In 1773, 63-year-old literary giant Samuel Johnson joined James Boswell, a 32-year-old Scottish lawyer, on an historic horseback expedition across the Scottish Highlands to the Western Islands. The unlikely duo's travelogue records their fascinating conversations and encounters with great wit and incredible detail. Johnson, one of the 18th century's most celebrated writers, provided an elegant and stately account of everything from Loch Ness's medicinal waters to Scotland's puzzling lack of trees.
"Tasty, but abridged"
This haunting, unabridged reading from the original 1897 text, recounts with mounting suspense the nocturnal travels of a suspicious count from Transylvania.
"Great Book, Great Narration"
An early classic of espionage fiction. Through the cafés, trains and nighttime cities of Europe, Charles Latimer follows a twisting trail of drug-smugglers, thieves and assassins that will lead him to Dimitrios.
"A most enjoyable history and geography lesson"
At the turn of the century, the short story form gained enormous popularity. Against the frozen Alaskan landscape of "To Build a Fire", a miner struggles to survive the splintering whiteness of sub-zero temperatures. "Isle of Voices" captures the Hawaii of old, where magic transports a young man to an island of powerful spirits. "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" pits a mongoose against a cobra in the steamy beauty of an Indian garden. Recorded Books’ award-winning narrators turn these stories into absorbing productions.
"Wilderness and Colonial fantasies"
Vadassy was just another name on the guest list at the seedy Mediterranean Hotel until he was accused of spying. Then, suddenly, he was on everybody's list.
Saintly Dr. Henry Jekyll is the epitome of dedication, while the frightening Mr. Edward Hyde commits murder. What strange secret binds these two men in the fog of London?
Here are nine of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous Sherlock Holmes stories, tales that showcase the talents of literature's most famous sleuth. This thrilling anthology includes such favorites as "Silver Blaze", in which a prize racehorse disappears; "Yellow Face", where Holmes confesses to a rare error; and "The Musgrave Ritual", one of his most famous cases. The collection concludes with the poignant, historic "The Final Problem", as Dr. Watson recalls Holmes's tragic death at the hands of Professor Moriarty.
"Classic tales of the most famous detective"
Written at the turn of the 19th century, before "science fiction" existed as a genre, H.G. Wells' creation was a new departure in literature. The author's deep devotion to social reform led him to use the idea of an extraterrestrial invasion to theorize about a possible violent upheaval in society - instead of "Martians" think "Bolsheviks."
"Brilliant, tight and prescient."
This volume collects 16 stories from the master of wit and wisdom, Saki, who displayed an incomparable agility with delicate, humorous, stylistic prose. Included here are: "Esmé," about a hyena that adopts 2 British women, "Tobermory," featuring a talking cat, and "Sredni Vashtar," concerning demon worship, as well as "The Easter Egg," "Mrs. Packeltide's Tiger," "The Byzantine Omelette," and many more.
Robert Louis Stevenson brings his mastery of story-telling and suspense to these intriguing tales of island mystery. In 1888, a year after leaving England, Stevenson and his wife left San Francisco and sailed to the South Pacific. The beauty, mystery, and lore of the islands captivated the great author, inspiring him to write several wonderful short stories. "The Bottle Imp," the main story in this outstanding collection, is a suspenseful folktale, introducing us to various ghosts, demons, and other frightening creatures. Also included are 3 more examples of Stevenson's masterful but too often overlooked short fiction.
"Great stories, not so great sound"
Samuel Pepys's meticulous chronicles of life in 17th-century England are an exacting record of a unique historical era. Pepys lived through one of the most colorful periods of British history. He witnessed - and recorded detailed accounts of - the execution of Charles I, a civil war, the Restoration, a plague, and the Great Fire of London. His entries also record the minutiae of everyday life - scandals, intrigues, infidelities and vulgarities - presenting a comprehensive portrait of a fascinating era.
"Despite the Fuzzy Audio . . ."
What would you call people who steal the newly buried dead and sell their bodies for medical dissection? In Stevenson's day, they were sometimes called "resurrectionists" - but he calls them "Body-Snatchers" and tells a grisly, memorable story about them. A master of terror and suspense, Stevenson lets his imagination explore the depths of human superstitions. Also included on this recording are the stories "Isle of Voices" and "The Waif Woman."
When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula with the purchase of a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client and his castle. Soon afterwards, a number of disturbing incidents unfold in England: an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby; strange puncture marks appear on a young woman's neck; and the inmate of a lunatic asylum raves about the imminent arrival of his "Master".
"Extremely bad sound quality"