compert, E. F. Benson, Algernon Blackwood

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Best Ghost Stories Author: Arthur B. Reeve, Daniel Defoe, M. R. James, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Leopold Compert, E. F. Benson, Algernon Blackwood Narrator: Cindy Hardin Killavey, Jim Killavey, Jim Roberts, Walter Covell Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins Language: English Release date: 12-24-13 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 6 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Still wildly popular today, this collection of ghost stories was first published in 1919. A few of the stories reflect the prejudices and language of the era and would not be considered "politically correct" now but are nonetheless excellent stories. Arthur B. Reeves, an American writer who also wrote screenplays compiled this anthology. His introduction is considered by many to be the definitive explanation of the popularity and diversity of this genre. Turn off the lights and prepare to be thrilled and chilled by this unique assemblage of spooky tales. Included in this volume are: Members Reviews: Five Stars Great! Four Stars Some excellent classis tales in this collection. Well worth the read. Four Stars Absolutely love ghost stories! Happy to get A FREE A BOOK! The Best Ghost Stories I really liked this book on my Kindle. I love ghost stories and these little concise are perfect when you don't have time to get deeply wrapped in a whole book and allows you to easily flip to more variations. Definitely glad I tried it. ghost I have not read all of this book yet but I like to hear of ghost stories and was involved in some as I have saw ghosts a few times so i know their is something to it Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Turn of the Screw Audiobook by Henry James
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The Turn of the Screw Audiobook by Henry James

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Turn of the Screw Author: Henry James Narrator: Vanessa Benjamin, Simon Vance Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins Language: English Release date: 11-03-08 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 237 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: With its possibly ambiguous content and powerful narrative technique, the story challenges the listener to determine if the unnamed governess is correctly reporting events or is instead an unreliable neurotic with an overheated imagination. Members Reviews: Compelling, creepy and rich in its ambiguity My first exposure to Henry James was this tight little psycho-drama of a ghost story. 'Turn of the Screw' is one of those amazing little stories that twists the reader back and forth between the extremes of believing the narrator is legitimate in her fear of actual ghosts or believing she is simply mad. James' story turns on this dilemma. One slight rotation to the right and all bets are off. For a ghost story, I was far more creeped out by the two 'angelic' children, the vacant setting, and the remote English country house. Anyway, while not blown away by the story, I still found it compelling, creepy and rich in its ambiguity. I didn't think I liked Henry James But I do. I was just too young to "get" Henry James before. Vanessa Benjamin is perfect for this book. Strange, ambiguous - a dissatisfaction that lasts What did you like best about The Turn of the Screw? What did you like least? It had a captivating tension that unfolded both slowly and rapidly. It had an ambiguity that created mystery. The ambiguity remained unresolved, creating ultimate dissatisfaction. But the dissatisfaction lasts in a way that is paradoxically satisfying. The (non) resolution left me annoyed, and as if I was supposed to have viewed the story another way all along.I suspect the reaction to it in the early 21st century may be quite different to when it was first written. Would you recommend The Turn of the Screw to your friends? Why or why not? Probably yes What about Simon Vance and Vanessa Benjamin s performance did you like? old English voices and modulating with different charactes. Do you think The Turn of the Screw needs a follow-up book? Why or why not? I don't think this question makes sense. Who done it, Murder or love? I love the mystery of this story and i go back and forth on the ending depending on my mood. This is a great astory that is written so well that you get to decide the ending. Narrration is not to be missed. NOT ENGAGING ENOUGH FOR ME I liked the setup, environment and even the ghosts but the language is so difficult that much of the story and characters are obscured. The main character is never really developed and neither are the children. The notion of the ghosts doesn't pay off (to me) and so I was never really engaged in the story. I suppose my sensibilities have changed with the times but the story of a governess who takes care of two children in a big country home that is haunted by the ghosts of the old governess and butler just didn't captivate me. It would seem that this setup is ripe for tension and terror but the language keeps the listener at such a distance that the emotions didn't ever heat up for me. In what could've been a terrific and haunting story with many layers and dimensions, instead, I found this to be a disappointment. On the other hand, the narrators were both excellent. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Winner Take Nothing Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway
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Winner Take Nothing Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Winner Take Nothing Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Stacy Keach Format: Abridged Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins Language: English Release date: 07-08-08 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 19 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Ernest Hemingway made his literary start as a short-story writer. He has always excelled in that medium, and this volume reveals him at his best. Members Reviews: Stacy Keach Nails It! Stacy Keach was born to read Hemingway. Stacy Keach makes Slattery, Hurt, Campbell--all the other Hemingway narrators--unlistenable. Great Read Good book of short stories. I have just been on vacation to Key West and visited Hemingway's home there. Visiting his home gives a new perspective on his work. Repeat This is classic great Hemingway ... but here is the challenge .. this audio book is about 40% a repeat of For Whom the Bell Tolls and also Nick Adams stories... which is not very sportsman like .. if you have already bought those x2 audiobooks earlier ... Please split up the separate stories! Some great short stories, nicely read by Stacey Keach. Unfortunately, the collection of stories is split into four, rather than being split into the separate short stories. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Mark of Zorro Audiobook by Johnston McCulley
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The Mark of Zorro Audiobook by Johnston McCulley

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Mark of Zorro Author: Johnston McCulley Narrator: Bill Homewood Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins Language: English Release date: 03-15-16 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 7 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The heroic and honorable Zorro, an ace with a whip and a demon with a sword, fights for the poor and oppressed - a far cry from the effete young aristocrat Don Diego, who spends his days reading poetry and dreaming of the beautiful Lolita Pulido. When Lolita's family faces ruin and accusations of treason, Zorro must step in to save her family and her honor. But who is this masked caballero? With action aplenty, The Mark of Zorro (also known as The Curse of Capistrano) is an exciting tale of adventure and romance that has charmed generations of audiences. Members Reviews: Reading the story that created one of my childhood television heroes was quite a treat. The reason I gave this story only three stars was do to the author's form of writing. Perhaps I simply was not accustomed to the phrasing used during that era or the simplistic way the situation was resolved. However, I still enjoyed this story. It brought back memories of Disney's Zorro and also the earlier black and white movies about the character. I would recommend this novel to be read by all ages. BIG ZORRO FAN I have been a long time fan of Zorro so my opinion might be a little biased. I have watched episodes of Zorro growing up in the 50s with Guy Williams and have become very interested in all the series and movies before and after. I had never read the original book and was quite curious to see how it all started. I enjoyed the book, but of course knew the story. However, I was disappointed with the ending, thus four stars instead of five. I recommend this book to anyone who is a follower of Zorro and his adventures. If you enjoyed the TV series as I did, check out the Guy Williams Appreciation Society. Zorro rides again Johnston D. McCuilley used pieces of California legend to create Zorro, and we have seen countless films made from this book since it originally appeared. Douglas Fairbanks made a notable silent film, and Tyron Power a sound version. The one most people my age remember is the Guy Williams television series from Disney. During an age when westerns dominated television, it stood out for two years on the ABC network. This is swashbuckling western fiction at its best. A clever, engaging villain with style vs a dedicated and intrepid sleuth. The Black Star is a criminal mastermind with no Robin Hoodish tendencies but with great organizational skills and considerable panache. Attempting to foil his nefarious plans are gentleman adventurer Roger Verbeck and his reformed criminal sidekick Muggs. Verbeck is no Sherlock Holmes or Charlie Chan but he has his moments and he is reasonably clever and very tenacious. There's no great character development - it's not that kind of a story - but there's plenty of plot and counterplot and move and countermove. If after reading the story, you want more in the same style, there's a sequel that's just as good in my view. The writing is fine and the style is high-end pulpish. I found it very enjoyable. What a forgotten treasure! The original story. Where Don Diego is thought to be weak and Zorro is born to save old California. And a young senorita with steel in her spine is surprised to find she loves them both. Heroes, fine and beautiful women, adventure, suspense; Mr. McCauley truly invented a hero that has become a part of the myths of California history. And somehow this book and this author have become almost unknown to the majority of people.

Edgar Allan Poe: Selected Tales Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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Edgar Allan Poe: Selected Tales Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Edgar Allan Poe: Selected Tales Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Diego Guerrero Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins Language: English Release date: 06-12-14 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A selection of Poes greatest tales: "The Purloined Letter", "The Thousand and Second Tale of Scheherazade", "A Descent into the Maelstrom", "Von Kempelen and His Discovery", "Mesmeric Revelation", "The Facts in the Case of M. Valedemar", "The Black Cat", "The Fall of the House of Usher", "Silence", "The Mask of the Red Death", "The Cask of Amontillado", "The Imp of the Perverse", "The Island of the Fey", "The Assignation", "The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Premature Buria"l, The Domain of Arnheim", "Landor's Cottage", "William Wilson", "The Tell-Tale Heart", "Berenice", and "Eleonora". Members Reviews: terrible it was just so bad the narrator is terrible it makes the story sound so dull n dumb not worth the money Narrator... what is up The narrator manages to speak way too quickly but without considering what he's saying. The result feels like the most boring race to nowhere. can't fault the material, it's all ruined by the pace and seeming lack of any emotion related to the words. sad. Awfully narrated! Sounds like it's being narrated by an 80's computer. Monotone, no feeling, no emotion and no pause for breath! Glad it was cheap. The reader is nearly as bad as Cathy Dobson! His voice is good but his conveyance is monotone, unenthusiastic and almost impossible to follow. He makes no attempt to change his voice to suit the character. I'm glad this was cheap. so bad I can't listen to it the narrator just is awful and sounds like a robot Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

El morador de las tinieblas [The Haunter of the Dark] Audio Libro por H.P. Lovecraft
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El morador de las tinieblas [The Haunter of the Dark] Audio Libro por H.P. Lovecraft

Escuche este audio libro completo gratis en http://hotaudiobook.com/free Título: El morador de las tinieblas [The Haunter of the Dark] Autor: H.P. Lovecraft Narrador: Joaquin Madrigal Formato: Abridged Duración: 1 hr and 17 mins Idioma: Español Fecha de publicación: 05-01-14 Editor: Alberich Ediciones Mexico Calificaciones: 4 de 5 de 4 votos Categorías: Classics, American Literature Resumen del editor: El escritor Robert Blake (supuestamente Robert Bloch), se obsesiona con un chapitel de una iglesia maldita que ve desde su estudio. La gran iglesia fue escenario de ritos malévolos durante muchos años atrás. Ahora abandonada y medio en ruinas, es temida por la gente del pueblo. Atraido por el misterio de dicha iglesia, Robert Blake entra en ella y sube a la torre del chapitel. Lo que encontrará allí aclarará los temores de los vecinos y encontrara su propia muerte. DAGÓN (14:38) El protagonista es un consumidor de morfina, cree que lo que vio puede ser real, una serie de acontecimientos inexplicables, un desenlace con sorprendente final. Un individuo solitario y gran neurótico que se enfrenta a terrores que no comprende en un entorno onírico del que no puede escapar. La experiencia le marca la vida para siempre y a partir de entonces se vuelve completamente loco. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish. Contáctame para cualquier pregunta: inforeq17@gmail.com

A Separate Peace Audiobook by John Knowles
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A Separate Peace Audiobook by John Knowles

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Separate Peace Author: John Knowles Narrator: Matthew Modine Format: Abridged Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins Language: English Release date: 12-15-99 Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 77 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Ever since its first publication in 1960, A Separate Peace has been hailed as a modern classic. Now the story of two best friends attending a New England boarding school during World War II comes to life in this powerful audio presentation. Featuring a dramatic reading by Matthew Modine, this abridgment of John Knowles's critically acclaimed novel provides a startling insight into war and youth that you will never forget. Gene Fowler is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, charismatic, daredevil athlete. Their bittersweet rivalry leads to a tragic accident during the ill-fated summer of '42 - one that will disrupt the uneasy peace of their artificial oasis and force them to accept the grim realities of manhood. The story of their unique friendship is a starkly moving parable of lost innocence and tortured adolescence in a generation coming of age during the dark years of war. Members Reviews: Old Verison This is an older version of the novel. If you are intending to use this for reading along with a current copy, check the version dates. There are more current releases of the audio on other web sites. A Great Story Spoiled John Knowles' coming-of-age introspective is a well written tale that captures the turbulence, excitement and controversy of America's role in World War II, especially from the perspective of draft age young men. It also reveals the very personal interaction and peer rivalries of this group of elite boarding school boys. Unfortunately, this classic has been undermined by the excessive use of unnecessary sound effects and distracting long musical interludes. Matthew Modine has turned in memorable performances as a movie actor, but his dull uninspired recitation of this story is like a summer camp letter to his mom. His monotone reading is only sparked when he stumbles over new parts of the story that he apparently had never read before undertaking this project. Boring but had some plot twists The narrator was very clear and crisp. One problem I had was knowing who was talking by the similar voices Classic Novel that is Well Read This is a classic novel that is well narrated. I haven't read the full novel so not sure how good or bad it was abridged. Not having this knowledge, this version is well worth the time. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Minister's Black Veil Audiobook by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The Minister's Black Veil Audiobook by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Minister's Black Veil Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Basil Rathbone Format: Unabridged Length: 31 mins Language: English Release date: 02-11-10 Publisher: Saland Publishing Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 20 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Basil Rathbone reads Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story about the minister of a small town who suddenly and without explanation starts to wear a black veil. (P)2009 Saland Publishing Members Reviews: Skips around frequently! How did the narrator detract from the book? The narrator skipped entire chunks of the story, which was very frustrating when I was using this during class. I wanted the students to follow along in their books but it was difficult when it would just jump over whole paragraphs. Importance of narrator's voice The narration is lacking in cohesiveness and flow. Pauses are inappropriate and unnatural. I feel as if this was the narrator's first read through of the story. For a positive, it is the unabridged text read completely, just not well. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

A Retrieved Reformation Audiobook by O. Henry
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A Retrieved Reformation Audiobook by O. Henry

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Retrieved Reformation Author: O. Henry Narrator: Deaver Brown Format: Unabridged Length: 22 mins Language: English Release date: 04-01-11 Publisher: Simply Media Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 6 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "A Retrieved Reformation" may be the fourth most widely read O. Henry story in grammar, middle, and high school. "The Ransom of Red Chief" rates number one, "The Gift of the Magi" number two, and "The Cop and the Anthem" number three. Young readers enjoy this story a lot, because of the safecracking plot. Adults tend to like the growing up part: starting a shoe store, succeeding, getting the girl, and going straight. O. Henry stories are not read or heard widely after one leaves high school, which is a shame, because they are such magical stories about expectations being crushed by realities, and the turn of events, which O. Henry was so masterful at achieving. However (and OHenry is full of howevers), adults tend to love the stories once reintroduced to them. The humor is spectacular and quite light hearted. A final thought for the listener: Is there anyone similar to O. Henry in style? We cant think of anyone, and that is another reason to listen to these stories. As with all Simply short stories, you should enjoy the ideas put forth in the introduction and afterword - things to think about or write about if a student. A brief biography appears in each of our O. Henry audiobooks. Members Reviews: Poor Pronunciation and Pace. The readers pronunciation is sloppy and his pace is uneven, sometimes rushing inappropriately sometimes pausing oddly and stumbling over words. He does not seem familiar with the text. It is a significant distraction. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: Kevin Killavey Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 6 mins Language: English Release date: 03-17-09 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 114 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote many wonderful romantic and realistic short stories and a few incredible "on the edge" fantasy and supernatural stories. Although the story of "Benjamin Button" is quite different than the 2009 movie, the premise is the same - a man is born old and lives his life backwards! Fizgerald says he got the idea from Mark Twain's remark that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end. (P)2009 Jimcin Recordings Members Reviews: Great story A got this story after watching the movie and, not surprisingly, found that the movie used the basic concept and that's about all. That being said, it was a great story - what an imagination Fitzgerald had! Reading was good, too. Loved the voices of Button at various ages. Nice suprise I didn't particularly like the movie but got this anyway just to see what it was like. Glad I did. Much shorter but also a much better story than the movie. Reading was also quite good. Wonderful! This was a great book to listen to. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Definitely one you won't regret buying. Well done Well done reading of this story. Concept takes a lot of "suspension of disbelief" but it's certainly an imaginative story. Perfectly Honest This short story is grand. It's honest and more sincere than the Hollywood Love story starring Brad Pitt. It was well worth the short time listening to it, even though the narrator is promoting his podcast and struggles with character voices but slowly getting past that, enjoyable and interesting read. Highly recommend this short story! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Song of the Lark Audiobook by Willa Cather
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The Song of the Lark Audiobook by Willa Cather

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Song of the Lark Author: Willa Cather Narrator: Pam Ward, Ken Burns (introduction) Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins Language: English Release date: 10-21-10 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 71 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The daughter of a Swedish minister growing up in Colorado, Thea Kronborg's musical talent sets her apart from her contemporaries. Driven by her determination to satisfy her artistic impulse, she moves to Chicago, where she falls in love with a wealthy married man. The novel follows Thea's growth from provincial Midwesterner to acclaimed international opera singer. Her ability to resolve the tensions between her personal and professional lives and to communicate through her art makes her an unusual and thoroughly modern heroine. Bonus: In partnership with Audible and Playtone, the television and film producer behind the award-winning series Band of Brothers, John Adams, and The Pacific, this audiobook includes an original introduction, written and read by acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns. For more from Audible and Playtone, click . Members Reviews: Exquisite Characterization This is the story of a naturally talented performer and her triumphs and sacrifices to achieve international recognition. The timely narrative flows smoothly through her transition from a gifted Colorado small town girl to a world-famous diva. Cather brings each of the several characters in her journey to life with exquisite detail and believable emotion. Not the fantatic book I had herd it was Is there anything you would change about this book? There is no rise in action or climax. The story is just like hearing about any person's life. In this case the person is an artist and in some ways the book describes an artists soul and the circumstances that help lead one person to public success in art and another to not realize his/her full potential. Would you recommend The Song of the Lark to your friends? Why or why not? It would depend on the person. Have you listened to any of Pam Ward and Ken Burns (introduction) s other performances before? How does this one compare? No. If this book were a movie would you go see it? Yes Any additional comments? There are some beautiful passages in this book, but I was told (and so expecting) a good explanation of the vocal artist. This is perhaps what some, but not most vocal artists experience I think. I never really liked the main character, she seemed aloof and superior. What kept me reading were the other characters in the book. The story of an aspiring singer. This wonderful classic novel, set in the mid west, is brilliantly narrated and very moving. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg Audiobook by Mark Twain
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The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Scott Peterson Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs Language: English Release date: 04-28-11 Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 9 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This classic tale and superb short story by Mark Twain is a funny yet blistering indictment of political hypocrisy. A mysterious stranger is treated badly by the town of Hadleyburgthe town that proclaims itself "the most honest and upright town in the region". Through an ingenious sting operation, the stranger sets out to expose Hadleyburg's leading citizens and reveal their greedy, deceitful natures. Twain's burning wit and insight into political posturing and civic cowardice seem more pertinent than ever. Members Reviews: Another Hilarious Mark Twain Story You probably know the story already. For those who haven't read it, my summary won't do the story justice, but here it is anyway: The people of Hadleyburg were incorruptible. Every town around envied this town's position as having the most honest people in the country, if not the world. That is, until a stranger passed through and was treated with honest rudeness by the Hadleyburgers. After scores of plans to corrupt the incorruptible, the man finally satisfied himself that this one would do. $40,000 was at stake. And the Hadleyburgers all wanted it, longed for it and decided to try to get it, even though they would have to be dishonest to get it. I loved this story. It made me wonder if the Twilight Zone, "Button Button," had come from this. It is a fast read. Fun. And you won't regret having read it. Believe me. This time I really mean it. Honestly. Great Writing! Poor Ending As always, superb, witty, clever writing. However, story wise, the ending made little sense, hence was a letdown. I intend to reread it and see if maybe I missed something along the way. Four Stars A short and good read. Great book. But the ocr is horrible Great book. But the ocr is horrible. Whole pages are full of incorrectly recognized words which makes it really hard to follow the book. A morality play - nothing more, nothing less For being such a short story (just 675 locations) I found "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg" to be a slow, fairly tedious morality story that just did not do it for me. Disappointing because I have just read two Twain essays that I enjoyed thoroughly for their sarcasm and wit. This one was, in the end, just a story with about as much humor and interest for me asThe Gift of the Magiby O. Henry. A morality play, nothing more, nothing less. The story is set in the town of Hadleyburg - a town known far and wide for its impeccable honesty. But, a stranger passing through was offended at some point in time by the residents of Hadleyburg and decides to ruin their reputation with an elaborate plot and the promise of a fortune. Hidden truths are exposed as the town falls for the trap. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Folded Leaf Audiobook by William Maxwell
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The Folded Leaf Audiobook by William Maxwell

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Folded Leaf Author: William Maxwell Narrator: Mark Boyett Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins Language: English Release date: 03-22-11 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 34 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Here is a classic novel from one of our most honored writers - the author of such acclaimed works as So Long, See You Tomorrow and All the Days and Nights. The Folded Leaf is the serenely observed yet deeply moving story of two boys finding one another in the Midwest of the 1920s, when childhood lasted longer than it does today and even adults were more innocent of what life could bring. Critic Reviews: "A subtle, sensitive, beautifully written story." (Time) "A quite unconventional novel.... moving and absorbing." (Edmund Wilson) Members Reviews: Midwestern Misfits I chose this book because Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) recommended it in an interview. It provides a sentimental view of Midwestern America (mostly Chicago and Champaign-Urbana) in the 1920s, viewed from the 1940s. The first half reminded me of early Scott Fitzgerald stories (Bernice Bobs her Hair) and Sinclair Lewis (Babbitt). Teenage boys in high school deal with their families and classmates and pretend to be more grown-up and sophisticated than they are. Two boys, Limey and Spud, opposites in every way, become super-close friends. A girl comes between them, sort of. But the second half becomes melodramatic and banal. Limey and Spud follow different routes in college, testing their friendship. The girl remains fond of both. But Limey becomes weak and simpering, while Spud grows increasingly angry and a bit dense. Are the young men lovers? Hard to say, as the novel reflects an age when that love really did not dare not speak its name. But it begins with a bunch of naked teenage boys playing water polo in the school pool, college boys share beds snuggling warmly and there is even a chaste lip-to-lip guy kiss. Secondary characters include a bachelor professor living with his party-loving mother and an affected antique dealer who runs a men's rooming house with his little dog. But despite all that, there is never a hint that any characters--male or female--actually have sex. The book is fun as a historic artifact, and the first half is kind of charming. The narration was good, with nice choices for the voices of the various characters. I don't get it! I was looking for an exemplary piece of fiction from "back then" when plots and character arcs were king. I had heard that Maxwell was an editor of great writers, so I felt "safe" that this would be a terrific read. But I found it boring. There is some suggestion of homosexual love between two friends, and that is handled beautifully in the early sections. Innocent friendship gone intimate and all that. By the end, it was messy and blatant. I am not sure about the importance of the so-called romance, but I am sure that the contrasts between the boys, their upbringing, their current situations were very important. A motherless boy is always good for great character and faulty conceptions of the world. Maybe because of the time, the sexual relationship could not be more deftly illustrated; I get that.

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Audiobook by Sarah Daltry
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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Audiobook by Sarah Daltry

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Subtitle: A Modern Reimagining Author: Sarah Daltry Narrator: Gary Miller-Youst Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins Language: English Release date: 12-05-14 Publisher: Sarah Daltry Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 2 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: An experimental novella reimagining the main figure of TS Eliot's classic poem of memory, hopelessness, and loss in a contemporary setting. "No one wants to hear a lonely middle aged man talk about cities or memory. No one wants to know that the world exists in a kaleidoscope of colors. For one man, indigo is life, and he does not have time for the man for whom yellow is." Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

My Favorite Murder Audiobook by Ambrose Bierce
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My Favorite Murder Audiobook by Ambrose Bierce

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: My Favorite Murder Author: Ambrose Bierce Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 20 mins Language: English Release date: 08-31-13 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A young man accused of the appalling murder of his mother is acquitted on the grounds that his crime is almost harmless in comparison with his previous murder of his uncle, which was both barbaric and highly unusual. Written with Ambrose Bierce's uniquely witty and tongue-in-cheek style. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: Scott Brick Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 4 mins Language: English Release date: 09-05-17 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 2 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: F. Scott Fitzgerald makes antebellum Baltimore his setting for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a fantastical tale with some Poe-like overtones about a baby born at age 70 who then lives life in reverse, his hair turning "in the dozen years of his life from white to iron-gray, the network of wrinkles on his face becoming less pronounced". What ramifications that creates for Benjamin's relationship with his father first and then later with his wife and his own son makes for some fantastical situations. Members Reviews: Well done I have wanted to find this since the movie came out â I didnât even see the movie because I wanted to find some kind of book firstâso I was very happy to get this! It was short and to the point, I read it all in one sitting. I feel for Benjamin though, a misfit from the day he was born until the day he died. It was a sad story in my opinion, even when he was happy. The art was nice, as was the story written. It was indeed a very interesting idea, but one Iâm glad will never happen to an actual person â old at birth, baby at death. It would be a horrible life, but it made for a great (though sad) original story. Interesting and sad Reading about life happening in reverse was both interesting and sad. Very short read. It was neat that his body's age matched his mental age and never his chronological age. I LOVED IT!! I loved it read it in a couple hours. The movie version is good as well, however, reading the book seems to transport you to that time and era and it is emotionally moving, again a excellent read. One of my favorite Fitzgerald Classics One of my favorite Fitzgerald classics. I think I have read it about 3 or 4 times over the years, and this copy makes either 4 or 5. Worth a read if you like F.Scott, or even if not. It's one of his best in my opinion. Genius Fitzgerald is a genius. I didn't know until recently that this film was inspired by this story. I have never seen the movie and now I can watch it!! Amazing Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Jack London: The Short Stories Audiobook by Jack London
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Jack London: The Short Stories Audiobook by Jack London

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Jack London: The Short Stories Author: Jack London Narrator: William Dufris Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins Language: English Release date: 03-22-10 Publisher: The Copyright Group Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 36 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Jack London's tales of man's struggleagainstthe forces of nature are universally popular. Best known for hisnovels The Call of the Wild and White Fang, London was also a prolific writer of short stories. This collection brings together four of his finest, all depicting theharshness oflife in the frozen arctic wastes. 'The Law of Life' and 'The White Silence' offer sensitive insights into the psychological state of men facing death in the wildness; the lure of gold grips the heartstrings of two opportunists with disastrous consequence in 'In a Far Country'; and 'An Odyssey of the North' recounts one man's painful quest to reclaim the women he loves. The reader William Dufris has worked thoughout Britain and the United States in theatre and has made numerous television and radio appearances for the BBC. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Problem of Cell 13 Audiobook by Jacques Futrelle
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The Problem of Cell 13 Audiobook by Jacques Futrelle

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Problem of Cell 13 Author: Jacques Futrelle Narrator: Walter Covell Format: Unabridged Length: 31 mins Language: English Release date: 06-18-07 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 16 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Professor Van Dusen solves a variety of mysteries together with his friend, Hutchinson Hatch, a reporter for a fictional newspaper called The Daily New Yorker. The professor is known as the "Thinking Machine", and he solves problems by the remorseless application of logic. In this story, he thinks his way out of a maximum-security prison. Members Reviews: (The Original) The Problem of Cell 13 ... A short locked room mystery but detailed, well detailed for it's length. I enjoyed the convoluted mystery component and the setting of the isolated and gloomy prison. The characters were a bit egotistic for my liking but all in all an engaging read that will keep you guessing. Wonderful This is the most greatest mystery! I read it in class and I was amazed of The description in the story Five Stars Thank you! A Classic Bought this as an example of a locked door puzzle mystery. Parts of it were very well done, but since it is a very old story, the "locked door" part of the mystery is not done in the same style as modern mysteries. Entertaining read over all, and worth the money. I recommend it for those that like a well written mystery with the caveat that the solution is a bit....stretched. Classic Locked Room Mystery In the early 1900s, Jacques Futrelle was the most popular mystery writer in the United States, his works as well known as those of Arthur Conan Doyle. Unfortunately, after his tragic death on board the Titanic, his reputation declined and, even among mystery fans, he is barely remembered, despite a highly prolific output over only a few short years. At his best, however, Futrelle could concoct a very clever mystery story, and The Problem of Cell 13 is by far his best story. Cell 13 features Futrelle's best known character, Professor Augustus S.F.X. Van Dusen, billed as The Thinking Machine, a scientist, physician, and expert in logic, who could solve even the most seemingly insoluble of problems through the application of sheer logic. The mysteries in the Thinking Machine stories are not "whodunits," in fact, in a number of them, such as Cell 13, no actual crime occurs. Instead, they are "how'd it happens" as Van Dusen tried to explain how seemingly impossible events occurred. Of course, he hated to be told something was impossible, because it clearly had happened, "as certainly as we know that two and two make four, not some times but all the time." Van Dusen's only friend, confidante, and recurring character in these stories was a reporter, Hutchinson Hatch, who often brought mysteries to the Thinking Machine's attention, and also helped out with legwork on occasion. The Problem of Cell 13 is a novelette that changes the usual formula of the Thinking Machine stories. Instead of being called in to solve a crime, Van Dusen, to win a bet, agrees to be locked up in a seemingly escape proof cell in the local prison and claims he can escape in one week. Of course, he does so, but along the way, he drives the warden and guards batty by pulling off all sorts of miraculous stunts while still a prisoner.

Classic Tales of Christmas Audiobook by Georg Schuster, John Fox Jr., Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Alphonse Daudet, Richmal Crompton, Max Beerbohm, Christina Rossetti, Harrison Morris
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Classic Tales of Christmas Audiobook by Georg Schuster, John Fox Jr., Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Alphonse Daudet, Richmal Crompton, Max Beerbohm, Christina Rossetti, Harrison Morris

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Classic Tales of Christmas Subtitle: A Yuletide Collection of Stories, Poems, and Essays Author: Georg Schuster, John Fox Jr., Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Alphonse Daudet, Richmal Crompton, Max Beerbohm, Christina Rossetti, Harrison Morris Narrator: Daniel H. Vimont Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins Language: English Release date: 07-15-13 Publisher: Daniel H. Vimont Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 17 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Classic Christmas Tales of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Annotated for modern readers, including an interesting and informative editor's note preceding each work. This Yuletide collection of stories, poems, and essays has been rescued from obscurity by the editor, who has also edited and annotated them to make these wonderful classics more easily accessible to modern listeners. While some of these authors may be unknown to you, their works have been included in this collection because of their capacity to instantly intrigue and delight. Give them a try, and don't be surprised if a few of them make their way onto your list of all-time personal Christmas favorites! Included in this collection: Members Reviews: Cool for the season This is a collection of essays and as such the content and style varies a bit. I really enjoyed some of them and others I was just meh on. That being said, the quality of the recording was very high and the narrator kept the pieces moving and have a very solid cadence and top notch enunciation which wasn't always easy given some of the dated expressions and writing style. I'll definitely be putting this on around the house as I decorate and get ready for the holiday season! The true beauty of Christmas Would you listen to Classic Tales of Christmas again? Why? Absolutely, antique tales that capture the true meaning and beauty of Christmas are so rare! A Yuletide Car Ride Where does Classic Tales of Christmas rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? It's one of the better audio books I've listened to so far. Who was your favorite character and why? No particular favorite Have you listened to any of Daniel H. Vimonts other performances before? How does this one compare? Yes. This collection is a nice companion to Daniel Vimont's "Classic Tales of Horror for Halloween". The delivery and quality of Daniel's narration is nicely consistent in both collections (without being overly repetitive in style), so the listener can move from one late-year holiday season to another with a cozy and familiar feeling one enjoys with multiple short stories. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? No. Since it is a collection of short stories, it's perfect for my commute, to and from work. Daniel H. Vimont Does It Again Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Yes. The combination of Mr. Vimont's talent, clear passion for the material and the choice of stories can't be beat. What other book might you compare Classic Tales of Christmas to and why? Classic Tales of Horror, which is just as well done. What about Daniel H. Vimonts performance did you like? His sincerity in bringing not-so-well known holiday tales to the public. Who was the most memorable character of Classic Tales of Christmas and why? Mr. Vimont. His talent and choice of material are always entertaining and surprising. Any additional comments? More! More! More! Another audiobook falls victim to bad narration Lesson for authors: when it comes time to turn your literary work into an audiobook, please put aside your egos and ill-advised ambitions toward acting and hire people who ARE real actors to do the narration.

The Fall of the House of Usher & The Pit and the Pendulum Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Fall of the House of Usher & The Pit and the Pendulum Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Fall of the House of Usher & The Pit and the Pendulum Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: William Roberts Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins Language: English Release date: 02-16-05 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 32 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The horrors of the Spanish Inquisition, with its dungeon of death, and the overhanging gloom on the House of Usher demonstrate unforgettably the unique imagination of Edgar Allan Poe. Unerringly, he touches upon some of our greatest nightmares: Premature burial, ghostly transformation, words from beyond the grave. Written in the 1840s, they have retained their power to shock and frighten even now. Also in this collection of Poe's tales of mystery and imagination: "The Black Cat", "The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar", "The Cask of Amontillado", "Ligeia", "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Masque of the Red Death", "The Premature Burial", and "The Raven". Editorial Reviews: This collection contains some of the nineteenth-century author's most popular and well-known stories. Master of the "grotesque and arabesque," Poe wrote many stories that reflected his worst personal nightmare - premature burial. Those who thought only Basil Rathbone could narrate Poe are in for a surprise and a treat. The no-nonsense William Roberts narrates a production mercifully free of frills. No unnecessary music or sound effects interfere with the brilliance of the writing or the purity of the performance. In addition to "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Pit and the Pendulum," Roberts reads such favorites as "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Black Cat," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "The Masque of the Red Death" in a manner both terrifying and satisfying. Critic Reviews: "Those who thought only Basil Rathbone could narrate Poe are in for a surprise and a treat. The no-nonsense William Roberts narrates a production mercifully free of frills. No unnecessary music or sound effects interfere with the brilliance of the writing or the purity of the performance." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: Pretty Good Overall this was a very good audio book. The narrator can be a bit dramatic at times, almost to the point of being slightly humorous. However, his earnest desire to communicate Poe's gloomy atmosphere deserves a lot of credit. My rating would be a little higher if they cut out the cheesy background music during the intros. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed my purchase. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Rainbow Trail Audiobook by Zane Grey
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The Rainbow Trail Audiobook by Zane Grey

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Rainbow Trail Author: Zane Grey Narrator: Michael Prichard Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins Language: English Release date: 12-21-05 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 23 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A beautiful rainbow filled with mystery and promise prompts John Shefford's singular journey beyond the Utah upland into a wild canyon laden with a haunting secret. But to reach it, Shefford has to go through a Mormon village, where trespassing means death, and confront a treacherous outlaw who blocks the way. Editorial Reviews: The sequel to Zane Greys wildly popular Riders of the Purple Sage, this frontier story picks up where its predecessor left off, offering a pointed discussion of polygamy and womens roles within the Mormon community. Nevertheless, The Rainbow Trail remains, at its heart, a larger-than-life Western romance, featuring courageous cowboys, action-packed gun fights, and daring jail breaks. From Star Wars to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, performer Michael Prichard has voiced thousands of characters over the course of his career, and his knack for roleplaying is evident here as he trots out his downhome Western drawl, breathing life into this colorful cast of wranglers, outlaws, and early settlers of the Wild West. Members Reviews: A great epic western from the master Zane Grey If you are a lover of Historical Fiction as I am I would highly recommend this title. Great plot and character development. Plus it answers questions you may have had after Riders of the Purple Sage. Michael Prichard is great. One ofthe few titles I have chosen to give 5*. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Gift of the Magi Audiobook by O. Henry
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The Gift of the Magi Audiobook by O. Henry

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Gift of the Magi Author: O. Henry Narrator: Glenn Hascall Format: Unabridged Length: 11 mins Language: English Release date: 08-08-13 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Narrator Glenn Hascall magnificently captures the characters of The Gift of the Magi, a short story written by O. Henry, about a young married couple and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money. Members Reviews: Five Stars Fast shipping - great price. My favorite Christmas story, Very different time and language Great story but very expensive for a pamphlet sized book. Wonderful to read anytime but especially at Christmas Classic O.Henry. Wonderful to read anytime but especially at Christmas. I am going to make that a tradition. Four Stars Classic story, simple presentation. I wish I could find a more kid-friendly telling, but this did the trick. Timeless lesson in the gift of giving I have always loved the morale of this short story by o henry since I was little. It is a classic reminder about the purpose and specialness one experiences from giving to others freely and out of pure LOVE. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Hopalong Cassidy Audiobook by Clarence E. Mulford
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Hopalong Cassidy Audiobook by Clarence E. Mulford

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Hopalong Cassidy Author: Clarence E. Mulford Narrator: R. C. Bray Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins Language: English Release date: 01-29-13 Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 16 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Hopalong Cassidy, the iconic western cowboy hero conceived by Clarence Mulford, was immortalized in a highly popular film series starring William Boyd from 1935-1948. A tough-talking and violent character in print, Hopalong Cassidy was remade into a clean-cut screen hero who roamed the West with his sidekicks and fought villains who took advantage of the weak. Here Cassidy is drawn as Mulford originally conceived; rough-and-tumble, foul-mouthed, and thriving on brawls and gunplay. Set in the raw, unforgiving American frontier, this action-packed classic pits Hopalong Cassidy and the rest of the Bar-20 crew against a violent gang of vigilantes. Members Reviews: A Legend Comes Back Strong Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Absolutely. Mumford is an outstanding writer. Such romance in his descriptions - he paints a picture of the old west that comes straight from personal experience. The poetry of his language is almost impossible to match these days. Besides that - his characters are so rich. Picture the group in Young Guns (Estevez, Sutherland, Phillips, Sheen, etc.) but more gritty and bad-*ss; while at the same time hilarious with their brotherly digs and unwavering commitment to each other. What did you like best about this story? The view into Hopalong's softer side. Seeing Hopalong, the baddest of the bad, become a complete mess around a lady is pretty funny. Have you listened to any of R. C. Brays other performances before? How does this one compare? Thought I was listening to Sam Elliot narrate for a bit! He has a very rich, grit to his voice that really captures the essence of an Old West tale. Great stuff! Any additional comments? Check out The Coming of Hopalong and Bar-20 as well. All three are really quite impressive Hoppy my favorite Hopalong Cassidy book. this one is grim, merciless, and full of heart. Don't miss it A Rip-Snortin', Rootin'-Tootin' Thrill Ride! Topped off by some of the best narration EVER, this fast-paced, thrill-packed, humor-filled adventure story is a page right out of the Old West. R.C. Bray is so absolutely amazing, so totally engaging, in the telling of this tale, that his narration deserves top billing. His reading has such phenomenal focus, dynamism, and fluency, and his powerful and gritty characterizations are so wonderful, I wish I could award his narration the six stars it deserves. He portrays all the characters, men and woman alike, with complete mastery. Jaw-droppingly, heart-stoppingly fantastic! Honestly, this is the best narration I have ever heardand I've heard plenty. As for Clarence E. Mulford's writing, it's gritty, picturesque and beautiful. I felt like I was slapping leather right along with the cow punchers, and walking bow-legged right beside them. His characterizations are so engaging, and the Old Western landscape he paints is so vivid I could see all of it in my mind's eye, and hear the sounds and silences of the wide open spaces with remarkable clarity. And talk about action! The book is action-packed and non-stop. What a ride! Plus, it's downright hilariousthe playful, jibing banter among the cowpokes kept me laughing throughout. Even the romance in the book is handled with delightful humor and just a bit of bashful awkwardnessperfect. One caution.

The Best of America Audiobook by Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ambrose Bierce, O. Henry, Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain
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The Best of America Audiobook by Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ambrose Bierce, O. Henry, Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Best of America Subtitle: Seven Classic Short Stories Author: Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ambrose Bierce, O. Henry, Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain Narrator: Katherine Fenton, John Chancer, Bronson Pinchot Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins Language: English Release date: 06-01-12 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 24 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This anthology of unabridged short stories represents some of the most significant works from the most influential American authors of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Includes the following: "Rip Van Winkle" by Washington Irving, "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe, "Mermaids" by Louisa May Alcott, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce, and "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry. Members Reviews: Fantastic Listen The short stories were the best and most enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the classic Twain Jumping Frog story because the narrator kept me laughing and on the edge of my seat the whole time! And the narrator for Rip Van Winkle was perfect - at first I thought he was rather droll and dull but I was so mistaken! Perfect lullaby tactic to lull me into the story and captivating me to the very end. I never heard Alcott's story of the mermaid but it was delightful with perfect narration! Enjoyed these stories and worth it. Excellent! Timeless stories and wonderful narrations! This is one that the purchaser will listen to again and again. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

How to Tell a Story Audiobook by Mark Twain
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How to Tell a Story Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: How to Tell a Story Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Glenn Hascall Format: Unabridged Length: 11 mins Language: English Release date: 08-26-14 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Consider this a fun instructional course on the difference between a comedic story and a humorous one. Mark Twain masterfully shows the difference and gives an example of humorous storytelling in this short story setting. Narrated by Glenn Hascall. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Lost Phoebe Audiobook by Theodore Dreiser
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The Lost Phoebe Audiobook by Theodore Dreiser

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Lost Phoebe Author: Theodore Dreiser Narrator: B.J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 44 mins Language: English Release date: 02-17-12 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 39 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Tormented to distraction by the death of his true love, an old man embarks on a quixotic quest to find her. A tale that is tragic yet tender, Theodore Dreiser demonstrates the power of a love that bridges the gap between life and death. Members Reviews: Eternal Love A sweet, but sad story of true eternal love. You see, I have experienced this phenomenon ...& still experience it with my late husband, though he died 32 years ago. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Fifty Short Stories Audiobook by O. Henry, Edgar Allan Poe, W. W. Jacobs, Kate Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Ambrose Bierce, Thomas Hardy
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Fifty Short Stories Audiobook by O. Henry, Edgar Allan Poe, W. W. Jacobs, Kate Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Ambrose Bierce, Thomas Hardy

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Fifty Short Stories Author: O. Henry, Edgar Allan Poe, W. W. Jacobs, Kate Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Ambrose Bierce, Thomas Hardy Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 25 hrs and 14 mins Language: English Release date: 09-26-13 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 16 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Fifty of the world's greatest classic short stories: Members Reviews: A Good Choice What about Cathy Dobsons performance did you like? The narrator is certainly a gifted linguist, and able to reproduce seemingly authentic accents from a variety of European languages. There are two drawbacks to her narration. The first is that her British accent is so refined that at times it comes across as affected. The second is that a British accent just cannot do justice to Mark Twain, the quintessential American storyteller! These aside, I would still purchase another audiobook with Dobson as the reader. Any additional comments? The collection is a bit unbalanced toward Poe and Twain. I would have liked to have seen a greater variety, including Kafka, Bradbury, and Borges. All in all, though, I had never read most of the stories and enjoyed the selections. Amazing value for 1 credit Any additional comments? The accent of the narrator can be difficult at times, but it didn't significantly detract from my enjoyment at all; the quantity and quality are phenomenal considering this is just 1 credit. Hilarious, Spine-tingling, Heartwarming What did you love best about Fifty Short Stories? The variety of style, theme, and setting make this collection a constantly fascinating delight, only surpassed by the delight of the lovely narration by Cathy Dobson. Who was your favorite character and why? It's hard for me to choose between the absurd characters of Ambrose Bierce, the hilarious and lovable ones of Mark Twain, the shocking Poe protagonists, etc. but because I had never read W.W. Jacobs before, I was especially charmed by his stories. What about Cathy Dobsons performance did you like? Cathy Dobson's talent for lovely clear enunciation includes accurate accents and the perfect amount of differentiation between characters' voices, and she reads with an understated sense of humor and enjoyment that is contagious. Disappointing production This audiobook has no meaningful table of contents. There are 50 short stories but the ToC has 57 chapters, each named in the enlightening fashion of "Chapter 1, Chapter 2... If you are in the mood for a particular story, good luck finding it. I went in to the publisher's description on audible.com, copied/pasted the list of stories into Word, added automatic numbering to the list and printed it out in order to have some idea of how to find an author/story. Even this isn't foolproof, since for example, story #47 is on chapter 54. As this is a book of short stories, I do not want to be forced to listen in the publisher's order, but wish to be able to select what to hear based on mood, time available, and family members present. The narration is okay - not to my taste, but not bad. Cathy Dobson has a clear voice but a hypnotic rhythm. This makes it easy to become distracted. The stories, while all by famous classic authors, are somewhat repetitive in theme (what I have listened to so far, that is). I was only familiar with some of the stories prior to purchase, and the publisher's description consists only of a list of titles/authors, with no hint as to a central theme.

Babes in the Woods Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Babes in the Woods Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Babes in the Woods Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: CS Perryess Format: Unabridged Length: 22 mins Language: English Release date: 02-11-13 Publisher: Palmera Publishing LLC Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "At the top of the stairs she paused. The emotions of divers on spring-boards, leading-ladies on opening nights, and lumpy, be-striped young men on the day of the Big Game, crowded through her." "Babes in the Woods" was the first professionally sold story by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1919. It is a short story of a boy missing his first kiss after it was denied by his girl. The story is about Fitzgerald's meeting with Ginevra King and their missed kiss. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Clotel Audiobook by William Wells Brown
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Clotel Audiobook by William Wells Brown

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Clotel Subtitle: A Tale of the Southern States Author: William Wells Brown Narrator: Peter Jay Fernandez Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins Language: English Release date: 10-20-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: William Wells Brown's Clotel (1853), the first novel written by an African American, was published in London while Brown was still legally regarded as property within the borders of the United States. The novel was inspired by the story of Thomas Jefferson's purported sexual relationship with his slave Sally Hemings. Brown fictionalizes the stories of Jefferson's mistress, daughters, and granddaughters, all of whom are slaves in order to demythologize the dominant U.S. cultural narrative celebrating Jefferson's America as a nation of freedom and equality for all. The documents in this edition include excerpts from Brown's sources for the novel, fiction, political essays, sermons, and presidential proclamations; selections that illuminate the range of contemporary attitudes concerning race, slavery, and prejudice; and pieces that advocate various methods of resistance and reform. Editorial Reviews: Clotel is the first African American novel. An escaped slave from Kentucky, Brown wrote Clotel while exiled in London. It was inspired by Thomas Jeffersons relationship with Sally Hemmings. The plot here is convoluted, and subplots abound, lending a fractious and haphazard air to the characters shared environment. The random, detour-filled actions and events exemplify the chaos of slavery. Brown also captures the perverse intimacy of the master-slave dynamic. Seasoned narrator Peter Jay Fernandez sounds scholarly and distant. His detached tone turns the text to reportage, enabling Fernandez to share harrowing details without resorting to hysteria. His sober performance helps listeners to thoroughly absorb the real horrors of slavery recounted by Brown via this seminal work of fiction. Members Reviews: Five Stars Excellent written book with very good story It was so sad but an eye opener It is so interesting to read what someone experienced during that time period of American History, something not taught in the classroom. It was so sad but an eye opener. A daughter Very well written Kept my attention and learned more history lessons about the shame of slavery. A good book to teach our children. Just Okay The book was not enough about the president's daughter as one might have expected. But it did have some interesting facts about history. Great story of courage This story of Clotel is a good read i would recommend if your one who wants to cheer for someone who has due to no fault of her own been separated from her child and does all she can to get her back. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Andy Adams Library Vol 1 Audiobook by Andy Adams, Raging Bull Publishing
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Andy Adams Library Vol 1 Audiobook by Andy Adams, Raging Bull Publishing

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Andy Adams Library Vol 1 Author: Andy Adams, Raging Bull Publishing Narrator: George Utley Format: Unabridged Length: 24 hrs and 59 mins Language: English Release date: 08-29-17 Publisher: Raging Bull Publishing Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This Raging Bull Publishing Box Set contains three classic western audiobooks by Andy Adams, including: The Log of a Cowboy (1903). The Log of a Cowboy: A Narrative of the Old Trail Days, was published in 1903. Even though it is a fictional book, the story is based exclusively on his personal experiences. He gives listeners a daily description of a cattle drive that he made from Texas to Montana. This authentic first-hand account has been described as "literature's best account of life as a cowboy," and is still one of the most treasured publications in the western genre, by both pleasure readers and historians. A Texas Matchmaker (1904). The story of one young man's tutelage under a crusty ranchero in 1870s Southern Texas. A fascinating insight into how the cattle business was conducted on a large ranch, as well as the fencing of the free-range west in the 1880s and 90s. The story is more about life on an old ranch, than undying mystery and romance, as the title misleadingly suggests. The Outlet (1905). In 1905, The Outlet was published and introduced a rarely explored side of cattle herding, the business side. There was corruption in business all over the country at the time, and this novel revealed many problems that stripped away the layers of glamour that were associated with life in the West. Through the views of the narrator, a young cowboy by the name of Tom Quirk, it shows that cattle ranching was just another means of survival in a dangerous land. The combined worth of the cattle driven in the novel is astounding, and the difficulties that the cattle traders faced, shocked many of the readers. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Most Dangerous Game and Other Stories Audiobook by Richard Connell, Willa Cather, Henry James
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The Most Dangerous Game and Other Stories Audiobook by Richard Connell, Willa Cather, Henry James

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Most Dangerous Game and Other Stories Author: Richard Connell, Willa Cather, Henry James Narrator: William Coon Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins Language: English Release date: 07-15-11 Publisher: Eloquent Voice, LLC Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 10 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: At first glance, 'The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell, Pauls Case by Willa Cather, and The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James have very little in common. In The Most Dangerous Game Sanger Rainsford, an accomplished big game hunter, is marooned on a remote island that is inhabited by another big game hunter, General Zaroff, who has found a very twisted way to add thrills to his hunting parties. In Pauls Case a young man from Pittsburgh struggles with feelings of alienation from his middle-class surroundings. In The Beast in the Jungle John Marcher lives his entire life waiting for a defining moment to happen. But in each of these stories, the main character makes extreme choices under isolating circumstances. For Rainsford case, the isolation is external, imposed upon him by the insane General Zaroff. For Paul, the isolation comes from the shadowed corner, the dark place into which he dared not look, but from which something seemed always to be watching him. For John Marcher, the isolation is the real truth about himself, his undefined beast that is liable to spring at any moment. Their choices make these must read stories. Members Reviews: Painful To Listen To! I admit I didn't get very far. The reader massacred one of my favorite short stories ever, so bad I quit halfway through the first story. The stilted, overly dramatized style did not suit the material at all! Very disappointing! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Child of My Heart Audiobook by Alice McDermott
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Child of My Heart Audiobook by Alice McDermott

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Child of My Heart Author: Alice McDermott Narrator: Sheryl Bernstein Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins Language: English Release date: 02-14-03 Publisher: Macmillan Audio Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 62 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Theresa must cope with the challenges presented by the neighborhood's waiflike children, the tumultuous households of her employers, the mysteriously compelling attentions of an aging painter, and Daisy's fragility of body and spirit as she makes the perilous crossing into adulthood. McDermott's deeply etched rendering of all that happened that seemingly idyllic season explores the depths of everyday life with inimitable insight and grace. Critic Reviews: "McDermott's gorgeous novel is laced with sly literary allusions and provocative insights into the enigma of sexual desire, the mutability of art, death's haunting presence, our need for fantasies, and the endless struggle to keep love pure." (Booklist) Members Reviews: Stuggling to finish this book I found that at first the story held my attention. I'll admit I was curious if one of the "older men" was going to seduce Theresa. The storyline seemed like it would be a "coming of age" tale. But four hours into the book I am struggling to finish it. I am finding it hard to care about Theresa. The scene with the dead cat did it for me. My God, how many words can one reasonably write about such an event. I was beginning to feel like that poor cat - only instead of being hit by a car, I felt like I was dragged along for miles. I'll probably finish listening to it, only because I am curious if Daisy has some kind of blood disease. Other than that, I really don't care what happens to any of the other characters. Prior to listening to this book, I listened to "The Secret Life of Bees" - a definite 5+ star book in my opinion. I did stick with it but it bugged me I guess was interested in the characters or something, plus I've enjoyed the author's other books, so I stuck with it But I have to say, the sexual relationship between the old man and Theresa really disturbed me. In another era this guy would've gone to jail. And the fact that the character Theresa didn't seem damaged or troubled by it was even more confusing. Almost fell asleep... this was like watching paint dry it was so dull, hard to imagine 7 hours and 10 minutes into it that Daisy has only been there for 4 days or so! Do we really need to hear every detail about their dull dull days. The relationship between Teresa (aka St. Francis of Assisi) and the artist has no credibility whatsoever. Please please Audible tell your readers to stop trying to do foreign accents. They sound idiotic in general. Good story, good reader I really enjoyed this book and it was really well read. Highly recommended. Sweet, sad.. but really sweet I liked the tension of not knowing exactly what "the problem" was and I was way off on my assumption.... more chick-lit, mommy-maudlin, but tender and sweet. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Hemingway Short Stories Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway
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Hemingway Short Stories Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Hemingway Short Stories Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Sherman Allen, Cathy Ritchie, Doug Luke Format: Unabridged Length: 56 mins Language: English Release date: 07-25-08 Publisher: Listener's Digest Inc. Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 19 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Three short stories - "My Old Man", "Up in Michigan", and "Out of Season" - are the first works ever published by Ernest Hemingway. Published in 1923 in Paris, they are the precursor of this famous author's literary masterpieces. Each story, distinctively different, demonstrates the versatility of his craftsmanship and the measure of his prodigious mind. ©2007 Listener's Digest Inc; (P)2007 Listener's Digest Inc Members Reviews: Tapes for Hard of Hearing This is a wonderful way for an avid reader whose eyes are no longer able to read can still "hear" the books that interest him. Thanks you for having these on cassette tapes. Wonderful service. Peep tapes were no good story was good - read it on my kindle instead....so much for that but all is not loss will order again Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

A Texas Ranger Audiobook by William MacLeod Raine
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A Texas Ranger Audiobook by William MacLeod Raine

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Texas Ranger Author: William MacLeod Raine Narrator: Mark F. Smith Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins Language: English Release date: 07-11-14 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: When a hardened criminal kills guards and breaks out of prison, Steve Fraser, a lieutenant in the Texas Rangers, is tasked with bringing him to justice. From the bowels of a mine, deep underground, to the stone labyrinths of the mountains of Wyoming, Steve follows his quarry. But his chase requires him to befriend people who turn out to be wanted in another killing. How can he justify his actions with his innate sense of honesty, his new friends, and the bewitching woman he meets in their midst? Can he get his man, win his woman, and escape the lynch mobs who think he's a murderer, too? Members Reviews: A Wonderful Old-Time Western William Macleod Raine (1871-1954) was a British born writer who came to the U.S. and shifted to western novels about a hundred years ago, while there was still a semblance of a West. "A Texas Ranger" was written in 1910, two closely related novellas with Texas Ranger Steve Fraser as the central character. He always gets his man, but like most cowboys of this era of western writing, doesn't always understand the women quite as well. There are hints here of "The Virginian," and of Zane Grey novels of the same period, but Raine stands on his own quite well. These stories take the reader through west Texas and Arizona, and up into Wyoming where one gets a good picture of the spectacular scenery and desolation of that great state. Raine gives us the outlaw west, the struggle for law and order, the Wyoming sheepman/cattleman wars, and the rigors of romance. If you like your westerns Clint Eastwood style, you will probably consider Raine's stories quaint. But if you like good and evil pretty well defined, older works like this one will give great satisfaction. Some adult themes. This was a pretty good book to read, interesting following the story of a Texas Ranger. Although the writer did get over descriptive and I sort of skim read those parts. Very good read I really enjoy these kind of books and this one is extra good. Good story and kept my interest. Could Not Get Past the First Chapter I didn't care for Raine's style of writing. The first few paragraphs turned me off. I didn't care for the beginning of the story, but would have stuck with it longer IF I'd liked his writing style, which I did not. Reading any further would have been a waste of my time. I enjoyed. It was written 100 years ago and some ... This is actually a two story book. The second, A Texas Ranger, I enjoyed. It was written 100 years ago and some of the language may sound too much from that era for some readers. I like books from that time and Mr. Raine tells a fine tale. The story is a very good western mystery with good characters and a wonderful location. I liked it and will read more of his work. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Yellow Wallpaper Audiobook by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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The Yellow Wallpaper Audiobook by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Yellow Wallpaper Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Narrator: Colleen Delany Format: Unabridged Length: 40 mins Language: English Release date: 04-03-08 Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 28 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, (1860 - 1935), gained much of her fame with lectures on women's issues, ethics, labor, human rights, and social reform. She often referred to these themes in her fiction. She is best remembered for her 1892 short story "The Yellow Wallpaper", which was based on her own bout with severe depression and misguided medical treatment. ©2008 Listen & Live Audio, Inc. (P)2008 Listen & Live Audio, Inc. Members Reviews: Chilling story, effective realization If you could sum up The Yellow Wallpaper in three words, what would they be? Tension builds perfectly. What other book might you compare The Yellow Wallpaper to and why? "The Beckoning Fair One" by Oliver Onions, which tells of a young man's slow descent into madness in haunted rooms. What does Colleen Delany bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? Her voice brings out the changes in the narrator's state of mind as her "health cure" sends her over the edge. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Absolutely. It needs to be heard from beginning to end for the best effect. Any additional comments? This is a story that, with an effective narrator, is actually better heard read aloud than read silently. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Men I'm Not Married To Audiobook by Dorothy Parker
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Men I'm Not Married To Audiobook by Dorothy Parker

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Men I'm Not Married To Author: Dorothy Parker Narrator: Lee Ann Howlett Format: Unabridged Length: 20 mins Language: English Release date: 11-03-17 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 2 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In this story, by American writer Dorothy Parker, a woman gives a laundry list of men she's not married to. She also convincingly states the reasons why she is not and would not want to be married to the various men. Parker's wit and humor shine through as the eccentricities and foibles of the men are described. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Afterward Audiobook by Edith Wharton
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Afterward Audiobook by Edith Wharton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Afterward Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 14 mins Language: English Release date: 11-13-14 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and short story writer. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927, 1928 and 1930. Among her most popular and terrifying tales are the many masterly ghost stories which she wrote in her early career. Afterward is a dramatic story of the most mysterious ghost of all. When Ned and Mary Boyne move to a remote and unrenovated manor house in Dorsetshire, their list of desired features includes a resident ghost. Their friend Alida Stair confirms that there is indeed a ghost, but "you will never know it until long, long afterward." Ned and Mary keep a look out for the ghost at first, but there is no sign of it. Or is there? As the foundations of their comfortable and prosperous life slowly begin to crumble, the import of a figure they once fleetingly glimpsed on the driveway begins to dawn. And then a strange and very terrible event takes place ... Members Reviews: Spooky great Edith Warton's books are personal favorites of mine. I have read a lot of her books but, this little one holds a place in my heart. I am a fan of supernatural stuff (in any way or form) and this short story holds dear to both my fanatism for Edith's works and spooky stuff. Read it for yourself, you won't be sorry. How Well Do You Know Your Spouse? *Spoilers* *Spoilers* This is a short story that can be read in one sitting, preferably on a dark, winter evening. It's about a young American couple who have struck it rich from a mine and are finally able to buy their dream house in England. It's told in flashback as the wife recalls events leading up to her husband's mysterious disappearance. Besides the obvious horror of the ghost story, I thought Wharton was underscoring how little the wife knew her husband. His ill-gotten gains in business and his wife's lack of knowledge of his affairs probably occurs frequently with couples then and now. I enjoyed the story, but I would have left the ghost's existence ambiguous. It could've been the husband's guilty conscience at work rather than the supernatural. Double-feint The house has a ghost, but you won't know it until later. Those were the words given to the new owners of a seemingly ideal little manor. Husband and wife are entirely eager to see this ghost, but fail to find any evidence. Until a stranger comes calling and old business threatens their livelihood. I was entirely expecting more of a twist, here. Instead, the ghost winds up being exactly whom you suspect, which is, honestly, so often not the case with a mystery. I actually feel a bit foolish. Available as a free audio production from Tales to Terrify. I just can't finish it, but not for lack of trying. I made what is probably the fifth false start on this one. I've tried reading it several times over the last few months. I just can't finish the thing. It starts out with a great premise, a newly rich couple is looking to get back to basics in the English countryside. They want a house with all of the INconveniences including a ghost. They find what they want though the ghost is just a bit passive for their taste. Then the story ... starts... to... drag... and... drag. I just can't finish it, but not for lack of trying. 1 STAR Five Stars excellent in all respects Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Wizard of Oz Audiobook by L. Frank Baum
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The Wizard of Oz Audiobook by L. Frank Baum

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Wizard of Oz Author: L. Frank Baum Narrator: John McDonough Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins Language: English Release date: 12-16-99 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 44 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: When young Dorothy and her dog Toto are whisked away from Kansas by a tornado, they embark on a journey of self-discovery. As Dorothy and Toto travel through enchanted lands toward the Emerald City, where they will seek the aid of the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, they are joined by such colorful characters as the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, and the Cowardly Lion, all the while avoiding opponents such as the Wicked Witch of the West. Ultimately, Dorothy learns to rely on herself, and that "There's no place like home." Editorial Reviews: Performer John McDonoughs send up of L. Frank Baums classic, The Wizard of Oz is as timeless as the story itself. In his husky fireside baritone, McDonough personifies Baums colorful cast: wicked witches, downtrodden munchkins, and of course, Dorothys lovable gang of misfits. Young listeners will delight in the Scarecrow, in search of a brain, the Tin Woodman, without a heart, and the Cowardly Lion, seeking bravery. Unlike her three companions, however, Dorothy is unable to find help from the wizard in the Emerald City. Dorothy learns that only through the power of self-belief may she reach her goals. McDonough adopts what he calls a "musical point of view", imbuing his characters with an enduring quality that listeners will want to revisit. Critic Reviews: "Oz - where the young stay young, and the old grow young forever." (Ray Bradbury) "Narrator Flo Gibson has a fine command of nuance and phrasing." (School Library Journal) Members Reviews: Wrong Narrator Listed!! Great reading!!! This audiobook is read by John McDonoughn NOT Flo Gibson! This, however, was a pleasant surprise as McDonough is one of the best narrators of audiobooks around. His many voices and his reading of the story are pleasing to the ear. It feels as if your grandfather is reading it to you and is as much into the story as YOU are! I would highly recommend this version, especially if you are listening with a boy. Excited to see Wizard of Oz read by John McDonough Wonderful to hear the Wizard of Oz narrated by this beautiful grandfatherly voice. We will listen again and again. A classic for kids and adults This is wonderful fun, no matter how old you are. Good Children's Book I really enjoyed listening to this book. Gibson is a great narrator and brings much life to the story. I found the book to be interesting, but fairly repetative and drawn out. It would be a good book for a child as young as 6 or 7. As an adult, I enjoyed it too. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Beautiful and Damned Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Beautiful and Damned Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Beautiful and Damned Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: C. James Moore Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins Language: English Release date: 09-09-16 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The Beautiful and Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1922 novel, introduced Fitzgerald fans to 22-year-old Gloria Gilbert, a drop-dead gorgeous, selfish, gumdrop-addicted beauty from Kansas City, and 25-year-old Anthony Patch, a handsome, heir-to-a-fortune, careless, spoiled Harvard graduate and New York bon vivant. The novel opens in 1913, a time of flappers, jazz clubs, silent movies, and, for those who could afford it, a 24/7 world of parties, booze, and social extravagances. Golden-haired Gloria, by her own admission known as "Coast-to-Coast Gloria", dabbles in men's affections as other women might dabble in a kitchen - trying one recipe for love after another, never quite finding the perfect emotional meal until she meets Anthony Patch. She has broken many hearts, leaving in her wake a trail of love-besotted men from the small towns in the Midwest to the emerging studios of the motion picture industry. Only one man, the arrogant and ruthless Joseph Bloeckman of Films par Excellence, retains an emotional hold on Gloria, and that hold is tested often throughout the decade of the novel. Anthony, supported by his two best friends and Harvard classmates, the erudite Maury Noble and the rising novelist Dick Caramel, studiously avoids any mental preoccupation with the concept of actual employment. He is, after all, the presumptive heir to a $30 million estate, soon (he hopes) to be left to him by his tyrannical grandfather, Adam Patch. For Anthony, life in his second-floor apartment on 52nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues is merely what he expects it should be: an entitlement due his station in life. His motto could easily be "what? Me work?" If Gloria had a motto in 1913, it would be "I must always be pretty and admired". Quite a pairing of two genuinely clueless young people who, as their story unfolds, will find a stark reality awaiting with a baseball bat down a very dark alley of disappointment. The Beautiful and Damned brings Anthony and Gloria together in the way only Fitzgerald could manage: in a desperate search not for life's meaning but for any meaning at all beyond their small circle of family, friends, and denizens of the smoky cafes, pretentious ballrooms, and clamoring dance halls of pre-Prohibition New York City. Under Fitzgerald's sometimes deft, sometimes frenetic guidance, Anthony and Gloria set off on a rough-and-tumble journey of passion, fear, frustration, addiction, faithlessness, recrimination, bitterness, and restoration. If employment is not suited to Anthony, what is? If beauty cannot sustain Gloria's life, what can? The vision of a life of inherited luxury morphs into a bloodshot tableau of a penny-pinching couple eking out married life lost in booze, departed friends, and faded dreams. Members Reviews: Lordy. Two people, who have no business getting married, end up falling in love with each other Lordy. Two people, who have no business getting married, end up falling in love with each other. Anthony is a dull intellectual and Gloria is a capricious flapper, and they somehow manage to fool each other and themselves that they are meant to be. And naturally, their worse instincts make it into a nightmare marriage.

The Purloined Letter Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Purloined Letter Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Purloined Letter Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 41 mins Language: English Release date: 05-17-13 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 2 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: When a letter of great significance is stolen from the royal palace in Paris, the prefect of police is at great pains to discover its whereabouts. The identity of the thief is known, but try as the detectives will, they are unable to pinpoint the hiding place where the incriminating letter is secreted. When the Prefect approaches Dupin for his advice on the matter, the latter sees the solution immediately. An insight from which he is able to profit handsomely. Poe at his most ingenious! Members Reviews: Five Stars A very well written story. I didn't understand the French expression. It brought Sherlock Holmes to mind. A good read! This is an interesting story. Recommended by a friend because something that happened to us and illustrates that life does imitate fiction, sometimes!! Classic I like to read one of the old classics once in awhile as a brain exercise. This was a short lap. An Eye for Detection Classically told short tale of detection. Could easily fit within a Sherlock Holmes story. Found the possible manners of concealment of the letter as laid out by the French police officer to quite interesting. I won't give away the story but suffice it to say you will recognize this device as one used even today. A read well worth your time! The Purloined Letter A short entertaining story, somewhat along the early lines of a Sherlock Holmes mystery in deductive reasoning. Not Mr. Poe's best work by far. However, a good read on a cold night. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Best of Women's Short Stories, Volume 2 Audiobook by Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Shelley, Virginia Woolf
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Best of Women's Short Stories, Volume 2 Audiobook by Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Shelley, Virginia Woolf

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Best of Women's Short Stories, Volume 2 Author: Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Shelley, Virginia Woolf Narrator: Harriet Walter Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 1 min Language: English Release date: 12-03-07 Publisher: CSA Word Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 8 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This celebration of iconic female writers from the 19th and 20th centuries features eight full-length stories about a range of female interests and experiences. Included are a novella, "The Watsons", by Jane Austen, as well as other gems, such as "Bliss" by Katherine Mansfield, "The Parvenue" by Mary Shelley, "A Pair of Silk Stockings" by Kate Chopin, and "The Half Brothers" by Elizabeth Gaskell. © and (P)2006 CSA Telltapes Ltd. Critic Reviews: "Harriet Walter's range in these stories is impressive...A real listening pleasure." (The Oldie) Members Reviews: Wonderfully timeless tales, fabulously narrated! If you could sum up Best of Women's Short Stories, Volume 2 in three words, what would they be? Gripping, passionate, emotional. What did you like best about this story? The background emotion which caught you What does Harriet Walter bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you had only read the book? Fantastic narrator who can play the separate characters brilliantly bringing then to life. A voice made for narrating stories. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? The stories were excellently and classically written, and with the emotional elements of the heart, they had you hanging on until the (mostly) bitter end. Sadly the only downside was , due to the way it has been edited, that there isn't even a breath taken between stories for you to contemplate the touching story as a whole. Any additional comments? Vintage tales for a modern day woman. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Twelve Stories of Christmas Audiobook by J. S. Redfield, L. M. Montgomery, Richmal Crompton, Louisa May Alcott, O. Henry, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Washington Irving
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Twelve Stories of Christmas Audiobook by J. S. Redfield, L. M. Montgomery, Richmal Crompton, Louisa May Alcott, O. Henry, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Washington Irving

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Twelve Stories of Christmas Author: J. S. Redfield, L. M. Montgomery, Richmal Crompton, Louisa May Alcott, O. Henry, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Washington Irving Narrator: Michelle Marie Jeanmard, Denis Daly, Linda Barrans, Christianne Lupher, Jeff Stewart, Cate Barratt, Alan Weyman Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins Language: English Release date: 12-08-17 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 1 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Listeners are invited to sit back and enjoy this collection of classic Yuletide tales. Contents "The Christmas Dream of Little Charles" by J. S. Redfield "A Christmas Inspiration" by L. M. Montgomery The Christmas Present" by Richmal Crompton A Country Christmas" by Louisa May Alcott The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry A Christmas Tree" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky A Christmas Mistake" by L. M. Montgomery Christmas" by Washington Irving The Christmas Dinner" by Washington Irving At Christmas Time" by Anton Chekhov Christian Gellert's Last Christmas" by Berthold Auerbach Christmas" by G. K. Chesterton Featuring the voices of Michelle Marie Jeanmard, Cate Barratt, Linda Barrans, Christianne Lupher, Jeff Stewart, Denis Daly and Alan Weyman. Production Copyright 2017 Voices of Today. Voices of today will donate all of its proceeds from the sale of this audiobook to Heifer International, a charity organization working to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Red Badge of Courage Audiobook by Stephen Crane
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The Red Badge of Courage Audiobook by Stephen Crane

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Red Badge of Courage Author: Stephen Crane Narrator: Mike Vendetti Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins Language: English Release date: 01-26-17 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 18 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Award winning narrator and Vietnam War veteran Mike Vendetti reads Stephen Crane's classic Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage. War is a crucible that has transformed boys into men from time immemorial. The weapons of war have changed throughout the years, but its effect on those who witness it close up has not. Henry, or the youth as Crane refers to him leaves his home a naïve boy with visions of grandeur and glory; yet he runs from his first battle only to later join the walking wounded as an imposter. He wished that he, too, had a wound, a red badge of courage. He falls in with men who will shortly die from their wounds. One, a spectral soldier with a terrible wound, turns out to be his friend Jim Conklin. Henry witnesses Jim's death which is not heroic or pretty. Seeing his friend die and his shame from running from the battle creates an anger and guilt within him to go back to his unit. Along the way he is awarded his Red Badge of Courage. Members Reviews: I felt like I was at war How would I behave and feel if thrust into battle? Easy to declare that one is patriotic and in agreement with a cause, to get in line and sign up, but how about the day in and day out part of battle? The waiting, the social intercourse with fellow fighters, the gear, following without question a commander, could I do that? How does the average 19-23 year old feel in those situations? This book conjures up thoughts, feelings, emotions that put you on the front line. Well written and a good story, the killer combo. A Reflection Upon Man's Emotions During Battle This is not a book about a specific person, or about a specific battle. Our protagonist isn't even given a name, age or home, save during his musings back to when he quit seminary school (indicating probably about 18 years old, and from the Northeast), and bade farewell to his mother, who called him Henry. We meet "the youth", as he's called throughout, while he's waiting to be sent to battle for the first time. The youth must have been a Northern soldier, and the battle must have been in Virginia; other than that, this book is more generic with regard to events, and about emotions, changes in soldiers, and their reactions to events. Halfway through this book: "The youth took note of a remarkable change in his comrade since those days of camp life upon the river bank. He seemed no more to be continually regarding the proportions of his personal prowess. He was not furious at small words that pricked his conceits. He was no more a loud young soldier. There was about him now a fine reliance...." Toward the end of the battle: "...The lieutenant, also, was unscathed in his position at the rear. He had continued to curse, but it was not with the air of a man who was using his last box of oaths..." At the end of the book: "A specter of reproach came to him. There loomed the dogging memory of the tattered soldier - he who, gored by bullets and faint for blood, had fretted concerning an imagined wound in another; he who had loaned his last of strength and intellect for the tall soldier; he who, blind with weariness and pain, had been deserted in the field..." A powerful reflection upon the changing of a man during the course of a battle.

Stories from the Edge of Reason Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft, W. F. Harvey, Edgar Allan Poe, Barry Pain, Robert E. Howard, Wilkie Collins, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
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Stories from the Edge of Reason Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft, W. F. Harvey, Edgar Allan Poe, Barry Pain, Robert E. Howard, Wilkie Collins, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Stories from the Edge of Reason Author: H. P. Lovecraft, W. F. Harvey, Edgar Allan Poe, Barry Pain, Robert E. Howard, Wilkie Collins, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 21 hrs and 27 mins Language: English Release date: 07-20-15 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A collection of 45 short stories which threaten to unhinge the listener's mind. Strange phenomena, insane genius, inexplicable happenings and the inability to deal with life and death are all themes which run through this brilliant selection. and 15 other disturbing and unsettling stories. Members Reviews: just no. the narrator totally ruined this one for me. I just could not deal with it the rythem of her reading. I tried speeding it up and slowing it down and I just could not get past it. shame. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Oval Portrait Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Oval Portrait Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Oval Portrait Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 8 mins Language: English Release date: 09-16-13 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A mysterious and life-like portrait of a beautiful young woman holds a terrifying and tragic secret. Members Reviews: It's short, just print it yourself! A bit too much extra framing in this story, with a man exploring an abandoned castle and finding a journal that tells the story itself. The story itself would have been fine. At the time it was written, this was probably top-notch horror but it's been covered so much by now that I wasn't very impressed. An artist grows obsessed with painting a woman, not noticing her wasting away as he works, until he finishes and she dies. A trope copied many times since, and with better writing (and without the weird framing, as said). This story is in the public domain and can be obtained free from sources like Librivox and Project Gutenberg. I listened to the free audio production from Librivox. Is Beauty better alive, or preserved in paint? A man becomes sick while hiking through the mountains. He finds refuge in a decaying castle. His valet (you know you can never go hiking w/out your valet, right?)sets him up in the smallest bedroom, complete with decaying tapestries, adorned with lovely pictures. The most beautiful picture has a strange story behind it. Gothic Checklist: Ruined building - check. Delightfully creepy place for a sick man to recuperate. Ruined tapestries are just icing on the cake. Obsessed character who thinks he's perfectly normal - check. How did the long-dead painter not notice that his wife was dying as he painted her? Innocent person who has no idea that horror is about to unfold - check. But lo and behold! The beautiful wife has been immortalized! She just had to die first. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Yellow Wallpaper Audiobook by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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The Yellow Wallpaper Audiobook by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Yellow Wallpaper Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Narrator: Kitty Hendrix Format: Unabridged Length: 40 mins Language: English Release date: 11-28-16 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 21 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "The Yellow Wallpaper", written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in 1890, details the descent of a young woman into madness. Her supportive, though misunderstanding, physician husband, John, believes it is in her best interests to go on a "rest cure" after the birth of their child. The family spends the summer at a colonial mansion that has, in the narrator's words, "something queer about it" and her depression/anxiety, (commonly diagnosed today as postpartum depression), spirals out of control as she fixates on the yellow wallpaper in their bedroom. Gilman wrote this story in an effort to illustrate how a woman's lack of autonomy can be detrimental to her mental, emotional, and even physical wellbeing. Members Reviews: Disturbing Any additional comments? This short was disturbing in the best way - in the way that a metaphor can crawl into your brain and stay there to unfold later. This story follows a woman who has recently given birth and is experiencing some postpartum depression. Unfortunately, her depression goes misidentified and she is forced into isolation where her mind deteriorates. It is an apt and sad look into the mind of someone experiencing mental illness and is experiencing it alone. Great listen. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. Yellow will never feel the same. This is an incredible, haunting, horror story that pulls you in so silently that you'll find yourself in it's grip without knowing how you got there, or how you can ever free yourself. Great Narration I read this for an introductory college literature course about 10 years ago. I really only remembered that I loved it, but not much else. I listened to a newly released audio version this time and it was amazing. The narrator, Kitty Hendrix, was fantastic and really captured the stream-of-consciousness style within the narration. I would definitely recommend this audiobook to anyone who is a fan of this piece. I will also be looking for books books narrated by Kitty Hendrix. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom. Wow! Incredibly Good. If you're wanting to listen to The Yellow Wallpaper, choose this version. The story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is intricately woven about a woman spiraling into madness due to isolation and lack of mental stimulation. This version was especially good as the reader, Kitty Hendrix does a sensational job. Her voice inflections tell this story very well. She has a rich tone that comes across perfectly in her performance. This audiobook was provided to me on request by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobookboom a short look into the twilight zone. This book reminded me the old show The Twilight zone. its a short listen, and takes you long a journey of a girl who is locked in her room. with yellow wall paper. her world starts to unravel and show her the truth, but is she ready to face it? I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

O Pioneers! Audiobook by Willa Cather
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O Pioneers! Audiobook by Willa Cather

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: O Pioneers! Author: Willa Cather Narrator: Barbara McCulloh Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins Language: English Release date: 12-16-99 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 71 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Life was hard on the Nebraska prairie, but for Alexandra Bergson, daughter of a Swedish immigrant family, her love of the land gave her courage and strength. When Alexandra's father dies, she takes over the care of her family and management of the farm, so that the Bergsons can stay in the place they've chosen for their home. O Pioneers! tells the story of a remarkable heroine, and draws on Cather's own experience growing up on the lonely and wild American prairies. Critic Reviews: "A direct, human tale of love and struggle and attainment, a tale that is American in the best sense of the word." (The New York Times) "Barbara McCulloh's voice and quiet tone match the flow of this American classic." (Omnibus) Members Reviews: Lifted and carried lightly by some one very strong I love Willa Cather's soothing love of the land, of people, and nature. Her prose ripples and rolls like fields ready to harvest. Cather is elegant in her prose, but she doesn't hold back in her stories. O Pioneers! is a simple and passionate tale of life, struggles, tragedy and love. It is epic and simple both. It is clear that Cather loved those immigrants who came from Europe (whether Swedes, Bohemians, or French) to carve their piece out of the American West. Her writing is full of the economical (yet hard) memory of the land, the circadian rhythms of nature and life, and the soft beauty and brutal tragedy of love. She is one of those writers you either get and love, or just never quite connect to. For me, her prose is like a quickening. It makes me slow down, but also become more aware, more tolerant, more accepting of my own fragile place in this world. Ok, but sound quality not great Overall, the reading of the book is good - the narrator has a nice voice. However, the highest format the book is available in is Format 2, and it shows - the sound quality of the recording sounds muffled, and not as sharp as books you can get in Format 2. I recommend, if you want to get this book on Audible, find a version recorded in Format 4. Slow-moving I've enjoyed listening to other Willa Cather novels (My Antonia and The Song of the Lark) but found this too slow-moving to keep my interest and gave up after an hour. If you enjoy long descriptive passages, you may like this more than I did. O Pioneers! I admire Willa Catha's writing but why is this book listed in the Gay and Lesbian Category? There are no gay or lesbian characters. Hope other Gays and Lesbians complain too. Well intended, but a minor effort: 2.5* Limited in scope, a "feel-good" story written in simple prose, with nothing of substance to support it. Rather stock characters, though some more interesting than others. Religious "lessons" in the actions/punishments of wayward people. Basically a Christian look at a hard life, about forgiveness, tolerance, and learning to be satisfied with what one has. If this was meant to contain any "feminist" threads, they were slim. Strong female protag who is successful in most of her endeavors, but waits till forever to marry. A few conflicts which could have proved interesting but didn't Narrator fine; story -- good for 10-12 year olds; older kids would find it dull and unrealistic. Lots of scenery, love of the land, etc.

Little Women Audiobook by Louisa May Alcott
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Little Women Audiobook by Louisa May Alcott

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Little Women Author: Louisa May Alcott Narrator: Justine Eyre Format: Unabridged Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins Language: English Release date: 08-31-10 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 120 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Generations of people - young and old, male and female - have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott's most popular and enduring novel, Little Women. Talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy remain united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War. It is no secret that Alcott based Little Women on her own early life. While her father, the free-thinking reformer and abolitionist Bronson Alcott, hobnobbed with such eminent male authors as Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne, Louisa supported herself and her sisters with "womans work," including sewing, doing laundry, and acting as a domestic servant. But she soon discovered she could make more money writing. Little Women brought her lasting fame and fortune, and far from being the "girls book" her publisher requested, it explores such timeless themes as love and death, war and peace, the conflict between personal ambition and family responsibilities, and the clash of cultures between Europe and America. Members Reviews: Great Narration For a review of this classic book itself, I think most people would seek a review from a number of other sites. So instead of commenting on the novel Little Women, my comment is about the quality of the audiobook: very good!! There were around 10 different copies to chose from within the unabridged audiobooks of Little Women. I really like this one because the narrator's voice adds interest to the text, but is not overly expressive, like other versions. The pace is also great. Listening to this reader sounds more like you're listening to friend chat, and not like you are listening to someone carefully reading each distinct word. Great job! A Wonderful Tale Ruined by an Actor What would have made Little Women better? A totally different narrator would have been a massive plus to this recording. I'm certain that someone must like her reading, but the simpering performance takes the strong women in the story and turn them into caricatures of themselves. What was one of the most memorable moments of Little Women? I cant think of very few highlights. From the very beginning, the actor's reading voice is so off putting that it takes away from the story. How did the narrator detract from the book? As well-spoken as the narrator is, and she clearly goes into this with the best of intentions, both her general narration and the voices she assigns to the characters are so similar, it's difficult to discern when characters are actually speaking. Additionally, the very purpose of Little Women is the growth the characters experience as they go through their trials; the narrator, however, maintains the same voices for the characters throughout the book. From the beginning, her characterization of these young women is so simpering and poorly "faux period," that it's difficult to even begin to enjoy listening to the book. If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Little Women? The book is a classic; why should I play editor? It stands alone without my tampering. Any additional comments? Although I appreciate the amount of work that went into recording this version, I simply cannot recommend it.

Hearts and Hands Audiobook by O. Henry
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Hearts and Hands Audiobook by O. Henry

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Hearts and Hands Author: O. Henry Narrator: Sandy J. Hotchkiss, Kirk Diedrich, David R. Pearson, L. J. Stevens, Heather Wood, K. Anderson Yancy Format: Unabridged Length: 9 mins Language: English Release date: 01-12-13 Publisher: SonicMovie.net, ChicagoWood Media, Wollcott & Sheridan Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A Washington, D.C., socialite, traveling in the western United States, meets an old friend, and finds herself startled to learn that his current occupation is a long way from what it was when he was in D.C. Members Reviews: Little-Known O. Henry Brought to Life I always appreciate O. Henry, and hadn't encountered this before. Nicely done. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Aunt Crete's Emancipation Audiobook by Grace Livingston Hill
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Aunt Crete's Emancipation Audiobook by Grace Livingston Hill

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Aunt Crete's Emancipation Author: Grace Livingston Hill Narrator: Anne Hancock Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins Language: English Release date: 05-28-15 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 45 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Aunt Crete has spent a lifetime of toil catering to the needs of her family, especially her waspish sister, Carrie, and social-climbing niece, Louella. When a telegram from a nephew from out west announces his imminent arrival, mother and daughter hasten a trip to the shore to escape the "country cousin" who they are sure will shame them. Aunt Crete is left to welcome him with open arms, and young Donald soon realizes that his loving spinster aunt deserves her own vacation and that his other relatives deserve a comeuppance. Grace Livingston Hill's update of the Cinderella story features a heroine who lives her life by the Golden Rule and who is justly rewarded. Members Reviews: Cute Story with a Great Moral I've always liked Grace Livingston Hill books, they are a very light read. They do have the predictable good triumphs over evil aspect, but sometimes I just want to relax with this kind of book. I'm always leery of audio recordings of public domain books because they are usually obtained from Librivox and can sometimes be so bad they are not worth listening to, however this recording is very good. Vocal tone and inflection are just right. If you are looking for a story where the ignored, seemingly less attractive person transforms into a "beautiful swan" and the bratty teen gets what's coming to her, this is a good book to read. Great book! We really enjoyed this story. It was pleasant and listening to it was a great way to relax for an evening. Aunt Crete's Emancipation I Love All of the Grace Livingston Hill books. I want to see many more of them appear on audible books . These books are very uplifting and remind many of us days longpast when we were young. This book puts me to endearing story listened to it several times. I really loved this story! great bed time listen. have always enjoyed Grace Livingston Hill. Good book and good job!!:) I love listening to Grace Livingston Hill books...it would be lovely if they would also record..Patricia, Dawn Of The Morning, and Marcia Schuyler. The reading is well done and much enjoyed! Thank you! :) Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Blue Hotel Audiobook by Stephen Crane
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The Blue Hotel Audiobook by Stephen Crane

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Blue Hotel Subtitle: A Stephen Crane Story Author: Stephen Crane Narrator: Deaver Brown Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 21 mins Language: English Release date: 02-23-11 Publisher: Simply Media Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 8 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "The Blue Hotel" is considered one of Crane's finest three short stories, along with the "Open Boat" and "The Bride comes to Yellow Sky". The story starts with the hotel owner trolling for guests at the train station and finding three: the Swede, the Cowboy, and the Easterner. As with many stories, the personalities are known by their titles not their names; the two known by their names are the hotel keeper, Scully, and his son Johnny. The first major event is in a play for fun (no money) card game in which the Swede accuses Johnny of cheating. Johnny skillfully defends himself by saying he won't put up with the accusation, while side stepping the truth of the matter. The Swede is all worked up; no one comes to his rescue; he has a fight with the boy; wins; and leaves. He goes to the local saloon and gets into event number 2 in challenging the gambler after he won't take a drink. As with most Crane stories, the irony is building as the story goes on. In the spirit of the literary times, as reflected in Spoon River by Edgar Lee Masters and Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson, this is the key moment in the story that could change everything. The gambler does not take the free drink; he winds up killing the Swede; he goes to jail and the Swede is dead. He could have just taken the drink and didn't. Later, the Easterner tells the Cowboy that no, Johnny wasn't innocent, he was cheating and the Easterner didn't have the guts to stop it by speaking out. Then the Swede would have stayed in the hotel and wouldn't have died. Another landmark story with the last turn of events topping it off. Members Reviews: An American classic but best read than listened to What did you like best about The Blue Hotel? What did you like least? This story is classic of American fiction. But, the dead-pan narration style makes it hard to follow and the story is best read rather than listened to. In a forward to the story, the narrator notes that the turgid style of prose and the sometimes fragmented and intermingled conversations of the characters makes narration particularly difficult, leading to pauses and gaps. Having a copy of the text is essential Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories Audiobook by Mark Twain
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The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Jonathan Kent Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins Language: English Release date: 02-08-06 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 37 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This dark story, set in medieval Austria, hinges on unearthly and hidden mental powers. It also gives an insight to the author's psyche during his final days. The other stories in this edition include "The Man Who Corrupted Hadleyburg", "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", "The Story of the Bad Little Boy", "The Diary of Adam and Eve", "Edward Mills and George Benton", "The Joke That Made Ed's Fortune", and "A Fable". Editorial Reviews: Mark Twain's collection of lesser-known stories spans his career, showing a darker side to this popular personality. Most of these mysterious and melancholic tales focus on the theme of money while revealing a man who spent much of his life questioning societal norms. Jonathan Kent captures the shadowy spirit of these pieces and proves himself comfortable with Twain's vernacular. Though Kent could engage more energetically at times, his gentle and thoughtful voice gives the listener space to absorb Twain's ideas. Overall, this audiobook gives much insight into one of America's greatest minds. Members Reviews: Bad text, humdrum narration Although this recording generally features a good selection of stories by Twain, the narration is mostly humdrum. "The Mysterious Stranger," which should be the highlight, unfortunately uses the 1916 version of the story, assembled from three other versions by Twain's literary executor, with significant cuts and additions by said executor. In other words, the version of the story presented here is not a version of the story that Twain himself wrote. Of course if the narration were better it would be possible to overlook that; but it's not. (In the publishers' defense, it should be noted that the version they recorded is the one most frequently anthologized; and it does have some interesting features of its own. But the narration is just too bland.) Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Tell-Tale Heart Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Tell-Tale Heart Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Tell-Tale Heart Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Wendy Ellison Mullen Format: Unabridged Length: 16 mins Language: English Release date: 09-19-17 Publisher: The Woodbine Way Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Read by a woman, this rendition of the Poe classic stands out among the others. Nothing in the text suggests that the narrator is a man. How does the meaning shift when the narrator is a woman? What was the relationship between the narrator and the old man? Have a listen. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Mark Twain: Selected Stories Audiobook by Mark Twain
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Mark Twain: Selected Stories Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Mark Twain: Selected Stories Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Ran Alan Ricard, Jim Roberts, Walter Zimmerman, Jack Benson, Walter Covell, Cindy Hardin Killavey, Ivor Hugh Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins Language: English Release date: 03-24-10 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 18 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This collecton features some of Twain's best known stories, as well as some lesser-known gems, such as "A Mysterious Visit", "The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut", and "The Loves of Alonzo Fitz-Clarence and Rosannah Ethelton". The 24 stories included are: "The Invalid's Story, "A Dog's Tale, "Bakers Bluejay Yarn, "Cannabalism in the Cars, "The Story of the Bad Little Boy, "Adam's Diary, "Eve's Diary, "A Ghost Story, "The Man Who Put Up at Gadsby's, "How I Edited an Agricultural Paper, "Edward Mills and George Benton: A Tale, "The Stolen White Elephant, "The McWilliams and the Burglar Alarm, "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, "Mrs. McWilliams and the Lightning, "A Double-Barrelled Detective Story, "The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut, "The Canvassar's Tale, "The Californian's Tale, "The Joke That Made Ed's Fortune, "The One Million Pound Bank Note, "The Loves of Alonzo Fitz Clarence and Rosannah Ethelton." Editorial Reviews: According to legend, when Mark Twain was failing at mining at a California mining camp, he heard someone tell a story about a couple of gamblers and a frog that wouldnt jump. When Twain published the tale in 1865 in the Saturday Evening Press, it was his career that did the jumping. An American icon was born. In this audiobook from Jimcin Recordings, 24 Twain short stories - from the world-famous "Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" to the obscure "Mrs. McWilliams and the Lightning" - are presented by a cast of venerable audio performers such as Jack Benson, Walter Covell, and Cindy Hardin Killavey. But remember, as Twain has Mortimer say, "All German advice is more or less mixed." Members Reviews: five stars, ten stars, FIFTY stars! the best readings of the best shorts of Twain's. thie readings have so much personally, character, pizzazz! I've listened and relistened and listened again. can't give enough praise. the recording sounds just a little tinny tiny sorta kinda dated, but just so to give it vintage feel. doesn't degrade the listen. however there is a lot of base in all the vocals. I enjoy it (i am a bass player coincidentally), but I could see how it may bother some as it is exaggerated. there's really are the best of his shorts. I have all his books, all his shorts available on audible, and I'm sure this is the best collection. if you're just starting with twain this is the book you need. if you have others and aren't sure if you need it- you need it. discard all doubt and get this book! fifty stars! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Tomb Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft
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The Tomb Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Tomb Author: H. P. Lovecraft Narrator: Edgar Lloyd Format: Unabridged Length: 27 mins Language: English Release date: 01-13-16 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Once again, death stares you in the face as Edgar Lloyd brings to life this gripping classic by H. P. Lovecraft. Escape to the top step of the vault, linger for a moment, then discover a tale so articulately crafted you'll swear you smell the odor of decomposition emanating from your headphones as if "spurred on by a voice which must have come from the hideous soul of the forest". Lovecraft never sounded so eerie...Lloyd never so queery.... Unearthing this rendition...is a must! Members Reviews: Classic Everybody should know who H.P. Lovecraft is. I might not be thought of as Twain, or Shakespeare, but is certainly a science fiction staple. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Diamond as Big as the Ritz Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Diamond as Big as the Ritz Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Diamond as Big as the Ritz Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: Peter Berkrot Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 41 mins Language: English Release date: 12-09-13 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Written in the same vein as "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,""The Diamond as Big as the Ritz" is one of F. Scott Fitzgerald's most imaginative shorter works. John T. Unger is a young southerner who goes to Montana for summer vacation with a wealthy college classmate. But the classmate's family proves to be much more than simply wealthy - they own a mountain made entirely of one solid diamond. And they've gone to dreadful lengths to conceal their secret, which means that John could be in danger. But the family also has a daughter - the lovely Kismine - and with her help, John may yet escape the fate her family has meted out to all their other guests so far. Proceeds from sale of this title go to Reach Out and Read, an innovative literacy advocacy organization. Members Reviews: Five Stars I love Fitzgerald's imagery. It's a great read even for the 21st-century reader My grandson was reading this in 8th grade. he asked me if I had ever read the short story; I hadn't. It's a great read even for the 21st-century reader. It's deep and makes one think. Definitely Recommended Hilarious Enjoyable read, especially when comparing it to Jules Verne ... Enjoyable read,especially when comparing it to Jules Verne novel and Twenty One Balloons. Charming short story from a master I wandered down memory with a story I once enjoyed on the radio, where one used imagination to "see." GIVE IT A TRY. It is a classic. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Best of O. Henry Audiobook by O. Henry
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The Best of O. Henry Audiobook by O. Henry

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Best of O. Henry Author: O. Henry Narrator: Michael Hanson Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins Language: English Release date: 08-18-04 Publisher: Findaway World Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 36 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The best of O. Henry's stories: "The Gift of the Magi", "The Voice of the City", "The Ransom of Red Chief", and more. (P)Commuter's Library Critic Reviews: "Both the tales and the narration by Michael Hanson are excellent....Hanson's delightful reading is a special treat; his carefully modulated and mellow voice helps transport the listener back to the early 20th century, when O. Henry wrote these tales." (Library Journal) Members Reviews: Simple Stories from your Grandfather Humorous yet simple stories that remind you of your father or grandfather's era. O. Henry's stories may have been original, but now the plots have been redone in so many movies and books that they seem trite. The book was a fun, albeit a very short listening. Simply stories from a different age, which is not a bad thing. O, Henry's story telling Having gone through about 161 completed works of O. Henry in his "Complete Works" and having recently learned about the man and his background, I had to obtain an audiocassette of some of his works to hear how they were presented. After having seen the televised portion of "Red Cloud and Yellow Chief" (right title?)and having read the short story and listened to the audio version, a totally different viewpoint of that particular work is achieved. His use of the language and his method of describing things cause one to listen or read more closely at what he says or writes. I must apologize for not having the source material at hand while writing this review. Excellent stories, mediocre narration In this audiobook collection of 7 O. Henry stories, the narrator takes the listener on two sets of adventures: The New York Stories (disk 1), and the Western Stories (disk 2). From the well known "The Gift of the Magi" to stories of wild west betrayals, the collection displays a wide range of subject matter including love, crime, trickery and distraction of the modern age. What brought this a lower rating for me was the narration of Michael Hanson. He has a pleasant, deep voice, but his delivery is done in a quiet, almost plodding way. This made it tough to focus on the stories because my mind was easily distracted. As someone who likes to listen to audiobooks at work or while driving, this made it far too easy to "tune out" in favor of other things, leading me to have to restart certain stories in order to catch on to the story. That having been said, though, I always really enjoy "The Gift of the Magi" which was a timely story to re-read for this time of year. I also really enjoyed "The Ransom of Red Chief" from the Western Stories disk, which featured a pair of kidnappers and the rambunctious boy they try to ransom. They bite off more than they can chew in choosing this kid! So...4 stars for the stories themselves, 2 for the audio version...middle of the road overall. A superbly narrated experience As I write this, there are two reviews up. J. Mays's review takes the narrator to task for an ineffective reading. I would respectfully disagree. This is a wonderful reading, almost perfect for these stories.

The Gift of the Magi Audiobook by O. Henry
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The Gift of the Magi Audiobook by O. Henry

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Gift of the Magi Subtitle: The Classic Christmas Story Author: O. Henry Narrator: Lorie Kellogg, Joe Bevilacqua Format: Unabridged Length: 15 mins Language: English Release date: 12-19-12 Publisher: Joe Bevilacqua, Waterlogg Productions Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: O. Henry's classic Christmas short story is charmingly told by Lorie Kellogg and Joe Bevilacqua. William Sydney Porter, known by his pen name O. Henry, was an American writer, whose short stories are known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization, and clever twist endings. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

South Sea Tales Audiobook by Jack London
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South Sea Tales Audiobook by Jack London

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: South Sea Tales Author: Jack London Narrator: Pat Bottino Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins Language: English Release date: 01-01-10 Publisher: Alpha DVD Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 15 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Jack London's South Sea Tales is a collection of eight short stories set in the South Pacific. The stories include: "The House of Mapuhi", "The Whale Tooth", "Mauki", "Yah! Yah! Yah!", "The Heathen", "The Terrible Solomons", "The Inevitable White Man", and "The Seed of McCoy". Public Domain(P)2009 Alpha DVD LLC Members Reviews: Translated by a Univac computer from the Portuguese? What a huge disappointment. Purchased this book for my kindle, only to find London's rich and evocative prose broken by gibberish words or phrases every few sentences. At best it's confusing and misleading to try to read and decipher the gibberish parts by context. At worst, it's impossible to read and a total waste of $. Thanks, Amazon, for apparently zero quality control and pulling a successful bat-and-switch. I tried to give this item zero stars but apparently nothing is worth less than one. If I had my way, I'd have given it zero stars. I want my money back, but challenging the Amazon bureaucracy is too daunting, even for someone as stubbornly determined as me. Immensely entertaining I thoroughly enjoyed reading these stories of the sea and sailors of the south. Each tale gave an excellent insight into the world from which they came. In my paintings of the sea and sailors at anthonydunphyfineart.com you can see them for yourself. Good solid 1900's sea stories Eight good stories by Jack London, about the people and places of the south Pacific in 1908. Also a good long introduction by A. Grove Day which should (like all too many "introductions") only be read *after* reading the stories. Most of the people in these stories are, of course, either victims or perpetrators (or both) of one of those long painful Western exploitations of a less civilized ("less civilized") part of the world. London knows that that's what's going on, and he writes with sympathy for all concerned, and without the more self-conscious bemoaning that would be expected of a XXIst century writer. To the modern reader, then, he can sometimes seem cold-blooded, but seldom disturbingly so. The prose is fine and spare most of the time, and never gets in the way of the tale. The places and the tales are memorable. There is not a great variety of character and setting; the eight stories together could almost be a single novel. His voyage on the Snark (which inspired these stories) clearly left him with a strong and single impression of this place and these people, and he conveys that impression skillfully along to us. Definitely worth reading. Typically great Jack London. Wonderfully descriptive and imaginative! Wonderful South Seas short stories in the tradition of Robert Louis Stevenson and James Michener . For those who might be offended, he does use the "N" word. Obviously written before such concerns were voiced. The characters who use it are portrayed as brutal types. Pretty bloody engaging South sea Tate's rambles from one story to the next in the Solomons and south, full of Cannibals and rapacious seafarers. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Young Hearts Crying Audiobook by Richard Yates
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Young Hearts Crying Audiobook by Richard Yates

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Young Hearts Crying Author: Richard Yates Narrator: Marc Vietor Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins Language: English Release date: 10-29-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 39 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In Young Hearts Crying, Yates movingly portrays a man and a woman from their courtship and marriage in the 1950s to their divorce in the 70s, chronicling their heartbreaking attempts to reach their highest ambitions. Michael Davenport dreams of being a poet after returning home from World War II Europe, and at first, he and his new wife, Lucy, enjoy their life together. But as the decades pass and the success of others creates an oppressive fear of failure in both Michael and Lucy, their once bright future gives way to a life of adultery and isolation. With empathy and grace, Yates creates a poignant novel of the desires and disasters of a tragic, hopeful couple. As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Richard Yates' book, you'll also receive an exclusive Jim Atlas interview. This interview where James Atlas interviews Blake Bailey about the life and work of Richard Yates begins as soon as the audiobook ends. Critic Reviews: "To me and to many other writers of my generation, the work of Richard Yates came as a liberating force.... He was one of the most important writers of the second half of the century." (Robert Stone) Members Reviews: A Bitter Study of American Life After World War II This is the second book by Richard Yates that I have read and I loved it even more than the first (Revolutionary Road). Married couple Michael and Lucy Davenport start out with hope and expectations for the future, but as time goes by they are confronted with their real and imagined inadequacies. The story follows the couple through the American landscape of the 1950s, 60s and early 70s and with each new decade there is more self-examination, failures, lost love and sanity and they eventually divorce. There is a desperate attempt by both characters to achieve something that they perceive as a higher goal, artistic pursuits that must lead to ultimate satisfaction and happiness. Michael is a modestly acclaimed poet while Lucy is a "poor little rich girl" who feels jealousy toward her husband because of his achievements in the artistic world. She tries desperately to find her own artistic voice, failing miserably at each medium she attempts while ex-husband Michael goes slowly insane and failing at his attempts to find lasting love. Yates' characters are always a microcosm of American life after World War II and while the 1950s offered a renewal of hope and prosperity, not everyone was content with life in the newly developed suburbs. Much like the couple in Revolutionary Road, the Davenports are constantly seeking a deeper meaning in it all, not at all comfortable in a world where having a nine-to-five job, a nice house, friends and cocktail parties are the sum of life. In contrast, many of their friends are seemingly able to achieve a perfect balance between art and life and do so without the forced effort that Michael and Lucy are plagued with. The Nelsons in particular achieve this without thought. Tom is a brilliant, but humble artist, father of four children with a supportive, non-intrusive wife. It is clear that despite Lucy's wealth (which she never flaunts, discusses or even uses), she is envious of Tom as is Michael.

The Ransom of Red Chief Audiobook by O. Henry
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The Ransom of Red Chief Audiobook by O. Henry

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Ransom of Red Chief Author: O. Henry Narrator: Mike Vendetti Format: Unabridged Length: 24 mins Language: English Release date: 04-02-13 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Bill Driscoll and Sam (we never learn his last name), a pair of turn-of-the-20th-century con men embark on quite an adventure. The pair need $2,000.00 to pull off a fraudulent town-lot scam in Western Illinois. They decide to kidnap the only son of a prominent Alabama citizen in the small town of Summit. They should've known when they grabbed their target, who was at the time throwing stones at a kitten, that it would be best to leave him alone. Particularly after he beans Bill with a brick. The situation does not improve with time. O Henry, famous for his humor, plays on words, and plot twists makes this a highly amusing short story. Members Reviews: Old fashion funny I can't say I'm familiar with much of O. Henry's writings and I only read this story because of a skit I seen on a episode of SCTV Network 90. I was pleasantly surprised by how very funny this very short story is, it took me all of about 20 minutes to read and at the end I was genuinely disappointed this tale wasn't longer that is to say having more content, I liked these character's. I would have liked to give this short story a 3.5 but with this rating system it's a whole star or nothing and I just couldn't bring myself to give 4 stars to such a short tale. This story reminded me of a style of old joke telling were a comic like Wil Rogers or Andy Griffith would tell a long story just for a one liner at the end, folks would say that's a long way to go for such a short payoff but I love that style of comedy, it's old fashion if you will. I recommend this book to anyone but especially to those unfamiliar to O. Henry, this seems to me a very good introduction to the man's work. I liked it! Classic Short This is a classic short story. Since it is about a little red headed boy and I happen to have one I couldn't help but get it. A truly funny classic A classic that is still fun to read. I don't know how to explain how this can be so relevant to parents today but it is... Hilarious! This book was very well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It wasn't at all predictable. I will be reading it to the kids today. Classic! My husband and I were stuck in a hotel while he was recovering from eye surgery. He suggested I buy it on Kindle and read it to him as he was temporarily disabled. This story is an absolute hoot and is classic O. Henry, which neither of us has read since school. We were completely entertained, laughing all the way. If you have kids, they may very well relate to this short story as well. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Woman Who Tried to Be Good Audiobook by Edna Ferber
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The Woman Who Tried to Be Good Audiobook by Edna Ferber

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Woman Who Tried to Be Good Author: Edna Ferber Narrator: Lee Ann Howlett Format: Unabridged Length: 27 mins Language: English Release date: 10-15-13 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 2 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Blanche Devine is a middle aged woman who has lived in the same small Midwestern town most of her life. She decides she wants to purchase a 'real' home in a pleasant neighborhood in the town. Because Blanche has a past as the town's 'scarlet' woman, many of the self-described good and respectable people do not want her as a neighbor. Edna Ferber wrote mostly about women and their place in society along with their plight when they did not follow society's norms. The themes of intolerance, sexism and hypocrisy in this story illustrate Ferber's keen eye regarding the human condition. Told from the viewpoint of an unnamed resident of the town, Ferber allows us glimpses of goodness despite the pervasive cruelty. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Audiobook by Ambrose Bierce
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Audiobook by Ambrose Bierce

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Author: Ambrose Bierce Narrator: John Michaels Format: Unabridged Length: 25 mins Language: English Release date: 04-10-12 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 14 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "Death is a dignitary who when he comes announced is to be received with formal manifestations of respect, even by those most familiar with him." This line was written by Ambrose Bierce in his short story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. Death by execution has historically been ritualized, perhaps to absolve those accomplishing the execution from guilt or blame. The sensations and emotions of the condemned are well documented up to the moment of death. The only way to truly know death is to die, however; and though there are many theories, this being one, no living person truly knows the final instant dying person. Is death instantaneous when the hangman's noose snaps the condemned persons neck and spinal cord severing the connection from the brain to life and the physical body? Bierce speculates that Peyton Fahrquhar, the condemned man spends his final instant returning to his home and loved ones one last time prior to traveling to his final reward or forever nothingness. Peyton Fahrquhars fictional journey has become the subject of several movies and TV shows. Members Reviews: I loved this movie the first time I saw it I loved this movie the first time I saw it. I watched it with my children, but a few short years later, my youngest son and a grandson died in a car wreck. Now, I have other grandchildren, but I still long to see those who aren't with us. Losing a child or a grandchild will always be with you. Yes, I picked up the pieces, but the counselor I went to told me you never get over it. You just learn to live with it.. WELL WRITTEN SHORT STORY...BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED. It was like visiting an old friend. First let me say that this review contains spoilers. This is a pity. The only reason I placed these spoilers in this review is that the product description here already lets the cat out of the bag as to the ending. This is a pity. Anyway.... I first read this story years and years ago. It was one of the many short stories we had to read in a special advanced English course I took in high school. Like most kids of that age I felt I was being force fed a bunch of stuff I had absolutely no interest in and must admit that I fought it. Over the years I have forgotten most to many of the numerous stories we read during that year, which is sort of sad when you think about it, but I have to tell you that this offering from Ambrose Bierce was not one of those that I consciously or unconsciously shuffled either to the back of my mind or out of it completely. No, no - far, far from it! This one has stuck with me throughout the years and I was delighted when I found it as a free Kindle download. A Confederate man; a planter in northern Alabama during the Civil War has been captured by Union Solders. He has been sentenced to death and the story begins on a railroad bridge as the man stands on a railroad bridge with a rope noose about his neck about to be hanged. The board he is standing upon is tilted and he begins to fall. This entire short story takes place in the doomed mans mind as he falls to the end of the rope.

Tom Swift and His Photo Telephone Audiobook by Victor Appleton
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Tom Swift and His Photo Telephone Audiobook by Victor Appleton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Tom Swift and His Photo Telephone Subtitle: The Picture That Saved a Fortune Author: Victor Appleton Narrator: John Michaels Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins Language: English Release date: 05-14-12 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Mr. Damon is swindled, and to make matters worse, kidnapped. Our hero, the young inventor Tom Swift comes to the rescue and convicts the scoundrels with the help of his new invention, a telephone that also takes pictures. Imagine that! He also utilizes his amazing airships, and of course the help of his faithful companions and friends Ned Newton, Koku the Giant, and Eradicate Sampson. Every chapter of this book, number 17 of the Tom Swift series, is a cliff-hanger that has kept readers and now listeners in suspense, awaiting the next exciting chapter. Members Reviews: Reminded me of listening to the radio in the 50's. What did you love best about Tom Swift and His Photo Telephone? Drews a picture of the story in one's mind. What did you like best about this story? Very believable. Which character as performed by John Michaels was your favorite? Tom Swift, of course. If you could rename Tom Swift and His Photo Telephone, what would you call it? The first ever live black and white communication. Any additional comments? Although this is a novel, it feels like non-fiction. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper Audiobook by Mark Twain, M J Elliott
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Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper Audiobook by Mark Twain, M J Elliott

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper Subtitle: A Radio Dramatization Author: Mark Twain, M J Elliott Narrator: Jerry Robbins, Anastas Varinos, Isaac Bean, The Colonial Radio Players Format: Original Recording Length: 1 hr and 43 mins Language: English Release date: 03-16-11 Publisher: The Colonial Radio Theatre on Brilliance Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 10 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In this faithful adaptation of Mark Twain's immortal classic, two boys, one a pauper and the other a prince, discover that they share an incredible likeness and accidentally find their roles in life reversed. The young prince must now contend with London's criminals, vagabonds and lunatics, while the pauper finds that he has a country to run, and internal plots to thwart. Can the real prince reclaim his right before an imposter is crowned in his place? And will his look-alike give up his regal position and return to a life of poverty? An adventure for the young and young at heart, bursting with non-stop excitement, wit and warmth, as the spirit of Twains beloved classic comes to life with a full cast, music score, and thousands of sound effects. Members Reviews: Prince & the Pauper What did you love best about Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper? I have always loved this story. Sweet innocent, funny. What other book might you compare Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper to and why? no comparison. What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? I enjoy listening to books that have narrated by multiple preformers, This brings the story to life making it more believable and the characters more 3-D. I wish more publishers would do this. Before purchasing this version, I sampled the others that were available, even though this was a shorter version, the other narrators were dull sounding. These performers truly brought life to their roles and I wish they had preformed a longer version. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Black Cat Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Black Cat Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Black Cat Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Chris Lutkin Format: Unabridged Length: 28 mins Language: English Release date: 07-25-17 Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: First published in an 1843 edition of the Saturday Evening Post, "The Black Cat" tells the story of a man and his increasingly antagonistic relationship with his cat. Akin to "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Cask of Amontillado", "The Black Cat" investigates the psychological effects of guilt as well as the potentially destructive and violent consequences of alcoholism. Members Reviews: Makes me think of Romans 7:21 Short engaging horror story. Can be read in one sitting, in about a half-an-hour. Favorite quotes include: "But my disease grew upon me - for what disease is like Alcohol!" (7) "But to-morrow I die, and to-day I would unburthen my soul." (2) "The guilt of my dark deed disturbed me but little. ... I determined to wall it up ... I soundly and tranquilly slept; aye, slept even with the burden of murder upon my soul!" (27, 24) "Have we not a perpetual inclination, in the teeth of our best judgment, to violate that which is Law, merely because we understand it to be such? This spirit of perverseness ... Who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or silly action, for no other reason than because he knows he should not?" (10) This last passage, and indeed the theme of the story, makes me think of some famous Scriptures: "I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. ... What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!" -Romans 7:21,24,25 (New International Version) Despite being a tortured soul, as another reviewer points out, Poe is said to have found comfort towards the end of his life by a more forceful embrace of Catholicism. The Combination Of The Most Perverse Conduct Described By Great Writing Edgar Allen Poe is a great talent. According to my studies, he may have been a tortured sole. This personal anguish, combined with great talent as a writer produced some of the greatest and most shocking writing of Mr. Poe's time. There may be no better example of this than this short story. I am not sure I would have had the courage to put this story into words if I had been the author. As a student, not a scholar, of literature, I had always tried to figure out why I like Edgar Allen Poe so much. His style had always seemed unique to me. Then I read "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley". This work precedes that of Poe and really reminds me of Poe so much, that I cannot help but wonder if Edgar Allan Poe may have been inspired in part by Mary Shelley. No one has ever suggested that to me and I have never read that. It is just a feeling that I have. As far as this audiobook is concerned, the narration is faithful to the short story. The narrator is female. She is excellent. I also have a narration that is done by a male, Bob Thomley. I did find that narration more chilling. Thank You... What can I say, I love this story Anyone who reads knows the superb works of this author, Edgar Allen Poe. In this story, The Black Cat a guilt-ridden man is driven to a level of madness by the terrible acts he commits. The man and his wife have a cat named Pluto. The man and the cat have a loving friendship lasts for several years. That is un home intoxicated one night and believes the cat is dodging him.

The Horror Stories of H. P. Lovecraft Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft
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The Horror Stories of H. P. Lovecraft Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Horror Stories of H. P. Lovecraft Subtitle: 13 Terrifying Tales Author: H. P. Lovecraft Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins Language: English Release date: 07-13-15 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Thirteen terrifying horror stories from the master of the macabre.... Members Reviews: Exceptional Stories, Wrong Narrator Any additional comments? This is an excellent collection of Lovecraft's shorter, yet powerful works. However, Cathy Dobson was not a good choice of narrator for this particular collection. While she does a great job (no stumbling, great voices, etc), she has a British accent. Since Lovecraft is such an icon of American literature, it's just weird to not have an American narrator. More than that, maybe a "generic" British accent would be fine, but this was a very Dickens-sounding accent that takes some of the scariness from the stories. It's not her fault and maybe it's not even a fair thing to think (How many British people suffer through American renditions of Shakespeare?), but it just struck me the entire time. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Bernice Bobs Her Hair Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Bernice Bobs Her Hair Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Bernice Bobs Her Hair Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: Cindy Hardin Killavey Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 1 min Language: English Release date: 06-29-09 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 19 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" was Fitzgerald's fourth Saturday Evening Post story and provided the subject for the dust-jacket illustration when it was collected in Flappers and Philosophers. In the story, Bernice's long flowing hair is one of her greatest treasures. When her cousin Marjorie suggests she "bob" it, life changes for both of them. (P)2009 Jimcin Recordings Editorial Reviews: Veteran performer Cindy Hardin Killavey takes listeners back to a time when keeping one's hair short was something only "liberated" women did, in this performance of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Bernice Bobs Her Hair". What had started out as letters of advice from Fitzgerald to his younger sister, this story follows the wealthy but socially awkward Bernice in her quest to attract a suitor and hold a better social standing. With the help of her cousin, Marjorie, Bernice improves her conversational skills and her success with boys but falls victim to a nasty trick. Killavey's warm performance ensures this fun, mischievous story will entertain listeners just as much as when it was first released. Members Reviews: Fun, but annoying. Very enjoyable listen, but one has to wonder what growing up in the 1920's was like for women. ok story, rather lackluster narration i must confess that other than Gatsby, which I love, I have a lot of trouble getting much out of other F. S. F., I doubt that I'll revisit this one again, and once through the rest of his stuff, I think Gatsby is the only one that warrants my time. as a slice of the jazz age, it may be somewhat informative, but it's rather simplistic I thought and the finale was predictable. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Great Classic Stories III Audiobook by Herman Melville, Kate Chopin, Willa Cather, Mark Twain, Anton Chekhov, Ambrose Bierce, Bret Harte, Jack London
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Great Classic Stories III Audiobook by Herman Melville, Kate Chopin, Willa Cather, Mark Twain, Anton Chekhov, Ambrose Bierce, Bret Harte, Jack London

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Great Classic Stories III Subtitle: 22 Unabridged Classics Author: Herman Melville, Kate Chopin, Willa Cather, Mark Twain, Anton Chekhov, Ambrose Bierce, Bret Harte, Jack London Narrator: Gerard Doyle, Bronson Pinchot Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins Language: English Release date: 01-05-12 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 20 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A great new collection of classic short fiction, brilliantly read by a selection of narrators. Includes the following stories: Members Reviews: Some Odd Selections, But on the Whole Some Very Good Writing Well Read This is an odd collection of stories, including a number of second rate stories by such first rate authors as Melville, Twain and O. Henry. All of the stories are very well read, however, "A Painful Case," from Joyce's "Dubliners" is by far the best story in the collection. It is so good that it makes the whole collection more than worthwhile. Joyce's short stories pack a great emotional punch, unlike his novels. The story is simply perfect. The Ambrose Bierce story, "One of the Missing", is a terrific story set in the Civil War. I also liked Fitzgerald's ironic, even cynical, story about a World War I veteran, "Dalyrimple Goes Wrong." Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky Audiobook by Stephen Crane
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The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky Audiobook by Stephen Crane

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky Author: Stephen Crane Narrator: Walter Zimmerman Format: Unabridged Length: 30 mins Language: English Release date: 06-15-07 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 9 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Stephen Crane is best known as the author of The Red Badge of Courage, but he also wrote a number of powerful short stories. Crane's writing style is noted for his use of a method that has come to be known as "naturalism", in which characters face very realistic and often bleak circumstances. This excellent and very humorous story is an exception to his usual rather somber stories. © and (P)1986 Jimcin Recordings Editorial Reviews: Stephen Crane, author of The Red Badge of Courage, wrote this short story, "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky", just shortly before his death at 28. Sheriff Jack Potter returns to Yellow Sky, Texas, to show off his new bride, but Potter's nemesis has other plans for the big return. Walter Zimmerman gives a serious and enchanting performance. He animates this American Naturalist story with pregnant pauses and lyrical descriptions. He also brings to life Potter's deep Texan accent and the bride's demure, Southern drawl. Overall, Zimmerman's voice invigorates one of Crane's best-known short stories. Members Reviews: Five Stars Excellent edition! Made it easy for the book reports... BORING!!!!!! I had to read this book for school and then right an essay on it! I found the book very hard to understand and very very boring!! In order for me to read books they have to be intertaining,this book was far from good!! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

A Pair of Silk Stockings and Story of an Hour Audiobook by Kate Chopin
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A Pair of Silk Stockings and Story of an Hour Audiobook by Kate Chopin

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Pair of Silk Stockings and Story of an Hour Author: Kate Chopin Narrator: Emma Lysy Format: Unabridged Length: 18 mins Language: English Release date: 08-18-15 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "A Pair of Silk Stockings" and "The Story of an Hour": two classic Kate Chopin short stories about women, their desires, and independence. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Otra Vuelta de Tuerca [A Turn of the Screw] Audio Libro por Henry James
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Otra Vuelta de Tuerca [A Turn of the Screw] Audio Libro por Henry James

Escuche este audio libro completo gratis en http://hotaudiobook.com/free Título: Otra Vuelta de Tuerca [A Turn of the Screw] Autor: Henry James Narrador: uncredited Formato: Unabridged Duración: 5 hrs and 17 mins Idioma: Español Fecha de publicación: 08-18-15 Editor: RUMI Productions LLC Calificaciones: 4.5 de 5 de 2 votos Categorías: Classics, American Literature Resumen del editor: Otra Vuelta de Tuerca es una historia gotica - una de las mas famosas de su genero. En medio de una reunion un hombre cuenta la historia de una institutriz y su terrible experiencia criando a dos ninos. Este libro ha sido la base de innumerables obras de teatro, películas, y libros. A Turn of the Screw is a gothic story - one of the most famous of this genre. In the middle of a gathering, a man tells the story of a governess and her terrible experience taking care of two children. This book was the basis for a great number of plays, films, and stories. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish. Opiniones de los miembros: Es un clásico, pero como todos los clásicos, ... Es un clásico, pero como todos los clásicos, es bueno releerlos. Volví a hacerlo luego de 16 años, y me volvió a atrapar. Es una novela gótica, con todos los elementos propios del género: una mansión algo abandonada, enorme, con solo los niños, la institutriz y el servicio doméstico; un lago, aislamiento, habitaciones desocupadas y muchos secretos. Dos niños que parecen adorables y que luego no lo parecen tanto. Un tutor que no aparece nunca y que no quiere que lo molesten con problemas. Todo es enigmático y el clima se va poniendo denso hasta el desenlace, para mí, inesperado. Interesting, suspenseful and original Very imaginative. It's not easy to be original when right about every possible story has been used already for novels, but this one shows the creativity of the author. It manages to keep suspense going all through the book. It is not science fiction, but rather about the role ghosts can play in two little children's and an adult woman's lives. It's never said if the ghosts are anywhere but in the characters' imagination. I read it in the Spanish edition, and the translation is excellent, without localisms that could not be understood by all the Spanish speakers. In short, recommended in whichever language. Three Stars Tiene una buena historia y mantiene el suspenso, aunque de forma irregular. Contáctame para cualquier pregunta: inforeq17@gmail.com

Imprisoned with the Pharaohs Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft, Harry Houdini
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Imprisoned with the Pharaohs Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft, Harry Houdini

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Imprisoned with the Pharaohs Author: H. P. Lovecraft, Harry Houdini Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 12 mins Language: English Release date: 12-09-13 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Harry Houdini's greatest escape ever. While visiting Cairo as a tourist, Houdini and his wife are shown around the pyramids by a mysterious and slightly sinister guide who has a strange hollow voice and looks like an old pharaoh. What starts as a strange traveller's adventure to witness a duel at midnight on the summit of one of the pyramids, turns into a nightmare as Houdini is seized, tied up and lowered on a rope far into the bowels of the earth to an unknown tomb where the oldest and most sinister of the Egyptian Pharaohs dwell. While Houdini is more than capable of escaping his bonds....can he escape the putrid undead Pharaohs and their servants? Will he ever find his way out of the undiscovered tomb through the labyrinth of passages? Can he discover the true origin of the terrible Sphinx? Will he even get out of the tomb alive? Ghost written by H. P. Lovecraft. Unsuitable for claustrophobics, people of a nervous disposition, or people with a vivid visual imagination. Members Reviews: THESE VINTAGE RADIO RE-CREATIONS ARE JUST TERRIFIC. A BIT PRICEY BUT YOU ALWAYS GET THE ... THESE VINTAGE RADIO RE-CREATIONS ARE JUST TERRIFIC. A BIT PRICEY BUT YOU ALWAYS GET THE LITTLE EXTRA TOUCHES, LIKE FAKE NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS ETC., THAT MAKE LISTENING TO THESE CDS MORE THAN JUST AN AUDIO EXPERIENCE. IF YOU LOVE THE WRITINGS OF LOVECRAFT THEIR PRODUCTS ARE A MUST-HAVE! Five Stars typical lovecraft Yet another 'new' classic from the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society! Yet another 'new' classic from the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society! Let us all hope that a few more quality HPL stories emerge from these great actors. Perhaps, shall we say: The Whisperer in Darkness next? There's a great one. Also, how about a collection of shorts on a two-disc set; shall we say: The Shunned House; The Terrible Old Man and maybe The Horror at Redhook? Just a humble suggestion.... An excellent book well worth adding to your library. An excellent story containing slight Cthulhu Mythos reference, Egyptian legends, and suspense which I couldn't put down until I had finished. Beautifully written by H. P. Lovecraft. Another great job by HPLHS Another great job by HPLHS! I wish the story was longer, but the source material was short as well. Right amount of Houdini and creepy. Bring on The Rats in the Walls or my guilty favorite - The Mound! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com