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

9.03.2015

Episode 285: The White Moll, chapters 11-12


In which the White Moll is part of a gang caper!

Episode 285, The White Moll, chapters 11-12
(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

8.13.2015

Episode 284: The White Moll, chapters 9-10


In which it's the White Moll's turn to rescue The Adventurer
and we learn something shocking! 

Episode 284, The White Moll, chapters 9-10
(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
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

8.04.2015

Episode 283: The White Moll, chapters 7-8


In which the White Moll sinks deeper into underworld New York to save a man's life
by pulling off a diamond heist. 

Episode 283, The White Moll, chapters 7-8
(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

7.22.2015

Episode 282: The White Moll, chapters 5-6


In which the Danglar's comments send the White Moll on another adventure to prevent crime. 

Episode 282, The White Moll, chapters 5-6
(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

7.14.2015

Episode 281: The White Moll, chapters 3-4


In which the White Moll carries out her promise to Gypsy Nan and encounters The Adventurer. 

Episode 281, The White Moll, chapters 3-4
(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

7.01.2015

Episode 280: The White Moll, chapters 1-2


In which we meet the White Moll. 
Will she grant a desperate request for help, even if it puts her at great risk?

Episode 280, The White Moll, chapters 1-2
(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

6.24.2015

Episode 279: A Matter of Importance, Part 2


In which we learn how to outsmart delinks ... and Huks

Episode 279, A Matter of Importance, part 2
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for policemen, missing space ships,Huks, delinks, detective work .
  • This story is in the public domain
 PODCAST HIGHLIGHT

6.18.2015

Episode 278: A Matter of Importance, part 1



In which we search for a mysteriously missing space transport
and learn the difference between the police and the military.
Episode 278, A Matter of Importance, part 1
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for policemen, missing space ships,Huks, delinks, detective work .
  • This story is in the public domain
 PODCAST HIGHLIGHT

5.30.2015

Lagniappe 63: Dickens and His Ravens

Dickens and His Ravens
from the preface of Barnaby Rudge
by Charles Dickens
(listen or download from link above)
According to Webster
la·gniappe \ˈlan-ˌyap, lan-ˈ\
Function:
noun
Etymology: American French, from American Spanish la ñapa the lagniappe, from la + ñapa, yapa, from Quechua yapa something added
Date: 1844
: a small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase;
broadly : something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure