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Hominids

85 ratings

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Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. A computerized guardian spirit, however, doesn't eliminate cross-cultural confusion; permanent male-female sexuality, rape, and overpopulation are all alien to Ponter. Nor can it help his housemate and fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder. BONUS AUDIO: Author Robert J. Sawyer explains why Ponter Boddit is his favorite among all the characters he's created.

©2002 by Robert J. Sawyer (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

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A Dangerous Fortune

277 ratings

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A breathtaking thriller featuring “political and amorous intrigues, cold-blooded murder, and financial crises” (San Francisco Chronicle), from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Column of Fire In 1866, tragedy strikes the exclusive Windfield School when a young student drowns in a mysterious accident. His death and its aftermath initiate a spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives. From the exclusive men’s clubs and brothels that cater to every dark desire of London’s upper class to the dazzling ballrooms and mahogany-paneled suites of the manipulators of the world’s wealth, one family is splintered by a shared legacy. But greed, fed by the shocking truth of a boy’s death, must be stopped, or the dreams of a nation will die.

©1993 by Ken Follett. (P)1994 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
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The Mysterious Benedict Society

24 ratings

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ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD LOOKING FOR SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES? Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests. (And you, dear listener, can test your wits right alongside them.) Only four children - Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance - succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete. To accomplish it, they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. But what they'll find in the hidden labyrinth of the school's underground tunnels is more than your average school supplies. First time children's novelist Trenton Lee Stewart takes listeners on an adventure that puts friends, family, and foe to the test. Are you up to the challenge?

©2007 Trenton Lee Stewart (P)2007 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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The Wind in the Willows

2 ratings

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Since publication in 1908, The Wind in the Willows has established itself as one of the most popular children's books ever written. The animals Rat, Toad, Mole, Badger, and many more share their trials and tribulations as well as joys as they progress through the seasons of the year. The magical fantasy of their journeys starts on the river bank and goes to the heights of Toad Hall, a truly fine mansion of many secret passages. All children will delight and be taken away on the wings of imagination. Read by David Thorn and a supporting cast.

Public Domain (P)2003 Alcazar Audioworks

Narrator: David Thorn
Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
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Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare

1 rating

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Edith Nesbit re-tells the stories of William Shakespeare's plays, making them accessible to children, while evoking the drama and excitement of the originals. Included are: 1. A Midsummer Night's Dream 2. The Tempest 3. As You Like It 4. The Winter's Tale 5. King Lear 6. Twelfth Night 7. Night Much Ado About Nothing 8. Romeo and Juliet 9. Pericles 10. Hamlet 11. Cymbeline 12. Macbeth 13. The Comedy of Errors 14. The Merchant of Venice 15. Timon of Athens 16. Othello 17. The Taming of the Shrew 18. Measure for Measure 19. Two Gentleman of Verona 20. All's Well That Ends Well Edith Nesbit and William Shakespeare Edith Nesbit (1858 – 1924) was a British novelist, poet and magazine editor. Often called the "Queen of Children's literature", Nesbit published over 50 books for children, establishing a new genre. Generally, Nesbit's characters are real children in realistic environments, embarking on fantasy adventures with magical creatures, influencing the work of later writers like CS Lewis and JK Rowling.

Public Domain (P)2005 Alcazar Audioworks

Author: Edith Nesbit
Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
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The Cossacks

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Tolstoy's first novel and acknowledged as one of his best. The Cossacks is based on Tolstoy's own forays into the Caucasus, abandoning his aristocrat life of gambling and carousing in Moscow and volunteering to be attached to the regular army. Leo Tolstoy's firsthand insight to the magnificent landscape and the colorful Cossack way of life is lushly descriptive, in a text translated from his manuscript by close friends. Olenin is an aimless young nobleman who is disenchanted with city life. Taking a post as a Cadet in the army, he finds himself assigned to the remote Cossack outpost in the Caucasus. It is here, among the Tatars, the Chechens, and the Old Believers, that he will fall in love with a beautiful Cossack girl. The only problem is that she is promised to a Cossack warrior. In the setting of what is present-day Kazakhstan, Tolstoy examines two psychological problems. The first is the dilemma of a young man who desires both fulfilling love and a place as a respected member of society. The other is the difficulty of a primitive society to accept domination by a higher culture that has no understanding of the traditions it asks its colonists to cast aside. Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) was born in 1828 about two hundred miles from Moscow. His mother died when he was two, his father when he was nine. His parents were of noble birth, and Tolstoy remained acutely aware of his aristocratic roots, even when he later embraced doctrines of equality and the brotherhood of man. After serving in the army in the Caucasus and Crimea, where he wrote his first stories, he traveled and studied educational theories. In 1862 he married Sophia Behrs and for the next fifteen years lived a tranquil, productive life, finishing War and Peace in 1869 and Anna Karenina in 1877. In 1879 he underwent a spiritual crisis. Tolstoy then sought to propagate his beliefs on faith, morality, and nonviolence, writing mostly parables, tracts, and morality plays. He died of pneumonia in 1910 at the age of eighty-two.

Public Domain (P)2005 Alcazar AudioWorks

Narrator: David Thorn
Author: Leo Tolstoy
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
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Letters to His Son, 1746-1747

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The first set of an extraordinary collection of 10 sets of personal letters written by Lord Chesterfield to his illegitimate son, young Philip Stanhope, then living abroad with his tutor to further his education. His Lordship, later secretary of state, hoped that his son would follow in his footsteps and took endless pains to instruct him on the essential and finer behavioral traits of a the aristocracy. Lord Chesterfield Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694–1773) was a British politician, serving in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Well traveled and a reknown orator, Chesterfield became a successful diplomat with close ties to the Prince of Wales. Chesterfield's writing gifts served him well politically, writing phamphlets under an assumed name, he was able to impact political decisions from inside and outside the chambers.

Public Domain (P)2004 Alcazar Audioworks

Narrator: David Thorn
Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
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The Story of King Arthur and His Knights

Summary

Howard Pyle (who also wrote The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood) weaves the tales of chivalrous Knights, the magic sword of Excalibur, the Magician Merlin the Wise, and the legendary Arthur, later to become King of Britain. Pyle describes bouts of jousting, and knightly jealousies played out in grand style. Even in our present day, these stories last and challenge us to be our best, truthful, brave, and always wanting to right wrongs to those who cannot speak up for themselves. Howard Pyle was born on March 5, 1853 in Wilmington, Delaware. From the time he was a very small boy he loved pictures, especially the pictures in storybooks. Among his favorites were Grimm’s German Fairy Tales and Arabian Nights. At the age of twenty-one, Pyle began to contribute illustrations and fables to St. Nicholas magazine and later went on to write and illustrate books for children. His first was The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood in 1883. Many more books followed, including Pepper and Salt; or, Seasoning for Young Folk, Otto of the Silver Hand, Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates, and The Story of King Arthur and His Knights. He also taught illustration at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia and later set up his own art school in Wilmington. He died on November 9, 1911, in Florence, Italy.-Amazon.com

Public Domain (P)2006 Alcazar AudioWorks

Narrator: David Thorn
Author: Howard Pyle
Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
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The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

4 ratings

Summary

Howard Pyle's exciting and hilarious tales of Robin Hood and his merry band of Outlaws who reigned over Sherwood Forest doing many good deeds for the poor, and deserved misdeeds for the pompous and haughty rich. Table of Contents Author's Preface Chapter 01: How Robin Hood Came to Be an Outlaw Chapter 02: Robin Hood and the Tinker Chapter 03: The Shooting Match at Nottingham Town Chapter 04: Will Stutely Rescued by His Companions Chapter 05: Robin Hood Turns Butcher Chapter 06: Little John Goes to Nottingham Fair Chapter 07: How Little John Lived at the Sheriff's Chapter 08: Little John and the Tanner of Blyth Chapter 09: Robin Hood and Will Scarlet Chapter 10: The Adventure with Midge the Miller's Son Chapter 11: Robin Hood and Allan a Dale Chapter 12: Robin Hood Seeks the Curtal Friar Chapter 13: Robin Hood Compasses a Marriage Chapter 14: Robin Hood Aids a Sorrowful Knight Chapter 15: How Sir Richard of the Lea Paid His Debts Chapter 16: Little John Turns Barefoot Friar Chapter 17: Robin Hood Turns Beggar Chapter 18: Robin Hood Shoots Before Queen Eleanor Chapter 19: The Chase of Robin Hood Chapter 20: Robin Hood and Guy of Gisbourne Chapter 21: King Richard Comes to Sherwood Forest Epilogue Howard Pyle was born on March 5, 1853 in Wilmington, Delaware. From the time he was a very small boy he loved pictures, especially the pictures in storybooks. Among his favorites were Grimm’s German Fairy Tales and Arabian Nights. At the age of twenty-one, Pyle began to contribute illustrations and fables to St. Nicholas magazine and later went on to write and illustrate books for children. His first was The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood in 1883. Many more books followed. He also taught illustration at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia and later set up his own art school in Wilmington. He died on November 9, 1911, in Florence, Italy.

Public Domain (P)2006 Alcazar AudioWorks

Narrator: David Thorn
Author: Howard Pyle
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
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Lady Susan

Summary

After Jane Austen's earliest known writings, she began a more serious work, Lady Susan, in 1793 or 1794. It is a short, epistolary novel that portrays a woman bent on the exercise of her own powerful mind and personality to the point of social self-destruction. Lady Susan, a clever and ruthless widow, determines that her daughter is going to marry a man whom both detest. Lady Susan sets her own sights on her sister-in-law's brother, all the while keeping an old affair simmering on the back burner. But people refuse to play the roles assigned them, and in the end her daughter gets the sister-in-law's brother, the old affair runs out of steam, and all that is left for Lady Susan is the man intended for her daughter, the one neither can abide. Jane Austen ended this work abruptly with the comment: "This correspondence...could not, to the great detriment of the Post Office revenue, be continued any longer."

(P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

Author: Jane Austen
Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
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My Man Jeeves

1 rating

Summary

Wodehouse introduces us once again to the "wonder butler" Jeeves, who, as usual is able to solve any and all of Bertie Wooster's endless problems with ease and finesse. And he also introduces us to a character not dissimilar to Bertie . . . by name of Reggie. Such fun to follow Jeeves in the hijinks! The stories include: 1. Leave it to Jeeves 2. Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest 3. Jeeves and the Hard Boiled Egg 4. Absent Treatment 5. Helping Freddie 6. Rallying Around Old George 7. Doing Clarence a Bit of Good 8. The Aunt and the Sluggard P.G. Wodehouse Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, (1881–1975) was a British novelist, short story writer, journalist, playwright, poet and lyracist, immensly popular for his sense of humor and mastery of language. Best known for his Jeeves series, Wodehouse created the most resourseful and competent servant in literature, the word "Jeeves" itself has become part of the vernacular. Wodehouse also had great success as a musical theater lyricist, making contributions to "Show Boat" and "Anything Goes". Born in England to a noble family, Wodehouse's writings reflected his background, a truly humourous perspective on the upper class. During a stay in Manhattan, Wodehouse met his wife and settled in New York, with a brief adventure in Hollywood to write screenplays. Living into his nineties, Wodehouse enjoyed the fruits of his labor and acclaim worldwide, a happy, funny man.

Public Domain (P)2007 Alcazar AudioWorks

Narrator: David Thorn
Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
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This Country of Ours, Part 4

Summary

This Series, in seven parts, tells the story of America from the earliest founding through the days of Woodrow Wilson and The Great War (World War I). In Part 4, you'll hear stories of the Middle and Southern Colonies. 1. The Founding of Maryland 2. How New Amsterdam Became New York 3. How a German Ruled New York 4. Pirates! 5. The Founding of New Jersey 6. The Founding of Pennsylvania 7. How Benjamin Franklin Came to Philadelphia 8. The Founding of North and South Carolina 9. War with the Indians in North and South Carolina 10. The Founding of Georgia Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall (1867 – 1941) was a British author, most famous for her works of history for children. For decades, Marshall's books were ubiquitous in schools and home libraries. Much of the popularity of her works stems from her talent for making history read like good storytelling.

Public Domain (P)2004 Alcazar Audioworks

Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
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This Country of Ours, Part 5

Summary

This Series, in seven parts, tells the story of America from the earliest founding through the days of Woodrow Wilson and The Great War (World War I). In Part 5, you'll hear stories of explorers and pioneers. 1. Stories of the French in America 2. How the Mississippi Was Discovered 3. King Williams ' War and Queen Anne's War 4. The Mississippi Bubble 5. How a Terrible Disaster Befell the British Army 6. The End of French Rule in America 7. The Rebellion of Pontiac Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall (1867 – 1941) was a British author, most famous for her works of history for children. For decades, Marshall's books were ubiquitous in schools and home libraries. Much of the popularity of her works stems from her talent for making history read like good storytelling.

Public Domain (P)2004 Alcazar Audioworks

Category: History, World
Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
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This Country of Ours, Part 2

Summary

This Series, in seven parts, tells the story of America from the earliest founding through the days of Woodrow Wilson and The Great War (World War I). In Part 2, you'll hear stories of the settlement of the Virginia Colony. 1. The Adventures of Captain John Smith2. More Adventures of Captain John Smith3. How the Colony Was Saved4. How Pocahontas Took a Journey Over the Seas5. How the Redmen Fought Against Their White Brothers6. How Englishmen Fought a Duel with Tyranny7. The Coming of the Cavaliers8. Bacon's Rebellion9. The Story of the Knights of the Golden HorseshoeHenrietta Elizabeth Marshall (1867 – 1941) was a British author, most famous for her works of history for children. For decades, Marshall's books were ubiquitous in schools and home libraries. Much of the popularity of her works stems from her talent for making history read like good storytelling.

Public Domain (P)2004 Alcazar Audioworks

Category: History, World
Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
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The Sunless Countries

Summary

In an ocean of weightless air, where sunlight has never been seen, only the running lights of the city of Pacquaea glitter in the dark. One woman, Leal Hieronyma Maspeth, history tutor and dreamer, lives and dreams of love among the gaslit streets and cafes. And somewhere in the abyss of wind and twisted cloud through which Pacquaea eternally falls, a great voice has begun speaking. As its cold words reach even to the city walls - and as outlying towns and travelers' ships start to mysteriously disappear - only Leal has the courage to try to understand the message thundering from the distance. Even the city's most famous and exotic visitor, the sun lighter and hero named Hayden Griffin, refuses to turn aside from his commission to build a new sun for a foreign nation. He will not become the hero that Leal knows the city needs; so in the end, it is up to her to listen, and ultimately reply, to the worldwasp.

©2009 Karl Schroeder (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
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Pirate Sun

2 ratings

Summary

Return to Virga, a bubble universe artificially separated from our own future universe and the setting of Sun of Suns and Queen of Candesce. Chaison Fanning, the admiral of a fleet of warships, has been captured and imprisoned by his enemies, but is suddenly rescued and set free. He flees through the sky to his home city to confront the ruler who betrayed him. And perhaps even to regain his lovely, powerful, and subversive wife, Venera, who he has not seen since she fled with the key to the artificial sun at the center of Virga, Candesce. Schroeder sets a whole new standard for hard sci-fi space opera.

©2008 Karl Schroeder (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
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The Reluctant Dragon

Summary

When a dragon is discovered up on the Downs, the Boy is not in the least surprised. He's always known the cave there was a dragon cave, so it seems only right for a dragon to be living in it. The Boy decides to pay a visit to the cave, and he thinks he knows just what to expect. But this particular dragon is not a bit like the ones in fairy tales!

(P)2005 Alcazar Audioworks

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The List

1 rating

Summary

Winner of a Jewish National Book Award for his previous book, Walking Israel, NBC Special Correspondent Martin Fletcher uses meticulous research and his own family’s history in this stunning novel. Dramatizing explosive events in London and Palestine in the years directly following World War II, The List follows the lives of Edith and Georg, Austrian refugees who are expecting their first baby in a world unfriendly to Jews. Anti-Semitism sweeps across the streets of London even as the world learns of the atrocities of the Holocaust. As Edith and Georg desperately search for surviving family members, they struggle to stay afloat in a world riddled with terrorism, assassination attempts, and fear.

©2011 Original Material, Martin Fletcher. Recorded by arrangement with Thomas Dunne Books, a division of St. Martin’s Press, LLC. (P)2011 HighBridge Company

Narrator: David Thorn
Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
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Parables from Nature, Volume 2

Summary

Entertaining stories of nature with a moral lesson thrown in for good measure are fun as well as thought provoking. Children will be enthralled with the intimate look into the lives of the woodland creatures and their way of life. Subtleness in making a moral point is always a strength in Ms. Gatty’s stories. Volume 2 of 3, includes: 1. Knowledge Not the Limit of Belief 2. The Light of Truth 3. A Lesson of Hope 4. The Circle of Blessing 5. Active and Passive 6. Not Lost But Gone Before 7. Motes in the Sunbeam 8. Red Snow 9. Whereunto Margaret Gatty (1809–1873) was a British children's author. The wife and daughter of clergymen, Gatty's work has a moral core, but with a sweet and friendly tone, accessible to children.

Public Domain (P)2005 Alcazar Audioworks

Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
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Our Island Story: Complete Set of Five Volumes

Summary

A five part series telling The Story of Great Britain from its earliest beginnings to World War I. Our Island Story, originally published in 1905 and later updated, details the history of Britain up to World War I (including some myths and legends associated with British history). Author H. E. Marshall based the book on her answers to her children's questions about the history of their "home island" (Great Britain). The Complete Set, includes: Volume 1 - Early History of Great Britain Volume 2 - Ruling Monarchs from 1066 to 1509 A.D. Volume 3 - The next 250 years from Henry VIII(1509 A.D.) to George II (d. 1759 A.D.) Volume 4 - The loss of the American Colonies and the beginning of the industrial revolution Volume 5 - The French Revolution (1789 A.D.) to the conclusion of World War I (1919 A.D.) Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall (1867 – 1941) was a British author, most famous for her works of history for children. For decades, Marshall's books were ubiquitous in schools and home libraries. Much of the popularity of her works stems from her talent for making history read like good storytelling.

Public Domain (P)2005 Alcazar Audioworks

Category: History, Europe
Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
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Parables from Nature, Volume 1

1 rating

Summary

Entertaining stories of nature with a moral lesson thrown in for good measure are fun as well as thought provoking. Children will be enthralled with the intimate look into the lives of the woodland creatures and their way of life. Subtleness in making a moral point is always a strength in Ms. Gatty’s stories. Volume 1 of 3, includes: 1. A Lesson of Faith 2. The Law of Authority and Obedience 3. The Unknown Land 4. Training and Restraining 5. Waiting 6. The Law of the Wood 7. Cobwebs Margaret Gatty (1809–1873) was a British children's author. The wife and daughter of clergymen, Gatty's work has a moral core, but with a sweet and friendly tone, accessible to children.

Public Domain (P)2005 Alcazar Audioworks

Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
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This Country of Ours, Part 6

Summary

This series, in seven parts, tells the story of America from the earliest founding through the days of Woodrow Wilson the Great War (World War I). Part 6 continues the series with the stories of the struggle for liberty: 1. The Boston Tea-Party 2. Paul Revere's Ride - The Unsheathing of the Sword 3. The First Thrust-The Battle of Bunker Hill 4. The War in Canada 5. The Birth of a Great Nation 6. The Darkest Hour - Trenton and Princeton 7. Burgoyne's Campaign - Bennington and Oriskany 8. Burgoyne's Campaign - Bemis Heights and Saratoga 9. Brandywine- Germantown - Vally Forge 10. War on the Sea 11. The Battle of Monmouth - The Story of Captain Molly 12. The Story of a Great Crime 13. A Turning Point in the World's History Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall (1867 – 1941) was a British author, most famous for her works of history for children. For decades, Marshall's books were ubiquitous in schools and home libraries. Much of the popularity of her works stems from her talent for making history read like good storytelling.

Public Domain (P)2004 Alcazar Audioworks

Category: History, World
Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
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Tales of Terror

Summary

American poet, critic, and short-story writer Edgar Allan Poe is universally recognized for his cultivation of the macabre in fiction. His stories are characterized by an original kind of supernatural horror, often using the awareness of death as a catalyzing force in its own right. His tales and poems brim with psychological depth and intense imagery, made vivid through his musical language and hypnotic rhythms, which are especially captivating when heard aloud. This special audio collection features some of Poe's best-known stories, including "The Tell Tale Heart", "Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar", "Hop Frog", "Murders in the Rue Morgue", "Masque of the Red Death", "The Pit and the Pendulum", "Fall of the House of Usher", "The Black Cat", and "The Cask of Amontillado".

(P)2006 Alcazar Audioworks

Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
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The Thirty-Nine Steps

1 rating

Summary

Richard Hannay, Buchan's hero in this 1915 thriller, stumbles across a terrorist plot to destabilize Europe. A British spy in the mold of James Bond, Hannay is an action man with a polished veneer. After a series of murders, Hannay takes up the cause when he has to go on the run. A thrilling series of events come to an exciting conclusion. Table of Contents Chapter 01: The Man who Died Chapter 02: The Milkman Sets Out on his Travels Chapter 03: The Adventure of the Literary Innkeeper Chapter 04: The Adventure of the Radical Candidate Chapter 05: The Adventure of the Spectacled Roadman Chapter 06: The Adventure of the Bald Archaeologist Chapter 07: The Dry-Fly Fisherman Chapter 08: The Coming of the Black Stone Chapter 09: The Thirty-Nine Steps Chapter 10: Various Parties Converging on the Sea John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir (1875–1940) was a Scottish novelist, short story writer, biographer and diplomat. The son of a minister, Buchan was born in Perth, Scotland. Buchan won a scholarship to Oxford and received several writing awards while studying classic literature. After traveling the world in diplomatic circles, Buchan spent time running for political office, publishing a magazine and writing spy thrillers. After success in many arenas and impressing many with his contributions during WWI, Buchan was appointed Governor General of Canada, where he served until his death. Upon his appointment, King George V, made him a peer.

Public Domain (P)2006 Alcazar AudioWorks

Narrator: David Thorn
Author: John Buchan
Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Summary

A thrilling tale of mystery and suspense set during the French Revolution, where a dashing English aristocrat risks his life to enter France and save innocents from the guillotine. Baroness Orczy's marvelously romantic tale of an English bonvivant, Sir Percy Blakeney, and his secretive plots to secure the escape of beleaguered French aristocrats from the clutches of "Madame la Guillotine". The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel is a secret society of English aristocrats who are determined to rescue their French counterparts from execution. Their leader is the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel, whose name comes from the drawing of a red flower he uses to sign his messages. Table of Contents: Chapter 01: Paris: September, 1792 Chapter 02: Dover: "The Fisherman's Rest" Chapter 03: The Refugees Chapter 04: The League Of The Scarlet Pimpernel Chapter 05: Marguerite Chapter 06: An Exquisite Of '92 Chapter 07: The Secret Orchard Chapter 08: The Accredited Agent Chapter 09: The Outrage Chapter 10: In The Opera Box Chapter 11: Lord Grenville's Ball Chapter 12: The Scrap Of Paper Chapter 13: Either Chapter 14: One O'Clock Precisely! Chapter 15: Doubt Chapter 16: Richmond Chapter 17: Farewell Chapter 18: The Mysterious Device Chapter 19: The Scarlet Pimpernel Chapter 20: The Friend Chapter 21: Suspense Chapter 22: Calais Chapter 23: Hope Chapter 24: The Death Chapter 25: The Eagle And The Fox Chapter 26: The Jew Chapter 27: On The Track Chapter 28: The Pere Blanchard's Hut Chapter 29: Trapped Chapter 30: The Schooner Chapter 31: The Escape Baroness Orczy Baroness Emma Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála "Emmuska" Orczy de Orczi (1865–1947) was a Hungarian aristocrat, raised in Britain. Baroness Orczy was a novelist and painter, famed for her Scarlett Pimpernel series about an English aristocrat who donned a disguise to rescue French aristocrats threatened by the guillotine.

©2008 Alcazar Audioworks (P)2008 Alcazar Audioworks

Narrator: David Thorn
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
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Parables from Nature, Volume 3

Summary

Entertaining stories of nature with a moral lesson thrown in for good measure are fun as well as thought provoking. Children will be enthralled with the intimate look into the lives of the woodland creatures and their way of life. Subtleness in making a moral point is always a strength in Ms. Gatty’s stories. Volume 3 of 3, includes: 1. Purring When You're Pleased 2. The Voices of the Earth 3. The Master of the Harvest 4. The Deliverer 5. Inferior Animals 6. The General Thaw 7. The Light of Life 8. Gifts 9. Night and Day 10. Kicking 11. Imperfect Instruments 12. Birds in the Nest Margaret Gatty (1809–1873) was a British children's author. The wife and daughter of clergymen, Gatty's work has a moral core, but with a sweet and friendly tone, accessible to children.

Public Domain (P)2005 Alcazar Audioworks

Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
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The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories

Summary

This delightful collection of lesser-known gems by Mark Twain begins with the story of a town called Hadleyburg, which prides itself on the honesty of its citizens. One day a citizen of Hadleyburg offends a stranger passing through, who vows to take his revenge by revealing just how corruptible the sanctimonious town really is. Twain is at his best here, poking fun at common hypocrisy as the self-satisfied pillars of the community are done in by their own greed. Other stories in the collection include: "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", "The One Million Pound Bank Note", "Edward Mills and George Benton: A Tale", "The Stolen White Elephant",l "Cannibalism in the Cars", "The Man Who Put Up at Gadsby's", "The Story of the Good Little Boy", "The Story of the Bad Little Boy", "Baker's Blue Jay Yarn: What Stumped the Blue Jays", and "A Double Barreled Detective Story".

Public Domain (P)2004 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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This Country of Ours, Part 3

Summary

This Series, in seven parts, tells the story of America from the earliest founding through the days of Woodrow Wilson and The Great War (World War I). In Part 3, you'll hear stories of the settlement of the New England Colonies. 1. The Story of the Pilgrim Fathers 2. The Founding of Massachusetts 3. The Story of Harry Vane 4. The Story of Anne Hutchinson And the Founding of Rhode Island 5. The Founding of Harvard 6. How Quakers First Came to New England 7. How Maine and New Hampshire Were Founded 8. The Founding of Connecticut and War With the Indians 9. The Founding of New Haven 10. The Hunt For the Regicides 11. King Philip’s War 12. How the Charter of Connecticut Was Saved 13. The Witches of Salem Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall (1867 – 1941) was a British author, most famous for her works of history for children. For decades, Marshall's books were ubiquitous in schools and home libraries. Much of the popularity of her works stems from her talent for making history read like good storytelling.

Public Domain (P)2004 Alcazar Audioworks

Category: History, World
Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
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This Country of Ours, Part 1

Summary

This Series, in seven parts, tells the story of America from the earliest founding through the days of Woodrow Wilson and The Great War (World War I). In Part 1, you'll hear stories of the exciting adventures of the explorers and pioneers, like Columbus and Cabot, who faced daunting trials to find the "New World". 1. How the Vikings of Old Sought and Found New Lands2. The Sea of Darkness and the Great Faith of Columbus3. How Columbus Fared Forth Upon the Sea of Darkness and came to Pleasant Lands Beyond4. How Columbus Returned in Triumph5. How America Was Named6. How the Flag of England Was Planted on the Shores of the New World7. How the Flag of France was Planted in Florida8. How the French Founded a Colony in Florida9. How the Spaniards Drove the French Out of Florida10. How a Frenchman Avenged the Death of His Countrymen11. The Adventures of Sir Humphrey Gilbert12. About Sir Walter Raleigh's Adventures in the Golden WestHenrietta Elizabeth Marshall (1867 – 1941) was a British author, most famous for her works of history for children. For decades, Marshall's books were ubiquitous in schools and home libraries. Much of the popularity of her works stems from her talent for making history read like good storytelling.

Public Domain (P)2004 Alcazar Audioworks

Category: History, World
Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
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