The Ugly Duckling, narrated by Glenn Hascall and written by Hans Christian Anderson, is indeed an inspiration to those of us who believe we were born ugly or less talented than our peers. Barnyard abuse, verbal abuse, or bullying: it's all pretty much the same. This classic piece by Hans Christian Anderson has delighted children for over 150 years.
In the 21st century interior design uses repurposed artifacts to create elegance. This includes books. They may not be for reading, but for beauty. Would it be a surprise to see that this mindset was in place nearly a century ago? This is a delightfully warm tale of a storyteller who moves and has no idea how to catalogue his own books except by how they look to guests. From the mind of Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne
When America’s first President, George Washington, was13 years of age, he penned 110 rules of civility. Some believe he was simply transcribing something he had read, but no one seems to know exactly what that may have been.
"Where did civility go?"
A brilliant short story demonstrating how a truly balanced set of dilemmas can allow a reader to conclude two different endings. In this case a young man is faced with two doors. One holds a door with a ferocious tiger. The other? A beautiful lady whom he would immediately marry. The struggle comes not so much in defining a choice, but the reasons that brought the young man to the choice, and who helps him make the choice.
Statesman, inventor, and humorist, Benjamin Franklin had an alter ego, Richard Saunders. It was this alter ego that would write the Poor Richard's Almanack. From the pithy sayings found in the many volumes of the almanack Franklin composed this story as a tongue in cheek digest of one old man who captured every bit of wisdom he could from Poor Richard and shared it liberally with an audience just before an auction.
Many modern tales alter the ending and leave some of the story behind. A tale of mutual deception and shoddy home building could bring smiles in this classic tale. Narrated by Glenn Hascall.
"Not a new storyline to me"
A classic poem from the pen of prolific author G. K. Chesterton. A beautiful look at the first Christmas and what it meant to a world that little noticed. Narrated by Glenn Hascall....
His life began with deception and lacking respect for others. Perhaps it's a good thing that change can happen in the worst of men. George Müller would go on to create a remarkable collection of London orphan homes. This biography for all ages provides a unique look at this man - and his mission. Narrated by Glenn Hascall.
"Really, a 7-minute audio book?"
Privateers during wartime were not commissioned by the government for battle, yet there were notable private battles by sea faring entrepreneurs. Co-written by President Theodore Roosevelt this short biographical tale follows the exploits of Mr. Reid and his men in 1814 as they battled the British. Bravery abounds in this against-all-odds bit of history. Narrated by Glenn Hascall.
"The "General Armstrong""
Perhaps the second most read book of the Bible, you will no doubt listen more than once to the Book of Proverbs masterfully narrated by Glenn Hascall.
The Gospel of Mark portrays the life of Christ complete with parables, sermons, and a narrative of many events in the adult life of Jesus. As much a book of history as a book of faith, and is equally suited for both.
David Glasgow Farragut was southern raised, but fought for the unity of the Union during the Civil War. At the time of the writing of this classic biography the naval warfare to which Farragut engaged was the most formidable water-going confrontation in American history. The capture of Mobile Bay separated the south from outside assistance and shortened the war. A bold historical event co-written by President Teddy Roosevelt and narrated by Glenn Hascall.
An odd but well-loved short story following steps into madness. A country doctor has had more work than he can handle, and the stress seems to have taken him to a place that seems as at home in nightmares as in the madness of an overworked mind. Kafka's work often lends itself to the turmoil of the human mind. In this respect the story does not fail to impress.
Statistically speaking there is no reason why American forces should have won this battle. They were outnumbered, faced veterans of decisive international battles, and had only the most basic of training. Yet, when the cause is freedom there are no statistics that match the fire in the belly. A historical event co-written by President Teddy Roosevelt and narrated by Glenn Hascall.
"a 7 minute book? is that even a book?"
From childhood to his deathbed, this story follows the decisions of Francis at various stages of his remarkable life. From an audience with the Pope to an audience with a sultan, Francis was always grounded in a remarkable message.
The Door in the Wall is considered by many to be one of Wells' finest works. Narrator Glenn Hascall does a superb interpretation of this work.
When you have a past filled with regret it may not be a good idea to find someone to help you dwell on the pain you've caused others. Hawthorne places this scenario in an out-of-the-way location where a woman is allowed to see the painful result of her actions. This journey comes with an awful price - and awful company. A classic story narrated by Glenn Hascall.
Failure is often the best path to success. If you don't believe it then you should meet Sir William Phipps who discovered that perseverance would be key to his ultimate success. From a shepherd to one who stood before the king his fictional story will both inspire and amuse. From the mind and pen of Nathaniel Hawthorne
Acclaimed author Nathaniel Hawthorne weaves a short tale of a ghost, now old, that had died in youth. As with many such stories, there are things he must do to move beyond his predicament. This story finds him seeing those who roam for centuries and those who finish whatever tasks they were to perform moving on sooner than he would have liked. This ghost story is not so much terror driven as it seems a reflection on the thinking of a ghost. Intriguing.
An older man revels in the joy of finding beauty in the reflection of a pool. Was it a dream? Was it madness? Was it simply an overactive imagination? This classic short story by acclaimed author Nathaniel Hawthorne is masterfully narrated by Glenn Hascall.