Iambik’s second birthday & competition

You’ll have seen me posting about Iambik Audio before; a commercial venture with a range of audiobooks, particularly specialising in smaller-press books. It’s their second birthday this month, and they’re giving away a free collection to the winner of a random drawing happening at the end of the month. You can find out more info… Read more »

New audiobook: Wings and the Child by E. Nesbit

Yes, I am very fond indeed of Ms. Nesbit, and was happy to find this non-fiction account of the building of a small-scale Magic City using whatever’s already available at home, in best Blue Peter style. There are some lovely photographs in the Gutenberg text, to illustrate her various structures. She also goes further, to… Read more »

New audiobook: A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

I’m a little behind on my blogging, but never mind — here is my FIRST Legamus solo completed! A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf, free in MP3 format with a total running time is just over four hours, across six files. Legamus, of course, is a parallel enterprise to LibriVox, for those readers… Read more »

Dr. Watson, I presume

So yes, The Hound of the Baskervilles has been tracked down and identified by the ever-alert Sherlock Holmes with a substantial amount of help from Yours Truly as Dr. Watson, and is available as a full cast recording by clicking to the LibriVox page via the CD cover pictured here. I found playing Dr. Watson… Read more »

Beta listeners welcome: Pulchritude by Ana Mardoll

Experience a darker side of “The Beauty and the Beast” where, in a world of vindictive fairies and scornful magicians, not everyone will live happily ever after. Pulchritude tells the tale of Bella, a beautiful girl caught between her selfish father and an enchanted prince ready to sweep her into a dangerous romance built on… Read more »

What I’m up to for Audiobook Month 2012

Yes, it IS Audiobook Month, as spearheaded by the Audio Publishers Association, and cheered on by narrators, proof-listeners, producers, directors, sound engineers and, most of all, listeners. So, I have a few commercial projects in progress, one of which is in its closing stages, so I’ll update about that when it becomes available. I’m also… Read more »

Milestones: LibriVox, Dante and Austen

Last month, LibriVox hit the rather astonishing milestone of 100 million downloads at archive.org. I don’t know how this compares to the Grateful Dead collection that is the other incredibly popular draw there, but for myself, I’m entirely a-boggle at the 100 million number. I’m even quoted as being shocked, although it’s true there’s no… Read more »

LibriVox and Pinterest

So, I kept bumping into mentions of Pinterest pretty much *everywhere* I went online, and signed up to have a play for myself. About two minutes later, I realised I didn’t have any ideas of what I wanted to do personally, but wouldn’t it be cool to have a pinned board full of dog memoir… Read more »

New recording: The End of Books by Octave Uzanne

So, I’ve been head-down on commercial audio recordings for the most part so far this year, but found a little time to squeeze an entertaining piece of non-fiction into a just-published LibriVox collection. Octave Uzanne’s The End of Books is a lively set of imaginings on Life in the Future, from 1894. There’s a brief… Read more »

Ira Glass on Storytelling

Yes, this is rather old … the original talk was all over the web earlier this year. But, it resonates for me again now as I work on Frankenstein and can hear that it’s not quite what I want it to be. There’s no obvious Thing To Fix, I couldn’t really say why I don’t… Read more »