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RC Audio Books Online

Audio books are a good way for busy moms to "pre-read" books. They are also fun for the family. All links are to books that are human-read. Some may be available as machine-read, but I don't think they are of good enough quality to put here. (Please let me know if I've accidentally linked to any machine-read books.)
Check back later, as more are released daily. (Some on this list are in the works.)

Free Audio-book Sites - There are many more free audio-books available that are suitable homeschool books, or just for entertainment. Try one of the following sites.

  • Librivox - read by volunteer readers. New, clear recordings.
  • Audio Books for Free - has good search filters for screening out unwanted books. The audio isn't a very high quality, but that may not matter to you.
  • Lit2Go - small, but growing selection of children's audio books.
  • Project Gutenberg - often these are just the Librivox recordings.

    More audio sites you may enjoy, but ones where you probably won't find RC material.
    Kiddie Records - free kid's stories (and some songs).
    Children's Vinyl Record Series - more free kid's stories.
    Let's Pretend Radio Show for children, with many classic fairy tales. Also see their other genres, including family radio shows.
    Check you Local Library - and their web site. Not only do they often have cd audio books to borrow, many are now offering audiobooks to download temporarily, and may also offer MP3 players for checkout. (I believe the files cease to work when the time's up, so that it's legal.)

    RC#REQUIRED BOOKSAuthor
    1.McGuffey's Eclectic PrimerWilliam McGuffey
    2.McGuffey's First Eclectic ReaderWilliam McGuffey
    3.Nursery Rhymes (Altemus' Wee Books)Various Authors
    4.The Life of George WashingtonJosephine Pollard
    5.McGuffey's Second Eclectic ReaderWilliam McGuffey
    6.The Tale of Jolly RobinArthur Scott Bailey
    7.The Tale of Solomon OwlArthur Scott Bailey
    8.Our Hero General U. S. GrantJosephine Pollard
    9.The Tale of Paddy MuskratArthur Scott Bailey
    10.The Bobbsey Twins at SchoolLaura Lee Hope
    11.Childhood's Happy HoursO. M. Dunham
    12.Christopher Columbus and the Discovery of the New WorldJosephine Pollard
    13.Young Folks' Bible   LDS noteJosephine Pollard
    14.Fifty Famous Stories RetoldJames Baldwin
    15.Four American Naval HeroesMabel Borton Beebe
    16.The Rover Boys on the Great LakesArthur Winfield
    (Edward Stratemeyer)
    17.The Rover Boys on the RiverArthur Winfield
    (Edward Stratemeyer)
    18.Five Little Peppers and How They GrewMargaret Sidney
    19.Five Little Peppers MidwayMargaret Sidney
    20.The Rover Boys at CollegeArthur Winfield
    (Edward Stratemeyer)
    21.Tom Swift and His AirshipVictor Appleton
    22.The Rover Boys on the OceanArthur Winfield
    (Edward Stratemeyer)
    23.Tom Swift and His Air ScoutVictor Appleton
    24.The Adventures of Pinocchio (or A Tale of a Puppet)C. Collodi
    25.The Rover Boys on a TourArthur Winfield
    (Edward Stratemeyer)
    26.The Swiss Family Robinson Johann David Wyss
    27.The Rover Boys on Treasure IsleArthur Winfield
    (Edward Stratemeyer)
    28.Ben PepperMargaret Sidney
    29.Uncle Remus (His Songs and His Sayings)Joel Chandler Harris
    30.The Rover Boys on Snowshoe IslandArthur Winfield
    (Edward Stratemeyer)
    31.Aesop's Fables (Divided into 12 volumes, this translation by V. S. Vernon Jones matches RC.)Aesop
    32.The Rover Boys in Southern WatersArthur Winfield
    (Edward Stratemeyer)
    33.The Adventures of Joel PepperMargaret Sidney
    34.Heidi (or the "Dramatic Reading" version, read by different cast members.)Johanna Spyri
    35.The Rover Boys on Land and SeaArthur Winfield
    (Edward Stratemeyer)
    36.Tom Swift and His Motor-BoatVictor Appleton
    37.Rebecca of Sunnybrook FarmKate Douglas Wiggin
    38.The Rover Boys Down EastArthur Winfield
    (Edward Stratemeyer)
    39.Do and DareHoratio Alger
    40.Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (or the "Dramatic Reading" version, read by different cast members.)
    and Through the Looking-Glass (or the "Dramatic Reading" version, read by different cast members.)
    These two titles are separate, so be sure to download both.
    Lewis Carroll
    41.The Rover Boys on a HuntArthur Winfield
    (Edward Stratemeyer)
    42.Uncle Remus ReturnsJoel Chandler Harris
    43.Jack's WardHoratio Alger
    44.McGuffey's Third Eclectic ReaderWilliam McGuffey
    45.Just So StoriesRudyard Kipling
    46.Hans Brinker or the Silver SkatesMary Mapes Dodge
    47.The Boy Knight  also called  Winning His Spurs or Fighting the SaracensG. A. Henty
    48.Tom Swift and His Submarine BoatVictor Appleton
    49.Little Women (or the "Dramatic Reading" version, read by different cast members.)Louisa May Alcott
    50.Bob, Son of BattleAlfred Ollivant
    51.Little MenLouisa May Alcott
    52.McGuffey's Fourth Eclectic ReaderWilliam McGuffey
    53.The Pied Piper of Hamelin - Scroll down. In alphabetical order.Robert Browning
    54.The Friend of Washington; A Young Folks' Life of General LafayetteHenry C. Watson
    55.Brave and BoldHoratio Alger
    56.Facing the WorldHoratio Alger
    57.David Crockett, ScoutCharles Fletcher Allen
    58.Up from SlaveryBooker T. Washington
    59.Captains CourageousRudyard Kipling
    60.Told by Uncle RemusJoel Chandler Harris
    61.The Hound of the Baskervilles (or the "Dramatic Reading" version, read by different cast members.)Arthur Conan Doyle
    62.Uncle Remus and His FriendsJoel Chandler Harris
    63.McGuffey's Fifth Eclectic ReaderWilliam McGuffey
    64.Picturesque America (Vol. 1)William Cullen Bryant
    65.Gulliver's Travels - Children's Version - (This child's version is not the same one that's linked to on the RC books page, but comes from the text at the Baldwin Project.)   LDS noteJonathan Swift
    66.The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (or the "Dramatic Reading" version, read by different cast members.)Mark Twain
    67.Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant (Vol. 1) - file contains both volumes.Ulysses S. Grant
    68.The Jungle BookRudyard Kipling
    69.The Second Jungle BookRudyard Kipling
    70.The PathfinderJames Fenimore Cooper
    71.Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant (Vol. 2) - file contains both volumes.Ulysses S. Grant
    72.Life of George Washington (Vol. 1)Washington Irving
    73.The Song of HiawathaHenry Wadsworth Longfellow
    74.The Prince and the PauperMark Twain
    75.Robinson Crusoe and The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. - These two titles are separate, so be sure to download both. (Both are included in the RC book.)Daniel Defoe
    76.The Pilgrim's Progress   LDS noteJohn Bunyan
    77.Life of George Washington (Vol. 2)Washington Irving
    78.Rudyard Kipling's Verse; Inclusive Edition 1885-1918Rudyard Kipling
    79.McGuffey's Sixth Eclectic ReaderWilliam McGuffey
    80.Life of George Washington (Vol. 3)Washington Irving
    81.The SpyJames Fenimore Cooper
    82.Picturesque America (Vol. 2)William Cullen Bryant
    83.The Diaries of George Washington (Vol. 1)George Washington
    84.The Law - This file has more than just "The Law," which is found in chapters 10-12. (This is a slightly different translation than RC. But the differences do not appear significant, as the meaning is the same.) Frederic Bastiat
    85.Treasure Island (or the "Dramatic Reading" version, read by different cast members.)Robert Louis Stevenson
    86.The Diaries of George Washington (Vol. 2)George Washington
    87.The Autobiography of Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin
    88.Pudd'nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins - These two titles are separate, so be sure to download both.Mark Twain
    89.The Diaries of George Washington (Vol. 3)George Washington
    90.PoemsOliver Wendell Holmes
    91.Afloat and AshoreJames Fenimore Cooper
    92.The Diaries of George Washington (Vol. 4)George Washington
    93.Life of David Crockett (Autobiography)David Crockett
    94.Not Yours to GiveDavid Crockett
    95.The Vicar of WakefieldOliver Goldsmith
    96.Economic Sophisms - RC book contains first and second series.Frederic Bastiat
    97.The Life and Times of Abraham LincolnL. P. Brockett
    98.The Friendly Arctic; The Story of Five Years in Polar RegionsVilhjalmur Stefansson
    99.What Has Government Done to Our Money? - (FYI: the files may not be in order. Check the RC book for chapter order.)Murray Rothbard
    100.The Song of RolandAnonymous
    101.Economics in One LessonHenry Hazlitt
    102.On That Day Began LiesLeonard Read
    103.The Holy War   LDS noteJohn Bunyan
    104.The Soldier in Our Civil War (Vol. 1)Frank Leslie
    105.Annals of a Quiet NeighborhoodGeorge MacDonald
    106.Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the SeaJules Verne
    107.Heather and SnowGeorge MacDonald
    108.Life and Campaigns of Lieut.-Gen. Thomas J. Jackson (Stonewall)R. L. Dabney
    109.The Mysterious IslandJules Verne
    110.The White CompanyArthur Conan Doyle
    111.Environmental OverkillDixy Lee Ray & Lou Guzzo
    112.The Heart of the Antarctic (Vol. 1)E. H. Shackleton
    113.Tom Sawyer Abroad, Tom Sawyer Detective, and Other Stories
    This book contains numerous short stories. The tips page has a list of all the included titles. You can find most of them at the following links:
    Tom Sawyer Abroad
    Tom Sawyer Detective
    The Stolen White Elephant
    Alonzo Fitz and Other Stories (All of these stories are in the RC book.)
    The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut - this story is the fifth chapter of a larger collection (not all Twain).
    Mark Twain
    114.The Soldier in Our Civil War (Vol. 2)Frank Leslie
    115.Theodore Roosevelt; An AutobiographyTheodore Roosevelt
    116.Oliver TwistCharles Dickens
    117.The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnMark Twain
    118.Memoirs of Gen. W. T. ShermanWilliam Tecumseh Sherman
    119.Don Quixote and Volume 2Miguel de Cervantes
    120.Life on the MississippiMark Twain
    121.Orations (of Marcus Tullius Cicero)Cicero
    122.The Federalist (Papers)Alexander Hamilton, et al.
    123.The Heart of the Antarctic (Vol. 2)E. H. Shackleton
    124.Julius CaesarWilliam Shakespeare
    125.On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals, etc. or "Scientific Papers"
    Contains all of the following: (from Harvard Classics Vol. 38)
  • On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals - William Harvey
  • The Three Original Publications on Vaccination Against Smallpox - Edward Jenner
  • The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever - Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • On the Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery - Joseph Lister
  • The Physiological Theory of Fermentation - Louis Pasteur
  • The Germ Theory and its Applications to Medicine and Surgery (It is section 4 of this audio collection.) - Louis Pasteur
  • On the Extension of the Germ Theory to the Etiology of Certain Common Diseases - Louis Pasteur
  • William Harvey, et al.
    126.American Historical Documents 1000-1904Harvard Classics Vol. 43
    127.The Enterprising AmericansJohn Chamberlain
    128.My African JourneySir Winston S. Churchill
    129.A Constitutional View of the Late War Between the StatesAlexander Stephens
    130.IvanhoeSir Walter Scott
    131.A Tale of Two CitiesCharles Dickens
    132.The Health Hazards of NOT Going NuclearPetr Beckmann
    133.The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government (Vol. 1) and Part 2 (of Vol. 1)Jefferson Davis
    134.Faraday's Lectures includes: The Forces of Matter and The Chemical History of a CandleMichael Faraday
    (or Harvard Classics Vol. 30)
    135.Fiat Money Inflation in FranceAndrew Dickson White
    136.Caesar's Gallic War  also called  The War in Gaul (Titles vary, depending on translation.)Julius Caesar
    137.Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln (1832-1865)Abraham Lincoln
    138.The World Crisis (Vol. 1)Sir Winston S. Churchill
    139.The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government (Vol. 2)Jefferson Davis
    140.Fifty Years in the Royal NavyAdmiral Sir Percy Scott
    141.King Henry VWilliam Shakespeare
    142.Two Years Before the Mast (And Twenty-Four Years After) - Though the title at Librivox doesn't indicate it, it does include the addition of "Twenty-Four Years After." Richard Henry Dana
    143.The Common Sense of the Exact SciencesW. K. Clifford
    144.Paradise Lost   LDS noteJohn Milton
    145.(An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of) The Wealth of Nations - This version has divided the complete work into 5 books (but 4 files). Be sure to download them all.Adam Smith
    146.Paradise Regained   LDS noteJohn Milton
    147.Institutes of the Christian Religion (Vol. 1)   LDS noteJohn Calvin
    148.The PrinceNiccolo Machiavelli
    149.Hamlet, Prince of DenmarkWilliam Shakespeare
    150.Institutes of the Christian Religion (Vol. 2)   LDS noteJohn Calvin
    151.The Ultimate Resource 2Julian Simon
    152.Access to EnergyArthur Robinson
    153.An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (Vol. 1)   LDS noteJohn Locke
    154.An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (Vol. 2)   LDS noteJohn Locke
    155.Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John   LDS noteIsaac Newton
    156.Bellum Civile  also called  The Civil War (Titles vary, depending on translation.)Julius Caesar
    157.De Bello Gallico  also called  Commentaries on the Gallic War or C. Iuli Caesaris Commentarii (Titles vary, depending on translation.)Julius Caesar and T. Rice Holmes
     SUPPLEMENTAL BOOKS 
    300.Little Prudy's Dotty DimpleSophie May
    301.Dotty Dimple at PlaySophie May
    302.Dotty Dimple at HomeSophie May
    303.Dotty Dimple Out WestSophie May
    304.Dotty Dimple's FlyawaySophie May
    305.Dotty Dimple at Her Grandmother'sSophie May
    306.Little Prudy's Sister SusySophie May
    307.Ruth Fielding of the Red MillAlice B. Emerson
    308.Ruth Fielding at Briarwood HallAlice B. Emerson
    309.Ruth Fielding at Snow CampAlice B. Emerson
    310.Ruth Fielding at Silver RanchAlice B. Emerson
    311.Ruth Fielding at Sunrise FarmAlice B. Emerson
    312.Ruth Fielding and the GypsiesAlice B. Emerson
    313.Ruth Fielding in Moving PicturesAlice B. Emerson
    314.Ruth Fielding at CollegeAlice B. Emerson
    315.Ruth Fielding in the Red CrossAlice B. Emerson
    316.Ruth Fielding at the War FrontAlice B. Emerson
    317.Ruth Fielding Homeward BoundAlice B. Emerson
    318.The Bobbsey Twins in the CountryLaura Lee Hope
    319.The Bobbsey Twins at the SeashoreLaura Lee Hope
    320.The Bobbsey Twins at Snow LodgeLaura Lee Hope
    321.The Bobbsey Twins on a HouseboatLaura Lee Hope
    322.The Bobbsey Twins at Meadow BrookLaura Lee Hope
    323.The Bobbsey Twins at HomeLaura Lee Hope
    324.The Bobbsey Twins in a Great CityLaura Lee Hope
    325.The Bobbsey Twins on Blueberry IslandLaura Lee Hope
    326.The Bobbsey Twins on the Deep Blue SeaLaura Lee Hope
    327.The Bobbsey Twins in the Great WestLaura Lee Hope
    328.Tom Swift and His Motor-CycleVictor Appleton
    329.Tom Swift and His Electric RunaboutVictor Appleton
    330.Tom Swift and His Wireless MessageVictor Appleton
    331.Tom Swift and His Wizard CameraVictor Appleton
    332.The Young SalesmanHoratio Alger
    333.Strive and SucceedHoratio Alger
    334.Slow and SureHoratio Alger
    335.Phil the FiddlerHoratio Alger
    336.The Erie Train BoyHoratio Alger
    337.The Young AcrobatHoratio Alger
    338.Making His WayHoratio Alger
    339.Only an Irish BoyHoratio Alger
    340.Sam's ChanceHoratio Alger
    341.Andy GordonHoratio Alger
    342.Paul the PeddlerHoratio Alger
    343.Charlie Codman's CruiseHoratio Alger
    344.Joe's LuckHoratio Alger
    345.Frank's CampaignHoratio Alger
    346.Andy Grant's PluckHoratio Alger
    347.Hector's InheritanceHoratio Alger
    348.The Cash BoyHoratio Alger
    349.Luke WaltonHoratio Alger
    350.Walter Sherwood's ProbationHoratio Alger
    351.Bound to RiseHoratio Alger
    352.Jed, the Poor House BoyHoratio Alger
    353.Risen from the RanksHoratio Alger
    354.The Tale of Reddy WoodpeckerArthur Scott Bailey
    355.The Tale of Chirpy CricketArthur Scott Bailey
    356.The Tale of Old Dog SpotArthur Scott Bailey
    357.Elsie Dinsmore   LDS noteMartha Finley
    358.Elsie's Girlhood   LDS noteMartha Finley
    359.Mildred and Elsie   LDS noteMartha Finley
    360.Elsie's Children   LDS noteMartha Finley
    361.The Border Boys in the Canadian RockiesFremont B. Deering (John Henry Goldfrap)
    362.The Border Boys Across the FrontierFremont B. Deering (John Henry Goldfrap)
    363.Dick Hamilton's FortuneHoward R. Garis
    364.Dick Hamilton's Cadet DaysHoward R. Garis
    365.From Office Boy to ReporterHoward R. Garis
    366.Harry Watson's High School DaysFrank V. Webster
    367.The Boy Pilot of the LakesFrank V. Webster
    368.The Pony Rider Boys in the RockiesFrank Gee Patchin
    369.The Pony Rider Boys in MontanaFrank Gee Patchin
    370.The Pony Rider Boys in the AlkaliFrank Gee Patchin
    371.The Pony Rider Boys in New MexicoFrank Gee Patchin
    372.Camping out Days at Putnam HallArthur Winfield
    (Edward Stratemeyer)
    373.The Rover Boys in CampArthur Winfield
    (Edward Stratemeyer)
    374.The Rover Boys in the AirArthur Winfield
    (Edward Stratemeyer)
    375.The Haunted MineHarry Castlemon
    376.The Wonder Island Boys: The CastawaysRoger Finlay
    377.The Wonder Island Boys: Capture and PursuitRoger Finlay
    378.Nuclear War Survival SkillsCresson H. Kearny
     ALSO RECOMMENDED BY RC (But not in curriculum) 
    1000-
    1006.
    The Chronicles of Narnia - Podcasts (presented with permission)C. S. Lewis
    1007.Princess and the GoblinGeorge MacDonald
    1008.Princess and CurdieGeorge MacDonald


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