Listen To Sleep

Slow, quiet stories to help you fall asleep.

#59 - Skadi’s Choice

July 4th, 2020

Skadi, a giantess, hopes to marry the Norse god Balder The Beautiful in this Viking tale from the book In The Days of Giants by Abbie Farwell Brown.

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Here's a link to the entire book on Project Gutenberg, where you can download it for free. https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/44622

#58 - The Magic Apples (Part 2)

June 27th, 2020

In celebration of 100,000 downloads of Listen To Sleep, we're going back to the book that started it all. It's a viking myth with some relaxing music in the background. Part two of The Magic Apples by Abbie Farwell Brown.

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Here's a link to the entire book on Project Gutenberg, where you can download it for free. https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/44622

#57 - Guest Artist - Squalloscope - The Story Of The Year - Bonus Episode

June 24th, 2020

Anna Kohlweis is the guest artist on this bonus episode. She gives a beautiful reading of Hans Christian Andersen's The Story Of The Year. Anna makes music as Squalloscope. She has been a favorite of mine since I first heard her in 2017, and she let me include her new single for you after the introduction and before the story. This episode is a little different and a real treat. I hope you love it as much as I do. Let me know! 

You can find Anna's beautiful art and music at http://squalloscope.com

If you'd like to read the story, you can find it online for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/27000.

#56 - The Magic Apples (Part 1)

June 20th, 2020

In celebration of 100,000 downloads of Listen To Sleep, we're going back to the book that started it all. It's a viking myth with some relaxing music in the background. Part one of The Magic Apples by Abbie Farwell Brown. Part two will be next week.

Can you help me live my dream of being a storyteller for a living? For just $1 a month, you can do that, and you'll get the podcast a day early without any introduction or ads. Join the patreon at https://patreon.com/listentosleep

Here's a link to the entire book on Project Gutenberg, where you can download it for free. https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/44622

#55 - Iola Leroy (Chapter 1)

June 18th, 2020

Chapter 1 of Iola Leroy, a novel by Frances Watkins Harper. She was an abolitionist, suffragist, poet, teacher, public speaker, and writer, one of the first African American women to be published in the United States. 

Not sure why, but this episode didn't get published on time. My apologies, but it's here now. :) 

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If you'd like to read the rest of this great novel, you can download it for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/12352.

#54 - My Escape From Slavery

June 6th, 2020

In solidarity with #blacklivesmatter and to honor the life of George Floyd, this week’s story is Frederick Douglass’s classic essay, My Escape From Slavery. 

All of the proceeds from the patreon this month have been donated to the Minnesota Freedom Fund at https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/donate. They offer bail assistance and other services to protesters in MN. 

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If you would like to read My Escape From Slavery, you can download it online for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/99.

#53 - The Fairies of Merlin’s Crag

May 30th, 2020

A Scottish tale about the consequences of not respecting a fairy's home. 

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If you'd like to read this story, you can download it for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/37532.

#52 - Guest Artist - Andy The Doorbum - Prometheus And Pandora - Bonus Episode

May 26th, 2020

Over the past few months, I reached out to some artists whose work I love and respect to ask them if they would be interested in reading to you. This bonus episode is read by Andy Fenstermaker, who makes music and poetry as Andy The Doorbum. He is full of heart and not afraid to dive into the darkness to shine a light or simply sit and wait for the sun to return. During the past few months of quarantine here in California, he put together a haunting and beautiful album of covers as a tribute to the music of some of his good friends. It's called Even When The Cat Comes and it's available for free at http://andythedoorbum.com. I love it, and I hope you do too. 

Andy reads Prometheus and Pandora. It's a classic tale with some very dark and real moments. Like some of the other stories I read here, it may not be suitable for small children, but if you like a bit of darkness as you nod off, you're going to love this. Andy also composed and played the music in this episode. 

If you’d like to read it yourself, you can download the story for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/22693.

#51 - The Sentimentality of William Tavener

May 23rd, 2020

A sweet slice-of-life story by Willa Cather about a family in the American West at the turn of the 19th century. 

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If you'd like to read the story, you can download it for free online at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/25586

#50 - When Father Brought Home The Lamp - Extended

May 16th, 2020

Written in the style of Finnish Realism, this 19th century tale of a household transformed by modern technology is a sweet tale of simpler times. 

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This extended episode includes the sound of crickets I recorded one evening this past summer up at my cabin. If you'd like to read it, you can download it for free online at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/5336. Sleep well. 😴

#49 - The Worsted Doll

May 9th, 2020

A sleepy story about a magical doll who wants to be a boy, good for adults and kids.

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If you'd like to read this week's story, you can download it for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/43558

#48 - Boots And His Brothers

May 2nd, 2020

A sleepy classic about the importance of wonder. 

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If you'd like to read this story, you can download it for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19993.

#47 - The White Cat

April 25th, 2020

A French fairy tale by the Comtesse D'Aulnoy. It's the story of a cat who has a secret. 

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Thanks! Sleep well.😴 

If you'd like to read this story, you can download it for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19993.

#46 - The Baby

April 18th, 2020

A tale about a brave Norwegian prince. 

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To read Viking Tales by Jennie Hall, you can download it online for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24811.

 

#45 - Sand Flat Shadows

April 11th, 2020

Sand Flat Shadows is a beautiful, sleepy story about the creation of man and animals as told by a goat to a goose while laying under the stars on a sand flat. 

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To read this and other classics by Carl Sandburg in his book Rootabaga Stories, download it for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/27085.

#44 - Sleepy Shorts - The Fairies & The Dandelion

April 4th, 2020

This is the first in a new series for Listen To Sleep patrons called Sleepy Shorts. They are short, sleepy stories for kids and adults -- perfect for nap time or break time. 

If you'd like to support me in getting to my goal of raising $500 a month to cover the costs of the podcast and give me more time to create new content, you can become a patron for as little as $1 a month at https://patreon.com/listentosleep

This story is from the book The Sandman's Hour by Abbie Phillips Walker. You can download it for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/43558.

#43 - Nature & Music - Brookside Meditation - Bonus Episode

April 2nd, 2020

This bonus episode has no story, only binaural nature sounds I recorded here at my cabin mixed with relaxing music. You can find this, as well as lots of other chill audio, on my patreon at http://patreon.com/listentosleep. For $5 a month, you get access to everything there, but subscriptions are available for as little as $1 a month. 

I know times are hard, and if you can't afford it, just email me at erik@listentosleep.com and I'll send you a link to get it all for free. I don't want a lack of funds to keep anyone from getting better sleep. 💜

Thanks so much for listening. Stay safe and sleep well. 😴

#42 - The Father

March 28th, 2020

A Scandinavian tale about loss and redemption. 

For more relaxing Sleepy Shorts, shorter stories for kids (and adults - perfect for a nap or a break), as well as nature sounds I record myself and relaxing nature & music tracks for yoga or meditation, check out the Listen To Sleep patron program at https://patreon.com/listentosleep. Great sleepy rewards can be had starting at just $1 a month. 

If you're enjoying the podcast and it's helping you get to sleep, please leave a review where you listen. It helps other people find it. Thanks so much for your support! Sleep well. 😴  

To read this week's story, download it for free online at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/5336.

#41 - Mr. Possum - Extended

March 21st, 2020

For kids and adults alike, this week's story is about why opossums are white. 

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If you'd like to read this week's story, you can download it for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/43558

#40 - The Jellyfish And The Monkey

March 14th, 2020

A Japanese fairy tale by Yei Theodora Osaki. 

 

If you'd like to read this week's story, you can download it for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4018

If you're enjoying the podcast and it's helping you get to sleep, please leave a review where you listen or become a patron for $1 a month and get some fun, sleepy rewards. Just go to https://patreon.com/listentosleep. Thanks so much for your support! Sleep well. 😴