Arnold Bennett

Mental Efficiency


Read by Ruth Golding


In this light-hearted yet thought-provoking collection of articles, Bennett offers his thoughts on exercising the mind, organising your life…

How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day


Read by Mark F. Smith


"Which of us lives on twenty-four hours a day? And when I say 'lives,' I do not mean exists, nor 'muddles through.'" -- Arnold Ben…

How to Live on 24 Hours a Day (version 2)


Read by Phil Chenevert


Are you really 'living', or just existing? Do you want to improve yourself or just continue to muddle through? Do you use the time given y…

The Human Machine


Read by Ruth Golding


Bennett asks us to consider our brains as the most wonderful machine, a machine which is the only thing in this world that we can control. A…

Self and Self-management: Essays about Existing


Read by Ruth Golding


Bennett's essays always provide food for thought and bring a wry smile to the lips. Human nature, it appears, changes little over the ages, …

The Grand Babylon Hotel


Read by Anna Simon


Theodore Racksole, a rich American multi-millionaire, buys the Grand Babylon Hotel, a luxurious hotel in London, as a whim - and then finds …

The Old Wives' Tale


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)


The Old Wives' Tale is a novel by Arnold Bennett, first published in 1908. It deals with the lives of two very different sisters, Constance …

Ghost Story Collection 003


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A collection of ten pieces, read by various readers, about the unreal edges of this world in legend and story; tales of love, death and beyo…

The Card


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)


The ‘Card’ in question is Edward Henry Machin - His mother called him ‘Denry’. This light-hearted story is of his rise from humble beginning…

Buried Alive


Read by Simon Evers


The hero is Mr Priam Farll, a painter of considerable ability. He is, however, extremely shy – so shy that when his valet, Henry Leek, dies …

The Ghost: A Modern Fantasy


Read by Simon Evers


The novel opens with Carl Foster, a recently qualified doctor, coming to London to try and make his fortune. He meets a famous tenor, Signor…

Tales of the Five Towns


Read by Martin Clifton


This is a selection of short stories recounting, with gentle satire and tolerant good humour, the small town provincial life at the end of t…

The Pretty Lady


Read by Simon Evers


‘The Pretty Lady’ is considered to be one of Bennett's most revealing and under-rated works. It is the story of a French prostitute, Christi…

The Regent


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)


'The Regent' is, if not a sequel to 'The Card', then a 'Further Adventures of' the eponymous hero of that novel.Denry Machin is now forty-th…

Literary Taste: How to Form It


Read by Timothy Ferguson


Arnold Bennett describes a method for enjoying literature, and suggests the contents of a comprehensive library. Chapters 1-10 and 14 descri…

Enterrado en Vida


Read by Victor Villarraza


Arnold Bennett escribió Enterrado en vida después de su obra más conocida y seria, Cuento de viejas, y siempre la consi…

The Price of Love


Read by Christine Blachford


Rachel Louise Fleckring works for the elderly Mrs Maldon, and although with the woman for only a short time, she is taken into the heart of …

The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)


Twenty-two short stories by Arnold Bennett, mainly set in the 'Five Towns', Bennett's name for the pottery manufacturing towns of the Englis…

These Twain


Read by Simon Evers


Hilda is saved from destitution by Edwin Clayhanger who marries her. The two, with Hilda's son by her disastrous 'marriage' to George Cannon…

Short Story Collection Vol. 008


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LibriVox’s Short Story Collection 008: a collection of 20 short works of fiction in the public domain read by a variety of Librivox members.

Hilda Lessways


Read by Simon Evers


This book is the second in Bennett’s four books about life in the Five Towns (the real life Potteries in Staffordshire). It tells the story …

Christmas Short Works Collection 2007


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LibriVox’s 2007 Christmas Short Works Collection containing public domain short stories, essays, poems, and scripture passages recorded by a…

Lilian


Read by Simon Evers


Lilian works in a typewriting office owned by Felix Grig, a middle-aged man of means. The office is run by his spinster sister, Miss Grig, w…

Anna of the Five Towns


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The plot centers on Anna Tellwright, daughter of a wealthy but miserly and dictatorial father, living in the Potteries area of Staffordshire…

The Roll-Call


Read by Simon Evers


"The Roll-Call" is the sequel to the Clayhanger trilogy. This book concerns the young life of Clayhanger's stepson, George. George…

A Great Man: a Frolic


Read by Simon Evers


Subtitled 'A Frolic', this light-hearted book follows the fortunes of Henry Shakespeare Knight who, rather to his own surprise, writes a bes…

Clayhanger


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This first of a trilogy of novels is a coming-of-age story set in the Midlands of Victorian England, following Edwin Clayhanger as he leaves…

Mr. Prohack


Read by Simon Evers


Mr Prohack, an ordinary official in the Treasury and leading a hum-drum life, suddenly and unexpectedly inherits a large sum of money which,…

The Feast of St. Friend


Read by Ruth Golding


In The Feast of St. Friend, a Christmas book, Arnold Bennett shares his views on Christmas as the season of goodwill. As always, Bennett's w…

Short Story Collection Vol. 017


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LibriVox’s Short Story Collection 017: a collection of 10 short works of fiction in the public domain read by a variety of Librivox members.

Clayhanger (Version 2)


Read by Simon Evers


A coming-of-age story about Edwin Clayhanger, who leaves school, has his ambition to become an architect thwarted by his tyrannical father, …

Short Story Collection Vol. 054


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LibriVox’s Short Story Collection 054: a collection of 20 short works of fiction in the public domain read by a group of LibriVox members.

The Loot Of Cities


Read by David Wales


Published in 1917, this is a collection of a novella and seven short stories by one of the cleverest authors of the early twentieth century.…

Leonora


Read by Simon Evers


Leonora Stanway is 40 and lives a comfortable middle-class life with her unsympathetic and dull husband, John. Her three daughters are rapid…

Short Works on Sports Collection 01


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A miscellany of poetry and short works of fact and fiction on the topic of sports from North America, Great Britain and Australasia. The col…

Riceyman Steps


Read by Anthony Ogus


Arnold Bennet's masterly novel is a gritty tale about a bookseller whose life and love of a woman are afflicted by miserliness. It is set in…

One-Act Play Collection 003


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This collection of ten one-act dramas features plays by Edward Goodman, Alice Gerstenberg, Arnold Bennett, John Galsworthy, Anton Chekhov, F…

One-Act Play Collection 006


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This collection includes ten one-act plays by David Belasco, Arnold Bennett, Hereward Carrington, Lewis Carroll, Lord Dunsany, John Galswort…

Over There: War Scenes On The Western Front


Read by David Wales


Bennett's served in many capacities in the WWI war effort. After a visit to the Western Front he wrote this 1915 collection of essays about …

The Grim Smile Of The Five Towns


Read by David Wales


The Grim Smile of the Five Towns (1907) is the second major collection of stories written by Arnold Bennett. (The first is Tales Of The Five…

The Old Adam


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Edward Henry Machin, whose rise from humble beginnings to prosperity was told in 'The Card', leads a comfortable life in the English Midland…

First World War Centenary Prose Collection Vol. I


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This collection of non-fiction and fiction, with its companion poetry collection, commemorates the outbreak of the First World War on 28th J…

One-Act Play Collection 007


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LibriVox’s One-Act Play Collection 007 includes one-act plays in the public domain read by a variety of LibriVox members. Project BC: Mic…

Short Story Collection Vol. 092


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This collection of short stories in the English Language brings another rich compendium of old favorites fro Lord Dunsany, Guy de Maupassant…

Helen with the High Hand


Read by Simon Evers


James Ollerenshaw is a middle-aged, wealthy bachelor who lives in Bursley, one of the Five Towns. A chance encounter with Helen, his great s…

Elsie And The Child; A Tale Of Riceyman Steps And Other Stories


Read by David Wales


Thirteen short stories (1924) by a master story teller of the early twentieth century. His writings, fiction and nonfiction, were popular wi…

LibriVox 10th Anniversary Collection


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This year is the 10th anniversary of our beloved LibriVox and to celebrate, readers have found and recorded 100 items with a connection to t…

A Christmas Miscellany 2020


Read by David Wales


Nine stories, chapters, or essays about Christmas or around Christmas. - Summary by David Wales

Your United States: Impressions Of A First Visit


Read by David Wales


Enoch Arnold Bennett (1867 – 1931) was an English writer. He is best known as a novelist, but he also worked in other fields such as journal…

LibriVox 9th Anniversary Collection


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This year is the 9th anniversary of our illustrious community, and readers have found and recorded 99 items with a connection with the numbe…

Love Stories Volume 5


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Here are 20 more love stories under an hour each, offered by LibriVox volunteers, covering all kinds of experiences involving romance or oth…

Anna Of The Five Towns



Classic Serial, Arnold Bennett - Anna of the Five Towns  Episode 1 of 2  Arnold Bennett's powerful story of love, tyranny and rebe…

Christmas Short Works Collection 2013


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A selection of poems, short stories and other prose for the Christmas season in English, Finnish and German.

Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 092


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Calling men the "Bawling Brotherhood," Sarah Grand penned a lively essay on The New Aspect of the Woman Question in 1894. Stenogra…

A Christmas Miscellany 2021


Read by David Wales


Seven chapters involving Christmas from different books. Plus part 8 which is twelve verses about Christmas and part 9 which is four Christm…

Arnold Bennett Buried Alive



Saturday-Night Theatre: Buried Alive Arnold Bennett’s 1912 novel Dramatised by James Duckett Sat 11th Mar 1972, 20:30 on …