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Listeners have requested a list of LibriVox recordings of books recommended by Ambleside Online for use with homeschooling. Anyone looking for audio books for children will find plenty of ideas on this page.

This is the third part, covering year 9. The first part, covering years 0 - 4, may be found here. The second part, covering Years 5 - 8, may be found here. The fourth part, covering Year 10, is here. The fifth part, covering Year 11, is here.

The lists here only include books on the main booklists on Ambleside Online, not the various personal recommendations. If you would like to browse all LibriVox recordings of books, stories and poems for children, please follow this link for fiction and this link for non-fiction.

Please note that many books on the Ambleside list are not in the Public Domain, and are therefore not available to record for LibriVox.

Booklist for Year 9

LibriVox recordings

The Bible

The Bible
Many recordings available including American Standard Version and King James Version. For recordings of all versions, please see this search.

Devotional readings

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence.
The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith.
Concise Commentary on the Bible - Book of Matthew by Matthew Henry.


Declaration of Rights.
The Declaration of Independence.
U.S. Historical Documents: includes Articles of Confederation by The Second Continental Congress, Constitution of the United States, Declaration of Independence, Gettysburg Address.
The Federalist Nos. 1 and 2.
Letters to His Son by Lord Chesterfield.


Give me liberty or give me death speech by Patrick Henry.
Speech on Conciliation with America, 1775, by Edmund Burke.
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God sermon by Jonathan Edwards.
On slavery speech by William Wilberforce.


Peter the Great by Jacob Abbott.
The Autobiography of Ben Franklin
Treaty with the Six Nations (1794).
Washington's Farewell Address.
Boswell's Life of Johnson. Recordings of Vols. I - IV are complete.
Alexander Hamilton by Charles A. Conant.
Recordings about Mozart.

Government and Economics

Common Sense by Thomas Paine.
Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke.
The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith.
The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay.
Rights of Man by Thomas Paine.


Plutarch's Lives. N.B. This is the Bernadotte Perrin translation.
An Essay on Man by Alexander Pope.


All completed recordings of plays and monologues of William Shakespeare.
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.
Tale of a Tub by Jonathan Swift.
History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson.
She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith.
The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith.
The School for Scandal by Richard Sheridan.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Faust, Book I by Johann Wolfgang Goethe.


Poetry by Alexander Pope.
Poetry by William Cowper.
Poetry by Phillis Wheatley.
Poetry by Lord Byron.

The Oxford Book of English Verse includes work by many poets. I will only list the most prolific here, for others, search the catalogue.

Poetry by John Dryden.
Poetry by John Wilmot.
Poetry by Matthew Prior.
Poetry by William Congreve.
Poetry by Isaac Watts.
Poetry by Henry Carey.
Poetry by William Broome
Poetry by Samuel Johnson.
Poetry by Thomas Gray.
Poetry by William Collins.
Poetry by Oliver Goldsmith.
Poetry by William Blake.
Poetry by Robert Burns.
Poetry by Henry Rowe.

Recording of Palgrave's Golden Treasury of the best Songs and Lyrical Pieces In the English Language is also in progress.

Grammar and Composition

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.

Nature Study

Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock. This recording includes Part I, The Teaching of Nature-Study and Part II, Animal Life, Chapter I, Bird Study. Recording of Part 2 is in progress. Part II: Animal Study includes Chapter II: Fish Study, Chapter III: Batrachian Study, Chapter IV: Reptile Study, and Chapter V: Mammal Study.
The Land of Little Rain by Mary Austin.
The Natural History of Selborne by Gilbert White.
New! The Mason-Bees by J. Henri Fabre.


Great Astronomers by Robert S. Ball.
New! The Life of the Fly, With Which Are Interspersed Some Chapters of Autobiography by J. Henri Fabre.

Foreign Language

Recordings in Dutch
Recordings in French
Recordings in German
Recordings in Italian
Recordings in Japanese
Recordings in Latin
Recordings in Spanish

Search for recordings in other languages, by browsing by language here.

Free Reading

The History of Henry Esmond, Esq., A Colonel in the Service of Her Majesty Queen Anne by William Makepeace Thackeray.
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole.
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe.
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy.
Manalive by G. K. Chesterton.
The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton.
The Little Nugget by P. G. Wodehouse .
Uneasy Money by P. G. Wodehouse.
All recordings of works by P. G. Wodehouse.
All recordings of works by George MacDonald.
Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana.
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome.
Scaramoucheby Rafael Sabatini.
Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott.
The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott.
Waverley by Sir Walter Scott.
New! A student's history of American literature by William Simonds.
New! Sir Gibbie by George MacDonald.
New! Saints and Heroes to the End of the Middle Ages by George Hodges.
New! Saints and Heroes Since the Middle Ages Volume 2 by George Hodges.
New! The Story of Napoleon by H.E. Marshall.
in progress Marie Antoinette and Her Son by L. Mühlbach. Text on Project Gutenberg.

In the Public Domain, but not yet recorded

Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible Text at Warning: this is huge. One volume (Matthew) is complete.
The Cambridge history of English and American literature published 1907–21. Should be PD, but have parked a copyright notice on their text..
Free Grace sermon by John Wesley. Text on
The Harvard Classics Volume 43 Book scan on Internet Archive. Includes The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence (1775), Washington's First Inaugural Address, Treaty with France (Louisiana Purchase), Treaty with Great Britain (End of War of 1812).
The Life of George Washington by David Ramsay. Book scan at Hathi Trust (1832 edition, other editions available).
Ponce de Leon by William Pilling. Text on Project Gutenberg.
Napoleon Bonaparte by John S. C. Abbott. Text on Project Gutenberg.
The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson by Robert Southey. Text on Project Gutenberg.
London to Land's End by Daniel Defoe. Text on Project Gutenberg.
A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland by Samuel Johnson. Text on Project Gutenberg.
The English Constitution by Walter Bagehot. Text on Project Gutenberg.
Essays: Glamorgan Pamphlets, vols. 8-11 by Jane Haldimand Marcet. Text at Library of Economics and Liberty.
A Letter to a Noble Lord by Edmund Burke. Book scan on Internet Archive.
Ourselves by Charlotte Mason (should be PD, but I can't find the original online).
English Literature for Boys and Girls by H. E. Marshall. Text on Project Gutenberg.
Isaac Bickerstaff, Physician and Astrologerby Sir Richard Steele. Text on Project Gutenberg.
Days with Sir Roger De Coverley by Joseph Addison and Sir Richard Steele. Text on Project Gutenberg.
The Coverley Papers, From 'The Spectator' by Addison, Budgell, and Steele. Text on Project Gutenberg.
The Battle of the Books by Jonathan Swift. Text on Project Gutenberg.
Bulchevy's Book of English Verse by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Oxford Book of English Verse by another name) Text on Project Gutenberg.
Essays of Elia and the Last Essays of Elia by Charles Lamb. Text on Project Gutenberg.
Bramble-Bees and Others by J. Henri Fabre. Text on Project Gutenberg.
The Life of the Caterpillar by J. Henri Fabre. Text at Eldritch Press.
More Hunting Wasps by J. Henri Fabre. Text on Project Gutenberg.
The Wonders of Instinct: Chapters in the Psychology of Insects by J. Henri Fabre. Text on Project Gutenberg.
"An Inquiry Into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens" by William Carey. Text on Project Gutenberg.
The Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott - East Lothian, 1695. Text on Project Gutenberg.
The Pirate by Sir Walter Scott - Shetland and Orkney Islands, 1700. Text on Project Gutenberg.
The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott - The Lowlands of Scotland, 1706 (Jacobites). Text on Project Gutenberg.
Heart of Midlothian by Sir Walter Scott - Time of George II. (Porteous Riots) Text on Project Gutenberg.
Redgauntlet by Sir Walter Scott - Time of George III. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott - Time of George III. Text on Project Gutenberg.
The Surgeon's Daughter by Sir Walter Scott - Fifeshire, Isle of Wight, and India (1780). Text on Project Gutenberg.
St. Ronan's Well by Sir Walter Scott - Near Firth of Forth, 1812. Text on Project Gutenberg.
A Guide to the Best Historical Novels and Tales by Jonathan Nield. Text on Project Gutenberg.

Not in the Public Domain

Christian Life by Sinclair Ferguson.
The God Who is There by Francis Schaeffer.
Age of Revolution by Churchill.
Oxford Book of American History by Samuel Eliot Morison.
A History of the American People by Paul Johnson.
A Basic History of the United States by Clarence B. Carson.
The Story of America by Hendrik Van Loon.
Salem witch trial transcript. Obviously the original would be PD but this University of Virginia transcript isn't.
Miracle at Philadelphia by Catherine Drinker Bowen.
The Invasion of Canada by Pierre Berton.
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis.
Founding Father -- Rediscovering George Washington by Richard Brookhiser.
George Washington: A Biography by Washington Irving, abridged by Charles Neider. The original in multiple volumes is available on Internet Archive.
Washington: The Indispensable Man by James Thomas Flexner.
John Adams by David McCullough.
John Adams and the American Revolution by Catherine Drinker Bowen.
Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose.
Lewis and Clark by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns.
The Royal Road to Romance by Richard Halliburton.
Walking the Bible by Bruce Feiler.
Are You Liberal, Conservative? or Confused? by Richard Maybury.
The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis.
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis.
The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis.
War of the Worldviews by Gary DeMar.
Postmodern Times by Gene Edward Veith.
The Roar on the Other Side: A Guide for Student Poets by Suzanne Clark.
Our Mother Tongue: An Introductory Guide to English Grammar by Nancy Wilson.
Jensen's Grammar.
Most of the recommended Science books, and all the Mathematics ones.
How To Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren.
Love is a Fallacy by Max Schulman.
The Story of Painting by H. W. Janson.
The History of Art by H. W. Janson.
The Arts by Hendrik Van Loon.
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Paul Brand.
All the Life and Work Skills books.
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck.
The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.
Horatio Hornblower books by C. S. Forester.

This list continues on Recordings_of_Books_on_the_Ambleside_List_4

List compiled 14 April 2010, by RuthieG
Updating of links in new system now complete - RuthieG, 8th November 2013.