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✅ EF's library contains short stories, tales, fables and non-fiction

Figure out verbs' tenses at a glance thanks to the colour code
✅ Get familiar with all tenses and verbs'endings with no effort

✅ Key vocabulary is translated into English
✅ Expand your vocabulary while enjoying a good book
Listen to the audio as you read to develop your listening skill

Tailored for learners of French

Improve your reading
skills in French

Reading authentic French may be challenging, but our French audiobooks are designed to help you with what causes difficulty to French learners, namely vocabulary and tenses. Keep in mind that you don't need to understand 100% of what you read! My audiobooks include short stories, tales, fables and non-fiction to help you get familiar with different writing styles, topics and vocabulary items.

Improve your listening
skills in French

Recordings are made at a normal-slow speed to help you train your ear to listening to authentic French. Indeed, listening to spoken French that is excessively slow would not help you. Why? Because that is not how people speak and you would get lost when listening to authentic French at normal speed. I recommend you listen to the track (as many times as you like) before reading each text for the first time.

Expand your French

For each text I provide you with vocabulary in English, which you don't have to refer to. It is also better to try to figure out the meaning of words and phrases from the context before looking at their translation. Words for which a translation is is given are in bold in the text, and sometimes a synonym in French is given instead. By learning French vocabulary in context you will remember it better.

Practise all French

All conjugated verbs from the texts are coloured so you can know at a glance which French tense they are using. Compound tenses (those using être/avoir) are underlined and use the same colour as their related simple tense. For instance, "j'ai" (red = présent) and "j'ai eu" (red = passé composé). By practising French tenses in context thanks to this device you will understand their use and functioning better.


Short stories

Le Horla
The Horla is a short horror story. In the form of a journal, the narrator, an upper-class, unmarried, bourgeois man, conveys his troubled thoughts and feelings of anguish...

Monsieur Saval is an old bachelor, alone, with nobody about him. One day, as he thinks about the only woman he ever loved, he wonders whether he didn't miss the only opportunity he had to be happy...

L'homme qui plantait des arbres
The Man Who Planted Trees tells the story of one shepherd's long and successful singlehanded effort to re-forest a desolate valley in the foothills of the Alps in Provence... 

Memnon ou la sagesse humaine
Memnon one day took it into his head to become a great philosopher. "To be perfectly happy," said he to himself, "I have nothing to do but to divest myself entirely of passions; and nothing is more easy, as everybody knows"...

André Gide
Published in Maintenant magazine, this short story narrates how Arthur Cravan took advantage of his family relationship with Oscar Wilde to meet André Gide. Cravan describes their encounter...

Nouvelle très plaisante du démon qui prit femme
In The Devil Takes Wife, the princes of Hell plan to send archdevil Belfagor to earth to find why all men state women as the cause of their damnation...


A wealthy gentleman's wife lays on her deathbed and called her only daughter to her bedside, asking her to remain good. The widower married another woman, who had two cruel and wicked daughters...

Le Prince grenouille
The Frog Prince tells the story of a spoiled princess that reluctantly befriends the Frog Prince, which she met after dropping a gold ball into a pond...

Boucle d'or et les trois ours
Goldilocks and the Three Bears tells the story of a young girl who enters the forest home of three bears whilst they are away. She sits in their chairs, eats some of their porridge, and falls asleep in one of their beds. But soon, the bears return...

Le Petit Chaperon rouge
The Little Red Riding Hood tells the story of a girl called after her red hooded cape. The girl walks through the woods to deliver food to her sickly grandmother and meets a wolf...

Le Chat botté
Puss in Boots is a French-Italian tale about a cat who uses trickery and deceit to gain power, wealth, and the hand of a princess in marriage for his penniless and low-born master.

La Barbe bleue
Blue Beard tells the story of a violent nobleman in the habit of murdering his wives and the attempts of one wife to avoid the fate of her predecessors.


Le Corbeau et le Renard
The Fox and the Crow is a fable by Jean de la Fontaine. In the fable, a crow has found a piece of cheese and retired to a branch to eat it. A fox, wanting it for himself, start flattering the crow...

Le Lièvre et la Tortue
The Tortoise and the Hare tells the story of a Hare who ridicules a slow-moving Tortoise. Tired of the Hare's boastful behaviour, the Tortoise challenges him to a race...

La Cigale et la Fourmi
The Ant and the Grasshopper describes how a hungry grasshopper begs for food from an ant when winter comes and is refused...

Le Loup et l'Agneau
The Wolf and the Lamb tells the story of a wolf that comes upon a lamb and, in order to justify taking its life, accuses it of various misdemeanours, all of which the lamb proves to be impossible. 

Le Chêne et le Roseau
The Oak and the Reed describes the contrasting behaviour of an oak, which trusts in its strength to withstand the storm and is blown over, and a reed that 'bends with the wind' and so survives.

La Poule aux oeufs d'or
The Hen and the Golden Eggs tells the story of a hen, that laid a golden egg everyday, and its unsatisfied master, willing to find a way to become even richer.

Le Rat des villes et le Rat des champs
The Town Rat and the Country Rat tells the story a country rat that invites a country rat home. But their delicious meal is soon disturbed by dogs...

Le Pot de terre et le Pot de fer
The Clay Pot and the Iron Pot tells the story of an iron pot that proposes a journey together to a clay pot, which is only persuaded by the stronger pot's offer to protect him.

La Grenouille qui voulait se faire aussi grosse que le boeuf
The Frog that Wished to be as Big as the Ox tells the story of a frog that tries to inflate itself to the size of an ox, but bursts in the attempt...


La Vérite
The Truth is a philosophical poem followed by notes composed by D.A.F. de Sade around 1777. In that poem Sade expresses his views about morals, God and Nature, as well as religion and its origins.

Dialogue entre un prêtre et un moribond
Dialogue Between a Priest and a Dying Man expresses the author's atheism by having a dying man tell a priest about what he views as the mistakes of a pious life.

Qu'est-ce que les Lumières
What Is Enlightenment? is a 1784 essay in which German philosopher Immanuel Kant analyses the lack of Enlightenment as people's inability to think for themselves due not to their lack of intellect, but lack of courage.