All Titles from Matt Armstrong

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

One of the most enduring American novels of all time, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn follows the adventures of Huck Finn and a runaway slave named Jim as they travel down the Mississippi river on a raft--all in order to help Jim win his freedom from slavery. Told in Twain's unique style, Huck Finn's story is one of the greatest tales of love, respect, and human decency, told through the eyes of an unlearned, but big-hearted, boy.

Readers, please note: This story contains language that many consider to be offensive. Open Book Audio has opted to remain faithful to Twain's original story and keep this language intact.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain's engaging novel about Tom Sawyer, a young, mischievous boy with a nose for trouble and a heart of gold. One of the most enduring American novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a jaunty, free-wheeling story that exemplifies the life of a young boy on the frontier in the mid 1800s.
A Note from Open Book Audio: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer contains racially charged language that can be considered to be offensive. However, in the interest of literary authenticity, Open Book Audio has opted to leave this language intact. OBA does not believe or endorse this language or the opinions behind it.

The Brotherhood of the Magic Sword Book 1

This audiobook is for everybody who wants to improve their English. It’s fun to learn English by listening to interesting stories.
 
The lock was so rusty that Stanley didn’t need long to break it. Then he opened the lid and pointed the flashlight inside. Stanley stared in disbelief at a face inside the chest. To his horror the face was staring back.
 
The Brotherhood of the Magic Sword – Book 1 is a comprehensive reader designed especially for intermediate and advanced students of English as a Second Language. The book was developed and tested by full-time teachers of English.
 
Follow the adventures of five teenagers who have their courage and hearts in the right place. The stories have plot twists and surprise endings. You will look forward to discovering what happens next.
 
This audiobooks comes with a free PDF including the full text of the story and additional exercises.

Easy Reading for ESL Students - Book 3 is a comprehensive reader designed especially for intermediate and advanced students of English as a Second Language. The book was developed and tested by full-time teachers of English. There are twelve stories accompanied by comprehension, vocabulary, speaking and writing exercises. The stories are short (400-500 words). Each story and its exercises can be completed in 60 minutes. 
 
An American doctor is captured by an Indian tribe and taken into their village in the middle of the rain forest. His chances to survive are very small. Then something unbelievable happens, and he becomes the shaman. 
 
A policeman is arresting a man on the street in the middle of the night. When he looks at the man’s face, he can’t believe his eyes. Who is that man? 
 
After a road accident a group of children are stuck in the mountains. Their bus driver and their teacher are hurt. It is dark and cold. The children are frightened. A boy prays for a miracle, and then the miracle happens. 
 
It’s dark. A man is running in the forest. Suddenly he hears voices. He stops and goes to see who is speaking. Then a big adventure unfolds. A
 
This book is for everybody who wants to improve their English. It’s fun to learn English by reading interesting stories. The audio version of this book also comes with a PDF of the text of each story and accompanying exercises.

Easy Reading for ESL Students – Starter 1 is a comprehensive reader designed especially for beginning and intermediate students of English as a Second Language. The book was developed and tested by full-time teachers of English.
 
This audio book also comes with a free PDF file that you can use to follow along with the audio book.
 
There are twelve short stories. Each story is designed to engage students in a well-rounded language learning experience. There are vocabulary, comprehension, speaking, and writing exercises following each story. 
 
The stories are entertaining and have plot twists and surprise endings. Teachers of English as a Second Language will enjoy using them to engage students on a wide range of topics and interests.
 
A man is testing a hang-glider. He accidently lands in the lions’ enclosure. A lion sees him and walks towards him. The man is terrified. Is he going to die?
 
A young man is celebrating his graduation. He jumps in a swimming pool and disappears. His friends look for him. They can’t find him. Where is he?
 
A girl gets a kitten from a strange old woman. The girl brings the kitten home. She doesn’t tell her parents anything. The cat gets bigger and bigger. Her brother thinks it’s a leopard. Is it? And much more.
 
The stories are short (300 – 400 words). Each story and its exercises can be completed in 60 minutes.
 
This book is for everybody who wants to improve their English. It’s fun to learn English by reading and listening to interesting stories.

Easy Reading for ESL Students Starter 2

Easy Reading for ESL Students – Starter 2 is a comprehensive reader designed especially for beginning and intermediate students of English as a Second Language. The book was developed and tested by full-time teachers of English.
 
This audio book also comes with a free PDF file that you can use to follow along with the audio book.
 
There are twelve short stories. Each story is designed to engage students in a well-rounded language learning experience. There are vocabulary, comprehension, speaking, and writing exercises following each story. 
 
The stories are entertaining and have plot twists and surprise endings. Teachers of English as a Second Language will enjoy using them to engage students on a wide range of topics and interests.
 
A man is in the middle of a forest. Suddenly the earth opens and three figures come out of the opening. He is terrified. He thinks they are ghosts. Are they?
 
A policeman is going to arrest a man. The policeman looks at the man’s face and can’t believe his eyes. The man looks exactly like him. Is it a coincidence?
 
A man builds a hang-glider and tries to escape on it to another country. The border is guarded by armed soldiers. The soldiers see him. Are they going to shoot him down? And much more.
 
The stories are short (300 – 400 words). Each story and its exercises can be completed in 60 minutes.
 
This book is for everybody who wants to improve their English. It’s fun to learn English by reading interesting stories.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - Open Book Audio

Victor Frankenstein was a brilliant and driven scientist with a passion for discovering the way the world worked. In a fit of madness, Frankenstein perfects a method for reanimating dead tissue, and uses it to form a creature. Terrified by his own creation, he is forced to face the consequences of creating a being with superhuman powers and a desperate need to be loved. Used countless times in movies, television, radio, cartoons, and more, Frankenstein is a wonderful morality tale that has established itself as one of the most well-known novels in the English language.

ink Spots by Brian McDonald

Ink Spots is a collection of brief but powerful essays on writing, story structure and filmmaking by award winning writer/director/producer Brian McDonald. With inspiring wit and wisdom he will not only teach you how to be a better writer, but a more observant person and a better student in any field. You’ll find yourself uncontrollably thinking deep thoughts about writing, film or anything else you are passionate about in life. Foreword by Glen Keane. 

"Listen to Brian, he has the unique ability to articulate what makes good writing." – Al Higgins, Writer "News Radio", "Malcolm in the Middle" and "Mike & Molly" 

“If you don't already have a mentor, here's one you'll love, in portable form.” -- Steve Englehart novelist and writer of classic versions of dozen of comics series such as Batman and The Avengers 

"Brian's book is filled with insightful and useful gems for writers of any experience level. The only reason you'll want to put it down is to go start writing yourself." -- J. Elvis Weinstein writer/producer "Freaks and Geeks", "Mystery Science Theater 3000", "Cinematic Titanic" 

"Brian writes in clear, readily usable ways to improve your screenwriting. Like time-release story capsules they ignite and helped me over many movies and countless story bends. Give him a read, take a couple and repeat as needed." -- Ronnie del Carmen, story supervisor on UP and Finding Nemo, director and writer at Pixar Animation Studios. 

"I use Brian McDonald's books in my classes because I'm a student of his work. All teachers are students all the time. Brian hasn't forgotten that he occupies both a seat in the classroom and the spot in front of the classroom." -- Shawn Wong Professor, Department of English University of Washington

Acclaimed by successful screenwriters and authors, Invisible Ink is a helpful, accessible guide to the essential elements of the best storytelling. Brian McDonald, an award winning screenwriter who has taught his craft at several major studios, supplies writers with tools to make their work more effective and provides readers and audiences a deeper understanding of the storyteller's art. When people think of a screenplay, they usually think about dialogue-the "visible ink" that is readily accessible to the listener, reader, or viewer. But a successful screenplay needs Invisible Ink as well, the craft below the surface of words. Invisible Ink lays out the essential elements of screenplay structure, using vivid examples from famous moments in popular movies as well as from one of his own popular scripts. You will learn techniques for building a compelling story around a theme, making your writing engage audiences, creating appealing characters, and much more. Praise for Invisible Ink: "...If I manage to reach the summit of my next story it will be in no small part due to having read Invisible Ink." -Andrew Stanton (cowriter Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., and cowriter/director Finding Nemo and WALL-E) "...Brian McDonald uses his deep understanding of story and character to pass on essential truths about dramatic writing. Ignore him at your peril." -Jim Taylor (Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Sideways and Election) "... I recommend this fine handbook on craft to any writer, apprentice or professional, working in any genre or form." -Dr. Charles Johnson (National Book Award-winning author of Middle Passage) "If you want to write scripts, listen to Brian. The guy knows what he's talking about." -Paul Feig (creator of NBC's Freaks and Geeks, co-executive producer The Office) "With Invisible Ink Brian McDonald has written us a book to keep and heed forever because through the simple, graceful, graspable, original wisdom of it, we might just save our screenwriting lives." -Stewart Stern (Screenwriter of Rebel Without a Cause)

The Katar Legacy by Tobin Loshento

The five families of Katar have ruled The Cites for thousands of years. Disobedience is punishable by the complete draining of all ka, a person's life force, leading to true death.

When the Tarth, daemons of legend that the Katar banished five thousand years ago, return, the rebellion sees a chance to divide the Katar and break their rule forever. To accomplish this they need the help of the dying races, a thief, and one of the Katar.

Failure is not an option, but success could mean the destruction of all mankind by the Tarth in the wake of a weakened Katar.

A rare RECOMMENDED from U.S. Review Of Books:

"This story quickly involves readers in the details of the main character's life, making this book difficult to put down for any length of time. Before the reader is aware that this story does not take place on a familiar Earth, they have fully bought into the world created, accepting the reality of the five moons and the concept that there are multiple humanoid species co-existing in relative peace within a limited geographical space known collectively as The Cities. As Tsom makes his way through the festival crowds plying his preferred trade to great success, he suddenly discovers he has acquired much more than he bargained for. The young thief from the docks finds himself in a race for his life that whisks him into the center of a battle he's been running from since the day his parents were killed.

"Well-written with a number of plot twists and multiple interesting characters thrown into the mix, Loshento delivers an enjoyable adventure that will leave readers waiting impatiently for more. Enemies turn out to be friends, friends may not be trusted, and it is never clear which side will win. Unafraid to maim or murder main characters, the reader is constantly concerned about who will be targeted next and whether they will achieve some form of miraculous rescue, transformation, or are simply and entirely gone. Mixing gods and mortals, magic and science, and never allowing anyone to be entirely good or evil, including gods, the story continues to surprise and entice from various angles.

"The story flows at a comfortable rate, never bogging down too much with details but providing enough details to create a very rich and vibrant world. There is some action and violence depicted, but any details that might bother a sensitive reader are easily skipped without losing meaning. Even so, no details are provided that seem gratuitous, simply for the shock factor. Instead, they are clearly creating a sense of the mindset and personality of the individual committing each act or to clearly convey the hardships of the victim.

"Some readers may be disappointed by the end of the story, but only because there aren't more pages to read just yet. This is definitely one of those stories that will have readers anxiously awaiting the sequel."

 

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