Listen To Sleep - Quiet Bedtime Stories

Erik Ireland

Fall deeply asleep to a classic story, gently told from a cozy mountain cabin, to help you relax and let go of the day.

If the podcast helps you sleep, I'd love it if you'd consider supporting it. For just $1 a month, you'll get the new episodes of Listen To Sleep a day earlier, without any introduction or ads, along with my heartfelt gratitude and over 10 hours of sleepy nature sounds I've recorded around the cabin for the nights you might feel like something different. :)

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By multiple requests, a sleepy reading of the Charles Dickens holiday classic.  I took another sunrise walk with Bodhi this week. When the fog broke, we got a beautiful view of the moon setting behind the ridge. I posted some pictures and a video on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/sunrise-moonset/.  If the podcast helps you sleep, would you consider supporting it with $1 a month? You'll get new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions, and you'll be helping me to get closer to realizing my dream of having Listen To Sleep be my full-time endeavor. You can join or find more information at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  You can read this story (and other classics from the public domain) by downloading it for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19337.  Sleep well.💜  Erik  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Nov 28

1 hr 11 min

A sweet, sleepy story about a Thanksgiving surprise in early 1900s Boston.  I took a walk up the hill to watch the sunrise this week and it filled me with gratitude. I wrote a bit about it and put some pictures and a video on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/sunrise-gratitude/.  If the podcast helps you sleep, would you consider supporting it with $1 a month? You'll get new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions, and you'll be helping me to get closer to realizing my dream of having Listen To Sleep be my full-time endeavor. You can join or find more information at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  You can read this story (and other classics from the public domain) by downloading it for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/60418.  Sleep well.💜  Erik  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Nov 21

35 min 12 sec

A sleepy fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen about a tiny girl and her magical life, by request for a patreon supporter. I took a magical hike with Bodhi and Bandit, who's visiting with us this week, to leave a couple of gifts at the local fairy houses. There are some pictures and a video on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/dont-forget-the-magic/. If the podcast helps you sleep, would you consider supporting it with $1 a month? You'll get new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions, and you'll be helping me to get closer to realizing my dream of having Listen To Sleep be my full-time endeavor. You can join or find more information at https://patreon.com/listentosleep. You can read this story (and other classics from the public domain) by downloading it for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/640. Sleep well.💜 Erik --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Nov 14

44 min 6 sec

A sleepy classic by Anton Chekov about a morning in the life of a late 19th century schoolmistress in tsarist Russia. Bodhi and I took a few hikes searching for some red-bellied newts this week. If you want to see what they look like, there are some pictures and a video on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/no-newts-isnt-good-news/. If the podcast helps you sleep, please consider supporting it with $1 a month. You'll get new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions. This and other supporter benefits are available at at https://patreon.com/listentosleep. You can read this story (and other classics from the public domain) by downloading it for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1732. Sleep well.💜 Erik --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Nov 7

44 min

A sleepy tale about how cats and people might first have come to live together.  We got over a foot of rain this week, and the waterfall was as wild as I've ever seen it. If you want to see a picture and some video, it's on the blog this week at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/the-waterfall/.  If the podcast helps you sleep, please consider supporting it with $1 a month. You'll get new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions. This and other supporter benefits are available at at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  You can read this story (and other classics from the public domain) by downloading it for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2781.  Sleep well.💜  Erik  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 31

46 min 26 sec

A sleepy, bittersweet fairy tale about two star-crossed lovers by Hans Christian Andersen.  This week it has starting pouring rain here on the mountain. Bodhi and I took a walk during a short sunny break from the deluge this morning to get some pictures of some of the changes the rain brings. If you'd like, you can see them on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/hard-rain/.  If the podcast helps you sleep, please consider supporting it with $1 a month. You'll get new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions. This and other supporter benefits are available at at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  You can read this story (and other classics from the public domain) by downloading it for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/27200.  Sleep well.💜  Erik  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 24

52 min 21 sec

A sweet, sleepy story by Katherine Mansfield about a young country woman's outing to her first ball in the big city.  This week I took a class online with Dr. Gabor Maté and his teaching on healing trauma and compassionate inquiry moved me deeply. I wrote a bit about it in the blog as well as how I saw those issues so clearly through the characters in Scenes From A Marriage on HBO when Joe and I watched it this week. There's also a photo of the whole family on the couch getting ready to watch the show, so if you're interested, it's all at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/scenes-from-a-marriage/.  If the podcast helps you sleep, please consider supporting it with $1 a month. You'll get new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions. This and other supporter benefits are available at at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  You can read this story (and other classics from the public domain) by downloading it for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1429.  Sleep well.💜 Erik --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 17

31 min 49 sec

This is a free preview of Listen To Sleep Plus. We just finished Peter Pan, and now we're starting The Children of Odin, a great book of Norse tales.  You can subscribe to Listen To Sleep Plus at https://patreon.com/listentosleep. You'll get new chapters of The Children of Odin over the coming weeks and then other longer books read serially in these Wednesday night episodes: that's a total of 8 or more new ad-free episodes every month, and the entire re-mastered ad-free catalog of stories when you join at the $5/month tier. Your subscription also includes access to the books I've read previously on Listen To Sleep Plus, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Peter Pan.  Want more information? It's at https://www.listentosleep.com/support.  To read The Children of Odin for free (along with many other public domain classics) go to https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24737.  Sleep Well.💜 Erik --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 13

26 min 33 sec

A sleepy fairy tale pitting the power of a mother's love against a dark witch and her monsters.  This week on the mountain, we had a visit from a river otter and a family of black bears. You can see a picture and some videos on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/otters-bears/.  If the podcast helps you sleep, please consider supporting it with $1 a month. You'll get new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions. This and other supporter benefits are available at at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  Read The Talisman for free (along with other classics from the public domain) at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/21809.  Sleep well.💜  Erik  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 10

39 min 6 sec

A sleepy (and not too creepy) werewolf romance for spooky season; think Romeo meets Mr. Hyde.  Our outdoor commode had a couple cute little visitors who got there before me this morning, and we were all a bit surprised when I lifted the lid. There's a picture of them along with a video of some band-tailed pigeons I took on a walk with Bodhi this week on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/potty-frog-friend/.  If the podcast helps you sleep, please consider supporting it with $1 a month. You'll get new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions. This and other supporter benefits are available at at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  Read The Werewolf for free (along with other classics from the public domain) at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/21809.  Sleep well.💜  Erik  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 3

34 min 9 sec

A mystical tale about an old man living in the woods who builds a chess set that changes his life.  Thank you for all of your well wishes, good vibes and rain dances! We just had our first rain of the season this week. I took a couple pictures and a short video as the rain was tapering off. You can see that and more about life up here on the mountain on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/first-rain/.  This week's story was written by a listener from Canada named Kerri Coombs. You can find out more about her and her work at https://www.firedance.ca/. Thank you so much for sharing this story with us, Kerri.  If the podcast helps you sleep, please consider supporting it with $1 a  month. You'll get new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions. This and other supporter benefits are available at at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  Sleep well.💜 Erik --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Sep 26

34 min 48 sec

A sleepy classic by E.M. Forster read by singer/songwriter Kristof Hajos.  Kristof and I were introduced virtually by a mutual friend last year. He is a singer/lyricist/writer living in Amsterdam and his work touches me deeply. I want to share some of it with you in this episode, so it starts with one of his recent songs and then Kristof reads one of his favorite stories for you in his beautiful Hungarian accent.  Here are some places online where you can find more about Kristof's work. Blog: http://kristofhajos.com Bandcamp: https://kristofhajos.bandcamp.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kristofhajosofficial Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kristof.hajos Twitter: https://twitter.com/kristof_hajos If you'd like to read the Story of the Siren, you can find it for free online at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/58581  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Sep 21

35 min 3 sec

A sleepy (not scary) ghost story about a woman's search for a message from her lost husband.  Cwtches are the topic on the blog this week. In our family, it's our black cat Ninja who can't get enough of them. There are a couple of very cute pics of him getting cwtches from me and Joe at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/cwtches/.  If the podcast helps you sleep, please consider supporting it with $1 a month. You'll get new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions. This and other supporter benefits are available at at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  Read The Interval for free (along with other classics from the public domain) at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/20872.  Sleep well.💜 Erik --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Sep 19

33 min 57 sec

A sleepy viking tale about Odin's search for wisdom and a magical wolf who would not be tamed.  The first hints of autumn are in the air here on the mountain. I wrote a bit about it and put up a few pictures on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/hints-of-autumn/. There's also a short video I made to help you have a moment of peace during the day. If the podcast helps you sleep, please consider supporting it with $1 a month. You'll get new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions. This and other supporter benefits are available at at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  Read Odin and the Wolf for free (along with other classics from the public domain) at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/37488.  Sleep well.💜  Erik  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Sep 12

37 min 40 sec

A sleepy fairy tale about a good-hearted fairy who tries to help, but winds up making things a little worse first. Joe and I planted some raspberries down by the creek this year with the hope that their roots will reach the creek water level next year. They still need a little help, so I took a video of our late afternoon walk to water them by hand. You can watch it on my tiktok or on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/watering-the-berries/. If the podcast helps you sleep, please consider supporting it with $1 a month. You'll get new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions. This and other supporter benefits are available at at https://patreon.com/listentosleep. Read A Fairy's Blunder for free (along with other classics from the public domain) at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6746. Sleep well.💜 Erik --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Sep 5

48 min 12 sec

From Thoreau's Walden, a story about life in the country and the importance of solitude. It was a sad week on the mountain, and the community is mourning the loss of a wonderful neighbor, father, grandfather and husband. I wrote a bit about our neighbor, Greg, and what he meant to all of us on the blog this week. It's at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/a-life-well-lived/.  If the podcast helps you sleep, please consider supporting it for less than $1 a month. For your support, you'll get new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions. This and other supporter benefits are available at at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  Read Solitude for free (along with other classics from the public domain) at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/205.  Sleep well.💜  Erik 

Aug 29

35 min 2 sec

A sleepy tale about a couple on a drive through the Welsh countryside who come upon a slightly bizarre but friendly inn. This week we had a couple Oak Titmouse babies leave the nest their mother built on our porch. You can see a picture of them and find a link to learn a little more about Oak Titmice on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/leaving-the-nest/. If the podcast helps you sleep and you'd like to support my mission to help more people get better sleep, you can join the patreon and get some great rewards at https://www.listentosleep.com/support. You can read The Bat and Belfry Inn (and other public domain classics) for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/9363. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Aug 22

1 hr 2 min

Sleepy musings on summer & nature by Walt Whitman in an extended episode recorded outside on a summer evening. It's been very hot and smoky here on the mountain, and this was a bit of  a difficult week for me. I wrote about why and what I'm learning from  these challenges on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/facing-a-fire/.  If the podcast helps you sleep and you'd like to support my mission to help more people get better sleep, you can join the patreon and get some great rewards at https://www.listentosleep.com/support.  These excerpts are from Specimen Days and you can read it for free (along with other great classics from the public domain) at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/8813.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Aug 15

46 min 14 sec

The sleepy classic about a toy rabbit who becomes real.  Another one of my best friends came for a visit this week and brought his 'best friend,' Ozzy, to teach him how to swim. It was so much fun! I put a picture of the pups and some video up on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/learning-to-swim/.  If the podcast helps you sleep and you'd like to support my mission to help more people get better sleep, you can join the patreon and get some great rewards at https://www.listentosleep.com/support.  Read The Velveteen Rabbit for free (along with other classics from the public domain) at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/11757.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Aug 8

41 min 11 sec

A sleepy Viking tale where Thor and Loki try to best the king of the giants.  This week I'm celebrating the podcast reaching the one million download mark. Thank you so much for being a part of that. 🙏💖  If the podcast helps you sleep and you'd like to support my mission to help more people get better sleep, you can do that at https://www.listentosleep.com/support.  You can read this story for free (along with other classics from the public domain) at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/44622.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Aug 1

53 min 3 sec

A sleepy fairy tale about a prince who gets lost in the woods and finds a new home on a magical horse.  There's a Sierran treefrog living in the drain of our outdoor bathtub who likes to shower with us. You can see a video of it on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/bath-tub-frog/.  At the website, you can also search and listen to over 100 quiet bedtime stories for free. They're at https://www.listentosleep.com.  If the podcast helps you sleep, please consider supporting it with $1 a month. You'll get new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions. This and other supporter benefits are available at at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  Read The Magician's Horse for free (along with other classics from the public domain) at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6746.  Sleep well.💜  Erik  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jul 25

33 min 19 sec

An old Persian fairy tale about a poor boy who gets lost in the desert and falls in love with a princess.  Joe found a rattlesnake in the garden this week. If you want to see a picture of it and read about how we handle venomous snakes here on the mountain, I wrote about it in the blog this week at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/rattlesnakes-in-the-grass/.  If the podcast helps you sleep, would you consider supporting my mission to help more people get better sleep by becoming a Dream Supporter for $1 a month? For your support, you'll get all the new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions. This and other supporter benefits are available at at https://www.listentosleep.com/support/.  Read The Soap Seller's Son for free (along with other classics from the public domain) at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24473.  Sleep well.💜  Erik  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jul 18

27 min 12 sec

A great sleepy short story about a writer in Victorian Paris, with a supernatural twist.  We got a visit from a black bear down by the creek last week, and it was awesome. I posted some pictures taken by one of my best friends on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/bears-by-the-swimming-hole/.  If the podcast helps you sleep, would you support my mission to help more people get better sleep by becoming a Dream Supporter for $1 a month? For your support, you'll get all the new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions. This and other supporter benefits are available at at https://www.listentosleep.com/support/.  Read The Manuscript for free (along with other classics from the public domain) at https://gutenberg.org/ebooks/1552.  Sleep well.💜  Erik  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jul 11

41 min 45 sec

A sleepy Seneca Native American tale about a magical journey to adulthood and marriage.  It's been very hot here on the mountain, and we've been spending lots of time at the swimming hole. We even got a visit from a black bear down there one day. Find pictures taken by one of my best friends, Chris (he's also a fantastic photographer) on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/bears-by-the-swimming-hole/.  If the podcast helps you sleep, please consider supporting it with $1 a month. You'll get new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions. This and other supporter benefits are available at at https://www.listentosleep.com/support/.  Read Two Feathers & Turkey Brother for free (along with other classics from the public domain) at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/61477.  Sleep well.💜  Erik  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jul 4

41 min 22 sec

This is a free preview of Listen To Sleep Plus. We just finished Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland last week. We're starting Peter Pan this week, and I'm really enjoying reading it. :) You can subscribe to Listen To Sleep Plus at https://patreon.com/listentosleep. You'll get new chapters of Peter Pan over the coming weeks and other longer books read serially in the Wednesday night episodes: that's a total of 8 or more new ad-free episodes every month, and the entire re-mastered ad-free catalog of stories for $5/month. Your support allows me to continue to make the podcast even better and supports my dream of helping more people get better sleep.  Want more information? It's at https://www.listentosleep.com/support. To read Peter Pan for free (along with many other public domain classics) go to https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/16.  Sleep Well.💜  Erik  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jul 1

31 min 28 sec

A sleepy Norwegian fairy tale that isn't a Viking myth, but it's got trolls, princesses, a magical journey and the hero, Halvor. It's beautiful here on the mountain and if you want to see some pictures and read about what we've been up to, it's on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/. You can search and listen to over 100 quiet bedtime stories for free at https://www.listentosleep.com. If the podcast helps you sleep, please consider supporting it with $1 a month. You'll get new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions. This and other supporter benefits are available at at https://www.listentosleep.com/support/. Read Soria-Moria Castle for free (along with other classics from the public domain) at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/38070. Sleep well.💜 Erik --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jun 27

38 min 3 sec

A sleepy fairy tale with all the usual suspects; a king, a prince, a princess and some fairies.  It's summer here on the mountain and one of my best friends is visiting so we're spending the warm afternoons down by the swimming hole. You can see a picture and read about what we've been up to at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/creek-days-with-best-friends/.  You can search and listen to over 100 quiet bedtime stories for free at https://www.listentosleep.com.  If the podcast helps you sleep, please consider supporting it with $1 a month. You'll get new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions. This and other supporter benefits are available at at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  Read The Impossible Enchantment for free (along with other classics from the public domain) at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6746.  Sleep well.💜  Erik  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jun 20

45 min 6 sec

A sleepy fairy tale about a prince and a swallow who gave away everything to help others.  On the blog this week, you can see photos I took of a firecracker flower, a beautiful and somewhat rare native around here, and the baby ring-necked snake that Joe and I tried to rehabilitate. Go to https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/firecracker-flowers-ring-necked-snakes/.  You can search and listen to over 100 quiet bedtime stories for free at https://www.listentosleep.com.  If the podcast helps you sleep, please consider supporting it with $1 a month. You'll get new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions. This and other supporter benefits are available at at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  Read The Happy Prince for free (along with other classics from the public domain) at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/902.  Sleep well.💜  Erik  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jun 13

39 min 24 sec

A beautiful story from Thoreau's Walden that was an inspiration for my life in the mountains.  I had a bit of a difficult week, and rereading this story after a morning walk through the woods reminded me how simple and precious life really is. I wrote a little about it and posted some pictures from my walk on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/where-i-live-and-what-i-live-for/.  You can search and listen to over 100 quiet bedtime stories for free at https://www.listentosleep.com.  If the podcast helps you sleep, please consider supporting it with $1 a month. You'll get new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions. This and other supporter benefits are available at at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  Read Where I Lived, and What I Lived For for free (along with other classics from the public domain) at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/205.  Sleep well.💜  Erik  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jun 6

1 hr

A sleepy Viking tale about a stubborn giantess who winds up happier after not getting her way.  As we say farewell to spring on the mountain, the last big bloom of spring flowers is here. There are some pictures on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/farewell-to-spring/.  If the podcast helps you sleep, please consider supporting it at https://open.acast.com/public/patreon/fanSubscribe/3437112.  You can read this story for free (along with other classics from the public domain) at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/44622.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

May 30

30 min 39 sec

A sleepy story about loving someone for who they are and not who you think they are.  If the podcast helps you sleep and you’d like to support my dream of being your bedtime storyteller from my cozy mountain cabin, please consider subscribing to Listen To Sleep Plus at https://open.acast.com/public/patreon/fanSubscribe/3437112. For $5/month, subscribers get 8 new ad-free episodes a month and much more. Thank you so much for your support.  You can read this story (and other public domain classics) for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/9363.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

May 23

33 min 21 sec

Lewis Carroll’s classic masterpiece, by request for a subscriber. This is a free preview of Listen To Sleep Plus. Subscribe to Listen To Sleep Plus at https://patreon.com/listentosleep to get the rest of this story and other longer books read serially in the Wednesday night episodes. You'll get a total of 8 or more new episodes every month, and the entire re-mastered ad-free catalog of stories for $5/month. Your support allows me to continue to make the podcast even better and supports my dream of helping more people get better sleep. If you’d like to keep up with life around the cabin, you can check out my blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog.  To read this story for free (along with many other public domain classics) go to https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/11.  Thank you for listening. Sleep Well.💜 Erik 

May 19

41 min 45 sec

A sweet, sleepy story by Susan Glaspell about accepting loss and learning to live again. The spring flowers are still amazing around here. If you want to see a picture of the California-native red ribbons that I took down by the creek this week, it's on my blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/red-ribbons/. If the podcast helps you sleep and you’d like to support my dream of being your bedtime storyteller from my cozy mountain cabin, please consider subscribing to Listen To Sleep Plus at https://open.acast.com/public/patreon/fanSubscribe/3437112. For just $4.99 a month, subscribers get 8 new ad-free episodes a month and much more. Thank you so much for your support.  You can read this story (and other public domain classics) for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/18709. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

May 16

47 min 49 sec

This is a free preview of the new Listen To Sleep Plus subscription. Subscribe to get the Listen To Sleep Plus version of this story with no ads or introduction at https://patreon.com/listentosleep. You’ll get access to all of Listen To Sleep Plus in Spotify for just $5/month, and you'll be supporting my dream to help more people get better sleep.  All the Plus episodes are re-mastered to play seamlessly at the same volume, to let you make playlists so the stories you love can go on for as long as you like. Plus subscribers also get at least one extra episode every week.  With Listen To Sleep Plus, you’ll get 8 or more ad-free episodes every month, including:  the regular Sunday night episodes, ad-free  the Plus-exclusive Wednesday night episodes, ad-free  access to the entire re-mastered back catalog, ad-free  sleep meditation episodes  relaxing nature sounds I record around the cabin  my undying gratitude for allowing me to spend more of my time being your bedtime storyteller  Get more information on the Plus subscription options at https://listentosleep.com/support.  If you have requests, questions, or you'd just like to keep up with life around the cabin, go to https://www.listentosleep.com.  Thank you so much for your support.  Sleep Well.💜  Erik 

May 15

42 min 28 sec

A sleepy fairy tale about a good-hearted girl who finds a secret hidden in a pot of pink flowers.  There are so many flowers blooming on the mountain right now. A pretty purple and white one called pussy ears came up this week. I posted a couple of pictures of it on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/pussy-ears/ if you want to see what they look like.  If the podcast helps you sleep and you’d like to support my dream of being your bedtime storyteller from my cozy mountain cabin, please consider subscribing to Listen To Sleep Plus at https://open.acast.com/public/patreon/fanSubscribe/3437112. For just $4.99 a month, subscribers get 8 new ad-free episodes a month and much more. Thank you so much for your support.  You can read this story (and other classics from the public domain) by downloading it for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/503.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

May 9

33 min 14 sec

This is a free preview of the new Listen To Sleep Plus subscription. Subscribe to get the Listen To Sleep Plus episodes with no ads or introduction at https://patreon.com/listentosleep. You’ll get access to all of Listen To Sleep Plus for just $5/month, and you'll be supporting my dream to help more people get better sleep. With Listen To Sleep Plus, you’ll get 8 or more ad-free episodes every month, including: the regular Sunday night episodes, ad/intro-free the Plus-exclusive Wednesday night episodes, ad/intro-free access to the entire re-mastered back catalog, ad/intro-free sleep meditation episodes relaxing nature sounds I record myself my undying gratitude for allowing me to spend more of my time being your bedtime storyteller Learn more about Listen To Sleep Plus at https://listentosleep.com/support. If you have requests, questions, or you'd just like to keep up with life around the cabin, go to https://www.listentosleep.com. Thank you so much for your support. Sleep Well.💜 Erik

May 8

27 min 51 sec

A beautifully descriptive, slice-of-life story from Katherine Mansfield about childhood innocence and caring for your neighbors.  Innocence, or collinsia heterophylla, is also the name of one of my favorite flowers, and they just started blooming up here on the mountain. Purple and white, they are a little less than a foot tall and look like tiny pagodas. You can see some pictures I took on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/innocence/.  If the podcast helps you sleep, please consider supporting it with $1 a month. You'll get new episodes a day earlier with no ads or introductions. This and other supporter benefits are available at at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  You can read this story (and other classics from the public domain) by downloading it for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1429.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

May 2

55 min 52 sec

A sleepy fairy tale about a young orphaned prince and princess and the little bird who helps them finally find their home.  One of my favorite migratory birds, the black-headed grosbeaks, have returned to the mountain. Their song is as beautiful as their plumage, so I recorded it and put it in the podcast this week to share it with you. There's also a picture of the bird who's singing it on my blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/black-headed-grosbeak/ if you want to see what he looks like.  If the podcast helps you sleep and you’d like to support my dream of being your bedtime storyteller from my cozy mountain cabin, please consider subscribing to Listen To Sleep Plus at https://open.acast.com/public/patreon/fanSubscribe/3437112. For just $4.99 a month, subscribers get 8 new ad-free episodes a month and much more. Thank you so much for your support.  You can read this story (and other classics from the public domain) by downloading it for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3027. Sleep well. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Apr 25

39 min 39 sec

A sleepy 19th century Russian satire written as a fairy tale in which two helpless government officials are saved by a hard-working muzhik. Bodhi and I ran across a patch of canyon larkspur on a hike this week, and when I went to find out more about it, it led me down an amazing internet rabbit hole filled with information about the Yuki Native Americans, this land's original inhabitants. You can see pictures of the canyon larkspur flowers and find links to studies of Yuki uses for our native plants and vivid stories of their culture on my blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/canyon-larkspur/. If the podcast helps you sleep and you’d like to support my dream of being your bedtime storyteller from my cozy mountain cabin, please consider subscribing to Listen To Sleep Plus at https://open.acast.com/public/patreon/fanSubscribe/3437112. For just $4.99 a month, subscribers get 8 new ad-free episodes a month and much more. Thank you so much for your support.  You can read this story (and other classics from the public domain) by downloading it for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/13437. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Apr 18

34 min 17 sec

A sleepy fairy tale with a princess, an ogre and a clever cat.  If you want to see a picture of our black cat, Ninja resting by our big pink redbud tree, Joe took a great one while he was out on a walk the other day. I put it up on the blog at https://www.listentosleep.com/blog/ninja-the-redbud/.  If the podcast helps you sleep and you’d like to support my dream of being your bedtime storyteller from my cozy mountain cabin, please consider subscribing to Listen To Sleep Plus at https://open.acast.com/public/patreon/fanSubscribe/3437112. For just $4.99 a month, subscribers get 8 new ad-free episodes a month and much more. Thank you so much for your support.  You can read this story (and other classics from the public domain) by downloading it for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3027.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Apr 11

42 min 27 sec

A slow, quiet story about the importance of being true to yourself.  You can read this story for free (along with other classics from the public domain) at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/18709.  For a searchable, tagged index of all the episodes or to make a request, go to https://www.listentosleep.com.  If you'd like to support the podcast, please leave a review where you listen or become a patron at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Apr 4

51 min 55 sec

A sleepy Viking tale in which Loki tricks the king of the Giants into marrying Thor. You can read this story for free (along with other classics from the public domain) at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/44622. For a searchable, tagged index of all the episodes or to make a request, go to https://www.listentosleep.com. If you'd like to support the podcast, please leave a review where you listen or become a patron at https://patreon.com/listentosleep. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Mar 28

46 min 26 sec

A quiet classic about gentleness and redemption written by Frances Noyes Hart. You can read this story (and other public domain classics) for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/18709. For a searchable, tagged index of all the episodes or to make a request, go to https://www.listentosleep.com. If you'd like to support the podcast, please leave a review where you listen or become a patron at https://patreon.com/listentosleep. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Mar 21

45 min 37 sec

A sleepy fairy tale about a king, an enchantress, and 99 princesses. You can read this story (and other public domain classics) for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/40573. For a searchable, tagged index of all the episodes or to make a request, go to https://www.listentosleep.com. If you'd like to support the podcast, please leave a review where you listen or become a patron at https://patreon.com/listentosleep. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Mar 14

39 min 36 sec

Herman Melville's slow, quiet classic read in full: all 2 hours and 18 sleepy minutes of it.  You can read this story (and other public domain classics) for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/11231. For a searchable, tagged index of all the episodes or to make a request, go to https://www.listentosleep.com. If you'd like to support the podcast, please leave a review where you listen or become a patron at https://patreon.com/listentosleep. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Mar 11

2 hr 20 min

A beautifully descriptive sleepy story by Katherine Mansfield about a young mother and her dinner party.  You can read this story (and other public domain classics) for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/44385.  For a searchable, tagged index of all the episodes or to make a request, go to https://www.listentosleep.com.  If you'd like to support the podcast, please leave a review where you listen or become a patron at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Mar 7

48 min 22 sec

A sleepy musing on Eve's first days in Eden by Mark Twain.  You can read this story (and other public domain classics) for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/142.  For a searchable, tagged index of all the episodes or to make a request, go to https://www.listentosleep.com.  If you'd like to support the podcast, please leave a review where you listen or become a patron at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Feb 28

41 min 59 sec

A sleepy fairy tale from ancient Hindustan about the consequences of always thinking you're right.   You can read this story (and other public domain classics) for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/27826.   For a searchable, tagged index of all the episodes or to make a request, go to https://www.listentosleep.com.   If you’d like to support the podcast, please leave a review where you listen or become a patron at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Feb 21

44 min 6 sec

A slow, quiet fairy tale about the adventures of a tiny, magical girl.  You can read this story (and other public domain classics) for free at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/27826.  For a searchable, tagged index of all the episodes or to make a request, go to https://www.listentosleep.com.  If you’d like to support the podcast, please leave a review where you listen or become a patron at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Feb 14

38 min 29 sec

A sleepy Danish fairy tale with a princess, a knight and a wicked step-mother.  Download the text of this public domain story for free online at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/27826.  For a searchable, tagged index of all the episodes or to make a request, go to https://www.listentosleep.com.  If you’d like to support the podcast, please leave a review where you listen or become a patron at https://patreon.com/listentosleep.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Feb 7

40 min 35 sec