56 episodes

Humans have shared stories for millennia. For most of that time, telling tales was a verbal process. A storyteller would regale an audience with accounts of adventure, bravery, compassion, despair, enlightenment, and fear. Stories were a shared experience, until the advent of inexpensive mass-printing processes in the 19th century which allowed most of us to read to ourselves. Yet, that desire to have a story read aloud is still ingrained in our collective soul.

While we still read books for pleasure, most of today’s stories are told via newer forms of visual media like movies and television. Consuming stories via any visual medium requires an active commitment to the process. You probably shouldn’t read a book or watch a TV program while driving, but your brain still craves a good story.

An audio book is suitable for a long road trip. But what about those times when you only have a few minutes? Enter the audio short story.

Allow me to help you fill those moments and fulfill your need for a captivating tale with readings of some of the world’s greatest literary masters best brief works.

My love of the spoken word has been honed by a more than 30-year career in radio and voice acting with a modicum of performance passion from decades of stage performances.

This venture is my hobby (I have a great full-time job), so all of the content is free of cost and commercials. I hope you enjoy them.

If you have a public domain story you would like read or would like to share thoughts or comments, please drop me a line. If you enjoy these stories, please spread the word, subscribe, and leave a review on your favorite podcast service.

Thanks for stopping by,
Don McDonald

LitReading - Classic Short Stories Don McDonald

    • Books

Humans have shared stories for millennia. For most of that time, telling tales was a verbal process. A storyteller would regale an audience with accounts of adventure, bravery, compassion, despair, enlightenment, and fear. Stories were a shared experience, until the advent of inexpensive mass-printing processes in the 19th century which allowed most of us to read to ourselves. Yet, that desire to have a story read aloud is still ingrained in our collective soul.

While we still read books for pleasure, most of today’s stories are told via newer forms of visual media like movies and television. Consuming stories via any visual medium requires an active commitment to the process. You probably shouldn’t read a book or watch a TV program while driving, but your brain still craves a good story.

An audio book is suitable for a long road trip. But what about those times when you only have a few minutes? Enter the audio short story.

Allow me to help you fill those moments and fulfill your need for a captivating tale with readings of some of the world’s greatest literary masters best brief works.

My love of the spoken word has been honed by a more than 30-year career in radio and voice acting with a modicum of performance passion from decades of stage performances.

This venture is my hobby (I have a great full-time job), so all of the content is free of cost and commercials. I hope you enjoy them.

If you have a public domain story you would like read or would like to share thoughts or comments, please drop me a line. If you enjoy these stories, please spread the word, subscribe, and leave a review on your favorite podcast service.

Thanks for stopping by,
Don McDonald

    The Mark on the Wall by Virginia Woolf

    The Mark on the Wall by Virginia Woolf

    Virginia Woolf demonstrates how simply focusing on one thing has the power to unleash torrents of thoughts and memories.

    Born Adeline Virginia Stephen in 1882, British author Virginia Woolf went on to become an icon of modern 20th century literature.

    • 21 min
    Tobermory by Saki

    Tobermory by Saki

    Here is a biting satire of Victorian Era British upper class from the perspective of the family cat who gains a startling new skill.

    Saki was the pen name of British author, H.H. Munro who was one of true masters of the short story.

    • 17 min
    A Stolen Christmas by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman - A Classic Christmas Story

    A Stolen Christmas by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman - A Classic Christmas Story

    Sometimes we fall so far that we are tempted to cross lines we never would have in better times. Feelings of inadequacy can become particularly acute during the holiday season, when we see so much apparent happiness. Our next story about one woman’s fall from grace and her Christmas redemption.

    Brilliant short story author, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman ’s "A Stolen Christmas" was published in Harper's Bazaar on December 24, 1887

    • 31 min
    The Gift Of The Magi by O. Henry - A Classic Christmas Story

    The Gift Of The Magi by O. Henry - A Classic Christmas Story

    How many times have you read “A Christmas Carol” or seen it performed. Every year millions of families rewatch classic Christmas movies like “It a Wonderful Life,” "A Christmas Story" or even "Christmas Vacation?"

    For some reason these traditions never get old and create a sense of comfort in their ritual. There are a few short stories that occupy a similar place in our hearts. Like this special holiday reading of O. Henry’s enduring 1905 tale of unselfish love, "The Gift Of the Magi."

    • 14 min
    The McWilliamses And The Burglar Alarm by Mark Twain

    The McWilliamses And The Burglar Alarm by Mark Twain

    We aren't the first generation to be frustrated by advancing technology. More than a century ago, new fangled products were making people crazy like this gentleman who supposedly related our next hilarious tale Mark Twain.

    Mark Twain (the pen name of Samuel Clemens) had an unmatched knack for taking a normal story and turning it into a hilariously funny tall tale.

    • 16 min
    Four Men In A Cave by Stephen Crane

    Four Men In A Cave by Stephen Crane

    Mankind has always loved to explore sometimes crossing great wildernesses, but more often just poking around in our own backyards. This light-hearted tale is about a group of men who decide to investigate a local cave and literally stumble across a huge surprise.

    Stephen Crane was born years after the US Civil War ended, but is best known for his stirring 1895 Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage. Crane was also a prolific writer of short stories, many of which ranged from actual war stories to the more personal battles of people against the wilderness or themselves.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

Jernatky ,

Excellent podcast

Classic short stories read by a compelling voice.

Myheartisincolorado ,

Enchanting

Any good story, converted to audio is really made or not by its narrator. Don's voice is smooth, enticing you effortlessly into the story. I've listened to many audio stories/books and his voice does not distract from the storytelling, but enhances it, captivating your attention. This collection of stories is a fantastic addition to any podcast library.

TX storylover ,

A real treasure

This podcast is a real treasure! Beautiful classic stories so well presented- and I even love the imaginative musical preludes and postludes for each story! Thank you for helping to keep these stories alive!

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