English Literature for Boys and Girls


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(3.9 stars; 4 reviews)

"Has there ever been a time when no stories were told? Has there ever been a people who did not care to listen? I think not."
Thus begins a journey through the history of English literature, from the early middle ages to the Victorian era. The young person will experience the most well-loved characters of all time, from Beowulf, the warrior who dares to challenge a terrifying and bloodthirsty monster, to virtuous Una of The Faerie Queene, faithful to the end. H. E. Marshall masterfully weaves selections from the stories into her own retelling, leaving the reader with a keen appreciation for the great books that have become the foundation of Western culture. - Summary by cadastra (23 hr 9 min)

Chapters

Chapter I: In the Listening Time 9:01 Read by Heather Eney
Chapter II: The Story of the Cattle Raid of Cooley 13:35 Read by Gabriel Mc Dermott
Chapter III: One of the Sorrows of Story-telling 6:38 Read by MaybeCordelia
Chapter IV: The Story of a Literary Lie 6:14 Read by MaybeCordelia
Chapter V: The Story of Fingal 8:40 Read by MaybeCordelia
Chapter VI: About Some Old Welsh Stories 12:01 Read by Faerie Book Mama
Chapter VII: How the Story of Arthur was Written in English 15:12 Read by Kim Lamb
Chapter VIII: The Beginning of the Reading Time 13:29 Read by TR Love
Chapter IX: "The Passing of Arthur" 9:46 Read by TR Love
Chapter X: The Adventures of An Old English Book 9:56 Read by Faerie Book Mama
Chapter XI: The Story of Beowulf 10:44 Read by Alix Grace
Chapter XII: The Father of English Song 14:32 Read by Kim Lamb
Chapter XIII: How Caedmon Sang, and How He Fell Once More on Silence 11:04 Read by Kim Lamb
Chapter XIV: The Father of English History 16:32 Read by Ruth P.
Chapter XV: How Alfred the Great Fought With His Pen 8:04 Read by RedLily
Chapter XVI: When English Slept 9:11 Read by Wayne Cooke
Chapter XVII: The Story of Havelok the Dane 12:39 Read by nighthawks
Chapter XVIII: About Some Song Stories 13:13 Read by Michele Eaton
Chapter XIX: "Piers the Ploughman" 10:41 Read by Michele Eaton
Chapter XX: "Piers the Ploughman" - continued 13:54 Read by Michele Eaton
Chapter XXI: How the Bible Came to the People 12:00 Read by Ruth P.
Chapter XXII: Chaucer - Bread and Milk for Children 7:39 Read by Alix Grace
Chapter XXIII: Chaucer - "The Canterbury Tales" 11:37 Read by Heather Eney
Chapter XXIV: Chaucer - At the Tabard Inn 17:23 Read by Alix Grace
Chapter XXV: The First English Guide-Book 13:43 Read by Ken Masters
Chapter XXVI: Barbour - "The Bruce," The Beginnings of a Struggle 14:39 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Chapter XXVII: Barbour - "The End of the Struggle" 11:21 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Chapter XXVIII: A Poet King 17:51 Read by Shasta
Chapter XXIX: The Death of the Poet King 17:25 Read by Shasta
Chapter XXX: Dunbar - The Wedding of the Thistle and the Rose 17:21 Read by Shasta
Chapter XXXI: At the Sign of the Red Pale 18:34 Read by Cheryl
Chapter XXXII: About the Beginning of the Theater 13:20 Read by CadenB
Chapter XXXIII: How the Shepherds Watched Their Flocks 12:31 Read by mleigh
Chapter XXXIV: The Story of Everyman 7:26 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Chapter XXXV: How a Poet Comforted a Girl 18:20 Read by Shasta
Chapter XXXVI: The Renaissance 10:55 Read by Wayne Cooke
Chapter XXXVII: The Land of Nowhere 21:25 Read by Cheryl
Chapter XXXVIII: The Death of Sir Thomas More 10:28 Read by KinoOnik
Chapter XXXIX: How the Sonnet Came to England 14:01 Read by springteacher
Chapter XL: The Beginning of Blank Verse 9:31 Read by springteacher
Chapter XLI: Spenser - The "Shepherd's Calendar" 18:49 Read by springteacher
Chapter XLII: Spenser - The "Faery Queen" 15:22 Read by MaybeCordelia
Chapter XLIII: Spenser - His Last Days 12:42 Read by nighthawks
Chapter XLIV: About the First Theaters 18:44 Read by Piotr Nater
Chapter XLV: Shakespeare - The Boy 13:44 Read by Ruth P.
Chapter XLVI: Shakespeare - The Man 15:47 Read by Ruth P.
Chapter LXVII: Shakespeare - "The Merchant of Venice" 31:21 Read by Ken Masters
Chapter XLVIII: Jonson - "Every Man in His Humour" 23:01 Read by Vineymala
Chapter XLIX: Jonson - "The Sad Shepherd" 12:09 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Chapter L: Raleigh - "The Revenge" 25:48 Read by Heather Eney
Chapter LI: Raleigh - "The History of the World" 15:57 Read by Heather Eney
Chapter LII: Bacon - New Ways of Wisdom 20:53 Read by Heather Eney
Chapter LIII: Bacon - The Happy Island 13:03 Read by Heather Eney
Chapter LIV: About Some Lyric Poets 14:38 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Chapter LV: Herbert - The Parson Poet 17:51 Read by Ken Masters
Chapter LVI: Herrick and Marvell - Of Blossoms and Bowers 24:46 Read by Ken Masters
Chapter LVII: Milton - Sight and Growth 22:45 Read by Night
Chapter LVIII: Milton - Darkness and Death 21:14 Read by Night
Chapter LIX: Bunyan - "The Pilgrim's Progress" 27:39 Read by Ruth P.
Chapter LX: Dryden - The New Poetry 25:40 Read by Brooke Favorat
Chapter LXI: Defoe - The First Newspaers 16:22 Read by Traceyann
Chapter LXII: Defoe - "Robinson Crusoe" 14:39 Read by ABVoice
Chapter LXIII: Swift - The "Journal to Stella" 15:51 Read by CadenB
Chapter LXIV: Swift - "Gulliver's Travels" 15:33 Read by CadenB
Chapter LXV: Addison - The "Spectator" 28:40 Read by Margaret Lange
Chapter LXVI: "Steele - The Soldier Author 19:32 Read by Margaret Lange
Chapter LXVII: Pope - "The Rape of the Lock" 29:49 Read by Vineymala
Chapter LXVIII: Johnson - Days of Struggle 18:23 Read by Wayne Cooke
Chapter LXIX: Johnson - The End of the Journey 22:36 Read by Gini Rosario
Chapter LXX: Goldsmith - The Vagabond 15:13 Read by Margaret Lange
Chapter LXXI: Goldsmith - "The Vicar of Wakefield" 15:49 Read by Christina Fu
Chapter LXXXII: Burns - The Plowman Poet 25:38 Read by Gini Rosario
Chapter LXXIII: Cowper - "The Task" 11:47 Read by Wayne Cooke
Chapter LXXIV: Wordsworth - The Poet of Nature 12:11 Read by Aric Reed
Chapter LXXV: Wordsworth and Coleridge - the Lake Poets 19:52 Read by W. L. Bolm
Chapter LXXVI: Coleridge and Southey - Sunshine and Shadow 14:01 Read by Wayne Cooke
Chapter LXXVII: Scott - The Awakening of Romance 16:50 Read by Heather Eney
Chapter LXXVIII: Scott - "The Wizard of the North" 13:28 Read by Aric Reed
Chapter LXXIX: Byron - "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" 22:59 Read by Alan Mapstone
Chapter LXXX: Shelley - The Poet of Love 30:24 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Chapter LXXXI: Keats - The Poet of Beauty 18:40 Read by MaybeCordelia
Chapter LXXXII: Carlyle - The Sage of Chelsea 27:14 Read by TR Love
Chapter LXXXIII: Thackeray - The Cynic? 23:56 Read by TR Love
Chapter LXXXIV: Dickens - Smiles and Tears 30:00 Read by mleigh
Chapter LXXXV: Tennyson - The Poet of Friendship 15:55 Read by MaybeCordelia

Reviews

Well written, enjoyable to listen to


(3.5 stars)

This book is one of my favorite books by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall that I have listened to so far. Chapter 12 in particular was very beautiful! Excellent readers so far.