The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut by Mark Twain
What would you do if your conscience no longer nagged you?
By Don McDonald
Humans have shared short stories for millennia. For most of that time, telling tales was a verbal process. A storyteller would regale an audience with accounts of adventure, bravery, compassion, despair, enlightenment, and fear. Stories were a shared experience, until the advent of inexpensive mass-printing processes in the 19th century which allowed most of us to read to ourselves. Yet, that desire to have a short story read aloud is still ingrained in our collective soul.
While we still read books for pleasure, most of today’s stories are told via newer forms of visual media like movies and television. Consuming stories via any visual medium requires an active commitment to the process. You probably shouldn’t read a book or watch a TV program while driving, but your brain still craves a good story.
Audiobooks are suitable for long road trips. But what about those times when you only have a few minutes? Enter narrated short stories. Spoken short stories are quick, satisfying snack, while an audiobook is a seven-course meal.
Allow me to help you fill those moments and fulfill your need for a captivating tale with my renditions of some of the world’s greatest literary masters best short stories.
My love of the spoken word has been honed by a more than 30-year career in radio and voice acting with a modicum of performance passion from decades of stage performances.
This venture is my hobby (I have a great full-time job), so all of the content is free of cost and commercials. I hope you enjoy them.
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A Telephonic Conversation by Mark Twain
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In the 19th Century particularly, good boys are supposed to enjoy the fruits of the righteousness, and bad boys were destined for eternal damnation, at least according to Sunday School books, but according to Mark Twain, life often contradicted expectation.
In a Grove by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
When the plans for a top-secret British defense project are stolen and the apparent thief is found dead, the government turns to legendary detective Sherlock Holmes to solve the mystery and find the documents.