Recordings of Books on the Ambleside List 5

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Updated - RuthieG, 11th January 2014.


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 fifth part, covering year 11. 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 fourth part, covering Year 10 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 11

LibriVox recordings

Note: Very few books on the Ambleside list for Year 11 are in the Public Domain.

The Bible

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


The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton.


Speech on Prosecuting the War with Germany, 1940 (Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat) speech of Winston Churchill, May 13, 1940 (Section 7).
Their Finest Hour speech of Winston Churchill, June 18, 1940 (Section 15).
Now It Can Be Told by Philip Gibbs. (Not PD for Europe)


South! The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition 1914-1917 by Ernest Shackleton.
Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World by Mark Twain.
Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum.
The Mariner of St. Malo : A Chronicle of the Voyages of Jacques Cartier by Stephen Leacock.

Government and Economics

Autobiography of a Slander by Edna Lyall.


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


All completed recordings of plays and monologues of William Shakespeare.

Supplementary Reading for Intrepid and Bold Souls Who Are Not Faint of Heart

You don't have to read them - you can listen!

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky.
Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky.
How the Other Half Lives by Jacob A. Riis.
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad.

Short Stories

The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster.
The Open Window by Saki.

LibriVox offers recordings of over 1000 short stories in English, and many in other languages, too. For English stories, a good place to look is in the various short story collections.


Links to many recordings of essays have been given in the previous years' lists.

Search to see more recordings of essays in English.

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.
New! A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf by John Muir.
All books by John Muir.

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.

Free Reading

Persuasion by Jane Austen.
My Antonia by Willa Cather.
The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton.
All recordings of works by G. K. Chesterton.
Michael O'Halloran by Gene Stratton Porter.
The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan.
Greenmantle by John Buchan.
Mr. Standfast by John Buchan.
Anthem by Ayn Rand.
The Inspector General by Nicolai Gogol. Text on Project Gutenberg. Recording in progress

Short Stories

Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry.
The Dead by James Joyce.

In the Public Domain, but not yet recorded

Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible Text at Warning: this is huge.
The Man with the Muck Rake speech by Teddy Roosevelt - April 15, 1906. Text at
War Message speech by Woodrow Wilson 2 April 1917. Text at
Douglas MacArthur's farewell to Congress April 19, 1951. Text at
Richard Nixon's "Silent Majority" speech November 3, 1969 Text at
Congresswoman Barbara Jordan's opening statement to House Judiciary Committee Text at
Richard Nixon's resignation August 8, 1974 Text at
The Americanization of Edward Bok: The Autobiography of a Dutch Boy Fifty Years After. Text on Project Gutenberg.
Fabre, Poet of Science by Dr. Georges Victor Legros. Text on Project Gutenberg.
The Making of An American by Jacob Riis. Text on Project Gutenberg.
In the South Seas by Robert Louis Stevenson. Text on Project Gutenberg.
Various editions of Euclid's Elements Search Internet Archive.
More books by John Muir including:
Our National Parks. Book scan on Internet Archive.
(Some of Muir's books have been recorded already).
The Life of the Caterpillar by J. Henri Fabre. Text at Eldritch Press.
The Harwich Naval Forces by E. F. Knight. Text on Project Gutenberg.
Other books by E. F. Knight (1852-1925). Texts on Project Gutenberg.

Not in the Public Domain

The Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul.
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
The Pleasures of God by John Piper.
Streams in the Desert by Mrs. Charles Cowman (pub. 1925 and copyright renewed).
A History of the Twentieth Century The Concise Edition of the Acclaimed World History by Martin Gilbert.
Modern Times Revised Edition: World from the Twenties to the Nineties by Paul Johnson.
Oxford History of the American People by Samuel Eliot Morison.
A Basic History of the United States by Clarence B. Carson.
A Short History of Western Civilization by Sullivan et al.
Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain.
Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman.
Only Yesterday by Frederick Allen.
Some of Us Survived by Kerop Bedoukian.
Ethiopia Through Russian Eyes: Country in Transition, 1896-1898 by A. K. Bulatovich, translated by Richard Seltzer.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Franklin Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address March 4, 1933.
Edward VIII's Abdication Speech - December 11, 1936.
Henry Louis "Lou" Gehrig's farewell to baseball speech July 4, 1939.
The Men Behind Hitler A German warning to the world by Bernhard Schreiber.
Mein Kampf (My Struggle) by Adolf Hitler.
The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw.
Franklin Roosevelt's Pearl Harbor address December 8, 1941.
Dwight David Eisenhower--Supreme Allied Commander broadcasts D-Day invasion order June 5, 1944.
Franklin Roosevelt D-Day Prayer June 6, 1944.
Dwight David Eisenhower--Supreme Allied Commander on victory June 12, 1945.
Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain speech.
Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King, ed. by Kris Shepard and Clayborne Carson.
Why We Can't Wait by Martin Luther King.
I Have a Dream speech by Martin Luther King, Jr..
The Hungarian Revolt by Richard Lettis and William Morris.
Victim: Imprisonment Because of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 by Arpad Szilagyi.
A World Split Apart by Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn - Harvard speech.
John F. Kennedy's Inauguration January 20, 1961 "Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country."
Douglas MacArthur's address at West Point May 12, 1962 "Duty, honor, country." John F. Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" June 26, 1963,
Martin Luther King's "I've been to the mountaintop" March 3, 1968 Edward Kennedy at Robert Kennedy's funeral June 8, 1968 "I see things that never were and say "why not?"
Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.
Gerald Ford's pardoning of Richard Nixon September 8, 1974.
Ronald Reagan--D-Day Memorial - Pointe du Hoc - June 6, 1984.
Ronald Reagan--Challenger Disaster Address January 28, 1986.
Ronald Reagan--Brandenburg Gate June 12, 1987.
Barbara Bush at Wellesley 1990.
George H. W. Bush 41st President--Announces Attack on Iraq January 16, 1991.
And probably all the other speeches on the list.
Georges Vanier: Soldier - The Wartime Letters and Diaries, 1915-1919 edited by Deborah Cowley.
Black Boy by Richard Wright.
Witness by Whittaker Chambers.
Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank.
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.
When Hell Was In Session by Jeremiah A. Denton Jr.
Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng.
Mao Tse-Tung and His China by Albert Marrin.
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing.
Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes.
Nearly all the books on the geography options page.
Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt.
Books by Marvin Olasky.
Psychological Seduction by William Kirk Kilpatrick.
Slouching Towards Gomorrah by Robert Bork.
Race and Culture by Thomas Sowell.
The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek.
Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave by David Breese.
Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman.
Modern Fascism by Gene Edward Veith.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Marie Remarque.
The Chosen by Chaim Potok.
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze by William Saroyan.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
Something Wicked This Way Comes and The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury.
Barn Burning by William Faulkner.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber.
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.
The Outstation by Somerset Maugham.
A & P by John Updike.
Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor.
Technique in Fiction by Robie Macauley and George Lanning.
Norton's Anthology of Modern Poetry.
The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Third Edition.
On Writing Well The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser.
Less Than Words Can Say by Richard Mitchell.
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.
All the Science and Mathematics books listed.
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard.
All books by Jacques Cousteau.
The Outermost House by Henry Beston.
All Health, Life and Work Skills books.
The Hawk and the Dove, The Wounds of God, and The Long Fall by Penelope Wilcock.
The Three Hostages by John Buchan.
A Book of Escapes and Hurried Journeys by John Buchan - copyright status uncertain. According to LOC, it was originally published in 1922, but the Gaslight text is 1925, and the Internet Archive scan is undated.
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster.
Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton Porter.
The Trial by Franz Kafka. Beware! The text of the translation on Project Gutenberg is copyrighted.
The Plutocrat by Booth Tarkington.
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons.
Nos. 21 - 53 on the list, and most of the short stories beneath are all still in copyright.

Updated 11th January 2014 - RuthieG