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Who is G.A. Henty and why should I care about free audio versions of his books?
Henty lived from 1832 to 1902. He wrote dozens of historical based fiction novels, based on his career as a journalist covering war. That’s the answer to the first question.
Now for the answer to the second question. Here is a description of his work, copied from henty.org:
While many children’s adventure books that emphasize the traits of courage, high moral character, diligence, perseverance and other valuable personal virtues were written during this period, G. A. Henty’s books are unique. Each adventure takes place within the setting of some important period in human history. From the fall of Jerusalem to the American Civil War, Henty’s heroes live their adventures within exciting historical events. The reader learns much detailed history while he is being entertained and taught by exemplary heroes.
Moreover, through his personal experiences and careful scholarship, Henty provides very detailed and accurate accounts of history. While one might read a section of a history book concerning, for example, the conquering of Mexico by Spain, most such accounts are dry and shallow in comparison with Henty’s tale of the primary happenings and of the way of life of the people caught up in those events.
From the French Revolution to the Great Plague of London, from the Crusades to the American Civil War, Henty readers learn in-depth history, superior vocabulary and literary techniques, and the advantages of high personal character – while they are being entertained by a master storyteller.
Jim Weiss has recorded a few of his stories, but now you can get many of them free from librivox.org. I acknowledge some volunteer readers for librivox.org aren’t super exciting to listen to, but most are acceptable, and that’s OK with me if I am getting them free!
Click here to go to the download page from librivox.org .