LiteralSystems Audiobooks – Free Professionally Recorded Classics

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[LiteralSystems]( publishes classic literary works as free mp3 audio books under the Creative Commons License.
What sets there recordings apart from others is that they utilize paid performers to create the recordings.
Due to the cost of using paid help the selection is limited but the recordings are all of the highest quality.

I like what the site admin says about why he uses paid performers:
> On average an hour long audio book requires about four or five hours of work on the part of the actor to make it good. Consider, during the recording stage, the actors also have to deal with the director (yours truly) calling “…one more time.” from the next room; this process tends to be more work than most volunteers want to put in. But, because the director (yours truly) likes the results better, in the last two years, in this fashion, we have moved largely away from working with volunteer performers to a paid performers situation.

Below is a list of the titles that are currently available:

– [The Little Match Girl]( by Hans Christian Andersen
– [An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge]( by Ambrose Bierce
– [The Empty House]( by Algernon Blackwood
– [Excerpt from Don Quijote]( by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
– [Rime of the Ancient Mariner]( by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
– [The Secret Sharer]( by Joseph Conrad
– [Heart of Darkness]( by Joseph Conrad
– [The Upper Berth]( by Francis Marion Crawford
– [A Tale of Two Cities]( by Charles Dickens
– [Briar Rose]( by the Brothers Grimm
– [Travelling Musicians, The]( by the Brothers Grimm
– [donaco de la Magoj, la]( by O Henry
– [The Gift of the Magi]( by O Henry
– [The Monkey’s Paw]( by W.W. Jacobs
– [The Elephant’s Child]( by Rudyard Kipling
– [Gunga Din]( by Rudyard Kipling
– [Rikki-Tikki-Tavi]( by Rudyard Kipling
– [To Build A Fire]( by Jack London
– [The Heathen]( by Jack London
– [Saves You Time]( by Kendall McCook
– [The Highwayman]( by Alfred Noyez
– [The Pit and the Pendulum]( by Edgar A. Poe
– [Goblin Market]( by Christina Rossetti
– [Adventures of Huckleberry Finn]( by Mark Twain
– [On the Decay of the Art of Lying]( by Mark Twain
– [2BR02B]( by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
– [The Red Room]( by H.G.Wells
– [The Happy Prince]( by Oscar Wilde

This post was originally published on my old audiobook blog site.

Classic Tales Podcast – Unabridged Classics for a New Generation

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Each week the [Classic Tales Podcast]( delivers an unabridged classic short story professionally performed by the host, B.J. Harrison.
With the podcast, B.J. attempts to make unabridged classics available and approachable to a media savvy generation and provide a healthy dose of enchantment and adventure from such timeless authors as Dickens, Hardy, Hawthorne, Poe, Stevenson.
His choice of stories, he says, are those will uplift and inspire and never to degrade which is his definition of what it means to be a “classic”.

According to the website, B.J. first fell in love with the classics when ran across a comic book version of Hamlet at age 12.
As a teenager, he loved to listen to the old radio dramatizations including Frankenstein, War of the Worlds, and the works of Edgar Allan Poe.
For the last 11 years, he has been able to listen to audiobooks while he works and became acquainted with many colorful characters like David Copperfield, Jane Eyre, Ivanhoe, and many others.
The allure of these tales was enhanced for him by the performance of the reader in the presentation of the story.
He uses what he learned to bring to life the stories presented in his podcast.

I appreciated B.J.’s pledge that he will not publish explicit material of any kind in The Classic Tales.
It is nice to know that this will always be a family friendly podcast.
I can listen to these stories to my kids and not need to awkwardly fast forward through portions.

He also sells some longer stories as audiobooks.
He currently has 3 for sale, [The Invisible Man & The Time Machine](,
the [Edgar Allan Poe Collection](,
and [Treasure Island](…).
Each of these is available for instant download at $9.99 each.
I will probably be adding these to my collection shortly.

# Details
– Website:
– RSS:
– Host: B.J. Harrison
– Started: June 2007
– Frequency: Weekly
– Duration: 30-45 minutes
– BackIssues: Last 3 available online

This post was originally published on my old audiobook blog site. – Writings in Personal Liberty and Freedom

deigns to be a non-partisan voice of freedom, challenging us to listen/read works regarding aspects of personal freedom. And not just the freedoms that are important to us personally but to stand up for the liberties of all, even those with whom we may disagree.

> Our goal is to spread the word of liberty, freedom and democracy to people, communities and countries where they may not be readily available. Personal freedom is sought by everyone young or old, male or female, no matter what race, ethnicity or culture. It is unfortunate that a small but powerful few have taken it upon themselves to deny others freedom for their own gain. Liberty and freedom is not a partisan issue but a human condition that we all seek.

The site was started in July 2003 with the publication of Frederic Bastiat’s highly influential work, “The Law: The Classic Blueprint for a Just Society.”

> If you ever wondered why people involved in politics often fight so vehemently for their cause, this book goes a long way towards not only describing why this is but also what must be done in order to avoid it and how to create a just and equitable society. This book will most likely change the way you think about politics forever.

A few more titles were added in 2005 and then the final update to the site was made in December 2006. I hope that they are able to add more titles in the future. Below is a list of what is on the site at present.

## Law and Economics
– [Law, The]( by [Frederic Bastiat](
– [Candle Maker’s Petition ]( by [Frederic Bastiat ](

## American Independence
– [Common Sense ]( by [Thomas Paine](
– [Farewell Address, Washington’s]( by [George Washington](
– [Virginia Declaration of Rights]( by [George Mason ](
– [Bill of Rights ]( by James Madison

## Anti-Slavery / Civil Rights
– [African Slavery in America ]( by [Thomas Paine ](
– [Awakening of the Negro]( by [Booker T. Washington ](
– [Case of the Negro]( by [Booker T. Washington](
– [Emancipation Proclamation ]( by [Abraham Lincoln](
– [Gettysburg Address]( by [Abraham Lincoln](
– [Inaugural Address, Lincoln’s Second]( by [Abraham Lincoln](
– [Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave]( by [Frederick Douglass](

## Thanksgiving
– [Thanksgiving Proclamation]( by [Abraham Lincoln](
– [Thanksgiving Proclamation]( by [William Bradford (](
– [Thanksgiving Proclamation]( by [George Washington](

This post was originally published on my old audiobook blog site. – Free MP3 Audiobooks

[]( one of a handful of sites dedicated to making good literature available for free online.
LoudLit’s distinction is that besides being able to download the audio version, you can read the text online in-sync with the text.
The site says: *”Putting the text and audio together, readers can learn spelling, punctuation and paragraph structure by listening and reading masterpieces of the written word.”*
I would think this would be a great feature for those learning English as a second language.

Below are the titles that are currently available on

## Novels
– [Adventures of Huckleberry Finn]( by Mark Twain
– [Heart of Darkness]( by Joseph Conrad
– [The Secret Sharer]( by Joseph Conrad
– [A Tale of Two Cities]( by Charles Dickens
– [Typee]( by Herman Melvile

## Short Stories
– [The Gift of the Magi]( by O. Henry
– [The Happy Prince]( by Oscar Wilde
– [How I Edited an Agricultural Paper]( by Mark Twain
– [On the Decay of the Art of Lying]( by Mark Twain
– [The Open Window]( by Saki
– [The Pit and the Pendulum]( by Edgar Allen Poe
– [The Tell-Tale Heart]( by Edgar Allen Poe
– [To Build a Fire]( by Jack London

## Poetry
– [Alone]( by Edgar Allen Poe
– [Annabel Lee]( by Edgar Allen Poe
– [Corinna’s Going A Maying]( by Robert Herrick
– [Danny Deever]( by Rudyard Kipling
– [A Description of a City Shower]( by Edgar Allen Poe
– [A Dream Within a Dream]( by Edgar Allen Poe
– [Eldorado]( by Edgar Allen Poe
– [Goblin Market]( by Christina Rossetti
– [The Highwayman]( by Alfred Noyes
– [Ode to the West Wind]( by Percy Bysshe Shelley
– [The Raven]( by Edgar Allen Poe
– [Rime of the Ancient Mariner]( by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
– [Selected Shakespearean Sonnets]( by William Shakespeare
– [To the Virgins to Make Much of Time]( by Robert Herrick

## Children’s
– [Briar Rose ]( by The Brothers Grimm
– [Clever Gretel]( by The Brothers Grimm
– [The Emperor’s New Clothes]( by Hans Christian Andersen
– [King Grisly-beard]( by The Brothers Grimm
– [The Little Match Girl]( by Hans Christian Andersen
– [Rapunzel]( by The Brothers Grimm
– [The Traveling Musicians]( by The Brothers Grimm

## Historical
– [The Declaration of Independence]( by Thomas Jefferson et. al
– [The Gettysburg Address]( by Abraham Lincoln

Note:Originally published on my old Audiobook blog