Recordings of Books on the Ambleside List 4

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

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 Reading

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis.
Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan.


Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup.
A Diary from Dixie by Mary Chesnut.


The Story of Abraham Lincoln by Mary Hamilton.
A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln by John George Nicolay.
New! The Boys' Life of Abraham Lincoln by Helen Nicolay.
Memoir of Jane Austen by James Edward Austen-Leigh.
Edison, His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass.
David Crockett: His Life and Adventures by John S.C. Abbott.
Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington.
Beacon Lights of History by John Lord, vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3.
The life of Florence Nightingale "Vol. 1" "Vol. 2"


Eothen, or Impressions of Travel brought Home from the East by Alexander Kinglake.
The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman.

Government and Economics

On Liberty by John Stuart Mill.


Plutarch's Lives. N.B. This is the Bernadotte Perrin translation.


All completed recordings of plays and monologues of William Shakespeare.
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Silas Marner by George Eliot.
Moby Dick by Herman Melville.
New! A student's history of American literature by William Simonds.

Short stories

Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe.
The Overcoat (as The Cloak) by Nikolai Gogol.
A Simple Heart (as A Simple Soul) by Gustave Flaubert.
The Grand Inquisitor by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant.
How Much Land Does a Man Need? by Leo Tolstoy.
The Open Boat by Stephen Crane.
My Kinsman, Major Molineux by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Gooseberries from The Wife and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov.


Essays by Montaigne:That It Is Folly to Measure Truth and Error by Our Own Capacity (Section 27); Of Solitude (Section 38); Of the Inequality Among Us (Section 42).
Essays by Montaigne: Of Repentance (Sections 3 & 4).
Essays by Emerson includes Art (Section 12).
Essays by Emerson includes Nature (Section 6).
My Escape from Slavery (Section 1) by Frederick Douglass.
Essays by G.K. Chesterton from Tremendous Trifles. A Piece of Chalk (Section 2); On Lying in Bed (Section 10); The Twelve Men (Section 11); The Diabolist (Section 34).
What is Right With the World by G. K. Chesterton.


Poetry by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Poetry by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Poetry by Robert Browning.
Poetry by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Poetry by Walt Whitman.
Poetry by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Poetry by Thomas Hood.
Poetry by Thomas Babington Macaulay.
Poetry by Edgar Allan Poe.
Poetry by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
Poetry by Emily Brontë.
Poetry by Matthew Arnold.
Poetry by William Allingham.
Poetry by George MacDonald.
Poetry by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Poetry by George Meredith.
Poetry by Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton.
Poetry by William Morris.
Poetry by Algernon Swinburne.
Poetry by Robert Bridges.
Poetry by Andrew Lang.
Poetry by William Ernest Henley.
Poetry by Edmund Gosse.
Poetry by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Poetry by W. B. Yeats.

There are 132 poets in the Untermeyer anthology of American poets. I will only list the most prolific here, for others, search the catalogue.

Poetry by Emily Dickinson.
Poetry by Charles Edward Carryl.
Poetry by Eugene Field.
Poetry by James Whitcomb Riley.
Poetry by Henry Cuyler Bunner.
Poetry by Bliss Carman.
Poetry by Oliver Herford.
Poetry by Richard Hovey.
Poetry by Gelett Burgess.
Poetry by Edgar Lee Masters.
Poetry by Edwin Arlington Robinson.
Poetry by Amy Lowell.
Poetry by Robert Frost.
Poetry by Carl Sandburg.
Poetry by Vachel Lindsay.
Poetry by James Oppenheim.
Poetry by Sara Teasdale.
Poetry by Ezra Pound.
Poetry by Louis Untermeyer.

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.
Walden by Henry David Thoreau.
New! The Mason-Bees by J. Henri Fabre.


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

Free Reading

Persuasion by Jane Austen.
Mr. Midshipman Easy by Frederick Marryat.
All recordings of books by Frederick Marryat.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.
The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Lavengro, The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest by George Henry Borrow. Recording in progress here
Hard Times by Charles Dickens.
Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.
Hospital Sketches by Louisa May Alcott.
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain.
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.
The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy.
Piratres of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan.
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson.
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope.
The Importance of Being Earnest a play by Oscar Wilde.
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells.
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad.
The Babus Of NayanJore by Rabindranath Tagore (Section 9 of The Hungry Stones and Other Stories).
Many recordings of short stories by Bret Harte.
O Pioneers by Willa Cather.
My Antonia by Willa Cather.
All recordings of works by Willa Cather.
Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton.
All recordings of works by G. K. Chesterton.
All recordings of works by P. G. Wodehouse.
Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers.
Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott.
The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott.
Waverley by Sir Walter Scott.

Short stories

Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville.
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain.

Foreign language recordings

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.

In the Public Domain, but not yet recorded

Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible Text at Warning: this is huge.
The Cambridge history of English and American literature published 1907–21. Should be PD, but have parked a copyright notice on their text..
Narrative of a recent journey of six weeks in Ireland by William Bennett. Book scan on Internet Archive.
Diary of A Tar Heel Confederate Soldier by Louis Léon. Book scan on Internet Archive.
A woman's wartime journal; an account of the passage over a Georgia plantation of Sherman's army on the march to the sea, as recorded in the diary of Dolly Sumner Lunt Book scan on Internet Archive.
Leaven for Doughfaces or, Threescore and Ten Parables Touching Slavery. By a former resident of the South. Author: Darius Lyman. Book scan on Internet Archive.
The heir of slaves; an autobiography by William Pickens. Book scan on Internet Archive.
Disraeli's speech on the Reform Bill. Text on Hansard. (Chancellor of the Exchequer's speech).
From pioneer home to the White House: life of Abraham Lincoln; boyhood, youth, manhood, assassination, death by W. M. Thayer. Book scan on Internet Archive.
Biographies of Michael Faraday. Search on Internet Archive.
Life of Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen (Victoria) by Sarah Tytler. Text of Vol. 1 and Text of Vol. 2 on Project Gutenberg.
Great Britain and Her Queen by Anne E. Keeling. Text on Project Gutenberg.
The Spirit of the Age; Or, Contemporary Portraits by William Hazlitt. Text on Project Gutenberg.
Beacon Lights of History by John Lord. Text of Vol. X; Text of Vol. XII; Text of Vol. XIII; Text of Vol. XIV on Project Gutenberg. Vol. XV not yet online.
Sesame and Lilies by John Ruskin. Text on Project Gutenberg.
English Literature for Boys and Girls by H. E. Marshall. Text on Project Gutenberg.

On the Art of Writing by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. Text on Project Gutenberg.
Reconstruction Text on Project Gutenberg.
An Appeal To Congress For Impartial Suffrage by Frederick Douglass. Text at
The moral obligation to be intelligent, and other essays (1915) by John Erskine. Book scan on Internet Archive.
Books and Bookmen by Ian Maclaren. Text on Project Gutenberg.
Essays in Jacksonian Political Economy: True Functions of Government, The Reserved Rights of the People, The Despotism of the Majority, The Morals of Politics. Text at Library of Economics and Liberty.
Various editions of Euclid's Elements Search Internet Archive.
Book of Insects by J. Henri Fabre. Book scan at Hathi Trust.
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.
The Bible in Spain by George Henry Borrow. Text on Project Gutenberg.
The Daisy Chain, or, Aspirations by Charlotte Yonge. Text on Project Gutenberg.
The Trial: More Links of the Daisy Chain by Charlotte Yonge. Text on Project Gutenberg.
The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come by John Fox Jr. Text on Project Gutenberg.
Miss Tempy's Watchers by Sarah Orne Jewett. Search Internet Archive.
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.

Not in the Public Domain

Knowing God by J.I. Packer.
The Attributes of God by A. W. Pink.
The Great Democracies by Winston 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.
A Short History of Western Civilization by Sullivan et al.
Arguing About Slavery, The Great Battle in the United States Congress by William Lee Miller.
Killer Angels by Michael Shaara.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Alexander Brown .
Virginia's General - Robert E Lee and the Civil War by Albert Marrin.
Evaluating Books: What Would Thomas Jefferson Think About This? by Richard Maybury.
The Law (1848) by Frederic Bastiat (modern translations still in copyright).
The Vision of the Anointed: Self-congratulation as the Basis for Public Policy by Thomas Sowell.
Graves of Academe by Richard Mitchell.
Character is Destiny by Russell Gough.
One Blood by Ken Ham, Carl Wieland; Don Batten.
The Deadliest Monster by Jeff Baldwin.
How Should We Then Live by Francis Schaeffer.
Thinking Like a Christian: Understanding and Living a Biblical Worldview: Teaching Textbook.
Essays by C.S. Lewis.
How to Read a Poem by Burton Raffel.
The Book on Writing: the Ultimate Guide to Writing Well by Paula LaRocque.
Our Mother Tongue: An Introductory Guide to English Grammar by Nancy Wilson.
Jensen's Grammar.
The Little, Brown Handbook by H. Ramsey Fowler and Jane E. Aaron.
Writers Inc.
Most of the recommended Science and Mathematics books.
The Insect World of J. Henri Fabre.
How To Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren.
The Fallacy Detective by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn.
How to Read Slowly by James Sire.
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 Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin.
A Lantern In Her Hand, A White Bird Flying, Mother Mason by Bess Streeter Aldrich.
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather.
The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis.
Nearly all books by Dorothy L. Sayers.
Most books by P. G. Wodehouse.

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