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Bedtime in the Public Domain
By W. Blaine Dowler
Reading books from the public domain, one chapter at a time.
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Aesop's Fables: The Frogs Asking for a King
Bedtime in the Public Domain
By W. Blaine Dowler
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Aesop's Fables: The Man and the Lion
Once again, predator and prey.
March 27, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Walnut Tree
There is a definite tree theme lately...
March 26, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Lion and the Boar
Yeah, predator and prey always work well together.
March 25, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Olive Tree and the Fig Tree
Two trees star in this one.
March 24, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Frogs Asking for a King
Be careful what you ask for.
March 23, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Boy and the Filberts
Filberts used to be a thing. Some type of nut, apparently.
March 20, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Oxen and the Axeltrees
Axeltrees were a thing once.
March 19, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Two Bags
Be careful what you carry around with you.
March 18, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Dog in the Manger
A selfish dog bothers some cows.
March 17, 2020
Aesop's Fables: Jupiter and the Tortoise
How the tortoise got its shell...
March 16, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Jackdaw and the Pigeons
The dangers of conformity, or is it the dangers of defying classism?
March 13, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Peasant and the Apple Tree
A story told in a time when bees were still plentiful.
March 12, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Boy and the Nettles
This is all about the nettles.
March 11, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Mouse, the Frog, and the Hawk
This one is more than a little classist.
March 10, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Swollen Fox
This story about a fox could just as easily been about a Pooh bear.
March 9, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Quack Frog
Physician, heal thyself.
March 6, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Boy Bathing
The original "okay, boomer".
March 5, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Old Lion
Pay attention to footprints, I guess.
March 4, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The She-Goats and Their Beards
This is not a modern view of gender politics.
March 3, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Ass in the Lion's Skin
If you wear a costume, stay in character.
March 2, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Owl and the Birds
Listen to the wise.
February 28, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Lamp
Know your place in society.
February 27, 2020
Aesop's Fables: Father and Sons
Another story which has become a common cultural tale.
February 26, 2020
Aesop's Fables: Jupiter and the Monkey
The Monkey gets attention from the main god in the pantheon.
February 25, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Farmer and Fortune
Be careful who you thank.
February 24, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Thieves and the Cock
To win a debate, think about what motivates the other side.
February 21, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Monkey as King
Choose your leaders wisely.
February 20, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Dog and the Cook
This is a table about uninvited party guests.
February 19, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Farmer and His Sons
The treasure hunt finds nothing... or does it?
February 18, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Ass and His Shadow
Read the fine print.
February 17, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Crab and His Mother
A little story about education.
February 14, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Boasting Traveller
Deeds, not words.
February 13, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Fisherman and the Sprat
A fisherman rejects the deal offered by a fish.
February 12, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Fox and the Goat
Another cliche expression originates in "Aesop's Fables".
February 11, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Shepherd's Boy and the Wolf
Often retold as "the boy who cried wolf."
February 10, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Ass and his Burdens
An ass figures out a seemingly clever way to lighten his load.
February 7, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Apes and the Two Travellers
Honesty is not rewarded.
February 6, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Boy and the Snails
About a naughty boy.
February 5, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Blind Man and the Cub
A blind man is handed a hostile creature and told to feel it up.
February 4, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Oak and the Reeds
Go with the flow.
February 3, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Bee and Jupiter
How the bee got its sting.
January 31, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Flea and the Man
Be careful who you bite.
January 30, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Slave and the Lion
Friends are good.
January 29, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Bear and the Travellers
I've heard a similar story with dragons and halflings.
January 28, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Gnat and the Bull
January 27, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Dog, the Cock, and the Fox
And the moral of the story is... what, exactly?
January 24, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Frogs' Complaint Against the Sun
The frogs have something to say about a married Sun.
January 23, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Fir-Tree and the Bramble
It's nice to be wanted... sometimes.
January 22, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Ass and the Lap-Dog
This seems to be teaching people to "know their place" in society...
January 21, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Fox and the Monkey
This ends with another phrase that really should have become a cliche, but somehow didn't.
January 20, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Dolphins, the Whales, and the Sprat
One question: what the heck is a sprat?
January 17, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Milkmaid and Her Pail
Another cliche starts right here.
January 16, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Stag in the Ox-Stall
A stag tries to hide.
January 15, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
This didn't end the way society has conditioned me to expect it to end. Also, I clearly watch too much Star Trek, since I almost titled this "The Worf in Sheep's Clothing."
January 14, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Fox and the Stork
Two animals try to share meals, but I don't think they are friends.
January 13, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Hares and the Frogs
Because cowardice means you should kill yourself...? I'm starting to question the morals of Aesop.
January 10, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Good and the Ills
January 9, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Mistress and Her Servants
A lesson is learned, even if cause and effect are ignored in the process.
January 8, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The North Wind and the Sun
Two embodiments of nature have a contest.
January 7, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Boys and the Frogs
A matter of perspective
January 6, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Crow and the Pitcher
A thirsty crow gets creative.
January 3, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Lion and the Mouse
Judge me by my size, do you?
January 2, 2020
Aesop's Fables: The Ass, The Fox, and the Lion
A cautionary tale told in the woods.
January 1, 2020
Aesop's Fables: Mercury and the Woodman
An honest woodman does better than a dishonest one.
December 31, 2019
Aesop's Fables: The Moon and Her Mother
The Moon asks her mother to make her a dress.
December 30, 2019
Aesop's Fables: The Old Woman and the Doctor
A woman gets treated for blindness by a dishonest doctor.
December 27, 2019
Aesop's Fables: The Spendthrift and the Swallow
December 26, 2019
Aesop's Fables: The Cat and the Birds
A cat visits some sickly birds.
December 25, 2019
Aesop's Fables: The Peacock and the Crane
Form or function?
December 24, 2019
Aesop's Fables: The Wolf and the Lamb
Sometimes those blamed are blameless.
December 23, 2019
Aesop's Fables: The Horse and the Groom
A tale against embezzlement.
December 20, 2019
Aesop's Fables: The Fox and the Crow
Can the fox outwit the crow and steal its cheese?
December 19, 2019
Aesop's Fables: The Dog and the Sow
Whose offspring are better?
December 18, 2019
Aesop's Fables: The Bat and the Weasels
A bat escapes hungry weasels.
December 17, 2019
Aesop's Fables: The Mice in Council
Mice need to come up with a way to deal with the threat of a cat.
December 16, 2019
Aesop's Fables: The Charcoal-Burner and the Fuller
Two men meet and form an odd couple.
December 13, 2019
Aesop's Fables: The Mischievous Dog
A dog likes to bite.
December 12, 2019
Aesop's Fables: The Cat and the Mice
A cat tries unsuccessfully to trick mice.
December 11, 2019
Aesop's Fables: The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs
A tale of fantasy and greed.
December 10, 2019
Aesop's Fables: The Fox and the Grapes
The first of Aesop's fables
December 9, 2019
Announcing Book 15
Announcing book 15
December 2, 2019
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit is not a well behaved rabbit. You think he would have learned after his father was baked into a pie.
November 11, 2019
Announcing Book 14
Announcing our next book.
November 4, 2019
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: The Complete Audiobook
The complete adventure in which Mr. Gabriel John Utterson investigates the connection between his upstanding friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the utterly fiendish Mr. Edward Hyde.
October 28, 2019
Chapter 10: Henry Jekyll's Full Statement of the Case
Dr. Jekyll's written words reveal all that he knows of the case.
October 25, 2019
Chapter 9: Dr. Lanyon's Narrative
The contents of Dr. Lanyon's note answer some questions but open up many, many more.
October 24, 2019
Chapter 8: The Last Night
Poole comes to Utterson in terror: he believes foul play has befallen his master, Dr. Jekyll.
October 23, 2019
Chapter 7: Incident at the Window
Mr. Utterson and Mr. Enfield are out for another walk when they encounter Dr. Jekyll, after a fashion.
October 22, 2019
Chapter 6: Incident of Dr. Lanyon
Dr. Jekyll gets ill again, refusing to see Utterson, who has a very disturbing visit with Dr. Lanyon as a result.
October 21, 2019
Chapter 5: Incident of the Letter
Mr. Utterson confronts Dr. Jekyll about Mr. Hyde once more.
October 18, 2019
Chapter 4: The Carew Murder Case
Mr. Carew asks Mr. Hyde for directions to the post office, and Mr. Hyde kills him for his trouble.
October 17, 2019
Chapter 3: Dr. Jekyll Was Quite at Ease
Mr. Utterson has the opportunity to discuss the matter of Hyde with Dr. Jekyll.
October 16, 2019
Chapter 2: Search for Mr. Hyde
Mr. Utterson determines to locate and meet Mr. Hyde.
October 15, 2019
Chapter 1: Story of the Door
Mr. Utterson hears a very concerning story from his kinsman, Mr. Enfield.
October 14, 2019
Announcing Book 13
Announcing book 13: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
October 7, 2019
Seven Little Australians: The Complete Audiobook
The entire children's classic in one file.
September 11, 2019
Chapter 22: And Last
The ramifications of recent events are fully felt.
September 10, 2019
Chapter 21: When the Sun Went Down
The children experience one of the saddest days of their short lives.
September 9, 2019
Chapter 20: Little Judy
The picnic activities take a very different turn.
September 6, 2019
Chapter 19: A Pale-Blue Hair Ribbon
Meg gets involved romantically with a troubled man.
September 5, 2019
Chapter 18: The Picnic at Krangi-Bahtoo
The kids are packed up and sent off to a picnic while the adults deal with a fallen tree.
September 4, 2019
Chapter 17: Cattle-Drafting at Yarrahappini
The children experience the cattle draft, and their career paths are thus chosen.
September 3, 2019
Chapter 16: Yarrahapinni
The family gets familiar with their grandparents and their property.
September 2, 2019
Chapter 15: Three Hundred Miles in the Train
Most of the family travels to Yarrahapinni.
August 30, 2019
Chapter 14: The Squatter's Invitation
The family dynamic changes completely with Judy's illness revealed.
August 29, 2019
Chapter 13: Uninvited Guests
The Captain has been told of Judy's return, and tests the information.
August 28, 2019
Chapter 12: Swish, Swish!
Things from the house at Misrule keep disappearing to Judy's loft, and the attention of the adults is drawn.
August 27, 2019
Chapter 11: The Truant
Bunty tells Meg that Judy has returned, and the kids start to react.
August 26, 2019
Chapter 10: Bunty in the Light of a Hero
Bunty first makes a serious mistake, and then makes a significant discovery.
August 23, 2019
Chapter 9: Consequences
Meg returns to the house at Misrule, only to learn that she has most definitely been missed.
August 22, 2019
Chapter 8: A Catapult and a Catastrophe
Miss Meg keeps her appointment with Andrew, but it is Alan who shows to keep it.
August 21, 2019
Chapter 7: "What Say You to Falling in Love?"
Meg and the Courtney brothers find themselves in a love triangle.
August 20, 2019
Chapter 6: The Sweetness of Sweet Sixteen
Meg meets a girl named Aldith, who has quite the influence over the young Woolcot.
August 19, 2019
Chapter 5: "Next Monday Morning"
It's the next Monday morning, and promises are made, some of which are kept.
August 16, 2019
Chapter 4: The General Sees Active Service
The kids cope with missing out on the pantomime, and Judy and Pip get a chance to go to the Aquarium. How can they do that and watch the General at the same time?
August 15, 2019
Chapter 3: Virtue Not Always Rewarded
Punishment is decided for the rudeness of chapter 2, and the children try to change their father's mind.
August 14, 2019
Chapter 2: Fowl for Dinner
The tea continues, and the children decide they'd rather eat what their parents are eating.
August 13, 2019
Chapter 1: Chiefly Descriptive
In this first chapter, we are introduced to the seven Woolcot children and their parents.
August 12, 2019
Announcing book 12
The title of book 12, and why it was selected.
August 5, 2019
Around the World in 80 Days: Complete Audiobook
Jules Verne's classic adventure story in its complete audiobook version.
July 31, 2019
Chapter XXXVII: In Which It Is Shown That Phileas Fogg Gained Nothing By His Tour Around the World, Unless It Were Happiness
If the bet was lost on arrival in London, how could it also have been won?
July 30, 2019
Chapter XXXVI: In Which Phileas Fogg's Name is Once More at a Premium on 'Change
The members of the Reform Club await the fated hour.
July 29, 2019
Chapter XXXV: In Which Phileas Fogg Does Not Have to Repeat His Orders to Passepartout Twice
Fogg, Passepartout, and Auoda return to the home on Saville Row.
July 26, 2019
Chapter XXXIV: In Which Phileas Fogg At Last Reaches London
Mr. Fogg makes it to London, but to win the wager, he must arrive at the Reform Club, and not prison.
July 25, 2019
Chapter XXXIII: In Which Phileas Fogg Shows Himself Equal to the Occasion
Phileas Fogg has hired a craft to take him to Bordeaux, but that just won't do, so he makes new plans in the middle of the ocean.
July 24, 2019
Chapter XXXII: In Which Phileas Fogg Engages in a Direct Struggle with Bad Fortune
Mr. Fogg finds another ship that may deliver the party to Europe in time, but the captain does not take passengers and claims no interest in large sums of money.
July 23, 2019
Chapter XXXI: In Which Fix, the Detective, Considerably Furthers the Interests of Phileas Fogg
Detective Fix puts Mr. Fogg in touch with a person who can manage rapid transport, possibly enough to catch up with the train.
July 22, 2019
Chapter XXX: In Which Phileas Fogg Simply Does His Duty
Passepartout and two other passengers are missing. Will Fogg sacrifice the bet to save them?
July 19, 2019
Chapter XXIX: In Which Certain Incidents are Narrated Which Are Only To Be Met With On American Railroads
Mr. Fogg encounters Colonel Proctor, but their confrontation is interrupted by the Sioux.
July 18, 2019
Chapter XXVIII: In Which Passepartout Does Not Succeed In Making Anybody Listen to Reason
The party conspires to prevent Fogg from seeing Colonel Stamp Proctor, which meets with much success, at least until the train stops unexpectedly.
July 17, 2019
Chapter XXVII: In Which Passepartout Undergoes, at a Speed of Twenty Miles an Hour, a Course of Mormon History
Passepartout takes a Mormon missionary up on his offer of a free lecture about Mormonism, as do others.
July 16, 2019
Chapter XXVI: In Which Phileas Fogg and Party Travel by the Pacific Railroad
There is something of a U.S. history lesson here, prior to the railway trip carried out by Phileas Fogg and company.
July 15, 2019
Chapter XXV: In Which a Slight Glimpse is Had of San Francisco
Mr. Fogg and company experience America with violently divisive elections and the purchase of multiple guns.
July 12, 2019
Chapter XXIV: During Which Mr. Fogg and Party Cross the Pacific Ocean
With the party reunited, tales are told, and Passepartout reacts to the presence of Detective Fix.
July 11, 2019
Chapter XXIII: In Which Passepartout's Nose Becomes Outrageously Long
Poor, hungry Passepartout is determined to catch up with Mr. Fogg.
July 10, 2019
Chapter XXII: In Which Passepartout Finds Out That, Even at the Antipodes, It Is Convenient to Have Some Money in One's Pocket
Passepartout's fate is revealed, and he starts to understand the fate that befell Mr. Fogg.
July 9, 2019
Chapter XXI: In Which the Master of the "Tankadere" Runs Great Risk of Losing a Reward of Two Hundred Pounds
A tremendous storm assaults the vessel on the way to Shanghai.
July 8, 2019
Chapter XX: In Which Fix Comes Face to Face with Phileas Fogg
Fogg and Auoda encounter Fix, and learn of the early departure of the Carnatic, with no sign of Passepartout.
July 5, 2019
Chapter XIX: In Which Passepartout Takes a Too Great Interest in His Master, and What Comes Of It
Fix and Passepartout book some cabins on the Carnatic, and then stop for a drink on the way back to see Mr. Fogg.
July 4, 2019
Chapter XVIII: In Which Phileas Fogg, Passepartout, and Fix Go Each About His Business
A storm puts them a day behind schedule as they reach Hong Kong. This will endanger the trip to Yokohama, particularly since they also need to find Aouda's cousin, Jeejeeh.
July 3, 2019
Chapter XVII: Showing What Happened on the Voyage From Singapore to Hong Kong
Passepartout is no longer willing to accept that Fix's proximity is mere coincidence, but can he deduce the man's true purpose?
July 2, 2019
Chapter XVI: In Which Fix Does Not Seem To Understand In the Least What Is Said To Him
With Fogg and Passepartout en route to Hong Kong for Aouda's sake, Fix has to change his plans.
July 1, 2019
Chapter XV: In Which the Bag of Banknotes Disgorges Some Thousands of Pounds More
Passepartout's adventure in the Bombay pagoda catches up with the pair, as does Detective Fix.
June 28, 2019
Chapter XIV: In Which Phileas Fogg Descends the Whole Length of the Beautiful Valley of the Ganges Without Ever Thinking of Seeing It
The group need to get Aouda out of danger by getting her out of India.
June 27, 2019
Chapter XIII: In Which Passepartout Receives a New Proof That Fortune Favors the Brave
The team attempt a daring rescue, only to be apparently thwarted at the last moment. Still, Phileas Fogg holds out hope.
June 26, 2019
Chapter XII: In Which Phileas Fogg and His Companions Venture Across the Indian Forests, and What Ensued
The troupe see a local damsel in distress, and Phileas Fogg comes to a decision.
June 25, 2019
Chapter XI: In Which Phileas Fogg Secures a Curious Means of Conveyance at a Fabulous Price
Despite announcements to the contrary, the railway is incomplete, and a delay is seemingly inevitable.
June 24, 2019
Chapter X: In Which Passepartout is Only Too Glad to Get Off with the Loss of His Shoes
Passepartout is distracted by the beauty of India while securing his packages, and events escalate quickly, giving Detective Fix another foothold for his case.
June 21, 2019
Chapter IX: In Which the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean Prove Propitious to the Designs of Phileas Fogg
The Mongolia makes good time en route to Bombay.
June 20, 2019
Chapter VIII: In Which Passepartout Talks Rather More, Perhaps, Than is Prudent
Detective Fix speaks to Passepartout, whose honest answers serve only to around further suspicions.
June 19, 2019
Chapter VII: Which Once More Demonstrates the Uselessness of Passports as Aids to Detectives
Fix tries to get his hands on Phileas Fogg, convinced he is the bank robber by a combination of vague description and gut instinct.
June 18, 2019
Chapter VI: In Which Fix, The Detective, Betrays a Very Natural Impatience
We learn how Fix "deduced" that Phileas Fogg is the bank robber in question.
June 17, 2019
Chapter V: In Which a New Species of Funds, Unknown to the Moneyed Men, Appears on 'Change
London reacts to the bet, and dots are connected between Fogg and the recent bank robbery.
June 14, 2019
Chapter IV: In Which Phileas Fogg Astounds Passepartout, His Servant
Phileas Fogg arrives home rather earlier than anticipated, and informs Passepartout of their imminent journey.
June 13, 2019
Chapter III: In Which a Conversation Takes Place Which Seems Likely to Cost Phileas Fogg Dear
A polite conversation over a game of whist turns into a rather substantial wager.
June 12, 2019
Chapter II: In Which Passepartout is Convinced That He Has at Last Found His Ideal
Passepartout explores the home of Phileas Fogg, and decides he's going to be blissfully happy in the mundane life to follow.
June 11, 2019
Chapter I: In Which Phileas Fogg and Passepartout Accept Each Other, the One as Mater, the Other as Man
Phileas Fogg, a most exact and settled gentleman in the United Kingdom, hires Jean Passepartout as his new servant.
June 10, 2019
Announcing book 11 and future schedule generalizations
Announcing upcoming schedules for releases, and announcing book 11: "Around the World in 80 Days" by Jules Verne.
June 3, 2019
Ozma of Oz: Complete Audiobook Version
Dorothy Gale is once again carried off to a magical fairy country. This time, she visits the Land of Ev, where she soon meets Ozma and other friends from Oz.
May 30, 2019
Chapter 21: Dorothy's Magic Belt
Dorothy discovers Uncle Henry's sad emotional state, and consults Glinda the Good for a way home.
May 29, 2019
Chapter 20: The Emerald City
Dorothy returns with her friends to the Emerald City.
May 28, 2019
Chapter 19: The King of Ev
The new king of Ev is crowned, and the Tin Woodman is discovered.
May 27, 2019
Chapter 18: The Fate of the Tin Woodman
Dorothy, Ozma, their friends, and the royal family of Ev must somehow escape from the Nome King, despite the absence of the Tin Woodman.
May 24, 2019
Chapter 17: The Scarecrow Wins the Fight
The Nome King only plays by the rules when he's winning.
May 23, 2019
Chapter 16: Purple, Green, and Gold
Billina gets her chance to guess at ornaments, and the Nome King isn't happy with how successful she turns out to be.
May 22, 2019
Chapter 15: Billina Frightens the Nome King
Scarecrow gets his chance to guess, as does Billina. Little does the Nome King realize that Billina knows some of his secrets.
May 21, 2019
Chapter 14: Dorothy Tries to be Brave
Billina overhears an important conversation, but doesn't get the chance to discuss it with Dorothy before the Kansas girl risks becoming an ornament herself.
May 20, 2019
Chapter 13: The Nome King Laughs
Most of the party members try, unsuccessfully, to free the royal family of Ev and the other members of the party from Oz.
May 17, 2019
Chapter 12: The Eleven Guesses
Ozma takes her turn to attempt to free the royal family of Ev.
May 16, 2019
Chapter 11: The Nome King
The group meets the Nome King, and are offered a way to rescue the royal family of Ev.
May 15, 2019
Chapter 10: The Giant With the Hammer
A new obstacle stands in their way, sharing the same quality of workmanship as Tik Tok.
May 14, 2019
Chapter 9: The Royal Family of Ev
Ozma and her group join Dorothy's group to plan the rescue of the royal family of Ev.
May 13, 2019
Chapter 8: The Hungry Tiger
Dorothy is released, and meets several new friends.
May 10, 2019
Chapter 7: Ozma of Oz to the Rescue
Ozma of Oz arrives, and Dorothy expects a rescue, but Ozma didn't even know Dorothy was there.
May 9, 2019
Chapter 6: The Heads of Langwidere
Princess Langwidere has quite the collection of heads, and fancies Dorothy's for that collection.
May 8, 2019
Chapter 5: Dorothy Opens the Dinner Pail
Dorothy eats while Tik Tok thinks.
May 7, 2019
Chapter 4: Tik Tok, the Machine Man
Dorothy and Billina find a place to hide from the Wheelers, and discover that they are not alone.
May 6, 2019
Chapter 3: Letters in the Sand
Dorothy and Billina discover a warning in the sand, some food, and then the creatures that they had been warned about.
May 3, 2019
Chapter 2: The Yellow Hen
The second chapter of our story introduces us to Dorothy's new travelling companion, and leaves the pair stranded on a strange beach in some unknown fairy country.
May 2, 2019
Author's Note and Chapter 1: The Girl in the Chicken Coop
After a brief note from L. Frank Baum, we get the first chapter of "Ozma of Oz," in which Dorothy and Uncle Henry are separated from each other while en route to Australia.
May 1, 2019
Announcing book 10 and other things
Announcing book 10's title, author, and release date, and some other things.
April 9, 2019
The Time Machine: Complete Audiobook
December 14, 2018
December 13, 2018
December 12, 2018
December 11, 2018
December 10, 2018
December 9, 2018
December 8, 2018
December 7, 2018
December 6, 2018
December 5, 2018
December 4, 2018
December 3, 2018
December 2, 2018
December 1, 2018
Through the Looking-Glass
Alice travels through the looking glass.
May 13, 2018
Chapter 12: Which Dreamed It?
Alice returns to her own world.
May 12, 2018
Chapter 11: Waking
Alice lands on PETA's watchlist.
May 11, 2018
Chapter 10: Shaking
The chapter begins with a cliffhanger ending.
May 10, 2018
Chapter 9: Queen Alice
Alice reaches the eighth square and becomes a queen.
May 9, 2018
Chapter 8: It's My Own Invention
Alice travels with a kindly knight.
May 8, 2018
Chapter 7: The Lion and the Unicorn
Alice meets two more fantastic creatures pitched in a fierce battle.
May 7, 2018
Chapter 6: Humpty Dumpty
Alice meets the legendary nursery rhyme character.
May 6, 2018
Chapter 5: Wool and Water
Alice meets the White Queen.
May 5, 2018
Chapter 4: Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Alice meets schoolboys ready for battle in the fourth square.
May 4, 2018
Chapter 3: Looking-Glass Insects
Alice travels through the looking glass.
May 3, 2018
Chapter 2: The Garden of Live Flowers
Alice meets flowers that speak, and learns how to become a queen.
May 2, 2018
Chapter 1: Looking-Glass House
Alice travels through the looking glass.
May 1, 2018
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus: Complete Novel
The audiobook version of Baum's history of Santa Claus.
December 23, 2017
Part 3, Chapter 3: The Deputies of Santa Claus
Claus faces a new challenge: stoves with narrow chimneys.
December 22, 2017
Part 3, Chapter 2: When the World Grew Old
How Claus coped with the world's growing population.
December 21, 2017
Part 3, Chapter 1: The Mantle of Immortality
In which we learn how Claus has lived for so many years.
December 20, 2017
Part 2, Chapter 12: The First Christmas Tree
How the Christmas Tree became a tradition.
December 19, 2017
Part 2, Chapter 11: How the First Stockings Were Hung by the Chimneys
Claus makes an annual trip, and the children discover a way to make his job easier.
December 18, 2017
Part 2, Chapter 10: Christmas Eve
We learn why Claus makes his trips once a year, and only on Christmas Eve.
December 17, 2017
Part 2, Chapter 9: "Santa Claus!"
How Claus earned the name "Santa."
December 16, 2017
Part 2, Chapter 8: The First Journey with the Reindeer
Claus recruits reindeer to help make the journeys quickly.
December 15, 2017
Part 2, Chapter 7: The Great Battle Between Good and Evil
Ak is unable to broker peace with the Awgwas, but Claus must be protected.
December 14, 2017
Part 2, Chapter 6: The Wickedness of the Awgwas
The evil Awgwas oppose Claus' work.
December 13, 2017
Part 2, Chapter 5: How Bessie Blithesome Came to the Laughing Valley
A wealthy child asks for a toy, leaving Claus with a dilemma
December 12, 2017
Part 2, Chapter 4: Little Mayrie Becomes Frightened
Little Mayrie and her brother come for toy cats. Or is that tats?
December 11, 2017
Part 2, Chapter 3: How the Ryls Colored the Toys
Claus gives away the first toys, and has some help coloring the next toys.
December 10, 2017
Part 2, Chapter 2: How Claus Made the First Toy
Claus meets some locals, and makes a discovery while whittling in his cabin.
December 9, 2017
Part 2, Chapter 1: The Laughing Valley
Claus finds a new place to call home.
December 8, 2017
Part 1, Chapter 7: Claus Leaves the Forest
Claus makes a life altering decision.
December 7, 2017
Part 1, Chapter 6: Claus Discovers Humanity
The Master Woodsman shows Claus his people.
December 6, 2017
Part 1, Chapter 5: The Master Woodsman
December 5, 2017
Part 1, Chapter 4: Claus
The baby gets a name.
December 4, 2017
Part 1, Chapter 3: Adoption
Necile adopts the baby.
December 3, 2017
Part 1, Chapter 2: Child of the Forest
Introducing our hero and his surrogate family.
December 2, 2017
Part 1, Chapter 1: Burzee
Setting the stage for the story
December 1, 2017
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Audiobook Version
A young girl travels to a very strange place.
April 19, 2017
Chapter 12: Alice's Evidence
Alice is called upon the stand, and is lucky not to be found in contempt of court.
April 18, 2017
Chapter 11: Who Stole the Tarts?
Alice is brought to a trial to determine who stole the Queen's tarts.
April 17, 2017
Chapter 10: Lobster Quadrille
Alice sings songs and learns dances with the Griffin and the Mock Turtle.
April 14, 2017
Chapter 9: The Mock Turtle's Story
Alice talks first to the Duchess, and then to the Mock Turtle.
April 13, 2017
Chapter 8: The Queen's Croquet-Ground
Alice meets some real cards, and plays an unusual game of croquet.
April 12, 2017
Chapter 7: A Mad Tea-Party
Alice takes time for tea with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare.
April 11, 2017
Chapter 6: Pig and Pepper
Alice meets a baby, or is it a pig, and the Duchess, and the Cheshire Cat.
April 10, 2017
Chapter 5: Advice from a Caterpillar
Alice meets a caterpillar and a pidgeon.
April 7, 2017
Chapter 4: The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill
Alice finds the White Rabbit's house, and decides to drink something she finds there.
April 6, 2017
Chapter 3: A Caucus Race and a Long Tale
Alice and the animals need to dry off. Meanwhile, the mouse tells a story.
April 5, 2017
Chapter 2: The Pool of Tears
A very upset young girl cries quite a lot.
April 4, 2017
Chapter 1: Down the Rabbit Hole
Alice finds herself in the world's strangest rabbit hole.
April 3, 2017
The Marvelous Land of Oz: Audiobook Version
The next adventure in Oz.
March 24, 2017
Chapter 24: The Riches of Content
The rightful ruler of Oz takes the throne.
March 23, 2017
Chapter 23: Princess Ozma of Oz
The location of Ozma is finally revealed.
March 22, 2017
Chapter 22: The Transformation of Old Mombi
Glinda and Mombi face off.
March 21, 2017
Chapter 21: The Tin Woodman Plucks a Rose
The team has a challenge finding Mombi.
March 20, 2017
Chapter 20: The Scarecrow Appeals to Glinda the Good
The group visits another old friend.
March 17, 2017
Chapter 19: Dr. Nikidik's Famous Wishing Pills
The team has a possible way out of their situation.
March 16, 2017
Chapter 18: In the Jackdaw's Next
The group finds themselves in a new peril.
March 15, 2017
Chapter 17: The Astonishing Flight of the Gump
The group finds a way out of the palace, but are they really any safer?.
March 14, 2017
Chapter 16: The Scarecrow Takes Time to Think
The Scarecrow tries to find a way out of the situation.
March 13, 2017
Chapter 15: The Prisoners of the Queen
Jinjur is prepared for our heroes.
March 10, 2017
Chapter 14: Old Mombi Indulges in Witchcraft
Mombi tries to prevent the group from reaching the Emerald City.
March 9, 2017
Chapter 13: A Highly Magnified History
We learn the history of the newest companion.
March 8, 2017
Chapter 12: Mr. H.M. Woggle-Bug, T.E.
The group meets another unusual traveler.
March 7, 2017
Chapter 11: A Nickel-Plated Emperor
The team reaches the Tin Woodman's castle.
March 6, 2017
Chapter 10: The Journey to the Tin Woodman
The Scarecrow reminisces as they travel to the land of the Winkies.
March 3, 2017
Chapter 9: The Scarecrow Plans an Escape
The group finds a way out of the castle.
March 2, 2017
Chapter 8: General Jinjur's Army of Revolt
Jinjur's Army reaches the Emerald City
March 1, 2017
Chapter 7: His Majesty the Scarecrow
Jack meets the Scarecrow, and there are some communication problems involved.
February 28, 2017
Chapter 6: Jack Pumpkinhead's Ride to the Emerald City
A Jack makes it to the Emerald City with the Saw-Horse, but Tip does not.
February 27, 2017
Chapter 5: The Awakening of the Saw-horse
February 24, 2017
Chapter 4: Tip Makes and Experiment in Magic
February 23, 2017
Chapter 3: The Flight of the Fugitives
February 22, 2017
Chapter 2: The Marvelous Powder of Life
February 21, 2017
Chapter 1: Tip Manufactures Pumpkinhead
February 20, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Audiobook Version
The complete story of Margaret Hugonin's changing romance and fortunes.
February 16, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 33
The final chapter.
February 15, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 32
Margaret Hugonin makes her final plans for Billy.
February 14, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 31
Billy makes a request in regards to the will.
February 13, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 30
The Colonel takes offense.
February 10, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 29
The doctor arrives.
February 9, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 28
Margaret and the Commodore deal with recent events.
February 8, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 27
Mr. Jukesbury proves useful.
February 7, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 26
Margaret relays the news about Billy.
February 6, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 25
Margaret and Billy have a rather unpleasant encounter with Cock-Eye Flinks.
February 3, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 24
Margaret and Billy learn that money does strange things to people.
February 2, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 23
Mr. Kennaston and Mrs. Saumarez ask eternal questions, later echoed by the likes of Tina Turner and Haddaway.
February 1, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 22
Billy and Margaret have a personal conversation, but overhear a far more interesting discussion.
January 31, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 21
Tensions are high, and there's a mysterious cough going around.
January 30, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 20
Billy and Margaret discuss the advantages and disadvantages of fortunes.
January 27, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 19
Billy makes a surprising decision.
January 26, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 18
A change in fortunes can lead to a change in friends.
January 25, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 17
Margaret Hugonin makes a startling announcement.
January 24, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 16
A surprisingly timely discussion of facts and truth.
January 23, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 15
Billy has an interesting conversation of his own.
January 20, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 14
We know how Margaret slept through the night. How about Billy?
January 19, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 13
Margaret and Billy agree to sleep on things, and Margaret makes a discovery.
January 18, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 12
An updated will is found, and Margaret speaks her mind. Or does she...?
January 17, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 11
Margaret Hugonin cannot walk through her own home without getting a marriage proposal.
January 16, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 10
Margaret Hugonin meets another suiter.
January 13, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 9
Margaret Hugonin, Felix Kennaston, and the moon have a little discussion.
January 12, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 8
Margaret wears clothes like an expert.
January 11, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 7
Another very quick conversation about threats at sea.
January 10, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 6
There is a rather eventful conversation over a meal.
January 9, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 5
Margaret and Billy have a chat that begins better than it ends.
January 6, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 4
Margaret picks up Billy Woods at the train station.
January 5, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 3
Some of the history of Selwoode and Billy.
January 4, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 2
Margaret and her father discuss love and literature.
January 3, 2017
The Eagle's Shadow: Chapter 1
Our introduction to Margaret Hugonin.
January 2, 2017
A Christmas Carol: Audiobook Version
A miser gets a visit from four ghosts who convince him to change his ways.
December 24, 2016
A Christmas Carol: Stave 5: The End of It
A miser changes his ways.
December 23, 2016
A Christmas Carol: Stave 4: The Last of the Spirits
A miser gets a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come.
December 22, 2016
A Christmas Carol: Stave 3: The Second of the Three Spirits
A miser gets a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Present.
December 21, 2016
A Christmas Carol: Stave 2: The First of the Three Spirits
A visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past.
December 20, 2016
A Christmas Carol: Stave 1: Marley's Ghost
A miser gets a visit from a friend both past and passed.
December 19, 2016
The Story of Dr. Dolittle: Audiobook Version
A kindly doctor with poor money management skills learns to talk to the animals, and that skill leads him on marvelous adventures.
December 13, 2016
Chapter 21: Home Again
The doctor and the animals return home.
December 12, 2016
Chapter 20: The Fisherman's Town
The boy's uncle is found and returned home.
December 9, 2016
Chapter 19: The Rock
The dog finally catches a west wind.
December 8, 2016
Chapter 18: Smells
The eagles fail to find the boy's uncle, so the dog takes another approach.
December 7, 2016
Chapter 17: The Ocean Gossips
December 6, 2016
Chapter 16: Too-Too, the Listener
The Doctor and his animals make a strange discovery when exploring their new ship.
December 5, 2016
Chapter 15: The Barbary Dragon
The pirates have the Doctor's ship, and they are blocking his escape.
December 2, 2016
Chapter 14: The Rats' Warning
The rats warn the Doctor that his boat is in poor shape, and the pirates catch up with them.
December 1, 2016
Chapter 13: Red Sails and Blue Wings
The Doctor needs the help of the sparrows to escape some pirates.
November 30, 2016
Chapter 12: Medicine and Magic
The Doctor has to keep his promise to Prince Bumpo in order to escape.
November 29, 2016
Chapter 11: The Black Prince
Polynesia makes an impossible promise to a Prince who has had his sense of self worth damaged by racism.
November 28, 2016
Chapter 10: The Rarest Animal of All
The monkeys need to obtain the Doctor's gift, and find a way to get it back to the Land of the White Men with him.
November 25, 2016
Chapter 9: The Monkeys' Council
The monkeys decide to give the Doctor a "thank you" gift before he leaves..
November 24, 2016
Chapter 8: The Leader of the Lions
The doctor has a difficult time recruiting necessary help.
November 23, 2016
Chapter 7: The Bridge of Apes
The doctor and the animals must flee from the King's men.
November 22, 2016
Chapter 6: Polynesia and the King
The doctor and his animals are captured. I apologize for the racist content that I didn't know was coming.
November 21, 2016
Chapter 5: The Great Journey
The doctor and many of his animals head to Africa.
November 18, 2016
Chapter 4: A Message From Africa
The doctor receives a pressing message from Chee-Chee's cousin.
November 17, 2016
Chapter 3: More Money Problems
The doctor gains more pets but loses other things.
November 16, 2016
Chapter 2: Animal Language
The doctor learns a very useful skill.
November 15, 2016
Chapter 1: Puddleby
A nice doctor has a lot of pets and very little money.
November 14, 2016
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Audiobook version)
A little girl from Kansas is swept to a magical land by a cyclone, meets new friends, and tries to make her way home.
November 4, 2016
Chapter 24: Home Again
Dorothy returns to Kansas.
November 3, 2016
Chapter 23: Glinda the Good Witch Grants Dorothy's Wish
Dorothy and her friends finally meet Glinda, who shares information that would have been useful back in chapter 2.
November 2, 2016
Chapter 22: The Country of the Quadlings
Dorothy and her friends meet yet another obstacle on their journey to see Glinda.
November 1, 2016
Chapter 21: The Lion Becomes the King of Beasts
The party encounters a group of beasts that need the lion's help.
October 31, 2016
Chapter 20: The Dainty China Country
Dorothy and her friends travel through the strangest city they've ever seen.
October 28, 2016
Chapter 19: Attacked by the Fighting Trees
The group encounters a very unusual forest.
October 27, 2016
Chapter 18: Away to the South
Dorothy and her companions decide to head towards Glinda.
October 26, 2016
Chapter 17: How the Balloon was Launched
Oz comes up with a viable plan to get Dorothy home to Kansas.
October 25, 2016
Chapter 16: The Magic Art of the Great Humbug
Oz grants the wishes of the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Lion, after a fashion.
October 24, 2016
Chapter 15: The Discovery of Oz, The Terrible
Dorothy and her friends return to the Wizard to receive their promised rewards, only to make a shocking discovery.
October 21, 2016
Chapter 14: The Winged Monkeys
Dorothy and her friends need help returning to the city of Oz.
October 20, 2016
Chapter 13: The Rescue
Freed of the slavery of the Wicked Witch of the West, the Winkies help Dorothy and the Lion rescue the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow.
October 19, 2016
Chapter 12: The Search for the Wicked Witch
The friends look for the Wicked Witch of the West, but the Witch finds them first.
October 18, 2016
Chapter 11: The Wonderful City of Oz
Dorothy and her friends finally ask the Wizard of Oz for help.
October 17, 2016
Chapter 10: The Guardian of the Gate
The group learn more about Oz, and finally reach the gates of the great city.
October 14, 2016
Chapter 9: The Queen of the Field Mice
Rescue comes from an unexpected source.
October 13, 2016
Chapter 8: The Deadly Poppy Field
The group is threatened by eternal slumber, induced by poppies.
October 12, 2016
Chapter 7: The Journey to the Great Oz
The group continue their journey to the Emerald City.
October 11, 2016
Chapter 6: The Cowardly Lion
The group picks up yet another unusual traveling companion.
October 10, 2016
Chapter 5: The Rescue of the Tin Woodman
Dorothy and the Scarecrow encounter another traveling companion.
October 7, 2016
Chapter 4: The Road Through the Forest
Dorothy and the Scarecrow enter the forest.
October 6, 2016
Chapter 3: How Dorothy Saved the Scarecrow
Dorothy meets the Scarecrow and saves him from his post.
October 5, 2016
Chapter 2: The Council with the Munchkins
Dorothy meets Glinda and the Munchkins
October 4, 2016
Chapter 1: The Cyclone
Dorothy is taken to Oz.
October 3, 2016
Bedtime in the Public Domain Promo Spot
A promo spot explaining the "Bedtime in the Public Domain" podcast.
September 17, 2016