Category: nonfiction

“Meditation 17” by John Donne

Source: LibriVox (mp3)Length: 5 minutesReader: Shawn Craig Smith The essay: Donne’s “Meditation XVII” is full of famous quotes: “All mankind

“Federalist No. 10” by Publius (James Madison)

Source: American Phonic (mp3)Length: 19 minReader: Michael Scherer The essay: Although the colonies declared their independence in 1776, the United

“The Declaration of Independence” by the Continental Congress

Source: The Monticello Classroom (mp3)Length: 10 min.Reader: Bill Barker The document: Happy Independence Day! Even though I’ve read it before, it’s always

“Letter to a Hindu” by Leo Tolstoy

Source: (part 1 | 2 | 3 )Length: 39 minutesReader: Michael Scott The story: This open letter, also known as “A

From Dictatorship to Democracy by Gene Sharp

Source: Assistive Media (mp3)Length: 2 hr 35 minutesReader: David Erdody The book: I first heard about From Dictatorship to Democracy in

“Awakening of the Negro” by Booker T. Washington

Source:  (mp3)Length: 24 minutesReader: uncredited The essay: In The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois criticizes Booker T. Washington for

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

Source: LibriVox (zipped mp3s)Length: 7 hours, 59 minReader: toriasuncle The book: I chose this book as my reading for Black History

“Cicero” by John Lord

Source: ejunto (part 1 | 2 )Length: 49 minutesReader: Andrew Julow The story: Cicero, the greatest statesman of the last

Twelve Byzantine Rulers by Lars Brownworth

Source: Length: 5.5 hours, plus sidenotesReader: Lars Brownworth The book: I initially was divided over whether to include this