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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Scene from War and Peace, by Leonid Pasternak

Scene from War and Peace, by Leonid Pasternak

This audio was prepared for ESL learners for educational purposes and is presented on a non-profit site for streaming only, not for download. Click on the chapter you want to listen to and the book will automatically open up so you can read along.

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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This recording of The Great Gatsby was made for educational purposes to assist ESL learners. Downloadable files are NOT available of this material, it is streaming only. Click on the link for the chapter you want to stream and the text will also appear, allowing you to follow along in the text while you listen.

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Orson Welles Julius Caesar radio theater

Julius Caesar by Clara Grosch

Julius Caesar by Clara Grosch

Julius Caesar

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Orson Welles Hamlet radio theater

Hamlet, Act IV scene V, Ophelia before the King and Queen

Hamlet, Act IV scene V, Ophelia before the King and Queen

Hamlet part 1

Hamlet part 2

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien in 1916

J. R. R. Tolkien in 1916

This recording of the Hobbit was made for educational purposes to assist ESL learners. Downloadable files are NOT available of this material, it is streaming only. Click on the link for the chapter you want to stream and the text will also appear, allowing you to follow along in the text while you listen.

Posted 2 years, 3 months ago.

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1984 by George Orwell

1984 cover

This recording of 1984 was made for educational purposes to assist ESL learners. Downloadable files are NOT available of this material, it is streaming only. Click on the link for the chapter you want to stream and the text will also appear, allowing you to follow along in the text while you listen.

Posted 8 years ago.

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Lord Byron, selected poems

Waiting by Edmund Blair Leighton, public domain image

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She Walks in Beauty

She Walks in Beauty e-text

The Prisoner of Chillon
abridged reading

entire e-text for The Prisoner

All for Love e-text

The Tear

The Tear e-text

Posted 8 years ago.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Puck from Midsummer Night's Dream by Arthur Rackham, public domain image

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Click here to see downloadable CurrClick materials which could be used in a study of Shakespeare. Clicking this link will take you away from My Audio School.

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illustration of Puck from Midsummer Night's Dream by Arthur Rackham, public domain image

Posted 8 years ago.

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Norton Anthology of Poetry links

Ripe Hachiya persimmons on a tree in December, licensed under GNU Free Documentation license by author Downtowngal

The Norton Anthology of Poetry has provided a web companion with several poems read aloud.  Here is their homepage where you can find several additional resources.  Below are links to the poems on their site.  Click on the links to go to their site, and then click on the speaker beside the text of each poem to hear it read aloud.  You’ll need QuickTime for the audio player to work.

Image of Chaucer as a pilgrim from Ellesmere Manuscript in Huntington Library in San Marino California.  This manuscript is an early publishing of Canterbury Tales.

Geoffrey Chaucer (1343 – 1400) The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale

Sir Patrick Spens Early Modern Ballads

Thomas Wyatt (1503 – 1542) They Flee from Me

Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603) When I Was Fair and Young

Edmund Spenser (1552 – 1599) Sonnet 75

Shepherd by Strambu Ipolit, 1871-1934

Christopher Marlowe (1564 – 1593) The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) Sonnet 146

John Donne (1572 – 1631) A Valediction Forbidding Mourning

Anne Bradstreet (1612 – 1672) To My Dear and Loving Husband

Anna Letitia Barbauld (1743 – 1825) The Rights of Woman

Old Chelsea Bridge, London by Pissarro, 1871

William Blake (1757 – 1827) London

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834) Kubla Khan

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809 – 1892) Ulysses

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892) Song of Myself

Emily Dickinson, black and white photograph

Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886) #712

William Butler Yeats (1865 – 1939) Easter 1916

Wallace Stevens (1879 – 1955) Sunday Morning

William Carlos Williams (1883 – 1963) This Is Just to Say

Marianne Moore (1887 – 1972) Poetry

Wilfred Owen (1893 – 1918) Dulce Et Decorum Est

Dulce et Decorum est, One of many, many graveyards in the Somme battlefields, this one is on the main road between Albert and Baupaume, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0, by author Chris Hartford from London, UK

Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967) The Weary Blues

W. H. Auden (1907 – 1973) In Memory of W. B. Yeats

Dylan Thomas (1914 – 1953) Fern Hill

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 – 2000) We Real Cool

Denise Levertov (1923 – 1997) Tenebrae

Adrienne Rich (b. 1929) Diving into the Wreck

Derek Walcott (b. 1930) A Far Cry from Africa

1593 map Northern Hemisphere, Gerard de Jode

Eavan Boland (b. 1944) That the Science of Cartography Is Limited

Rita Dove (b. 1952) Parsley

Li-Young Lee (b. 1957) Persimmons

Posted 8 years ago.

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Edgar Allen Poe, selected short works

illustration to The Purloined Letter by E.A. Poe, illustrator unknown, public domain image

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The Tell Tale Heart

The Purloined Letter

The Fall of the House of Usher, illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley, public domain

The Fall of the House of Usher

The Pit and the Pendulum

Posted 8 years ago.

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Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton’s 1911 novel Ethan Frome tells the story of a tragic love triangle. Set in the highly symbolic wintry landscape of Starkfield, Massachusetts, the narrative centers on the title character’s fraught relationships with his “sickly, cantankerous” wife Zeena and his young, beautiful cousin Mattie Silver. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett for Librivox)

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Total running time: 3 hours, 13 minutes

Posted 8 years ago.

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In Flanders Field by John McCrae

Lest we  forget, photo by hobvias sudoneighm, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 license

Read this poem and others by John McCrae

In Flanders Field by John McCrae

Posted 8 years ago.

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The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

Battle of Antietam

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Chapter 01

Chapter 02

Chapter 03

Chapter 04

Chapter 05

Chapter 06

A slave auction house on Whitehall Street, Sherman Atlanta in fall 1864, before it was burned by Sherman's army

Chapter 07

Chapter 08

Chapter 09
Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Battle of Chicamauga

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Battle of Wilson's Creek

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

The Storming of Fort Wagner, lithograph by Kurz and Allison, 1890

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Posted 8 years ago.

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The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Samuel Butler

Ulysses and the Sirens by John William Waterhouse

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Odysseus in the cave of Polyphemus by Jordaens

Odysseus in the cave of Polyphemus by Jordaens

The Odyssey: Book 01

The Odyssey: Book 02

The Odyssey: Book 03

The Odyssey: Book 04

The Odyssey: Book 05

Odysseus derides Polyphemous by Turner

Odysseus derides Polyphemous by Turner

The Odyssey: Book 06

The Odyssey: Book 07

The Odyssey: Book 08

The Odyssey: Book 09

The Odyssey: Book 10

Odysseus and Nausicaa by V. Serov

The Odyssey: Book 11

The Odyssey: Book 12

The Odyssey: Book 13

The Odyssey: Book 14

The Odyssey: Book 15

The Odyssey: Book 16

The Odyssey: Book 17

The Odyssey: Book 18

The Odyssey: Book 19

Odysseus returns Chryseis to her Father by Claude Lorrain

Odysseus returns Chryseis to her Father by Claude Lorrain

The Odyssey: Book 20

The Odyssey: Book 21

The Odyssey: Book 22

The Odyssey: Book 23

The Odyssey: Book 24

Posted 8 years ago.

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Poetics by Aristotle

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Total running time: 2 hrs. 24 min.

Preface

Chapters 1-3

Chapters 4-5

Chapters 6-8

Chapters 9-13

Chapter 14

Chapters 15-16

Chapters 17-19

Chapters 20-21

Chapters 22-24

Chapters 25-26

Posted 8 years, 1 month ago.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Scenes from Pride and Prejudice, a Card of Brock's illustrations, ca 1885, public domain image

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Darcy at Netherfield, Detail of C. E. Brock illustration for 1895 edition of Pride and Prejudice, ch 18, public domain image

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Detail of C. E. Brock illustration for 1895 edition of Pride and Prejudice, ch 3, public domain image

Chapter 01

Chapter 02

Chapter 03

Chapter 04

Chapter 05

PP Detail of C. E. Brock illustration for 1895 edition of Pride and Prejudice, ch 6

Chapter 06

Chapter 07

Chapter 08

Chapter 09

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Detail of C. E. Brock illustration for 1895 edition of Pride and Prejudice, ch 15, public domain image

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Pride and Prejudice, C.E. Brock illustration for the 1895 edition, ch 18, public domain iamge

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Mr. Collins Proposal, "Almost as soon as I enered the house, I singled you out as the companion of my future life", Detail of C. E. Brock illustration for 1895 edition of Pride and Prejudice, ch 19, public domain image

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Detail of C. E. Brock illustration for 1895 edition of Pride and Prejudice, ch 31, public domain image

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Lady Catherine de Bourg, Detail of C. E. Brock illustration for 1895 edition of Pride and Prejudice, ch 37, public domain image

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

Detail of C. E. Brock illustration for 1895 edition of Pride and Prejudice, ch 43, public domain image

Chapter 43

Chapter 44

Chapter 45

Chapter 46

Chapter 47

Chapter 48

Chapter 49

Chapter 50

Chapter 51

Chapter 52

Chapter 53

Chapter 54

Bingley and Jane ch 55, C.E. Brock illustration from the 1895 edition, public domain image

Chapter 55

Chapter 56

Chapter 57

Chapter 58

Elizabeth Bennett, Detail of C. E. Brock illustration for 1895 edition of Pride and Prejudice, ch 57, public domain image

Chapter 59

Chapter 60

Chapter 61

Posted 8 years, 1 month ago.

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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain

Frogs2 cropped image of two frogs from public domain book published in 1847 by Stuttgart and Esslingen, public domain

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

e-text

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Emily Dickinson, selected poetry

Feather_1, published by author Louise Docker from Sydney Australia, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

Click here to see a selection of downloadable curriculum resources from CurrClick for studying poetry.

e-text for Hope….

Oglala National Grassland, Nebraska USA, near Toadstool Geologic Park, image released to public domain by author Brian Kell

The Grass… e-text

The Cemetery Entrance by Caspar David Friedrich, public domain image

e-text for Because I could not stop for Death

I Died for Beauty

Beauty e-text

Rain by Ivan Yendogurov, public domain image

Summer Shower

e-text for Summer Shower

I’m Nobody

e-text for I’m Nobody

Morning

e-text for Morning

Interesting Story by Laura Muntz Lyall, public domain image

There is no Frigate like a Book

e-text for Frigate

In a Library

Library e-text

A Word is Dead

e-text for A Word is Dead

If I can stop one heart from breaking

e-text for If I can stop…

Indian Summer, Vermont by Willard Leroy Metcalf, public domain image

Indian Summer

Indian Summer e-text

Our Share of Night to Bear

Our Share e-text

There’s a Certain Slant of Light

Slant of Light e-text

Posted 8 years, 1 month ago.

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The Talisman by Sir Walter Scott

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Summary: The Talisman is a gripping tale set near the end of the Third Crusade. King Richard the Lionheart is grievously ill, and all around him the leaders from allied countries plot and scheme to gain personal power, putting the future of the crusade in jeopardy. Sir Kenneth of Scotland finds himself caught up in events, and finds both his honour and his life are now on the line. Can a cure be found for the King? Can Kenneth redeem his honour? – Written by Rowen for Librivox.

# 00 – Introduction

# 01 – Chapter 1

# 02 – Chapter 2

# 03 – Chapter 3 Part 1

# 04 – Chapter 3 Part 2

# 05 – Chapter 4

# 06 – Chapter 5

# 07 – Chapter 6

# 08 – Chapter 9

# 09 – Chapter 8

# 10 – Chapter 9

# 11 – Chapter 10

# 12 – Chapter 11 Pt 1

# 13 – Chapter 11 Pt 2

# 14 – Chapter 12

# 15 – Chapter 13

# 16 – Chapter 14

# 17 – Chapter 15

# 18 – Chapter16

# 19 – Chapter 17

# 20 – Chapter 18

# 21 – Chapter 19

# 22 – Chapter 20

# 23 – Chapter 21

# 24 – Chapter 22

# 25 – Chapter 23

# 26 – Chapter 24

# 27 – Chapter 25

# 28 – Chapter 26

# 29 – Chapter 27 pt 1

# 30 – Chapter 27 pt 2

# 31 – Chapter 28

Posted 8 years, 1 month ago.

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The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe

Raven, Corvus corax by Franco Atirador

The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe

Raven, Edgar Allen Poe

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Here is The Raven in some foreign languages, for you language students:

Corvus (Latin)

Latin e-text

El Cuervo (Spanish)

Spanish e-text

De Raaf (Dutch)

Dutch e-text

Le Corbeau (French)

French e-text

Der Rabe (German)

German e-text

Posted 8 years, 1 month ago.

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