A lush bouquet of stories for young listeners! Experience Jim’s hilarious tellings of The Gingerbread Man, The Three Little Pigs and the African folk tale Why Flies Buzz, each with a multitude of character voices, and many more. Blooming with warmth, wit and color, this bouquet will provide your whole family with favorites to last a lifetime.
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First Stories to Last a Lifetime
A Collection of Just So Stories
With vivid characters and an hysterically funny choice of words, Rudyard Kipling’s beloved stories “explain” how camels got humps, great whales got tiny throats, elephants got trunks and more. Written by Rudyard Kipling and read unabridged by Jim Weiss.
Uncle Wiggly’s Storybook
These charming modern classics offer gentle lessons amid laughter as the clever, courteous rabbit ingeniously helps his animal and human friends.
Tell Me A Story! A Treasury of Classics
Younger children will be absolutely transported, and older children and adults will laugh just as hard at this frolicking collection of time-tested favorite stories.
Acclaimed bedtime recording with six vignettes that take the listener into scenes which bring about feelings of safety and love.
Listeners of all ages can drift into Sweet Dreams with these remarkably restful visualizations.
Features delightful tellings of Aesop’s Fables, plus lively tales from Grimm, Chaucer and others.
Gone West: Bold Adventures of American Explorers and Pioneers
A new nation that would stretch from ocean to ocean: this was the dream. Follow it into reality, from Jefferson and Monroe arranging the Louisiana Purchase through the bold explorations of Lewis & Clark, and Sacagawea.
Good Luck Duck
Good Luck Duck is the first book in Greathall’s line of out-of-print books that are just “too good to be forgotten.” Written in 1950 by Award-winning author Meindert Dejong, Good Luck Duck is the story of young Timothy who ventures to the fair and wins an astounding and endearing duck.
American Tall Tales
These uproarious American folk stories will have you laughing out loud and pondering.
Famously Funny: A Collection of Beloved Stories and Poems
Prepare to laugh out loud! Jim Weiss has mixed together some of the funniest stories and poems from the world’s wittiest authors for a recording that will delight the entire family.
Tales From Cultures Far and Near
Classics of many lands wisdom from China and Japan, an African romance, wildly funny Native American, Arabian and Spanish tales— show that the human beings who tell them all are related.
A Christmas Carol and Other Favorites
Dickens’ beloved story of miserly Scrooge, ghostly visitors and human compassion. The 0. Henry and Bret Harte masterpieces make holiday literature year-round favorites on this masterful recording.
King Arthur and His Knights
Brings King Arthur and his Knights to life with action and grandeur, at a level which children can really grasp.
Rip Van Winkle / Gulliver’s Travels
Three classics in one! The sly humor of Rip Van Winkle, Gulliver’s adventures among the tiny Lilliputians, and the wisdom of a Jewish folk tale.
Makes Hercules, King Midas, and Perseus and Medusa understandable to children, with strong emphasis on character over violence.
Transports the listener to the magical world of the Arabian Nights.
Best Loved Stories in Song & Dance
Enchanting favorite tales, plus delightful songs to dance to and sing along with.
She & He: Adventures in Mythology
Upbeat and exciting yet deeply moving, this unique collection of myths addresses the equality of the sexes and the value of love and honor.
The Three Musketeers / Robin Hood
Violence is downplayed and the characters in the two swashbuckling stories are portrayed as humans with thoughts and feelings.
Fairytale Favorites in Story & Song
Classics of imagination and wonder.
Tales From the Old Testament
An exciting introduction to the Bible. Features nondenominational portraits of biblical characters as caring, understandable humans facing extraordinary situations.
Jewish Holiday Stories
The three astonishing stories on this recording form the basis for three Jewish Holidays: Chanukah, Purim, and Passover.
Giants! A Colossal Collection of Tales and Tunes
A big recording full of big surprises, mixing favorite classics, original songs and the very best folktales for listeners of all sizes. Expect giant grins all around.
Heroes, Horses, and Harvest Moons:A Cornucopia of Best-Loved Poems, Volume I
Classic poems about nature, bravery, love, and the wild journeys of the imagination, all performed by Jim Weiss.
MP3 or CD, 70 minutes.
The Reluctant Dragon
Can a brave knight, a misunderstood dragon, and a clever boy find a way to win a fight without actually fighting? Enjoy Jim Weiss’ new unabridged audio performance of this beloved story by Kenneth Grahame (author of The Wind in the Willows) that includes a brand-new song, “The Waltz of the Dragon.”
Bible Stories: Great Men and Women from Noah through Solomon
The Bible brims with stories of people who don’t seem remarkable until God chooses to work through them to further His purposes. His intentions link everyone and everything – which was a startling idea in the chaotic ancient world.
A second revelation in these stories was that God cared how human beings behaved toward one another. This enormous, eye-opening change in religion remains one of the greatest gifts ever to enter the world – and one of the most challenging.
Thirty years ago, one of Jim Weiss’ first recordings was “Tales from the Old Testament.” I love the stories and the people in them, but after time and a great deal of thought, Jim says, “I have been led to a new recording-one that I could not have made all those years ago and the result is “Bible Stories: Great Men and Women from Noah to Solomon.” More than ever, I seek the lessons that Bible stories offer us… if we pay attention. Join me in this exploration of stories, some familiar and some new, that form one of the foundations of our world.”
My Father’s Dragon
Master storyteller Jim Weiss brings Ruth Gannett’s Newbery Honor-winning classic to rollicking life in this new, unabridged audio adaptation. Hang on to your hat as Jim gives voice to 28 different characters, including a whole menagerie of animals, in 54 minutes!
Young Elmer Elevator must use all his resourcefulness and cleverness (along with a little bit of chewing gum) to survive a journey to the mysterious Wild Island, where he aims to rescue an enslaved dragon. Jim Weiss’s endless variety of voices depict the crocodiles, warthogs, tigers, monkeys, and other colorful creatures whom Elmer meets along the way.
The Dragon Diaries
Thrill to dragon stories from around the world and throughout the centuries, spun by Master Storyteller Jim Weiss. From misty Scottish lochs to the sea-caves of Japan, and from the steppes of Russia to the Gold Coast of Africa, these seven stories span more than five thousand years of human fascination with dragons. Jim Weiss adapts folk tales and myths of helpful dragons, ferocious dragons, greedy dragons, and clever dragons–and the men and women who encounter them. You’ll be amazed as you range from one of the oldest surviving written tales in human literature, reflecting the never ending allure of dragons, to Jim’s own spellbinding tale, set in Scotland and compounded from archetypal tales from multiple lands. Your family will love this exhilarating ride on the wings of dragons!
George Washington: First in the Hearts of His Countrymen
Character shapes a nation as Jim Weiss presents the action-filled, moving story of George Washington, a man of remarkable physical strength and equally powerful emotions. By the end, you’ll understand why George Washington truly merits the title “first in the hearts of his countrymen.”
I Said I Could and I Did: True Stories of 20th Century Americans
In this inspiring collection of true stories of 20th Century Americans whose gifts transformed the world you will meet six remarkable Americans. These stories will have you shaking your head in wonder at the vast (and vastly entertaining) variety of ways in which humans can strive for greatness.
Women in Blue or Gray
The passion of the American Civil War comes alive as we look at pairs of remarkable, courageous and dedicated women from both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. These are true, thrilling stories that girls, boys and parents will find exciting and inspiring.
Julius Caesar and the Story of Rome
Adventurer, conquerer, political genius, classic author – Julius Caesar lived one of history’s most amazing lives. Yet it was the story of his death that William Shakespeare turned into a dramatic masterpiece. This spirited retelling brings us Shakespeare’s cast of immortal characters with excerpts from the original dialogue told in a way that young listeners can grasp. This CD will nurture a passion for Shakespeare and an understanding of why these people and historical events still shape our world today.
Masters of the Renaissance: Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and more
In true stories as vivid as the colors in which they painted, Jim Weiss brings to life the astounding Leonardo da Vinci; the volcanic genius Michelangelo; Brunelleschi, who changed the way we see the world; the lighthearted sculptor, Donatello; and other captivating characters.
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Great literature and science merge in this masterpiece of adventure, thrillingly retold by Jim Weiss. A century before Jacques Cousteau, Jules Verne took readers for a whirlwind journey beneath the sea in the submarine Nautilus.
A Treasury Of Wisdom: Stories Of Hope And Inspiration
Timeless wisdom drawn from 3000 years of accumulated experience offers hope, insight and inspiration to listeners of all ages. These true stories of great individuals include – Raphael, Michelangelo, Diogenes, Alexander The Great, King Solomon, Jesus’ “The Good Samaritan”, Beatrix Potter, Satchel Paige, and more.
Thomas Jefferson’s America
Experience the many facets of this remarkable man’s life as you examine his encounters with Washington, Adams, Madison, Franklin, Monroe, Hamilton and Lafayette. A masterly portrait of the founder whose life has come to personify the blessing, and the challenges, of being an American.
The Prince & The Pauper
The genius of Mark Twain abounds in this remarkable adventure of two young boys who exchange identities and learn the nature of true nobility.
Abraham Lincoln and the Heart of America
Laughter, tragedy and astonishing triumphs abound in this storytelling biography of our sixteenth president who used humor, strength and moral clarity to steer a nation and a people through their most trying times.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain’s humorous tale of childhood and adventure, burnished to gold by nostalgia, is one of America’s most beloved stories.
The Queen’s Pirate: Elizabeth I and Sir Francis Drake
From daring sea voyages to glittering throne rooms to the dreaded Tower of London, you will experience the pageantry of olde England with two of history’s most fascinating characters.
Spooky Classics for Children
Suspense, laughter and plenty of plot twists in tales from Wilde, Hawthorne and Kipling. A family defies a medieval ghost. A youth potion reveals old secrets. Two friends share a haunting episode. Spooky, not scary!
Sherlock Holmes for Children
Brings the world of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to life for children.
Mystery! Mystery! for Children
Three of the most popular mysteries of all time in one volume.
Shakespeare for Children
The glorious richness of two of Shakespeare’s best loved plays on a level children can grasp.
Heroes in Mythology
Three of the world’s greatest adventures, each featuring a quest for wisdom.
Ancient stories of bards and warriors told with passion and sensitivity, enhanced with music from acclaimed pianist, Paul Machlis.
The Jungle Book
Vivid characters true to Rudyard Kipling’s original stories spring to life in tales of a young boy raised among wolves and other wild creatures of the Indian jungle.
Pirates! Buried treasure! Loyal friends and treacherous villains! Here is Robert Louis Stevenson’s immortal adventure with all its vivid characters.
Egyptian Treasures: Mummies and Myths
“Storyteller Jim Weiss brings a master’s touch to this collection… Weiss’ telling is captivating…the well-modulated voice of the storyteller whose pacing and expression are masterful.” —School Library Journal
Galileo and the Stargazers
“…Jim Weiss turns historic icons of the sciences into real people, weaving the thrill of discovery into a tapestry of enchantment with tales about great thinkers who changed the world.” —Parents’ Choice
Courage and a Clear Mind: True Adventures of the Ancient Greeks
Jim Weiss narrates thrilling episodes from the history and culture of ancient Greece, including the Olympics, the 300 Spartans, and the wisdom of Socrates.
I, Too, Sing America: Stories and Poems Honoring Black Lives & History
To help students explore African-American history and culture, we have assembled this downloadable audio collection of biographies and folk tales. Jim Weiss tells of Harriet Tubman’s bravery, Satchel Paige’s wisdom, Langston Hughes’s creativity, and more. Included is a downloadable PDF of Susan Wise Bauer’s Teaching Guide on Dunbar’s poem, “Sympathy”, designed to help your students better understand the poet’s work and its place in American history.
Ten Thousand Stars: A Cornucopia of Best-Loved Poems, Vol. 2
Beloved storyteller Jim Weiss performs “thrilling, engaging poetry for listeners from middle school age through adults. Hear poems by, and learn about he lives of poets from three centuries and three continents.
Swordsmen, Saints, and Scholars: Great Men & Women of the Middle Ages
When you hear the words “The Middle Ages,” do you picture a knight in armor atop a fiery steed, a stone castle fortified with drawbridge and moat, or an immense cathedral towering above a medieval town? The Middle Ages were all of these and more: a widely diverse cavalcade that lasted for nine or ten centuries, from the fall of Rome to the birth of the Renaissance, and covered many nations.
GENIUS, TIMES FOUR: Scientists and Mathematicians Who Fought Diseases, Stopped Time, and Opened New Worlds
NEW!!! Award-winning author and storyteller Jim Weiss sets you right in the middle of the action as Marie Curie and her family triumph over poverty and personal loss to win six Nobel Prizes; as shy Isaac Newton remakes our understanding of the universe and the laws that govern it, then risks his life to destroy a criminal conspiracy that threatens a nation; as Albert Einstein builds the foundations of our modern world and then confronts the results with wisdom and humor; and as Gertrude Elion, Nobel Prize-winning, pioneering biochemist, parlays her joyous love of learning into medical breakthroughs that save thousands of lives and open professional doors for other women.
As dramatic as any great literary classic, and told in Jim Weiss’s warm, accessible style, these stories reveal the personal, professional and societal challenges these geniuses overcame, and shine a light on the nature of genius itself. And as a clear, family-friendly introduction to mathematics and science, listeners will find an inspiring, welcoming world opening up.
The Boxcar Children
At last, one of the most cherished family classics comes to audio in an unabridged reading by acclaimed voice actor Jim Weiss. Jim brings out the unique warmth and cleverness of each beloved character in this best-selling story of four children, recently orphaned, who must run away to remain together, and who find refuge in a deserted railway boxcar in the woods. The friends they make, including a charming stray dog whom they adopt, and the children’s mutual support and ingenuity in turning challenges into surprising triumphs will warm the hearts of every listener. Don’t wait. It’s time to meet The Boxcar Children.
The Adventurous Life of Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt boldly led the United States and much of the world into our Modern Age, farsightedly shaping today’s issues a century ago. From the Wild West to the White House, he led a life of non-stop, exhilarating adventures and public service he called “the life of action… striving to do deeds in a worthy cause.” His astonishing life shows how much one determined person can relish life, overcome challenges and benefit society.
Jim Weiss Presents: New Stories from New Friends
Acclaimed storyteller Jim Weiss is joined by three talented new voices for a spellbinding new audio collection. All four stories reflect an ongoing theme of friendship and character.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
New! If your only experience with The Wizard of Oz is the movie, you will be astounded and delighted to find that L. Frank Baum’s book is full of adventures, characters, and charm far beyond the wonder that the big-screen version conveyed.
When a tornado whisks young Dorothy away from Kansas with her faithful dog Toto, she finds herself in the mysterious Land of Oz, where unknown dangers and strange creatures await her. Can she find a way back home? Can her new friends the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man find courage, brains, and a heart? Searching for answers from the mysterious Wizard of Oz, and pursued by the forces of the Wicked Witch of the West, Dorothy and her companions must work together to complete their dangerous quest.
Jim Weiss’s fresh performance of this American classic introduces a new generation of listeners to the magic, wonder, and adventure of the Land of Oz.
A Tale of Two Cities
Written by Charles Dickens and told by Jim Weiss, this masterful, historical novel is set in Paris and London during the stormy upheavals of the French Revolution.
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Mysteries don’t come any better than the stories of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The Hound of the Baskervilles is perhaps the most famous of all their adventures, and now Jim Weiss transports us, as only he can, to their world of suspense, shocking surprises, friendship, intellect, and courage.
Romeo and Juliet
The profound beauty of Shakespeare’s most famous verse and characters come profoundly alive as you are transported through torch-lit feasting halls, dusty streets and moonlit gardens of Renaissance Italy. This masterpiece of feuding families and young love has thrilled audiences for four centuries.
Pharaohs and Queens of Ancient Egypt
In this brand-new audiobook, Jim Weiss takes you from palace plots to treasure chambers, from the inner rooms of a mysterious temple to the middle of a thundering chariot charge.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Prison escapes! Secret identities! Hidden treasure! And a quest for justice. Jim Weiss brings you this thrilling adaptation of the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas.