R. M. Ballantyne

The Coral Island


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Ralph Rover is a traveler at heart, and has always dreamed of shipping out to the South Seas islands. He finally convinces his aging parents…

The Golden Dream


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Thoroughly engaging, at times even harrowing, adventure tale set in the San Francisco gold rush. Detailed depiction of its time and place, c…

Fast in the Ice


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At the age of 16 Ballantyne went to Canada and was six years in the service of the Hudson's Bay Company. His rule in writing, being in every…

Black Ivory


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Although the book's title Black Ivory denotes dealing in the slave trade it is not our heroes who are doing it. At the very first chapter th…

Fighting the Whales


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A fatherless boy joins the crew of a whaling ship in order to earn a living for himself and his mother. Beyond being a fascinating depiction…

The Dog Crusoe and His Master


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This is a story of an adventure involving a young man, his dog, and two friends. Together they wander through the Western prairies on a miss…

My Doggie and I


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This story surrounds a child waif, a young woman, a young gentleman doctor, and an elderly lady. This tale unfolds the story of a bond that …

The Madman and The Pirate


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R. M. Ballantyne (April 24, 1825 – February 8, 1894) was a Scottish juvenile fiction writer. Born Robert Michael Ballantyne in Edinburgh, h…

My First Book


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This is not a children's book, as may be supposed from the title, but a collection of essays first published in The Idler magazine, in which…

The Gorilla Hunters


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Ralph Rover is happily at home from his adventure on The Coral Island and wondering if he should settle down when he receives a visit from a…

Charlie to the Rescue


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Charlie Brooke is always rescuing others, and sometimes even himself! His latest rescue, though, could turn out to be fatal...- Summary by A…

The Island Queen


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The story of Dominic, Otto and Pauline Rigonda, three siblings who are blown onto an island after being shipwrecked, and are later joined by…

Twice Bought


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This story is set in the gold fields of Oregon, where Tom Brixton, and his best friend, Fred Westly, are digging gold to try to “make their …

Short Story Collection Vol. 019


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Librivox’s Short Story Collection 019: a collection of 10 short works of fiction in the public domain read by a variety of Librivox members.

The Iron Horse


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“Is that your bundle, sir?” repeated Mr Blunt a little louder. “Eh? yes, yes—all right,” replied Edwin, annoyed at the interruption, and thi…

Fighting the Flames


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Frank Willders is a brave young member of the London Fire Brigade - Willie is his mischievous but helpful younger brother. The two of them e…

Jarwin and Cuffy


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Jarwin is an English sailor who has been shipwrecked. He is stranded on a raft with only his dog Cuffy, and land is nowhere in sight. Their …

Post Haste


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In this book, Ballantyne weaves the story of Phillip Mayland and his friend, George Aspel with an interesting portrayal of the British Post …

Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished


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A runaway carriage, a spunky little girl, and a street urchin combine on the first page of Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished: a Tale of City A…

The Dog Crusoe and his Master (Version 2)


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Set in the exciting North American frontier this tale of a rescued dog and its loyalty and help to its new master really underlines the old …

Freaks on the Fells: Three Months' Rustication, Story 2 (Dramatic Reading)


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Join us in a journey of two young men in search of adventure as they discover more than they bargained for. - Summary by Linette Geisel(No…

Freaks on the Fells: Three Months' Rustication, Story 1


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In this first story in Freaks on the Fells, Mr Sudberry, a successful London merchant takes his family on a Scottish highlands vacation. Ov…

Freaks on the Fells: Three Months' Rustication, Story 3


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In this, our last short story, we join a fishing expedition in Norway.

First Chapter Collection 004


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Librivox First Chapter Collection 004 - a collection of the first chapters of 15 different books, chosen by Librivox volunteers.This volume …