Listen To Sleep

Slow, quiet stories to help you fall asleep.

#32 - The Beginning of Things - Extended

January 18th, 2020

In celebration of six months of Listen To Sleep and 30,000 downloads, here's an extended edition of the first episode. It's a viking myth with the sound of crickets I recorded at my cabin last summer, The Beginning of Things by Abbie Farwell Brown. 

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

#31 - The White Hare and The Crocodiles

January 11th, 2020

A Japanese fairy tale about the deceit and redemption by Yei Theodora Osaki. 

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. 😴 

Download this week's story for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4018

#30 - The Little Match Girl

January 4th, 2020

Another fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen with a poignant story about a little girl on a New Years Eve past. 

To read the story yourself, you can download it for free online at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/359

#29 - The Mail-Coach Passengers

December 28th, 2019

A fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen for the end of one year and beginning of another. 

To read the story yourself, you can download it for free online at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/359

#28 - A Forest Betrothal - Extended

December 21st, 2019

It's a reprisal of 2019's most downloaded episodes. Combined into one hour-long episode, I hope you enjoy this extended version of A Forest Betrothal by Erckmann-Chatrian. It's about an hour long and has night sounds in the background that I recorded at my cabin last summer. 

To read A Forest Betrothal and other French short stories, you can download the book for free at Project Gutenberg. https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/10577

#27 - Burg Hill’s On Fire

December 14th, 2019

A Celtic fairy tale about the foolishness of praying for things you don't need. With more fairies. In Scotland! 

To read the story yourself, you can download it for free online at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/359

#26 - The Christmas Fairy of Strasburg

December 7th, 2019

A strange and wonderful fairy tale about the origins of the Christmas Tree and the importance of not lashing out at our loved ones in anger. 

To read the story yourself, you can download it for free online at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/359

#25 - The Pine Tree

November 30th, 2019

A bittersweet story about remembering to be grateful for the life we have, this fairy tale is classic Hans Christian Andersen. 

To read the story yourself, you can download it for free online at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/359

#24 - The Nightingale and The Rose - Extended

November 23rd, 2019

This week, an extended version of the fairy tale by Oscar Wilde, The Nightingale and The Rose. It's a story about love and loss with a weird twist. This extended version has crickets in the background that go on after the story is over. 

To read The Nightingale and The Rose and other fairy tales by Oscar Wilde, you can download the book for free at Project Gutenberg. https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/902 

Sleep well. 😴

#23 - The Bamboo-Cutter And The Moon-Child (Part Two)

November 16th, 2019

Tickle your subconscious as you nod off to sleep with part two of this great story 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. It helps other people find it. Thanks so much for your support! Sleep well. 😴

#22 - The Bamboo-Cutter And The Moon-Child (Part One)

November 8th, 2019

Back to the land of fairy tales this week with another great story by Yei Theodora Osaki. If you'd like to read it yourself, you can download it 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. It helps other people find it. Thanks so much for your support! Sleep well. 😴

#21 - When Father Brought Home The Lamp

November 2nd, 2019

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. 

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.

#20 - Lt. Col. Vindman’s Statement To US House Committees 10-29-19 - Bonus Episode

October 29th, 2019

As a public service, these bonus episodes will be posted as I have time to read them. Here is the opening statement made by Lt. Col. Vindman to the US House Committees during a closed-door session on 10/29/19. For those who are reassured and lulled to sleep by these, I read them as bedtime stories. It's basically an "Impeach To Sleep" mini series with important testimony that is not available as an audio file from a public hearing. They will be in addition to the regular weekly stories, so if they're not your thing, just skip 'em. ;) If you're enjoying the podcast, please leave a review where you listen. Got a request? Email it to erik@listentosleep.com. To read the document yourself, you can download it online. Sleep well. 😴

#19 - Ambassador Taylor’s Statement To US House Intel Committee 10-22-19 - Bonus Episode

October 28th, 2019

As a public service, and to help you fall asleep knowing the US government is doing it's job, here is the opening statement made by US Ambassador William B. Taylor to the US House Intelligence Committee during a closed-door session on 10/22/19. But read as a bedtime story. If you're enjoying the podcast, please leave a review where you listen. Got a request? Email it to erik@listentosleep.com. To read the document yourself, you can download it online. Sleep well. 😴

#18 - The Red Room

October 25th, 2019

It's the finale of "Creepy but Sleepy" October with The Red Room by HG Wells. 

If you're enjoying the podcast, please leave a review where you listen. Got a request? Email it to erik@listentosleep.com. Sleep well. 😴 

You can download and read this story for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/23218.

#17 - The Hollow of the Three Hills

October 19th, 2019

"Creepy but Sleepy" October continues with The Hollow of the Three Hills by Nathaniel Hawthorne. 

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To read this week's story, download it for free online at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1552

#16 - The Amputated Arms (Part Two)

October 12th, 2019

A little creepy, but actually very sleepy. Part two of the classic Danish tale, The Amputated Arms by Jorgen Wilhelm Bergsoe is our story this week. 

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If you want to read this week's story, you can download the book for free online at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1552. Thanks so much for listening. Sleep well. 😴

#15 - The Amputated Arms (Part One)

October 5th, 2019

A little creepy. A little sleepy. A classic Danish tale this week as we head into autumn. The Amputated Arms (Part One) by Jorgen Wilhelm Bergsoe. Part Two next week. 

If you can't wait to find out how it ends, you can download the book for free online at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1552. If you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review where you listen. :)

#14 - The Whistleblower Complaint - Bonus Episode

September 29th, 2019

Here's a special bonus episode to keep you informed as you drift off to sleep, The Whistleblower Complaint by The Whistleblower, but read as a bedtime story. You can read the entire complaint, including the footnotes I've omitted for clarity at: https://intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/20190812_-_whistleblower_complaint_unclass.pdf  Please share. And sleep well. 😴

#13 - The Devoted Friend

September 28th, 2019

A classic tale of friendship. But not. Only Oscar Wilde could write a fairy tale like this. If you're enjoying the podcast, please leave a review in iTunes or wherever you listen. It really helps and I do appreciate it. 

To read The Devoted Friend and other fairy tales by Oscar Wilde, you can download the book for free at Project Gutenberg. https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/902

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