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June 13, 2014

Famous Economists Freely Spout Their Economic Ideas

Want to learn more about what makes the economy tick? With this list of 11 audio & video titles, we've provided an overview covering the best economists and economic ideas. Below you'll find lectures from free market thinkers such as Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowell, and Alan Greenspan. This list also covers important economic books, from Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations to Marx's Communist Manifesto, and forward into the turbulent modern world of Freakonomics. Whether you are a newbie to the free market, or are looking for commentary on current issues with the world's leading economists, this list has it all:

1. Human Action: A Treatise on Economics

Download what is considered to be Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises' magnum opus entitled Human Action: A Treatise on Economics. In this book Mises argues for laissez-faire capitalism and concludes that the free-market economy serves as the foundation of civilization. Over the course of 39 chapters Mises provides a comprehensive outlook of his economic philosophy which has been influential up to the present day. This unabridged audio book is professionally narrated by Jeff Riggenbach. It is available on MP3 download from the Mises Institute site and can be played and downloaded directly on our site as a podcast.

2. The Wealth of Nations, Book 1

Listen to Book 1 of Adam Smith's classic work on economics The Wealth of Nations. Book 1 covers the division of labor, prices, wages, and profit. Written at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, this book has heavily influenced modern economics and economists to the present day. This 9 hour audio book is well narrated by Stephen Escalera over at LibriVox and is available on MP3 download.

3. Milton Friedman at the American Legislative Council

Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman is best known for his advocation of the free market which has heavily influenced American economic policy up to the present day. In this talk delivered at the 33rd annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, Friedman speaks about school vouchers and his efforts push forward vouchers on a state by state basis to improve K-12 education. His talk was delivered at the 33rd annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council and Mr. Friedman is featured in the first half of this program. It is available on streaming video.

4. Beyond Freakonomics: New Musings on the Economics of Everyday Life

In this lecture from Princeton's University Channel, economist and author of Freakonomics Steven D. Levitt lectures on his unique methods of economic research. Through entertaining stories Levitt discusses the economics of prostitution, whether or not people are generally altruistic, and many other interesting topics. This lecture was recorded at Princeton University and is available on streaming video through YouTube.

5. Muhammad Yunus - 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Lecture

Listen to this great speech from the 2006 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Muhammad Yunus. Yunus is a Bangladeshi banker and economist who established the Grameen Bank which conducted "mircoloans" to people living in poverty who were too poor to receive a regular bank loan. These mircoloans helped many people work themselves out of poverty including women. Yunus discusses this success and also talks about the idea of social capitalism which goes beyond the traditional role of capitalism's focus on maximizing profit. This lecture is available on streaming video from NobelPrize.org.

6. Behavioral Economist Daniel Kahneman: The Riddle of Experience vs. Memory

The Nobel Prize-winning inventor of behavioral economics and renowned psychologist Daniel Kahneman recently spoke at the TED conference on the complicated subject of happiness. Kahneman attempts to distinguish the happiness we experience versus the happiness we feel from our memories. We usually recall our memories like stories so if they ended poorly we often remember them as unhappy even we generally experienced happiness throughout their duration. With the vacations that we take, we often decide on where to go with the idea of creating great memories, even if we spend a great deal more time experiencing the vacation than reliving the memories later. He applies these distinctions to many other examples in an attempt to clarify the idea of happiness. This talk is available from TED.com on MP3 audio download and streaming video.

7. The Communist Manifesto (from Librivox)
The Communist Manifesto (from Thought Audio)
The Communist Manifesto (from ejunto.org)

We are featuring 3 free versions of The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. This short work (with a running time of only 1 hour and 15 minutes) has been recognized as one of the world's most influential political manuscripts. First published on February 21, 1848, the book lays out the class struggle between the "Bourgeois and Proletarians", and how communists will arise from the working-class and overthrow the capitalist system. The work ends with the rallying cry of communism: "Workers of the world, unite!". Download this free audio book on MP3 today!

8. Reflections on Theory in the Social Sciences

In this biographical interview, host Harry Kreisler interviews Nobel Prize winning political philosopher Amartya Sen to discuss a career devoted to merging economic thought with sociology. Sen's work has broadened the definition of economics thanks to an attitude that is always questioning how academic theories are set in place. His studies in famine for instance went beyond a food-centered focus and took into account the overarching economic and political dimensions that lead to widespread hunger. Sen's intellectual odyssey has led him to always view a problem from an outsider's perspective, leading to a pluralistic approach to tackling the world's most pressing problems.

9. The Economic Meltdown: What we have Learned, if Anything? with Paul Krugman

Economist Paul Krugman asks how we got ourselves into another Great Depression in this streaming video lecture provided by MIT World. When the U.S. was rocked with economic crisis in 2008, Krugman explains that many experts were left confused. After all, we had 80 years to learn from the great banking collapse of the 1930s and had added fail-safes into the system to assure that it would never happen again. Unfortunately, the 2008 "great recession" turned out to be what Krugman describes as a "teched-up" version of what came before, and though the country was able to level off from the initial plummet, a future of long-term unemployment is still very possible. Krugman cautions that our slow recovery is not a complete success story, and goes on to formulate his ideas on where the World's leader should go next.

10. Alan Greenspan: The Map and the Territory

Alan Greenspan discusses his latest book The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting in this talk at the National Press Club. Greenspan chimes in about the state of politics in Washington, the national debt, and the financial crisis of 2008. He then examines where the global economy is headed.

11. Uncommon Knowledge: Thomas Sowell

Host Peter Robinson speaks with economist Thomas Sowell in this episode of Uncommon Knowledge from the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Sowell attempts to debunk some of the common myths of economics citing examples from his book Economic Facts and Fallacies. He also addresses areas such as income differences, male-female economic differences, academia, race, and much more. This interview is certain to get you thinking twice about economic issues. It is available on streaming video.

 

June 6, 2014

Eastern Philosophy Books on Free Audio

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With this collection of Eastern philosophy books on free audio, the LearnOutLoud team has personally chosen the best spiritual wisdom we can find in one place. For years we've been putting a spotlight on various Eastern spiritual traditions in our daily Free Resource of the Day Email, and from these we've whittled it down to the best Taoist, Zen, Confucian and Buddhist audiobooks we could find. We've also included some great commentaries from modern eastern thinkers that will put everything you listen to in perspective and make it easier to apply these teachings to your daily life. From the Dhammapada to the Art of War, we have everything you'll need to get started in the enlightening world of Eastern spiritual thought. Click below to begin:

1. The Tree of Wisdom

Nagarjuna was an Indian philosopher and he is often referred to as "the second Buddha" by Tibetan Mahayana traditions of Buddhism. The She-rab Dong-bu (Tree of Wisdom) is a metrical translation in Tibetan of the Sanscrit ethical work entitled Prajnya Danda, written by Nagarjuna who lived in the fourth century of the Buddhist era (about 100 B.C.). It is a commentary of manners or moral maxims having 260 verses composed by Nagarjuna. This brief audio book lasts 1 Hr. 30 Min. and is narrated by Chris Masterson over at LibriVox. We can't promise you all of the pronunciations are correct, but hey, it's free! Learn some Eastern philosophy with the teachings of this great Indian philosopher.

2. The Confucian Analects

This free audio book is The Confucian Analects by Confucius. Written by Confucius' followers, this book is a collection of sayings attributed to the Chinese philosopher Confucius (551-479 BCE) and is a central text of Confucianism. Listen to the wisdom of Confucius on MP3 download.

3. Sadhana, the Realisation of Life

From the preeminent Bengali poet & philosopher Rabindranath Tagore, comes this free audio rendition of his 1913 book Sadhana, the Realisation of Life. Published the same year he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, this audio book is an accessible introduction to India's philosophical and spiritual heritage. This book is narrated by some of the better narrators at LibroVox (including 3 chapters by my favorite, Chip Doc). It is available on MP3 download from LibriVox.

4. The Dhammapada

In our latest exploration of the Eastern world and its spiritual practices, LearnOutLoud.com presents The Dhammapada. This ancient Buddhist scripture is traditionally understood as a collection of answers that the Buddha gave to important spiritual and ethical questions. Here you will find the Buddha's thoughts on Nirvana, appropriate personal conduct, the problem of evil, and how to handle the reality of death. We're is pleased to present this newest volume in our series of important religious writing throughout history.

5. Bhagavad Gita

The Gita is a part of the Ancient Indian epic known as the Mahabarata, and is comprised of a conversation between the archer Arjuna and the divine teacher Krishna. As Arjuna asks various questions on the nature and meaning of life, we find in Krishna's answers an instructional framework by which we all might attain spiritual freedom.

6. Siddhartha

ThoughtAudio.com is now featuring Herman Hesse's Siddhartha for free. It's a classic tale of Siddhartha's spiritual journey through life, reflecting the wisdom of Eastern religions. Michael Scott has now finished the narration and it is available unabridged on MP3 download.

7. The Art of War

Download a free unabridged edition of The Art of War published by ThoughtAudio.com. Written by Sun Tzu in the 6th Century B.C., The Art of War now stands as a definitive distillation of ancient military strategy. Narrator Michael Scott brings his voiceover gusto to this reading, which is available on MP3 download from ThoughtAudio.com.

8. Tao Te Ching

Download this edition of the classic Chinese text: Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching. We think you'll enjoy this rendition of the book that provided much of the framework for Taoism and Chinese Buddhism. Like many other philosophical writings, the Tao Te Ching is a timeless Chinese treasure.

9. Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior: Translation of the Bodhisattvacharyavatara by Dr. Alexander Berzin

Dr. Alexander Berzin is a scholar, translator, and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, who spent 29 years in India, studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism. His website BerzinArchives.com features over 30,000 pages of material in English and several other languages, and over 800 hours of audio recordings about Tibetan Buddhism for practice and scholarly research. Today we are featuring his translation and audio recording of the classic Tibetan Buddhist text the Bodhisattvacharyavatara or as he has translated it Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior written c. 700 AD in Sanskrit verse by Shantideva. The book has ten chapters dedicated to the development of bodhicitta (the mind of enlightenment). Download this free 3-hour unabridged audio book translated and narrated by Dr. Alexander Berzin. He also offers a free eBook of his translation on his site which we provide a link to so you can follow along with the audio.

10. Stephen Mitchell: The Second Book of the Tao

Stephen Mitchell is a respected scholar and translator of many classic spiritual and literary texts. His books include his bestselling translation of the Tao Te Ching (and we now sell his translation of it on audio download!). In this talk Stephen Mitchell reads from his book The Second Book of the Tao, which is drawn from the work of Lao-tzu's disciple Chuang-tsu and Confucius's grandson Tsu-ssu, and offers Western readers precious new lessons in the Tao. After each chapter that Mitchell reads he also reads his insightful commentary. At the end he answers questions about his methods for translation and about his own spiritual path.

 

June 1, 2014

40 Free Short Stories, Poems, and Essays Read by 40 Great Narrators

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Spoken Freely: Summer Shorts 2014

June is Audio Book Month! And to celebrate it Spoken Freely, a group of 40+ professional narrators, has teamed with Going Public by offering 40 audio short stories, poems, and essays read by 40 great narrators. You'll hear short stories from authors like Edgar Allan Poe and O. Henry, poems by authors like W.B. Yeats and Walt Whitman, and essays by authors such as Dave Barry. Each selection is read by a great narrator from the audio book industry. On the Spoken Freely site you can go to the various blogs that are hosting the selections and stream them through SoundCloud.

You can get these selections by following the links here:

Spoken Freely: Summer Shorts 2014

The stories and narrators included through the month of June are as follows:

5/30 - 6/1 Sean Runnette, The Lost One, by James John Audubon @ PW's Blog

6/2 Johnny Heller, Dave Barry's Money Secrets, by Dave Barry@ Library Journal

6/2 Mark Turetsky, How Angelina Buglebrain Got Her Start. By Tom Angleberger w/author Tom Angleberger @ Nerdy Book Club

6/3 Hillary Huber, The Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allan Poe @ Linus's Blanket

6/4 Tavia Gilbert, Beautiful Things, by Michelle Webster-Hein @ The Reading Date

6/5 Robert Fass, The Garden of Adompha, by Clark Ashton Smith @ The Guilded Earlobe

6/6 Luke Daniels, Act 2, Scene 2 from Hamlet, by Shakespeare @ The Book Nympho

6/7 Jeffrey Kafer, Hearing Aid, by Jeremy Robinson @ Bob Souer's Boblog

Poetry Week! From 6/8 - 6/14, we'll be offering a delectable audio feast of poetry and only poetry! From Shakespeare to St. Vince Millay, Rumi to Dickinson, with modern poets in between!

6/8 Rachel Fulginiti, Jasmine Comes Up, by Rumi @ author MV Freeman's blog

6/9 David Drummond, Wild Nights! Wild Nights! By Emily Dickinson @ Overreader
Patrick Lawlor, Miracles, by Walt Whitman @ Overreader

6/10 Paul Boehmer, Mother's Ashes, by Kimberly Morgan @ Reading in Winter
Robin Miles, Sonnets 23, 74, by Shakespeare @ Truth, Beauty, Freedom & Books

6/11 John Lee, The Stolen Child, by W.B. Yeats @ Literate Housewife
Kathe Mazur , An Ancient Gesture, by Edna St. Vincent Millay @ Lakeside Musing

6/12 Amy Rubinate, Cassandra Campbell & Kathe Mazur, Sonnets 2, 4, 6 from Renascence &

Other Poems, by Edna St. Vincent Millay @ Lakeside Musing
Coleen Marlo, How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning @ AudioGals

6/13 Katherine Kellgren, Father William, by Lewis Carroll @ Overreader
Carrington MacDuffie, Al's Boy, by Carrington MacDuffie @ Beth Fish Reads

6/14 Diane Havens, So Long, by Walt Whitman @ Author Michael Stephen Daigle's blog
John Pruden, The Funny Little Fellow, by James Whitcomb Riley @ Going Public

...now back to short stories and essays

6/15 Dion Graham, Days Gone By, by Eric Jerome Dickey @ Literate Housewife
Gary Dikeos, The Higher Abdication, by O. Henry @ Going Public

6/16 Peter Bishop, The Moth, by H.G. Wells @ SFF Audio

6/17 Cris Dukehart, The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams @ Book & a Latte

6/18 Peter Berkrot, John Mortonson's Funeral, by Ambrose Bierce @ Jen's Book Thoughts

6/19 Jo Anna Perrin, The Girl in the Blue Feathered Hat, by JP Perrin @ Literate Housewife

6/20 & 6/21 Gabrielle de Cuir & Stefan Rudnicki joint, two-day appearance at Joe's Geek Fest
Selections: Too Far, and Man of Distinction, by Fredric Brown

6/22 Heather Henderson, The Curve of Time, by M. Wylie Blanchet @ PostHypnotic Press Blog

6/22 Scott O'Neill, Why I Don't Believe in Santa Claus, by Matt Rothschild @ Rhonda's Voice

6/23 Andi Arndt, Cedars of Lebanon, by Mary Miller @ Author Mary Miller's blog

6/24 Bruce Coville, The Box, by Bruce Coville @ Book & a Latte

6/25 Paul Michael Garcia, Yard Waste, by Steven LaFond - w/author Steven LaFond @ My Bookish Ways

6/26 Day of Classic Horror, with Poe and Lovecraft!
Mike Chamberlain, The Statement of Randolph Carter, by H.P. Lovecraft @ MV Freeman's blog
Dufris/AudioComics, Audio Theatre: Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe @ Jenn's Bookshelves
John McLain, The Black Cat, by Edgar Allan Poe @ Going Public

6/27 Dawn Harvey, Something as Big as a Mountain, by Jane Cawthorne, w/author Jane Cawthorne at My Books, My Life

6/28 Tanya Eby, The Girl at the Gate, by Lucy Maud Montgomery @ Miss Susie's Reading & Observations

6/28 Tish Hicks, How They Broke Away to Go to the Rootabaga Country, by Carl Sandburg @ Going Public

6/29 Karen White, Sharks and Seals, by Susanna Daniel @ Every Day I Write the Book

6/30 Xe Sands, Virtue of the Month, by Kathleen Founds @ The Oddiophile

 

September 28, 2012

Best of the LearnOutLoud Free Directory



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It's back to school time for everybody by now. Today in our annual Back to School Extravaganza we have selected the very best of our free directory of over 5000 audio & video titles. In preparation for our new site design (coming in October!) we've featured this extensive list of great free titles throughout our free directory.

LearnOutLoud.com Free Audio & Video Directory

But we'll feature them all here in one place for you to browse through category by category. This time around we're featuring the top 5-10 free resources from just about every single category on our site.

We'll start off by featuring titles from some of our most popular categories including our subcategories of Self Development, Business, and Religion & Spirituality. Here's the best of the best of those categories...

Self Development:

Aging Free Audio & Video:

The Aging Brain
A Course on Death Course by Prof. Shelly Kagan
Dan Buettner: How to Live to Be 100+
Generation Ageless: Longevity and the Boomers moderated by Tom Brokaw and featured John Hennessy, Laura Carstensen, Sandra Day O'Connor, Robert Sapolsky, Sheryl Sandberg, and Barry Rand
Immortality Institute: Anti-Aging by Aubrey de Grey

Creativity Free Audio & Video:

Art, Music, Emotion, Love, and Human Evolution by Antonio Damasio, Helen Fisher and Isabelle Peretz
Beyond Genre with Ken Wilber and Rick Rubin
Creative Mind: Conditions for Creative Work with psychologist Rudolf Arnheim, anthropologist Margaret Mead, and philosopher Milton Nahm
Music and the Brain Series
Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Diet & Nutrition Free Audio & Video:

A Conversation about Nutrition with Dr. Andrew Weil
Eric Schlosser on Fast Food Nation
Peter Singer: The Ethics of What We Eat
The Psychology, Biology, and Politics of Food Course by Prof. Kelly Brownell
Sugar: The Bitter Truth by Robert H. Lustig

Emotional Development Free Audio & Video:

A Conversation about the Science of Happiness with Claudia Wallis, Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and Alan Krueger
Leading at Google: Andrew Bernstein on The Myth of Stress
The New Psychology of Depression by Danny Penman & Mark Williams
Understanding and Promoting Happiness in Today's Society by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Zaadz Notes: Authentic Happiness by Brian Johnson

Goals and Motivation Free Audio & Video:

25 Life Purpose Lessons from Sounds True
An Interview with Stephen R. Covey
Joseph Grenny on Change Anything
Zaadz Notes: Writing Your Goals
Zig: The Autobiography of Zig Ziglar

Healing Free Audio & Video:

21 Self-Healing Exercises from Sounds True
The Alexander Technique by John Baron
Dr. Dean Ornish on Healing
The Healing Power of Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Kelly McGonigal on Yoga for Pain Relief

Health & Fitness Free Audio & Video:

Christopher McDougall on Born To Run
Dr. John Ratey on Spark
Health Matters from UCTV
Nutrition and Physical Activity for a Lifetime by Christina Economos
Tim Ferriss on The 4-Hour Body

Instructional Free Audio & Video:

The Best of Steve Pavlina's Blog
How to Sing by Lilli Lehmann
Mental Efficiency by Arnold Bennett
Richard Thaler on Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
Tim Ferriss: Accelerated Learning in Accelerated Times

Mind & Body Free Audio & Video:

The Alexander Technique
Balance, Stress, and Optimal Health by Emmett E. Miller
Dr. Mark Hyman on The UltraMind Solution
Dr. William Dement on Healthy Sleep and Optimal Performance
Mindfulness, Stress Reduction, and Healing by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Prayer & Meditation Free Audio & Video:

21 Meditation Exercises from Sounds True
Mindfulness as a Foundation for Health by Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn
Sharon Salzberg's Dharma Talks
Shinzen Young: Deep Concentration in Formal Meditation and Daily Life

Relationships Free Audio & Video:

The Brain in Love by Helen Fisher
Communication and Conflict in Families and Couples by Prof. Benjamin Karney
Face to Face: The Science of Reading Faces by Paul Ekman
Marriage: A History by Stephanie Coontz
Understanding Conversations Between Women and Men by Deborah Tannen

Spirituality Free Audio & Video:

23 Intuitive Development Exercises from Sounds True
Contemplative Dimensions of Human Experience by Thomas Keating
Eckhart Tolle on Living with Meaning, Purpose, and Wisdom in the Digital Age
Peace Through Inner Peace by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
A Spiritually Inspired Future: Chopra, Cohen & Huffington

Now for our very best from the categories of Business:

Business:

Business Leaders Free Audio & Video:

Whole Foods Founder Sketches Future of Capitalism by John Mackey
Jack Welch on Winning
Carly Fiorina: Tough Choices
A Discussion about the Future of E-Commerce with Jeff Bezos
Leading at Google: Tony Hsieh on Delivering Happiness

Economics Free Audio & Video:

Capitalism: Success, Crisis, and Reform Course by Prof. Douglas Rae
The Coming Collapse of the Middle Class by Elizabeth Warren
Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet by Jeffrey Sachs
Financial Markets Course by Robert J. Shiller
Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson
Human Action: A Treatise on Economics by Ludwig von Mises
In Depth with Milton Friedman
SuperFreakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner
The Wealth of Nations, Book 1 by Adam Smith
The World is Flat 3.0 by Thomas L. Friedman

Investing & Finance Free Audio & Video:

Bankrupt: Maxed Out in America
Daniel Solin on The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read
Financial Future of American Youth by Warren Buffett
Peter Schiff on Crash Proof
Suze Orman at Google

Leadership & Management Free Audio & Video:

An Hour with Management Consultant Jim Collins
Leadership Speaker Series at Harvard
Leading at Google: Jim Kouzes on The Leadership Challenge
Seth Godin on the Tribes We Lead
Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright

Sales & Marketing Free Audio & Video:

All Marketers are Liars - Seth Godin speaks at Google
Creating Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki
Marketing by Sharing by Jason Fried
MC Hammer: Role of Social Media in Marketing
Rory Sutherland: Life Lessons from an Ad Man

Strategy Free Audio & Video:

David Allen: Getting Things Done
Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Introduction to Lean Six Sigma Methods Course
Jack Welch: Create Candor in the Workplace
Leading at Google: Tony Schwartz on The Way We're Working Isn't Working

And now for some top selections from Religion & Spirituality categories.

Religion & Spirituality:

Buddhism Free Audio & Video:

Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior by Shantideva
Lama Surya Das on Buddha Is as Buddha Does
Asia Society President's Forum with Thich Nhat Hanh
Rick Hanson on Buddha's Brain
Teaching of the Dalai Lama: Introduction to Buddhism

Christian Living Free Audio & Video:

Charles Colson on How Now Shall We Live?
A Discussion with Pastor Rick Warren about Modern Religion
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A. Kempis
The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
Rediscovering Christian Faith by Brian McLaren

Christianity Free Audio & Video:

History of Christianity in America Course by Charles Edward White
Introduction to New Testament History and Literature by Dale Martin
Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
Quick History of Christianity from Jesus to the Crusades by Thomas F. Madden
Yale Divinity Bible Study Series

Comparative Religion Free Audio & Video:

Bruce Feiler - Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths
The Case for God by Karen Armstrong
The Golden Bough by Sir James George Frazer
Religion's View of Good and Evil by Huston Smith
Religious Pluralism: Seeing Religions Again by Marcus Borg

Islam Free Audio & Video:

Irshad Manji on The Trouble with Islam Today
Militant Islam with Daniel Pipes
Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time by Karen Armstrong
Muslim Women and Other Misunderstandings
Progressive Islam in America

Other Religions Free Audio & Video:

The Bahai Revelation by Thornton Chase
Christopher Hitchens at Politics and Prose
Real Vodou
The Story of Mormonism by James E. Talmage
The Tao Teh King by Lao Tzu

Prayer & Meditation Free Audio & Video:

21 Meditation Exercises from Sounds True
Contemplative Dimensions of Human Experience by Thomas Keating
A Short and Easy Method of Prayer by Madame Guyon
Sylvia Boorstein's Dharma Talks
With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray

Religious Figures Free Audio & Video:

Billy Graham Videos on C-SPAN
An Hour with the Honorable Dalai Lama
John P. Meier: Jesus the Jew - But What Sort of Jew?
My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda
What Paul Meant by Garry Wills

Spirituality Free Audio & Video:

Huston Smith on MeaningOfLife.tv
Karen Armstrong: 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life
Mysticism: A Study in Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness by Evelyn Underhill
Pentecostalism: A Spiritual Tidal Wave
A Talk for World Peace by His Holiness the Dalai Lama


Philosophy, Social Sciences, Politics, & History


Now for selections of free audio & video titles from the categories of Philosophy, Social Sciences, Politics, & History.

Philosophy:

Ancient & Medieval Philosophy Free Audio & Video:

A Brief Biography of Thomas Aquinas by Peter Kreeft
The Heroic and the Anti-Heroic in Classical Greek Civilization Course by Gregory Nagy
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Plato's Republic
Topics in Medieval Philosophy Course by Calvin Normore

Ethics Free Audio & Video:

Christianity and Ethics Course
Ethics for the New Millennium by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Paul Root Wolpe: It's Time to Question Bio-Engineering
Peter Singer: The Ethics of What We Eat
Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

Modern Philosophy Free Audio & Video:

Alain de Botton on the Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Answering the Question: What is Enlightenment? by Immanuel Kant
A Course on Death by Shelly Kagan
Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Philosophy and the Habits of Critical Thinking by John Searle
Robert Kane: Are All Values Relative?
Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and None by Friedrich Nietzsche
Walden, or Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau
What Was the Enlightenment? by Prof. James Schmidt
William James: What Makes a Life Significant? with Louis Menand, Cornel West, & Sissela Bok

Philosophers Free Audio & Video:

The Ayn Rand Multimedia Library
Dante in Translation by Prof. Giuseppe Mazzotta
Emerson: The Mind on Fire by Robert D. Richardson
William James: What Makes a Life Significant?
Zaadz Notes: Socrates by Brian Johnson

Political Philosophy Free Audio & Video:

Introduction to Political Philosophy by Steven B. Smith
Moral Foundations of Politics by Ian Shapiro
The Origins of Political Order with Francis Fukuyama
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Tocqueville Series on C-SPAN

And if you're interested in the Social Sciences here are some top titles on psychology, sociology, and more.

Social Sciences:

Cultural Criticism Free Audio & Video

A Dissenting Voice with Christopher Hitchens
Eric Schlosser on Fast Food Nation
Matt Ridley on The Rational Optimist
The Millennials with Mark Bauerlein and Neil Howe
The Myth of the Rational Voter by Bryan Caplan
Neil Postman Videos on C-SPAN
Robert Reich: How Unequal Can America Get Before We Snap?
Slowing Down in a World Built for Speed by Carl Honore
The Ugly Americans: How Not to Lose the Global Culture War
What Prohibition Has Done to America

Current Events Free Audio & Video

Green Rush: Eco-Business
Gun Violence
Islam and the West, with John L. Esposito
Israel and Palestine After Disengagement Noam Chomsky vs. Alan Dershowitz
Totally Wired: What Teens and Tweens are Really Doing Online

Gender Studies Free Audio & Video

Andrew Sullivan on Same Sex Marriage
Psychology of Gender Course by Herb Agan
Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders
Tony Porter: A Call to Men
Women's Health Today on UCTV

Multicultural Studies Free Audio & Video

Angela Davis & Toni Morrison on the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Chinese in America: A Narrative History by Iris Chang
A Discussion about Race by Cornel West
East vs. West: The Myths that Mystify by Devdutt Pattanaik
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

Psychology Free Audio & Video

The Anxious Brain
Daniel Kahneman: The Riddle of Experience vs. Memory
A Discussion about the Legacy of Sigmund Freud
Dr. Aaron Beck on Cognitive Behavior Therapy
In Depth with Steven Pinker
Introduction to Psychology Course by Prof. Richard Kasschau
Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel Siegel
Robert Whitaker: Rise of Mental Illness in America
Stanford's Sapolsky On Depression in U.S.
Understanding Happiness by Martin Seligman

Sociology Free Audio & Video

Global Problems of Population Growth by Prof. Robert Wyman
Global Sociology Course by Prof. Michael Burawoy
History of U.S. Urban Communities Course by Prof. Ryan M. Reft
Introduction to Sociology by Prof. Harvey Molotch
Nonviolence and Social Movements Course by Rev. James Lawson

And for the politically-oriented we've compiled this list top free audio & video learning titles in the categories of politics.

Politics:

Conservative Politics Free Audio & Video:

Bill O'Reilly Videos on C-SPAN
The Conservative Movement by William A. Rusher
In Depth with William F. Buckley Jr.
The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History: Lecture Series by Thomas E. Woods
Q&A with Mark Levin

Contemporary Issues Free Audio & Video:

America's Drug War
Combating Global Poverty by Paul Farmer
Death Penalty Reflections
The Future of Nuclear Energy
Hans Rosling on Global Population Growth
Israel and Palestine After Disengagement Noam Chomsky vs. Alan Dershowitz
Robert B. Reich: The Next Economy and America's Future
Shadow of the Iranian Bomb by Dan Schueftan
Terrorism, Immigration and Security Since 9/11
The Ugly Americans: How Not to Lose the Global Culture War

Global Politics Free Audio & Video:

Debating the Israel Lobby Bruce Feiler vs. John J. Mearsheimer
Ending Global Poverty by Muhammad Yunus
An Hour with Fareed Zakaria on Post-American World 2.0
An Interview with Benazir Bhutto
Latin American Briefing Series
Nelson Mandela Videos on C-SPAN
Nuclear Weapons: The Greatest Peril to Civilization by Ted Turner
A Talk for World Peace by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Thomas Friedman: The Global Marketplace and the Common Good
The War of the World with Niall Ferguson

Liberal Politics Free Audio & Video:

Arianna Huffington on Right Is Wrong
Bill Maher on When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden
Eric Alterman on Why We're Liberals
An Hour with the Host of "The Daily Show" Jon Stewart
Howard Zinn on A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present
In Depth with Cornel West
Michael Moore Videos on C-SPAN
Obama, the Middle East, and the Prospects for Peace by Noam Chomsky
Policy Talks at Google: Ralph Nader
Rabbi Michael Lerner: Taking Back Our Country From the Religious Right

Political Figures Free Audio & Video:

Andrew Jackson by H.W. Brands
Henry Kissinger at Google
An Hour with Former President Jimmy Carter
John F. Kennedy Videos on C-SPAN
Lives of Our Presidents by W.A. Peters
Nelson Mandela Videos on C-SPAN
The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Q&A with Ron Chernow on Washington: A Life
Teddy Roosevelt by Robert Dallek
Thomas Jefferson by David Saville Muzzey

Political Philosophy Free Audio & Video:

Common Sense by Thomas Paine
Francis Fukuyama on The End of History and the Last Man
The History of Political Philosophy: From Plato to Rothbard by David Gordon
Introduction to Political Philosophy by Steven B. Smith
Moral Foundations of Politics by Ian Shapiro

U.S. Government Free Audio & Video:

The Case Against the Fed by Murray N. Rothbard
Common Sense by Thomas Paine
The Constitution of the United States
Franklin D. Roosevelt Speeches
Geography of United States Elections Course by Martin W. Lewis
History of the CIA by Tim Weiner
Jeffrey Toobin on The Nine
JFK Reads the Declaration of Independence
Understanding America's Terrorist Crisis by Gore Vidal
The White House Series on C-SPAN

And if you love history and want to dive deeply into our past check out the titles below.

History:

American History Free Audio & Video

African-American History: Modern Freedom Struggle Course by Clayborne Carson
The American Revolution Course by Joanne Freeman
The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877 Course by David Blight
An Hour with Author David McCullough on 1776
Howard Zinn on A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present
In Depth with Shelby Foote
Martin Luther King Speeches and Sermons from the King Institute
New York City: A Social History Course by Daniel J. Walkowitz
The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History: Lecture Series by Thomas E. Woods
A Short History of the United States by Edward Channing

Ancient & Medieval History Free Audio & Video:

Evaluating Alexander the Great by Robin Lane Fox
Herodotus' Histories, Volume 1
History of the World to 1500 CE Course by Prof. Richard Bulliet
Introduction to Ancient Greek History Course by Prof. Donald Kagan
The Vikings Course by Prof. Sally Vaughn

European History Free Audio & Video:

European Civilization, 1648-1945 by Prof. John Merriman
France Since 1871 by Prof. John Merriman
Holocaust Lecture Series
A Short History of England by G.K. Chesterton
Understanding the French Revolution by Donald M.G. Sutherland

Military History Free Audio & Video

Hiroshima and the Origins of the Cold War by Prof. David Painter
In Depth with Stephen Ambrose
Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series
War, Globalization, and Terror Course by Robert Buzzanco
World War and Society in the Twentieth Century: World War II by Charles S. Maier

Speeches Free Audio & Video


Barack Obama Speeches on AmericanRhetoric.com
Dwight D. Eisenhower: Farewell Address
Harvard University Commencement Address by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
John F. Kennedy Inauguration Speech 1961
Martin Luther King Speeches and Sermons from the King Institute
Newton Minow - "Television is a Vast Wasteland"
Say It Plain: A Century of Great African-American Speeches
Speech Cautioning Americans to Deal Justly with His People by Chief Seattle
The Speeches of Abraham Lincoln
A Time for Choosing (aka "The Speech")

World History Free Audio & Video

David Christian: Big History
A Discussion about Formative Events of the 20th Century
History of the World to 1500 CE by Richard Bulliet
Jared Diamond on Guns, Germs and Steel
World Civilization 1500 to Present Course by Thomas O'Brien


A&E, Biography, and Literature


If love the arts and literature, or are interested in learning more about prominent figures in history then check out these features.

Arts & Entertainment:

Comedy Free Audio & Video:

Conan O'Brien Delivers Dartmouth's Commencement Address
An Hour with Steve Martin
In Depth with P.J. O'Rourke
The Onion: Comedy's Creative Power to Persuade
Tina Fey on Bossypants

Film, Music, Radio, TV, & Pop Culture Free Audio & Video:

A Discussion of the Music Wars on the Internet with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and rapper Chuck D
History and the Movies with Oliver Stone
Hollywood Movies with Roger Ebert & Gene Siskel
An Hour about the Life and Work of Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick with producer Jan Harlan, filmmaker Martin Scorsese, and wife Christiane Kubrick
An Hour with "U2" Frontman Bono
Jane McGonigal: Gaming Can Make a Better World
Newton Minow - "Television is a Vast Wasteland"
Robert Seigel: All Things Considered
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street
Walt Disney: Triumph of the American Imagination with Neal Gabler

Painting, Architecture, & Sculpture Free Audio & Video:

Art History Time Line by Prof. Jeanne Willette
Creative Mind: The Architect as Creator with Frank Lloyd Wright
Formations of Modern Art Course by Prof. William Norman Bryson
An Hour Panel Discussion about the Most Influential Artist of the Century
Roman Architecture Course by Prof. Diana E.E. Kleiner

Theater, Opera, & Classical Music Free Audio & Video:

Benjamin Zander on Music and Passion
Creative Method: Lee Strasberg on Acting
Listening to Music Course by Prof. Craig Wright
A Remembrance of Playwright Arthur Miller
San Diego Opera Talk

Want to know more about some of the greatest people in history? Here we've compiled talks and audio books about some of these folks.

Biography:

Artists Free Audio & Video:

C.S. Lewis: My Life's Journey with David Payne
An Hour about the Life and Work of Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick
In Depth with Tom Wolfe
Mozart: The Man and the Artist as Revealed in His Own Words
Writings of Ernest Hemingway

Autobiography Free Audio & Video:

Author Christopher Hitchens on Hitch-22
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Frank McCourt on Angela's Ashes
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
Zig: The Autobiography of Zig Ziglar

Entertainers Free Audio & Video:

Alan Alda: Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself
An Hour with Musician Paul McCartney
The Life of P.T. Barnum by Joel Benton
My Life So Far with Jane Fonda
Walt Disney: Triumph of the American Imagination with Neal Gabler

Everyday People Free Audio & Video:

Buffalo Bill Cody by Buffalo Bill
David Isay: Listening is an Act of Love
Simon Winchester on The Man Who Loved China
Studs Terkel Audio Galleries
Witness: Voices from the Holocaust

Military Figures Free Audio & Video:

A Conversation with General Colin Powell
Evaluating Alexander the Great by Prof. Robin Lane Fox
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
One Bullet Away: A Marine's View from Afghanistan and Iraq by Nathaniel Fick
Remembering the Vietnam War with Neil Sheehan

Political Figures Free Audio & Video:

David Remnick: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama
An Hour with Author David McCullough on John Adams
Life Portrait of Thomas Jefferson
Lives of Our Presidents
Q&A with Ron Chernow on Washington: A Life

Scientists Free Audio & Video:

A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae
Nobel Prize Winner James D. Watson
Oppenheimer's Shadow: His Nuclear World and Ours by Martin J. Sherwin

And if you want to learn more about classic books or want to start listening to some of the greatest works of literature of all time then look no further.

Literature:

American Classics Free Audio & Video

American Literature I: From Beginnings to the Civil War by Prof. Cyrus Patell
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Writings of Emerson and Thoreau

Ancient & Medieval Classics Free Audio & Video:

Aesop's Fables
Ancient Greek Drama by Peter Meineck
Dante in Translation by Prof. Giuseppe Mazzotta
Man, God, and Society in Western Literature by Prof. Hubert L. Dreyfus
The Odyssey by Homer

Authors Reading Free Audio & Video

Garrison Keillor: Christmas Blizzard
Gertrude Stein Poetry Readings
Margaret Atwood: Lannan Readings & Conversations
A Reading by Seamus Heaney
Tim O'Brien: The Things They Carried

Contemporary Literature Free Audio & Video:

The American Novel Since 1945 by Prof. Amy Hungerford
Anthem by Ayn Rand
A Discussion about The Kite Runner
An Evening with Ray Bradbury
The History of Literary Journalism by Prof. William McKeen
In Depth with Alice Walker
In Depth with Joan Didion
Kurt Vonnegut Videos on C-SPAN
Nobel Prize Winners in Literature Course by Prof. Irving Rothman
Wired for Books MP3 Page Author Interviews

Drama Free Audio & Video:

An Appreciation of Playwright Wendy Wasserstein
A Conversation about Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"
The Mercury Theatre on the Air
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Shakespeare After All: The Later Plays

European Classics Free Audio & Video

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Cervantes' Don Quixote Course by Prof. Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Introductions to Charles Dickens' Novels by David Timson
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Masterpieces of British Literature from the Eighteenth Century to the Present by Prof. John McNamara
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Literary History & Criticism Free Audio & Video

American Writers Series on C-SPAN
Development of the Novel Course by Prof. Irving Rothman
Harold Bloom on How to Read and Why
Introduction to Theory of Literature Course by Prof. Paul Fry
Introductions to World Literature by Peter Whitfield

Poetry Free Audio & Video

Modern Poetry Course by Prof. Langdon Hammer
Poems by Emily Dickinson
Poetry Out Loud: Audio Guide
Rumi and the Play of Poetry by Coleman Barks
Shakespeare's Sonnets

Short Stories Free Audio & Video

Aesop's Fables
A Conversation with Author John Updike on The Greatest American Short Stories of This Century
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

World Classics Free Audio & Video:

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Introduction to Modern Japanese Literature and Culture Course by John R. Wallace
Introductions to World Literature by Peter Whitfield
Nobel Prize Winners in Literature Course by Irving Rothman


Technology, Science, Education & Professional


We'll close off our massive newsletter of free audio and video learning with titles from our categories of Technology, Science, and Education & Professional learning titles.

Technology:

Biotechnology Free Audio & Video

Aubrey de Grey Says We Can Avoid Aging
Frontiers of Biomedical Engineering Courses by Prof. Mark Saltzman
J. Craig Venter on A Life Decoded
Ray Kurzweil on The Singularity Is Near
Stem Cell Biology, Politics, and Ethics: Teasing Apart Issues Course

Computers Free Audio & Video

The Hundred Dollar Laptop-Computing for Developing Nations by Nicholas Negroponte
An Interview with Bill Gates
Introduction to Computer Science Course from Harvard
iWoz: From Computer Geek to Culture Icon
Ray Kurzweil on The Age of Spiritual Machines

Internet Free Audio & Video

Andrew Keen on The Cult of the Amateur
David Kirkpatrick on The Facebook Effect
A Discussion of the Music Wars on the Internet with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy
A Few Things Learned from Craigslist by Craig Newmark
Free Speech, Free Minds, Free Markets by Jimmy Wales
Inside the Google Machine with Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin
Jeff Bezos on the Next Web Innovation
Salman Khan on the Khan Academy
What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
World Wide Web: Ten Year Anniversary by Tim Berners-Lee

Technology Leaders Free Audio & Video

Bill Gates on Energy: Innovating to Zero
A Discussion with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter
Guy Kawasaki Presents The Art of Innovation
Inside the Google Machine by Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin
Steve Wozniak on iWoz

The Digital Age Free Audio & Video

The Future of Reading: Books Without Pages? by David Pogue
James Gleick on The Information
Jane McGonigal: Gaming Can Make a Better World
NASA's Vision for Human Space Exploration by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Online Personas with Mark Zuckerberg, Reid Hoffman, Robin Harper
Ray Kurzweil on The Web Within Us
Salman Khan: Let's Use Video to Reinvent Education
Using Audio Technology to Reduce Global Illiteracy, Poverty, and Disease by Cliff Schmidt
William Powers: Hamlet's Blackberry
The World is Flat 3.0 by Thomas L. Friedman

Hear from top scientists and listen to talks from the cutting edge of our biology, physics, and more with this list of featured free titles.

Science:

Astronomy Free Audio & Video:

A Conversation with Carl Sagan on Pale Blue Dot
Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe by Alex Filippenko
Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics Course by Prof. Charles Bailyn
NASA's Vision for Human Space Exploration by Neil deGrasse Tyson
What is a Star? by Prof. James Kaler

Biology Free Audio & Video:

Human Behavioral Biology Course by Prof. Robert Sapolsky
Darwin's Legacy
E.O. Wilson on Saving Life on Earth
An Hour about DNA with Nobel Award-Winner James Watson
Human Evolution Symposia convened by Richard Leakey
Introduction to Dinosaurs by Prof. John Kricher
J. Craig Venter on A Life Decoded
Jane Goodall Videos on C-SPAN
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection by Charles Darwin
Principles of Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior Course by Prof. Stephen Stearns

Environment Free Audio & Video:

The Book of the National Parks by Robert Sterling Yard
Daniel Goleman on Ecological Intelligence
Environmental Politics and Law by Prof. John Wargo
The Future of Nuclear Energy
Global Warming in Earth's History by Michael B. McElroy

Mathematics Free Audio & Video:

Game Theory Course by Prof. Ben Polak
Geometry Playlist by Salman Khan
History of Modern Mathematics by David Eugene Smith
Ian Ayres on Super Crunchers
Oxford University Mathematics Lectures

Physics Free Audio & Video:

Einstein's General Theory of Relativity Course by Leonard Susskind
Physics I: Classical Mechanics by Prof. Walter Lewin
Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein
Richard Feynman: The Messenger Lecture Series
Science in the Next Millennium by Stephen Hawking

Scientists Free Audio & Video:

Authors at Google: James Watson
In Depth with Edward O. Wilson
An Interview with Carl Sagan on The Demon Haunted World
J. Craig Venter on A Life Decoded
The Life of Charles Darwin by Chandak Sengoopta

And finally get some information about professions like journalism, medicine, law, and creative writing.

Education & Professional:

Journalism Free Audio & Video:

The American News Media: Liberal or Conservative Bias Eric Alterman vs. Tucker Carlson
An Interview with Walter Cronkite
Journalistic Ethics: Communications Course
Secrets: Uncovering Mysteries in the 21st Century by Bob Woodward
Tim Russert on Covering Politics

Law Free Audio & Video:

Catalyst to History: Why Dreyfus Matters by Alan M. Dershowitz
Introduction to Copyright Law Course by Prof. Keith Winstein
Q&A with Antonin Scalia on Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges
The Supreme Court: Home to America's Highest Court, 2010 Edition
Environmental Politics and Law Course by Prof. John Wargo

Medical Free Audio & Video:

A Conversation about Alternative Medicine by Andrew Weil
Critical Condition: Health Care in America by Donald Barlett and James Steele
Ending the AIDS Epidemic with Bill Clinton and Bill Gates
Epidemics in Western Society Since 1600
Health Matters from UCTV
In Depth with Sherwin Nuland
Introduction to Human Anatomy with Prof. John K. Young
Siddhartha Mukherjee: A Biography of Cancer
The Skinny on Obesity with Robert H. Lustig
Stanford Mini Med School

Teaching Free Audio & Video:

Educational Psychology by Prof. Dov Liberman
Frank McCourt on Teaching in NYC
In Depth with Jonathan Kozol
Salman Khan: Let's Use Video to Reinvent Education
Will College Learning be Transformed by Technology? with Andrew Ng

Writing Free Audio & Video:

Discussion on Writing with Stephen King
Everything I Know About Writing by Anne Lamott
William Faulkner at Virginia: An Audio Archive
How to Speak and Write Correctly by Joseph Devlin
William S. Burroughs Class on Writing Sources

 

July 11, 2011

Free Learning Guide

Free Audio Books

At LearnOutLoud.com we're getting close to adding a lot more free titles to our site. We've taken inventory of the over 3500 free audio & video titles and over 2000 podcasts that we have and we've put together this free stuff guide to some of the best free titles from the best sources of free audio & video content on the Web. We'll be updating most of these providers with the latest titles, but for now you can check out the ones we've featured. We'll start by giving you a guide to the best free audio books.

FREE AUDIO BOOKS:

LibriVox.org - A great site which brings together volunteers to read books in the public domain that they then offer as free audio book downloads on MP3. We feature 1100 of their best audio books.

FORA.tv - Offers over 2000 free videos from over 115 different partners covering the world's most interesting political, social and cultural issues. We've selected 500 of their top videos.

ThoughtAudio - Over 30 free downloadable audio books including Metamorphosis, Siddhartha, The Art of War, The Call of the Wild, and more.

ejunto.com - Free historical and philosophical audio books to download on MP3.

Literal Systems - LiteralSystems records free MP3 downloadable audio books of classic literary works that are in the public domain. All their audio books are featured on Gutenberg.org.

Audio Anarchy - Audio books and writings on the political philosophy of anarchism.

FreeAudio.org - A few classic free audio books including Common Sense and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.

Speak the Speech - Free full cast dramatizations of plays by William Shakespeare.

PennSound - Original recordings of poets such as Allen Ginsberg and Gertrude Stein.


Free Lectures & Talks

Beyond the free audio books we feature we also have 1000s of lectures and talks from 100s of authors and speakers. We've gone through many of the most popular sources for educational talks and tried to pick out the best and most interesting ones they have to offer. Here are some of the best of the best of online audio & video lectures.

LECTURES & TALKS:

TED Talks - Some of the best talks from the TED Conference. The Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) Conference has been featuring talks from leading thinkers not only in technology, entertainment, and design, but also religion, science, literature, psychology, personal growth, and numerous other areas.

The Forum Network - Tons of free videos and audio downloads from the expansive WGBH Forum Network which records events at MIT, Harvard, Boston College, Cambridge, and many other colleges and institutions in the Boston area.

Barnes & Noble Media - Numerous audio & video programs through the Barnes & Noble Media section of their website. Their current programs are One on One (a weekly audio conversation with writers), Upstairs at the Square (a monthly video series featuring writers and musicians), Live from B&N (videos of readings, discussions and author Q&As), Meet the Writers (audio and video interviews with popular writers), and more.

Google Talks - Talks delivered at Google. Most of their @GoogleTalks are their series called Authors@Google, but they also have a few other series including Leading@Google (featuring leadership authors talking about their leadership books) and Women@Google (featuring outstanding women such as the world's greatest female marathoner).

MIT Lectures - Links to over 100 free video lectures from MIT including ones from Jack Welch, Michael Dell and Noam Chomsky.

Naropa University - Free historic audio from this Buddhist-inspired university, focusing on lectures and poetry readings by Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs at their Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

Ashbrook Center - Public affairs lectures from leading conservative thinkers and politicians.

Vega Science Trust - Links to 40 free video lectures on subjects like nanotechnology and physics.

The Cato Institute - Talks delivered at this libertarian think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Lannan Foundation - Readings and conversations with contemporary literature and poetry authors.

Conversations with History - UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler talks with major thinkers in the world of foreign policiy and global politics.

Dharma Seed - Free Dharma talks and meditations.

Intercollegiate Studies Institute - Talks delivered at this conservative educational organization.

MeaningOfLife.tv - Interviews with leading philosophers, scientists, and theologians conducted by Robert Wright.

Mises Institute - Top speakers at this center for the Austrian School of Economics.

UCTV - Lectures delivered at the many University of California campuses.


Free Speeches & Historical Audio

And even beyond that we have a lot of free audio of historical speeches and other historic audio you can listen to. Check out some of our top providers of this audio content:

SPEECHES & HISTORICAL AUDIO:

American Rhetoric - By far the internet's largest provider of free historical speeches. Download many of the greatest speeches of all time on MP3.

American Memory from the Library of Congress - Some amazing audio projects including Voices from the Days of Slavery and the September 11th, 2001 Documentary Project

Free Sermons from Sermon Index and SermonAudio.com - We've posted links to sermons from people like Billy Graham and Billy Sunday

C-SPAN - Political events and interviews captured by the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network.

History and Politics Out Loud - Historic addresses and historic audio available to stream.

Nobelprize.org - Historic Nobel Prize acceptance speeches on audio & video.

Miller Center of Public Affairs - The largest collection of presidential audio on the web along with many talks delivered by historians.

Authentic History Center - Historic audio organized into specific time periods in American and World history.

Radio Diaries - Everyday people tell their stories in these diaries from American history.


Free Podcast Providers

And along with all of these free resources from our free directory we also have a lot of free providers in our podcast directory. You'll probably recognize these popular podcasters so we'll just list them here:

National Public Radio

American Public Media

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

PBS Podcasts

KCRW (Public Radio Station in LearnOutLoud's hometown of Santa Monica, CA)

Personal Life Media (Podcasts with expert advice on personal growth, anti-aging, intimacy and relationships)

NASA Podcasts

New York Times Podcasts

CNET Podcasts

Oprah Winfrey's Podcasts

The New Yorker Podcasts

Public Radio International

Quick and Dirty Tips Podcasts

CNN Podcasts

Stay tuned for way more free audio & video from LearnOutLoud.com!

 

July 29, 2010

List of Our Top Free Lists


In the past few years we've put together a lot of lists of the best free resources that we offer through our site in different categories that we feature. In case you missed any of those we wanted to offer you this list of those lists. We'll start off with our top free resources from the past 4 years:

Top 25 Free Resources from 2006

Top 50 Free Resources from 2007

Top 25 Free Resources from 2008

Top 50 Free Resources from 2009

And here our some free resource lists that focus on specific topics. For many of these lists we have added new free resources and we've noted that below:

Top 40 Free Audio Books Online

Ten Famous Speeches in American History

Ten Top Audio & Video Debates

Top 25 Free Philosophy Books & Podcasts on Audio

Top Ten Free Meditations

Top 15 Free Online Psychology Audio & Video Resources (5 New Resources Added)

Top 25 Free History Audio Titles (5 New Resources Added)

Top 20 Free Self Help Titles (10 New Resources Added)

Top 20 Wealth Building & Economics Free Audio & Video Resources (5 New Resources Added)

Top 20 Best Contemporary Literature Author Interviews and Talks (5 New Resources Added)

Top 20 Free Christian Audio Resources

Top Ten Podcasts Featuring 100s of Thought Leaders

Top 25 World Religions Free Audio & Video Resources (5 New Resources Added)

Top 15 Free Liberal Speeches & Lectures

Top 20 Free Conservative Speeches & Lectures

Top 50 Free Motivational Resources

And our last group of lists is the best of resources from various spots on the web:

Best of Free Audio Downloads on TeachOutLoud

Best of LibriVox

Best of FORA.tv

That's enough lists for now. Enjoy all of these free resources.

 

May 17, 2010

Free Pimsleur Downloads

SpanishPhase1Unit01blogfeature.jpgA few weeks ago we announced that for the first time ever you can download Pimlseur's comprehensive language learning courses on MP3 audio download. To help introduce you to these programs we are now offering 50 free Pimsleur language learning lessons that you to download in 40 different languages. Each free lesson contains 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures to learn.

If you're traveling to faraway lands this summer and don't know the language, then Pimsleur courses are the perfect way to comprehensively learn a language quickly. Browse all of the Pimsleur courses we currently have to offer. Each course includes a sample from the first unit of the course:

Browse Over 80 Pimsleur Language Learning Courses

And please download these free language learning lessons to try out the Pimsleur method and learn some basic language vocabulary as well:

Albanian, Unit 1 Free Download

Arabic - Eastern I, Unit 1 Free Download

Arabic - Egyptian, Unit 1 Free Download

Armenian Eastern, Unit 1 Free Download

Armenian Western, Unit 1 Free Download

Chinese - Cantonese, Unit 1 Free Download

Chinese - Mandarin I, Unit 1 Free Download

Croatian, Unit 1 Free Download

Czech, Unit 1 Free Download

Danish, Unit 1 Free Download

Dari - Persian I, Unit 1 Free Download

Dutch, Unit 1 Free Download

English for Arabic Speakers, Unit 1 Free Download

English for Chinese (Cantonese) Speakers, Unit 1 Free Download

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English for French Speakers, Unit 1 Free Download

English for German Speakers, Unit 1 Free Download

English for Haitian Speakers, Unit 1 Free Download

English for Italian Speakers I, Unit 1 Free Download

English for Korean Speakers, Unit 1 Free Download

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English for Russian Speakers, Unit 1 Free Download

English for Spanish Speakers I, Unit 1 Free Download

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Enjoy these free language learning lessons from Pimsleur. Learn a new language this summer!


 

March 9, 2010

Best of LibriVox

Along with it being our fifth anniversary, we have also reached our 1000th Free Resource of the Day Email. And for this free resource we wanted to do something special, so we've just added 1000 new free audio books from LibriVox. LibriVox.org is a great site which brings together volunteers to read books in the public domain that they then offer as free audio book downloads on MP3.

The last time we added titles from LibriVox was over two years ago and since then they have grown enormously with over 2500 titles now available. We sifted through all their audio books and picked out the best titles based on literary merit, quality of narration, and how interesting they sounded. The narrators and recording quality have definitely improved with great new readers like Cori Samuel and Mike Vendetti. For many of the major classics they have multiple versions now so we've chosen what sounds like the best edition. We've also added the podcast feeds of the all audio books so you can listen to and download them all through our site. To download zips, subscribe through iTunes, get the eBooks, see chapter headings, and more click on the links over to LibriVox.

Before you dive in please note that LibriVox is calling for donations to help them with the operating costs of their site so please do if you're able to. We've kicked off our contributions with a $100 donation. Keep LibriVox alive by donating today:

Donate to LibriVox

Now you can browse over 1100 LibriVox titles on LearnOutLoud.com:

All LibriVox Titles on LearnOutLoud with 1000 New Titles

Among the 1000 new audio books there are 150 free audio books specifically for kids. All these new free audio books for kids can be found in our Kids Free Stuff Section:

Kids Free Stuff Section with 150 New Free Audio Books from LibriVox

And here are some of the great new audio books we've added by category:

Biographies:

Mozart: The Man and the Artist as Revealed in His Own Words by Friedrich Kerst

The World I Live In by Helen Keller

Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington

Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography

Edison, His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer

The Life of St. Teresa by St. Teresa of Avila

History:

A Short History of the United States by Edward Channing

A Short History of England by G.K. Chesterton

Herodotus' Histories, Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3

The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

The Book of the National Parks by Robert Sterling Yard

Literature:

The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

John Barleycorn or Alcoholic Memoirs by Jack London

Walking by Henry David Thoreau

The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain

The Aeneid by Virgil

2 B R 0 2 B by Kurt Vonnegut

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Candide by Voltaire

Poems of William Blake

Dubliners by James Joyce

Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Philosophy:

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

The Golden Sayings of Epictetus

The Sayings of Confucius

Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

Introduction to The Philosophy of History by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Discourse on the Method by Rene Descartes

The Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant

The Joyful Wisdom, or The Gay Science by Friedrich Nietzsche

The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

Discourse on Inequality by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein

Essays, First Series and Essays, Second Series by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Religion & Spirituality:

The Tree of Wisdom by Nagarjuna

In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do? by Charles M. Sheldon

The People's Idea of God by Mary Baker Eddy

The Large Catechism by Martin Luther

Conceptions of Divine Love by St. Teresa of Avila

The Golden Bough by James Frazer

Bhagavad Gita Translated by Sir Edwin Arnold

The Meaning of the Glorious Koran

Legends of the Jews by Louis Ginzberg

The Bahai Revelation by Thornton Chase

The Story of Mormonism by James E. Talmage

Mysticism: A Study in Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness by Evelyn Underhill

Twentieth Century New Testament

Science:

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection by Charles Darwin

The Story of Alchemy and the Beginnings of Chemistry by M. M. Pattison Muir

The Outline of Science by J. Arthur Thomson

Philosophy and Fun of Algebra by Mary Everest Boole

Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein

Curiosities of the Sky by Garrett Serviss

Self Development:

Supreme Personality by Delmer Eugene Croft

A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis by Melvin Powers

Mental Efficiency by Arnold Bennett

The Power of Concentration by Theron Q. Dumont

The Secret of Dreams by Yacki Raizizun

A Guide to Men: Being Encore Reflections of a Bachelor Girl by Helen Rowland

How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Bennett

And this is just scratching the surface of what they've got! Enjoy 1000 new free resources as we reach Free Resource Email #1000!

UPDATE! As of November of 2014 we've added an additional 2500 new free audio books from Librivox!!! So of course we got to add the best to this blog post!!!


It was quite a task, but we have just added over 2500 new free audio book downloads from Librivox.org to our site! Believe it or not the Librivox catalog has over 8000 titles now, but we feel we've picked out the best, bringing our total to about 3500 Librivox audio books on LearnOutLoud.com. In this post we'll highlight the best new free audio books we've added. To get you started check out the Librivox publisher page:

Browse Over 3500 Free Audio Books on the Librivox Publisher Page

Now we'll go through category by category highlighting some of the great new free audio books we've added!

Arts & Entertainment:

Hollywood: Its Morals and Manners by Theodore Dreiser

The Letters of a Post-Impressionist by Vincent Van Gogh

The Rise and Fall of Free Speech in America by D.W. Griffith

Concerning the Spiritual in Art by Wassily Kandinsky

The Art of the Moving Picture by Vachel Lindsay

The Seven Lamps of Architecture by John Ruskin

How to Appreciate Music by Gustav Kobbe

A Popular History of the Art of Music by W.S.B. Mathews

Biography:

The Education of Henry Adams

The Adventures of Buffalo Bill by William Frederick Cody

Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant

Auguste Rodin by Rainer Maria Rilke

Geronimo's Story of His Life

My Life and Work by Henry Ford

Saint Francis of Assisi: A Biography by Johannes Jorgensen

Business:

The Art of Money Getting by P.T. Barnum

Principles of Economics by Alfred Marshall

Capital: Critique of Political Economy, Vol. 1 by Karl Marx

The Economic Consequences of the Peace by John Maynard Keynes

Living on Half a Dime a Day by Sarah Elizabeth Harper Monmouth

Education & Professional:

Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education by John Dewey

Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook by Maria Montessori

Notes on Nursing by Florence Nightingale

The Elements of Style by William Strunk

History:

On War (Volume One) and On War (Volumes Two and Three) by Carl von Clausewitz

The Journal of Lewis and Clarke

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. I through VI by Edward Gibbon

History of the United States, Volume 1 - 7 by Charles Austin Beard & Mary Ritter Beard

Popular History of France from the Earliest Times, Volume 1 - 5 by Francois Guizot

A Popular History of Ireland by Thomas D'Arcy McGee

The French Revolution by Hilaire Belloc

Ten Days that Shook the World by John Reed

Languages:

French Self-Taught by Franz J.L. Thimm

My Very First Little German Book

An Introduction to the Greek of the New Testament by George Lovell Cary

Literature:

The Magic Skin by Honore de Balzac

Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie

Futuria Fantasia, Spring 1940 by Ray Bradbury

The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Faust Part I by Johann Wolfgang Goethe

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

A Rubaiyat Miscellany by Omar Khayyam

Anna Christie by Eugene O'Neill

Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott

Othello by William Shakespeare

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde

Therese Raquin by Emile Zola

The Trojan Women by Euripides

Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King) by Sophocles

The Iliad of Homer, Rendered into English Blank Verse by Homer

Metamorphoses by Ovid

Swann's Way by Marcel Proust

Charles Dickens by G.K. Chesterton

Poems: Series One and Poems: Series Two by Emily Dickinson

John Keats: Selected Poems

The Lady With the Dog and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

Five Beloved Stories by O. Henry

Six Creepy Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

Philosophy:

A Cynic Looks At Life by Ambrose Bierce

An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals by David Hume

The Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals by Immanuel Kant

An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding by John Locke

Essays: Book 1, Essays: Book 2, and Essays: Book 3 by Michel de Montaigne

Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche

The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Proposed Roads to Freedom by Bertrand Russell

The Art of Controversy (or: The Art of Being Right) by Arthur Schopenhauer

What is Man? and Other Essays by Mark Twain

The Analects of Confucius

The Republic by Plato

The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle

Of Peace of Mind by Seneca

Pragmatism by William James

The Ethics by Benedict de Spinoza

Politics:

Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke

Socialism: Utopian and Scientific by Friedrich Engels

Public Opinion by Walter Lippmann

Considerations on Representative Government by John Stuart Mill

The Strenuous Life: Essays and Addresses of Theodore Roosevelt

Essays on Political Economy by Frederic Bastiat

The Soul of Man by Oscar Wilde

Religion & Spirituality:

The Path of Light: The Bodhi-Charyavatara of Santi-Deva by Shantideva

The Universal Religion: Bahaism - Its Rise and Social Import by Hippolyte Dreyfus-Barney

The Greatest Thing in the World and Other Addresses by Henry Drummond

The Mahabharata by Vyasa: The Epic of Ancient India Condensed into English Verse

The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther

Abide in Christ by Andrew Murray

The Quest of the Historical Jesus by Albert Schweitzer

The Profits of Religion by Upton Sinclair

The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila

Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

The Book of Mormon by Joseph Smith

Torah (JPSA): Genesis

Science:

Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection by Charles Darwin

Opticks by Isaac Newton

Great Astronomers by Robert Ball

Anatomy of the Human Body, Part 1 - 5

Meteorology; or Weather Explained by J.G. M'Pherson

The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 - 3

Easy Lessons in Einstein by Edwin E. Slosson

Self Development:

Byways to Blessedness by James Allen

Self and Self-Management: Essays about Existing by Arnold Bennett

Your Psychic Powers and How to Develop Them by Hereward Carrington

Laugh and Live by Douglas Fairbanks

Creative Mind by Ernest Holmes

The Victorious Attitude by Orison Swett Marden

Creative Unity by Rabindranath Tagore

In Tune with the Infinite by Ralph Waldo Trine

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Thought Vibration, or The Law of Attraction in the Thought World by William Atkinson

The Speaking Voice by Katherine Everts

The Kama Sutra by Vatsyayana

Social Sciences:

Two Years and Four Months in a Lunatic Asylum by Hiram Chase

The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud

Winds of Doctrine: Studies in Contemporary Opinion by George Santayana

Woman and the New Race by Margaret Sanger

The Psychology of Alcoholism by George Barton

The Anatomy of Melancholy, Volume 1 - 3 by Robert Burton

Psychotherapy by Hugo Munsterberg

The Spirit of Youth and the City Streets by Jane Addams

Sports & Hobbies:

The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo

American Cookery by Amelia Simmons

Football Days: Memories of the Game and of the Men behind the Ball by William Hanford Edwards

The Flower Garden: A Handbook of Practical Garden Lore by Ida Dandridge Bennett

The Decoration of Houses by Edith Wharton

The Social History of Smoking by George L. Apperson

The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton

Dogs and All About Them by Robert Leighton

Cats: Their Points and Characteristics by W. Gordon Stables

Travel:

My Trip Abroad by Charlie Chaplin

A Traveller in War-Time by Winston Churchill

A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf by John Muir

The Maine Woods by Henry David Thoreau

American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens

The Worst Journey in the World, Vol. 1 and The Worst Journey in the World, Vol. 2 by Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Letters of Travel by Rudyard Kipling

On a Chinese Screen by W. Somerset Maugham

Domestic Manners of the Americans by Frances Trollope


New Free Audio Books from Great Authors

Along with the great audio books listed above that we've added, we've also added many free titles from some of the greatest authors of all time. Librivox has dived deep into the public domain treasures of great authors to provide you some never before heard audio books. Check out this list of authors below which we have added many free audio books to.

Note: These are the full author results for these authors, so if you're looking for just the free titles you can see (Free) next to the Audio Download format in the results now for free titles.

James Allen Audio - Numerous free self help classics from the author of As a Man Thinketh.

G.K. Chesterton Audio - Plenty from this English writer, lay theologian, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary and art critic, biographer, and Christian apologist.

Wilkie Collins Audio - Many works from this English novelist, playwright, and author of short stories.

Joseph Conrad Audio - Many novels from the author of Heart of Darkness.

Philip K. Dick Audio - Some free short stories from this master of science fiction.

Charles Dickens Audio - Plenty of new free offerings!

Fyodor Dostoevsky Audio - More novels and short stories from this great Russian author.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Audio - 30 new free titles from the world's greatest crime fiction writer.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Audio - New short stories from the The Great Gatsby author.

Thomas Hardy Audio - New free Thomas Hardy novels and short stories.

Henrik Ibsen Audio - Numerous dramatized plays from the major 19th-century Norwegian playwright.

Henry James Audio - Over 20 new free works from this great American writer.

Jack London Audio - Variety of works from the famous American author, journalist, and social activist.

Martin Luther Audio - Audio from the seminal figure of the 16th-century movement in Christianity known later as the Protestant Reformation.

George MacDonald Audio - Many free works from the Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister.

William Shakespeare Audio - Basically all the plays of the Bard now free from Librivox.

George Bernard Shaw Audio - A dozen free plays from the Irish playwright.

Leo Tolstoy Audio - Over a dozen free works from this Russian giant.

Anthony Trollope Audio - Over 30 free novels!

Mark Twain Audio - Almost 30 new works to listen to!

H.G. Wells Audio - 20 new free titles from this prolific English writer best remembered for his science fiction novels.

Edith Wharton Audio - New free works from the first woman to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for literature.

Aristotle Audio - Over a dozen philosophical works from the great Greek philosopher.

Plato Audio - A great many dialogues and other works by the great Greek philosopher.


500 New Free Kids Audio Books

Of the 2500 free audio books we've added from Librivox about 500 of them are geared towards kids. We've sectioned these titles off in our Librivox kids publisher page which you can browse here:

Over 500 Free Librivox Audio Books for Kids on Kids.LearnOutLoud.com

Here are some great new free kids books you can grab:

Alice's Adventures Underground by Lewis Carroll

The Blue Lagoon by H. De Vere Stacpoole

The Box-Car Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Children's Bible by Henry Sherman

The Children's Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum

Grammar-Land by M.L. Nesbitt

Historic Adventures: Tales from American History by Rupert S. Holland

Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates

The Life of George Washington in Words of One Syllable by Josephine Pollard

The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen

Myths That Every Child Should Know by Hamilton Wright Mabie

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs

A School History of the Great War by Albert E. McKinley

The Story Book of Science by Jean-Henri Fabre

The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln by Wayne Whipple

Viking Tales by Jennie Hall

Zip, the Adventures of a Frisky Fox Terrier by Frances Trego Montgomery

 

April 4, 2009

Free Philosophy Books & Podcasts on Audio

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Check out 30 of the top free philosophy books, lectures, & podcasts available online. For years we've put an emphasis on showcasing philosophy as part of our Free Resource of the Day Emails. Now with this list of 30 hand picked titles, you can dive into political theory with Machiavelli or Jean-Jacques Rousseau, learn the Art of War with Sun Tzu, take a film class on Existentialism and ask the big questions of life's significance. Other philosophers you'll meet and learn about on this list include Plato, Frederick Nietzsche, Immanuel Kant, Bertrand Russell, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Ayn Rand among many others. You can check them all out by clicking the titles below:


1. Existentialism in Literature and Film Podcast

This is a full college course from the University of California-Berkeley entitled "Existentialism in Literature and Film". The "Existentialism in Literature and Film" course, taught by professor Hubert L. Dreyfus, cuts right to the roots of existentialist thought, looking at the works of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, and examining Dostoyevsky's Brothers Karamazov in depth. It's an excellent philosophy course and it's free!

2. Plato's Republic

The Republic by Plato is one of the most influential works of philosophy in history. In the form of Socratic dialogue, Plato's teacher and protagonist Socrates sets out to find an answer to the question: "What is justice?". Along the way Socrates discusses the ideal city-state and his theory of forms, which includes his famous allegory of the cave. This podcast contains all eleven books of The Republic unabridged. It is well read by narrator Doug McLeod and is available on MP3 download from ejunto.com.

3. The Value of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

Listen to the ideas of the great 20th century philosopher Bertrand Russell on "The Value of Philosophy", which comes from the final chapter of his 1912 book The Problems of Philosophy. In the essay he lays forth his conviction that although philosophy cannot come to any certain answers regarding the questions it asks, these questions are important in that they enlarge our views of the universe beyond the narrow viewpoints of practical men, who are concerned solely with the material world. The piece is well read by Paul Sunderland. You can now download this excerpt directly from LearnOutLoud on MP3!

4. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

ejunto.com is a site which features free mp3 downloads of historical and philosophical audio books (it's named after Benjamin Franklin's literary club called The Junto). They currently feature a free unabridged recording of The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli. This political philosophy classic describes how political leaders can obtain and maintain power. It is well narrated by Andrew Julow and available on MP3 download from ejunto.com.

5. Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self Reliance is perhaps Ralph Waldo Emerson's most famous essay. This version, narrated by Brian Johnson from Zaadz, is both thought-provoking and inspirational. Ralph Waldo Emerson pushes the listener to break free of the dependence on society and the masses of man and to rely solely upon oneself. Always pushing us to follow our own nature & intuition, Emerson denounces those who allow themselves to be victims of society or history. He wants great men to rise from the limitations of cultural institutions and stand as giants casting shadows over the ages. Throughout the essay there is wisdom loaded in every sentence and it can be listened to again and again. Download this free classic audio book on MP3 directly from LearnOutLoud.com.

6. Philosophy: The Classics Podcast

In this podcast, British author Nigel Warburton reads from his book Philosophy: The Classics (now in it's 3rd edition). The book examines and summarizes 27 classic works of philosophy. Currently on the podcast feed, Warburton reads 5 chapters from his book summarizing Plato's The Republic, Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Boethius' The Consolation of Philosophy, Machiavelli's The Prince, and Descartes' Meditations. His introductions to these works are clear and concise, and his narration is adequate for the material. Subscribe to this work of philosophical generosity.

7. The Twilight of the Idols by Friedrich Nietzsche

Listen to one of Friedrich Nietzsche's last and most mature works: The Twilight of the Idols. In this book Nietzsche confronts Socrates, morality, reason, and much else. It is a comprehensive summary of the ideas of this controversial 19th century German philosopher. Recorded for the first time on audio by LibriVox narrator D.E. Wittkower, this audio book is available on MP3 download through LibriVox.

8. Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

In this classic essay by Henry David Thoreau, he stresses that individuals should not allow governments to rule over their conscience by forcing them to contribute to injustices through taxes or other support. Thoreau advocates breaking laws in a civil manner if one believes they are unjust. This essay would go on to influence Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and many others. It's available as an MP3 download from Voices in the Dark with fine narration by Dawn Keenan.

9. The Philosopher's Zone Podcast

One of the best things about podcasting is that we can now download and listen to public radio from all over the world. And some of the best public radio comes from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. They've recently added The Philosopher's Zone Podcast which "looks at the world of philosophy and at the world through philosophy". It's a very interesting podcast and one of the only philosophy podcasts out there.

10. The Treatise on Friendship by Cicero

Listen to this free audio book by the Roman statesman, lawyer, political theorist, philosopher, and orator Marcus Tullius Cicero. In The Treatise on Friendship Cicero examines the qualities of good friends and bad friends through a philosophical dialogue between three prominent citizens of the Roman republic. Cicero ultimately arrives at the conclusion that nothing save virtue is more valuable than friendship. Enjoy this free MP3 download from ejunto.com.

11. Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? by Professor Michael Sandel

In this complete, 12-lecture video course from Harvard University, Professor Michael Sandel presents his popular course which explores difficult moral dilemmas and how we respond to them. In the first lecture he presents a few complex moral dilemmas and asks his class how they would respond to these conundrums. Through the answers students give he brings into question the assumptions behind their moral reasoning. He briefly addresses the ideas of utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham and tells of a true case which brings into question Bentham's creed of "the greatest good for the greatest number". It seems to be an interesting course and it is being offered totally free from Harvard University on streaming video through YouTube.

12. The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius

Listen to this classic work of philosophy written by Boethius in 524 AD. Boethius wrote this work while awaiting trial for which he was executed. The Consolation of Philosophy examines the problem of evil, free will, virtue, and much else as Boethius conducts a dialogue with Lady Philosophy. This audio book is available for free from LibriVox and is read by over a dozen of their volunteer narrators. It is available on MP3 download.

13. Answering the Question: What is Enlightenment? by Immanuel Kant

Download this essay by German philosopher Immanuel Kant. One of the last Enlightenment philosophers, Kant puts forth his definition of Enlightenment, in reference to the question about what had occurred during the Age of Enlightenment in 18th century Europe and America. Kant feels that it was not a social movement adopted by the masses, but rather an individual movement where certain persons gained the courage to think for themselves and to argue against the paternalism of institutions which were heretofore unquestioned. Kant sees the freedom of reasoning and argumentation as central to the Age of Enlightenment, but this revolution of independent thought can only be achieved through an individual's striving for intellectual maturity. Download this free essay on MP3 exclusively through LearnOutLoud.com.

14. Thinking Out Loud Podcast

Listen to over twenty philosophical dialogues with everyday people covering a new topic in each podcast. Host Steve Donaldson is joined by about ten other citizen philosopher guests as they spend an hour talking about topics such as "What is Love?", "What is Evil?", "Is Free Will an Illusion?", "What is Mysticism?", and many other intriguing topics. These philosophical round table discussions really get one thinking about the topic and they're entertaining as well. Currently they're allowing internet guests to join in the discussion through VoIP technology. The audio quality of these podcasts varies, but the content is so consistently compelling that you'll want to listen to them all. Enjoy.

15. Democracy in America, Vol. I & Democracy in America, Vol. II by Alexis de Tocqueville

Listen to Alexis de Tocqueville's great work of political philosophy and history Democracy in America. Published in two volumes (in 1835 and 1840 respectively), the French political thinker Tocqueville wrote about America as a social scientist after his travels there, providing a wealth of observations and opinions which still hold true today. If you've never had a chance to read this book, then listening to this 30-hour audio book is a great way to get through this classic work of political philosophy. This audio book is read by a number of volunteer narrators at LibriVox.org and is available to download on MP3.

16. Francis Fukuyama: The End Of History Revisited

Fifteen years after the publication of his 1992 book The End of History and the Last Man, author Francis Fukuyama still believes in his thesis that political & economic history is reaching its end in liberal democracy and free market capitalism. In this talk delivered at the Long Now Foundation, Fukuyama defends his argument, pointing out the expansion of science, technology, and free market capitalism and how it has increased the wealth of much of the developing world over the past 15 years, which has in turn led to liberal democracy in many nations. He does point out some of the criticisms of his thesis such as Samuel Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations book, which argues that certain cultures will never conform to Western liberal democracy & free markets. Huntington argues this will lead to an ongoing clash of civilizations.

Fukuyama doesn't believe that his "End of History" thesis is certain, and he still feels there is a lot of work to be done in building institutions in developing states, fighting global warming, organizing global cooperation, and preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction. He fields a number of questions, including one regarding the second half of his thesis which addresses Nietzsche's concept of The Last Man, which he feels is now being catered to under the system of the European Union. It is a fascinating lecture that is available on MP3 download and streaming video through FORA.tv.

17. What is Knowledge? by Professor Colin McGinn

It's back to school time and before cramming our brains with new knowledge, let us ask, "What is Knowledge?" In this lecture, Professor Colin McGinn deciphers what we mean when we say we 'know' something to be true. He traces the history of philosophical skepticism, giving the listener several historical arguments for the theory of knowledge, and also touching on arguments made by the likes of Plato, Descartes, and other important philosophers. This lecture is a foundational exercise for the rest of the program, with McGinn arguing that for someone to begin thinking philosophically, he or she must first understand the methods of thinking that go into the pursuit of true knowledge.

18. The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Written by Sun Tzu in the 6th Century B.C., The Art of War now stands as a definitive distillation of ancient military strategy. The philosophies contained in this book have been applied in variety of settings throughout the centuries. Narrator Michael Scott brings his voiceover gusto to this reading, which is available on MP3 download from ThoughtAudio.com.

19. Authors@Google: John Searle

In a thought-provoking lecture provided by Authors@Google on streaming video, philosopher John Searle discusses the perennial problem of human free will. Starting with the historical arguments associated with free will, Searle then points viewers to how quantum mechanical theories of a chaotic and ultimately indeterminate universe may provide some solution to the problem. Delivered with a sense of fun and respect for the novice, Searle's lecture is a must for anyone that wonders about the full nature of human choice and whether or not any of our decisions can truly be considered our own. It is available on streaming video through YouTube.

20. Peikoff.com Q&A on Ayn Rand Podcast

Dr. Leonard Peikoff was a long time friend Ayn Rand and she designated him as her legal and intellectual heir. Carrying on Ayn Rand's Objectivist philosophy, Peikoff has been podcasting weekly for over a year with his Q&A format. In each episode he answers a number of questions that have been emailed to him and provides the answers that Ayn Rand had for many of the questions. Peikoff doesn't answer all of the questions emailed to him, but he claims to read them all, and he will answer just about any question whether it be in regards to philosophy, politics, ethics, art, sexuality, etc. With each question answered you get a better idea of what Objectivist philosophy is and it's the closest you're likely to get to hearing what Ayn Rand would think of things if she were still alive today.

21. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Listen to one of the classic works of Stoic philosophy by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius written between 170 and 180 AD. Aurelius champions reason over passion in order to overcome the pains and pleasures of everyday life. In his practical and straightforward style Marcus Aurelius delivers his thoughts on what it is means to be good. This is an excellent translation by the English classical scholar George Long. The last two chapters are a biography and philosophical summary of Marcus Aurelius written by George Long. This audio book is read by a group of narrators at Librivox, some of which are better than others, but all of them are listenable. Download this unabridged 7-hour audio book on MP3 from Librivox.org.

22. William James: What Makes a Life Significant?

Join Harvard professor & Pulitzer Prize-winner Louis Menand, Princeton professor & author Cornel West, and philiosopher & writer Sissela Bok as they discuss the life and ideas of William James. Louis Menand starts the talk by giving a 20-minute introduction to the life of William James. Sissela Bok expounds on some of his ideas from James's essay "What Makes a Life Significant?", and Cornel West uses his trademark oratory skills to show how William James confronted American Empire and how we can still use James's ideas to do so today. The three then answer a wide range of questions from the audience. This talk is available on streaming video and MP3 download from the Forum Network.

23. A Discourse on the Passion of Love by Blaise Pascal

In this downloadable discourse from ejunto.com 17th century religious philosopher Blaise Pascal reflects on the passion of love. He expresses his views on love in relation to reason, beauty, and the other passions. This 30-minute discourse is well narrated by Andrew Julow and available on MP3 download from ejunto.com.

24. The Law by Frederic Bastiat

Frederic Bastiat's "The Law" produced by FreeAudio.org is one of the best free audio books available. Bastiat's brief treatise on law is a passionate cry for his belief that law should only be put in place to maintain life, liberty, and property. He denounces legislators and philosophers who seek legalized plunder, moral coercion, and numerous other methods of force through law which encroach on liberties. The production quality is professional and Marvin Payne's narration is superb. You can download this title through LearnOutLoud.com on MP3 or MPEG-4 (if you want to bookmark it in your iPod).

25. The Madman by Kahlil Gibran

It's the last weekend to download our free audio book for the month of June: The Madman by Lebanese-American poet & philosopher Kahlil Gibran. Gibran also authored one of the bestselling books of the 20th century: The Prophet. The Madman was published in 1918, and this work introduced Americans to the thought-provoking poems and parables of Kahlil Gibran. This audio book is unabridged and, while only 45 minutes in length, it probably demands a second listen in order to better comprehend this clever, enigmatic work. It is available for free on MP3 download from ThoughtAudio.com

26. What Was the Enlightenment? by Professor James Schmidt

In this lecture Professor James Schmidt talks about what Immanuel Kant called "man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity". The Age of Enlightenment began the elevation of science and reason in Western civilization. It was an era where great thinkers began to think for themselves and question the absolute rule of religious and political authorities. Professor Schmidt talks briefly about many of the key figures of the Enlightenment including Denis Diderot, Isaac Newton, Immanuel Kant, Adam Smith, and Voltaire, and he talks about where the ideas of the Enlightenment prospered primarily in England, Germany, and France. This free lecture is available to download exclusively through LearnOutLoud.com on MP3.

27. The Second Treatise on Government by John Locke

Listen to John Locke's most famous work The Second Treatise on Government. This book is one of the all-time most influential works of political philosophy, outlining civil government as it has arisen from man's former state of nature. The book also covers conquest & slavery, property, representative government, and the right of revolution. This audio book is generously made free by ejunto.com with clear narration by Philip Rose. It is available to download on MP3 from ejunto.com and also as a podcast from our site and iTunes.

28. Emerson and the Examined Life

Hear America's former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky read passages from the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson in this special event commemorating Emerson's 200th year. Pinsky and Emerson scholars Richard Geldard and David M. Robinson discuss the life and practical philosophy of Emerson and the ways in which his essays still speak to us today. Pinsky reads from classic essays such as Self-Reliance, The Oversoul, and The American Scholar. This tribute to Emerson is available on streaming audio and MP3 download from the Forum Network.

29. The Social Contract

This work of political philosophy by Jean-Jacques Rousseau begins with the famous saying: "Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains." In this book the great 18th-century Enlightenment thinker proposes a form of government which maintains individual freedom and also represents the general will of a society. This audio book is well narrated by Jason Douglas at ejunto.org and is available on MP3 download through ejunto.org or as a podcast through iTunes.

30. Tete-a-Tete: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre

In this lecture from the WBGH Forum Network, author Hazel Rowley discusses her book Tete-a-tete: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. She discusses many aspects of this legendary 20th-century French couple, drawing off the voluminous writings of Sartre & Beauvoir as well as interviews and new primary sources. Famous for their existentialist philosophy & literature, Rowley probes deeper into the bold openness & unconventionality of their relationship. She also briefly discusses the difficulties of getting the book published in France. This lecture is available on streaming audio & video and MP3 download.

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April 2, 2009

Best Free Audio Books Online

LearnOutLoud invites you jump in and listen to 100 of the best free audiobook downloads available online. For many years now we've featured a Free Audio Book every Friday as part of our Free Resource of the Day Emails. From these emails, we've pulled out 100 of our favorites, including ancient classics, Shakespearean drama, key European & Russian novels, important political documents, poetry introductions, and the finest American literature. Whether you are a student or life-long learner, this selection covers just about everyone from Homer to Jane Austen, to Mark Twain and even an appearance by Sherlock Holmes! Click the titles below to get started on your free literary audiobook journey:

1. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Listen to one of the all-time great works of American literature: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. This newly published edition from LoudLit.org is professionally narrated by Mary Woods and available unabridged on MP3 download. Hear the tale of Hester Prynne who is forced to wear a scarlet letter "A" on her bosom after she commits adultery and becomes pregnant in the 17th-century Puritan village of Boston, Massachusetts. Download and listen to this American classic today!

2. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; The Horse and His Boy; The Magician's Nephew; The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

Here's a set of free audio books that is almost too good to be true. The C.S. Lewis estate has granted permission to Ancient Faith Radio to record and offer all seven books of the The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. Currently Ancient Faith Radio is offering them all for free on MP3 audio download through a podcast feed. They are read by children's radio host Chrissi Hart for her Readings from Under the Grapevine podcast. She has a pleasant British accent which is appropriate for the Narnia series and the audio books are well recorded. Download this classic collection of children's literature including all 7 books: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; The Horse and His Boy; The Magician's Nephew; The Last Battle. Amazing!

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Download Jane Austen's undeniable classic Pride and Prejudice. Hear the story of the courtship between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in early 19th century England. Published in 1813 this classic tale of love, reputation, and class remains one of the most beloved books of all time. This edition is well narrated by Karen Savage at LibriVox. She has a British accent and a nice flair for character narration. This unabridged novel has a running time of 10 Hrs. 25 Min. and is available on MP3 download from LibriVox.org.

4. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Here's a great short story you can listen to. It is written by Washington Irving, one of the first acclaimed American authors. It tells the tale of a Dutch settlement called Sleepy Hollow which is haunted by the legend of a Headless Horseman. This story is read by Chip at LibriVox and his narration is magnificent. It's available on MP3 Download.

5. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Podcast by Mark Twain

This edition of Mark Twain's great American novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of the top free audio books on the internet. It is professionally narrated by Marc Devine and offered as an unabridged, 9-1/2 hour mp3 audiobook from Literal Systems. Listen to the classic tale of Huckleberry Finn and the runaway slave Jim as they take a raft down the Mississippi River to escape the confines of civilized life. This audio book is available as a podcast and it can be downloaded or subscribed to. Enjoy this classic work of American literature!

6. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

It's time to pursue some ambitious reading (and listening) goals. You may want to read one of the great American novels Moby Dick by Herman Melville. The Moby Dick Big Read project has now completed all 135 chapters of the novel with high quality recordings from great actors and everyday people. Some of the celebrities reading the chapters include Tilda Swinton, Stephen Fry, Simon Callow, Tony Kushner, John Waters, Sir David Attenborough, and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Ready to listen to a free unabridged recording of Moby Dick? Listen to Herman Melville's epic whaling tale, available on MP3 download.

7. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

Audiobooks.org is now offering a free unabridged recording of Stephen Crane's Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage. Listen as the soldier Henry Fleming enters the American Civil War, and is forced to transform from fear to courage. Told in an unflinchingly realistic and journalistic style, this novel ranks among the best American war stories. It is professionally narrated by Scott Brick and available on MP3 download from Audiobooks.org.

8. Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Listen to William Shakespeare's famous tragedy Macbeth on streaming audio and MP3 download. This full cast dramatization of the play is offered by Wired for Books. Hear all the drama of Macbeth's bloody grab for power and his subsequent unraveling. The play stars Mark Mann as Macbeth and Laura Lee Parrotti as Lady Macbeth.

9. Free: The Future of a Radical Price (Unabridged) by Chris Anderson

Editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine Chris Anderson follows up his bestselling book The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More, with his new book Free: The Future of a Radical Price. And in practicing what he preaches, Anderson and his publisher Hyperion are giving away his new audio book for free! We've listened to the prologue and it sounds like a very interesting book regarding the future of business in the digital age. You can download this audio book unabridged on iTunes, Audible.com, and Wired.com. This version is narrated by Mr. Anderson himself.

10. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Ejunto.com presents this free unabridged edition of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Written by Benjamin Franklin over the course of 20 years, this autobiography follows major events of Franklin's life including his publication of Poor Richard's Almanac, his quest for "moral perfection", and many other significant events reflecting life in 18th century America. The book is well narrated by Andrew Julow. Download this 6 hour audio book on MP3 from ejunto.com.

11. A Tale of Two Cities Podcast by Charles Dickens

Check out this free unabridged professional recording of A Tale of Two Cities, released by Literal Systems. Listen to this sweeping historical novel set in London and Paris around the time of the French Revolution. The audio quality is top notch and Jane Ayer's narration is superb. This classic 14-hour audio book is available on MP3 download as a podcast from Literal Systems.

12. Poetry Out Loud: Audio Guide

Download and listen to this series of MP3s from the National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Out Loud program. This audio guide features some of the most famous poems of all time read by distinguished actors and writers.

13. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

Published in 1845, this autobiographical memoir written by the ex-slave Frederick Douglass tells of the treatment he endured as a slave and was a key work in promoting the abolition of slavery in America. This classic audio book is published by FreeAudio.org, and they've allowed us to offer it as a free MP3 download through LearnOutLoud.com.

14. 12 Shakespeare Plays from Speak the Speech

We've just been informed of a great new resource for listening to Shakespeare's plays on audio. Speak the Speech is a non-profit audio theatre company dedicated to providing freely available Shakespearean audio performances online. Collaborating with a full cast of actors in Portland, Oregon, they've recorded some of the best audio versions of Shakespeare's plays available and they've made them available for free on MP3 download through their website. Here are the plays they're offering:

As You Like It
Henry IV, Part One
Henry IV, Part Two
Romeo and Juliet
The Tempest
Twelfth Night
A Winter's Tale
Sounds of Shakespeare: Antony and Cleopatra, King John, Cymbeline, King Richard II, and The Merry Wives of Windsor

15. The Republic by Plato

The Republic by Plato is one of the most influential works of philosophy in history. In the form of Socratic dialogue, Plato's teacher and protagonist Socrates sets out to find an answer to the question: "What is justice?". Along the way Socrates discusses the ideal city-state and his theory of forms, which includes his famous allegory of the cave. This is a new, freely available, unabridged edition of The Republic. It is well read by narrator Doug McLeod and is available on MP3 download from ejunto.com.

16. Heart of Darkness Audiobook Podcast by Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad's classic novella Heart of Darkness has recently been made available for free on audio download. LoudLit.org and LiteralSystems have produced this professional sounding audio book that is narrated by Tom Franks. Listen to the highly symbolic tale of Marlow's journey down the Congo River. This unabridged audio book is available on MP3 Download from and can also be subscribed to as a podcast.

17. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka's novella is a bonafide 20th century classic about a traveling salesman that wakes up one morning to find his body has been transformed into that of a giant dung beatle. This highly symbolic tale about the plight of the modern working man, human alienation, and the eternal need to fit in has gone on to be Kafka's signature work. The audio version is brought to you through Thought Audio, and is narrated in a crisp performance by Michael Scott. If you've ever been interested in Kafka or have heard of the story's premise but never checked it out, now is the time. This book really is as good as everyone says!

18. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Listen to Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic American novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. One of the bestselling novels of its time, the book vividly depicts African American slavery and it had a profound influence on the abolitionist movement. This unabridged 18-hour audio book is dynamically narrated by John Greenman and available on MP3 download through LibriVox.org.

19. Anthem by Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand's books are made for audio. In these busy times very few people have the time to sit down and read The Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged. But get these audio books and pop them on in your car while you're commuting and you can finish them up in a month or two. It's a great testament to the opportunity represented by audio learning. If you would like to check start off with a more bite-sized portion of Rand's wisdom check out ThoughtAudio's production of Anthem, one of Rand's earlier novels. Anthem sets the stage for what's to come in Rand's later works. It's an entertaining science fiction novella and a great introduction to Ayn Rand's philosophy. This audio book is available on MP3 download through ThoughAudio.com and narrated by Michael Scott.

20. The Iliad by Homer

Listen to Homer's ancient Greek epic poem The Iliad, translated by Samuel Butler. Learn about the wrath of Achilles, the Greek hero of the Trojan War, along with a whole cast of Greeks, Trojans, and gods that battle throughout the final year of the siege of Troy. Attributed to Homer in the 8th century B.C., The Iliad stands as the oldest work of European literature still in existence. It is read by a number of different volunteer narrators at LibriVox and the quality sounds pretty good for each of them. It is unabridged with a running time of 14 Hrs. 30 Min. and is available on MP3 download through Librivox.org.

21. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles

A volunteer narrator at Librivox.org has recorded The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles. The book is a cornerstone of personal growth and wealth building. This 2-hour audio book is narrated by Diana Majlinger. About this audio book: This book is a practical manual. It is intended for the men and women whose most pressing need is for money; who wish to get rich first, and philosophize afterward. It is for those who have, so far, found neither the time, the means, nor the opportunity to study this matter deeply, but who want results and who are willing to take the conclusions of science as a basis for action, without going into all the processes by which those conclusions were reached.

22. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Sign of the Four
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Valley of Fear

You can now download all four of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's great Sherlock Holmes novels from Gutenberg.org on MP3 audio download. They are being made freely available from AudiobooksForFree.com with professional narration from British thespian John Telfer. AudiobooksForFree.com offers many audio books for free at a low bit rate of 8 kbps which is not very listenable. But for these Sherlock Holmes audio books, AudiobooksForFree.com has donated them to be offered on Gutenberg.org at higher quality bit rates of 16 kbps and 32 kbps which are both listenable. To get the 32 kbps MP3 files click the "More Files..." link at the bottom of the list of MP3s on the page on Gutenberg.org and you'll see links to the files at this quality.

23. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

From audiobooks.org comes this free edition of Daniel Defoe's classic adventure tale Robinson Crusoe. The novel tells the story of an English castaway who spends 28 years on a remote island. This unabridged recording seems to be from a narration conducted in the 1970s, but the narrator and audio quality still sound good. This title is available on MP3 download.

24. Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

Listen to Mary Shelley's classic tale of Gothic horror and science fiction. Written at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, this allegorical novel reveals the dark side of modern man's irresponsible use of technology. This free unabridged audio book has been recorded by a group of narrators at LibriVox, and they all sound like quality readers with good audio recordings. Download Frankenstein on MP3 from Lit2Go.

25. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

ejunto.com is site which features free mp3 downloads of historical and philosophical audio books (it's named after Benjamin Franklin's literary club called The Junto). They currently feature a free unabridged recording of The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli. This political philosophy classic describes how political leaders can obtain and maintain power. It is well narrated by Andrew Julow and available on MP3 download from ejunto.com.

26. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Listen to Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Age of Innocence. Brenda Dayne has narrated a very fine unabridged recording of the book and put it out in its entirety as a podcast. Immerse yourself into the upper class of New York City, in an age when "being things" was better than "doing things"!

27. Alice in Wonderland by Storynory Podcast by Lewis Carroll

Listen to Lewis Carroll's fantastic tale of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland offered as a podcast by Storynory. Follow Alice down the Rabbit Hole as she meets the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and many other curious characters. The story twists logic in ways that have entertained both kids and adults since it was first published in 1865. This 12-chapter, unabridged audio book is professionally narrated by actress Natasha Gostwick, and is available on MP3 download.

28. The Words of Christ: From the Book of Matthew

Listen to The Words of Christ: From the Book of Matthew. This audio book, released by ThoughtAudio.com isolates everything uttered by Christ in the gospel according to Matthew. Extracted from the narrative of the Bible, Christ's message is distilled to its core values. Simple in its language yet still potent in its ever-present challenge to humanity, this is as unfiltered of a view of the gospel as one might ever find. This recording is a wonderful opportunity to engage with the gospel from a new point of view. This audio book is available to download in multiple MP3 segments.

29. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

Download the audio book version of the memoir Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. in 1841 and sold into slavery. This book has now been adapted into the major motion picture 12 Years a Slave, and the movie has received widespread critical acclaim. Solomon Northup's slave narrative covers the 12 years he was kept in bondage in Louisiana and provides a factual first-person account of slavery at that time. The book was a bestseller when it was published, but it fell into obscurity for almost 100 years before it was rediscovered in the 1960s. This book is read by Rob Board at Librivox.


30. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann

Listen to German author Thomas Mann's classic 1912 novella Death in Venice. In this story, Mann introduces us to Gustav Achenbach, a well respected man of letters, whose strict dedication to his craft has led him to the kind of solitary loneliness reserved for great thinkers. After deciding to take a vacation in order to reduce his stress, he finds his way to Venice and makes a discovery there that awakens a passion within himself that he'd suppressed his entire life. This novella was translated from the German 1912 edition by Martin C. Doeg and we sincerely thank him for his permission to record it as an audio book. It is well narrated by Tom Laskey. Note: The free version is a video we have posted to YouTube on this page. To download it you'll need to purchase it.

31. The Call of the Wild (from ThoughtAudio.com)
The Call of the Wild (from Lit2Go)
The Call of the Wild (from Librivox) by Jack London

Listen to one of the all-time classic American books by writer Jack London: The Call of the Wild. This is the tale of the dog Buck who is sent to Alaska to become a sled dog where he quickly learns how to survive the cold winter nights. From there Buck goes on many adventures until he finally heeds the call of the wild. Listen to this 3 hour and 30 minute audio book to get you through these cold winter nights. We have three free versions to choose from.

32. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

Listen to an unabridged recording of W.E.B. Du Bois' classic work of African-American literature The Souls of Black Folk. Published in 1903, Du Bois begins his collection of essays on race with the statement that "the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line." The essays that followed were instrumental to the intellectual argument for the black freedom struggle in the twentieth century. This audio book is read in a straightforward manner by Torias Uncle at Librivox and is available on MP3 download.

33. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Travel into the future with H.G. Wells' classic novel The Time Machine. Bear witness to Morlocks and more in the year 802,701 A.D. This audio book is available on MP3 Digital Download from Project Gutenberg. It is well narrated by Roy Trumbull who runs The Story Spieler site which features many other stories and interesting audio programs.

34. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

This free audio book comes from Lit2Go, which is the University of South Florida's massive collection of free audio literature on MP3 download. They are all narrated by quality voice actors it seems and we've added a lot of their audio books to LearnOutLoud.com. Crime and Punishment by the great Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky is the second of his full-length novels. It tells the story of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov who is emotionally, physically, and financially stressed, but believes that he is an extraordinary man that does not have to follow the moral codes of ordinary people. Find out what this drives Raskolnikov to do in this classic Russian novel. It is translated by Constance Garnett and is available on MP3 audio download from Lit2Go!

35. Beowulf

Listen to the epic tale of Beowulf as he fights off Grendel and his venomous mother. Beowulf stands as one of the first and greatest works of English literature. Originally written in Old English, this translation by Francis Barton Gummere updates it to Modern English. A great story to be listened to, this audio book is well read by a group of seven narrators at LibriVox. It is available on MP3 Download.

36. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

A new film version of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel Jane Eyre comes out in theaters today. Whether or not you're going to check out the film, you should definitely give a listen to this great novel if you never have before. In this first-person narrative you follow the title character as she matures from childhood to adulthood. Its portrayal of the development of a thinking and passionate young woman led it to sometimes be regarded as an important early feminist novel. Librivox.org offer three versions of this novel and we think we picked out the best one narrated by Elizabeth Klett, who is one of the most prolific and talented volunteer narrators at Librivox. Enjoy this novel on MP3 and now even M4B bookmarkable audiobook download.

37. Bleak House by Charles Dicken

Want to take on an ambitiously long novel that you may never get a chance to read? Try listening to Charles Dicken's 43-hour novel Bleak House. This vast novel features an ensemble cast of Dickensian characters filling the novels numerous plots and subplots, with the focus being on the British judiciary system in the 19th century. This audio book is entirely narrated by Cynthia Lyons over at LibriVox and is available on MP3 download.

38. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

If you're not ready to dive into the 1000+ page (60+ hours on audio) book War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, then Tolstoy's Anna Karenina might be a better place to start. Maryann Spiegel at Librivox has just completed narrating this free unabridged, 36-hour version of the work which is translated by Nathan Haskell Dole. Listen to the tragic tale of married aristocrat Anna Karenina and her affair with the wealthy Count Vronsky. If William Faulkner called it "the best novel ever written" and Fyodor Dostoevsky said it was "flawless as a work of art", then you know it must be pretty good. Download this free audio book from Librivox.org on MP3 or bookmarkable M4B (a lot of Librivox's catalog is actually now available on M4B).

39. The Odyssey by Homer

Listen to Homer's epic poem The Odyssey which follows the Greek hero Odysseus on his journey from Troy to his home of Ithaca after the Trojan War. This unabridged edition is a collaborative effort from LibriVox involving 16 narrators, and they all seem to have adequate sound quality and narrating ability. Download this 24-book, 11 hour audio epic on MP3 from LibriVox.

40. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow

We thought we'd spice up our free audio book offerings with a bit of contemporary science fiction literature. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom is the first novel by blogger and science fiction author Cory Doctorow and it was the first novel released under one of the Creative Commons licenses allowing for it to be recorded on audio and distributed for free. Sean Puckett at Voices in the Dark does a fine job of narrating this 4-hour audio book. The novel follows the story of the 100-year-old Jules as he fights to redeem the the artistic purity of Disney World in the 22nd century. It was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 2004. This audio book is available for free on MP3 download from Voices in the Dark.

41. Common Sense by Thomas Paine

Listen to Thomas Paine's classic political pamphlet published in 1776, during the American Revolution. This hugely popular book argued for independence from British rule and persuaded many to believe that revolution was necessary. We'd like to thank
FreeAudio.org for allowing us to offer this superb 2-hour unabridged audio book. Download this classic work of American political prose available on MP3 download directly through LearnOutLoud.com.

42. Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse by Anna Sewell

Black Beauty is one of the best-selling books of all time. It is the first and only novel written by the English author Anna Sewell and it was published shortly before she passed away in 1878. The story is written in the form of an autobiographical memoir told by a horse named Black Beauty. As we follow Black Beauty throughout her life the story contains many allegorical lessons that teach us to treat both people and animals with kindness and respect. The novel is narrated by one of Librivox.org's best volunteer narrators Cori Samuel. It is available on MP3 download from Librivox.org.

43. The Law by Frederic Bastiat

Frederic Bastiat's "The Law" produced by Mises Institute is one of the best free audio books available. Bastiat's brief treatise on law is a passionate cry for his belief that law should only be put in place to maintain life, liberty, and property. He denounces legislators and philosophers who seek legalized plunder, moral coercion, and numerous other methods of force through law which encroach on liberties. The production quality is professional and Floy Lilley's narration is superb.

44. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This F. Scott Fitzgerald story was recently adapted into a major motion picture. Hear the story behind the film, as Fitzgerald tells the fantastic tale of Benjamin who is born as a seventy-year-old man in 1860 and grows younger throughout his entire life. This audio book is available on MP3 download from ThoughtAudio.com.

45. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

Listen to American author Edith Wharton's classic novel Ethan Frome. Set in the wintry New England town named Starkfield at the turn of the 20th century, this novel tells the story of Ethan Frome as he seeks to escape his sickly wife Zeena for his young, beautiful cousin Mattie. Running a modest 3 Hrs. and 15 Min., it's a great quick listen for newcomers and fans of the literature of Edith Wharton. This title is well narrated by Elizabeth Klett and is available to download on MP3 from LibriVox.org.

46. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Listen to the unabridged final edition of Walt Whitman's seminal work of American poetry Leaves of Grass. First published in 1855, Whitman continued to expand and revise this work from 12 poems to nearly 400 poems in 1891 when he published his "deathbed edition". Inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson's The Poet essay, Whitman answered Emerson's call to create a uniquely American poetry. This 19-hour unabridged edition is read by a collective of volunteer narrators over at LibriVox.org.

47. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Listen to this classic French novel about Emma Bovary who tries desperately to escape her provincial life in 19th century France. After her marriage to a French doctor, Emma finds him dull and through adulterous affairs she escapes the boredom of their marriage. She also buys luxuries outside of her means, but as her debts began to mount up she has to face reality. This novel is narrated by a troop of volunteers over at LibriVox.org and is available on MP3 download. The translation is by Eleanor Marx.

48. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Listen to Henry James' classic Victorian ghost story of a governess and the children she cares for as the deal with the mysterious spirits of their estate. The ambiguous nature of the novel has kept literary critics guessing its meanings for over a century. This spellbinding tale is narrated by Nikolle Doolin over at LibriVox.org and is available on MP3 download.

49. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

We all know the phrase "Jekyll and Hyde", but how many of us have read the book which created this classic example of a split personality? Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde is full of mystery and intrigue as the lawyer Mr. Utterson seeks to discover who Mr. Hyde is after a series of bizarre crimes committed by Hyde. Utterson seeks out the advice of the respectable Dr. Jekyll who has an interesting relationship with Mr. Hyde. This novella has a running time of 3 Hrs. with a fine Brit narration by David Barnes. It is available on MP3 download from LibriVox. If you're traveling somewhere this Labor Day weekend, then this is a perfect classic audio book to listen to on a long car ride.

50. The Aeneid by Virgil

With the Aeneid, the Roman poet Virgil provides his home country with a nationalistic origin grounded squarely in Homeric myth. The poem follows Aeneas, one of the few survivors of Troy's destruction, as he leads the last of his men through a series of trials as they make their way to Italian shores. Once they reach their sacred Latium, the Roman Goddess Juno incites a war between the incoming Trojans and the local chieftains led by the Achilles-esque Turnus. A fight for national destiny ensues, and Rome is given a birth that befits its self-identified greatness.

51. Dracula by Bram Stoker

We thought you might want to listen to one of the greatest horror stories of all time: Bram Stoker's Dracula. This classic vampire story examines modern Victorian culture and the gothic occult dimension that lies beneath it. Listen and you will meet not only Count Dracula himself, but heroes Jonathan Harker and Abraham Van Helsing, plus an array of madmen, psychiatrists, and fair maidens who cross paths with the fanged menace.

52. War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Listen to this free unabridged edition of H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds. Published in 1898, this classic science fiction novel depicts for the first time an alien invasion of Earth. Rebecca (a British man) delivers a splendid narration. This audio book is available from LibriVox on MP3 download.

53. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

No one else spins a Gothic tale of mystery & macabre quite like Edgar Allan Poe. In this collection of his stories you'll hear such famous Poe stories as "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Masque of the Red Death", "The Pit and the Pendulum", and "The Tell-Tale Heart". Poe's popular stories and poems made him a living in his day and continue to be popular. These short stories are read by a group of volunteer narrators at Librivox.org.

54. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Listen to Emily Bronte's only published novel Wuthering Heights. Emily decided to publish her novel after the success of her sister Charlotte's novel, Jane Eyre. The novel Wuthering Heights tells the tale of the passionate, yet thwarted, love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw and how it affects the cast of characters around them. This unabridged audio book is narrated by Librivox volunteer Ruth Golding who has a lovely British accent.

55. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Walden details Thoreau's experiences over the course of two years in a cabin he built near Walden Pond in the woodlands near Concord, Massachusetts. Through simple living and self-sufficiency Thoreau developed his transcendentalist philosophy amongst nature. Loaded with wisdom, Thoreau reminds us in this book that "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them", and Thoreau tries to point us towards rising above this fate.

56. The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton

Listen to G. K. Chesterton's metaphysical thriller The Man Who Was Thursday. Chesterton sets this novel in turn-of-the-century London, as Scotland Yard sends a poet named Gabriel Syme undercover to investigate a group of anarchist poets. He is soon elected to the Central Council of Anarchists and given the code name Thursday. Chesterton includes many metaphysical and theological discussions in the book. This audio book is unabridged and well narrated by Zachary Brewster-Geisz. It is available on MP3 download.

57. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Download one of the greatest Russian novels of all time: Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev. The 1862 novel portrays the clash of two generations of Russians, as the youthful Arkady returns to his father Nikolai's estate after graduating from the University of Petersburg, and Arkady brings along his nihilist friend Bazarov. From there the story follows Arkady and Bazarov as their nihilism eventually falls apart in the face of human emotions. This unabridged novel is available for free on MP3 audio download from Librivox.org.

58. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Download Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. This classic work of Stoic philosophy by the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius has been a source of guidance and self-improvement for thousands of years. This unabridged version is narrated by a number of volunteer narrators at LibriVox.org and is available on MP3 download. This Harvard Classics edition contains a biography and summary of Marcus Aurelius' philosophy by George Long at the conclusion of the audio book.

59. Utopia Podcast by Sir Thomas More

Download Sir Thomas More's famous work Utopia, published in 1515. This title refers to an imaginary society More developed in order to show the virtues of a place where private property does not exist, almost complete religious toleration is practiced, and other things took shape which More imagined would lead to societal perfection. This controversial novel is superbly narrated by Patrick Horgan and available as a downloadable podcast courtesy of SwitchPod.

60. Dream Psychology: Psychoanalysis for Beginners by Sigmund Freud

Download the audio book of Sigmund Freud's Dream Psychology. This book distills Freud's ideas on dream psychology into a compact manual. While Freud's magnum opus The Interpretation Of Dreams can be overwhelming in its length and scientific language, this audio book attempts to convey Freud's words on dream psychology in language fit for the lay reader through nine straightforward chapters. This book is presented on audio for the first time by Librivox.org and is narrated by a number of their volunteer narrators.

61. Paradise Lost by John Milton

Download an unabridged recording of John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost for free on MP3 from Librivox. Listen as Milton seeks to "justify the ways of God to men" through the story of the fall of Man as the fallen angel Satan tempts Adam and Eve which leads to their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. This 12-book, 9 1/2 hour audio program is narrated by group of volunteer narrators at Librivox. And reading or listening to Milton is no walk in the park. To help guide you along with this audio book we are also featuring a free course from Yale University entitled "Milton" taught by Professor John Rogers. This course features an introduction to the poetry of Milton along with 10 lectures on Paradise Lost. It is available on streaming video through YouTube and downloadable audio & video on the Yale website: Milton Course from Yale.

62. The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.

The Elements of Style is a small guide written by William Strunk, Jr. that teaches the two fundamentals of good writing: how to choose the right words and how to compose them together without wasting space. The book was later revised by Strunk's student, E.B. White into a second edition that has become a classic. Before expanding the book in 1959, White fondly remembered the 1918 edition as a "forty-three-page summation of the case for cleanliness, accuracy, and brevity in the use of English." Since succinctness is one of the major points stressed in The Elements of Style, we recommend listening to this Librivox version of Strunk's original text first before moving on to the later editions. Even at 43 pages, you get everything you need to begin writing clearly, economically, and powerfully. Download this free audio book from Librivox!

63. The Communist Manifesto (from Librivox) by Karl Marx
The Communist Manifesto (from Thought Audio)
The Communist Manifesto (from ejunto.org)

Today we are featuring 3 free versions of Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto. This short work (with a running time of only 1 hour and 15 minutes) has been recognized as one of the world's most influential political manuscripts. First published on February 21, 1848, the book lays out the class struggle between the "Bourgeois and Proletarians", and how communists will arise from the working-class and overthrow the capitalist system. The work ends with the rallying cry of communism: "Workers of the world, unite!". Download this free audio book on MP3 today!

64. Ulysses by James Joyce

Wit back and listen to Irish author James Joyce's masterpiece of Modernist literature Ulysses. Archive.org features a free multi-voiced, professional recording of the unabridged audio book to play and download on MP3. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Ulysses first on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century! Listen to Joyce employ the stream-of-consciousness technique as he follows Leopold Bloom through Dublin during an ordinary day on June 16, 1904. This novel contains 265,000 words and has a running time of 32 hours.

65. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Download and listen to one of Charles Dickens' greatest novels: Great Expectations! This coming-of-age Victorian novel follows a young orphan named Pip through his personal development into adulthood when he grows up to become a fine young gentleman. This novel is well read by one of the readers at Lit2Go and is available on MP3 audio download from their newly designed site.

66. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

A gentleman over at LibriVox has recently narrated James Joyce's first novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. This classic tale of Stephen Dedalus follows the young man during his formative years as he breaks away from the Irish Catholic conventions of his past to become an artist who will "encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race." The narrator is Peter Bobbe and it sounds like he's done a fine job with a high quality recording. Download this unabridged audio book on MP3 from LibriVox.

67. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

E.M. Forster's A Room with a View tells the story of two young lovers torn apart by extreme social divisions in early 20th century Europe. Lucy Honeychurch and George Emerson meet during a vacation in Italy and after a series of brief encounters, an unstated love affair develops that runs counter to the wishes of Lucy's society and family. Forster's characterization of Lucy offers an early, proto-feminist portrait of a newly self-empowered generation beginning to flourish in Europe in the years leading up to World War I. Her passionate time with George in Italy is contrasted with the hard restrictions imposed on her in her native England, offering a telling portrait of the era, its young people, and their dreams of greater freedom.

68. Candide by Voltaire

Listen to this French satire written by the Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire and published in 1759. In this short work with a running time of only 4 hours, Voltaire delivers a relentless, brutal assault on government, society, religion, education, and, above all, optimism. The novel follows the character of Candide after he is indoctrinated with optimism by his mentor, Pangloss, who teaches his pupils that they live in the "best of all possible worlds". Candide then goes out into the world is lead through a slow, painful disillusionment as he witnesses and experiences great hardships. Download this classic French novel narrated by Ted Delorme at Librivox.

69. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Download Fyodor Dostoyevsky's final novel The Brothers Karamazov, which he published in 1880. Follow the story of Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov and his three sons Dmitri, Ivan, and Alexei as their stories involve ethical debates of God, free will, and morality. Listen to this unabridged 38-hour audio book that is translated by Constance Garnett and read by numerous volunteers at Librivox.org.

70. Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche

Download and listen to this major work by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. In this work Nietzsche sets out to transcend traditional morality and condemns much of Western philosophy for being subservient to this morality. Nietzsche wants to replace this morality with his idea of the "will to power". By getting past universal ideas of good and evil, Nietzsche feels that modern man create new values and meaning to life. This work is also peppered with a collection of Nietzsche's famous aphorisms. This 8-hour unabridged audio book is narrated by a group of volunteers and can be downloaded from Librivox.org.

71. How to Speak and Write Correctly by Joseph Devlin

Listen to this classic text on how to speak and write correctly in English. The author Joseph Devlin purports that the book "is merely an effort to help ordinary, everyday people to express themselves in ordinary, everyday language, in a proper manner." Published in 1910 this book is still useful for learning how to create sentences, use figures of speech, write letters, and more. This download is available from Librivox.org on MP3 download and it is read by a number of their volunteer narrators including David Barnes, Kara Shallenberg, and Hugh McGuire. Start improving your writing and speaking today!

72. Les Miserables, Volume 1 by Victor Hugo
Les Miserables, Volume 2
Les Miserables, Volume 3
Les Miserables, Volume 4
Les Miserables, Volume 5

Download and listen to Librivox's 5-volume, 50-hour unabridged recording of Victor Hugo's epic historical novel Les Miserables. In the 1980s the novel was adapted into a hugely successful musical which ran for 6,680 performances from 1987 to 2003. And now that musical has been adapted into the 2012 film Les Miserables which is now in theaters across the USA! Get back to the source material with Victor Hugo's story of ex-convict Jean Valjean and dozens of other characters in nineteenth century France. This entire audio book is available to download on Librivox.org.

73. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Librivox is offering a free download of The Story of My Life by Helen Keller. Listen to the amazing autobiography of the early life of Helen Keller as she broke through her deafblind isolation from language with the help of her teacher Anne Sullivan. Helen Keller would go on to be a prolific author, political activist, and lecturer. This 4 hour audio book is narrated by George Cooney.

74. The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James

The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James is now available for free on audio download Librivox. This classic work on the nature of religion is by the great American psychologist and philosopher William James. The book comes from a series of lectures that James delivered at the University of Edinburgh in 1901 on "natural religion". The resulting work is considered one of the most important texts on psychology and spirituality, and is often cited as one of the best works of nonfiction written in the 20th century.

75. Middlemarch by George Eliot

With Middlemarch, George Eliot weaves several narratives together to make a coherent statement on the changing values, goals, and social dynamics of Britain during the 1830s. It follows Dorothea Brooke as she struggles to define herself chiefly within the confines of a stifling marriage, witnesses idealist Doctor Tertius Lydgate's as his ambitions crumble due to personal vice, and chases after the wayward Fred Vincy as he tries to define his destiny in order to win the heart of his childhood friend. Throughout this huge novel, Eliot uses the peculiar dynamics of small-town life that are still recognizable to modern readers as a way to explore the status of women, the value of religion, the limits of ambition, and much more. Within the narrative, Eliot also sets up an oppositional structure that scrutinizes how rural England was grappling with national democratic reform after centuries of dominance by a landed elite. This deftly handled, delicately rendered masterpiece of English literature is still popular, yet sometimes may be overlooked when compared to more visible works by Dickens, the Brontes, or Austen. We feel Middlemarch deserves to be put at the top of the list for anyone interested in the English novel and especially for fans of the the aforementioned authors. Download this free unabridged audio book from Librivox.

76. Acres of Diamonds by Russell H. Conwell

Download Russell H. Conwell's Acres of Diamonds. Originating from a speech that Conwell delivered thousands of times throughout the United States, this book provides wisdom on finding opportunity and fortune within one's own community. Russell Conwell was a Baptist minister and an outstanding orator, and his words are well-narrated here by Scott Dahlem at Librivox. Listen to this classic work on how to find wealth and prosperity no matter where you are.

77. Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Before Dostoevsky wrote his classic novels The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment, he published this short novel which follows the thoughts and memories of the Underground Man in St. Petersburg, Russia. Through the novel Dostoevsky lays out the philosophy of the Underground Man and the themes in his ideas have established the book as one of the world's first existentialist novels.

78. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

D.H. Lawrence's early masterpiece Sons and Lovers examines the complex relationship between a mother and her two sons as they come of age in a small mining town. After marrying a man of lower class, the mother Gertrude inherits a life she comes to feel is beneath her and transfers the passion she once had for her husband Walter over to her two sons, first William, and later Paul. As the sons grow and develop their own lives apart from Gertrude, their worlds begin to fall apart, and the younger Paul must decide if he will give his heart to a new lover, or stay loyal to a mother that craves his total attention. Librivox records Lawrence's classic modern novel with appropriate passion, giving this potent story of one family's disintegration the energy it deserves.

79. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

Download Mark Twain's fantastic tale about a 19th-century resident of Hartford, Connecticut who, after a blow to the head, awakens to find himself inexplicably transported back in time to early medieval England at the time of the legendary King Arthur. Published in 1889, this is the novel Twain wrote right after Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Underneath the entertaining story is a sharp social satire. This novel is read by John Greenman who has voiced over a dozen Mark Twain books over at Librivox.org.

80. The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland may be the most important modern poem ever written, and marks a turning point in 20th century literature. Drawing from a dizzying array of literary references that allude to passages from the western canon, Buddhist thought, and Hindu scripture, this 434 line poem utilizes these historical texts to make comment on contemporary British society. Mundane details are crossed with ancient Sanskrit in a deliberately disjointed structural scheme that loosely follows Holy Grail folklore, particularly the story of the Fisher King. Eliot's overriding themes explore the pervasive degeneration that has seeped into the culture of his era, depriving the modern mind of access to true meaning. Librivox offers a fine reading of the text, but we recommend bringing along a reference key to keep up with all of the literary allusions!

81. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Listen to a great love story in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Hardy himself thought it his finest novel and Tess the most deeply felt character he ever created. Hear the tragic tale as Tess is torn between the aristocratic Alec d'Urberville and her true love Angel Clare. This novel is being offered for free on audio download from Librivox and is narrated by Adrian Praetzellis.

82. The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie & Joseph B. Esenwein

Before Dale Carnegie penned How to Win Friends and Influence People, he co-author The Art of Public Speaking with Joseph B. Esenwein in 1915. This book has finally been recorded on audio by a group of volunteer narrators at Librivox. The unabridged audio book runs 19 hours and contains 31 chapters for how to improve your public speaking. The last 15 sections of this audio book are real speeches by famous men to function as a study aid. Download this free self help classic available on Librivox.

83. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to F. Scott Fitzgerald's debut novel published in 1920. The book follows young Midwesterner Amory Blaine who heads out for Princeton, serves in World War I, and then returns to New York where he falls in love. H.L. Mencken wrote that This Side of Paradise was the "best American novel that I have seen of late." It was a popular novel that earned Fitzgerald renown and is in many ways autobiographical. The unabridged 10-hour novel is read by Mark F. Smith at Librivox and available for free on MP3 audio download.

84. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (from Librivox) by L. Frank Baum
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (from Lit2Go)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (also called simply The Wizard of Oz) was the basis for the well-known 1939 film version, but differs from the film in many ways as well. It is the first of the Oz books of which L. Frank Baum wrote 13 total. Follow the adventures of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion as they journey to the Emerald City to seek the help of the Wizard of Oz, and then must confront the Wicked Witch of the West.

85. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas' swashbuckling novel The Count of Monte Cristo is the perennially popular tale of one man's determined quest for justice after he is wrongfully imprisoned for many years. This character's dramatic fall and patient rise to new power examines the personal costs of taking revenge, not only for the person who was wronged, but for the people caught in his righteous wake. Now considered on equal footing with Dumas' other classic novel, The Three Musketeers, Monte Cristo offers all of the adventure and romance of a blockbuster movie bundled with a recurrent, bittersweet note examining what we lose when an obsession comes to define our every waking moment. With the Librivox recording, Dumas' fast-paced narrative is given a clean, well-performed reading that gives this exciting story a proper telling.

86. Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac

Balzac's Father Goriot is the author and playwright's most popular novel, a study of three individuals as they try to try to climb a shifting social latter during a period in French history where social structures were constricting and poverty often led to desperation. Balzac focuses his narrative on a boarding house in Paris, where the old man Goriot, a criminal in hiding, and an impressionable law student all find themselves living and sometimes struggling together towards a better life in the city. As they interface with each other, their families and fortunes intertwine with fatal results. Written in a realistic style that was cutting edge for its time, Balzac's pessimistic exploration of city life and the compromises we make in order to gain upward mobility offers a timeless critique that still rings true to modern readers. James E. Carson narrates this recording and gives proper attention to the characters and world that make the book so memorable.

87. The Education of Henry Adams

In this free unabridged recording presented by Librivox, Henry Adams recounts his life and era, starting as the son of post-revolution aristocracy (he is the heir of two Presidents, no less) and moving through a time of bewildering change that rendered the American landscape of his youth unrecognizable. Adams was a man stuck between two eras, living in a region of the country that was one of the first to witness the effects of the industrial revolution first hand. From his unique perspective, Adams was able to comment on how America changed at a very important time and to reflect on what was both improved and what was lost as the world marched inexorably towards modernization. The autobiography also serves as a pungent critique of formal education in the 19th century, a system that left Adams unprepared for the scientific and technological innovations that fueled this new age and forced him to pursue self-education in order to keep up. This unabridged recording is read by Jeannie at Librivox.org.

88. The Kingdom of God is Within You by Leo Tolstoy

Years after the great Russian author Leo Tolstoy had written War and Peace and Anna Karenina, he published this nonfiction work in 1894 entitled The Kingdom of God is Within You. This work is the culmination of thirty years of Tolstoy's Christian anarchist thinking. The book was heavily influential on Mohandas Gandhi and his ideas of nonviolent resistance, and Gandhi and Tolstoy shared correspondence until Tolstoy's death in 1910. This book is read by a host of volunteers at Librivox.

89. Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self Reliance is perhaps Ralph Waldo Emerson's most famous essay. This version, narrated by Brian Johnson from Zaadz, is both thought-provoking and inspirational. Ralph Waldo Emerson pushes the listener to break free of the dependence on society and the masses of man and to rely solely upon oneself. Always pushing us to follow our own nature & intuition, Emerson denounces those who allow themselves to be victims of society or history. He wants great men to rise from the limitations of cultural institutions and stand as giants casting shadows over the ages. Throughout the essay there is wisdom loaded in every sentence and it can be listened to again and again. Download this free classic audio book on MP3 directly from LearnOutLoud.com.

90. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Listen to the classic gothic tale of Dorian Gray who sells his soul to embrace the new hedonism promoted by Lord Henry Wotton. Dorian Gray remains the same age, but a portrait of him serves as a reminder of the effect each act has upon his soul, with each sin displayed as a disfigurement of his form. Download this controversial work of gothic fiction on MP3.

91. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Written in 1762, Jean-Jacques Rousseau's The Social Contract gave passionate voice to a moment in world history that saw the balance of power shift away from monarchy towards the rights of the individual. Stripping the question of government down to its essence, Rousseau begins by asking if it's even possible for a group of people to govern themselves fairly. He uses examples from nature to argue that it may just be that man was never meant to work together in this way, citing the horrible state of European politics that he saw around him at the time. His solution is a two-part division of power based on the will of the people that the reader quickly realizes had a direct influence on the subsequent revolutions that rocked America and France beginning in the 1770's. Librivox's recording of this classic in political philosophy offers a good translation and wonderful performance emphasizing the righteous anger that fuels the entire text. For a good followup, we also recommend listening to Thomas Paine's Common Sense to see how Rousseau's ideas were directly applied during the American Revolution.

92. The Speaking Voice by Katherine Jewell Everts

Download and listen to this classic self development book for public speaking The Speaking Voice: Principles Of Training Simplified And Condensed by Katherine Jewell Everts. This audio book "contains practical directions accompanied by simple and fundamental exercises, first for the freeing of the voice and then for developing it when free". Everts deals with speaking in terms of tone, pitch, inflection, and much more. The unabridged 5-hour audio book is read entirely by one of Librivox's best narrators, Ruth Golding.

93. Pragmatism by William James

Pragmatism is a philosophical approach that tests any belief or theory by virtue of it's practical use. In this recorded summary of lectures provided by Librivox, groundbreaking psychologist, philosopher and religious thinker William James, lays Pragmatism out in clear detail, with arguments given for why the system excels when compared to other competing theories. Developed in the late 19th century by a group consisting of James and chief advocate Charles Sanders Pierce, Pragmatism was was designed to test theoretical concepts against the final authority of actual experience, thus making it easy to adapt or reconfigure a hypothesis if it couldn't be applied in a practical way. In short, the usefulness of an idea was paramount to these thinkers, with a verification process that influenced the development of other fields in the 20th century, such as psychology and social science theory. Download this unabridged audio book from Librivox today!

94. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Listen to the story of Peter Pan, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up! This classic story was first written as a play by J. M. Barrie, and then revised and expanded into a novel in 1911. Join Peter Pan as he whisks Wendy and the darling children off to Never-land where they encounter the dastardly Captain Hook and magical adventures happen everyday. This audio book is being offered for free by Librivox.

95. The Greatest Thing in the World and Other Addresses by Henry Drummond

Listen to this free audio book about The Greatest Thing in the World by Henry Drummond. This classic book on love is our free audio book for February. Written in 1880 by Scottish evangelist Henry Drummond, The Greatest Thing in the World draws its message from the Apostle Paul's argument that love is man's true path to God. Using a key text from 1st Corinthians, Drummond argues that while there are many virtuous emotions we all must practice cultivating in order to live a fuller life, none is more paramount than a loving outlook. With an urgent passion that bespeaks the era in which he lived, Drummond testifies that if we only take a little more time each day to operate from a basis of loving kindness, others will notice and be attracted to our living example.

96. Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville

Far from Melville's sea-faring novels, is this short story which is set on Wall Street. A lawyer hires a peculiar scrivener who soon begins living in the law office. Similar to themes in many Kafka stories, this short story is one of the most famous in American literature.

97. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

One of the high watermarks of 19th century Russian literature, Nikolai Gogol's Dead Souls is the author's lacerating critique of the flaws he saw running rampant in his society. The book follows the protagonist Chichikov as he journeys through the countryside purchasing "Dead Souls", or deceased serfs owned on paper by the various landowners he encounters. Thinking this shifty goal of acquiring quick "wealth" will work splendidly, he soon encounters a few snags due to the greed, suspicion, and distrust of their former owners. After initial success, he returns home only to find himself buried in rumors that his new-found wealth is based on false, or deceased "property", leading to a rumor-fueled disaster that sheds light on a long, shady past. What's obvious is Chichikov himself is the truest dead soul depicted, and that the culture surrounding him is in a similar state of decay. Librivox's recording offers a great rendition of this Russian masterpiece, bringing Gogol's characters and world to new life.

98. Typee by Herman Melville

Listen to Herman Melville’s first book Typee available from Americana Phonic on MP3 download. The narrative recounts Melville's real life experiences when he jumped ship in the Marquesas Islands in 1842, and became a captive of a cannibal island tribe. This 11 1/2 hour audio book is available unabridged with excellent narration by Michael Scherer, who doesn't overdramatize yet still does a great sailor's voice!

99. Spirits in Bondage by C.S. Lewis

Download C.S. Lewis' first book "Spirits in Bondage" available from LibriVox. It was published in 1919 and consists of 40 poems that the 20-year-old Lewis wrote shortly after his service in World War I. Written before Lewis' conversion to Christianity, these poems contain a pessimistic outlook on religion, God, and nature along with numerous references to mythology. This audio book is well narrated by Robert Garrison and available on MP3 download through LibriVox.

100. Leo Tolstoy - What Men Live By and Other Tales

Listen to this collection of four short stories by Russian author Leo Tolstoy, entitled What Men Live By and Other Tales, published in 1885. The stories included are "What Men Live By", "The Three Questions", "The Coffee-House of Surat", and "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" These stories focus on how men should live and what is most important in life. These stories are well read by David Barnes and Alan Davis Drake. Download these classic stories today!

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