Reading Aloud Together - Short Stories and Book Suggestions

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Post by Rob19 » November 27th, 2018, 4:54 am

Hello everyone,

I wonder if you can help me to select some public domain books or short stories which are well suited for reading aloud together.

Please let me explain. I recently set up a project called ReadWithAudrey. (

Audrey is an online community which matches readers with listeners to read thought-provoking books aloud together, sparking interesting conversations and creating meaningful relationships. The service is for anyone who enjoys reading, would like to develop a sense of connectedness with others, and values diverse points of view. We’re fairly small, but every week there are people reading aloud to each other all around the world. :D

The Audrey experience usually takes a particular shape. People typically read aloud to one another for about 15-20 minutes, once a week, over about five weeks (often alternating as reader and listener between sessions). Therefore we pick reading material which is in harmony with the format i.e. roughly 2000-3000 words in length. This is a guide rather than a rule.

We also try to select material which will suit the read aloud medium.

For example, here’s a selection of five short stories currently being read by some of our community:

1. The Bet by Anton Chekhov
2. The Lumber Room by Hector Munro
3. What I Found in My Pocket by G K Chesterton
4. Rashōmon by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
5. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

Can anyone suggest any public domain short stories (or books/novellas that could be serialised into approx. 5 chapters) which they think would work well for the Audrey read aloud medium?

At the moment, we're focused on works that are available in English.

All ideas welcomed and v gratefully received.

Just ask if you have any questions.

Many thanks for your help.

Kind regards,


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Post by Foon » November 27th, 2018, 6:40 am

Hi Rob,
I don't have any personal recommendations, but one thing you can do, is browse through our:
Short story collections:
Short mystery collections:
Short ghost and horror story collections:
Short science fiction collections:
Children's short works collections (if you're interested in that!):
Short nonfictions collections:

Not everything might be suitable for you, but I'm sure you can find plenty of short works there that would suit your fancy!


Readers needed:
Dramatic Reading: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Folklore/legends: Arabian Nights Vol. 11
Play: Zeus the Tragedian

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Post by Rob19 » November 28th, 2018, 3:28 am

Hi Foon, Thank you for highlighting these collections. Much appreciated, Rob

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Post by Peter Why » November 28th, 2018, 5:50 am

I'd go for the Saki short stories, especially the Clovis stories. Each is probably short enough for a single reading session.

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Post by Rob19 » November 28th, 2018, 6:17 am

Hi Peter, Thank you, I'll take a look... really appreciate your suggestion, Rob

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