4.28.2016

Sweet, Sweet Doubletake — Forgotten Classics is "What's Hot" at iTunes

I was looking through What's Hot in Literature podcasts when I did a doubletake. I'm used to seeing CraftLit and The Classic Tales but not little, ol me! Nice! I guess when you get past 300 episodes you get a nod sometimes.

4.23.2016

Episode 302: Talents Incorporated, finale


In which we see what happens when you depend on Talents,
only to find Talents missing when they are needed!
Episode 302, Talents Incorporated, finale
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for avoiding planetary invasion, straining incredulity by Talents, and space battles.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • Narration by Mark Nelson is from LibriVox.

Highlights

4.16.2016

Episode 301: Talents Incorporated, chapters 9-10


In which King Humphrey snatches defeat from the jaws of victory. 
And we learn more about precognition.
Episode 301, Talents Incorporated, chapters 9-10
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for avoiding planetary invasion, straining incredulity by Talents, and space battles.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • Narration by Mark Nelson is from LibriVox.

Highlights

4.11.2016

Episode 300: Talents Incorporated, chapters 7-8


In which we see how a Talent gets you there faster.
And how to fight like a space pirate.
Episode 300, Talents Incorporated, chapters 7-8
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for avoiding planetary invasion, straining incredulity by Talents, and space battles.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • Narration by Mark Nelson is from LibriVox.

Highlights

4.02.2016

Episode 299: Talents Incorporated, chapters 5-6


In which we discover how a victory can be a catastrophe. 
Can Captain Bors turn it back into a victory again?
Episode 299, Talents Incorporated, chapters 5-6
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for avoiding planetary invasion, straining incredulity by Talents, and space battles.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • Narration by Mark Nelson is from LibriVox.

Podcast Highlights

3.28.2016

Episode 298: Talents Incorporated, chapter 4


In which we battle the Mekin space fleet, using Talents Incorporated information.
Episode 298, Talents Incorporated, chapter 4
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for avoiding planetary invasion, straining incredulity by Talents, and space battles.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • Narration by Mark Nelson is from LibriVox.

Podcast Highlights
  • The Mad King at The Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs

3.19.2016

Episode 297: Talents Incorporated, chapters 2-3


In which we meet the talents of Talents Incorporated --
who come up with an interesting idea about fighting Mekin.
Episode 297, Talents Incorporated, chapters 2-3
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for avoiding planetary invasion and straining incredulity by Talents.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • Narration by Mark Nelson is from LibriVox.

Podcast Highlights

3.12.2016

Episode 296: Talents Incorporated, chapter 1


In which planetary invasion is imminent. 
Can Talents Incorporated information save Kandar? 
You can depend on it!
Episode 296, Talents Incorporated, chapter 1
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for avoiding planetary invasion by Talents.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • Narration by Mark Nelson is from LibriVox.

Podcast Highlight

2.04.2016

The Count of Monte Cristo at CraftLit

Hi everybody, I'm sorry I've taken such a long break!

Until I make it back to the microphone, you might be interested in this exciting news. (Well, I'm pretty excited about it anyway!)

The Count of Monte Cristo is beginning at CraftLit!

I'm an enthusiastic fan of Heather Ordover at CraftLit. Most of you know that since I mention her fairly regularly.

For newcomers, CraftLit is the podcast for people who want to listen to a classic book while they are doing something else (so that's right in my wheelhouse).

Heather, though, takes it one step further. She has insightful commentary on the authors and their work. Yep, you heard me — she does annotation. And then she includes the book audio so you get the whole package in one place.

CraftLit is where I learned to love Frankenstein. It's where I actually finally read Tristan and Isolde (notice I didn't say "learned to love" ... but I'm not sorry I took the journey).

And Heather has a lively group of listeners who often contribute fascinating insights and information. It's a wonderful back and forth which is really engaging. It's like the best class you can imagine.

Anyway, back to where I began, the introduction to The Count of Monte Cristo is posted. There is not only background on Dumas, but a bit of French history.

I've read the book but always meant to revisit it in audio. It looks like the time has come! What better to help me face the fact that I've only got one Dickens novel left to read, and that a half-finished one?

Alexander Dumas ... and Heather ... rescue me!

(iTunes link, CraftLit website)

12.23.2015

Episode 295: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Most Men


In which we drop into the village of Binscombe to find out how they celebrate Christmas Eve.
Episode 295, Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Most Men
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for weird tales with no violence.
  • Shared by permission from the author.
  • This story is from Binscombe Tales by John Whitbourn. It is under copyright. I strongly encourage you to purchase the book and enjoy all the stories in their entirety. You won't be sorry!

12.16.2015

Episode 294: Pavilion on the Links, Finale


In which our heroes must thwart certain death and save the girl.

Episode 294, Pavilion on the Links, Finale
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for quicksand, mystery, mafia, rivalries, unpleasant friends, and camping. Oh, and romance.
  • This is in the public domain
Podcast Highlight

12.11.2015

Episode 293: The Pavilion on the Links, chapters 4-6


In which Frank checks out Clara's story and we meet Bernard Huddlestone.
And we begin to wonder if the Mafia is moving into England.

Episode 293, Pavilion on the Links, chapters 4-6
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for quicksand, mystery, mafia, rivalries, unpleasant friends, and camping. Oh, and romance.
  • This is in the public domain
Podcast Highlight

12.02.2015

Episode 292: The Pavilion on the Links, chapters 1-3


In which we begin a little known mystery by Robert Louis Stevenson. Arthur Conan Doyle called it "the high-water mark of [Stevenson’s] genius." Despite the name there is no golf and no lemonade. 

Episode 292, Pavilion on the Links, chapters 1-3
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for quicksand, mystery, mafia, rivalries, unpleasant friends, and camping. Oh, and romance.
  • This is in the public domain
Podcast Highlight

11.21.2015

Episode 291: The Regent of the North

In which an old Viking chief clings to the old faith in Odin and Baldur
when new ways sweep into his country.

Episode 291, The Regent of the North
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for reindeer, Laplanders, Viking chieftains, Christianity, Odin, and Baldur.
  • This is in the public domain
Podcast Highlight
Other Info
  • Tales Before Tolkien -  Douglas A. Anderson

11.13.2015

Episode 290: Lord Dunsany and Edgar Allen Poe

In which we watch little gods and a passionate artist.

Episode 290, Chu Bu and Sheemish / The Oval Portrait
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for minor gods feuding, earthquakes, idol worship, oval portraits, candalabra, and mysteriously wounded narrators.
  • These stories are in the public domain
Podcast Highlight
Other Info
  • Tales Before Tolkien -  Douglas A. Anderson
  • Tales Before Narnia - Douglas A. Anderson
  • H.P. Lovecraft's Favorite Weird Tales - Douglas A. Anderson

10.02.2015

Episode 289: The White Moll, Finale


In which we enjoy one of the most exciting finales ever.

Episode 289, The White Moll, finale
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: PG for crime, plot difficulty, The Adventurer, 1920 underworld New York City, and danger!
  • This story is in the public domain
  • The story recording is courtesy of Rowdy Delaney at LibriVox.

9.24.2015

Episode 288: The White Moll, chapters 17-18


In which the White Moll shows she knows how to handle a car like James Bond.

Episode 288, The White Moll, chapters 17-18
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: PG for crime, plot difficulty, The Adventurer, 1920 underworld New York City, and danger!
  • This story is in the public domain
  • The story recording is courtesy of Rowdy Delaney at LibriVox.
 PODCAST HIGHLIGHT

9.18.2015

Episode 287: The White Moll, chapters 15-16


In which the Pug plays a deep game and Gypsy Nan's crime is revealed.

Episode 287, The White Moll, chapters 15-16
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: PG for crime, plot difficulty, The Adventurer, 1920 underworld New York City, and danger!
  • This story is in the public domain
  • The story recording is courtesy of Rowdy Delaney at LibriVox.
 PODCAST HIGHLIGHT

9.09.2015

Episode 286: The White Moll, chapters 13-14


In which we see the fruits of the White Moll's labors
and come one step closer to Danglar's lair.

Episode 286, The White Moll, chapters 13-14
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: PG for crime, plot difficulty, The Adventurer, 1920 underworld New York City, and danger!
  • This story is in the public domain
  • The story recording is courtesy of Rowdy Delaney at LibriVox.
 PODCAST HIGHLIGHT