TA0097: The Offshore Pirate

The Offshore Pirate

WRITTEN BY:
F. Scott Fitzgerald

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This short story begins on a yacht anchored off the Florida coast where a young woman, Ardita, and her Uncle are engaged in a heated discussion about her dating decisions. Ardita, independent and stubborn, is set on marrying a young man who her uncle believes does not have the highest character values. She refuses to leave the yacht they are on to go to town with him and meet someone who he believes is a better match for her. So she stays behind.

But while he is gone, the boat is overtaken by a band of pirates. Ardita is unwilling to surrender the vessel so they take her to sea with them and that is where the rest of the story unfolds.

This short story is from the book “Flappers & Philosopers”

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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The 1920’s, also known as the Jazz Age, were wild times, and Francis Scott Fitzgerald was its king. Although he led a wild and luxurious lifestyle, Fitzgerald was known more for his prominent works of literature, which have gained a permanent place among the American classics. This CD set contains two short stories from his book Tales of the Jazz Age, which reflect the era and lifestyle of which Fitzgerald was accustomed.

TA0096: The Pit and the Pendulum

TA0096_PitandPendulumThe Pit and the Pendulum

WRITTEN BY:
Edgar Allan Poe

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This short story is about a man who is brought in front of the Spanish Inquisition and judgment passed upon him to suffer the horrors of the Pit in Toledo. Toledo, Spain is located just south of Madrid and was the center of the Spanish Inquisition. The Inquisition was originally intended to ensure the belief and practices of those who converted from Judaism and Islam, but the methods used for those who were judged to be heretics was torture. His torture involved being thrown into a pit, being drugged and strapped to a table where a large pendulum blade is slowly lowered directly over his awaiting body. Poe brings a real sense of fear during an intense episode of this single prisoner. Read more on Wikipedia.

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PoeEdgar Allan Poe

This American poet and writer is best known for his tales of mystery, horror and sheer terror, at least for the Victorian Age of the mid-1800s, which was his early audience. Read more on Wikipedia.

TA0095: The Raven

The Raven

WRITTEN BY:
Edgar Allan Poe

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This poem tells the tale of an old man alone in his home who is visited by a raven, proclaiming that his beloved will return to him nevermore.

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Edgar Allan Poe

This American poet and writer is best known for his tales of mystery, horror and sheer terror, at least for the Victorian Age of the mid-1800s, which was his early audience. Read more on Wikipedia.

TA0092: The Judgement

The Judgement

WRITTEN BY:
Franz Kafka

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This is a short story of Georg Bendemann and his relationship with his aging father. While Georg is telling his father of his friend in Russia his father goes into a rage, ridiculing and degrading his son. Then at the end of his rant he issues his final judgment – death by drowning. Read more about Kafka’s strained relationship with his own father, as well as the various interpretations of this short story on Wikipedia.

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Franz Kafka is a Czechoslovakian writer who lived from 1883-1924. Though virtually unknown during his lifetime, Kafka has come to be known as one of the most influential writers of his century. His writings have been recognized as symbolizing modern man’s anxiety-ridden and grotesque alienation in an unintelligible, hostile, or indifferent world. Read more on Wikipedia

TA0091: The Dead

The Dead

WRITTEN BY:
James Joyce

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

The main character in this short story is Gabriel Conroy and the entire short story takes place during his attendance at a holiday party, annually thrown by his aunts. Near the end of the party Gabriel sees his wife, Gretta, in a new and expanded way at the same moment when she is reminiscing on a song being sung at the party. Listen as James Joyce weaves harsh realities back into this story, as is characteristic with other stories in this series, Dubliners. Read more on Wikipedia.

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James Joyce is an Irish author best known for his epic novel Ulysses, as well as his collection of short stories titled Dubliners. His Irish experiences form a basis for his writings and his short story collection is said to be a penetrating analysis of the stagnation and paralysis of Dublin Society. Read More at Wikipedia.

TA0087: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

WRITTEN BY:
Washington Irving

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This is a famous tale of an old schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, who transfers to a small secluded settlement called Sleepy Hollow. During the course of the story Ichabod competes with the town bully, Brom Bones over the hand of Katrina Van Tassel. Listen to the story as one night Ichabod leaves a lively party of food, drink and scary story telling only to confront the infamous Headless Horseman.

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This American author, essayist, biographer and historian of the early 19th century, was best known for his short stories “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle”, both of which appear in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Read more on Wikipedia.

TA0065: The Cremation of Sam McGee

The Cremation of Sam McGee

WRITTEN BY:
Robert Service

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This is a short poem about Sam McGee, a prospector from Tennessee during the Yukon gold rush who died on the trail. Sam McGee feared the icy grave and made his partner Cap promise to cremate him after his death. “A promise made is a debt unpaid” Cap reminds himself as he tells this story of the hardships, both physically and mentally, of fulfilling on the promise to cremate Sam McGee. Read more about his poem on Wikipedia.

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serviceRobert William Service

Robert Service was a poet and writer, sometimes referred to as “the Bard of the Yukon”. His writing was so expressive that his readers took him for a hard-bitten old Klondike prospector, not the late-arriving bank clerk he actually was. Read more about him on Wikipedia.

TA0064: Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

WRITTEN BY:
Edgar Allan Poe

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This short poem explores the death of a woman that the narrator loved so much that even the angels envied their love. This was the last complete poem written by Poe before his death. Read more on Wikipedia.

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PoeEdgar Allan Poe

This American poet and writer is best known for his tales of mystery, horror and sheer terror, at least for the Victorian Age of the mid-1800s, which was his early audience. Read more on Wikipedia.

TA0060: The Fall of the House of Usher

The Fall of the House of Usher

WRITTEN BY:
Edgar Allan Poe

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This is a tale of an old man, Roderick Usher, who is being driven mad after his sister died and was entombed in a vault in the basement. Over the course of the story the unraveling of a terrible atrocity comes to light and threatens to avenge everyone dwelling in the House of Usher.

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poe2Edgar Allen Poe

This American poet and writer is best known for his tales of mystery, horror and sheer terror, at least for the Victorian Age of the mid-1800s, which was his early audience. Read more on Wikipedia.

 

TA0058: What is Enlightenment?

The Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment?

WRITTEN BY:
Immanuel Kant

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

In the modern era, we take the concept of Enlightenment for granted. The concepts of personal freedom, liberty and the ability to think for one-self have become a personal choice and fundamental to our everyday lives. Yet in 1784, when the essay was written, the concept of Enlightenment was an emerging idea and still a vague notion to most people. What is important for the modern listener in this essay is how Kant outlines those things that discourage enlightenment as well as those things that can enhance it on a personal and social level. The WIKIPEDIA link below provides a more detailed analysis of the essay, although the listener will appreciate how many of the issues defined by Kant are still relevant in today’s world. >> Read More on Wikipedia.

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kantImmanuel Kant

Immanuel Kant was a German philosopher of the 18th Century, regarded as one of the most influential thinkers of modern Europe and of the late Age of Enlightenment. >> Read More on Wikipedia

TA0057: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

WRITTEN BY:
T.S. Eliot

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This poem marks the beginning of T.S. Eliot’s career as one of the twentieth century’s most influential poets. As it shows only surface thought and images, it is considered difficult to interpret exactly what is going on in the poem, but there are a number of speculations on the interpretations that are covered in detail on Wikipedia.

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Thomas Stearns Eliot was one of the most distinguished literary figures of the 20th century, winning the 1948 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry”. Although born in Missouri and attending Harvard, he lived most of his life in England. Eliot, while on a three month leave in the coastal resort of Margate for a period of convalescence possibly showed an early version of the poem to Ezra Pound. A year later Eliot had produced a 19-page version of the poem and Pound then made detailed editorial comments and significant cuts to the manuscript. Eliot dedicated the poem to Pound, referring to him as “il miglior fabbro”, Italian for “the better craftsman.” Read more about Eliot on Wikipedia.

TA0056: The Caballero’s Way

The Caballero’s Way

WRITTEN BY:
O. Henry

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

In this short story, O. Henry introduces The Cisco Kid, who is a ruthless caballero on horseback. Cisco warns, “Don’t you monkey with my Lulu girl, or I’ll tell you what I’ll do…” But you have to listen to the story to find out exactly what he would do.

The Cisco Kid would ride on to become a heroic Mexican cowboy star of tv, radio, film and comic books. Read more about him on Wikipedia.

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(William Sydney Porter)

O. Henry is an American writer, with over 400 short stores, characterized by his wit, wordplay and the clever use of twist endings. Read more on Wikipedia.

 

TA0042: Appearance and Reality from the Problems of Philosophy

Appearance and Reality: Excerpt from The Problems of Philosophy

WRITTEN BY
Bertrand Russell

NARRATED BY
Michael Scott

Appearance and Reality is the first chapter in the book The Problems of Philosophy, in which Bertrand Russell attempts to identify philosophical problems for the sake of discussion and discourse.

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Bertrand Russell was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, atheist, socialist, pacifist and social critic. He is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy, and is widely held to be one of the 20th century’s premier logicians. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950 in recognition of his varied writings. Read more on Wikipedia.

TA0041: Worries of a Winter Walk

Worries of a Winter Walk
A short story from Literate and Life

NARRATED BY:
William Dean Howells

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This short story is a delightful tale of a writer with a deadline who is on a winter walk. This story epitomizes an example of the creative path that a writer may take while viewing a normal everyday scene and formulating a cohesive story line from the basic content.

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howellsWilliam Dean Howells

William Dean Howells was an American realist author and literary critic. His father was a newspaper editor and printer, and Howells began to help his father with typesetting and printing work at an early age.

By the time he was thirty years old he had written articles for magazines and became an assistant editor and then the editor for the Atlantic Monthly, a post that gave him enormous influence as an arbiter of American taste. His literary reputation took off with his second realist novel, A Modern Instance, which described the decay of a marriage. His novel The Rise of Silas Lapham is perhaps his best known work, describing the rise and fall of an American entrepreneur in the paint business. His social views were also strongly reflected in the novels Annie Kilburn and A Hazard of New Fortunes.

TA0040: Wild Flowers of the Asphalt

Wild Flowers of the Asphalt
A short story from Literate and Life

WRITTEN BY:
William Dean Howells

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

A short story that intricately discusses the wild flowers found amoung the asphalt and concrete of New York City.

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howells William Dean Howells

William Dean Howells was an American realist author and literary critic. His father was a newspaper editor and printer, and Howells began to help his father with typesetting and printing work at an early age.

By the time he was thirty years old he had written articles for magazines and became an assistant editor and then the editor for the Atlantic Monthly, a post that gave him enormous influence as an arbiter of American taste. His literary reputation took off with his second realist novel, A Modern Instance, which described the decay of a marriage. His novel The Rise of Silas Lapham is perhaps his best known work, describing the rise and fall of an American entrepreneur in the paint business. His social views were also strongly reflected in the novels Annie Kilburn and A Hazard of New Fortunes.

TA0036: The Nightingale and the Rose

The Nightingale and the Rose

WRITTEN BY:
Oscar Wilde

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This story is from the book the Happy Prince and other Stories. In these tales, most of them being sad and even very sad, Oscar Wilde looks for a way to save one’s soul in front of the misery of the world. In these tales the character will manage to obtain their salvation from their upper class blindness, by opening their eyes to misery and suffering and by doing what they can to repair these pains and evils.

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Oscar Wilde, Irish dramatist, poet, and wit, born Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills in 1854. 1882

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Anglo-Irish playwright, novelist, poet, short story writer and Freemason. Wilde was one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day, known for his barbed and clever wit.

Wilde wrote prose, his most famous collection of fairy tales being The Happy Prince and Other Tales. His only novel was The Picture of Dorian Gray. But his fame as a dramatist began with a string of successful plays and culminating with his masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest. His final writing was the famous poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

TA0035: The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince

WRITTEN BY:
Oscar Wilde

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This story is from the book the Happy Prince and other Stories. In these tales, most of them being sad and even very sad, Oscar Wilde looks for a way to save one’s soul in front of the misery of the world. In these tales the character will manage to obtain their salvation from their upper class blindness, by opening their eyes to misery and suffering and by doing what they can to repair these pains and evils.

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Oscar Wilde, Irish dramatist, poet, and wit, born Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills in 1854. 1882

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Anglo-Irish playwright, novelist, poet, short story writer and Freemason. Wilde was one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day, known for his barbed and clever wit.

Wilde wrote prose, his most famous collection of fairy tales being The Happy Prince and Other Tales. His only novel was The Picture of Dorian Gray. But his fame as a dramatist began with a string of successful plays and culminating with his masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest. His final writing was the famous poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

While at college, Wilde became particularly well known for his role in the aesthetic and decadent movements. He began wearing his hair long and openly scorning so-called “manly” sports, and began decorating his rooms with peacock feathers, lilies, sunflowers, blue china and other objets d’art. He suffered a dramatic downfall and was imprisoned after being convicted in a famous trial for gross indecency, a term at the time that referred to homosexual acts. Wilde died in November of 1900.

TA0033: Charge of the Light Brigade

Charge of the Light Brigade

WRITTEN BY:
Lord Alfred Tennyson

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

The Charge of the Light Brigade is a famous poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, whose lines “Theirs not to reason why / Theirs but to do and die” have made the charge a symbol of warfare at its most reckless. The actual cavalry charge, led by Lord Cardigan, was most possibly based on a misunderstood order which occurred during the Battle of Balaclava on October 25, 1854 during the Crimean War. The brigade was not completely destroyed, but after regrouping, only 195 men were still with horses. The charge of the Light Brigade became a subject of considerable controversy and public dispute throughout England. It continues to be studied by modern military historians and students as an example of what can go wrong when accurate military intelligence is lacking and orders are unclear.

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Lord Alfred Tennyson

Alfred Tennyson was the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1850 until his death in 1892 and is one of the most popular English poets in literature.

Much of his verse was based on classical or mythological themes. Tennyson’s most famous work is Idylls of the King, a series of narrative poems based entirely on King Arthur and the Arthurian tales. During his career, Lord Tennyson attempted drama, but his plays enjoyed little success even in his lifetime. He continued writing into his eighties and upon his death in 1892 was buried at Westminster Abbey. He was succeeded as 2nd Baron Tennyson by his son, Hallam, who produced an authorized biography of his father in 1897, and was later the second Governor-General of Australia.

TA0029: The Life of Phineas T. Barnum

THE LIFE OF PHINEAS T. BARNUM

WRITTEN BY:
Joel Benton

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

 

Phineas Taylor Barnum is best remembered for his entertaining acts and for founding the circus that eventually became Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Through his entire life, fraught with many failed ventures, Barnum remained a resourceful entrepreneur with a deep conceptual understanding of the use of advertising. This story is filled with entertaining and insightful exploits of his troupe, the towns he visited and the ventures he attempted on the road to becoming “the Greatest Show on Earth”.

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TA0009: The Madman

 

TA0009-MadManThe Madman

WRITTEN BY:
Kahlil Gibran

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

Kahlil Gibran (author of The Prophet) was a Lebanese-American philosophical essayist, novelist, mystical poet and artist. During the last 20 years of his life, he lived in the United States, where his works gained recognition and influence within the American popular culture.

This abridged audio of The Madman communicates in stories and metaphors Gibran’s belief that if a sensible way of living and thinking could be found, people would have mastery over their lives.

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TA088: The Red Badge of Courage

Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane

The Red Badge of Courage

WRITTEN BY:
Stephen Crane

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This story is about a young soldier, Henry Fleming, fighting in the American Civil War. It is a vivid and stark portrayal of war on the human psyche, interspersed with symbolic imagery and biblical metaphors. The story realistically portrays the young soldier’s physical and psychological struggles after fleeing from his first encounter with a battle. He returns to his regiment to become a strong soldier and even taking on the task of the flag bearer in the final battle. Though Stephen Crane had never been in any combat situations, his interviews with a wide number of veterans enabled him to create this novel, widely regarded as a unusually realistic depiction of a young man in battle.

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Stephen Crane was an American poet, journalist and novelist best know for this novel, the Red Badge of Courage.

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TA0070: The Lady with a Dog

Lady with a Dog by Anton Chekhov

The Lady with a Dog

WRITTEN BY:
Anton Chekhov

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This well-known short story tells of an adulterous affair between a Russian banker, Dmitry Gurov and a young lady he meets while vacationing in Yalta, Anna Von Diederitz. The couple spend much time together but since Anna is married and lives far away, Gurov has obstacles to overcome in formalizing this relationship. Read more on Wikipedia

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This Russian writer and playwright is considered to be one of the greatest short-story writers in world history. His prolific bibliography includes plays, short stories, novellas, non fiction and letters. Read more on Wikipedia

TA0069: The Wife

The Wife Anton Chekhov

The Wife

WRITTEN BY:
Anton Chekhov

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

In this classic short story, Chekhov takes a snapshot of the Russian life, illuminating the harsh complexities and yet subtle simplicities that interact seamlessly together. The cold and gloom of the Russian environment cannot compare to the relationship that Pavel Andreitch, a rich aristocratic, has with his wife, who is no longer in love, or even tolerant of her husband, although helplessly reliant on his financial support. Their disintegrating relationship is set to the backdrop of the starving peasants of the lower classes, illuminating the perennial tension of an egotistical, self-centered man and the struggling goodness of a woman who cares about more than just herself.

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chekhov2Anton Chekhov & Wife Olga

This Russian writer and playwright is considered to be one of the greatest short-story writers in world history. His prolific bibliography includes plays, short stories, novellas, non fiction and letters. Chekhov was a bachelor until age 41 and shortly before his own marriage he is quoted in a letter as saying, “By all means I will be married if you wish it. But on these conditions: everything must be as it has been hitherto—that is, she must live in Moscow while I live in the country, and I will come and see her… give me a wife who, like the moon, won’t appear in my sky every day.” Read more on Wikipedia.

TA0068: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Owl Creek Bridge Ambrose Bierce

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

WRITTEN BY:
Ambrose Bierce

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

Set during the time of the American Civil War, this story is about a man named Peyton Farquhar, a Confederate sympathizer who attempted to demolish the Owl Creek Bridge, but was caught and condemned to die by hanging. But all is not what it seems to be in this tale that has an irregular time sequence and a twist ending. Read more on Wikipedia.

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Ambrose Bierce was an American editorialist, journalist, short-story writer and satirist. He wrote more than a hundred books and short stories, but is best known for his short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and his satirical dictionary, The Devil’s Dictionary. Read more on Wikipedia.

TA0067: Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World Jules Verne

Around the World in 80 Days

WRITTEN BY:
Jules Verne

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This is an entertaining and light story about Phileas Fogg, a wealthy bachelor who makes a wager with a friend at his club regarding how long it would take for a person to circumnavigate the globe. Not wanting to lose his bet, he immediately embarks on a trip around the world with his valet Passepartout. Follow along on their extravagant adventure on a number of fascinating transportation modes that must be fully completed within 80 days or the bet is lost. Read more on Wikipedia.

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The Father of Science Fiction

Jules Verne is a French author best known for his fantastical science fiction novels, many which contained visionary concepts and machines well before they had actually been invented. Read More on Wikipedia.

TA0053: Luck of Roaring Camp

Luck of Roaring Camp

WRITTEN BY:
Bret Harte

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

Cherokee Sal, the only woman in a remote mining camp dies while giving birth. The child is called Luck and is adopted by the complete camp. This exciting story is a touching tale of how the birth of a child brings together an entire community of men in an effort to care and raise the child in the harsh mining environment.

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This American author and poet is best remembered for his accounts of pioneering life in California. Read more on Wikipedia.

TA0051: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

WRITTEN BY:
Mark Twain

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott as
Mark Twain

Mark Twain’s “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” was first published in the November 18,1865, edition of The New York Saturday Press, under the title “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog.” The story is set in a gold-mining camp in Calaveras County, California, and has its origins in the folklore of the Gold Rush era. It was one of Twain’s earliest writings, and helped establish his reputation as a humorist. He eventually included it as the title story in his first collection of tales.

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Mark Twain has been one of the most widely loved and celebrated American writers since his books were released in the late 1860’s.

 

TA0049: Bartleby, the Scrivener

Bartleby the Scrivner Herman Melville

Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

WRITTEN BY:
Herman Melville

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This is a short story about a lawyer with offices on Wall Street in New York City. He runs an advertisement for a scrivener, or professional copyist, for his office and Bartleby responds to his advertisement and comes to work for the lawyer. At first Bartleby appears to be a competent worker, but later he refuses to work when requested, repeatedly uttering the phrase “I would prefer not to.” As Bartleby’s behavior escalates, the lawyer is confronted with how he will handle and respond to this bizarre behavior.

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Herman Melville was an American novelist, essayist and poet. During his lifetime, his early novels were popular, but his popularity declined later in his life, until at the time of his death he had nearly been forgotten.

Melville’s most famous work was Moby-Dick and is often considered one of the greatest American novels. His short story “Bartleby the Scrivener” is among his most important pieces, and has been considered a precursor to Existentialist and Absurdist literature. In the 20th century there were several biographies about Melville and his vision by prominent writers, which started a rediscovery of his works and led to his current status as a significant American Writer.

TA0045: The Magic Shop

The Magic Shop H.G. Wells

The Magic Shop

WRITTEN BY:
H.G. Wells

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This is a charming tale from H.G. Wells about a young boy named Gip who visits a magic shop for his birthday with his father. But this is not just any magic shop – the shopkeeper insists that this is a genuine magic shop. The story is an entertaining adventure as Gip, like any young boy of his age, experiences the pure enjoyment of true magic while his skeptical father grapples with having to draw the line between slight of hand and genuine magic.

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wellsH.G. WELLS
Herbert George Wells was a British writer best known for his science fiction novels such as The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The Island of Doctor Moreau and The Time Machine. However, he was arguably one of the most prolific writers in the history of literature, and wrote works in nearly every genre, including short stories and nonfiction. He was an outspoken socialist, and most of his works contain some notable political or social commentary.

TA0038: Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Songs of Innocence William Blake

Songs of Innocence and of Experience

WRITTEN BY:
William Blake

NARRATED BY:
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William Blake is known for some very mystical hard-to-understand poetry, but his “Songs of Innocence” and “Songs of Experience” is very different from his other work. Innocence was printed five years before Experience, but the books complement each other: the first consisting of poems telling of the innocence of the world, and the second tempering these poems with contrasting tales about experience. Here in beautiful, almost child-like simplicity, he describes childhood and purity, as well as the darker realities of corruption and disillusionment.

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BlakeWilliam Blake

William Blake was an English poet, painter, and print maker. Though largely unrecognized during his lifetime, today Blake’s work, produced in partnership with his wife Catherine, is widely known.

Blake was a strong libertarian, with a deep hatred of the tyranny that was rife during his lifetime. This is reflected strongly in his poems ‘Songs of Innocence and of Experience’, where he portrays upper class institutions and the Church of England as corrupt and exploiters of the weak in society. He dreamed of an idyllic England, free from corruption, which is mirrored in “The Echoing Green”. However, the impending tyranny in the poem shows that even he doubted that England would be free.

TA0037: The Monkey’s Paw

The Monkey's Paw W.W. Jacobs

The Monkey’s Paw

WRITTEN BY:
W.W. Jacobs

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

Like the genie of the lamp, the Monkey’s Paw holds a special ability to grant the owner of the relic three wishes. Listen to this short story unfold about a man and his wife and how they start off with a wish that they feel will bring their life more comfort – but in reality will turn it upside down.

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JacobsW.W. Jacobs

Jacobs was an English author of both short stories and novels. While much of his work was humorous, he is most well-known for the story of the Monkey’s Paw, published in two different published collections of short story. Read more on Wikipedia.

TA0032: Waste Land

TA0032-WastelandWaste Land

WRITTEN BY:
T.S. Eliot

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

The Waste Land is a highly influential and controversial 433-line modernist poem. It is perhaps the most famous and most written-about long poem of the 20th century, detailing the journey of the human soul searching for redemption, the decline of civilization, and the impossibility of recovering meaning in life. Despite the alleged obscurity of the poem — its shifts between satire and prophecy, its abrupt and unannounced changes of speaker, location and time, its elegiac but intimidating summoning up of a vast and dissonant range of cultures and literatures — the poem has nonetheless become a familiar touchstone of modern literature.

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eliotT.S. ELIOT

Thomas Stearns Eliot was one of the most distinguished literary figures of the 20th century, winning the 1948 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry”. Although born in Missouri and attending Harvard, he lived most of his life in England. Eliot, while on a three month leave in the coastal resort of Margate for a period of convalescence possibly showed an early version of the poem to Ezra Pound. A year later Eliot had produced a 19-page version of the poem and Pound then made detailed editorial comments and significant cuts to the manuscript. Eliot dedicated the poem to Pound, referring to him as “il miglior fabbro”, Italian for “the better craftsman.”

TA0026: Madonna of the Future

TA0026-MadonnaMadonna of the Future

WRITTEN BY:
Henry James

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This story represents one of the archetypal and sorrowful dilemmas of an artist, which is the inability to live out their creative life on a realistic plane. As we follow the story we find the artist talking grandiosely about his magnificent artwork ideals, the values of what encompasses great works and his intimate studies of the great works as it relates to his own life. Sadly we find out that execution was not a part of his romantic plan. Then as you follow this modern tragedy what you will find is the enduring quality of the artistic soul as it clashes with the reality of modernity.

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TA0025: Buffalo Bill Cody

TA0016-BuffaloBillCodyBuffalo Bill Cody:
Stories from the Old West

WRITTEN BY:
William Frederick Cody

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott as
Buffalo Bill Cody

William Frederick Cody, known as Buffalo Bill, is one of the great icons of the pioneer years in the early American West. His exploits provide much insight into the life on the plains, with its Indians, cowboys, rough riders, and overall rugged existence. You are sure to enjoy this selection of entertaining stories from the Old West, written by the Honorable William F Cody.

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TA0022: The Assassination of Julius Caesar

TA0022-JuliusCaesarThe Assassination of Julius Caesar

WRITTEN BY:
Jacob Abbott

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

Julius Caesar is widely considered to be one of the greatest military geniuses of all time,  a brilliant politician, and one of the ancient world’s strongest leaders. Caesar was proclaimed dictator for life, and heavily centralised the already faltering government of the weak Republic. However, Caesar’s friend Marcus Brutus conspired with others to assassinate Caesar in hopes of saving the Republic. The dramatic assassination on the Ides of March, ushered in Octavian (later known as Caesar Augustus) as the first emperor and undisputed leader of the Roman world.

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TA0021: Japanese Fairy Tales

TA0021-JapaneseFairyJapanese Fairy Tales

TRANSLATED BY:
Yei Theodora Ozaki

ADAPTATION WRITTEN BY:
Garcia Mann

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

These charming Japanese Fairy Tales were translated by Yei Theodora Ozaki in 1908. Although taken from actual Japanese folk stories, these Westernized versions are not literal translations. These stories combine fictitious creatures and magical animals with the lives of normal humans and provide an insight into a piece of ancient Japan.

The stories in this volume include: My Lord Bag of Rice, The Tongue-Cut Sparrow, The Story of Urashima Taro, the Fisher Lad

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TA0019: Great American Indian Stories

TA0019-AmericanIndianGreat American Indian Stories

WRITTEN BY:
Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa)

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

The lives of the American Indian, as written by Charles Eastman, come to life as they wrestle with the intrusion of the “White Man” and their own survival. You will enjoy this glimpse into the Old West from the perspective of the 19th Century American Indian.

VOLUME ONE: The Grave of the Dog, The Famine, The Chief Soldier

VOLUME TWO: The Singing Spirit, The White Man’s Errand, The Madness of Bald Eagle

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eastmanCHARLES EASTMAN (Ohiyesa)
Charles Eastman is a unique figure in American literature, thought, and life. Charles Eastman was born Ohiyesa, into the Sioux tribe and lived in the ancient, nomadic way that his ancestors had lived for centuries, free of reservations and the dominant society that was encroaching everywhere.

By the end of his life, he had become a certified MD, had published many successful books read all around the world, had helped establish the Boy Scouts, had worked ceaselessly to promote the well being of American Indian tribes, and had been perhaps the most important force in interpreting for the general public the spiritual depth and greatness of the American Indian tradition, then disappearing rapidly.

TA0017: Concerning the Spiritual in Art

TA0017-SpiritualinArtConcerning The Spiritual in Art

WRITTEN BY:
Wassily Kandinsky

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian-born artist, was one of the first creators of pure abstraction in modern painting. His forms evolved from fluid and organic, to geometric, and finally to pictographic. Kandinsky was also an accomplished musician and believed in the concept that color and musical harmony are linked. He even claimed that when he saw color he heard music. Listen to this abridged audio of his insightful writing.

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TA0016: On The Decay of the Art of Lying

TA0016-ArtofLyingOn The Decay of the Art of Lying

WRITTEN BY:
Mark Twain

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott as Mark Twain

This humorous short essay is written with all the wit and biting sarcasm that is one of the trademarks of Mark Twain. The Decay of the Art of Lying does not reveal why one should not lie, but reveals in detail the proper way to lie – told from a true expert.

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twain3Mark Twain

Mark Twain has been one of the most widely loved and celebrated American writers since his books were released in the late 1860’s. Read more on Wikipedia

 

TA0015: The Stolen White Elephant

TA0015-StolenWhiteElephantThe Stolen White Elephant

WRITTEN BY:
Mark Twain

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott as Mark Twain

While many elements of civilized culture provided much comic fodder for Mark Twain, detectives occupied a portion of his observations and writing for a time. The story of the Stolen White Elephant, though entirely preposterous, is rumored to be modeled after real life efforts of an actual police department who misplaced the body of a deceased victim. This audio story will leave you laughing out loud.

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twainMark Twain

Mark Twain has been one of the most widely loved and celebrated American writers since his books were released in the late 1860’s.

TA0014: Greek Myths

TA0014-GreekMythsGreek Myths

WRITTEN BY:
James Baldwin

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

The ancient texts we call Greek Myths are our window into the distant past, a view of a world that existed not only in the mind of the poets, but also in the hearts of the humble natives of ancient Greece. Listen to the wonderful journeys and adventures of these ancient Greek Gods and heroes.

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TA0010: The Tao Te Ching

TA0010-TaoTeChingTao Te Ching

WRITTEN BY:
Lao Tzu

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

Like many other philosophical writings, the Tao Te Ching is a timeless Chinese treasure. These ancient writings are credited to Lao Tzu, although some believe them to be authored by a number of persons writing under the Lao Tzu pen name. Nevertheless, this audio gives the listener a taste of the wisdom of age and the important values of human existence.

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TA0008: The Judge’s House

TA0008-JudgesHouseThe Judge’s House

WRITTEN BY:
Bram Stoker
author of Dracula

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

The Judge’s House recounts the tale of a young student, looking for a remote location to study for his college exams. But the house he rents in the quiet town of Benchurch, delivers much more excitement than he ever could have imagined. Though Bram Stocker is inextricably linked with his infamous vampire novel – Dracula, he wrote many novels, essays, and short stories during his life such as this one.

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TA0007: Famous Missions of California

TA0007-MissionsFamous Missions of California

WRITTEN BY:
William Henry Hudson
London, England, 1901

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This is the story of the expedition in 1769, whose objective was the political and spiritual conquest of the great Northwest coast of the Pacific. Among the members of the expedition was the now famous, Father Junipero Serra, who was significant in establishing the Famous Missions of California.

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TA0006: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

TA0006-BenjaminButtonThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Written by
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Narrated By
Michael Scott

While most of us worry about the steady onslaught of old age, Benjamin Button had a much more odious dilemma. Benjamin was born, in all appearance, as an old man. Follow the pleasurable tale of his life as he grapples with the problem of constantly getting younger.

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fitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald

The 1920’s, also known as the Jazz Age, were wild times, and Francis Scott Fitzgerald was its king. Although he led a wild and luxurious lifestyle, Fitzgerald was known more for his prominent works of literature, which have gained a permanent place among the American classics. This CD set contains two short stories from his book Tales of the Jazz Age, which reflect the era and lifestyle of which Fitzgerald was accustomed.

TA0004: Mateo Jovan: The Adventures of a Modern Day Prophet

TA0004-MateoJovanMateo Jovan: The Adventures of a Modern Day Prophet

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

Written in the vein of the book of Revelations, this spiritual thriller will excite old and young alike. Taking us through the modern dilemmas of today’s world, we experience first hand the birth of a Modern Day Prophet. Mateo Jovan recites his visions of Heaven and his visions of modern circumstances on earth, accompanied by the Angel of God and the Little Child. You will find each section of this adventure to be a fresh and new look at spirituality in the modern world.

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TA0002: The Book of Revelation

TA0002-Revelation

 

The Book of REVELATION from the Holy Bible

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

No book from the Bible is more controversial than the Book of Revelation. For many, the purpose of the book of Revelation is a message of comfort during a time of conflict, which ultimately results in a conquest and a victory over the oppressor. Although directly written to the Christians of the First Century, the message is applicable throughout the ages.

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TA0039: The Prince

 The Prince Nicollo Machiavelli

The PrinceWRITTEN BY:
Niccolo Machiavelli

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

The Prince is a political treatise by Machiavelli that is not considered to be representative of the work published during his lifetime, but is the most remembered. The theories in this book describe methods that an aspiring prince can use to acquire the throne, or an existing prince can use to maintain his reign. These theories include defense and military, perceived reputation, generosity, cruelty versus mercy, gaining honors, fortune and a number of other discourses. Read more at Wikipedia.

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MachiavelliNiccolo Machiavelli

Niccolo Machiavelli was an Italian diplomat, political philosopher, musician, poet and playwright. Niccolo is most famous for his shorter work, The Prince, which was printed after his death. In his own lifetime, while he circulated The Prince among friends, the only work Machiavelli promoted through printing was his dialogue on The Art of War. Whatever intentions Machiavelli had for his name became synonymous with ruthless politics, deceit, and the pursuit of power by any means. Read more on Wikipedia.

TA0013: Siddhartha

Siddhartha by Herman HesseSiddhartha 

WRITTEN BY:
Herman Hesse

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

Siddhartha, born the son of a Brahmin, was blessed in wealth, appearance, intelligence and charisma. In order to find meaning in life, he discarded his promising future for the life of an ascetic. He wandered as a shramana and searched for Gotama the Buddha. However, this man, Siddhartha, was not a follower of any but his own soul. This popular book provides the listener with insight into the philosophy and thoughts that shape Siddhartha’s path to enlightenment.

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hesseHermann Hesse

In many works by Hermann Hesse, the German novelist and Nobel Prize winner in literature, there is a theme depicting the duality of spirit and nature, body versus mind and the individual’s spiritual search outside the restrictions of society. Siddhartha is such a story.

TA0003: The Art of War

The Art of War

WRITTEN BY:
Sun Tzu

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

Written in China over two thousand years ago, this complete reading of the classic text by Sun Tzu brings to life the timeless strategic principles of the ancient art of warfare. It soon becomes apparent how this book is still applicable today, and not just for military operations, but to so many other aspects of life. Sun Tzu teaches in a straightforward style how to command an operation of utmost efficiency and effectiveness, and the elements required to win.

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TA0054: War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

War of the Worlds 

WRITTEN BY:
H.G. Wells

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This story begins at an observatory in England where the narrator witnesses explosions on Mars. This event is followed by what is thought to be a meteor landing not far from the observatory. Once the narrator travels to the spot of the meteor landing he discovers it is actually a cylinder and the cylinder contains Martians. The story chronicles the Martian attacks throughout many parts of England, even devastating London and the narrator escapes with many chilling and near death adventures. Read more on Wikipedia.

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H.G. Wells
Herbert George Wells was a prolific English writer best known for his work in the science fiction genre, although his writings included contemporary novels, history and social commentary. He was an outspoken socialist and a pacifist and his later works became increasingly political. Read more on Wikipedia

 

 

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TA0011: Anthem

Anthem by Ayn Rand

Anthem

WRITTEN BY:
Ayn Rand

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

Anthem is set in a distant collectivist future, when every form and emblem of individualism has been erased and society has reverted to a preindustrial level. In this novella, as many of her writings, Ayn dramatizes her philosophy of Objectivism in the main character. Its hero is a scientist in a world where the pursuit of knowledge is a crime, and he struggles against the established society to discover the meaning of individual freedom. Read More at Wikipedia

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randAyn Rand

Ayn Rand, novelist and philosopher, was born in St. Petersburg Russia. From her earliest years, she felt alienated from the dark, brooding atmosphere of Russia, but loved the bright world projected in foreign magazine stories. At age nine she made the conscious decision to become a writer.

In addition to being a novelist, Ayn developed the philosophy of Objectivism, which holds that there is no greater moral goal than achieving happiness. But happiness fundamentally requires that one live by objective principles, including moral integrity and respect for the rights of others. The heroes of Objectivism are achievers who build businesses, invent technologies, and create art and ideas, depending on their own talents and on trade with other independent people to reach their goals. Read More on Wikipedia

TA0081: A Letter to a Hindu

TA0081-LettertoaHinduA Letter to a Hindu

WRITTEN BY:
Leo Tolstoy

INTRODUCTION BY:
M.K. Gandhi

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

A Letter to a Hindu was written in 1908by Leo Tolstoy to Tarak Nath Das, an Indian revolutionary and internationalist scholar. The letter was translated and reprinted by Mohandas Gandhi, who used the ideas of love revealed through non-violent resistance in his own ideological teachings. Non-violent resistance was a principle of Tolstoy’s christian belief. Read more on Wikipedia.

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tolstoy3Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy, or Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was a Russian writer widely regarded as one of the greatest of all novelists. His masterpieces War and Peace and Anna Karenina stand, in their scope, breadth and vivid depiction of 19th-century Russian life, at the very peak of realist fiction. Read more on Wikipedia.

TA0094: The Kybalion

The Kybalion by the Three Initiates

The Kybalion

WRITTEN BY:
Three Initiates

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This book of Hermetic Philosophy claims to be the essence of the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus. One of the foundations of the book is the dedication to the Seven Principles and there is a complete chapter describing each one in detail. Each one of the Seven Principles brings to light a number of ways to become more familiar with your self and become a better and more enlightened individual. Read more on Wikipedia.

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While the book is said to be authored by Three Initiates, they chose to remain anonymous, resulting in much speculation as to the actual author. You can read more on Wikipedia at the link above.

TA0005: The Camel’s Back

TA0005-CamelsBackThe Camel’s Back

WRITTEN BY:
F. Scott Fitzgerald

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

In this story a young man, recently broken off from a long engagement, attends a gala costume party dressed as a camel. There he is approached by his gal, who does not recognize him in his camel garb, and the comical escapade ensues. This light and amusing story will keep you entertained, right up to the surprise ending.

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fitzgerald2F. Scott Fitzgerald

The 1920’s, also known as the Jazz Age, were wild times, and Francis Scott Fitzgerald was its king. Although he led a wild and luxurious lifestyle, Fitzgerald was known more for his prominent works of literature, which have gained a permanent place among the American classics. This CD set contains two short stories from his book Tales of the Jazz Age, which reflect the era and lifestyle of which Fitzgerald was accustomed.

TA0044: The Music on the Hill

TA0048-MusicHillThe Music on the Hill

WRITTEN BY:
Saki (Hector Hugh Munro)

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This short story is about a woman named Sylvia who moves with her new husband to his country house. They spend days roaming through the woods, but when Sylvia scoffs at a statue of the Greek God Pan she sets in motion events that seem to come from a much deeper and darker part of the forest nymph.

This story is a selection from the book “The Chronicles of Clovis”

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(Hector Hugh Monro)

This British writer poet and writer is best known for his short stories. He was killed in World War I while serving active duty. Read more on Wikipedia.

TA0059: To Build a Fire

TA0059-ToBuildaFire.jpgTo Build A Fire

WRITTEN BY:
Jack London

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

A man alone on the Yukon Trail, except for his husky dog, is planning on meeting friends on a day in which he encounters severe cold that reaches 75 degrees below zero. His troubles worsen when he falls through the snow and gets his feet and lower legs wet. His only hope of surviving is to build a fire, but his lack of ample supplies, extreme elements and his own diminishing senses prove to be an impenetrable barrier to his existence.

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london2Jack London

This American author was one of the first Americans to make a career as a nonfiction writer for commercial magazines. Due to his prominent and successful nature as a writer, his controversial political views, as well as his reputation as an outspoken socialist, his life, as well as his death, was surrounded with rumors, accusations and controversy.

TA0001: The Words of Christ: From the book of Matthew

TA0001-WordsofChristTHE WORDS OF CHRIST: From the book of Matthew

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This audio book extracts the Words of Christ from the Book of Matthew. Listening only to the words of Jesus Christ brings his idioms to the forefront creating a new sense of his life’s story line. Even though the entire story line is not included in the audio, the pure sense of what Christ was saying during his short time on earth still rings true today.

 

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TA0066: Difficult People

Difficult People by Anton Checkhov

Difficult People

WRITTEN BY:
Anton Chekhov

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This short story is about the stressful relationship between a son and his father. The family lives in a small house in the Russian countryside. Poverty has played a toll on how the father reacts to his childs need for money to attend college. An emotional conversation ensues.

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chekhov Anton Chekhov

This Russian writer and playwright is considered to be one of the greatest short-story writers in world history. His prolific bibliography includes plays, short stories, novellas, non fiction and letters. Read more on Wikipedia

TA0098: The Mysterious Stranger

MysteriousStranger

The Mysterious Stranger

WRITTEN BY:
Mark Twain

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This story is told by Theodor Fischer, a boy who lives in a small Austrian village and quietly exists with his friends, relatives and community. One day a stranger appears in the village and befriends Theodor and his chums. He tells them that his name is Satan and he is the nephew of “the Satan”. He is capable of all types of magic, predictions and apparitions that he reveals in various ways to the boys. But throughout the story Satan expels his wisdom on the character and futility of mankind. While the book contains the wit and humor typical of Mark Twain, the story line is considered a serious social commentary on Twain’s criticism of organized religion. Read more on Wikipedia.

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Mark Twain has been one of the most widely loved and celebrated American writers since his books were released in the late 1860’s. The Mysterious Stranger was his final novel.

 

 

 

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TA0085: Alice in Wonderland

TA0086-AliceinWonderlandAlice in Wonderland

WRITTEN BY:
Lewis Carroll

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

In the opening scene of this story Alice is a young girl living in the country and becomes bored by her sister sitting out in the open field quietly reading. When a white rabbit passes by Alice decides to follow it and when the rabbit pops down a large rabbit hole, well Alice follows as well. Once at the bottom she explores a new and strange world where nothing is as it seems and everything continues to change. She meets bizarre and crazy characters who speak in rhymes, riddles and just plain nonsense. Download this fantastical book and follow along the adventures of Alice in Wonderland. Read more on Wikipedia.

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Lewis Carroll, whose real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and a photographer. Alice in Wonderland is his most famous work although he wrote a sequel, as well as several poems, all examples of the genre of literary nonsense. Read more on Wikipedia

TA0099: The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

TA0099-RidiculousManThe Dream of a Ridiculous Man

WRITTEN BY:
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

One of the most fascinating psychological struggles of the modern world revolves around the competing tension between existential philosophy and metaphysical spirituality. The Dream of a Ridiculous Man beautifully encapsulates the extremes of both points of view and provides the listener a front row seat to a battle that still rages today.

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Brain Pickings: The Day Dostoyevsky Discovered the Meaning of Life in a Dream

The Literary Rambler

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dostoyevskyFYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY
November 11, 1821 – February 9, 1881

Russian born, Fyodor Dostoevsky ranks as one of the greatest literary writers in the modern era. His literary themes still resonate in today’s social complex. Dostoyevsky was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist, and philosopher exploring existential human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmosphere of 19th century Russia. Literary historians consider him the first true existential novelist. Read more on Wikipedia

TA0012: Gift of the Magi

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The Gift of the Magi

WRITTEN BY:
O. Henry

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This is a short story about a poor, young, married couple who both sell their most prized possession in order to purchase a holiday gift for the other. A lesson in sacrifice and the true meaning of giving is beautifully told in this classic tale with a heart wrenching ending.

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henryO. Henry
(William Sydney Porter)

O. Henry is an American writer, with over 400 short stores, characterized by his wit, wordplay and the clever use of twist endings.

TA0077: Heart of Darkness

 

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

WRITTEN BY:
Joseph Conrad

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

This classic tale of intrigue, mystery and adventure takes place on the ivory harvesting and trade route in the Congo, in the depths of Africa. In this book, Marlow, a sea captain on a ship at anchor, retells a story of his assignment upon a steamer ship in the Congo to a group of his ship mates. During his mission he is asked to retrieve and return Kurtz, an ivory hunter with a resounding reputation where ever his name is mentioned, who delivers more ivory than all the other stations combined, and who has a reverenced effect on the natives. Passages and references from the book are sprinkled through other writings and The Heart of Darkness was the base content for the movie Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola. Read more on Wikipedia.

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conradJoseph Conrad

Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski was a Polish born English writer, who garnered much respect as an English novelist. Literary critics of his time often cited that his exotic style, complex narration, profound themes and pessimistic ideas put many readers off. Yet as Conrad’s ideas were borne out by 20th-century events, in time he came to be admired for beliefs that seemed to be more in alignment with subsequent times, than with his own. Read more on Wikipedia.