Audiobooks: Mumu by Ivan Turgenev

Mumu

An audio book adaptation of Turgenev’s story set on the outskirts of Moscow, in the house of an old widow. The story was written in 1854 by Ivan Turgenev, a great Russian novelists of the nineteenth century. Turgenev wrote Mumu with such vivid images and reflections of the state of the tsarist Russia that this piece together with his other stories was credited with having influenced public opinion in favour of the abolition of serfdom in 1861.

Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev 1818-1883, a Russian novelist, short story writer, and playwright. His short story collection entitled The Hunting Sketches, is a milestone of Russian Realism, and his novel Fathers and Sons regarded as one of the major works of 19th-century fiction. Turgenev studied literature, philosophy and philology at the Universities of Moscow, St Petersburg and Berlin and in 1879 received honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford. Turgenev’s artistic purity made him a favourite of like-minded novelists of the next generation, such as Henry James and Joseph Conrad. More here www.interactive.eu.com

Mumu by Ivan Turgenev, ISBN: 9781907832314, Sovereign, 74 min

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The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter

Benjamin Bunny

One morning a little rabbit sat on a bank. He pricked his ears and listened to the trit-trot, trit-trot of a pony. A gig was coming along the road; it was driven by Mr. McGregor, and beside him sat Mrs. McGregor in her best bonnet. As soon as they had passed, little Benjamin Bunny slid down into the road, and set off—with a hop, skip, and a jump—to call upon his relations, who lived in the wood at the back of Mr. McGregor’s garden.

Beatrix Potter was an English author, illustrator, and natural scientist. Her imaginative children’s books feature many natural animals that can be found in the British countryside. She is credited with preserving much of the land that now comprises the Lake District National Park. Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit story is among the most popular children’s stories worldwide.

The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter, ISBN: 9781910150931, Sovereign, 48 pp


The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Peter Rabbit

Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were — Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter. Mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit is chased about the garden of Mr. McGregor. He escapes and returns home to his mother Mrs. Rabbit who puts him to bed after dosing him with camomile tea.

Beatrix Potter was an English author, illustrator, and natural scientist. Her imaginative children’s books feature many natural animals that can be found in the British countryside. She is credited with preserving much of the land that now comprises the Lake District National Park. Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit story is among the most popular children’s stories worldwide.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, ISBN: 9781909676497, Sovereign, 46 pp (Paper Back)

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Halloween reading list: the best ghost, vampire and horror stories

As Halloween season approaches, we have selected the best ghost, vampire and horror stories of all time. Everything you need to know about the underworld and the spooky shadowy characters.

perf5.250x8.000.inddGhost Stories by Charles Dickens

Frighteningly believable, spine-tingling stories of prophetic dreams and visions, as well as more fantastical adventures with goblins and apparitions. These short works display the imagination of a master storyteller given free rein.

Ghost Stories by Charles Dickens, ISBN: 9781909438064, Sovereign, 82 pp

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9781909175129Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

A landmark work of romantic and gothic literature, as well as science fiction, the novel’s storyline emerged from a dream and Shelley’s own travels of the region in which the story unfolds. Mary Shelley started writing the story when she was just eighteen.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, ISBN: 9781909175129, Fantastica, 188 pp

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9781907832529Dracula by Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker’s finest Vampire novel, featuring Jonathan Harker, Professor Van Helsing, Wilhemina Murray, Lucy Westenra, Dr John Seward, Quincey Morris, Hon. Arthur Holmwood, Renfield, and Count Dracular. Set in Dracula’s crumbling castle on the border of Transylvania, Bukovina and Moldavia, an example of Victorian gothic novel defining modern form and style of vampire story telling.

Dracula by Bram Stoker, ISBN: 9781907832529, Egoist Press, 354 pp

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9781907832253The Ghost of the Engineers’ Castle by Nikolai Leskov

story uncovering mysteries of haunted castle with reputation going back several centuries. The story takes you through events unfolding in St Petersburg in 1859 or 1860. Followed by a story of mysterious disappearance of 19th century nobleman from The Hunting Sketches by Ivan Turgenev.

The Ghost of the Engineers’ Castle by Nikolai Leskov, ISBN: 9781907832253, Fantastica, 55 pp

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perf5.250x8.000.inddCount Magnus And Other Ghost Stories by M. R. James

Some of the best ghost stories including Count Magnus, Lost Hearts, Number 13, The Treasure of Abbot Thomas and many more from the master of haunted houses and terrifying accounts of apparitions and other paranormal activities, M. R. James.

Count Magnus And Other Ghost Stories by M. R. James, ISBN: 9781909676404, Sovereign, 112 pp

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9781909904118Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton

The best of ghost stories from Edith Wharton, including: The Bolted Door, His Father’s Son, The Daunt Diana, The Debt, Full Circle, The Legend, The Eyes, The Blond Beast, Afterward, The Letters.

Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton, ISBN: 9781909904118, Sovereign, 236 pp

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9781909904385The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Tales by Washington Irving

From the listless repose of the place, and the peculiar character of its inhabitants, who are descendants from the original Dutch settlers, this sequestered glen has long been known by the name of Sleepy Hollow… A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Tales by Washington Irving, ISBN: 9781909904385, Fractal Press, 316 pp

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9781910150108The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

An amusing chronicle of the tribulations of the Ghost of Canterville Chase when his ancestral halls became the home of the American Minister to the Court of St. James.

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde, ISBN: 9781910150108, Sovereign, 68 pp

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9781910150443Viy by Nikolai Gogol

A young priest is preparing to spend three nights alone with the corpse of a dead witch and only his faith to protect him. He is ordered to supervise the waking of the dead witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. Join the priest on his journey in this Sovereign Classic edition of Viy.

Viy by Nikolai Gogol, ISBN: 9781910150443, Sovereign, 60 pp

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9781910558331The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker

The White Worm is a large snake-like creature that dwells in the hole or pit in Arabella’s house located in Diana’s Grove. The White Worm has green glowing eyes and feeds on whatever is thrown to it in the pit. The White Worm ascends from the pit and seeks to attack Adam and Mimi Watford in a forest.

The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker, ISBN: 9781910558331, Egoist Press, 140 pp

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9781910558379The Lady of the Shroud by Bram Stoker

Rupert Saint Leger inherits his uncle’s estate worth more than one million pounds, on condition that he live for a year in his uncle’s castle in the Land of the Blue Mountains on the Dalmatian coast.

The Lady of the Shroud by Bram Stoker, ISBN: 9781910558379, Egoist Press, 292 pp

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9781910558386The Man by Bram Stoker

Would you rather be an angel than a God? Miss Stephen Norman and Harold An Wolf are sitting in the graveyard of their town’s church, eavesdropping on the conversation of two little girls below them.

The Man by Bram Stoker, ISBN: 9781910558386, Egoist Press, 250 pp

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9781910558515A Dream of Red Hands by Bram Stoker

A collection of gothic stories from Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula featuring: A Dream of Rend Hands, Crooken Sands, Old Hoggen, The Dualitists, The Man from Shorrox.

A Dream of Red Hands by Bram Stoker, ISBN: 9781910558515, Egoist Press, 92 pp

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9781910558522Under the Sunset by Bram Stoker

A collection of gothic stories from Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula featuring: Under the Sunset, The Rose Prince, The Invisible Giant, The Shadow Builder, How 7 Went Mad, Lies and Lilies, The Castle of the King, The Wondrous Child.

Under the Sunset by Bram Stoker, ISBN: 9781910558522, Egoist Press, 104 pp

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The Twelve Chairs by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov

The Twelve Chairs by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov, ISBN: 9781910343807

The Twelve Chairs by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov, ISBN: 9781910343807

The Twelve Chairs is one of the most popular and prolific satirical novels written by Odessa based Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov. Set in Soviet Russia, the story starts with a deathbed confession about substantial family treasures hidden from the Bolsheviks in one of the twelve chairs. A team of treasure hunters is quickly formed. The smooth operator Ostap Bender and Kisa, the Pussycat set off to track down the chairs. They are not alone in their quest. Father Fyodor took advantage of the deathbed confession, and has also set off to recover the fortune.

Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov were two Soviet prose authors who lived and worked in Odessa, Black Sea. They travelled did much of their writing together, and are often referred to as Ilf and Petrov. Most notable work includes characteristic for their writing satire novel The Twelve Chairs and sequel The Golden Calf.

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The Georgics by Virgil

The Georgics by Virgil

The Georgics by Virgil

Virgil was born to a farming family, and his poetic work named The Georgics comes as close to his heart as it possibly can. He dedicated this work to the land, the farming communities and the issues surrounding complex relationships and political situation of the time. Virgil’s love for the earth and everything that grows and lives there makes this poem one of his most expressive and passionate.

Publius Vergilius Maro, or Virgil, was an ancient Roman poet of the Augustan period. He is known for three major works of Latin literature, the Eclogues, the Georgics, and the epic Aeneid.

The Georgics by Virgil, ISBN: 9781910343432, Sovereign.  Download ebook from Google Play


The Owl and the Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea; In a beautiful pea-green boat; They took some honey, and plenty of money; Wrapped up in a five-pound note. The Owl looked up to the stars above; And sang to a small guitar…

Edward was an English author and poet known for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose and especially his limericks, a form he popularised.

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear, ISBN: 9781910343463, Sovereign.  Download ebook from KOBO


Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Les Miserables is one of Hugo’s greatest masterpieces and one of the greatest French novels of all times. It is set during the student revolutions in France and follows lives of several different characters. At the opening the narrator tells a story of a Frenchman imprisoned for stealing bread. After fleeing a police officer he agrees to care for a factory worker’s daughter and this changes their lives forever.

Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best known French writers. In France, Hugo’s literary fame comes first from his poetry but also rests upon his novels and his dramatic achievements. Victor Hugo is the author of Les Miserables (ISBN: 9781910343470).

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, ISBN: 9781910343470, Sovereign, 1482pp. Download ebook from KOBO


The Secret Sharer

The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad

The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad

The story takes place at sea, near the Gulf of Siam. The young captain is unfamiliar with both his ship and his crew, having only joined their company a fortnight earlier. He soon encounters a naked swimmer holding onto the side ladder of the ship while he is alone at night on look-out duty. He helps the mysterious swimmer onto the boat and hides him in his cabin without the rest of the crew’s knowledge.

Joseph Conrad an English novelist of Polish descent, a master of prose who brought a distinctly non-English tragic sensibility into English literature. Conrad drew on his native Poland’s national experiences and on his personal experiences in the French and British merchant navies, to create literature that reflects aspects of a European culture, while plumbing the depths of the human soul.

The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad, ISBN: 9781910150627, Sovereign

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The Odyssey by Homer

The Greek hero Odysseus, also known as Ulysses in Roman myths is returning home after the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten year Trojan War. In his absence, it is assumed he has died, and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors, who compete for Penelope’s hand in marriage. The Odyssey is one of the major ancient Greek epic poems, and is the second oldest extant work of Western literature, the Iliad being the oldest.

Homer is the author of the Iliad (ISBN: 9781910343371) and the Odyssey (ISBN: 9781910343364), and is revered as the greatest of Greek epic poets. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature.

The Odyssey by Homer, ISBN: 9781910343364, Sovereign

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