Short Stories

26 07 2010

Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting some of our favorite short story Audiobooks.  Let us know if there are any books you want us to review.

The first short story is 2 B R 0 2 B by Kurt Vonnegut.  It is only 22 minutes, but packs quite a bit in.  It is an interesting tale that follows the decision process of a man, Edward K. Wehling, Jr., whose wife is about to give birth to triplets.  The twist is that aging has been cured, individuals have indefinite life spans, and Edward has to find 3 people that are willing to die in order to bring his 3 children into the world.  Listen to hear how far a father will go for his soon to be born children.

Happy Listening.

Anne of Green Gables Book Review

5 07 2010

Red hair, freckled nose, precocious wit, and a dreamer, this is Anne Shirley, a beloved heroine for girls for over a century. Anne of Green Gables is the story of an orphaned girl in Nova Scotia near the turn of the 20th century. Her childhood has a bleak beginning, being passed from one bad foster home to another and then back to various orphanages, but Anne Shirley never gives up hope. Almost always the optimist and always the dreamer, Anne eventually gets the opportunity she’s been longing for- adoption by an older brother and sister living on a farm on the beautiful Prince Edward Island. Dazzled by this glimpse of joy, Anne sets all her hopes on being Anne of Green Gables for the rest of her life, but there is a mistake! Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert were planning to adopt a boy and someone has sent them a girl by mistake! Or was it?
As Anne works her way into Matthew and Marilla’s hearts, she’ll also work her way into yours. No beauty escapes her notice, no friendship is left undiscovered and if there is a mishap to be had, Anne will find it. Traveling Classics is pleased to bring you this edited edition of the first of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series, read in its entirety by the talented Karen Savage.

This title is available individually in the App Store, or in AudiobooksAudiobooks Premium, and Audiobooks (iPad Edition)

Audiobook Review – The Art of War

14 06 2010

Studied in military academies and training programs to this day, not to mention by thousands of curious readers, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is one of the oldest most widely read military tactic books in the world. This might explain why it is also one of the most downloaded books in Traveling Classic’s Audiobooks library! Sun Tzu was a Chinese military general who wrote in the 6th century BC. In his definition of warfare, Sun Tzu breaks elements of five constant factors in war into thirteen chapters. The factors included are The Moral Law, Heaven (weather/ climate), Earth (natural surroundings), The Commander, and Method and Discipline. Although his claim that all those who dutifully ascribe to his direction in war will win, and those who do not face defeat, may seem a bit arrogant, the timelessness of his literature testifies to the fundamental value and depth of Sun Tzu’s wisdom in war tactics. He states (translation) that “All war is based upon deception” and who can argue with that? Everyone today knows that the best way to stay alive is not just to have the biggest and the best, but to outsmart your opponent while he is unaware of your plans. From the kids in the backyard with water-guns to governments around the world, Sun Tzu’s several thousand year old text rings true. Traveling Classics hopes you enjoy this classic while becoming better informed on a subject that has always preoccupied man’s thoughts.

Review of Sherlock Holmes

31 05 2010

“Elementary, my dear Watson!” may be one of the most well-known phrases pinned to a literary character, but did you know that Sherlock Holmes never actually said this in any of his adventures? Part of a mystery series written by Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle in 1891, Sherlock Holmes is the master of crime solving. His character has so captured the fascination of his readers, that many film and even stage versions of his tales have been produced and this phrase can be traced back to one of these! The latest film version was released in 2009 and though not based on a particular story of Doyle’s, is accurate to the character and spirit of the original Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

This Traveling Classics audiobook version of Doyle’s collection of twelve mysteries is sure to thrill you to your finger tips. The cases are written from the perseptive of Dr. Watson. As the closest friend to the brilliant Sherlock Holmes, he has the privilege of watching Holmes unfold each mystery and reveal them as the crimes they are, bringing evil to justice and restoring order. Watson tags along most cases as an eagerly observant, but averagely intelligent man, often baffled, as the reader is, by Holmes’s unusual deductive reasoning and seemingly confusing antics. Sherlock Holmes can disguise himself as any man and tell a person where they are from and what their business is almost as soon as they step across his threshold. All in the name of logic, Holmes is not to be sidetracked by women, fame, money, or power, and thus stands a formidable and unreachable opponent for London’s average criminal. However, there is one woman Holmes is always intrigued by and perhaps a case even he cannot solve. It is in this manner that a most interesting character is formed. We hope you enjoy listening to this audiobook as it takes you for a riotous ride around late 19th century London.

How to Be a Pirate Review

17 05 2010

Can’t get enough adventures of the clumsy yet heroic Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and his dragon Toothless?  Listen to the How to Train your Dragon sequel, How to be a Pirate! This charming book follows the Hairy Hooligans, whose fearless leader Stoick the Vast, sets out to help Alvin the Poor-but-honest-Farmer find the hidden treasure of the Hairy Hooligans legendary ancestor Grimbeard the Ghastly!

Hiccup and his best friend Fishlegs aren’t so sure this is a good idea, but they go along on the perilous adventure to the Isle of Skullions.  According to the riddle, the true heir of Grimbeard the Ghastly is the only one able to find the treasure.  Will it be Hiccup, the son of Stoick, or Snotlout, the self-proclaimed heir to the throne?  You better listen to find out!

Review – Oliver Twist

10 05 2010

A Charles Dickens’ classic, Oliver Twist is the quintessential orphan tale of a young boy in London. An eye-opener to the cruelty of child labor and mistreatment during the Industrial Revolution, Dickens’ populates his novel with a variety of lovable, hate-able, and hilarious characters. Bereft of his parents at birth, Oliver’s early life is very difficult. After escaping a work house and making it to the big city, Oliver falls in with a troupe of young boys, marshaled and taught petty thievery by the criminal, Fagin. Eager to have a friend in the leader of the boy’s gang, known as the Artful Dodger, Oliver is naively unaware of how they make money until he is sent out to join them in their “work”. This sets off a curious string of events that changes Oliver’s future in a most surprising way. As always, Dickens’ masterful handling of intricate plot twists and numerous characters and their connections make for a delightful audiobook. Traveling Classics hopes you fully enjoy the adventure.

Robinson Crusoe Review

4 05 2010

Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe is a tale of a man who decides not to go on the career path his parents have chosen for him, but instead sets sail with a friend to find an adventure.  We hope you are enthralled with the story as Crusoe is the only survivor of a shipwreck on a small un-inhabited island for 27 years.  The story follows him as he learns to live on the island with little food and few tools.  He makes quite a comfortable living for himself alone on the island, and begins to read the Bible and understand God’s providence in bringing him there.

The only way we know the story, of course, is because he escaped the island after a group of cannibals come to use the island to kill prisoners.  Crusoe helps one of the prisoners escape, and eventually they gain passage on a ship back to England when an English ship comes to the island.  He was on the island for a total of 27 years, and his family thought he had been lost at sea forever when he returned.


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