Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Audio Little Wars

On my drive to and from the hospital my father is currently in, I have been listening to the LibriVox recording of H G Wells’ LITTLE WARS. The recording conveys the enthusiasm, enjoyment, and downright fun of the original book and after some of the recent, somewhat difficult sessions with my father, listening to it always raises my spirits. I have stored the recording on my iPhone, and this means that I can take it almost anywhere I go.

I thoroughly recommend this recording to anyone who has even just a passing interest in H G Well's wargames rules ... especially as they are free!


  1. I second this. Librivox also has many historical title of interest to gamers. A great resource in a chaff filled internet.

  2. I also have it on my iphone, Mark Smith's work is always cheering. I cannot recommend his recording of "The River War" strongly enough.

  3. Pat G,

    I have yet to find some of the other historical books on their list as I am still a bit of an iPhone novice, but Conrad Kinch's suggestion sounds interesting.

    All the best,


  4. Conrad Kinch,

    Thanks for this information.

    I will certainly look for 'The River War' on Librivox now that you have pointed it out to me.

    All the best,


  5. I have not listened to all of these and I have no doubt missed many other titles.

    Five Months at ANZAC

    The Saga of Eirik (sic) the Red

    The Riddle of the Sands

    Notes of a War Correspondent

    In the Field 1914-1915

    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (many volumes)

    Gallipoli Diary

    High Adventure A Narrative of Air Fighting in France

    Kitchener’s Mob Adventures of an American in the British Army

    Diary of a U-boat Commander(Fiction)

    The White Company (Fiction)

    Canada’s Hundred Days: With the Canadian Corps from Amiens to Mons, Aug. 8 – Nov. 11, 1918. Part One, Amiens

    Detailed Minutiae of Soldier Life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865

    History of the Thirty Years War, Volume 1

    The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865

    Agricola (and other Tacitus)

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

    The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

  6. And then there is Project Gutenburg with gems like

    The Defence of Duffer's drift:

    Sadly not an MP3

  7. Pat G,

    I have a copy of 'The Defence of Duffer's Drift' on my Colonial Wargaming website as well.

    I have enjoyed going through the 'story' many times, and hope to continue to do so for a long time to come.

    All the best,


  8. Pat G,

    For some reason your second comment arrived almost a day after your third (Ah! Yet another of the mysteries of the Internet!).

    It sounds like there are a lot more books available out there than I imagined. Once things are a bit more settled, I must spend an hour or two looking in detail at what is available on their list.

    Many thanks for this information.

    All the best,



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