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See the bottom of the page for my all time favorites.

Some of these links are to audio readings on an awesome site that makes audio readings of out of copyright books freely available in a variety of formats including simple .mp3 files. This site is a gold mine of material for classic works well worth reading (listening to).

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Psychology For Dummies (2013), by Adam Cash

Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1962), by Carl Jung

Dominion; How the Christian Revolution Remade the World (2019), by Tom Holland

The Art of Solitude; a meditation on being alone with others in he world (2020), by Stephen Batchelor

The Clock Struck One (1898), by Fergus Hume, read by Celine Major

A Chain of Evidence (1923), by Carolyn Wells, read by Richard Kilmer

The Borough Treasurer (1919), by J. S. Fletcher, read by Maryann

Two Essays on Analytical Psychology (1928), by C. G. Jung

The House on the Borderland (1877), by William Hope Hodgson, read by Alan Winterrowd

The Black Box (1915), by E. Phillips Oppenheim, read by Richard Kilmer - One of the most bizarre things I have ever read. Don’t bother.

Colonel Quaritch, V.C.: A Tale of Country Life (1888), by H. Rider Haggard, read by Esther

The Breaking Point (1922), by Mary Roberts Rinehart, read by Nicholas Clifford

The Bishop’s Secret (1899), by Fergus Hume, read by David Wales

Living Buddha, Living Christ (1995), by Thich Nhat Hanh

Emotional Intelligence (1995), by Daniel Goleman

Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) (2012), by Chade-Meng Tan, Daniel Goleman, Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Shape of Suffering: A Study of Dependent Co-arising, by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu

The Jewish Gospels, The Story of the Jewish Christ (2012), by Daniel Boyarin

Emma (1815) Jane Austen, read by Elizabeth Klett

Handful of Leaves, Volume 2: An Anthology from the Majjhima Nikāya (The Middle Length Discourses), Translated by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu - PDF

Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of England, by The Venerable Bede (673 - 735)

Bright Lights, Big City (1984) - Jay McInerney

The Girl With All The Gifts (2014), by M.R. Carey

The Albert Gate Mystery (1904), by Louis Tracy, read by Crln Yldz Ksr

Treasure Island (1881), by Robert Louis Stevenson, read by Adrian Praetzellis

The Prophet (1923), by Kahlil Gibran, read by Mark F. Smith

Underground Man (1896) - Gabriel Tarde

The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (The Teachings of the Buddha) - translation by Bhikkhu Nanamoli / Bhikkhu Bodhi

The Original Buddhist Psychology (2017), by Beth Jacobs

The Tao of Pooh (1982), by Benjamin Hoff

The Man in the High Castle (1962), by Philip K. Dick

What is Hinduism? (2007) by Editors of Hinduism Today // free online - gave up before I finished

The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings (1st Edition), by Bart Ehrman

The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power (2008), by Jeff Sharlet

The Great Gatsby (1925), by F Scott Fitzgerald

The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

The Illustrated Man (1951), by Ray Bradbury

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962), by Ken Kesey

The Underground Railroad (2016) Colson Whitehead

Lost Horizon (1933) by James Hilton

The Magic City - E. NESBIT, Read by Ruth Golding

Ferdinand Christian Baur - Paul the Apostle of Jesus Christ: His Life and Works, His Epistles and Teachings (1845)

Eve in Hollywood (2013) by Amor Towles

Rules of Civility (2011), by Amor Towles

In Kent with Charles Dickens (1880), by Thomas Frost, read by Ruth Golding

A Gentleman in Moscow (2016), by Amor Towles

Jaws (1974), by Peter Benchley

The Way of Ending Suffering, by Bikkhu Bodhi

A History of Religious Ideas, Volume 3: From Muhammad to the Age of Reforms, by Mircea Eliade

A History of Religious Ideas, Vol. 2: From Gautama Buddha to the Triumph of Christianity, by Mircea Eliade

History of Religious Ideas, Volume 1: From the Stone Age to the Eleusinian Mysteries, by Mircea Eliade

The Metaphysical Club (2002), by Louis Menand

Golf in the Kingdom (1971), by Michael Murphy

New Arabian Nights - Robert Louis Stevenson

The Myth Of Nazareth: The Invented Town Of Jesus, by Rene Salm (2008)

With Each & Every Breath: A Guide to Meditation, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

The Ruined House (2017), by Ruby Namdar

The Gnostic Gospels (1979) Elaine Pagels

The Man in the Iron Mask, By Alexandre Dumas, Read by Mark F. Smith

Eighty Days Around the World, by Jules Verne (read by Mark F. Smith)

Ransom (1984), by Jay McInerney

Mission (1981) by Patrick Tilley

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think, by Hans Rosling (2018)

Man and His Symbols - Carl Gustav Jung

Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliot Friedman

The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way, by Amanda Ripley

Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (1995), by Sharon Salzberg

Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought (2002), by Pascal Boyer

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari

The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell

Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights

Richard Jefferies - After London, or Wild England

Richard Middleton - Day Before Yesterday

The Buddha before Buddhism: Wisdom from the Early Teachings, by Gil Fronsdal

The Wise Heart, by Jack Kornfield

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, by Eckhart Tolle

The Hero With A Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell

Sam Harris - Lying

The Last Temptation of Christ, by Nikos Kazantzakis

Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus (1818) Mary Wollstonecraft SHELLEY (1797 - 1851) - LibriVox

The Odes and Carmen Saeculare - Quintus HORATIUS FLACCUS (HORACE) (65 BC - 8 BC), translated by John CONINGTON (1825 - 1869) - LibriVox

The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life, by Kevin Simler, Robin Hanson

The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science for Greater Mindfulness, by John Yates, Matthew Immergut, Jeremy Graves

Forged: Writing in the Name of God : Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are, by Bart D. Ehrman

Emptiness: A Practical Guide for Meditators, by Guy Armstrong

The World’s Religions, by Huston Smith

Mark Epstein, Advice Not Given

The Valley of Fear, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

His Last Bow (short stories 1908–1913, 1917), by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Return of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt, by Richard Carrier

The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Will Durant - The Story of Philosophy

The Fall of Constantinople (1453), by Steven Runciman - YouTube Audio Reading

The Normans in European History, by Charles Homer HASKINS

Cardinal Wolsey by Mandell Creighton

A Popular History of France from the Earliest Times vol 1, by François Pierre Guillaume GUIZOT

Snow in the Summer, by Sayādaw U Jotika

Time and Again, by Jack Finney

The House of the Seven Gables, by Nathaniel HAWTHORNE, read by Mark F. Smith

The Evil Genius, by Wilkie COLLINS, read by Jacquerie

The Death of the Lion, by Henry James, read by Jacquerie

The Circular Study - Anna Katharine GREEN, read by Jacquerie

Far from the Madding Crowd, b Thomas HARDY (1840 - 1928)

Sir Nigel, by Sir Arthur Conan DOYLE (1859 - 1930)

A Man Called Ove (2012), by Fredrik Backman

The Eye of Osiris, R. Austin FREEMAN (1862 - 1943)

Beartown: A Novel (2017) by Fredrik Backman

Elusive Isabel, Jacques FUTRELLE (1875 - 1912)

The Drums of Jeopardy (1920), Harold MACGRATH (1871 - 1932)

J. S. FLETCHER (1863 - 1935) - Dead Men’s Money

Augusta Huiell SEAMAN (1879 - 1950) - The Dragon’s Secret

Robert Wright, Why Buddhism is True (2017)

The Dead Letter (1866), by Metta Victoria Fuller VICTOR (1831 - 1885)

The Daffodil Mystery, by Edgar WALLACE (1875 - 1932)

The Crevice (1915) by William Burns & Isabel Ostrander

– Wallace, Edgar (1875 - 1932) - The Clue of the Twisted Candle (1916)

Oppenheim, E. Phillips (1866 - 1946) The Cinema Murder

Rinehart, Mary Roberts (1876 - 1958) The Circular Staircase

The Port of Missing Men (1907), by Meredith Nicholson

The House of a Thousand Candles (1906), by Meredith Nicholson

Thus Spoke Zarathustra, by Friedrich Nietzsche (1883-1885)

To The Lighthouse, by Virgin Woolf (1927)

Madame Bovary (1856), by Gustave Flaubert

The Communist Manifesto (1874), by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life (2011) by Richard Rohr

– Alec Ross’s The Industries of the Future (2016)

– Kevin Kelly - The Inevitable - Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future - Viking (2016)

– Paul Johnson - A History of Christianity (1976) (1976)

The Obstacle is the Way: The Ancient Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage (2014), by Ryan Holiday

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (1820). Free on

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985)

The Last Man by Mary Shelley, published 1826. Shit… had to stop listening about 1/2 way through. She is way to long winded. Some times you’ll be listening to the story, and forget what she’s even talking about. Total crap.

Thank You For Being Late (2016), by Thomas Friedman

Jesus: Neither God Nor Man - The Case for a Mythical Jesus (2005), by Earl Doherty

Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away (2015), by Rebecca Goldstein

Pillars of Society (1877) by Henrik Ibsen

After a Many a Summer (1939) by Aldus Huxley

Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) by Robert A. Heinlein

A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, as read by Kara Shallenberg

A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs, read by Mark Nelson. First serialized in the pulp magazine All-Story Magazine from February–July, 1912

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - The New Paris read by Crln Yldz Ksr

The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson BURNETT, read by Kara Shallenberg

Life After Death: A History of the Afterlife in Western Religion (2004) by Alan Segal

The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion (2011), by Rodney Stark. I was surprised how evangelical / apologetic this book was. Then I learned that in 2004 he was given a job at the Baptist Christian school, Baylor University.

Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years (2011), by Diarmaid MacCulloch

Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior, by Bart Ehrman

A History of Christianity (1976), by Paul Johnson. This is the best single volume book I have come across overviewing the history of Christianity.

Good Without God, by Greg M. Epstein

Inferno, by Dan Brown (recomended… an excellent tale)

Sword Song, by Bernard Cornwell (Enjoyed. I recommend the series)

– Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond - Amazon

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– The Complete Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle - Amazon

– Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, by Neil Postman - Amazon

– Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach - Amazon - YouTube

– Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse - LibriVox - Amazon

– The Quest of the Historical Jesus, by Albert Schweitzer - Amazon - free audiobook via

– Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values (1974), by Robert M. Pirsig - Amazon

– The Source, by James Michener - Amazon

– Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu - Amazon - YouTube

– Blue Highways: A Journey into America, by William Least Heat-Moon - Amazon

– The Snow Leopard, by Peter Matthiessen - Amazon

– Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion. By Sam Harris - Amazon - YouTube

– The Hero’s Journey, by Joseph Campbell - Amazon

Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives (1980), by Dan Millman

– Ransom (1984), by Jay McInerney - Amazon

The Name of the Rose (1980), by Umberto Eco

Mission (1981) by Patrick Tilley