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Bedtime in the Public Domain

525 EpisodesProduced by W. Blaine DowlerWebsite

Reading books from the public domain, one chapter at a time.

525 Episodes | 2016 - 2021

Ch. 7: The Locked Door (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

September 22nd, 2021

7:47

Edward is provided secure accommodations on the island, and is finally far enough up on Maslow's hierarchy that he can sit and think. He suddenly and unpleasantly realizes where he's heard the name of his host before.

Ch. 4: At the Schooner's Rail (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

September 17th, 2021

5:36

Edward catches Montgomery at a vulnerable moment, and learns a little bit more.

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Ch. 3: The Strange Face (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

September 16th, 2021

8:46

Edward meets one of Montgomery's strange travelling companions.

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Ch. 2: The Man Who Was Going Nowhere (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

September 15th, 2021

5:18

Prendick awakens on the Ipecacuanha and meets a man named Montgomery.

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Ch. 1: In the Dingey of the "Lady Vain" (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

September 14th, 2021

5:06

Edward Prendick recounts the events that led him from the shipwreck of the Lady Vain to being the last soul alive in his boat.

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Introduction (The Island of Dr. Moreau)

September 13th, 2021

2:37

In this brief introduction, Charles Edward Prendick sets the stage for the story transcribed by his uncle Edward Prendick, who shows signs of what …

Announcing Book 19

September 6th, 2021

4:09

The formal announcement of our next book: The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells.

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Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit by Thorne Smith: Audiobook Version

August 23rd, 2021

2:41:58

The complete text of Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith.

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September 6 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

August 20th, 2021

2:23

Biltmore ships out.

This is the final chapter of Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith.

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September 5 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

August 19th, 2021

2:41

Biltmore tries to figure out what his assignment is, and those around him make very helpful suggestions.

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September 4 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

August 18th, 2021

1:22

Biltmore applies for a furlough, and gets an extremely unexpected reply.

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August 3 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

August 3rd, 2021

11:47

Biltmore meets a man who doesn't claim to have seen a mermaid, but if anyone has seen one of them things, it's him.

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July 9 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

July 28th, 2021

1:12

Biltmore's performance shoveling coal has led him to his next assignment in the Officers' Mess.

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July 4 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

July 26th, 2021

1:59

It's the fourth of July. Surely Biltmore won't screw something up on such an important date, right?

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July 3 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

July 23rd, 2021

0:49

Biltmore gets to know Mr. Fogerty better, and isn't happy about it.

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June 25 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

July 19th, 2021

4:20

Biltmore has more adventures while waiting for his laundry to dry.

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June 24 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

July 16th, 2021

2:56

Biltmore is due for 43 hours of liberty, assuming he can get clean enough to pass inspection first.

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June 11 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

July 14th, 2021

1:49

Warning: this chapter opens with a racial stereotype. Biltmore muses about his newly developed skills at laundry.

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June 1 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

July 12th, 2021

0:31

Biltmore reads the reviews of the show he is no longer a part of.

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May 11 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

July 6th, 2021

4:35

Biltmore has a new role with the Navy, and it may be his true calling.

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April 31 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

June 28th, 2021

2:10

Biltmore meets someone who may or may not be Kaiser William while on guard duty.

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April 25 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

June 23rd, 2021

2:34

Biltmore visits Eli's grave to give him the latest updates on camp gossip.

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April 9 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

June 16th, 2021

0:35

Biltmore has issues with his company commander. Also with distinguishing between "port" and "present arms".

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April 7 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

June 14th, 2021

3:24

Biltmore and a "friend" meet a nice family, and quite the biography is given.

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June Patreon Shout-Out

June 6th, 2021

0:41

Thanking our supporters in June.

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March 25 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

June 4th, 2021

4:19

Biltmore takes his "liberty," comparable to shore leave, in the city of New York.

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March 17 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

May 27th, 2021

1:17

The single girls start showing up, and Biltmore gets more mail from his mother.

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March 3 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

May 19th, 2021

1:15

Biltmore's mother comes for a visit which is both very personal and shockingly impersonal.

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March 2 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

May 18th, 2021

2:22

Biltmore fails to make friends with those who share the sleeping quarters.

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May Patreon Shout Out

May 9th, 2021

0:51

Our monthly shout out to our Patreon supporters.

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Announcing Book 18

May 3rd, 2021

1:03

Book 18 in Bedtime in the Public Domain will be Thorne Smith's Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit.

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The Man With Two Left Feet and other stories by P.G. Wodehouse

April 29th, 2021

5:40:18

This collection of stories by humourist P.G. Wodehouse includes the first appearances of his famous "Jeeves and Wooster".

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The Man With Two Left Feet (The Man With Two Left Feet and Other Stories, by P.G. Wodehouse)

April 28th, 2021

32:19

Henry Wallace Mills has a plan to keep his young wife from getting bored, but it requires him to learn how to dance, despite his complete and utter lack of talent.

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A Sea of Troubles (The Man With Two Left Feet and Other Stories, by P.G. Wodehouse)

April 27th, 2021

21:31

Mr. Meggs has decided to end it all, and to give his friends their inheritance while he is still around to enjoy their reactions, starting with his secretary.


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The Romance of an Ugly Policeman (The Man With Two Left Feet and Other Stories, by P.G. Wodehouse)

April 26th, 2021

24:01

Edward Plimmer is in love with a girl who is in love with... of all people... a milkman!

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Black For Luck (The Man With Two Left Feet and Other Stories, by P.G. Wodehouse)

April 23rd, 2021

28:00

There was a time when black cats were considered lucky. It's up to the reader to decide whether or not this is one of those times.

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One Touch of Nature (The Man With Two Left Feet and Other Stories, by P.G. Wodehouse)

April 22nd, 2021

19:58

This fairly lighthearted story centres around some rather massive fans of baseball, meeting through happenstance in London.

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The Making of Mac's (The Man With Two Left Feet and Other Stories, by P.G. Wodehouse)

April 21st, 2021

26:24

P.G. Wodehouse is best known for writing comedic stories, but this isn't one of them. It's the story of two young people in love with conflicting life goals. Content advisory: suicide.

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At Geisenheimer's (The Man With Two Left Feet and Other Stories, by P.G. Wodehouse)

April 20th, 2021

27:21

A couple honeymooning in New York have two very different reactions to the city.

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Crowned Heads (The Man With Two Left Feet and Other Stories, by P.G. Wodehouse)

April 19th, 2021

26:44

Katie falls in love and wants to marry, if she can get the approval of her delusional grandfather.

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Bill the Bloodhound (The Man With Two Left Feet and other stories, by P.G. Wodehouse)

April 12th, 2021

28:40

Henry Pifield Rice is a detective. Not a great detective, or even a particularly good detective, but he's a detective. He's also in love with a woman …

Announcing Book 17

April 5th, 2021

2:28

Announcing the next book in the series: a collection of comedic short stories.

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Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: The Complete Audiobook

March 8th, 2021

3:18:04

The entire fourth Oz novel, which reunites Dorothy and the Wizard.

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Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Chapter 16: Jim, the Cab-Horse

March 1st, 2021

11:02

Jim learns more about the Palace of Oz, encountering a number of characters that are new to Jim but familiar to fans of the series.

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Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Chapter 15: Old Friends are Reunited

February 26th, 2021

13:37

The group are reunited with many of the prominent personages of Oz, some of whom make their first appearances in this particular book.

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Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Chapter 13: The Den of the Dragonettes

February 24th, 2021

9:57

The party escape the gargoyles, only to wander into the home of a far greater threat.

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Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Chapter 12: A Wonderful Escape

February 23rd, 2021

12:53

The party is captured by the gargoyles, but they refuse to stay captured for long.

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Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Chapter 8: The Valley of Voices

February 17th, 2021

8:12

Be wary of eating unfamiliar fruit from random bushes. And bears.

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Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Chapter 7: Into the Black Pit and Out Again

February 16th, 2021

5:43

Jim, Eureka, and the piglets are driven into the Black Pit, and soon find that they are not alone.

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Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Chapter 5: Dorothy Picks the Princess

February 12th, 2021

10:15

The group come up with a plan to avoid the fate the Prince has planned for them.

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Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Chapter 4: The Vegetable Kingdom

February 11th, 2021

8:56

Dorothy and her companions learn about the biology of the Mangaboos.

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Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Chapter 3: The Arrival of the Wizard

February 10th, 2021

12:17

The title character of the first book finally returns to the series.

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Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Chapter 2: The Glass City

February 9th, 2021

15:29

The group encounter a remarkable land, featuring a city made of glass.

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Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Chapter 1: The Earthquake

February 8th, 2021

7:15

Dorothy meets her second cousin Zeb, but they have a tough time coming home from the train station.

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Announcing the Patreon

February 7th, 2021

0:40

There is now a collective Patreon for all of my podcasts! You can get the details at https://www.patreon.com/blainesbureau42podcasts.

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Announcing Book 16

February 1st, 2021

3:31

Find out about our plans for 2021, including the next book we'll be covering.

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Aesop's Fables: The Goatherd and the Wild Goats

January 5th, 2021

1:12

Pay attention to how people in roles of authority treat everybody.

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Aesop's Fables: The Hunter and the Horseman

January 4th, 2021

0:41

If someone offers to buy your hare, make them get off their horse first.

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Aesop's Fables: The Woman and the Farmer

December 30th, 2020

1:08

This sounds like the start of a healthy relationship.

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Aesop's Fables: Grief and His Due

December 28th, 2020

0:46

Yeah, get over your losses quickly, why don't ya?

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Aesop's Fables: The Runaway Slave

December 18th, 2020

0:28

I can't get over how many pro-slavery stories are in these fables, especially since Aesop was a slave himself! Had I known how many pro-slavery …

Aesop's Fables: The Fox and the Snake

December 14th, 2020

0:24

Ah, yes, because the best response to seeing someone in mortal danger is to give them a sick burn.

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Aesop's Fables: The Fox and the Bramble

December 11th, 2020

0:31

Blaming others for your own errors again, Mr. Fox...

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Aesop's Fables: The Foxes and the River

December 8th, 2020

0:43

These foxes really all clever. I didn't expect them to understand geology this well. 

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Aesop's Fables: The Miser

December 8th, 2020

0:54

This type of behaviour persists today.

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Aesop's Fables: The Witch

December 4th, 2020

0:35

Gee, a witch who couldn't keep promises...

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Aesop's Fables: Hercules and Plutus

November 30th, 2020

0:38

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Aesop's Fables: The Quack Doctor

November 26th, 2020

1:10

Aesop had a knack for smack talk, I'll give him that.

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Aesop's Fables: The Fox Who Served a Lion

November 25th, 2020

0:40

Another "you slaves don't know how good you have it" story? Seriously?

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Aesop's Fables: The Eagle and the Fox

November 20th, 2020

1:10

Yet another happy ending in the style of Aesop.

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Aesop's Fables: The Farmer and His Dogs

November 19th, 2020

0:33

I honestly don't know if Aesop was trying for comedy or horror with this one.

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Aesop's Fables: The Lion, the Fox, and the Ass

November 16th, 2020

0:48

This may well be the origin of "the lion's share."

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Aesop's Fables: The Stag and the Lion

November 11th, 2020

0:26

The source of yet another cliche: out of the frying pan and into the fire.

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Aesop's Fables: The Wily Lion

November 9th, 2020

0:53

I thought it was the coyote that was wily...

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Aesop's Fables: Mercury and the Man Bitten by an Ant

November 6th, 2020

0:39

Gee, we have certainly all grown past the point of blaming an entire group for the actions of a single individual.

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Aesop's Fables: The Wolf and His Shadow

November 4th, 2020

0:35

If only the wolf understood mapping and projection in Euclidean space.

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Aesop's Fables: The Snake and Jupiter

November 2nd, 2020

0:31

If others hurt you, it's your fault for not fighting back. Really, Aesop? Really?

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Aesop's Fables: The Swan

November 2nd, 2020

0:44

Another one PETA wouldn't care for.

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Aesop's Fables: The Wolves, the Sheep, and the Ram

October 30th, 2020

0:31

And the moral of the story is... negotiating with the enemy is pointless?

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Aesop's Fables: The Man, the Horse, the Ox, and the Dog

October 29th, 2020

1:06

Aesop has previously shown himself to support slavery and racism. Now he reveals his ageism.

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Aesop's Fables: The Rose and the Amaranth

October 28th, 2020

0:33

Would an amaranth by any other name still be as sweet?

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Aesop's Fables: The Nightingale and the Hawk

October 27th, 2020

0:38

That's an articulate hawk, if grammatically awkward.

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Aesop's Fables: The Crow and the Snake

October 23rd, 2020

0:27

I guess the moral of this one is that, if you find a deadly creature asleep and decide to eat it, kill it first.

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Aesop's Fables: The Monkey and the Dolphin

October 22nd, 2020

1:00

Aesop takes a classic sitcom premise, but it gets dark quickly.

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Aesop's Fables: The Weasel and the Man

October 19th, 2020

0:33

Make sure you are in a position to bargain before you try to do so.

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Aesop's Fables: The Fisherman Piping

October 16th, 2020

0:36

I don't think this fisherman understands fish very well. Not if he can't tell the difference between dancing and the death throes of suffocation.

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Aesop's Fables: The Fowler and the Lark

October 15th, 2020

0:36

So, the lark says only fools will do exactly what the lark just did...

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Aesop's Fables: The Eagle and the Beetle

October 14th, 2020

1:11

So... eagle's never lay their eggs in beetle season, because of one eagle's bad experience that she didn't know was caused by a beetle? Okay...

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Aesop's Fables: The Dog and the Wolf

October 12th, 2020

0:49

The origin of yet another cliche happens right here.

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Aesop's Fables: The Wolf and the Horse

October 8th, 2020

0:34

I thought the wolf had a different end in mind for the horse.

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Aesop's Fables: The Bee-Keeper

October 7th, 2020

0:38

Advocating targeted violence instead of pacifism, I see.

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Aesop's Fables: The Lion in Love

October 6th, 2020

0:42

Always get the father's blessing before marriage.

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Aesop's Fables: The Gardener and His Dog

October 2nd, 2020

0:33

Be sure of someone's intentions before you react.

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Aesop's Fables: The Shepherd and the Wolf

September 29th, 2020

0:52

Aesop expresses his views on the "nature vs. nurture" debate.

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Aesop's Fables: The Sheep and the Dog

September 28th, 2020

0:48

Aesop was opposed to all forms of complaint, it seems.

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Aesop's Fables: The Goatherd and the Goat

September 25th, 2020

0:34

This goatherd had never heard phrases like "fake news" or "alternate facts".

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Aesop's Fables: The Athenian and the Theban

September 24th, 2020

1:00

An argument over who has the better hero ends with a sick burn.

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Aesop's Fables: The Farmer, His Boy, and the Rooks

September 21st, 2020

1:05

Rooks are birds, I assume. Also, the moral still applies today!

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Aesop's Fables: The Fox and the Grasshopper

September 18th, 2020

0:42

Finally, a moral that makes sense! Not enough of those lately...

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Aesop's Fables: The Crab and the Fox

September 17th, 2020

0:30

Aesop has graduated from pro-slavery and moved on to pro-segregation.

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Aesop's Fables: The Frogs and the Well

September 16th, 2020

0:37

This is the first moral in a while I can agree with.

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Aesop's Fables: The Ant

September 15th, 2020

0:38

This time around, Aesop seems to be arguing against trying to rehabilitate criminals...

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Aesop's Fables: The Ass and His Masters

September 11th, 2020

0:53

Did I read that right? Is Aesop telling slaves not to get uppity?

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Aesop's Fables: The Pack-Ass and the Wild Ass

September 10th, 2020

0:43

A classic case of "the grass is always greener" syndrome.

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Aesop's Fables: The Thief and the Innkeeper

September 9th, 2020

1:35

I suppose the moral of this story is that stupid people are easy to steal from.

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Aesop's Fables: The Hound and the Fox

September 7th, 2020

0:30

Not to be confused with the Fox and the Hound.

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Aesop's Fables: The Debtor and His Sow

September 1st, 2020

0:53

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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Aesop's Fables: The Astronomer

August 25th, 2020

0:37

Is Aesop arguing against astronomy, or for observatories here?

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Aesop's Fables: The Bull and the Calf

August 21st, 2020

0:25

Ah, the "know it all" attitude of the elderly.

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Aesop's Fables: The Wolves and the Dogs

August 20th, 2020

0:48

Aesop extolled many virtues, but compassion doesn't seem to be one of them.

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Aesop's Fables: The Kingdom of the Lion

August 17th, 2020

0:38

Is Aesop actually in favour of equality here?

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Aesop's Fables: The Heifer and the Ox

August 14th, 2020

0:36

That's a shockingly complacent attitude, all things considered.

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Aesop's Fables: Brother and Sister

August 13th, 2020

0:53

Mirrors seem to have been far less common in these days.

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Aesop's Fables: The Eagle, the Jackdaw, and the Shepherd

July 31st, 2020

1:02

Not exactly "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again."

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Aesop's Fables: The Flea and the Ox

July 28th, 2020

0:39

How you treat others affects how they treat you.

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Aesop's Fables: The Travellers and the Plane-Tree

July 27th, 2020

0:46

Services delivered to people without gratitude? Gee, I'm glad our society has outgrown that practice...

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Aesop's Fables: The Sick Man and the Doctor

July 24th, 2020

0:50

Choose your doctor wisely. (Might I suggest one with two hearts?)

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Aesop's Fables: The Monkey and the Camel

July 23rd, 2020

0:34

Everyone has seen a dancing fool or two at a party, right?

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Aesop's Fables: The Ass and the Wolf

July 22nd, 2020

0:52

I guess Aesop advocates murder over medicine...

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Aesop's Fables: The Belly and the Members

July 20th, 2020

0:41

Be careful before you drop out a member of the team.

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Aesop's Fables: The Two Frogs

July 15th, 2020

0:41

Once again, not kind to the animals.

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Aesop's Fables: The Cock and the Jewel

July 6th, 2020

0:25

Different people assign different objects different values.

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Aesop's Fables: The Fly and the Draught-Mule

July 3rd, 2020

0:32

Make sure you take orders from the right person.

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Aesop's Fables: The Stag With One Eye

July 2nd, 2020

0:44

The stag, it seems, never turned around.

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Aesop's Fables: The Crow and the Swan

July 1st, 2020

0:35

It takes more than water to get properly cleaned up.

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Aesop's Fable: The Escaped Jackdaw

June 26th, 2020

0:38

I guess Aesop felt slaves should be content with their lot in life...

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Aesop's Fables: The Lion and the Bull

June 23rd, 2020

0:45

Perhaps prey should be caught before the table is set.

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Aesop's Fables: The Tunny-Fish and the Dolphin

June 16th, 2020

0:36

Sorry this one was a few hours late. I somehow forgot to schedule it after uploading.

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Aesop's Fables: The Wolf and the Crane

June 11th, 2020

0:33

Always get details on payments before closing a deal.

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Aesop's Fables: The Prophet

June 5th, 2020

0:34

Scam foretune tellers have been a thing for a while, it seems.

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Aesop's Fables: The Old Hound

June 1st, 2020

0:40

Sometimes, forced retirement is a good thing.

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Aesop's Fables: The Two Pots

May 29th, 2020

0:30

Aesop was a serious classist, and he's at it again.

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Aesop's Fables: The Wolf and the Lion

May 22nd, 2020

0:30

People think more of themselves than others. 

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Aesop's Fables: The Oxen and the Butchers

May 21st, 2020

0:50

Animal rights for food animals has, it seems, been discussed for a very long time...

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Aesop's Fables: The Soldier and His Horse

May 20th, 2020

0:53

Be wary how you treat others at all times, not just times of need.

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Aesop's Fables: The Viper and the File

May 15th, 2020

0:32

That's what you get for asking a carpenter's tools for a favour.

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Aesop's Fables: The Rich Man and the Tanner

May 11th, 2020

0:33

Centuries ago, the rich still demand that the established poor have to change to suit themselves.

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Aesop's Fables: The Eagle and the Arrow

May 8th, 2020

0:35

The things we think of as we are about to die...

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Aesop's Fables: The Man and the Satyr

May 6th, 2020

0:41

Satyrs have little grasp of thermodynamics.

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Aesop's Fables: Hercules and the Waggoner

April 28th, 2020

0:39

The word "heaven" doesn't seem exclusive to the Christian religions.

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Aesop's Fables: The Man and the Image

April 27th, 2020

0:35

This is an unusual perspective on praying, given the original publication date.

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Aesop's Fables: The Ox and the Frog

April 24th, 2020

0:54

If there is a moral here, I don't see it.

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Aesop's Fables: The Bear and the Fox

April 22nd, 2020

0:32

A bragging bear is put in his place by a fox.

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Aesop's Fables: The Peacock and Juno

April 21st, 2020

1:03

Not to be confused with Alfred Hitchcock's Juno and the Paycock, or the play on which that was based.

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Aesop's Fables: The Dog and the Shadow

April 16th, 2020

0:27

It seems the word "reflection" didn't exist yet.

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Aesop's Fables: The Traveller and His Dog

April 3rd, 2020

0:24

Why is nobody ever surprised that these animals can talk?

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Aesop's Fables: The Vain Jackdaw

April 2nd, 2020

0:54

Ask yourself why you are voting for a particular candidate.

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Aesop's Fables: The Kid on the Housetop

March 31st, 2020

0:27

Remember, humans are not the only species that has kids...

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Aesop's Fables: The Walnut Tree

March 26th, 2020

0:26

There is a definite tree theme lately...

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Aesop's Fables: The Lion and the Boar

March 25th, 2020

0:39

Yeah, predator and prey always work well together.

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Aesop's Fables: The Boy and the Filberts

March 20th, 2020

0:38

Filberts used to be a thing. Some type of nut, apparently.

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Aesop's Fables: The Two Bags

March 18th, 2020

0:22

Be careful what you carry around with you.

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Aesop's Fables: The Jackdaw and the Pigeons

March 13th, 2020

0:47

The dangers of conformity, or is it the dangers of defying classism?

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Aesop's Fables: The Peasant and the Apple Tree

March 12th, 2020

0:53

A story told in a time when bees were still plentiful.

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Aesop's Fables: The Swollen Fox

March 9th, 2020

0:42

This story about a fox could just as easily been about a Pooh bear.

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Aesop's Fables: The Old Lion

March 4th, 2020

0:47

Pay attention to footprints, I guess.

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Aesop's Fables: Father and Sons

February 26th, 2020

0:41

Another story which has become a common cultural tale.

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Aesop's Fables: Jupiter and the Monkey

February 25th, 2020

0:32

The Monkey gets attention from the main god in the pantheon.

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Aesop's Fables: The Thieves and the Cock

February 21st, 2020

0:32

To win a debate, think about what motivates the other side.

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Aesop's Fables: The Dog and the Cook

February 19th, 2020

1:05

This is a table about uninvited party guests.

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Aesop's Fables: The Farmer and His Sons

February 18th, 2020

0:39

The treasure hunt finds nothing... or does it?

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Aesop's Fables: The Fox and the Goat

February 11th, 2020

1:07

Another cliche expression originates in "Aesop's Fables".

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Aesop's Fables: The Ass and his Burdens

February 7th, 2020

0:59

An ass figures out a seemingly clever way to lighten his load.

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Aesop's Fables: The Blind Man and the Cub

February 4th, 2020

0:32

A blind man is handed a hostile creature and told to feel it up.

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Aesop's Fables: The Bear and the Travellers

January 28th, 2020

0:49

I've heard a similar story with dragons and halflings.

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Aesop's Fables: The Ass and the Lap-Dog

January 21st, 2020

1:23

This seems to be teaching people to "know their place" in society...

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Aesop's Fables: The Fox and the Monkey

January 20th, 2020

0:45

This ends with another phrase that really should have become a cliche, but somehow didn't.

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Aesop's Fables: The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

January 14th, 2020

0:32

This didn't end the way society has conditioned me to expect it to end. Also, I clearly watch too much Star Trek, since I almost titled this "The Worf in Sheep's Clothing."

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Aesop's Fables: The Fox and the Stork

January 13th, 2020

0:39

Two animals try to share meals, but I don't think they are friends.

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Aesop's Fables: The Hares and the Frogs

January 10th, 2020

0:58

Because cowardice means you should kill yourself...? I'm starting to question the morals of Aesop.

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Aesop's Fables: The Mistress and Her Servants

January 8th, 2020

0:45

A lesson is learned, even if cause and effect are ignored in the process.

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Aesop's Fables: Mercury and the Woodman

December 31st, 2019

1:32

An honest woodman does better than a dishonest one.

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Aesop's Fables: The Old Woman and the Doctor

December 27th, 2019

1:15

A woman gets treated for blindness by a dishonest doctor.

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Aesop's Fables: The Fox and the Crow

December 19th, 2019

0:44

Can the fox outwit the crow and steal its cheese?

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Aesop's Fables: The Mice in Council

December 16th, 2019

0:44

Mice need to come up with a way to deal with the threat of a cat.

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit

November 11th, 2019

5:18

Peter Rabbit is not a well behaved rabbit. You think he would have learned after his father was baked into a pie.

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: The Complete Audiobook

October 28th, 2019

2:10:35

The complete adventure in which Mr. Gabriel John Utterson investigates the connection between his upstanding friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the utterly fiendish Mr. Edward Hyde.

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Chapter 10: Henry Jekyll's Full Statement of the Case

October 25th, 2019

35:24

Dr. Jekyll's written words reveal all that he knows of the case.

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Chapter 9: Dr. Lanyon's Narrative

October 24th, 2019

14:14

The contents of Dr. Lanyon's note answer some questions but open up many, many more.

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Chapter 8: The Last Night

October 23rd, 2019

22:01

Poole comes to Utterson in terror: he believes foul play has befallen his master, Dr. Jekyll.

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Chapter 7: Incident at the Window

October 22nd, 2019

2:57

Mr. Utterson and Mr. Enfield are out for another walk when they encounter Dr. Jekyll, after a fashion.

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Chapter 6: Incident of Dr. Lanyon

October 21st, 2019

7:44

Dr. Jekyll gets ill again, refusing to see Utterson, who has a very disturbing visit with Dr. Lanyon as a result.

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Chapter 5: Incident of the Letter

October 18th, 2019

8:32

Mr. Utterson confronts Dr. Jekyll about Mr. Hyde once more.

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Chapter 4: The Carew Murder Case

October 17th, 2019

8:53

Mr. Carew asks Mr. Hyde for directions to the post office, and Mr. Hyde kills him for his trouble.

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Chapter 3: Dr. Jekyll Was Quite at Ease

October 16th, 2019

4:18

Mr. Utterson has the opportunity to discuss the matter of Hyde with Dr. Jekyll.

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Chapter 2: Search for Mr. Hyde

October 15th, 2019

15:16

Mr. Utterson determines to locate and meet Mr. Hyde.

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Chapter 1: Story of the Door

October 14th, 2019

12:17

Mr. Utterson hears a very concerning story from his kinsman, Mr. Enfield.

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Announcing Book 13

October 7th, 2019

2:33

Announcing book 13: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Chapter 22: And Last

September 10th, 2019

6:34

The ramifications of recent events are fully felt.

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Chapter 21: When the Sun Went Down

September 9th, 2019

6:28

The children experience one of the saddest days of their short lives.

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Chapter 20: Little Judy

September 6th, 2019

6:56

The picnic activities take a very different turn.

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Chapter 19: A Pale-Blue Hair Ribbon

September 5th, 2019

10:12

Meg gets involved romantically with a troubled man.

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Chapter 18: The Picnic at Krangi-Bahtoo

September 4th, 2019

9:53

The kids are packed up and sent off to a picnic while the adults deal with a fallen tree.

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Chapter 17: Cattle-Drafting at Yarrahappini

September 3rd, 2019

9:18

The children experience the cattle draft, and their career paths are thus chosen.

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Chapter 16: Yarrahapinni

September 2nd, 2019

9:10

The family gets familiar with their grandparents and their property.

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Chapter 14: The Squatter's Invitation

August 29th, 2019

8:42

The family dynamic changes completely with Judy's illness revealed.

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Chapter 13: Uninvited Guests

August 28th, 2019

10:55

The Captain has been told of Judy's return, and tests the information.

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Chapter 12: Swish, Swish!

August 27th, 2019

10:33

Things from the house at Misrule keep disappearing to Judy's loft, and the attention of the adults is drawn.

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Chapter 11: The Truant

August 26th, 2019

9:25

Bunty tells Meg that Judy has returned, and the kids start to react.

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Chapter 10: Bunty in the Light of a Hero

August 23rd, 2019

16:44

Bunty first makes a serious mistake, and then makes a significant discovery.

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Chapter 9: Consequences

August 22nd, 2019

5:00

Meg returns to the house at Misrule, only to learn that she has most definitely been missed.

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Chapter 8: A Catapult and a Catastrophe

August 21st, 2019

9:25

Miss Meg keeps her appointment with Andrew, but it is Alan who shows to keep it.

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Chapter 7: "What Say You to Falling in Love?"

August 20th, 2019

17:55

Meg and the Courtney brothers find themselves in a love triangle.

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Chapter 6: The Sweetness of Sweet Sixteen

August 19th, 2019

10:39

Meg meets a girl named Aldith, who has quite the influence over the young Woolcot.

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Chapter 5: "Next Monday Morning"

August 16th, 2019

8:04

It's the next Monday morning, and promises are made, some of which are kept.

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Chapter 4: The General Sees Active Service

August 15th, 2019

17:18

The kids cope with missing out on the pantomime, and Judy and Pip get a chance to go to the Aquarium. How can they do that and watch the General at the same time?

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Chapter 3: Virtue Not Always Rewarded

August 14th, 2019

19:22

Punishment is decided for the rudeness of chapter 2, and the children try to change their father's mind.

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Chapter 2: Fowl for Dinner

August 13th, 2019

7:25

The tea continues, and the children decide they'd rather eat what their parents are eating.

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Chapter 1: Chiefly Descriptive

August 12th, 2019

9:40

In this first chapter, we are introduced to the seven Woolcot children and their parents.

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Announcing book 12

August 5th, 2019

2:28

The title of book 12, and why it was selected.

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Around the World in 80 Days: Complete Audiobook

July 31st, 2019

5:35:49

Jules Verne's classic adventure story in its complete audiobook version.

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Chapter XXXVII: In Which It Is Shown That Phileas Fogg Gained Nothing By His Tour Around the World, Unless It Were Happiness

July 30th, 2019

5:42

If the bet was lost on arrival in London, how could it also have been won?

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Chapter XXXIV: In Which Phileas Fogg At Last Reaches London

July 25th, 2019

5:04

Mr. Fogg makes it to London, but to win the wager, he must arrive at the Reform Club, and not prison.

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Chapter XXXIII: In Which Phileas Fogg Shows Himself Equal to the Occasion

July 24th, 2019

12:57

Phileas Fogg has hired a craft to take him to Bordeaux, but that just won't do, so he makes new plans in the middle of the ocean.

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Chapter XXXII: In Which Phileas Fogg Engages in a Direct Struggle with Bad Fortune

July 23rd, 2019

5:34

Mr. Fogg finds another ship that may deliver the party to Europe in time, but the captain does not take passengers and claims no interest in large sums of money.

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Chapter XXXI: In Which Fix, the Detective, Considerably Furthers the Interests of Phileas Fogg

July 22nd, 2019

9:41

Detective Fix puts Mr. Fogg in touch with a person who can manage rapid transport, possibly enough to catch up with the train.

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Chapter XXX: In Which Phileas Fogg Simply Does His Duty

July 19th, 2019

11:18

Passepartout and two other passengers are missing. Will Fogg sacrifice the bet to save them?

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Chapter XXIX: In Which Certain Incidents are Narrated Which Are Only To Be Met With On American Railroads

July 18th, 2019

11:14

Mr. Fogg encounters Colonel Proctor, but their confrontation is interrupted by the Sioux.

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Chapter XXVIII: In Which Passepartout Does Not Succeed In Making Anybody Listen to Reason

July 17th, 2019

12:44

The party conspires to prevent Fogg from seeing Colonel Stamp Proctor, which meets with much success, at least until the train stops unexpectedly.

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Chapter XXVII: In Which Passepartout Undergoes, at a Speed of Twenty Miles an Hour, a Course of Mormon History

July 16th, 2019

10:58

Passepartout takes a Mormon missionary up on his offer of a free lecture about Mormonism, as do others.

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Chapter XXVI: In Which Phileas Fogg and Party Travel by the Pacific Railroad

July 15th, 2019

8:48

There is something of a U.S. history lesson here, prior to the railway trip carried out by Phileas Fogg and company.

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Chapter XXV: In Which a Slight Glimpse is Had of San Francisco

July 12th, 2019

10:52

Mr. Fogg and company experience America with violently divisive elections and the purchase of multiple guns.

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Chapter XXIV: During Which Mr. Fogg and Party Cross the Pacific Ocean

July 11th, 2019

10:19

With the party reunited, tales are told, and Passepartout reacts to the presence of Detective Fix.

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Chapter XXIII: In Which Passepartout's Nose Becomes Outrageously Long

July 10th, 2019

10:41

Poor, hungry Passepartout is determined to catch up with Mr. Fogg.

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Chapter XX: In Which Fix Comes Face to Face with Phileas Fogg

July 5th, 2019

8:58

Fogg and Auoda encounter Fix, and learn of the early departure of the Carnatic, with no sign of Passepartout.

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Chapter XIX: In Which Passepartout Takes a Too Great Interest in His Master, and What Comes Of It

July 4th, 2019

11:05

Fix and Passepartout book some cabins on the Carnatic, and then stop for a drink on the way back to see Mr. Fogg.

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Chapter XVIII: In Which Phileas Fogg, Passepartout, and Fix Go Each About His Business

July 3rd, 2019

7:17

A storm puts them a day behind schedule as they reach Hong Kong. This will endanger the trip to Yokohama, particularly since they also need to find …

Chapter XVII: Showing What Happened on the Voyage From Singapore to Hong Kong

July 2nd, 2019

9:45

Passepartout is no longer willing to accept that Fix's proximity is mere coincidence, but can he deduce the man's true purpose?

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Chapter XVI: In Which Fix Does Not Seem To Understand In the Least What Is Said To Him

July 1st, 2019

8:35

With Fogg and Passepartout en route to Hong Kong for Aouda's sake, Fix has to change his plans.

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Chapter XV: In Which the Bag of Banknotes Disgorges Some Thousands of Pounds More

June 28th, 2019

10:07

Passepartout's adventure in the Bombay pagoda catches up with the pair, as does Detective Fix.

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Chapter XIII: In Which Passepartout Receives a New Proof That Fortune Favors the Brave

June 26th, 2019

10:26

The team attempt a daring rescue, only to be apparently thwarted at the last moment. Still, Phileas Fogg holds out hope.

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Chapter XI: In Which Phileas Fogg Secures a Curious Means of Conveyance at a Fabulous Price

June 24th, 2019

14:03

Despite announcements to the contrary, the railway is incomplete, and a delay is seemingly inevitable.

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Chapter X: In Which Passepartout is Only Too Glad to Get Off with the Loss of His Shoes

June 21st, 2019

8:40

Passepartout is distracted by the beauty of India while securing his packages, and events escalate quickly, giving Detective Fix another foothold for …

Chapter VIII: In Which Passepartout Talks Rather More, Perhaps, Than is Prudent

June 19th, 2019

5:58

Detective Fix speaks to Passepartout, whose honest answers serve only to around further suspicions.

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Chapter VII: Which Once More Demonstrates the Uselessness of Passports as Aids to Detectives

June 18th, 2019

4:20

Fix tries to get his hands on Phileas Fogg, convinced he is the bank robber by a combination of vague description and gut instinct.

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Chapter VI: In Which Fix, The Detective, Betrays a Very Natural Impatience

June 17th, 2019

7:07

We learn how Fix "deduced" that Phileas Fogg is the bank robber in question.

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Chapter V: In Which a New Species of Funds, Unknown to the Moneyed Men, Appears on 'Change

June 14th, 2019

5:10

London reacts to the bet, and dots are connected between Fogg and the recent bank robbery.

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Chapter IV: In Which Phileas Fogg Astounds Passepartout, His Servant

June 13th, 2019

5:35

Phileas Fogg arrives home rather earlier than anticipated, and informs Passepartout of their imminent journey.

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Chapter III: In Which a Conversation Takes Place Which Seems Likely to Cost Phileas Fogg Dear

June 12th, 2019

11:15

A polite conversation over a game of whist turns into a rather substantial wager.

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Chapter II: In Which Passepartout is Convinced That He Has at Last Found His Ideal

June 11th, 2019

6:31

Passepartout explores the home of Phileas Fogg, and decides he's going to be blissfully happy in the mundane life to follow.

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Chapter I: In Which Phileas Fogg and Passepartout Accept Each Other, the One as Mater, the Other as Man

June 10th, 2019

8:24

Phileas Fogg, a most exact and settled gentleman in the United Kingdom, hires Jean Passepartout as his new servant.

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Announcing book 11 and future schedule generalizations

June 3rd, 2019

4:35

Announcing upcoming schedules for releases, and announcing book 11: "Around the World in 80 Days" by Jules Verne.

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Ozma of Oz: Complete Audiobook Version

May 30th, 2019

3:25:03

Dorothy Gale is once again carried off to a magical fairy country. This time, she visits the Land of Ev, where she soon meets Ozma and other friends from Oz.

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Chapter 21: Dorothy's Magic Belt

May 29th, 2019

5:11

Dorothy discovers Uncle Henry's sad emotional state, and consults Glinda the Good for a way home.

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Chapter 20: The Emerald City

May 28th, 2019

6:28

Dorothy returns with her friends to the Emerald City.

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Chapter 19: The King of Ev

May 27th, 2019

5:44

The new king of Ev is crowned, and the Tin Woodman is discovered.

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Chapter 18: The Fate of the Tin Woodman

May 24th, 2019

7:33

Dorothy, Ozma, their friends, and the royal family of Ev must somehow escape from the Nome King, despite the absence of the Tin Woodman.

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Chapter 17: The Scarecrow Wins the Fight

May 23rd, 2019

7:52

The Nome King only plays by the rules when he's winning.

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Chapter 16: Purple, Green, and Gold

May 22nd, 2019

7:45

Billina gets her chance to guess at ornaments, and the Nome King isn't happy with how successful she turns out to be.

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Chapter 15: Billina Frightens the Nome King

May 21st, 2019

7:00

Scarecrow gets his chance to guess, as does Billina. Little does the Nome King realize that Billina knows some of his secrets.

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Chapter 14: Dorothy Tries to be Brave

May 20th, 2019

10:36

Billina overhears an important conversation, but doesn't get the chance to discuss it with Dorothy before the Kansas girl risks becoming an ornament herself.

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Chapter 13: The Nome King Laughs

May 17th, 2019

7:16

Most of the party members try, unsuccessfully, to free the royal family of Ev and the other members of the party from Oz.

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Chapter 12: The Eleven Guesses

May 16th, 2019

5:20

Ozma takes her turn to attempt to free the royal family of Ev.

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Chapter 11: The Nome King

May 15th, 2019

15:12

The group meets the Nome King, and are offered a way to rescue the royal family of Ev.

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Chapter 10: The Giant With the Hammer

May 14th, 2019

11:04

A new obstacle stands in their way, sharing the same quality of workmanship as Tik Tok.

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Chapter 9: The Royal Family of Ev

May 13th, 2019

10:25

Ozma and her group join Dorothy's group to plan the rescue of the royal family of Ev.

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Chapter 8: The Hungry Tiger

May 10th, 2019

7:22

Dorothy is released, and meets several new friends.

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Chapter 7: Ozma of Oz to the Rescue

May 9th, 2019

12:08

Ozma of Oz arrives, and Dorothy expects a rescue, but Ozma didn't even know Dorothy was there.

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Chapter 6: The Heads of Langwidere

May 8th, 2019

20:59

Princess Langwidere has quite the collection of heads, and fancies Dorothy's for that collection.

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Chapter 4: Tik Tok, the Machine Man

May 6th, 2019

13:48

Dorothy and Billina find a place to hide from the Wheelers, and discover that they are not alone.

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Chapter 3: Letters in the Sand

May 3rd, 2019

8:45

Dorothy and Billina discover a warning in the sand, some food, and then the creatures that they had been warned about.

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Chapter 2: The Yellow Hen

May 2nd, 2019

10:19

The second chapter of our story introduces us to Dorothy's new travelling companion, and leaves the pair stranded on a strange beach in some unknown fairy country.

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Author's Note and Chapter 1: The Girl in the Chicken Coop

May 1st, 2019

9:44

After a brief note from L. Frank Baum, we get the first chapter of "Ozma of Oz," in which Dorothy and Uncle Henry are separated from each other while en route to Australia.

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Announcing book 10 and other things

April 9th, 2019

3:58

Announcing book 10's title, author, and release date, and some other things.

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The Eagle's Shadow: Audiobook Version

February 16th, 2017

4:55:17

The complete story of Margaret Hugonin's changing romance and fortunes.

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A Christmas Carol: Audiobook Version

December 24th, 2016

2:05:47

A miser gets a visit from four ghosts who convince him to change his ways.

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The Story of Dr. Dolittle: Audiobook Version

December 13th, 2016

1:41:05

A kindly doctor with poor money management skills learns to talk to the animals, and that skill leads him on marvelous adventures.

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Audiobook version)

November 4th, 2016

2:37:46

A little girl from Kansas is swept to a magical land by a cyclone, meets new friends, and tries to make her way home.

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Bedtime in the Public Domain Promo Spot

September 17th, 2016

0:40

A promo spot explaining the "Bedtime in the Public Domain" podcast.

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