Versatile actor Chris Hendrie breathes life into this poetical and allegorical novel and leads us on a profound spiritual journey to finding enlightenment. With a deep and compelling humanity, its young hero moves through self-discovery into self-knowledge, and finally into pure joy as he encounters the river of life. Published in 1922, this book has inspired millions worldwide.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, published in 1886, is another brilliant work from Robert Louis Stevenson about the life and death struggle between two opposing personalities - one essentially good, the other essentially evil - for the soul of one man. The kind and intelligent Dr. Jekyll concocts a drug intended to separate his good self from his evil self, and after drinking it, turns into a psychopathic monster: Mr. Hyde!
"You are going to fast!"
In the summer of 1816, Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley - the two great poets of their age - and a lovely 17-year-old named Mary Shelley were partying and reading ghost stories on the shores of Lake Geneva. They dared each other to come up with the scariest story. Young Mary was the only one to rise to the challenge, and she gave birth to the entire horror and science fiction genres by crafting a brilliant and chilling account of what it means to be human, what responsibilities we have to each other, and how far we can go in tampering with nature.
"Stop Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster!"
As a boy, every Christmas Eve, my Scottish father, Big Don, introduced my brothers, sister and I to the spirit of Santa Claus by reading aloud "'Twas the Night Before Christmas". Inspired by this wonderous experience as a child, I have continued this family tradition by reading it to my own lovely children. I am forever grateful to Big Don for sharing his incredible gift for storytelling and hope that in some small way I may inspire your children to awaken their belief in Santa through my reading of this classic Christmas poem, written in 1822. Happy Christmas to you all!
"this reminds me of Christmas when I was a kid"
One of the great war novels, this unabridged audiobook explores the conflicting emotions of a young union soldier as he is thrust into the American Civil War. Actor Chris Hendrie powerfully recreates the young soldier's journey through the fear and horror of war and ultimately brings him to courage and valor.
At 23, F. Scott penned this brilliant best-seller kicking off the roaring 20’s and the Jazz Age. Semi-autobiographical and unabridged, versatile actor Chris Hendrie creates vibrant characters as the story follows the life of gifted and handsome Amory Blaine as he falls in love with beautiful society girls while trying to define and find himself. Beautifully set in the lost generation just before the 1929 stock market crash that ended this flamboyant era.
Twain was broke and had lost his first wife and daughter when he wrote this most personal and notorious book exploring the Bible and its scientific implications. Twain's challenging and contraversial letters were not published until 52 years after his death. Read with wonderful animation by actor Chris Hendrie.
"Highs and lows of Twain"
Classic Kafka. Versatile actor Chris Hendrie brings this interesting, odd and unusual tale to vivid life. This unabridged novella is the bizarre story of a young man, Gregor Samsa, who is mysteriously and instantaneously transformed into a monstrous cockroach. Need I say more?
"Very good story, a good read for anyone."
A classic from Mark Twain. Two boys (one a prince, the other a pauper) exchange identities, and each finds a great learning adventure in Henry VIII’s England. Veteran actor Chris Hendrie brings the vivid characters to life with the insight and humor that only Twain’s genius can inspire.
"good story, horrible performance"
Long considered the first great American novel, this delightful classic is brought to life by excellent actor Chris Hendrie, who creates scores of memorable characters. This is a tale of a young runaway boy's adventures on the Mississippi River with his friend Jim, a runaway slave. The unlikely pair survive an incredible journey and become the best of friends, overcoming racism and hardships as they search for freedom.
"Excellent rendition of Huck Finn"
From Mark Twain: "My book is intended mainly for the entertainment of young boys and girls. I hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for part of my plan has been to remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in."
Called by Sam Houston at its founding "the most unfortunate site upon Earth for the seat of government", the infant community struggled for three decades against political enemies and competing towns before winning recognition as the permanent capital. The founding of the University of Texas turned the seat of politics into the seat of education, but Austin's 19th-century dreams of becoming a river port and a factory town came to naught.
From the author of Echoes of Glory, winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for best long novel, comes the tale of Jade, a rough man of the old West, molded by a tragic past, an Indian hunter who finds himself falling for a woman raised by Indians, symbol of all the he hates and all that he is.
"Frontier Texas: An Unlikely Love Story Begins?"
Stevenson's quintessential pirate adventure story, brilliantly conceived and executed! Created by actor/narrator Chris Hendrie, the characters immediately spring to life. Young Jim Hawkins tells his own coming of age story as he sets sail to find gold with his pirate friends, encountering the magnificent Long John Silver - one legged, quick, cunning, and genial.
"Well narrated and engaging story"
After the smashing success of his first novel, This Side of Paradise, written when he was 23, F. Scott Fitzgerald rocked the literary world with his masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, in l925 - a passionate love story about a poor young man's unwavering love for the lovely Daisy, belle of Louisville. Told with extraordinarily beautiful language, Fitzgerald's characters sizzle with vitality and life as Gatsby pursues the love of his life amid the splendor of his Long Island estate by throwing truly amazing parties set to the music of the Jazz Age.
"Great Reading of Gatsby"
As a young boy, my Scottish father, Big Don, a fabulous reader, introduced me to the wonderful world of books by reading aloud Jack London's The Call of the Wild. As he read, he immediately brought to life one of the greatest dog stories ever written and rocked my imagination. I fell in love with the world of amazing adventure stories in books and am forever grateful to my dad for this fabulous introduction. I have continued my passion for books by founding and developing audiobookstoLife, a company devoted to bringing wonderful classic books to life.
Written over 170 years ago, this brilliant Dickens’ classic continues to inspire the Christmas Spirit for millions of people! It tells the wonderful story of old sinner Schrooge’s transformation from "Bah, Humbug" through a night of eye-opening spirit visitations, to his remarkable redemption at the end, as his heart is reborn. It is a great story told with exceptional skill! Dickens' beautifully drawn characters spring to poignant life as read by veteran voice actor Chris Hendrie. Revisiting this story is a wonderful way to celebrate in the holiday spirit of Tiny Tim with "God bless us, everyone!"
Houston private investigator Ted Mitchell hires a Vietnamese secretary with a face disfigured by a plastic surgeon who has built a successful practice on westernizing Asian women, though not everyone benefits under his scalpel. When Ted discovers a connection between the surgeon and the murder of his own father many years before, he pursues the truth to the end of the line in...The Cutter.
Meet Houston PI Ted Mitchell who prefers life downtown, inside Highway 610, the loop that encircles the city. He has not been able to move on from the wife who left him for a stalled theatrical career.... until he meets Sylvia, the second wife of Texas oil baron Cal Everett, who hires him to locate a long-lost love. After Everett is gunned down, Ted is ensnared in the loop of three women who each had the means, the motive, and the opportunity for murder in Inside the Loop.
In this sequel to Jade: Outlaw, Jade, a rough man of the old West, molded by a tragic past, has fallen for Rain, a woman raised by Indians, a symbol of all that he hates and all that he is. Now these two outcasts, struggling to build their own relationship, face a West that is changing. As Jade becomes the Law, he must deal with "progress": greedy cattle barons, religious righteousness, political aspirations, railroads, Civil War remnants, prejudice, and outlaws.