Audiobooks

Edgar Allan Poe

Works included: The Raven (Poem) / Lenore (Poem) / Morella (Story) / Ligeia (Story) / Ulalume (Poem) / Berenice (Story) / The Masque of the Red Death (Story) / The Murders in the Rue Morgue (Story) / The Purloined Letter (Story) / The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar (Story) / The Black Cat (Story) / The Cask of Amontillado (Story) / The Tell-Tale Heart (Story) / Three Sundays in a Week (Story) / The Pit and the Pendulum (Story) / City of Sin (Poem) / William Wilson (Story) / Hop-Frog (Story) / The Fall of the House of Usher (Story) / Annabel Lee (Poem)


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Various Authors

"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:


  1. My Old Man by Ernest Hemingway
  2. Anthem by Ayn Rand
  3. The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
  4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce
  6. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  7. To Build a Fire by Jack London
  8. Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville
  9. Landing in Luck by William Faulkner
  10. The Fly by Katherine Mansfield
  11. The Kiss by Kate Chopin
  12. The Minister's Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  13. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
  14. The Lady, or the Tiger? by Frank R. Stockton
  15. The Open Boat by Stephen Crane
  16. Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  17. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
  18. The Dead by James Joyce
  19. The Gun by Philip K. Dick
  20. The Big Trip Up Yonder by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  21. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  22. The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe
  23. The Door in the Wall by H.G. Wells
  24. On the Gull's Road by Willa Cather
  25. The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
  26. The Last Leaf by O. Henry
  27. 2BR02B by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  28. The Picture in the House by H.P. Lovecraft
  29. The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs
  30. A Dark Brown Dog by Stephen Crane
  31. Araby by James Joyce
  32. The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe
  33. The Luck of Roaring Camp by Bret Harte
  34. The Interlopers by Saki (H.H. Munro)
  35. Up in Michigan by Ernest Hemingway
  36. William Wilson by Edgar Allan Poe
  37. The Street by H.P. Lovecraft
  38. The Damned Thing by Ambrose
Jack London

Jack London (1876-1916) was an influential American writer, who often chronicled adventures taking place in extremely cold environments. His works were popular in his lifetime, earning him a large fortune.


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.


Praise from listeners:


"The vocals on this are fabulous. I loved listening and you will too! Great voice on this guy." - From a Scribd review


"Thee perfect voice for audiobooks! It is so listenable!" - From a YouTube comment


This audiobook consists of the following eight Jack London short stories:


  1. To Build a Fire (1908 Version)
  2. Lost Face
  3. The Law of Life
  4. Love of Life
  5. An Adventure in the Upper Sea
  6. A Nose for the King
  7. An Odyssey of the North
  8. A Thousand Deaths
Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was one of the most influential writers of all time. The American author, a newspaper journalist in his twenties, crafted a unique, terse style later emulated by many writers. He called this the "Iceberg Theory" because much of any given story exists below the surface. Hemingway's adventurous lifestyle and larger-than-life persona brought admiration from future generations.


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, and records at The Bookquarium Recording Studio. Praise from listeners:

"The vocals on this are fabulous. I loved listening and you will too! Great voice on this guy." - Scribd review

"Thee perfect voice for audiobooks! It is so listenable!" -YouTube comment


Three Stories: /


  1. Up In Michigan /
  2. Out Of Season /
  3. My Old Man /

Ten Poems: /


  1. Mitraigliatrice /
  2. Oklahoma /
  3. Oily Weather /
  4. Roosevelt /
  5. Captives /
  6. Champs D'Honneur /
  7. Riparto D'Assalto /
  8. Montparnasse /
  9. Along With Youth /
  10. Chapter Heading
H.P. Lovecraft

Heavily influenced by Edgar Allan Poe and other gothic-horror writers, American writer Howard Phillips "H.P." Lovecraft (1890-1937) is considered a master of the horror and weird fiction genres. His stories, including those of the Cthulhu Mythos, have influenced a number of distinguished authors, most notably Stephen King.

"There are, I think, four distinct types of weird story: one expressing a mood or feeling, another expressing a pictorial conception, a third expressing a general situation, condition, legend or intellectual conception, and a fourth explaining a definite tableau or specific dramatic situation or climax." - H.P. Lovecraft

In this collection, we have examples of all four. Performed in his unique narration style by Frank Marcopolos, the listener is transported into thirteen magical worlds of wonder.

"The vocals on this are fabulous. I loved listening and you will too! Great voice on this guy." - From a Scribd review

"Thee perfect voice for audiobooks! It is so listenable!" - From a YouTube comment

Frank Marcopolos Bio:

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 in Pittsburgh, PA.

The stories included are:

  • The Picture in the House
  • The Alchemist
  • The Cats of Ulthar
  • Dagon
  • The Beast in the Cave
  • The White Ship
  • Nyarlathotep
  • The Shunned House
  • The Tomb
  • Beyond the Wall of Sleep
  • The Crawling Chaos
  • The Terrible Old Man
  • The Street
Philip K. Dick
Robert Louis Stevenson
Ambrose Bierce
Andrew Carnegie

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.

Virginia Woolf

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.

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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.

Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) is universally regarded as an all-time master of the short story form. "Ward No. 6" is generally considered to be one of his masterpieces.

"In Ward No. 6, which no one should read late at night, Chekhov has given us a picture of an insane asylum, which, if the conditions there depicted are true to life, would indicate that some parts of Russia have not advanced one step since Gogol wrote Revizor... The fear of death, which to an intensely intellectual people like the Russians is an obsession of terror, is analysed in many forms by Chekhov." - Literary critic William Lyon Phelps

One of Chekhov's "masterpieces, a fable of the situation of the frustrated intellectuals of Russia." - Literary critic Edmund Wilson

Frank Marcopolos is an audiobook narrator 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.

Frank Marcopolos

Four stories by Frank Marcopolos and four poems by Q.R. Maber. Frank's fiction has been reviewed with such praise as:

“This is a thoughtful, articulate, and often humorous narrative about the choices we all make, sometimes in the space of a single heartbeat, and the life-altering impact of our subsequent actions. It’s also a bittersweet tale of self-discovery and seminal experiences, full of realistic dialogue, unexpected situations and offbeat characters. A highly readable novel that recalls the style of Michael Chabon or John Irving, this is a literary gem that should not be missed.” – Blue Ink Review, Starred Review (Eagles and Hawks and Also People As Well)

“Enzo is a thoughtful athlete reminiscent of Henry “Author” Wiggen in Mark Harris’ quartet of baseball novels, most notably Bang the Drum Slowly (1956). But Marcopolos offers a postmodern twist. The mysterious keeps taking prominence in this novel: the hazing rituals, which are amusing, sexy, confusing, and disturbing all at once; the hard-to-figure attitudes of Enzo’s teammates; oddities like a replica of the Winchester Mystery House that somehow features a pagan mechanical bull ride; Trudy’s oracular pronouncements; and portentous dreams and symbols involving several dead birds and brick-tied balloons that a teammate pops. Each image speaks of death and aborted flight, a counterpoint to Enzo’s longing for the big leagues and a home that isn’t stifling. Also complex is Enzo’s character. A well-written, intriguing sports tale that explores the importance of home base.” – Kirkus Reviews (Eagles and Hawks and Also People As Well)

“A frequently effective collection of stories about people seeking to understand themselves and their predicaments.” – Kirkus Reviews (Infinite Ending)

“Marcopolos is an eloquent and provocative writer. These are strong stories that work very well.” – Self-Publishing Review (Infinite Ending)

Frank Marcopolos
Frank Marcopolos

The adventures of college athlete Enzo Prinziatta continue in a stunning novel critics are raving about!

"This is a thoughtful, articulate, and often humorous narrative about the choices we all make, sometimes in the space of a single heartbeat, and the life-altering impact of our subsequent actions. It’s also a bittersweet tale of self-discovery and seminal experiences, full of realistic dialogue, unexpected situations, and offbeat characters. A highly readable novel that recalls the style of Michael Chabon or John Irving, this is a literary gem that should not be missed." - Starred review, Blue Ink

"The mysterious keeps taking prominence in this novel: the hazing rituals, which are amusing, sexy, confusing, and disturbing all at once; the hard-to-figure attitudes of Enzo’s teammates; oddities like a replica of the Winchester Mystery House that somehow features a pagan mechanical bull ride; Trudy’s oracular pronouncements; and portentous dreams and symbols involving several dead birds and brick-tied balloons that a teammate pops. Each image speaks of death and aborted flight, a counterpoint to Enzo’s longing for the big leagues and a home that isn’t stifling... A well-written, intriguing sports tale that explores the importance of home base." - Kirkus Reviews

"As bittersweet as growing up. I wholeheartedly recommend it. Frank Marcopolos delivers drama and humor in a poignant story about a college baseball player looking for a way into the big league." -IndieReader (5 stars)

"Marcopolos has a flair for conveying recognizable human drama, with relateable characters who you want to see succeed. He has a far-reaching knowledge and vision about his characters' lives, which comes through as the novel unfolds... A good story with likeable characters, and a moving and meaningful novel." - SPR

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