Sherlock Holmes, Cinderella & Rumplestiltskin

Today we’ve got three great audio programs for your family listening pleasure, from our sister site,

The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -Put on your sleuthing hat and get out your magnifying glass. It’s time to solve a mystery! A strange whistle in the dark… An odd bell cord that doesn’t work any bell… and a room that kills anyone who goes in it. These are the mysteries that the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes must solve in the exciting story “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”, one of the 56 short Sherlock Holmes stories written by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The story was first published in Strand Magazine in February 1892. Conan Doyle later revealed that he thought this was his best Holmes story. This fine adaptation was originally broadcast on “The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” on November 12, 1945.


Click link to play online, or RIGHT CLICK and “save” to download the mp3 audio files to your computer!

Next, from the wonderful series of children’s records “Stories for Children told by The Great Gildersleeve”, we also bring you these two classic fairy tales, narrated by the one and only Great Gildersleeve (Harold Peary). Don’t miss them!



Click the links above to play online, or to download, RIGHT CLICK and “save as” to your computer!




TWENTY-NINE G. A. Henty Audiobooks!


George Alfred Henty (8 December 1832 – 16 November 1902), was a prolific English novelist best known for his historical adventure stories that were popular in the late 19th century. His books are still read and enjoyed today and are a terrific way to bring pivotal events from history to life for young readers and listeners. Today, we bring you a link from which you can download all these classic unabridged “living history” Henty audiobooks:

Among Malay Pirates
At Agincourt – White Hoods of Paris
Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invation
By Pike and Dyke
The Cat of Bubastes

Dragon and the Raven: or The Days of King Alfred
In Freedom’s Cause
On the Irrawaddy, a Story of the First Burmese War
One of the 28th – a Tale of Waterloo
Saint George for England
St. Bartholomew’s Eve
Through Russian Snows
Through the Fray
The Tiger of Mysore
True to the Old Flag… AND MANY MORE!

Courtesy of, you can download and enjoy these complete, unabridged audio reading of one of Henty’s best historical adventure novels. These are read by different readers and the quality varies from acceptable to truly excellent (By Pike and Dyke, The Tiger of Mysore).

Our link takes you to the Librivox results page for ALL their G. A. Henty audiobooks. Just click on the titles you wish to download, and you’ll be taken to the individual download page for that book.  You’ll be able to download these audiobooks a chapter at a time, or each complete title all at once. Bookmark the page if you need to come back to it later!

Click here!

Tip: The 64K mp3 versions sound just as good as the 128K mp3 versions — and is half the size. These are huge files, so plan accordingly!


Farm Songs for Fall (and Punky Pumpkin too)!

Well, today we’re off for a return visit to the countryside where a delightful stack of fun, classic children’s records from yesteryear awaits us.

First up, join in on a jolly version of the classic children’s song, “Oats, Peas, Beans” by Roger White, as we quickly follow Mr. Farmer through his very busy day.

Next, we stop by the house of “The Little Crooked Man” (of the Mother Goose rhyme) with his crooked cat and crooked mouse, and then visit “The Old Woman Who Lived In a Shoe” in a fine record by Roy Hallee.

Next, we travel with Uncle Don Down On The Farm where we meet all the animals in a fun musical adventure from long ago Sonora Records.

And last but not least, we join Uncle Lumpy as he tells about one of our favorite characters, Little Orley in a couple of fun musical adventures… as he is first unexpectedly serenaded by a little mouse and his friends in the Barnyard… and then puts on his own great barnyard concert you’ve just got to hear to believe.

All of the above = loads of fun for kids of all ages. Enjoy your visit down on the farm!

Here are your download links. RIGHT CLICK these and “save” to your computer:

Oats Peas Beans & Barley
(.6 megs, 3 minutes)

There Was a Crooked Man /There Was An Old Woman
(1.3 megs, 6 minutes)

Uncle Don Down on the Farm
(2.3 megs, 12 minutes)

The Barn Dance
(3 megs, 3 minutes)

Orley’s Big Concert
(7.4 megs, 8 minutes)

And finally…


Here’s one more little treat from us to you… one of our favorite fall songs… and certainly the catchiest song about a pumpkin ever! This song does mention Halloween in passing, so if that bothers you, don’t download it! But if you just want a fun, old fashioned pumpkin song, check it out and your kids will soon be singing along!

To download this MP3 song, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer!

Let us know if you enjoy your musical visit to the countryside!


Mr. President: Do or Diet!

Mr. President: Do or Diet! (mp3 audio)

“Mr. President… at home in the White House — the elected leader of our people, our fellow citizen and neighbor. These are little-known stories of the men who have lived in the White House — dramatic, exciting events in their lives that you and I so rarely hear…”

Today,  in conjunction with the upcoming presidential election here in the US of A, we continue our series of classic “Mr. President” radio dramas. In this week’s episode, Mr. President finds that managing the White House is sometimes even more difficult than managing matters of state, let alone the equally difficult problem of his own weight! I suspect you might already know, but listen to the story and see if your kids can figure out who this particular “Mr. President” is!

To download this 30 minute mp3 audio program, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, click the above link, and “save” to your mac.


The Practical High School Speller

What are the “problem words” that are most commonly misspelled by the average high school pupil – as well as adults? Well, it hasn’t changed much over the years:
believe… and so on.
100 years ago, the author sent two thousand letters were sent to representative high schools in every state in the United States, requesting the heads of the various departments to report the words most commonly misspelled in their classes. From the many thousand replies, this text-book has been compiled. This is a GREAT compilation of tough spelling words, IN CURSIVE, with examples of how each is used in a phrase or sentence to boot! Invaluable spelling guide for older students!
NOTE: This PDF is a scanned copy of the original book, and is best viewed on a computer screen. It won’t work on a phone or small portable device.
To download this PDF resource, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer.