In 2008, I started recording audiobooks for Librivox, a web project to provide free public domain audiobooks. Librivox is a project run without a budget or a staff, entirely by volunteers. Currently there are over 2000 titles completed and several are added every day. Most of the books read come from Project Gutenberg's vast library of public domain texts.

Most of the works listed here, I have recorded as solo projects, ones where I only recorded part of the book are so noted.

Because they are completely volunteer operation, Librivox maintains a pretty strict limit on the recordings it will accept. If there is any question about the Public Domain status of a text, they do not allow it to be recorded. Because of that there are a few recordings on this site which are not Librivox files, they are my own, and I am responsible for them.

Science Fiction

Science fiction and fantasy have been interests of mine for a number of years. I have recorded some sci-fi short stories and couple of early science fiction novels. I have also included a Jules Verne recording, which predates the classical definition of science fiction, as well as other fantastic works.

Stories in collections link to the collection page, you can scroll to find the specific story.

Novels - I have recorded several short science fiction novels.
Armageddon 2419 A.D. by Philip Francis Nowlan. The first Buck Rogers story, a short novel from the March, 1929 issue of Amazing Stories. (I recorded this as a solo project.)
The House on the Borderlands by William Hope Hodgson. An influential early horror novel. You can see much of Hodgson's influence in Lovecraft's writing. (I recorded this as a solo project.)
Doctor Ox's Experiment by Jules Verne. An amusing long short story, or novella, in which Doctor Ox experiments with the inhabitants of a sleepy Flemish town. A long time favorite of mine, this was not available on Project Gutenberg, so I found a copy in Google books and converted it for PG, so I could read it. (I recorded this as a solo project.)
Niels Klim's Journey Under the Ground by Baron Ludvig Holberg. A satiric social commentary in the guise of a travelogue to a fantastic world, a la Gulliver's Travels. (I recorded this as a solo project.)
The Beetle by Richard Marsh. This 1897 piece of British Sensasion fiction was more popular than Dracula for many years. Told from four different viewopints, this audiobook has been recorded with four different reader for each section.  I organized this project and was one of the readers.

Short Stories
Earthmen Bearing Gifts by Fredric Brown. This was my first recording, for a science-fiction short story collection. It is a very short story.
The Big Fix by George O. Smith. This is a second, longer sci-fi story. I tried to do a deadpan, Mike Hammer sort of voice. It sounded good in my head, I will leave it up to you how it worked out.
Chu-Bu and Sheemish by Lord Dunsany.  I learned of Dunsany through my interest in Lovecraft.  Here is a short, humorous story about a conflict between two minor gods.

Mysteries and Thrillers

While most of the Golden Age mysteries are not in the Public Domain, there is a lot of quality material, from Poe and Doyle through Edgar Wallace and very early Agatha Christie.  If you are a mystery fan, I have begun an organized site of Librivox Mysteries.

The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart. This is the novelization of a mystery play that ran for over 800 shows on Broadway, and has been made into 3 movies. (I recorded this as a solo project.)
Fantomas by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre. The first of the long running French pulp series, Fantomas was the darling of the French avant garde in the pre World War I period. (I recorded this as a solo project.)
The Exploits of Juve by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre. The second Fantomas novel. (I recorded this as a solo project.)
Armadale by Wilkie Collins. A long, involved mystery involving two characters named Allan Armadale. Collins is best known for The Moonstone and the The Woman in White, but Armadale is also a quality story.  This is a very long novel.  I recorded nine of the sections.

Short Stories
The Blue Sequin by R. Austin Freeman. This is one of the Dr. Thorndyke mysteries. Freeman was an important figure in early 20th century mystery writing.
The Missing Mortgagee by R. Austin Freeman. Freeman invented what is known as the "inverted mystery", for which all Columbo fans should be happy!  Another Thorndyke mystery.
The Black Bag Left on a Doorstep by C. L. Pirkis. Pirkis created one of the first female detectives, Loveday Brooke, in the 1890s. Brooke was intelligent and also used her ability to penetrate areas of households, where males might have difficulty entering, to solve crimes.
The Redhill Sisterhood by C. L. Pirkis. Another Loveday Brooke mystery.
The Red-Headed League by Arthur Conan Doyle. One of my favorite Holmes stories, emphasizing Holmes' ability to deduce a serious crime from minor oddities.
The Riddle of the 5:28 by Thomas W. Hanshew. A Hamilton Cleek "impossible crime" mystery from the early 20th century.
The B-Flat Trombone by Samuel Hopkins Adams. The first Average Jones, from 1911. It establishes the basis for the series, since my son plays the trombone, this was a title I couldn't pass up.
The Problem of the Crystal-Gazer by Jacques Futrelle. One of the Thinking Machine stories. A solid, if unexceptional story.
I recorded two de Maupassant stories, Ghosts and Fear for this collection: Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories, Volume 4.
The Green-Stone God and the Stockbroker by Fergus Hume.


I have recorded a few non-fiction works, all histories, so far

History of the Thirty Years War, Volume 1 by Freidrich Schiller.  Volume 1, of six, of Schiller's comprehensive history of the most transformative period of European history.  I hope to record the following volumes, but I will admit non-fiction is more work to record. (I recorded this as a solo project.)
Famous Sea Fights by John R. Hale. A recounting of important naval battles from the Battle of Salamis, 480 BC, through the Battle of Tsu-shima, 1905 AD.  I recorded section 22, the battle of Santiago.  This is the battle the established the United States as a world naval power.
A Popular History of France, Volume 2. A readable, comprehensive history of France. I read several section regarding the rise of the communes.


Works that do not fit in any other categories.

Edgar Allan Poe - I have been able to record a few Poe stories for various collections.
Hop-Frog by Edgar Allan Poe. This was always one of my favorite Poe stories, and a lesser known one, so I could not pass up the chance, when I saw that it had not been recorded.
The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe. This was recorded as part of a collection in honor of Poe's 200 birthday. Another favorite of mine, it was part of a literary duel between Poe and a literary rival. The fact that few of you will have heard of the opponent should give an idea of who won the duel.

Poetry - Poetry is not something I have recorded often.  I enjoy poetry, but reading it is not my strong suit.
Robert Burns by Henry W. Longfellow (poem). This is part of a tribute to Robert Burns. I did not think anyone wanted to hear me try a Scottish accent, but I thought that I could manage to read a tribute from an American poet.
To the Old Pagan Religion by H. P. Lovecraft (poem). Not much Lovecraft is in the public domain, or at least not clearly so, so this was a good opportunity.

The Flayed Hand by Guy de Maupassant. I recorded this for a horror and ghost story collection, but could not verify its public domain status. I am sure that it is PD, so I have hosted it locally.
The Schwartz-Metterklume Method by Saki. Saki was an author I found back in the dim and distant past (the 60's) through the Scholastic Book Club. Saki, real name H. H. Munro, wrote short stories with twist endings, a la O'Henry, but with more wit and often a bit of bloodthirtyness. No blood in this story, just a bored wit taking advantage of a mistaken identity.


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