October recordings

This month, I have catalogued a book, some collaborative contributions, and — finally, more pirates! I’ve been working on my solo recording of Anna Sewell’s “Autobiography of a Horse”, Black Beauty, all summer, as its short chapters and positive attitude were a pleasant change from the intense modern non-fiction book I was recording for Audible… Read more »

Elegiac Sonnets by Charlotte Turner Smith

Charlotte wrote these poems while in debtors’ prison with her husband … luckily, the collection was successfully published, which allowed her to pay for their release. David and I alternate on these readings … which took a bit over a year to finish (that’s my fault entirely; I procrastinate too much.) They didn’t deserve that… Read more »

The Moving Picture Girls – that’s a wrap!

My newest solo has been released at LibriVox. I needed a bit of light relief after the splendidly wordy William Morris, so the Moving Picture Girls by Laura Lee Hope, seemed like a good choice. It’s set in early 20th century New York city, the home of a burgeoning movie industry, and is a very… Read more »

The Eilithia Project by Marjorie Danser (at Audible)

I’ve recently found that my first commercial audiobook recording was released at audible.co.uk in late November — I finished production at the start of November, and was puzzling over what was taking it so long to be made public. Anyway, Hooray!! It does include the most epic misspelling of my name to date, but hopefully… Read more »

The Wood Beyond the World – William Morris

Soooo, almost a year after I started working on it, and several months after Mandarine agreed to take on the huge task of editing this lovely-crazy book, ’tis done. The Wood Beyond the World, by William Morris, is available as a LibriVox audiobook. http://librivox.org/the-wood-beyond-the-world-by-william-morris/ (Or stream each section through the online player here: http://www.archive.org/details/woodbeyondtheworld_0810_librivox )… Read more »

10k download milestone passed!

The Water-babies by Charles Kingsley has had, according to the archive.org ticker, 10,148 downloads! Hoorah! Now, admittedly, their counter has good days and bad weeks, and it also counts any file as a download … so that could be 600 people downloading all 17 files separately, or it could be 10,000 people downloading the zip… Read more »

Mary Shelley’s Mathilda

My latest solo work is finished.  I post-processed Mathilda, by Mary Shelley, for Project Gutenberg (that is, smoothed the proofread pages into a single document, both plaintext and HTML) so was very familiar with it (and with Mary’s quirky spelling which I tried to keep intact in the final work.)  I actually started reading this about… Read more »

Audio: A Jury of her Peers by Susan Glaspell

So, Mystery Story Collection Vol. 1 is now catalogued, and ready for the world’s listening pleasure, and my contribution to it is the rather long short-story, A Jury of her Peers by Susan Glaspell. It is, apparently, a ‘cosy/cozy’ mystery for those who discriminate, and for those who don’t, I can tell you that the… Read more »

Nine Unlikely Tales – E. Nesbit … ready for listening!

Hooray — finally, archive.org is behaving itself again, and my next solo is complete. Nine Unlikely Tales for Children by E. Nesbit is a 1901 book I found in the library a while back … and there isn’t an online version of the text, so I thought it would be jolly to scoop a reading of it. … Read more »

In which I confess being a cake muncher muncher

Ah, lovely Gertrude Stein! From Bartleby.com: By departing from conventional meaning, grammar and syntax, she attempted to capture “moments of consciousness,” independent of time and memory. Or to put it another way, in Stein’s own words: A steady cake, any steady cake is perfect and not plain, any steady cake has a mounting reason and… Read more »