No catches, no fine print just unconditional book loving for your children with their favourites saved to their own digital bookshelf.
New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop plus lots lots more...Find out more
Browse audiobooks narrated by Frank Marcopolos, listen to samples and when you're ready head over to Audiobooks.com where you can get 3 FREE audiobooks on us
Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) is a Russian writer universally regarded as an all-time master. According to Mikhail Chekhov, while working upon 'The Duel,' Chekhov periodically met with the zoologist and writer Vladimir Wagner. The two men had extensive conversations, one of which was on the subject of the then-popular idea of 'the right of the strong one,' which became the basis of the philosophy of the main character of the story, named Von Koren, for whom Wagner apparently served as a basic template. The story has been twice adapted for the screen, once in 1973 and again in 2010. Frank Marcopolos is the in-house audiobook narrator for The Bookquarium, whose voice-work has garnered praise from listeners such as: 'You have the perfect reading voice It’s amazing!' 'My goodness! That's the best narration I have ever heard!' 'Pitch, pace, and power in your natural, conversational style... You're the best I've heard.' 'Your voice is INCREDIBLE and the tone is quite captivating. Excellent reading. You're a lifesaver!' 'Bravo! Your voice is incredible and you really bring a ton of artistic energy to your readings. Thoroughly enjoyed this and love listening to your work!' 'I enjoyed your interpretation that you showed through your pauses, intonations, tones, etc. I prefer not to listen to any other audiobooks than yours. :)' This story has been translated by Constance Garnett, and the translation and the text of the story are in the public domain.Show more
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was a Scottish writer most known for his classic works, Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde. A celebrity in his lifetime, Stevenson's literary importance and influence have persisted over the years. In 2018, he was ranked as the 26th-most-translated writer in the world. The Body Snatcher (1884) - The characters in this story were based on criminals in the employ of real-life surgeon Robert Knox (1791-1862) around the time of the notorious 'Burke and Hare' murders of 1828, which were a series of 16 killings committed over a period of about 10 months in Edinburgh, Scotland. William Burke and William Hare sold the corpses to Knox for dissection at his anatomy lectures. Olalla (1885) - A story set in Spain during the Peninsular War based on a dream that Stevenson had. It was written simultaneously with Stevenson's work to proof The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde. The story falls into the Gothic and supernatural traditions of literature. Frank Marcopolos is a Greek-American novelist and audiobook performer. Listeners have heaped praise upon his unique narrative style, including: - 'Frank has such a mysterious voice, works for every genre of book!' - 'Frank Marcopolos is the Orson Welles of narration.' - 'Frank's voice has a richness to it, lovely and smooth, yet dark and stern. Wonderful!' - 'Just so absolutely fantastic. The performance is utterly first-rate!'Show more
In Our Time is Ernest Hemingway's first collection of short stories. This, the 1925 edition, collects 14 short stories while omitting the 18 vignettes that are sometimes included in the written text. The stories' themes are of alienation, loss, grief, and separation. The collection is renowned for its use of spare language and its oblique descriptions of emotions through a style of writing known as the 'theory of omission' or the 'iceberg theory,' which Hemingway popularized. This style of writing was a significant influence on fiction in the twentieth century. The stories included are: Indian Camp, The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife, The End of Something, The Three-Day Blow, The Battler, A Very Short Story, Soldier's Home, The Revolutionist, Mr. and Mrs. Elliot, Cat in the Rain, Out of Season, Cross-Country Snow, My Old Man, and Big Two-Hearted River. About the Narrator: Frank Marcopolos holds a B.A. in English Literature and a diplomacy from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. His YouTube channel, which features his voiceover work via free audiobooks, has garnered over 1.5 million views.Show more
There is perhaps no greater American novel than The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Presented here for the first time with essays collected by Bookquarium editors, and one short story 'in the universe of The Great Gatsby,' this audiobook provides additional context for understanding and appreciating this classic story. The story itself has been called the 'chronicle of the jazz age,' and presaged the looming Great Depression that followed the 'roaring '20s' in America. It has been adapted into no less than 5 motion pictures (one from the silent-picture era has been lost to history, unfortunately.) Annotation materials include: Essay: The Great Gatsby - A Good Novel, Not the 'Great' One by M.K. Adkins, Ph.D. Essay: The Great Gatsby - The Great American Novel at its Best by Lisa E. Paige, Ph.D. Essay: Alex Rodriguez is the Modern-Day Jay Gatsby - With this One Twist by Frank Marcopolos Essay: Is The Great Gatsby Problematic from a Historical Perspective? by Frank Marcopolos Short Story: Chapter Ten (A Story in the Universe of The Great Gatsby) by Frank MarcopolosShow more
Virginia Woolf is simultaneously one of the most influential and misunderstood writers of all time. In this collection of early stories, readers can experience the literary innovations that would make Woolf so. This new edition also contains an introduction which new readers may find helpful. Ms. Woolf's influence can be seen in such writers as David Foster Wallace, Ursula K. Le Guin, George Saunders, Donald Barthelme, John Barth, Zadie Smith, Heidi Julavitz, Dave Eggers, Giannina Braschi, Michael Chabon, Samuel Beckett, Ann Beattie, Chuck Palahniuk, Jennifer Egan, Neil Gaiman, Grace Paley, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Kelly Link, Jonathan Lethem, among others. Fans of these writers might especially enjoy this collection. Whether you are new to Woolf or have been reading her for years, the audiobook version of this collection provides a fresh take on one of Woolf's early works. Mr. Marcopolos takes an hermeneutical approach to his job as audio performer, in an effort to provide both additional poignance and approachability to these stories. * Frank Marcopolos (1972- ) founded 'The Whirligig' literary magazine in 1999, which has been called 'a landmark, demonstrating the power of the literary underground.' One reviewer said that 'you get this true lion-roaring sense that Editor Frank Marcopolos knows what he likes, and how to read, and how to publish, and he has guts, and eats insects on Wheaties with bleach.' Frank's long-form fiction has been reviewed with such praise as 'thorough-goingly entertaining' and 'highly readable...recalls the style of Michael Chabon or John Irving. A literary gem that should not be missed.' Frank's unique literary-audio work has been featured in movie trailers, scholastic environments, underground mixtapes, and on YouTube, with lifetime listens to his audiobooks achieving over 1,000,000 'views' there. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA, and records at The Bookquarium Recording Studio.Show more
This is the classic work on the best ways to distribute surplus wealth throughout the community by American businessman Andrew Carnegie, with a 2019 afterword to address issues that have arisen since Mr. Carnegie's time. Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) was a Scottish-American industrialist, business magnate, and philanthropist. Carnegie's most prominent business was the expansion of the American steel industry. Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh), Carnegie Hall (New York City), the Carnegie Hero Fund, and Carnegie 'units' (university credit-hours) are just some of what remains today of his immense legacy in American and world history. Frank Marcopolos (1972-) founded 'The Whirligig' literary magazine in 1999, which has been called 'a landmark, demonstrating the power of the literary underground.' One reviewer said that 'you get this true lion-roaring sense that Editor Frank Marcopolos knows what he likes, and how to read, and how to publish, and he has guts, and eats insects on Wheaties with bleach.' Frank's long-form fiction has been reviewed with such praise as 'thorough-goingly entertaining' and 'highly readable...recalls the style of Michael Chabon or John Irving. A literary gem that should not be missed.' A broadcasting-school graduate, Frank's unique literary-audio work has been featured in movie trailers, scholastic environments, underground mixtapes, and on YouTube, with one of his audiobooks achieving over 100,000 'views' there. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA, without a dog, and records at The Bookquarium Recording Studio.Show more
'When you read (or listen to) a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you.' ~ George Saunders Here you will find 50 of the greatest public-domain short stories ever written, as curated by the staff of The Bookquarium, all performed by Frank Marcopolos. ('Thee perfect voice for audiobooks--it is so listenable!' said one reviewer.) Some of the greatest writers in history are included in this collection--Ernest Hemingway, Ayn Rand, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jack London, William Faulkner, Kate Chopin, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Stephen Crane, H.P. Lovecraft, Willa Cather, and Edgar Allan Poe among them. Frank Marcopolos Bio: Frank Marcopolos founded 'The Whirligig' literary magazine in 1999, which has been called 'a landmark, demonstrating the power of the literary underground.' One reviewer said that 'you get this true lion-roaring sense that Editor Frank Marcopolos knows what he likes, and how to read, and how to publish, and he has guts, and eats insects on Wheaties with bleach.' Frank's long-form fiction has been reviewed with such praise as 'thorough-goingly entertaining' and 'highly readable...recalls the style of Michael Chabon or John Irving. A literary gem that should not be missed.' A broadcasting-school graduate, Frank's unique literary-audio work has been featured in movie trailers, scholastic environments, underground mixtapes, and on YouTube, with one of his audiobooks achieving over 100,000 'views' there. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA, without a dog, and records at The Bookquarium Recording Studio. The stories included are as follows: My Old Man by Ernest HemingwayAnthem by Ayn Rand The Most Dangerous Game by Richard ConnellThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott FitzgeraldAn Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose BierceThe Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins GilmanTo Build a Fire by Jack LondonBartleby, the Scrivener by Herman MelvilleLanding in Luck by William FaulknerThe Fly by Katherine MansfieldThe Kiss by Kate ChopinThe Minister's Black Veil by Nathaniel HawthorneThe Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan PoeThe Lady, or the Tiger? by Frank R. StocktonThe Open Boat by Stephen CraneYoung Goodman Brown by Nathaniel HawthorneThe Gift of the Magi by O. HenryThe Dead by James JoyceThe Gun by Philip K. DickThe Big Trip Up Yonder by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington IrvingThe Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan PoeThe Door in the Wall by H.G. WellsOn the Gull's Road by Willa CatherThe Story of an Hour by Kate ChopinThe Last Leaf by O. Henry2BR02B by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.The Picture in the House by H.P. LovecraftThe Monkey's Paw by W.W. JacobsA Dark Brown Dog by Stephen CraneAraby by James JoyceThe Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan PoeThe Luck of Roaring Camp by Bret HarteThe Interlopers by Saki (H.H. Munro)Up in Michigan by Ernest HemingwayWilliam Wilson by Edgar Allan PoeThe StreetShow more
Ayn Rand (1905-1982) was a Russian-American writer and philosopher. Born and schooled in Russia, she moved to the United States in 1926 after her family's business was confiscated by the government. She is a Prometheus Award Hall of Fame inductee (1987 for ANTHEM.) Her works, both fiction and non-fiction, have been highly influential and critically polarizing. Rand's books continue to be extremely popular, with over 29 million copies sold as of 2013. There have also been numerous adaptations of her works. ANTHEM (1938) takes place at an unspecified future date when mankind has entered another Dark Age. Technological advancement is now carefully planned and the concept of individuality has been eliminated. A young man known as Equality 7-2521 rebels. Frank Marcopolos (1972-) is a Greek-American audiobook narrator and author. He is also the founder of The Whirligig literary magazine, a podcaster, and Learning Ally volunteer. His YouTube channel, where he posts audiobooks of short stories, has garnered nearly 600,000 views and 2,100 subscribers as of April 2019. Frank was with the 82nd Airborne Division in the 1990s, and currently lives at The Bookquarium in Pittsburgh, PA. More information about his works can be found at his website, https://FrankMarcopolos.com.Show more
The Apology of Socrates by Plato is the Socratic dialogue that presents the speech of legal self-defense which Socrates presented at his Athenian trial in 399 BC. Specifically, the Apology of Socrates is a defense against the legal charges of 'corrupting Athen's youth' and 'not believing in the same gods the city believes in, but rather in other daimonia that are foreign' to Athenian life. This version was translated by Benjamin Jowett. The e-text was prepared by Sue Asscher. The text is a Project Gutenberg e-text, which is a public domain work distributed by Professor Michael S. Hart through the Project Gutenberg Association at Carnegie Mellon University. The text and the translation are in the public domain. *** Narrator Frank Marcopolos (1972-) is the founder of The Whirligig literary magazine, a novelist, voice-over artist, podcaster, and Learning Ally volunteer. He was with the 82nd Airborne Division in the 1990s. He currently lives at The Bookquarium. Praise from listeners for Frank's distinctive narrative style and voice includes the following: 'The vocals on this are fabulous. I loved listening and you will too! Great voice on this guy.' - From Scribd.com 'Thee perfect voice for audiobooks. It is SO listenable!' - From YouTubeShow more
Two short stories written by Nathaniel Hawthorne.The Minister's Black VeilYoung Goodman BrownShow more
The following stories are included in this collection unabridged:1. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge2. The Damned Thing3. Staley Fleming's Hallucination4. Parker Adderson, Philosopher5. The Boarded Window6. An Inhabitant of Carcosa7. My Favorite MurderAll performances by Frank Marcopolos.Show more
Check out the latest activities in our KidsZone.