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Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

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The audio and text presented here is for the non-profit purpose of teaching English as a second language. It cannot be downloaded, only streamed. Click on the link and the text will open so you can follow along as you listen.

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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

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close-up of The Starry Night by Van Gogh

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The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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This recording of The Great Gatsby?was made for educational purposes to assist ESL learners.?Downloadable files are NOT available of this material, it is streaming only. Click on the link for the chapter you want to stream and the text will also appear, allowing you to follow along in the text while you listen.

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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The Crucible is a play by Arthur Miller which premiered in 1953. It famously used the Salem Witch Trials to offer a commentary on McCarthyite America. This production stars Stacy Keach, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley, Jr., Joe Spano, and Michael York, among others. You can stream the audio here.

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien in 1916

J. R. R. Tolkien in 1916

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Flannery O’Connor reads her short story A Good Man is Hard to Find

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In April of 1959 O?Connor?gave this reading at Vanderbilt University?of ?A Good Man is Hard to Find?, one of her most famous stories.

This rare audio is one of only two known recordings of the author reading this?story. (The other,recorded in?1957 at Notre Dame University, can be streamed?here, and may be just a little bit clearer.)

To read?the text while you listen, open this page in a new window. I think you will want to follow along, as the recording can be hard to understand at times, particularly since O’Connor had a strong southern drawl.

Posted 3 years ago.

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Penrod by Booth Tarkington

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Total running time:  6 hours, 4 minutes

01 – A Boy and His Dog

02 – Romance

03 – The Costume

04 – Desperation

05 – The Pageant of the Table Round

06 – Evening – Evils of Drink

 

07 – School

08 – Soaring

09 – Uncle John

 

 

10 – Fidelity of a Little Dog

11 – Miss Rennsdale Accepts

12 – The Smallpox Medicine

13 – Maurice Levy’s

14 – The Two Families

15 – The New Star

16 – Retiring from the Show

17 – Music

18 – The Inner Boy

19 – Brothers of Angels

20 – Rupe Collins

21 – The Imitator

22 – Coloured Troops in Action

23 – Little Gentleman

24 – Tar

 

25 – The Quiet Afternoon

26 – Conclusion of the Quiet Afternoon

27 – Twelve

28 – Fanchon

29 – The Birthday Party

30 – Over the Fence

Posted 5 years, 10 months ago.

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The Wisdom of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton

Summary: This is the second of five books of short stories about G. K. Chesterton’s fictional detective, first published in 1914. Father Brown is a short, nondescript Catholic Priest with shapeless clothes and a large umbrella who has an uncanny insight into human evil. His methods, unlike those of his near contemporary Sherlock Holmes, although based on observation of details often unnoticed by others, tended to be intuitive rather than deductive. Although clearly devout, he always emphasizes rationality: despite his religiousness and his belief in God and miracles, he manages to see the perfectly ordinary, natural explanation of the problem. He is a devout, educated and “civilized” clergyman, who is totally familiar with contemporary and secular thought and behavior. His character was thought to be based on Father John O’Connor (1870 – 1952), a parish priest in Bradford, Yorkshire. (Summary by Martin for Librivox)

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Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Posted 5 years, 11 months ago.

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The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov

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Total running time: 2 hours, 2 minutes

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Dramatis Personae

Act 1

Act 2

Act 3

Act 4

Posted 7 years, 8 months ago.

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The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton

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Summary: The Innocence of Father Brown (1911) is the first of five collections of mystery stories by G. K. Chesterton starring an unimposing but surprisingly capable Roman Catholic priest. Father Brown’s ability to uncover the truth behind the mystery continually surpasses that of the “experts” around him, who are fooled into underestimation by the priest’s unimpressive outward appearance and, often, by their own prejudices about Christianity. Combining captivating stories and insightful commentary, The Innocence of Father Brown is a delightful read. (Summary by Brian Roberg for Librivox)

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Total running time: 10 hours, 24 minutes

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# 01 – The Blue Cross

# 02 – The Secret Garden

# 03 – The Queer Feet

# 04 – The Flying Stars

Starry Night over the Rhone by Vincent van Gogh, public domain image

# 05 – The Invisible Man

# 06 – The Honour of Israel Gow

# 07 – The Wrong Shape

# 08 – The Sins of Prince Saradine

# 09 – The Hammer of God

# 10 – The Eye of Apollo

# 11 – The Sign of the Broken Sword

# 12 – The Three Tools of Death

Posted 7 years, 9 months ago.

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Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Dragonfly, portrait of Vera Rapin, the artist's daughter, by Ilya Repin, public domain image

Summary: Understood Betsy is a 1916 novel for children by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. The story tells of Elizabeth Ann, a 9-year-old orphan who goes from a sheltered existence with her father’s aunt Harriet and cousin Frances in the city, to living on a Vermont farm with her mother’s family, the Putneys, whose child-rearing practices had always seemed suspect to Harriet and her daughter. In her new rural life, Elizabeth Ann comes to be nicknamed “Betsy,” and to find that many activities that Frances had always thought too demanding for a little girl are considered, by the Putney family, ordinary expectations for a child: walking to school alone, cooking, and having household duties to perform.

The child thrives in her new environment, learning to make butter, boil maple syrup, and tend the animals. When Frances announces she is to be married and has come to “save” Elizabeth Ann from the dreaded Putney cousins, she is amazed to discover that the little girl is quite content to stay. The story ends after Frances has returned home, with Betsy, her aunt Abigail, uncle Henry, and cousin Ann sitting quietly and happily around the fireplace enjoying the knowledge they will now be a family for good. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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Pere Trognon and his Daughter at the Bridge by Theodore Robinson, public domain image

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Total running time:  4 hours, 36 minutes

Anna Vasiliyevna Buturlina by Alexey Petrovich Antropov, public domain image

01 – Aunt Harriet Has a Cough

02 – Betsy Holds the Reins

03 – A Short Morning

Angelus by Theodore Robinson, public domain image

04 – Betsy Goes to School

05 – What Grade is Betsy?

06 – If You Don’t Like Conversation in a Book Skip this Chapter!

07 – Elizabeth Ann Fails in an Examination

The Layette by Theodore Robinson, public domain image

08 – Betsy Starts a Sewing Society

09 – The New Clothes Fail

Blossoms at Giverny by Theodore Robinson, public domain image

10 – Betsy Has a Birthday

11 – “Understood Aunt Frances”

Posted 7 years, 10 months ago.

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Holidays at Roselands by Martha Finley

Summary: This is the second book of the much loved Elsie Dinsmore series and starts where the first book left off. Elsie is still recuperating from her weakness, with her kind and indulgent father by her side.

The story revolves around how a strong bond of love and understanding takes root between the father and daughter, as they holiday at Roselands, and visit exciting places, with some of our favorite friends from the first book, Mr. Travilla, Adelaide, Chloe, Lora and the others. (Summary by Neeru Iyer for Librivox)

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Total running time: 8 hours, 53 minutes

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Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3 Part 1

Chapter 3 Part 2

Chapter 3 Part 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6 Part 1

Chapter 6 Part 2

Chapter 7

Chapter 8 Part 1

Chapter 8 Part 2

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12 Part 1

Chapter 12 Part 2

Chapter 13 Part 1

Chapter 13 Part 2

Chapter 14 Part 1

Chapter 14 Part 2

Chapter 15 Part 1

Chapter 15 Part 2

Chapter 16 Part 1

Chapter 16 Part 2

Chapter 17

Posted 7 years, 10 months ago.

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The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells

The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells, cover art courtesy of Librivox

Summary: The Invisible Man (1897) is one of the most famous science fiction novels of all time. Written by H.G. Wells (1866-1946), it tells the story of a scientist who discovers the secret of invisibility and uses it on himself. The story begins as the Invisible Man, with a bandaged face and a heavy coat and gloves, takes a train to lodge in a country inn whilst he tries to discover the antidote and make himself visible again. The book inspired several films and is notable for its vivid descriptions of the invisible man–no mean feat, given that you can’t see him! (Summary from Librivox)

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Running time: 4 hours, 55 minutes

First edition cover of The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells, 1897, public domain

Invisible Man – Chapters 01-02

Invisible Man – Chapters 03-04

Invisible Man – Chapters 05-07

Invisible Man – Chapters 08-10

Invisible Man – Chapters 11-12

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Invisible Man – Chapters 13-14

Invisible Man – Chapters 15-17

Invisible Man – Chapters 18-19

Invisible Man – Chapter 20

Invisible Man – Chapters 21-22

Invisible Man – Chapter 23

Invisible Man – Chapters 24-26

Invisible Man – Chapters 27-28 – 00:36:03

Posted 7 years, 10 months ago.

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The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle

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Total running time:  7 hours, 43 minutes

If you enjoy The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, you’ll also like The Story of Doctor Dolittle!

Summary: Doctor John Dolittle is the central character of a series of children’s books by Hugh Lofting. He is a doctor who shuns human patients in favour of animals, with whom he can speak in their own languages. He later becomes a naturalist, using his abilities to speak with animals to better understand nature and the history of the world. (summary from Wikipedia)

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# 00 – Prologue

# 1-01 – The Cobblers Son

# 1-02 – Hear of the Great Naturalist

# 1-03 – The Doctor’s Home

# 1-04 – The Wiff Waff

# 1-05 – Polynesia

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# 1-06 – The Wounded Squirrel

# 1-07 – Shellfish Talk

# 1-08 – Are You A Good Noticer

# 1-09 – The Garden Dreams

# 1-10 – The Private Zoo

# 1-11 – My Schoolmaster, Polynesia

# 1-12 – My Great Idea

# 1-13 – A Traveler Arrives

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# 1-14 – Chee-Chee’s Voyage

# 1-15 – I Become A Doctor’s Assistant

# 2-01 – The Crew of The Curlew

# 2-02 – Luke the Hermit

# 2-03 – Jip and the Secret

Duke's Destiny by Janneke Vreugdenhil, image released to public domain by its author

# 2-04 – Bob

# 2-05 – Mendoza

# 2-06 – The Judge’s Dog

# 2-07 – The End of the Mystery

# 2-08 – Three Cheers

# 2-09 – The Purple Bird-of-Paradise

Cunne Shote (painting title), portrait of Cherokee leader Standing Turkey by Francis Parsons, public domain image

# 2-10 – Long Arrow, The Son of Golden Arrow

# 2-11 – Blind Travel

# 2-12 – Destiny and Destination

# 3-01 – The Third Man

# 3-02 – Good-Bye!

# 3-03 – Our Troubles Begin

# 3-04 – Our Troubles Continue

# 3-05 – Polynesia Has a Plan

# 3-06 – The Bed-maker of Monteverde

# 3-07 – The Doctor’s Wager

Olot Bull Fight Arena in Catalunya Spain, image released to public domain by its author, Wamito

# 3-08 – The Great Bullfight

# 3-09 – We Depart In A Hurry

# 4-01 – Shellfish Languages Again

# 4-02 – The Fidgit’s Story

# 4-03 – Bad Weather

# 4-04 – Wrecked!

# 4-05 – Land

# 4-06 – The Jabizri

# 4-07 – Hawk’s-Head Mountain

# 5-01 – A Great Moment

# 5-02 – The Men of The Moving Land

# 5-03 – Fire

# 5-04 – What Makes an Island Float

# 5-05 – War!

# 5-06 – General Polynesia

# 5-07 – The Peace Of The Parrots

# 5-08 – The Hanging Rock

# 5-09 – The Election

# 5-10 – The Coronation of King Jong

# 6-01 – New Popsipetel Jong

Cottage in Cranbrook, Kent, from a water color drawing by Herbert Alexander, public domain image

# 6-02 – Thoughts of Home

# 6-03 – The Red Man’s Science

# 6-04 – The Sea Serpent

# 6-05 – The Shellfish Riddle Solved At Last

# 6-06 – The Last Cabinet Meeting

# 6-07 – The Doctor’s Decision

Posted 7 years, 10 months ago.

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Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

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Summary: A classic of early literary modernism, Lord Jim tells the story of a young “simple and sensitive character” who loses his honor in a display of cowardice at sea — and of his expiation of that sin against his own “shadowy ideal of conduct” on the remote island of Patusan. The novel, written by Conrad for magazine serialization during an intense and chaotic ten months in 1899 and 1900, has, in the words of Thomas C. Moser, “the rare distinction of being a masterpiece in two separate genres. It is at once an exotic adventure story of the Eastern seas in the popular tradition of Kipling and Stevenson and a complexly wrought ‘art novel’ in the tradition of Flaubert and James.  (Summary by Stewart Wills for Librivox)

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Total running time: 14 hours, 25 minutes

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Author’s Note and Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Adriaen van der Kabel, Stormy Sea with some boats near cliffs, public domain image

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Alois Kirnig, A Seascape Multedo Monte Oliveto, public domain image

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapters 15 to 17

Chapters 18 and 19

Chapter 20

Chapters 21 and 22

Seascape by Altamouras Ioannis Thalassografia, public domain image

Chapters 23 and 24

Chapters 25 and 26

Chapters 27 and 28

Chapters 29 and 30

Chapters 31 and 32

Almeida Júnior, Marinha, 1895, public domain image

Chapters 33 and 34

Chapter 35 and 36

Chapters 37 and 38

Chapters 39 and 40

Chapters 41 and 42

Chapters 43 and 44

Chapter 45

Posted 7 years, 11 months ago.

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selected short stories and poems

Clocks in Bristol Bus Station, image by Rob Brewer from Bristol England, published under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 2.0 license

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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The Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte

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Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson

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Mr. Flood’s Party by Edwin Arlington Robinson

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Lucinda Matlock by Edgar Lee Masters

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The Story of Doctor Dolittle

Edward Cross by Jacques Laurent Agasse, public domain

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tn_Dolittle, Papageienmann, 1902, by Max Liebermann, public domain image

Book summary from Librivox: In The Story of Doctor Dolittle (1920), the first of Hugh Lofting’s Doctor Dolittle books, we are introduced to the good doctor who gives up treating people after Polynesia, his parrot, teaches him animal languages. His fame in the animal kingdom spreads throughout the world and soon he sets off to cure a monkey epidemic in Africa, finding all sorts of exciting adventures on the way.

This recording is of the original edition, which is in the public domain. Later editions, which are still under copyright, changed some language and plot elements that are considered racially derogatory.
(Summary adapted from wikipedia.org by Annie Coleman)

Author’s Note and Dedication ; Introduction – 00:08:55

The First Chapter – Puddleby – 00:06:10

The Second Chapter – Animal Language – 00:13:08

Man's Best Friend by Repin, 1908, public domain

The Third Chapter – More Money Troubles – 00:07:28

The Fourth Chapter – A Message From Africa – 00:06:19

The Fifth Chapter – The Great Journey – 00:06:24

The Sixth Chapter – Polynesia and the King – 00:06:07

Junge Angorakatze, painting by German-Hungarian painter Arthur Heyer, public domain image

The Seventh Chapter – The Bridge of Apes – 00:11:04

The Eighth Chapter – The Leader of the Lions – 00:07:07

The Ninth Chapter – The Monkeys’ Council – 00:06:20

The Tenth Chapter – The Rarest Animal of All – 00:09:13

The Eleventh Chapter – The Black Prince – 00:10:33

The Twelfth Chapter – Medicine and Magic – 00:15:07

The Menagerie by Melchior d'Hondecoeter, public domain image

The Thirteenth Chapter – Red Sails and Blue Wings – 00:07:27

The Fourteenth Chapter – The Rats’ Warning – 00:08:21

The Fifteenth Chapter – The Barbary Dragon – 00:10:37

The Sixteenth Chapter – Too-Too the Listener – 00:07:58

The Seventeenth Chapter – The Ocean Gossips – 00:07:28

The Eighteenth Chapter – Smells – 00:12:19

The Nineteenth Chapter – The Rock – 00:08:29

The Twentieth Chapter – The Fisherman – 00:07:09

The Last Chapter – Home Again – 00:05:02

Posted 8 years, 2 months ago.

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The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service by James Driscoll

World War 1, Studying French in the trenches

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Running time:  3 hours 41 minutes.

World War 1, in the engine room of a submarine

The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service is a boys adventure story set in WWI.  Three College Chums join the military and face the perils of spies, submarines and enemy soldiers in the trenches of embattled Europe. An engaging story set in a period where good guys wore white hats, bad guys wore black hats and every chapter ends with a cliffhanger so you have to come back for more! (Summary by Tom Clifton on Librivox)

01  For Uncle Sam 00:12:58

02  Into the Service–  A Spy 00:14:05

03  Unexpected Action 00:09:13

04  Farewell, United States 00:10:31

László Mednyánszky, Soldiers 1914-1918, public domain image

05 The Fight in the Wireless Room 00:13:12

06 The Mystery of the Iron Cross 00:10:22

07  The Timely Rescue 00:11:13

08  The Death of the Spy 00:12:04

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09  The Periscope at Dawn 00:08:49

10  France at Last 00:07:24

11 Tapping the Enemy’s Wire 00:12:43

12  The SOS With Pistol Shots 00:09:16

13 The Cave of Death 00:12:54

World War 1, Carl Boessenroth, U-boot Auf der Fahrt

14 Desperate Measures 00:11:08

15  The Surprise Attack– Promotion 00:12:09

16  A Tight Place 00:14:39

17  The Lieutenant’s Invention 00:09:09

WW1 Battle of Tanga, 3rd-5th November, 1914, by Martin Frost

18  Slim Goodwin A Prisoner 00:10:50

19  Turning the Tables 00:10:01

20  The Great News 00:08:18

WW1 Childe Hassam, Allies Day, May 1917

Posted 8 years, 7 months ago.

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The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico

British troops  and lifeboats, Dunkirk

The Snow Goose is a short story set during World War 2.  A portion of the story takes place during the British retreat from Dunkirk.

Click here to hear The Snow Goose on Kiddie Records Weekly. Page down to January week 4 and click the link for The Snow Goose.  Then look below the album cover and click the link where it says Audio Stream: Click here to listen.

Posted 8 years, 7 months ago.

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