Every American high school student takes a field trip to Long Island, New York, at some point, visiting the Roaring ’20s as only F. Scott Fitzgerald could write them. Thanks to its evocative setting, rich themes and masterful writing, The Great Gatsby has secured its standing as a required-reading staple as well as one of the greatest American novels ever written.
First published in 1846, this grim short story is told from the perspective of a man whose family name has been insulted by an arrogant wine enthusiast. Seeking revenge, a trap is set deep in the wine cellars below his sprawling estate. Care for a sip? Read by Andy Andrews, this classic tale will remind you why Edgar Allen Poe is the hair-raising maestro.
First published in 1921, The Velveteen Rabbit was Margery Williams first children’s book. Voted #28 on the “Teacher’s Top 100 Books for Children,” this classic story about self-worth and acceptance follows a stuffed rabbit and his desire to become real through the love of a young boy.
Robert W. Service was known as “The Bard of the Yukon” during the gold rush days. It was another way of saying he was like Shakespeare to the people who lived and worked in the frozen North. His first book of “story verse” was released in 1907, called Songs Of A Sourdough, and quickly sold more than three million copies! It seemed everyone loved his raw, outdoorsy stories with their perfect rhymes. We think you and your family will too!
What might Christmas have been like for children during the Revolutionary War? While Washington’s army nearly froze, what did the kids know and how did they handle having a parent away from home serving the country? Snuggle up with your child and listen to this classic short story together—Christmas In 1776.
Do you like scary stories? Just in time for Halloween, gather the family for a feast of the imagination as Andy Andrews delivers an original tale he wrote just for you. It’s short and it’s funny, but you’ll find it is not your typical scary story. Instead…THIS is a story about a scary story!
First published in 1843, this classic story is related by an unnamed narrator who tries to convince the reader of the narrator’s sanity while simultaneously describing a murder the narrator committed. Read for you by Andy Andrews.
A banker and a lawyer make a wager…would you spend 15 years in solitary confinement for two-million dollars in 1870 (nearly $50 million today)? Read here by Leslie Anne Tarabella, “The Bet” is a classic short story by Anton Chekhov.
Though it was first published in 1905, “The Gift of the Magi” is a timeless short story by O Henry. Made even better by narration from Leslie Anne Tarabella, it is the tale of a young husband and wife and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money.
Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and published in 1922, this is one of the most intriguing tales you’ll ever hear. Born as an old man, Benjamin Button actually grows younger during the course of his life. Here is the story…
The classic (and hilarious) short story loved by millions. When an imaginative and rambunctious 10-year old is held for ransom, two kidnappers find themselves with more than they bargained for…
The original tale of survival, Robinson Crusoe is a timeless classic that has been enjoyed by generations. This is the unabridged, first person account of a castaway and his thrilling story of being shipwrecked on a desert island for more than thirty years. For the listener’s greater enjoyment, this production clears away the confusion of certain old English phrases by replacing them with their modern equivalent. The meaning of every paragraph remains the same, but the book is delivered to the listener in an easy to understand and compelling way.