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American EnglishAlice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll's classic children's fantasy tale. A British novel, read by an American.

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American EnglishCharles Dickens - A Christmas Carol

Classic British novel, read by an American.

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The classic children's fantasy adventure by L. Frank Baum. There are 24 chapters. Click Next> to continue the story. You can also download the mp3 files. Read by an American speaker. Go>

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British EnglishThe Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Detective stories from the late 19th / early 20th century by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Sherlock Holmes is probably the most famous detective in English literature. The stories here are read by a British speaker. Each story is in two parts, each one 20-30 minutes long.

A Scandal in Bohemia

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The Red-Headed League

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A Case of Identity

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The Boscombe Valley Mystery 

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The Five Orange Pips

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The Man with the Twisted Lip

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The Blue Carbuncle

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The Speckled Band

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The Engineer's Thumb

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The Noble Bachelor

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The Beryl Coronet

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The Copper Beeches

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British EnglishThe Hound of the Baskervilles - Sherlock Holmes

Possibly the most famous of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle.

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American EnglishSonnets - William Shakespeare

Sonnets are rhyming poems of 14 lines, and with 10 syllables per line.  Shakespeare wrote a series of 154, mostly on the theme of love.  These works are around 400 years old, so you may not recognise the English he uses!  However, you can read a translation into modern English, and an analysis of the sonnet, by clicking on Analysis. Poems read by American speakers.

 

Sonnet 116

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Sonnet 29

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Sonnet 40

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Sonnet 55 

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Sonnet 100

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Sonnet 106

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American EnglishThe Tale of Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter

Classic British children's story, read by an American. This website has sound Go>

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The Time Machine - H.G. Wells

Classic late 19th-century science fiction by the author of War of the Worlds. Read by an American.

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 4

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Chapter 5

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Chapter 6

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Chapter 7

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Canadian EnglishThe Call of the Wild - Jack London

Early 20th-century novel by American writer Jack London. Read by a Canadian.

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Poetry

British EnglishPoetry Archive

A large collection of poems to listen to and read online. The poems are all read by their authors.

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Children's poetry archive

Repeat After Us - Poetry

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InternationalBBC Poetry Out Loud

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