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The Truth
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Movies for your ears.
 
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Selected Shorts
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Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen.
 
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The Classic Tales Podcast
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Every week, join award-winning narrator B.J. Harrison as he narrates the greatest stories the world has ever known. From the jungles of South America to the Mississippi Delta, from Victorian England to the Gothic castles of Eastern Europe, join us on a fantastic journey through the words of the world's greatest authors. Critically-acclaimed and highly recommended for anyone who loves a good story with plenty of substance.
 
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Dead Pilots Society
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In Dead Pilots Society, scripts that were developed by studios and networks but were never produced are given the table reads they deserve. Starring actors you know and love from television and film, a live audience, and a good time in which no one gets notes, no one is fired, and everyone laughs. Presented by Andrew Reich (Friends; Worst Week) and Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour).
 
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LeVar Burton Reads
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Lose yourself in a great story with LeVar Burton Reads. In each episode, host LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow, Star Trek, Roots) hand-picks a different piece of short fiction, and reads it to you.
 
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The New Yorker: The Writer's Voice - New Fiction from The New Yorker
 
New Yorker fiction writers read their stories.
 
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Selected Shorts: Too Hot For Radio
 
Over the years, Selected Shorts has had to say no to some amazing stories that, due to language issues or content advisories were, well, too hot for radio. But no more!
 
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Morning Short
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Enjoy a new, curated short story every episode. We hand-pick 15-25 minute short stories from a pool of award-winning fiction writers. Then we turn them into to mini audiobooks that improve any commute, workout, or walk in the park. Read by professional narrators.Every day is a different story. One morning we might bring you a sci-fi thriller by the legendary Ray Bradbury, and the next morning might be a Sherlock Holmes detective story by Arthur Conan Doyle. Romance? We’ve got it. Narrative p ...
 
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The Other Stories | Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller, WTF Stories
 
These aren't the stories your mother used to tell you ... no, these are The Other Stories. The Other Stories is a weekly short story podcast. A modern take on The Twilight Zone, Tales From The Crypt, or The Outer Limits. Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller, WTF stories delivered right to your podcast feed every Monday morning.
 
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The Casket - New Short Stories
 
Fictional delights from Joanna Sterling
 
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No Extra Words: the flash fiction podcast
 
A flash fiction podcast featuring short stories less than 2,000 words long.
 
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AudioFile Magazine
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Podcast by AudioFile Magazine
 
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1001 Classic Short Stories & Tales
 
A hand-picked collection of narrated short stories from classic authors including Edgar Allen Poe, Jack London, Mark Twain, Ray Bradbury, Leo Tolstoy, and many others which will inspire, enlighten, and entertain.
 
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Lo-Fi Story Time
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Lo-Fi Story Time is a microstory micropodcast, offering unusual and always original fiction stories (and some music) since 2015. Stories are written spontaneously and recorded live by Todd Mauldin.
 
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Playing On Air: A Theater Podcast
 
Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary theater, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
 
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Bound Off Short Story Podcast
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Bound Off is a monthly literary audio magazine, broadcasting literary short fiction with the new podcasting technology. We aspire to showcase work that is compelling and driven by narrative, with a force that keeps the listener listening. We are dedicated to publishing stories by both the established and emerging writer. Visit our website at boundoff.com for information about our broadcasts and how to submit your stories.
 
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The Easy Chair with Laura Hurwitz
 
Author Laura Hurwitz reads you a story, continued week to week.
 
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Chatterbox Audio Theater
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Chatterbox creates fully soundscaped audio works for free download. With rare exceptions, Chatterbox shows are recorded live, with manual sound effects and as little post-production editing as possible.
 
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The Short Stories of H. P. Lovecraft
 
The Short Stories of H. P. Lovecraft, narrated by Adam G. Linder. Produced by Bespoken Podcasting.
 
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the boom
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Audio stories, some factual and opinionated; and some completely made up for your entertainment. What you'll find won't be thematically consistent, I think that can get boring, and I want to keep making things that don't bore any of us. It will feature a range of high quality fictional audio content from Chicago's under-appreciated and supremely talented artists, as well as journalistic stories that dive into topics and experiences I'm interested in.
 
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Be Particular Out There | Podcast
 
Our podcast brings you readings and conversations from storytellers around the world. Hosted by Dustin M. Thomas.
 
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Griddlecakes Radio
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Griddlecakes Radio...exploring the lost art of audio storytelling.
 
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Selected Short Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 
A shy and dowdy country girl, Berenice feels socially inept beside her vivacious and sophisticated cousin, Marjorie. But Marjorie decides to groom her and when Berenice turns out better than she expected, Marjorie is delighted, till Berenice catches the eye of one of Marjorie's own faithful admirers. Will Berenice remain the timid and diffident country girl, or will her newfound success give her courage? Lois, a young girl engaged to be married, suddenly becomes unsure about the relationship ...
 
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Writing Alchemy
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Writer, activist, and artist Fay Onyx reads fairy tales, romances, and adventures designed to take you outside the oppressive grind of the everyday world and then discusses them with a diverse range of guests. Please join hir for... Writing Alchemy.
 
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Fred Frees Favorites, an Audio Book Sampler
 
An audio book sampler. Produced by Waterlogg Productions and Joseph Bevilacqua, Hosted by Fred Frees. More info at: http://waterlogg.com
 
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2 Pages Of Mystery Podcast
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It's about great mystery stories, aspiring authors and the fun you can have putting the two together. The purpose here is to collect short mystery stories (see the "Rules/Submit" section of the website - 2pagesofmystery.com) and then we will turn them into published stories on the site AND create an audiobook / old-time radio program for release in the 2 Pages Of Mystery podcast.
 
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Brick Moon Fiction - BMF Podcast
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Brick Moon Fiction is dedicated to imagining the future through speculative fiction from diverse voices.
 
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Truyện đêm muộn
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Podcast mang tên "truyện đêm muộn", khởi đầu với chương trình "đọc truyện đêm khuya" của kênh VOV2, đài tiếng nói Việt Nam.Chúng tôi chỉ để 5 podcast gần đây nhất.Note: The language of this podcast is Vietnamese, not English.We only keep 5 latest episodes available. Be sure to tune in before it's too late!–This is, currently, a syndication to the "Doc truyen dem khuya" program, bi-weekly broadcasted by VOV2. We are not endorsed by them however. Link to their program's website is here: http:/ ...
 
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Tough and brutal yet tender, Humphrey Bower is at ease delivering this edgy collection of short stories by fellow Aussie Christos Tsiolkas. Bower handles the rhythms of Italian, Greek, Palestinian, Australian, Aboriginal and American accents in these explorations of 21st-century multicultural, family, and gender politics. Read the full audiofil ...…
 
Throughout the Three Pines series, Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache has reflected an exceptional benevolence, rejecting the macho cop stereotype. This time, events challenge Gamache's conscience unlike any before. Robert Bathurst lays bare the hero's heart and soul, completely capturing his moral struggle. Read the full audiofile review at h ...…
 
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The Casket - New Short Stories
 
New Flash Fiction compliation presented by The Casket of Fictional Delights – ‘2017 Flash Fiction Competition Prize Winners’ read by various artists. The post 2017 Flash Fiction Competititon Winners appeared first on The Casket of Fictional Delights.
 
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Selected Short Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.com
 
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1001 Classic Short Stories & Tales
 
The fire and brimstone sermon was only half over in Honolulu when Alice Akana finally broke down and decided to repent and tell everyone present what had been weighing down her soul all these years. And Alice knew everybody and everything. When she was done, there were no secrets left unopened in Hawaii. Please help with this 5 minute survey: w ...…
 
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The Other Stories | Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller, WTF Stories
 
Duke and his crew search the ocean floor for the remnants of the lost 747 which disappeared just days before. Little do they know that what they'll find is much more valuable... and a whole lot deadlier... Written by Dan Willcocks Narrated by Persephone Rose Edited by Karl Hughes Music by [ocean jams] and Thom Robson…
 
The behaviors of a pair of itinerant Australian sheep shearers, a pregnant dingo bitch, a Malayan-Chinese cook, and a roughneck sheep farmer are superbly delivered by Paul English. Offering vivid scents and scenes, English is extraordinary, laughing, weeping, inhabiting wildly disparate characters with complete authority.Read the full audiofile ...…
 
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Selected Short Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 
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Jonathan Yen’s confident tone and well-paced delivery is ideal for Claude Shannon’s biography. Combining authority and warmth, Yen mirrors Shannon, the father of the Information Age. A kindhearted genius, he the gates of the digital age but was as happy to be talking about unicycles or his flame-throwing trumpet. Read the full audiofile review ...…
 
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Selected Short Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 
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Brick Moon Fiction - BMF Podcast
 
Our second installment of Strange Investigations features one of the most fucked up central characters we've ever had. It figures, though, because it came from the brilliant mind of Sam French. The basic story here is about a lawyer hired to oversee a legal issue. But the lawyer is like no one you've ever met and the issue at hand... is out of ...…
 
While many know the tragic story of Jane Grey, queen for nine days before she was executed, fewer know of her sisters, Catherine and Mary, who were also rightful heirs to the throne. Told in three parts, Bianca Amato makes each sister’s anguish and anxiety palpable as each suffers the machinations of a jealous, vindictive queen. Read the full a ...…
 
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The Classic Tales Podcast
 
Blood-sucking. Hypnotizing. Shape shifting. Magical. Is this a vampire? No. It’s a Lamia. John Keats, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobook ...…
 
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Selected Short Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 
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Guest host Hope Davis presents three works by the Southern master Carson McCullers. In “Correspondence” a self-important young woman is disappointed in her choice of pen-pal. Emily Skeggs is the reader. McCullers draws on her own childhood in “The Discovery of Christmas,” read by Amanda Quaid. And “Sucker” explores the troubled and complicated ...…
 
In this gripping story boasting well-defined characters and excellent dialogue, PI Roland Ford searches for Clay Hickman, an escapee from a mental institution operated by those who developed enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA after the Gulf War. Will Damron’s performance enhances every aspect of the book.Read the full audiofile r ...…
 
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Selected Short Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 
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Selected Short Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.com
 
Rebecca Soler renders a perfect portrait of Jule, a detached 18-year-old who is poised for fight, flight, and inventing lies about her past. Soler keeps the fast-paced reversed plot intriguing, revealing the early events that lead to a darker picture of Jule. Soler makes this psychologically complex narrative chilling. Read the full audiofile r ...…
 
This week, on Mightier Than the Sword, Steph and I talk about letters. Letters have a long and newly relevant (we’ve got a letter story that resonates with a modern political scandal) history, as Steph reveals. From self-expression to storytelling, letters are revealing and informative, and we are fervently hoping our listeners will share their ...…
 
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The New Yorker: The Writer's Voice - New Fiction from The New Yorker
 
Edwidge Danticat reads her story from the September 18, 2017, issue of the magazine. Danticat is the author of more than a dozen books, including the novels “The Dew Breaker” and “Claire of the Sea Light.” Her most recent book is the memoir “The Art of Death,” which was published in July.
 
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Selected Short Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 
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This novel-in-verse, written by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess, sings with the despair, hope, and love that wash over 17-year-old Blade, a budding musician. Alexander wrings every drop of emotion from a poignant story of a teen who misses his dead mother and who deals with a father who is incapable of staying sober. Read the full audiofile ...…
 
Writing Alchemy Episode 24 Summary This second anniversary special episode includes behind the scenes updates, outtakes, and six very silly bad poems that were composed for a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Vogon poetry competition in which the goal was to make poems that were as terrible (and funny) as possible. Guest poet: Media creator and ...…
 
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Selected Short Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 
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1001 Classic Short Stories & Tales
 
Mary Shelleys 1820 science fiction/horror tale Frankenstein in abridged form in which a man made monster turns against his creator. The true story of Mary Shelley and what inspired her to write this gothic horror tale is told at 1001 Heroes, Legends, Histories & Mysteries Podcast here: https://audioboom.com/posts/6391631-frankenstein-the-incred ...…
 
David Horovitch’s delivery of Zweig’s haunting memoir is sublime. Zweig’s narrative is a bittersweet medley of nostalgia and despair. From the golden turn-of-the-century years when Vienna was the center of European intellectual and artistic activity to seeing it all destroyed with the Nazi ascent in Austria.Read the full audiofile review at htt ...…
 
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The Other Stories | Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller, WTF Stories
 
When Steven, AKA Captain Lobster, finds himself washed away at sea, his mind starts to deteriorate. Can he make it back to the Lanzarote shores before the water claims it for its own?Written by Luke KondorNarrated by Harrie DobbyEdited by Karl HughesWith music by Lakey Inspired & Thom Robson
 
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The Other Stories | Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller, WTF Stories
 
1. Join The Other Stories Facebook group2. Get your exclusive BONUS story on Patreon!3. Submit a story!We hope you enjoyed this episode of The Other Stories. For more H&C madness, pop over to www.HawkAndCleaver.com and say hello!
 
Whether it’s the twisted story of laughing gas used as a hallucinogen and an anesthetic, or the horrible use of chlorine gas in WWI, there's always a human angle linked to gases. Ben Sullivan makes the stories of such scientists as James Watt, Joseph Priestley, and Alfred Nobel humorous, dramatic and always fascinating. Read the full audiofile ...…
 
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Selected Short Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 
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Terry Wale guarantees this historical mystery series is binge-worthy listening. In this first installment, we meet Detective Joe Sandilands, WWI veteran turned Scotland Yard detective, who is ordered to stay on in India. Several wives at the Panikhat military station have died. Are they accidents or something more sinister?Read the full audiofi ...…
 
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Selected Short Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 
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In this story’s bleak future, words shape the existence of objects. When items aren’t labeled, or their identity isn't confirmed aloud, they begin to dissolve. Vanja is sent to Amatka to research the hygiene habits of the locals. Kirsten Potter's voice is concise and clear, evoking the flinty, cold colony of Amatka.Read the full audiofile revie ...…
 
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Brick Moon Fiction - BMF Podcast
 
"The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons." Fyodore Dostoevsky Are you ready for a month long series of Strange Investigations? In our ever expanding world of connectivity it's easy to see that the device we hold in our hands will eventually be embedded within our physical being. It is, perhaps, fated to hap ...…
 
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No Extra Words: the flash fiction podcast
 
We're showing where all the broken pieces are. Carefully prepping which face we show the world in "Kintsugi." By Jaclyn Tan, copyright 2017, used with permission. Visit Jaclyn's website. New segment! I talk all about my NaNoWriMo prep. Learn all about NaNoWriMo and be my writing buddy. With love sent to our friends in Vegas, we survive a long n ...…
 
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The Classic Tales Podcast
 
What happens when a Russian literary titan crafts a vampire story? Unsettling elegance. Ivan Turgenev, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudioboo ...…
 
Guest host Josh Radnor presents three stories drawn from the world of fables and fairytales, but with a modern twist. Maulik Pancholy reads Somerset Maugham’s “Appointment in Samarra”; when your time is up, it’s up. Ben Loory gives us a kinder, gentler take on the old “monster in the closet” idea in “The Monster,” read by John Cameron Mitchell. ...…
 
Tuned stars Daniel Strauss as Nate, Allison Tolman as Penny, Retta as Olive, John Ross Bowie as Glenn, Jim O’Heir as Arlen/Dr. Singh, Kate Flannery as Deena, Christina Kirk as Bonnie, Tawny Newsome as Jennica/Female cop/Patient/Nurse/Crowd, Janina Gavankar as Tina/New Yorker/Patient/Nurse/Crowd, Maria Blasucci as Natalie Morales/Other driver/Pa ...…
 
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The Truth
 
Maybe a hug really can be magic. Maybe. Performed by Austin Pendleton, April Matthis, and Jenny Lee Mitchell. With Kate Chapman, Becca Schall, Kevin Cobbs, Louis Kornfeld, Chris Kipiniak, Kerry Kastin, T.J. Mannix, and Phoebe Tyers. Written by Louis Kornfeld, produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
 
Kim Mai Guest captivates listeners with her delivery of this wondrous story about "nine on an island, orphans all." As the island’s mystery unfolds, Guest brings Jinny and Ess’s many adventures and mishaps to life. Guest’s tone slowly changes over time after Jinny makes a decision that brings chaos to the orphans’ home. Read the full audiofile ...…
 
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The New Yorker: The Writer's Voice - New Fiction from The New Yorker
 
Tessa Hadley reads her story from the October 16, 2017, issue of the magazine. Hadley has published six novels and four short-story collections, including “Sunstroke and Other Stories” and “Married Love.” In 2016, she won the Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction.
 
Today on The Easy Chair: “True To Your Heart” with my very special guest Jane Gross. Jane is an artist, writer, and practitioner of heart-healing. Jane’s approach to all she does aligns with her essential nature: gentle and fearless. In her two spoken pieces, Jane lyrically traces a path to resilience that is accessible to all, and her words sh ...…
 
With a feisty Southern drawl, Brittany Pressley portrays Jancy Wilson, a young woman, stranded in the small town of Pick, Texas, after her car catches fire right in front of the Strawberry Hearts Diner. Pressley captures the humor, hopes, and dreams of the good folks of Pick as they stick together through adversity and joy.Read the full audiofi ...…
 
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1001 Classic Short Stories & Tales
 
A young Eskimo boy, after losing his father, who was the best hunter for the tribe, shows what he is made of by using his brains and cunning to find food for his doubtful elders and bring he and his mother the respect they deserved. #JackLondon Please do survey between Oct 8 and 20th. Support our show and show them that our fans have a voice! w ...…
 
Ken Burns’s melancholy tone exactly suits the mood of this history of the Vietnam War, which precedes his newest documentary, coming to PBS in September 2017. Burns adds no false drama reading with respect for the front-line combatants and the earnest opponents. He varies his pace only slightly, letting the story speak for itself. Read the full ...…
 
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The Other Stories | Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller, WTF Stories
 
When Alex catches his father sneaking off from a club with another woman, he takes it upon himself to investigate. Little does he know, his father's secret will unlock a whole new understanding of just what is happening in the valley.Written by Kandice EvansNarrated by Persephone RoseEdited by Karl HughesMusic by Chris Zabriskie and Thom Robson…
 
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, please listen to Waking Up, an insightful short by Cori Thomas. It juxtaposes the experiences of an American urbanite's and an African villager's struggle with breast cancer. Although the details from diagnosis to ultimate triumph are vastly different, their stories underscore the universality of ...…
 
Travis Baldree inhabits Ben Carter, an aspiring screenwriter currently a dog walker for Windy City Waggers. Carter discovers that Toby, a born-to-kill Japanese shiba inu posing as an ordinary dog, is being pursued by cultists who want to use him to rule the world. Baldree gives credible voices to all as they take on the cultists.Read the full a ...…
 
Elizabeth Knowelden gives a vivaciously entertaining performance of the third audiobook of this mystery series. She splendidly portrays Lady Hardcastle and her maid Flo, known for their sleuthing skills. They come in handy when there’s a murder at Lord Riddlethorpe’s personal racetrack during a summer holiday in 1909.Read the full audiofile rev ...…
 
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