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Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 057

LibriVox’s Short Story Collection 057: a collection of 20 short works of fiction in the public domain read by a group of LibriVox members. A few notes: Section 12 The Cossack was translated by Constance Garnett (1861 - 1946). Section 17 Michael, a Pastoral Poem is narrative verse. Section 18 Memoirs of a Madman, translated by Claud Field (1863-1941), is better known by the title of a later translation, Diary of a Madman. Section 20 A Carnival Jangle was written under the author's maiden name, Alice Nelson.

Book cover Coffee Break Collection 009 - Autumn

This is the ninth collection of our "coffee break" series, involving public domain works that are between 3 and 15 minutes in length. These are great for work/study breaks, commutes, workouts, or any time you'd like to hear a whole story and only have a few minutes to devote to listening. This collection is "Autumn"!

By: Barbara Baynton (1857-1929)

Book cover Bush Studies

Bush Studies is a short story collection published in London in 1902. Baynton presents a grimly realist view of bush life in Australia for women in colonial Australia. She wrote in response to Henry Lawson's romantic depiction of bush life during the same era.

By: Various

Book cover Children's Short Works, Vol. 020

Librivox's Children's Short Works Collection 020: a collection of 15 short works for children in the public domain read by a variety of Librivox members.

By: Tōson Shimazaki (1872-1943)

Book cover Paulownia: Seven Stories from Contemporary Japanese Writers

Paulownia is a collection of seven stories by three Japanese authors from the late 19th and early 20th century. Mori Ōgai was an army surgeon who was sent to study in Germany, where he developed an interest in Western literature. His most famous work is The Wild Geese (Gan). This collection contains his short stories Takase Bune, Hanako, and The Pier. Nagai Kafū's writings center mostly around the entertainment districts of Tokyo with their geisha and prostitutes. Here, his stories The bill-collecting and Ukiyo-e are presented...

By: Henry james (1843-1916)

Book cover Collaboration

It is Paris sometime after the Franco-Prussian War (1870--Germany won--the French Second Republic collapsed--France embittered). A French poet and a German composer come to admire one another's work and decide to collaborate on an opera. There are costs to pay. ( david wales)

By: Anthony Trollope (1815-1882)

Book cover Editor's Tales

These 'tales' describe a series of encounters between various magazine editors and those who wish to have their works published. While containing some amusing bits, the tales are relatively grim, compared to most Trollope stories. The Turkish Bath: This editor, visiting a Turkish bath, is accosted by an Irish stranger, who, after some conversation, requests to submit a manuscript to the magazine. The editor's reactions to the solicitation and subsequent familiarity with the writer's circumstances forms the frame of the story...

By: Edward Knatchbull-Hugesson (1829-1893)

Book cover Uncle Joe's Stories

This is an entertaining collection of varying stories recounted as only a master storyteller could deliver them.

By: Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

Book cover Hans Christian Andersen: Fairytales and Short Stories Volume 5, 1860 to 1865

A collection of some of Hans Christian Andersen's works. He is a Danish author and poet most famous for his fairy tales.

By: Various

Book cover Stories in Black and White

This is a collection of short mystery stories, written in very different styles by eight different authors.

By: John Ackworth (1854-1917)

Book cover Beckside Lights

John Ackworth was the pen name of the Rev. Frederick R. Smith, a Methodist minister who was born in Snaith, Yorkshire, but spent much of his career as a circuit preacher in Lancashire. Beckside Lights is the sequel to his popular collection of stories Clog Shop Chronicles. Set in the fictional village of Beckside (said to be somewhere between Manchester and Bolton), the book consists of 12 tales of everyday life in a close-knit Methodist community, which continue with a third volume, Doxy Dent (1899)...

By: Various

Book cover Children's Short Works, Vol. 021

Librivox's Children's Short Works Collection 021: a collection of 15 short works for children in the public domain read by a variety of LibriVox members.

Book cover Coffee Break Collection 010 - War and Conflict

This is the tenth collection of our "coffee break" series, involving public domain works that are between 3 and 15 minutes in length. These are great for work/study breaks, commutes, workouts, or any time you'd like to hear a whole story and only have a few minutes to devote to listening. The theme for this collection is "war and conflict" - From battles to pub brawls to divorce, studying human conflict has produced some of the most powerful pieces of writing.

By: Fergus Hume (1859-1932)

Book cover Hagar of the Pawn-Shop

Hagar Stanley, a beautiful young Gypsy, is driven by sexual harassment to leave her tribe and seek refuge with her uncle Jacob, a miserly London pawnbroker. He dies after teaching Hagar the business, and she takes over running the popshop till the legitimate heir can be traced. In the odd assortment of objects that pass across her counter, Hagar uncovers one mystery after another. Some items are linked to actual crimes, others to iniquitous acts of human deceit and betrayal. Whether investigating independently or alongside the police, Hagar combines her native shrewdness with woman's intuition to help untangle the webs of wickedness she encounters, that justice might prevail in the end...

By: Richard Wilson (1887-1976)

Book cover Russian Storybook

Reverend Richard Wilson went to the heart of Russia to find stories from the eastern outposts of Christianity, untouched by the renaissance or reformation. He found the nature of the stories quite different from those of more western cultures. His hope was to teach English children about their Russian counterparts in a way they would understand, so he retold the stories rather than sought translations.

By: Various

Book cover Short Science Fiction Collection 053

Science fiction is a genre encompassing imaginative works that take place in this world or that of the author’s creation where anything is possible. The only rules are those set forth by the author. The speculative nature of the genre inspires thought and plants seeds that have led to advances in science. The genre can spark an interest in the sciences and is cited as the impetus for the career choice of many scientists. It is a playing field to explore social perspectives, predictions of the future, and engage in adventures unbound into the richness of the human mind.

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 062

LibriVox readers bring you 20 short works of fiction in the public domain. This collection includes stories by a variety of authors, including George Gissing, Algernon Blackwood, Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling and Anton Chekhov.

By: Various

Book cover Coffee Break Collection 028 - Hobbies

This is the 28th Coffee Break Collection, in which readers select and read stories or poems, fiction or non-fiction pieces of fifteen minutes' duration or less, suitable for short commutes and coffee breaks. The subject for this collection is "HOBBIES"... and the collection is full after 20 pieces have been submitted.

By: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (1810-1865)

Book cover Short Stories (Household Words 1850-53)

Elizabeth Gaskell was a regular contributor to Charles Dickens's weekly magazine, Household Words, from 1850 through to 1853 In addition to three serialized novels, Cranford, North and South, and My Lady Ludlow, Dickens published 18 shorter works by Gaskell, which made her the major literary contributor to the magazine apart from Dickens himself. This collection brings together all of the short stories and non-fiction pieces that Gaskell published in the magazine between 1850 and 1853. Lizzie Leigh and The Heart of John Middleton are examples of Gaskell's writing on the working classes of the industrial north of England, while the Well of Pen Morfa is set in rural North Wales...

By: Leonid Nikolayevich Andreyev (1871-1919)

Book cover Little Angel and Other Stories

This is a volume of short works by Leonid Andreyev. - Summary by Carolin

By: Various

Book cover Ruby Wedding Collection

This collection comprises short stories, poems, a little bit of history and a little bit of ornithology, all with ruby connections. The reader greatly enjoyed searching out suitable gems for inclusion in this celebration of her own Ruby Wedding Anniversary.

Book cover Children's Short Works, Vol. 022

Children's Short Works Collection 022: a collection of 15 short works for children in the public domain read by a variety of members.

Book cover Short Ghost and Horror Collection 028

A collection of twenty stories featuring ghoulies, ghosties, long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night. Expect shivers up your spine, the stench of human flesh, and the occasional touch of wonder.

Book cover Short Science Fiction Collection 054

Science fiction is a genre encompassing imaginative works that take place in this world or that of the author’s creation where anything is possible. The only rules are those set forth by the author. The speculative nature of the genre inspires thought and plants seeds that have led to advances in science. The genre can spark an interest in the sciences and is cited as the impetus for the career choice of many scientists. It is a playing field to explore social perspectives, predictions of the future, and engage in adventures unbound into the richness of the human mind. - Summary by Amy Gramour

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 063

This collection comprises 20 short stories of various genres, chosen by the readers. Authors include Saki, Lord Dunsany, Rudyard Kipling, Rex Beach, Banjo Paterson, Chekhov and Montesquieu.

Book cover Times' Red Cross Story Book By Famous Novelists Serving In His Majesty's Forces

These eighteen stories were published in 1915, in the midst of World War I. "Published For The Times' Fund For The Sick And Wounded" - Summary by Book's title page and david wales

Book cover Short Science Fiction Collection 055

Science fiction is a genre encompassing imaginative works that take place in this world or that of the author’s creation where anything is possible. The only rules are those set forth by the author. The speculative nature of the genre inspires thought and plants seeds that have led to advances in science. The genre can spark an interest in the sciences and is cited as the impetus for the career choice of many scientists. It is a playing field to explore social perspectives, predictions of the future, and engage in adventures unbound into the richness of the human mind.

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 064

This collection comprises 20 short stories of various genres, chosen by the readers. Contributions include works from Guy de Maupassant, Rudyard Kipling, Ray Bradbury, Anton Chekhov, and Gustave Flaubert, among others. - Summary by Ruth Golding

By: Fannie Hurst (1889-1968)

Book cover Vertical City

As the city above soars gloriously skyward, the denizens of the city writhe in its dirty underbelly.The Vertical City is a collection of six short stories by Fannie Hurst . Each story, tells in gritty, dramatic style, of ugly inner city tragedy: unwed mothers, women doing what they need to do in order to escape poverty, or loneliness… A mother can literally give her life in the attempt to provide a better life for her child, and even then she may fail because her love, protection and guidance, cannot overcome the depravity of the environment.Stories included here are: She Walks In Beauty, Back Pay, The Vertical City, The Smudge, Guilty, and Roulette. Summary by Lisa Reichert

By: Im Bang

Book cover Korean Folk Tales

"To any one who would like to look somewhat into the inner soul of the Oriental, and see the peculiar spiritual existences among which he lives, the following stories will serve as true interpreters, born as they are of the three great religions of the Far East, Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism." Manuscripts by two of Korea's most famous authors, dating from the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries were uncovered in the early years of the twentieth century. Translation revealed stories that are not for the faint-hearted: gruesome, harsh, unlovely, depicting scenes of the day, as well as the hope for better things. - Summary by Lynne Thompson

By: Various

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 065

’s Short Story Collection 065: a collection of 20 short works of fiction in the public domain read by a variety of members.

By: Georgene Faulkner (1873-1958)

Book cover White Elephant And Other Tales from Old India Retold

This book is a collection of short stories from India. - Summary by sid

By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)

Book cover Crocodile

Ivan Matveich, the most ordinary person you might hope to meet, is swallowed alive by a crocodile at a sideshow. Finding life inside the belly of the beast quite comfortable, he makes a home for himself there. His disquisitions on the state of the world from inside the crocodile make him quite a name for himself; while all the while the discussion rages outside as to whether the beast is going to be cut open to release him or not, its value as a sideshow attraction having massively increased owing to the presence of the human voice buried inside it. One of Jorge Luis Borges' seven most favourite stories. - Summary by Tony Addison

By: Alphonse Daudet (1840-1897)

Book cover Monday Tales

This is a collection of short stories by Alphonse Daudet. The stories paint an incredibly vivid picture of life in continental Europe before the turn of the last century. The settings of the stories also take us all over France, Belgium, and Germany, with little excursions also outside of those countries. The spirit of Europe of the 19th century is palpable, and described in a way few writers can. - Summary by Carolin

By: Tudor Jenks (1857-1922)

Book cover Imaginotions - Truthless Tales

This is a collection of short stories by Tudor Jenks. Those stories are all written and composed in the way of a fairy tale, but they are not primarily aimed at children. The stories contain excellent satire, and are generally very funny and enjoyable. - Summary by Carolin

By: Thaddeus William Henry Leavitt (1844-1909)

Book cover Kaffir, Kangaroo, Klondike; Tales Of The Gold Fields

Seven short stories. - Summary by david wales

By: Lillian Nixon Lawrence

Book cover Little Dramas for Primary Grades

37 short and very short plays for young children - David O Readers: Linette Geisel: Camel, Big Black Dog, First Child, Camel, Grandma, Red Fox, Child, First Pig, Mrs. Dove, Third Chick, Littlest Fir Tree, French Doll, Mary, Camel, Sparrow, Mrs. Sparrow, Sheep, Little Tree, Columbine, Rose, Lobster, Jellyfish, Flowers, Sanja, Tree, Camel Tomas Peter: Lion, Odd Man, Lion, Fisherman, Hans, Fifth Pig, Mr. Jay, First Chick, Santa Claus, Tin Soldier, Old Year, Man, Thrush, Mr. Sparrow, Cow, Woodcutter,...

By: Various

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 066

Another great collection of short stories in English, selected and read by readers.

By: Leonard Merrick (1864-1939)

Book cover Man who Understood Women, and Other Stories

This is a collection of 20 short stories by English novelist and playwright Leonard Merrick. The stories concern varied topics, and succeed to evoke a charming picture of England in the early 20th century. It is surprising that Merrick's work is no longer known to the public, as he was one of the most highly regarded writers of his own time. William Dean Howells wrote of him, for instance, "I can think of no recent fictionist of his nation who can quite match with Mr. Merrick in that excellence [of "shapeliness" or form in the novel]...

By: Gilbert Parker (1862-1932)

Book cover Lane that had no Turning, and Other Tales concerning the People of Pontiac

This is a collection of short stories by Gilbert Parker. Parker was a Canadian writer who wrote a number of bestsellers that had a lasting influence on Canadian literature, but whose importance for his time is now largely overlooked. One of the prime examples of his art is the short story collection The Lane that had no Turning, which is a series of short stories set in the fictional provincial town of Pontiac in Quebec. This collection "contains some of his best work, and is viewed by some as being in the tradition of such Gothic classics as Stoker's Dracula and James's The Turn of the Screw...

By: Various

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 067

A collection of 20 short stories selected and read by readers in English. 

By: Nora Archibald Smith (1859-1934)

Book cover Tales of Laughter

Time to exercise your funny bone. This fun collection of stories from around the world will make children of all ages smile and chuckle. A LAUGHING SONG When the greenwoods laugh with the voice of joy, And the dimpling stream runs laughing by; When the air does laugh with our merry wit, And the green hill laughs with the noise of it; When the meadows laugh with lively green, And the grasshopper laughs in the merry scene; When Mary and Susan and Emily With their sweet round...

By: Various

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 068

Another fantastic selection of 20 short stories selected by readers and read in English.

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 069

O. Henry, P.G. Wodehouse, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dorothy Parker and Jack London were among the authors selected by readers for this, the 69th volume of short stories. Sit back and enjoy!

Book cover Children's Short Works, Vol. 029

Children's Short Works Collection 029: a collection of 15 short works for children in the public domain read by a variety of members.

By: Barry Pain (1864-1928)

Book cover Stories in Grey

This is a collection of short stories by Barry Pain. Pain was well-known in his time for his supernatural and horror stories. This collection contains 15 interesting examples of his work. - Summary by Carolin

By: Various

Book cover Children's Short Works, Vol. 025

Children's Short Works Collection 025: a collection of 15 short works for children in the public domain read by a variety of members.

Book cover Short Science Fiction Collection 061

Science fiction is a genre encompassing imaginative works that take place in this world or that of the author’s creation where anything is possible. The only rules are those set forth by the author. The speculative nature of the genre inspires thought and plants seeds that have led to advances in science. The genre can spark an interest in the sciences and is cited as the impetus for the career choice of many scientists. It is a playing field to explore social perspectives, predictions of the future, and engage in adventures unbound into the richness of the human mind...

Book cover Children's Short Works, Vol. 032

Children's Short Works Collection 032: a collection of 15 short works for children in the public domain read by a variety of members.

By: Richard Middleton (1882-1911)

Book cover Day before Yesterday

This is a volume of short stories and essays by Richard Middleton. The British poet and author wrote a large number of short pieces during his life, which are today still as entertaining as they were then. Published 1912, one year after Middleton's death, this volume collects some of the best specimens of his prose. - Summary by Carolin

By: Various

Book cover Coffee Break Collection 013 - Weather

This is the thirteenth collection of our "coffee break" series, involving public domain works that are between 3 and 15 minutes in length. These are great for study breaks, commutes, workouts, or any time you'd like to hear a whole story and only have a few minutes to devote to listening. The theme for this collection is "The Weather", where the weather conditions are significant. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry... this selection contains them all.

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 070

Mysteries, fantasy, family and hardship all make appearances in this, the 70th volume of short stories in the English language, selected and read by readers.

Book cover Children's Short Works, Vol. 028

Children's Short Works Collection 028: a collection of 15 short works for children in the public domain read by a variety of members.

Book cover Children's Short Works, Vol. 031

Children's Short Works Collection 031: a collection of 15 short works for children in the public domain read by a variety of members.

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 071

Romance and mystery abound in this, the seventy-first collection of short stories selected and read by volunteers.

Book cover Coffee Break Collection 014 - New Beginnings

This is the fourteenth collection of our "coffee break" series, involving public domain works that are between 3 and 15 minutes in length. These are great for study breaks, commutes, workouts, or any time you'd like to hear a whole story and only have a few minutes to devote to listening. The theme for this collection is "New Beginnings", where some kind of change or new start is significant. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry... we have them all.

By: Richard Middleton (1882-1911)

Book cover Ghost Ship & Other Stories

Richard Middleton is one of the many authors who, despite great merit, have been almost entirely forgotten today. This English author was an eminent literary figure in his day, admired by, among others, Edgar Jepson, Arthur Machen, and Raymond Chandler. This collection of short stories contains his best-known short story, The Ghost Ship, a skillfully written horror story. The other stories contained in this collection are not all horror stories, but cover a variety of genres and topics. - Summary by Carolin

By: Jane Eayre Fryer

Book cover Mary Frances Story Book

The Mary Frances Story Book is different from the other Mary Frances Books. They are part lessons and part story; they teach something about cooking and sewing, knitting and crocheting, housekeeping and gardening, and first-aid—and tell a story, too; but The Mary Frances Story Book is all story. On a summer afternoon Mary Frances took a holiday and sailed away across the blue water to an island—an island formed by the top of a coral mountain resting in a sea of blue; oh, so blue—a brighter blue than the water in your mother’s bluing tub—not the blue that makes you feel sad and blue, but the blue that makes you laugh with happiness...

By: Various

Book cover Short Science Fiction Collection 062

Science fiction is a genre encompassing imaginative works that take place in this world or that of the author’s creation where anything is possible. The only rules are those set forth by the author. The speculative nature of the genre inspires thought and plants seeds that have led to advances in science. The genre can spark an interest in the sciences and is cited as the impetus for the career choice of many scientists. It is a playing field to explore social perspectives, predictions of the future, and engage in adventures unbound into the richness of the human mind. -A. Gramour

By: Sir Charles G. D. Roberts (1860-1943)

Book cover Around The Campfire

Action and adventure short stories of men and animals in the wild. - Summary by David Wales


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