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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

By: Various

Book cover Children's Short Works, Vol. 026

Children's Short Works Collection 026: a collection of 15 short works for children in the public domain read by a variety of members.

Book cover Coffee Break Collection 016 - Crime

This is the sixteenth collection of our "coffee break" series, involving public domain works that are between about 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 "Crime", where crime or criminals are significant. readers have chosen a combination of social commentaries, newspaper reports of true crimes and criminals, letters, fictional accounts of the life of the criminal and short 'whodunnit' mysteries. - Summary by Lynne Thompson

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 072

A diverse collection of short stories selected and read in English by readers. This time, we delve into the works of Virginia Woolf, Mark Twain, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Guy de Maupassant, Saki and others to bring you tales of mystery, the thought-provoking, the salutary and the heart-warming. So sit back and enjoy the 72nd Short Story Collection!

By: Eden Phillpotts (1862-1960)

Book cover Human Boy Again

Published in 1908, this is a further collection of twelve humorous short stories about English school boys. The author wrote two other books in this series: The Human Boy and The Human Boy And The War . Eden Phillpotts was popular with the reading public and wrote prolifically novels, short stories, poetry, plays, and nonfiction. - Summary by David Wales

By: Various

Book cover Coffee Break Collection 017 - Health and Fitness

This is the seventeenth Coffee Break Collection, in which readers select English language public domain works of about 15 minutes or less in duration -- perfect to listen to during commutes, workouts or coffee breaks. The topic for this collection is health and fitness... views on these, including physical activity, nutrition and sport, have changed drastically over the years. Readers have chosen selections on subjects ranging from judo and walking to advice for the nutrition and education of children, Summary by Lynne Thompson

By: Barry Pain (1864-1928)

Book cover Stories without Tears

This is a collection of short stories by Barry Pain, first published in 1914. While generally best-known for his horror and supernatural fiction, Barry Pain turns to general fiction, mystery, and humour in this volume. Sorely needed in 1914, one might say, and perhaps also sorely needed today. - Summary by Carolin

By: Various

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 073

A diverse collection of short stories selected and read in English by readers. This time, we delve into the works of Saki, Katherine Mansfield, Jack London, Lord Dunsany and others to bring you tales of mystery, the thought-provoking, the salutary and the heart-warming. So sit back and enjoy the 73rd Short Story Collection!

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 074

A diverse collection of short stories selected and read in English by readers. This time, we delve into the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, Lord Dunsany, Ambrose Bierce and Edgar Allen Poe and others to bring you tales of mystery, the thought-provoking, the mystical and the amusing. So sit back and enjoy the 74th Short Story Collection!

By: José Maria de Eça de Queirós (1845-1900)

Book cover Our Lady of the Pillar

A ghost story and love story all at once, set in medieval Portugal. Don Ruy is in love with Dona Leonor, but her husband has guessed his feelings and hatches a plan. Don Ruy rides right into a trap, but on the way, a dead man joins him and saves his life. - Summary by Carolin

By: Various

Book cover Children's Short Works, Vol. 027

Children's Short Works Collection 027: a collection of 15 short works for children in the public domain read by a variety of members.

By: Ethel Mary Brodie (1878-1931)

Book cover Rose-colored World, and Other Fantasies

Love stories make perfect short stories. This collection contains 16 different short stories on the different ways a love affair can play out. - Summary by Carolin

By: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (1810-1865)

Book cover Short stories (Early works 1837-1852)

A collection of Elizabeth Gaskell's early short stories. Following the publication of Mary Barton in 1848, Gaskell published many of her short works for Charles Dickens's Household Words magazine between 1850 and 1858. Her earlier works were published in a variety of venues including Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine , William Howitt's Visits to Remarkable Places , Howitt’s Journal of Literature and Popular Progress , the Sunday School Penny Magazine , Sartain’s Union Magazine and the Ladies Companion and Monthly Magazine . Summary by Phil Benson

By: Various

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 075

A diverse collection of short stories selected and read in English by readers. This time, we delve into the works of Carolyn Wells, Egerton Castle, Lucy Maud Montgomery and Stephen Leacock and others to bring you tales of mystery, poignant romance, the quirky and the amusing. So sit back and enjoy the 75th Short Story Collection!

Book cover Coffee Break Collection 018 - Pirates

This is the eighteenth Coffee Break Collection, in which readers select English language public domain works of about 15 minutes or less in duration -- perfect to listen to during commutes, workouts or coffee breaks. The topic for this collection is pirates... a rich source of material. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, prose, essays... the romance of a life on the ocean waves and the danger posed by the 'bad boys '; but sometimes the law catches up with them.

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 076

A diverse collection of short stories selected and read in English by readers. This time, we delve into the annals of Arthur Conan Doyle's detective stories, Robert Louis Stevenson's cynical observations on life, a classic tale from The Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night, adventures on the high seas by Bessie Chandler and more to bring you excitement, mystery and maybe a smile. So sit back and enjoy the 76th Short Story Collection!

Book cover Children's Short Works, Vol. 037

Children's Short Works Collection 037: a collection of 15 short works for children in the public domain read by a variety of members.

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 077

A diverse collection of short stories selected and read in English by readers. The ever-popular detective stories of Arthur Conan Doyle are joined by humor from Charles Dickens and Nathaniel Hawthorne as well as some weird and creepy selections to satisfy every taste. So sit back and enjoy the 77th Short Story Collection!

Book cover Children's Short Works, Vol. 030

Children's Short Works Collection 030: 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. 034

Children's Short Works Collection 034: 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. 041

Children's Short Works Collection 041: a collection of 15 short works for children in the public domain read by a variety of members.

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 078

A diverse collection of short stories selected and read in English by readers. The ever-popular detective stories of Arthur Conan Doyle, including the demise of Sherlock Holmes, the quirky Ambrose Bierce and Bill Nye and the wistful Soul of the Violin will keep you entertained and amused in this, the 78th Short Story Collection!

By: Sapper (1888-1937)

Book cover Lieutenant and Others

This is a volume of short stories by Herman Cyril McNeile, better known by his pseudonym "Sapper", who is well-known until today for his haunting short stories and novels, set at the front in World War I, and based on his first-hand experiences. This collection is early, it was published in 1916, the bloodiest and most gruesome year of what would later be known as the Great War. - Summary by Carolin

By: Various

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 079

A diverse collection of short stories selected and read in English by readers. The ever-popular detective stories of Arthur Conan Doyle, dark stories from Algernon Blackwood and the quirky from Bill Nye, Ambrose Bierce and O. Henry will keep you entertained and amused in this, the 79th Short Story Collection brought to you by some of your favorite readers.

By: Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Book cover How To Tell A Story, and Other Essays (Version 2)

The complete collection of works using this title. Other versions, including the Project Gutenberg version, have been radically shortened. Mark Twain published several collections of his short stories and essays. This collection, like the others, dramatically demonstrates the eclectic nature of his work and the depth of his humanistic thinking. Each essay stands alone. Listeners will find many instances where modern times come to mind.

By: Various

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 080

A diverse collection of short stories selected and read in English by readers. This time, we delve into the works of H.G. Wells, Oscar Wilde, Lord Dunsany, Poe and others to bring you tales of mystery, horror, puzzling and the amusing. So sit back and enjoy the 80th Short Story Collection!

Book cover Coffee Break Collection 019 - Plants and Flowers

The Coffee Break Collections are themed anthologies, selected and read by readers. Each short piece is fifteen minutes long, or less -- perfect for coffee breaks, commutes and work outs. Essays, prose, fiction, non-fiction, poetry -- who knows what gems will be uncovered? Spring is the time we see plants and flowers, dormant over the cold winter months, burst into life; and they make their appearance here. - Summary by Lynne Thompson

By: Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

Book cover Dred, A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp

This is Stowe's second book, another one depicting the horrors of southern slavery, published 4 years after Uncle Tom's Cabin and 5 years before the commencement of the Civil War, when new territories wanting admittance into the US , were vying to become slave states, threatening to spread the heinous system. While a work of fiction, the book successfully documents the horrors of the slave system, and depicts how some slaves escaped into the Dismal Swamp , where they often lived for years hiding from their pursuers, often in community...

By: Various

Book cover Coffee Break Collection 020 - Old Age

The Coffee Break Collections are themed anthologies, selected and read by readers. Each short piece is fifteen minutes long, or less -- perfect for coffee breaks, commutes and work outs. Essays, prose, fiction, non-fiction, poetry -- who knows what gems will be uncovered? In this collection, we explore old age -- grandparents, retirement, wisdom, decline. It is an opportunity to reflect on mortality and depth of experience. - Summary by Lynne Thompson

By: Henry Inman (1837-1899)

Book cover Tales Of The Trail; Short Stories Of Western Life

This 1898 collection of thirteen previously published articles exhibits the acute perception of one of the most popular writers of the late 19th-early 20th centuries. “These "Tales of the Trail" are based upon actual facts which came under the personal observation of the author… and will form another interesting series of stories of that era of great adventures, when the country west of the Missouri was unknown except to the trappers, hunters, and army officers.” Henry Inman was an American soldier, frontiersman, and author...

By: Various

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 081

readers have come together to bring you another diverse collection of short stories. This anthology brings you selections from Thomas Hardy, Lord Dunsany, Saki, Arthur Conan Doyle and many others to delight and mystify. So pull up a chair, sit back and let us transport you to another place.

Book cover A to Zed Collection Vol. 001

A collection of pieces, both fiction and non-fiction, that have as its subject a word beginning with a specific letter of the English alphabet. Subjects can range from coffee to tea, animals to vampires, law to emotions.

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 082

A diverse collection of short stories selected and read in English by readers. The ever-popular detective stories of Arthur Conan Doyle, tales of dark times of war and conflict and more upbeat selections from Jane Austen and L.M. Montgomery round out this, the 82nd edition of the Short Story Collections.

Book cover Coffee Break Collection 021 - Fairy Tales, Tall Stories and Scams

This is the twenty-first Coffee Break Collection, in which readers select English language public domain works of about 15 minutes or less in duration -- perfect to listen to during commutes, workouts or coffee breaks. The topic for this collection is fairy tales... traditional children's tales, tall stories and notorious scams and the authors of thm may be uncovered! Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, prose, essays... all are welcome here.

Book cover Coffee Break Collection 022 - Days Gone By

This is the twenty-second Coffee Break Collection, in which readers select English language public domain works of about 15 minutes or less in duration -- perfect to listen to during commutes, workouts or coffee breaks. The topic for this collection is Days Gone By. All pieces were of a historical nature at the time written . Ancient Rome, Greece or Egypt, medieval Europe, the early days of the American colonies.

Book cover Coffee Break Collection 023 - Mysteries, Riddles and Conundrums

This is the twenty-third Coffee Break Collection, in which readers select English language public domain works of about 15 minutes or less in duration -- perfect to listen to during commutes, workouts or coffee breaks. The topic for this collection is Mysteries, Riddles and Conundrums. Short mystery fiction, puzzles that have baffled generations, whether solved or unsolved and anything our forefathers have struggled to explain. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, prose, essays...who knows what you will discover?

By: William Cowper Brann (1855-1898)

Book cover Complete Works of Brann, The Iconoclast, Volume 12

William Cowper Brann earned the nickname “The Iconoclast” by fearlessly attacking established beliefs and institutions which he thought to be pompous and self-serving. He settled in the wild and wooly West Texas town of Waco in the late 1800s as a newspaper man - first as a writer and then as owner of newspaper he named “The Iconoclast”. During this period, Catholics and Protestants were duking it out over the soul of Texas and there was even further sectarian strife among Protestants. Brann wrote prolifically and aired his Politically Incorrect views with vigor and colorful language...

By: Aleksandr Kuprin (1870-1938)

Book cover Sasha

Kuprin is well-known to Russian readers and has been described as one of the last exponents of Russian critical realism. He first made a career as an officer in the army, but he left this work to take on employment as varied as journalist, hunter, fisherman, actor, and circus worker. His literary fame was launched with the publication in 1905 of Poyedinok . Here are 12 short stories from Alexander Kuprin. - Summary by KevinS

By: Various

Book cover Christmas Short Works Collection 2019

2019 collection of items with a Christmas theme containing traditional stories, Christmas traditions, Christmas cakes. We hope you will enjoy it.

Book cover Coffee Break Collection 024 - Ghosts, Ghouls and Spooky Things

This is the twenty-fourth Coffee Break Collection, in which readers select English language public domain works of about 15 minutes or less in duration -- perfect to listen to during commutes, workouts or coffee breaks. The topic for this collection is Ghosts, Ghouls and Spooky Things in honor of Halloween. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, prose, essays... all chill and perplex.

Book cover Children's Short Works, Vol. 033

Children's Short Works Collection 033: a collection of 15 short works for children in the public domain read by a variety of members.

Book cover Coffee Break Collection 025 - Water

This is the twenty-fifth Coffee Break Collection, in which readers select English language public domain works of about 15 minutes or less in duration -- perfect to listen to during commutes, workouts or coffee breaks. The topic for this collection is water, a subject that has attracted Archimedes, Shelley and Masefield, to name but a few.

Book cover Children's Short Works, Vol. 038

Children's Short Works Collection 038: a collection of 15 short works for children in the public domain read by a variety of members.

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 084

And so we present the 84th Short Story Collection! Each tale is selected and read by a volunteer. Once again, we have a wide variety of stories, from the amusing to the perplexing. Zane Grey, Maxim Gorky and H.G. Wells are among the authors selected this time round.

By: Frank Gelett Burgess (1886-1951)

Book cover Master of Mysteries

Subtitled, "Being an account of the problems solved by Astro, seer of secrets, and his love affair with Valeska Wynne, his assistant." Classic detective stories, with an atypical solver of them. Note, the book itself is published with no author name, which explains the introduction. Don't understand what I mean? Listen and find out! - Summary by TriciaG

By: Various

Book cover Coffee Break Collection 026 - It's a Small World

This is the 26th Coffee Break Collection, in which readers select and read poems, fiction and non-fiction pieces of fifteen minutes' duration or less. The subject for this collection is "It's a Small World". Readers have interpreted this in their own way, so we have selections such as Asteroids, Small Country Houses of Today and stories for "small people", such as Jack and the Beanstalk.

Book cover Black Cat Vol. 01 No. 01 October 1895

The Black Cat was a monthly literary magazine, publishing original short stories, often about uncanny or fantastical topics. Many writers were largely unknown, but some famous authors also wrote original material for this magazine. This is the very first issue, offering the following 7 stories: "In gold time", by Roberta Littlehale: in wild-west days, when two rivals love the same woman, tragedy ensues "The unturned trump", by Barnes MacGreggor, pseudonym of H. D. Umbstaetter : to while away the...

Book cover Dreams Collection 1 - Stories and Poems

This is a collection of 20 stories and/or poems, contributed by volunteers, pertaining to dreams.

Book cover Black Cat Vol. 01 No. 02 November 1895

The Black Cat was a monthly literary magazine, publishing original short stories, often about uncanny or fantastical topics. Many writers were largely unknown, but some famous authors also wrote original material for this magazine. In this second issue are included the following 8 stories: "A Calaveras hold-up", by Roberta Littlehale: can love make a man mend his ways or are some relationships doomed from the start ? "From a trolley post", by Margaret Dodge: a boring bus-stop wait is interrupted...

By: Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961)

Book cover Tenth Clew and Other Continental Op Stories

Biographer Nathan Ward has called “The Tenth Clew” Dashiell Hammett’s “first real jewel of a story.” In it, Hammett’s nameless Continental Detective Agency operative survives being knocked unconscious and dumped in San Francisco Bay. This kind of action was what his Black Mask magazine editors and readers were asking for, and Hammett somewhat grudgingly obliged them with continuing stories of the Continental Op.

By: Various

Book cover Coffee Break Collection 027 - Sports

This is the 27th Coffee Break Collection, in which readers select and read poems, fiction and non-fiction pieces of fifteen minutes' duration or less. In honor of the Super Bowl, the subject for this collection is "Sports".

Book cover Black Cat Vol. 01 No. 03 December 1895

The Black Cat was a monthly literary magazine, publishing original short stories, often about uncanny or fantastical topics. Many writers were largely unknown, but some famous authors also wrote original material for this magazine. The following 6 stories are included in this third issue: "The great star ruby", by Barnes MacGreggor, pseud. of H. D. Umbstaetter : a man tells the thrilling story of the theft of a very valuable ruby "The interrupted banquet", by René Bache : at this strange dinner party, a young man is told some shocking news by the other guests "The archangel", by James Q...

By: Margaret Nevinson (1858-1932)

Book cover Workhouse Characters

In 1904, Margaret Nevinson, a respectable lady and active suffragette, joined the board of guardians in Hampstead Heath. The guardians had responsibility over the parish workhouse. In the UK, before the 1930s, one could not receive welfare assistance unless he or she entered the workhouse. A house for which one had to work. The conditions were so poor, sometimes even poorer then conditions in prison. The workhouse inspired many novels, the most famous is Oliver Twist. This collection of short stories is about the horrors Margaret saw, chiefly about things women had to endure...

By: Various

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 085

This is the 85th short story collection. Once again, readers selected stories covering a wide variety of subjects. Several stories by Anna Cora Mowatt take a quirky look at married life, Kipling's India and a lesson for a king are included in this anthology.

Book cover Children's Short Works, Vol. 043

Children's Short Works Collection 043: a collection of 15 short works for children in the public domain read by a variety of members.

By: Ring Lardner (1885-1933)

Book cover How To Write Short Stories, with examples

Here are 10 humorous short stories by Ring Lardner , an American sports columnist and short-story writer best known for his satirical writings on sports, marriage, and the theatre. His contemporaries Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, and F. Scott Fitzgerald all professed strong admiration for his writing.

By: Emily Beesly

Book cover Stories from the History of Rome

Mrs. Emily Beesly, the writer of this brilliant narrative, lived in an era of nothing but fairy tales and "the stories of nursery life" for her children. Yet, she believed that when historical stories of importance were reworded into narratives fit for her children's ears, they, too could learn the Stories from the History of Rome and grow in knowledge, fascination, and wonder with the past. This is the product of that idea and desire. Summary by Melissa Petermann

By: Various

Book cover Black Cat Vol. 01 No. 04 January 1896

The Black Cat was a monthly literary magazine, publishing original short stories, often about uncanny or fantastical topics. Many writers were largely unknown, but some famous authors also wrote original material for this magazine. This is the fourth issue, containing the following 7 stories: "In Solomon's Caverns", by Charles Edward Barns: lost in a huge cavern, a man struggles to survive and find his way back to civilization "An angel of Tenderfoot Hill", by Frederick Bradford: can two years of...

Book cover Dreams Collection 2 - Stories and Poems

This is a collection of 20 stories and/or poems, contributed by volunteers, pertaining to dreams.

Book cover Short Story Collection Vol. 086

A diverse collection of short stories selected and read in English by readers. Old favorites, such as Oscar Wilde, Lord Dunsany, Stephen Leacock and others are joined by less familiar writers to bring you tales of lessons to be learned, poignant romance, the quirky and the amusing. So sit back and enjoy the 86th Short Story Collection!


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