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Bedtime in the Public Domain

Bedtime in the Public Domain

By W. Blaine Dowler

Reading books from the public domain, one chapter at a time.
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Announcing Book 18

Bedtime in the Public DomainMay 03, 2021

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"A Kidnapped Santa Claus" by L. Frank Baum

"A Kidnapped Santa Claus" by L. Frank Baum

Five Daemons are upset with Santa's success in his work, and kidnap him to stop his progress.

Dec 23, 202117:35
Announcing book 21

Announcing book 21

The formal announcement of Book 21: "A Kidnapped Santa Claus".

Dec 06, 202101:21
Young Robin Hood, by G. Manville Fenn: Complete Audiobook version

Young Robin Hood, by G. Manville Fenn: Complete Audiobook version

The entire story of Robin Hood's young protege.

Nov 18, 202101:13:32
Chapter 8 (Young Robin Hood, by G. Manville Fenn)

Chapter 8 (Young Robin Hood, by G. Manville Fenn)

The Sherriff of Nottingham finds his way to Robin Hood's camp.

Nov 17, 202110:55
Chapter 7 (Young Robin Hood, by G. Manville Fenn)

Chapter 7 (Young Robin Hood, by G. Manville Fenn)

The Sherriff of Nottingham learns the truth about his son's fate.

Nov 16, 202108:25
Chapter 6 (Young Robin Hood, by G. Manville Fenn)

Chapter 6 (Young Robin Hood, by G. Manville Fenn)

Young Robin encounters the swineherd once more.

Nov 15, 202111:36
Chapter 5 (Young Robin Hood, by G. Manville Fenn)

Chapter 5 (Young Robin Hood, by G. Manville Fenn)

Young Robin explores the area on his own, and witnesses nature in all its glory.

Nov 12, 202109:39
Chapter 4 (Young Robin Hood, by G. Manville Fenn)

Chapter 4 (Young Robin Hood, by G. Manville Fenn)

Little John helps young Robin learn to use his new bow and arrow.

Nov 11, 202110:10
Chapter 3 (Young Robin Hood, by G. Manville Fenn)

Chapter 3 (Young Robin Hood, by G. Manville Fenn)

Young Robin encounters the band of criminals that stole from his party in the woods.

Nov 10, 202106:20
Chapter 2 (Young Robin Hood, by G. Manville Fenn)

Chapter 2 (Young Robin Hood, by G. Manville Fenn)

Young Robin meets another young boy while lost in the forest.

Nov 09, 202111:10
Chapter 1 (Young Robin Hood, by G. Manville Fenn)

Chapter 1 (Young Robin Hood, by G. Manville Fenn)

We meet our hero, the young Master Robin.

Nov 08, 202105:48
Announcing Book 20

Announcing Book 20

Announcing the next book, which begins on November 8, 2021.

Nov 01, 202101:24
The Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells (Audiobook version)

The Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells (Audiobook version)

The complete audiobook version of The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells.

Oct 14, 202103:38:01
Ch. 22: The Man Alone (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Ch. 22: The Man Alone (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Prendick returns to society, in a way. While the term was not yet in use, he describes his experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Oct 13, 202106:00
Ch. 21: The Reversion of the Beast Folk (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Ch. 21: The Reversion of the Beast Folk (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Prendick is the last surviving human on the island, and without Dr. Moreau's ongoing procedures, the beast folk are reverting to their instinctive ways.

Oct 12, 202121:00
Ch. 20: Alone With the Beast Folk (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Ch. 20: Alone With the Beast Folk (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Prendick finds himself the sole human on the island, and that's not a safe thing to be.

Oct 11, 202108:54
Ch. 19: Montgomery's "Bank Heist" (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Ch. 19: Montgomery's "Bank Heist" (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

In times of crisis, Montgomery's coping skills are found to be wanting.

Oct 08, 202113:22
Ch. 18: The Finding of Moreau (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Ch. 18: The Finding of Moreau (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Prendick convinces Montgomery of the importance of finding Moreau.

Oct 07, 202106:50
Ch. 17: A Catastrophe

Ch. 17: A Catastrophe

Things take a sudden and substantial turn for the worse.

Oct 06, 202108:54
Ch. 16: How the Beast Folk Tasted Blood (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Ch. 16: How the Beast Folk Tasted Blood (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Prendick and Montgomery make a very disturbing discovery.

Oct 05, 202120:26
Ch. 15: Concerning the Beast Folk (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Ch. 15: Concerning the Beast Folk (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Montgomery and Prendick have a summarized conversation about the inhabitants of the island.

Oct 04, 202109:46
Ch. 14: Doctor Moreau Explains (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Ch. 14: Doctor Moreau Explains (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Dr. Moreau explains his research and goals to Prendick, including an abbreviated history of the island.

Oct 01, 202119:60
Ch. 13: A Parley (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Ch. 13: A Parley (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Moreau and Montgomery find Prendick just before his drowns himself.

Sep 30, 202107:15
Ch. 12: The Sayers of the Law (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Ch. 12: The Sayers of the Law (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Prendick is taken to the village of the Beast Folk, and learns a little more about their culture.

Sep 29, 202113:27
Ch. 11: The Hunting of the Man (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Ch. 11: The Hunting of the Man (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Prendick tries to escape for fear of being vivisected.

Sep 28, 202108:56
Ch. 10: The Crying of the Man (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Ch. 10: The Crying of the Man (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Prendick returns to his room, and his absence has been noticed.

Sep 27, 202105:37
Ch. 9: The Thing in the Woods (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Ch. 9: The Thing in the Woods (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Prendick goes into the woods to escape the cries of the puma, and soon regrets his decision.

Sep 24, 202115:57
Ch. 8: The Crying of the Puma (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Ch. 8: The Crying of the Puma (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Prendick tries to get some answers from Montgomery, but it's difficult with the noises of the puma in the background.

Sep 23, 202104:49
Ch. 7: The Locked Door (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Ch. 7: The Locked Door (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Edward is provided secure accommodations on the island, and is finally far enough up on Maslow's hierarchy that he can sit and think. He suddenly and unpleasantly realizes where he's heard the name of his host before.

Sep 22, 202107:47
Ch. 6: The Evil-Looking Boatmen (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Ch. 6: The Evil-Looking Boatmen (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Mr. Prendick is rescued, but that doesn't mean he is lucky.

Sep 21, 202108:23
Ch. 5: The Man With Nowhere To Go (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Ch. 5: The Man With Nowhere To Go (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

The captain gets drunks, and decides he's done having passengers.

Sep 20, 202106:18
Ch. 4: At the Schooner's Rail (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Ch. 4: At the Schooner's Rail (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Edward catches Montgomery at a vulnerable moment, and learns a little bit more.

Sep 17, 202105:36
Ch. 3: The Strange Face (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Ch. 3: The Strange Face (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Edward meets one of Montgomery's strange travelling companions.

Sep 16, 202108:46
Ch. 2: The Man Who Was Going Nowhere (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Ch. 2: The Man Who Was Going Nowhere (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Prendick awakens on the Ipecacuanha and meets a man named Montgomery.

Sep 15, 202105:19
Ch. 1: In the Dingey of the "Lady Vain" (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Ch. 1: In the Dingey of the "Lady Vain" (Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells)

Edward Prendick recounts the events that led him from the shipwreck of the Lady Vain to being the last soul alive in his boat.

Sep 14, 202105:07
Introduction (The Island of Dr. Moreau)

Introduction (The Island of Dr. Moreau)

In this brief introduction, Charles Edward Prendick sets the stage for the story transcribed by his uncle Edward Prendick, who shows signs of what modern society would refer to as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Sep 13, 202102:38
Announcing Book 19

Announcing Book 19

The formal announcement of our next book: The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells.

Sep 06, 202104:09
Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit by Thorne Smith: Audiobook Version

Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit by Thorne Smith: Audiobook Version

The complete text of Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith.

Aug 23, 202102:41:58
September 6 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

September 6 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

Biltmore ships out.

This is the final chapter of Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith.

Aug 20, 202102:23
September 5 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

September 5 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

Biltmore tries to figure out what his assignment is, and those around him make very helpful suggestions.

Aug 19, 202102:42
September 4 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

September 4 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

Biltmore applies for a furlough, and gets an extremely unexpected reply.

Aug 18, 202101:23
September 3 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

September 3 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

Biltmore is called for the First Class exam.

Aug 17, 202102:08
August 20 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

August 20 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

Polly is impatient for a ring.

Aug 16, 202100:24
August 17 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

August 17 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

Biltmore and friends meet a wonderful couple on the town.

Aug 13, 202104:40
August 12 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

August 12 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

Biltmore has news, but Tim isn't thrilled to hear it.

Aug 12, 202100:59
August 11 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

August 11 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

Biltmore's mother pays another visit, and brings Polly with her.

Aug 11, 202105:06
August 10 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

August 10 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

Biltmore may be transferred, if they can find anyone who wants him.

Aug 10, 202102:43
August 9 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

August 9 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

Mr. Fogerty takes a lot of liberty.

Aug 09, 202100:35
August 8 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

August 8 (Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Hapless Recruit, by Thorne Smith)

Biltmore wrote a song.

Aug 06, 202102:34