Here’s a fun, and approximately antipodean, compliment to Jack London’s stupendous novel The Call Of The Wild. Set in 1880s South Africa, it is a set of semi-fictional stories about an English Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Jock. According to a book called National Character In South African Children’s Literature it was none other than Rudyard Kipling who persuaded James Percy Fitzpatrick to collect his Jock tales in book form. Now that is quite a provenance!
Jock Of The Bushveld
By Sir Percy Fitzpatrick; Read by various 28 Zipped MP3 Files or Podcast – Approx. 12 Hours 46 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: March 19, 2010 Jock of the Bushveld is a true story by South African author Sir Percy Fitzpatrick when he worked as a storeman, prospector’s assistant, journalist and ox-wagon transport-rider. The book tells of Fitzpatrick’s travels with his dog, Jock, during the 1880s. Jock was saved by Fitzpatrick from being drowned in a bucket for being the runt of the litter. Jock was very loyal towards Percy, and brave. Jock was an English Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History, my favourite history podcast, has a new episode (#32) in its feed.
Carlin talks about the Magellan circumnavigation expedition and asks the question:
“Are white people special?”
More specifically, was there something special about the Europeans and their drive for conquest? What made them conquer and dominate the Earth in a kind of Globalization 1.0? Were the ages of exploration and colonization a result of a specific kind of European human cruelty? Was it cultural? Religious?
By Rudyard Kipling; Read by Sumeet Bharati Audible Download – Approx. 40 [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Audible Kids
Published: 2008 “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi”, a short story from The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, is about the adventures of a valiant young mongoose.
Mark Nelson, has written in to announce that LibriVox‘s first Horror Anthology audiobook is complete! The impressive collection features public domain Horror stories by William F. Harvey, Charles Dickens, Edwin Lester Arnold, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, Hans Anderson and H.P. Lovecraft. Of the 10 stories there are four are by H.P. Lovecraft! Narration of the ten tales is by 6 different narrators. Stories vary in length from 7 minutes to over an hour.
Horror Story Collection 001 Various authors; Various narrators 1 Zipped File of MP3s – Approx. 4 Hours [UNABRIDGED] Publisher: LibriVox.org Published: February 20th 2007
The Beast With Five Fingers By William F. Harvey; Read by Mark Nelson 1 |MP3| -Approx. 1 Hour 5 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Captain Murder (From The Uncommercial Traveller, Chapter 15, Nurse’s Tales) By Charles Dickens; Read by Beth Peat 1 |MP3| – Approx. 7 Minutes [UNABRIDGED] The Doom That Came To Sarnath By H.P. Lovecraft; Read by: Glen Hallstrom 1 |MP3| Approx. 17 Minutes [UNABRIDGED] A Dreadful Night By Edwin Lester Arnold; Read by Peter Yearsley 1 |MP3| – Approx. 28 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
The Japanned Box By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Read by “mrbush77” 1 |MP3| – Approx. 30 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
The Mark Of The Beast By Rudyard Kipling; Read by: William Coon 1 |MP3| – Approx. 31 Minutes [UNABRIDGED] The Mother And The Dead Child By Hans Anderson; Read by “mrbush77” 1 |MP3| – Approx. 13 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
By H.P. Lovecraft; Read by “actualwolf”
1 |MP3| – Approx. 8 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
The Terrible Old Man By H.P. Lovecraft; Read by Glen Hallstrom 1 |MP3| – Approx. 7 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
The Tomb By H.P. Lovecraft; Read by Glen Hallstrom 1 |MP3| – Approx. 26 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]