New! 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.
Patience and Perseverance
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
Classic poems about nature, bravery, love, and the wild journeys of the imagination, all performed by Jim Weiss. MP3 or CD, 70 minutes.
Jim Weiss narrates thrilling episodes from the history and culture of ancient Greece, including the Olympics, the 300 Spartans, and the wisdom of Socrates.
“…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
“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
Ancient stories of bards and warriors told with passion and sensitivity, enhanced with music from acclaimed pianist, Paul Machlis.
Three of the world’s greatest adventures, each featuring a quest for wisdom.
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.
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.”
Upbeat and exciting yet deeply moving, this unique collection of myths addresses the equality of the sexes and the value of love and honor.
Makes Hercules, King Midas, and Perseus and Medusa understandable to children, with strong emphasis on character over violence.
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 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.
Features delightful tellings of Aesop’s Fables, plus lively tales from Grimm, Chaucer and others.
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.
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.
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.