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  • H.G. Wells

    This timeless science fiction classic, depicting mans struggle by technologically superior invaders from Mars. Narrated by more

  • Oscar Wilde

    A classic comedy by the great Oscar Wilde. The Importance of Being Earnest is his short farce consisting of numerous noms de plume, a case of mistaken identity, an identity left in a case by mistake, and the mistake of revealing ones identity in the presence of a previous employer, which may result post-script in a case for Scotland Yard. Or to put much more simply, of Jack and his attempts to woo Gwendolyn, his would-be bride... even if she does seem to think that his name is Earnest. Performed by more

  • H P Lovecraft

    This spine chilling tale by HP Lovecraft, depicts an unimaginable horror arising in the isolated village of Dunwich, which poses a threat to the whole world. Narrated by more

  • M R James

    The best of M R James' ghost stories. Includes the classics 'The Mezzotint', 'Whistle and I'll Come for You My Lad', 'Lost Hearts', 'The Tractate Middoth', and 'The Casting of the Runes'. Narrated by more

  • Charles Dickens

    first published in London by Chapman & Hall in 1843 and illustrated by John Leech. A Christmas Carol recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man. Narrated by more

  • Clement C Moore

    A Visit from St. Nicholas', more commonly known as 'The Night Before Christmas' and ''Twas the Night Before Christmas' from its first line, is a poem first published anonymously in 1823 and later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, who claimed authorship in 1837. The poem has been called 'arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American' and is largely responsible for some of the conceptions of Santa Claus from the mid-nineteenth century to today. It has had a massive impact on the history of Christmas gift-giving. Before the poem gained wide popularity, American ideas had varied considerably about Saint Nicholas and other Christmastide visitors. 'A Visit from St. Nicholas' more

  • Charles Dickens

    The fifth and last of Dickens's Christmas novellas; Redlaw is a teacher of chemistry who often broods over wrongs done him and grief from his past. He is haunted by a spirit, a phantom twin and 'an awful likeness of himself' This spectre appears and proposes to Redlaw that he can allow him to 'forget the sorrow, wrong, and trouble you have cancel their remembrance...' Redlaw agrees. As a consequence of the ghost's intervention, Redlaw is without memories of the painful incidents from his past. He experiences a universal anger that he cannot explain. His bitterness spreads to all around him, and as he perceives the horror he is causing and beseeches the ghost more

  • L. Frank Baum

    First published in the December 1904 edition of The Delineator, two years after Baum's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, this short parable tells the tale of Santa Claus beset by envious demons, but ultimately triumphant. Narrated by more

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    A collection of twelve short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, first published on 14 October 1892. It contains the earliest short stories featuring the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, which had been published in twelve monthly issues of The Strand Magazine from July 1891 to June 1892. The stories are collected in the same sequence. With Watson narrating, follow Sherlock Holmes as he averts a Scandal in Bohemia, solves the mystery of The Red Headed League, discovers the identity of The Man with the Twisted Lip, deduces the true nature of 'The Speckled Band', recovers 'the Beryl Coronet' and many more. Narrated by more

  • Jerome K Jerome

    A humerous account of three men's boating holiday up the Thames that the author, Jerome K Jerome assures us is entirely factual, and definitely did happen as described. Even if the dog was somewhat more metaphorical than the other passengers. Especially George, who's realness is at least twice that of the other two, mostly around the middle. Initially intended as a serious travel guide but the humorous elements ended up taking over, transforming the book into a classic still praised for being fresh and witty to this day. Narrated by more

  • Charles Dickens

    'A House to Let' is a short story by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell and Adelaide Anne Procter. It was originally published in 1858 in the Christmas edition of Dickens' Household Words magazine. Collins wrote the introduction and collaborated with Dickens on the second story and ending, while Gaskell and Proctor wrote the remainder. When elderly Sophonisba moves to London for a change of tone, she notices something unusual about the supposedly unoccupied house to let across the street. She entreaties her friends and confidants to investigate the matter, and they return with a collection of tales of previous occupants, but what exactly is the secret of the more

  • Washington Irving

    A volume of selected stories from Washington Irving's The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Praised by Walter Scott and Lord Byron for its prose, this collection consists of his most famous works, 'Rip Van Winkle' and 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow', as well as the praised short stories 'The Broken Heart' and 'The Widow and her Son'. Narrated by more

  • G.K. Chesterton

    This classic detective anthology by GK Chesterton, beloved by both readers and writers of crime fiction alike, narrated here by Michael Ward. Father Brown is a small, unobtrusive Essex parson, but underneath his wide brimmed hat, lurks one of the finest deductive minds in all England. Included in this, the first of the Father Brown anthologies, are the following stories: The Blue Cross The Secret Garden The Queer Feet The Flying Stars The Invisible Man The Honour of Israel Gow The Wrong Shape The Sins of Prince Saradine The Hammer of God The Eye of Apollo The Sign of the Broken Sword The Three Tools of Death This title is fully narrated by more

  • John Buchan

    The first of five novels by Buchan featuring Richard Hannay, an all-action hero with a stiff upper lip and a miraculous knack for getting himself out of sticky situations, the 39 Steps pit's the adventurer against German agents in a tense backdrop of a Europe weeks away from the first world war. The story places him in a desperate game of cat and mouth that will lead Hannay from his Portland Place home to the highlands of Scotland, back to London, and to a sleepy holiday village on the coast, where all is not as it seems... Narrated by more

  • Oscar Wilde

    An Ideal Husband is an 1895 comedic stage play by Oscar Wilde which revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honor. The action is set in London, in 'the present', and takes place over the course of 24 hours. Together with The Importance of Being Earnest, it is often considered Wilde's dramatic masterpiece. After The Importance of Being Earnest, it is his most popularly produced play. Performed by more

  • Joseph Conrad

    When a chance encounter between two cavalry officers results in a duel in a garden, so begins a tale that spans the next 16 years and follows the campaigns of Bonaparte across Austria, Russia and beyond. Crossing swords again and again, these two officers, one a temperate and cool-headed strategist, the other a hot-blooded and intemperate gascon, become the talk of all the army until it's final conclusion. A period classic amidst a time of european tumult by Joseph Conrad, narrated by more

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    When a mysterious sailor enters his fathers inn looking for lodgings and rum, young Jack Hawkins finds himself involved in a high seas adventure full of pirates, maroons, distant islands and treasure. But just who is the one legged man that the sailors were so afraid of? This widely loved classic by Robert Louis Stevenson, first published in 1883, is one of the most dramatised in literature and is credited with forming much of the public perception of pirates and adventures on the high seas. Narrated by more

  • Charles Dickens

    The second in his series of 'Christmas books,' after A Christmas Carol. The Chimes is a lesser known, but no less powerful story by Charles Dickens of christmastime and the plight of the poor. Trotty Veck is a poor porter and father, who despairing of the poors lot, is shown a terrifying vision by the 'Ghosts of the Chimes' of a world without him. Narrated by more

  • Rudyard Kipling

    First published in 1894, the Jungle Book is perhaps Rudyard Kiplings most well regarded and beloved book. Containing not just the adventures of Mowgli, but also that of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and Kotick the White Seal, the Jungle Book explores themes such as fostering and of the laws of society. Narrated by more

  • Stephen Crane

    On a cold day, the 304th New York Infantry Regiment awaits battle beside a river. Eighteen-year-old Private Henry Fleming, remembering his reasons for enlisting as well as his mother's resulting protests, wonders whether he will remain brave in the face of fear or turn and run. The story follows Fleming on the fateful days to come, through flight and redemption, injury and the horrors of war. The Red Badge of Courage received generally positive reviews from critics on its initial publication; in particular, it was said to be a remarkably modern and original work., the original 1895 publication went through ten editions in the first year alone, making Crane an overnight success at more