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Humans have shared 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 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. An audio book is suitable for a long road trip. But what about those times when you only have a few minutes? Enter the audio short story. Allow me to help you fill those moments and fulfill your need for a captivating tale with readings of some of the world’s greatest literary masters best brief works. 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. If you have a public domain story you would like read or would like to share thoughts or comments, please drop me a line. If you enjoy these stories, please spread the word, subscribe, and leave a review on your favorite podcast service. Thanks for stopping by, Don McDonald

Humans have shared 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 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. An audio book is suitable for a long road trip. But what about those times when you only have a few minutes? Enter the audio short story. Allow me to help you fill those moments and fulfill your need for a captivating tale with readings of some of the world’s greatest literary masters best brief works. 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. If you have a public domain story you would like read or would like to share thoughts or comments, please drop me a line. If you enjoy these stories, please spread the word, subscribe, and leave a review on your favorite podcast service. Thanks for stopping by, Don McDonald
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Humans have shared 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 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. An audio book is suitable for a long road trip. But what about those times when you only have a few minutes? Enter the audio short story. Allow me to help you fill those moments and fulfill your need for a captivating tale with readings of some of the world’s greatest literary masters best brief works. 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. If you have a public domain story you would like read or would like to share thoughts or comments, please drop me a line. If you enjoy these stories, please spread the word, subscribe, and leave a review on your favorite podcast service. Thanks for stopping by, Don McDonald

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Episodes

After Twenty Years by O. Henry

1/17/2019
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Twenty years after heading west to find his fortunes a man returns to meet a long lost friend.

Duration:00:07:30

A Lost Masterpiece by A. A. Milne

1/10/2019
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Before he wrote Winnie the Pooh, A. A. Milne was a popular humor writer. Here is one of his adult short-short stories.

Duration:00:08:22

The Prophet - Part Two by Khalil Gibran

1/4/2019
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Here is the second half of Kahlil Gibran's global bestselling book with sage advice on pain and pleasure, good and evil, and the inevitability of death.

Duration:00:39:43

The Prophet - Part One by Khalil Gibran

1/3/2019
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For almost a century, the profound words of The Prophet have stirred the hearts and moved the souls of millions of readers around the world.

Duration:00:38:55

Uncle Richard's New Year Dinner by Lucy Maud Montgomery

12/26/2018
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The end of the old year and the start of the new has traditionally been seen as an opportunity to start fresh by setting aside old grievances and moving forward with a clean slate.

Duration:00:11:26

A Visit from St. Nicholas or 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

12/22/2018
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You've heard it a dozen times, so why not one more. Here's a Visit from St. Nicholas, was it penned by Clement Moore?

Duration:00:04:47

A Kidnapped Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum

12/20/2018
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Santa and his friends face the most challenging Christmas in their long history as Santa is kidnapped.

Duration:00:23:45

Christmas at Red Butte by Lucy Maud Montgomery

12/17/2018
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When a bad harvest on the Canadian prairie means no Christmas for her cousins, a young woman does the only thing she can to rescue their holiday.

Duration:00:18:15

The Gospel According to Joan by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

12/11/2018
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When does the end justify the means and who gets to decide? One person's definition of morality may not be shared by others.

Duration:00:42:52

Misery by Anton Chekhov

12/4/2018
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Loneliness is painful enough under normal circumstances, but social rejection in the face of a personal crisis can be devastating.

Duration:00:14:12

A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin

11/27/2018
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Money has the power to take us away, if only temporarily, from the dull routines of life. However, there is always a price to pay for our fiscal flights of fancy and real life eventually hoists its humdrum head again.

Duration:00:13:47

The Good and the Bad Little Boy by Mark Twain

11/21/2018
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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.

Duration:00:19:04

Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen by O. Henry

11/19/2018
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Somewhere there’s a great story for almost every holiday, even the decidedly American tradition of Thanksgiving and who better to tell such a story than one of America’s finest authors, O. Henry.

Duration:00:13:42

The Cactus by O. Henry

11/13/2018
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Pride does seem to go before a fall… In this very short story a young man’s life unravels thanks to a small vanity-induced dissimulation.

Duration:00:10:44

The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs

10/31/2018
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Humans are rarely content with their lot in life. We long for something more and, all too often believe that, given the right opportunity, our lives can be made better in an instant through some fortunate event, like winning a lottery.

Duration:00:25:34

The Damned Thing by Ambrose Bierce

10/29/2018
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As Halloween approaches, here is a bonus scary Litreading from one of my favorite authors. It’s the story of a mysterious death in the 19th-century American wilderness.

Duration:00:20:29

The Man in the Brown Coat by Sherwood Anderson

10/27/2018
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This special short, short story centers on a different kind of haunting, not from without, but from within. The darkness that comes from a profound loneliness that quietly haunts the souls of many.

Duration:00:07:49

The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

10/24/2018
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As Halloween approaches, our tales of horror grow more grisly with a classic scary story, The Black Cat by one of America’s greatest devisers of dread, Edgar Allan Poe

Duration:00:25:43

Yuki-Onna by Lafcadio Hearn

10/20/2018
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Ghost stories have been told around the world and often based on mythical creatures or spirits. Those living in the cold, snowy regions of Japan created the legend of a winter spirit called Yuki-Onna (or snow woman) whose beauty allows her to prey on those lost in brutal winter storms.

Duration:00:10:41

The Boarded Window by Ambrose Bierce

10/17/2018
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What led a man to live an isolated life at his ramshackle cabin, with a boarded up window, in the former American wilderness? What is the tragic story that led him to this doleful existence? Here is his traumatic tale.

Duration:00:16:56