Downshift

Sid Rafferty is between writing jobs, a rock and a hard place, and the poles of his luck. At this point, he’s willing to take on just about any writing gig. But when a return to his political spin doctor days collides with what should be a simple promo piece about a new ski resort…

If I Wake

Will is 16-year-old Lucy’s best friend. Their lives intersect in dreams, where destiny pulls them together through different times in history. Even though their meetings are more real to Lucy than the present, Lucy is uncertain if Will exists outside her mind. Lucy’s mum thinks there is something wrong when Lucy sleeps for days at…

Flowers of Antimony

The ancient art of alchemy is dying. Rosalie and her estranged husband, Leon, have watched as the compounds, tinctures, and ethers that were once so trusted are increasingly being passed over in favor of the wonders of modern medicine. Leon has a plan. Unfortunately, he needs Rosalie’s help. After everything they’ve been through, Rosalie is…

Anne of Green Gables

Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, middle-aged siblings who live together in the fictional town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island, decide to adopt a boy from an orphan asylum to help on their farm. But owing to a series of mishaps, the child who is delivered to their care is not a boy at all, but…

Sherlock Holmes and the Eisendorf Enigma: Sherlock Holmes in Minnesota, Book 8

Dogged by depression, doubt, and – as a trip to the Mayo Clinic has revealed – emphysema, 66-year-old Sherlock Holmes is preparing to return to England when he receives a shock: a note slipped under his hotel room door, from a vicious murderer he’d nearly captured in Munich in 1892. The murderer, known as the…

Daisy Miller

Daisy Miller portrays the courtship of a beautiful American girl by Winterbourne, a sophisticated compatriot of hers. His pursuit of her is hampered by her own flirtatiousness, which is frowned upon by the other expatriates when they meet in Switzerland and Italy. Henry James uses Daisy’s story to discuss what he thinks Europeans and Americans…

Right Ho, Jeeves

Right Ho, Jeeves is considered by many to be P. G. Wodehouse’s finest comic novel. Many of the Jeeves and Wooster regulars are quickly embroiled in the extraordinary goings-on at Brinkley Court. These include Bertie’s formidable aunt Dahlia; Uncle Tom, “who always looked a bit like a pterodactyl with a secret sorrow”; Gussie Fink-Nottle, newt…

Little Women

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, set in the 19th century follows the lives of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March as they live, learn, love, and grow as young pilgrims and blossom into fine little women. Based on the author’s childhood, Little Women is one of the most beloved stories in American…

Le Morte D’Arthur

To the modern eye, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table have many similarities to our own contemporary super-heroes. Equipped with magical powers, enchanted swords, super-strength, and countless villains to take on, they protect the weak and innocent and adhere to their own code of honor. Comparing Batman, Superman, and Captain America to…

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Audie Award-winning narrator Johnny Heller is Huckleberry Finn in this brand-new edition of the classic American story. Huck’s understanding of the world around him evolves as he and Jim, a runaway slave, travel the Mississippi River. A coming-of-age journey for both Huck and listeners alike for over 100 years and counting. Amazon/Audible • iTunes •…

Double Encounter: Rendezvous on a Lost World & The Door Through Space

Two thrilling sci-fi stories from a pair of the great names in sci-fi/fantasy! From Marion Zimmer Bradley, acclaimed author of The Mists of Avalon: Race Cargill, Terran Secret Service officer assigned to the planet Wolf, is running for his life. A blood feud with Rakhal, his one-time mentor, best friend, and brother-in-law, means Race must…

The Art of the Theatre

” I have not written this book to attract young people to the dramatic art but to give them friendly advice and guide them by my experience.” Thus begins a master class taught by Sarah Bernhardt, arguably the greatest actress ever to grace a stage. Timeless and surprisingly current, The Art of the Theatre, published…

The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Between 1895 and 1897 Oscar Wilde served a prison sentence for offences “of gross indecency”. Most of this time was spent at Reading Gaol, where Wilde encountered another prisoner, Harles Thomas Wooldridge, a trooper in the Royal Horse Guards, who had been sentenced to death for the murder of his wife. Wooldrige was hanged at…

A Christmas Collection

A collection of Christmas radio plays by Mike Murphy Six heartwarming tales celebrating the festive season performed by members of The Online Stage. Featuring the voices of John Burlinson, Joe Tabler, Elizabeth Chambers, David Prickett, Michele Eaton, Brett Downey, Leanne Yau, Tovarisch, Rebecca Thomas, Becca Maggie, K. G.Cross, Ben Lindsey-Clark, Jeff Moon, Denis Daly, Libby…

From Rome to Rationalism

It is said that there is no-one more zealous in a cause than an adult convert. A notable example of this was Joseph McCabe, whose conversion was not to a religion, but from religious faith to secularism. Ordained as a Franciscan priest in 1890, and later recognized by the Catholic Church as an able scholar…

Hamlet

The Online Stage presents Shakespeare’s most famous and most quoted play, a revenge drama which explores the inevitable conflict between conscience and justice, between morality and obligation. The tragedy arises, not from an obvious weakness in the character of Hamlet, but rather from his inability to deal with an apparently insoluble moral dilemma. The role…

The Last of the Plainsmen

Zane Grey’s first western story, written in 1909, is based on a real character, Buffalo Jones. Grey’s descriptive art was just beginning in this story. But he brings color and life to the area between the Grand Canyon and Utah. The story follows Grey, Jones, and a company of colorful characters on a “hunt” bent…

Oliver Twist

The story of the orphan, Oliver Twist. Brought up in a workhouse and then apprenticed to an undertaker, he runs away to London. Meeting the charismatic “Artful” Dodger, he then falls in with a gang of backstreet pickpockets run by the sinister Fagin. Oliver Twist is Charles Dickens’ second novel, originally serialized in Bentley’s Miscellany…

A Kidnapped Santa Claus

Santa Claus lives in the Laughing Valley, where he works throughout the year to make the wonderful toys he delivers on Christmas Eve to his beloved children all over the world. Everyone loves good old Santa Claus – well, everyone but the denizens of the Cave of Daemons, who, after many years of despising the…

The Time Is Not Yet Ripe

Louis Esson is considered to be the first great Australian dramatist. The political comedy The Time is Not Yet Ripe was first produced in 1912 and is one of his best known works. Doris, daughter of the incumbent prime minister, Sir Joseph Quiverton, has news for her father – she has just become engaged. Much…

New Grub Street

New Grub Street (1891) has the reputation of being George Gissing’s finest novel. With bitter humour and grim realism, it tells the story of the ambitions, dreams, and disappointments of men and women struggling to earn their living as writers in the closing years of the Victorian era. Jasper Milvain is a young writer of…

Alias Billy the Kid

Was Billy the Kid really shot to death by Sheriff Pat Garrett on a July night in 1881? At the midpoint of the last century, an old man comes forth seeking a pardon for crimes committed. He says that he wants to die a free man – and that he is Billy the Kid. The…