Oedipus at Colonus

Sophocles (497 BC-406 BC), Aeschylus and Euripides formed a trio of ancient Greek tragedians whose works represent the foundation of the Western tradition of classic drama. Of the more than 100 plays written by Sophocles, seven have survived to the present day. Perhaps the most famous of these are the three which are now known…

Cinderella

After her beloved mother dies, young Ella’s father remarries, believing he is doing the best he can. However, the new baroness of the house and her two horrible, jealous, and spiteful daughters decide to make Ella their house slave and have her catering to their every demand. When a young prince holds a grand ball…

Babbitt

Sinclair Lewis’ George F. Babbitt is a complicated and conflicted character. When you think you have his next move figured out, he surprises you. As you begin to like him, he does something to evoke the “what a rat” response. Male menopause wasn’t a pre-Great Depression term, but you could say George has all the…

Black Amazon of Mars

This audiobook is pulp: Non-stop action, impossible odds, unspeakable evil. Gotta love it! John Sark is the hero who was raised by animals (like Tarzan) in the temperate, twilight zone of Mercury, then captured and civilized. He’s a mercenary on Mars now, dealing with humanoid Martians and their extremely nasty pre-humanoid race enemies. The fights…

813

Over a 25-year period, author Maurice Leblanc wrote of the exploits of gentleman thief and master of disguise Arsène Lupin, to the delight of readers on the continent and elsewhere. Often referred to as France’s version of Sherlock Holmes, Lupin in this early appearance is wrongfully accused of the death of a prominent German millionaire…

To Build a Fire

To Build a Fire is regarded by many as an American classic, one of London’s most highly regarded works. We never know the name of the protagonist as he makes his way towards his destination, trekking across the Yukon at 70° below zero. Nature is unforgiving to those who challenge her. Amazon/Audible • iTunes •…

Foster, You’re Dead

“Foster You’re Dead” was published in the 1950s at the height of the cold war anxiety. In this P. K. Dick short story read by award-winning narrator Mike Vendetti almost everyone had a bomb shelter, but if they didn’t have the latest model, chances where they wouldn’t survive a nuclear attack. Mike Foster’s dad wouldn’t…

Signers of the Declaration

For historical buffs, Signers of the Declaration is a nonfiction work that offers short biographical sketches of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. Outside of their colony, many of the signers were not well known. In general, the signers were individuals who happened to be delegates sent from their colony to meet in…

Ecclesiastes

This short text is widely accepted as one of the canonical wisdom books of the Bible. It is narrated by one who calls himself a teacher, and also a king, traditionally held to be Solomon. The general recommendation is that the wise man should consider all created things as symbols of vanity and that one’s…

The Magic Shop

“The Magic Shop” by H.G. Wells is a classic tale that has withstood the test of time. You listen and it stays with you. Read by award-winning narrator, Mike Vendetti, you too can be transported into that magic shop where the magic is just too real. Only to be left wondering could that be? Amazon/Audible…