55 Free ESL Short Stories
200+ Words Each, Audio (Normal & Slow Speeds), Grade Level

February 22, 2018: "500 Short Stories for Beginner-Intermediate," Vols. 1 and 2, for only 99 cents each! Buy both e‐books (1,000 short stories, iPhone and Android) at Amazon-Kindle. All 1,000 stories are also right here at eslyes at Link 10.


The black number following each title below is the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level (2.0→9.7 = easiest→hardest; see Wikipedia or FREE Readability Formulas, or Readability‐Grader, or Readability‐Score). Following each story are the Grade Level and the Number of Words in the story (208 words (#68) to 540 words (#3, #40), with lots of passive voice!).

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Dec. 6, 2016. All 71 stories below are error‐free. Mike email me michaeleslATgmail.com


1. One Woman, Two Horses, Many Parades   5.1 (5.0 = Grade Level; see Wikipedia, Readability‐Grader, or Readability‐Score)
2. She Hopes for the Perfect Wedding   4.9
3. Saleslady Pushes Her Luck   4.5
4. Signer for Deaf Has Designs on Pierre   5.7
5. Is Her Dreamboat Online?   7.1
6. Let's Kick Back and Enjoy a Movie   4.7
7. Itsabad News, Itsagood News   4.7
8. RIP—Wood or Cardboard?   8.0
9. No Tops on Boob Tube   7.9
10. The Big (Wet) One vs. the Big (Dry) One   8.6
11. Arizona: No ID, No Vote   8.6
12. Drunk Drivers Get Away with Murder   5.6
13. New First Aid: Fist-to-Mouth CPR   5.6
14. No Preacher Is "A Man of Sponge"   7.0
15. SoCal City to Learn Inglés   9.5
16. Drunk Driver Doesn't Fear Train   6.9
17. Snake Handler Angers Angry Adder   7.2
18. Noisy Neighbors Above and Below   6.1
19. Birthday Box Has Big Surprise   4.2
20. July 4th Parade Pleases All   6.5
21. $110M—Housecleaner Cleans Up   8.2
22. A Thrift Store Score   4.8
23. He's Blind but Doesn't Mind   3.9
24. New City, New Start, Same Memories   4.8
25. RNs Meet Pandas on SoCal Sojourn   6.2
26. Baking Driver in Bone‐Dry Fiat   4.4
27. Can't We All Just Get Along?   7.3
28. House: A Dream Come True   5.7
29. Los Angeles: Streets of Fire   5.5
30. Little Thought behind "Thoughtful" Gift   5.5

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31. U.S. Govt.: No Hope for Hemp   9.7
32. Nature: It's Too Much for Humans   7.4
33. Again & Again & Again Fixes Brain   8.6
34. We Bite, and We Are Bitten   6.8
35. Vacations Are Better with Friends   6.6
36. Stomach Growls, but It Must Wait   6.0
37. Empty House to Full House   5.0
38. From a Finger Prick to a Pint   5.0
39. The Language of Love   3.4
40. The Big One Biding Its Time in LA   8.0
41. Cold Beer, Fast Bike, Pretty Nurse   5.5
42. Christmas Pineapples for All   4.5
43. Driver Drinks, Smokes, Crashes, Runs   2.4
44. Scratchy Sounds Scare Staffer   2.2
45. Put a Little Love in Your Heart   6.6
46. Can't Take My Eyes Off of You   7.8
47. LA: Who Needs a TV Weatherman? (1)   6.0
48. LA: Who Needs a TV Weatherman? (2)   7.2
49. Will Her Love Feed and Clothe Her Babies?   2.7
50. Mom Frets: Jobless Hubby, Runaway Son   2.3
51. Peeks in Dumpster, Dumps Red Meat (1)   4.9
52. Peeks in Dumpster, Dumps Red Meat (2)   4.6
53. Mend the Car, Fend Off the Men (1)   4.7
54. Mend the Car, Fend Off the Men (2)   4.7
55. Food Labels and Your Salted Food (1)   6.4
56. Food Labels and Your Salted Food (2)   3.5
57. Who Pulled the Plug? (1)   4.2
58. Who Pulled the Plug? (2)   6.0
59. People‐Watching at Sheepshead Bay (1)   4.7
60. People‐Watching at Sheepshead Bay (2)   4.9
61. A Bad Job Beats No Job (1)   7.0
62. A Bad Job Beats No Job (2)   6.6
63. Hey, Bud! Hey, Bro! Hey, Pal! Hey, Bub!   1.7
64. Who Shot My Sugar?   3.2
65. Spit the Pits, Holler for Dollars   2.3
66. No Country for Old White Men   5.7
67. Time Out for NY Times (1)   3.7
68. Time Out for NY Times (2)   5.0
69. There, but for the Grace of God...   3.5
70. ET Threatens Earth Bullies   3.9
71. The Girl with "X‐Ray" Vision   5.9



Teachers: All 71 stories above ↑ are in order from easiest (1.7) to hardest (9.7) below ↓ (per MS Word's Readability Statistics). Mike, April 7, 2019


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63. Hey, Bud! Hey, Bro! Hey, Pal! Hey, Bub!   1.7
44. Scratchy Sounds Scare Staffer   2.2
50. Mom Frets: Jobless Hubby, Runaway Son   2.3
65. Spit the Pits, Holler for Dollars   2.3
43. Driver Drinks, Smokes, Crashes, Runs   2.4
49. Will Her Love Feed and Clothe Her Babies?   2.7
64. Who Shot My Sugar?   3.2
39. The Language of Love   3.4
56. Food Labels and Your Salted Food (2)   3.5
69. There, but for the Grace of God...   3.5
67. Time Out for NY Times (1)   3.7
23. He's Blind but Doesn't Mind   3.9
70. ET Threatens Earth Bullies   3.9
19. Birthday Box Has Big Surprise   4.2
57. Who Pulled the Plug? (1)   4.2
26. Baking Driver in Bone‐Dry Fiat   4.4
3. Saleslady Pushes Her Luck   4.5
42. Christmas Pineapples for All   4.5
52. Peeks in Dumpster, Dumps Red Meat (2)   4.6
6. Let's Kick Back and Enjoy a Movie   4.7
7. Itsabad News, Itsagood News   4.7
53. Mend the Car, Fend Off the Men (1)   4.7
54. Mend the Car, Fend Off the Men (2)   4.7
59. People‐Watching at Sheepshead Bay (1)   4.7
22. A Thrift Store Score   4.8
24. New City, New Start, Same Memories   4.8
2. She Hopes for the Perfect Wedding   4.9
51. Peeks in Dumpster, Dumps Red Meat (1)   4.9
60. People‐Watching at Sheepshead Bay (2)   4.9
37. Empty House to Full House   5.0
38. From a Finger Prick to a Pint   5.0
68. Time Out for NY Times (2)   5.0
1. One Woman, Two Horses, Many Parades   5.1
29. Los Angeles: Streets of Fire   5.5
30. Little Thought behind "Thoughtful" Gift   5.5
41. Cold Beer, Fast Bike, Pretty Nurse   5.5

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4. Signer for Deaf Has Designs on Pierre   5.7
12. Drunk Drivers Get Away with Murder   5.6
13. New First Aid: Fist-to-Mouth CPR   5.6
28. House: A Dream Come True   5.7
66. No Country for Old White Men   5.7
71. The Girl with "X‐Ray" Vision   5.9
36. Stomach Growls, but It Must Wait   6.0
47. LA: Who Needs a TV Weatherman? (1)   6.0
58. Who Pulled the Plug? (2)   6.0
18. Noisy Neighbors Above and Below   6.1
25. RNs Meet Pandas on SoCal Sojourn   6.2
55. Food Labels and Your Salted Food (1)   6.4
20. July 4th Parade Pleases All   6.5
35. Vacations Are Better with Friends   6.6
45. Put a Little Love in Your Heart   6.6
62. A Bad Job Beats No Job (2)   6.6
34. We Bite, and We Are Bitten   6.8
16. Drunk Driver Doesn't Fear Train   6.9
14. No Preacher Is "A Man of Sponge"   7.0
61. A Bad Job Beats No Job (1)   7.0
5. Is Her Dreamboat Online?   7.1
17. Snake Handler Angers Angry Adder   7.2
48. LA: Who Needs a TV Weatherman? (2)   7.2
27. Can't We All Just Get Along?   7.3
32. Nature: It's Too Much for Humans   7.4
46. Can't Take My Eyes Off of You   7.8
9. No Tops on Boob Tube   7.9
8. RIP—Wood or Cardboard?   8.0
40. The Big One Biding Its Time in LA   8.0
21. $110M—Housecleaner Cleans Up   8.2
10. The Big (Wet) One vs. the Big (Dry) One   8.6
11. Arizona: No ID, No Vote   8.6
33. Again & Again & Again Fixes Brain   8.6
15. SoCal City to Learn Inglés   9.5
31. U.S. Govt.: No Hope for Hemp   9.7


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