12.30.2009

Episode 103: The Uninvited, ch. 8-9


In which the play is the thing ... along with Stella and the ghost!

Episode 103, The Uninvited, chapters 8-9
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: PG for ghosts, actors, unkind grandfathers, and ... did I mention ghosts?
  • This story is in the public domain in Canada, where these files are hosted: If you are not in Canada, please verify the copyright status of these works in your own country before downloading, otherwise you may be violating copyright laws.

Top Discoveries of 2009: Audiobooks

I couldn't resist, especially since I've been making notes since the beginning of the year. So I dodged back in to drop some of them on y'all (oh, how I've missed doing that in the last few days). These are not necessarily new as of 2009 but things that I discovered in 2009.

Click through the links for reviews. Where there are none I made a few notes which, admittedly, are brief, but it is this or nuttin'.

So here goes ... with no particular order within the list, except chronologically I suppose.
  • The Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard (free from Librivox, click through for full story description): done by various readers, one of whom read two or three chapters evidently to practice his English which was excruciating to listen to. However, this tale of dashing adventure from the turn of the century set in New York's gritty underbelly took no great harm from my skipping those couple chapters. This story made me a Frank L. Packard fan.
  • Lamentation by Ken Scholes (reviewed for SFFaudio): not just the best audiobook I heard, but very possibly the best science fiction I "read" all year. Wow.
  • The White Moll by Frank L. Packard (free from Librivox, click through for full story description): the White Moll, an angel of mercy in the New York slums, is falsely accused of a terrible crime. She must now use her intelligence, grit, and knowledge of slum gangs to outwit both her accusers and the police. This story made me a fan of narrator Rowdy Delaney whose low key style proved addictive.
  • Giants of the Frost by Kim Wilkins (reviewed for SFFaudio): just when you think this is a typical romance story (enough already of the whining girl protagonist) it takes a very interesting turn for the better into Norse mythology.
  • The White Company by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (free from Librivox, click through for full story description): surprisingly Doyle considered his historical novels to be his best and I must say this book makes a strong case. A story of knight errantry, wooing a fair lady, and learning the ways of the world during England's Hundred Years War with France.
This was posted at my main blog together with my top movies list which you may find here.

12.16.2009

Episode 102: Mouth Wide Open 6



In which we discover a traditional Italian peasant food best enjoyed in cold weather.
EP 102: Mouth Wide Open 6


Rating: G

This Book is Under Copyright
Produced with permission of John Thorne

For information about Mr. Thorne or for permissions please see his website, Simple Cooking.

I am indebted to John Thorne for his gracious permission to podcast this novel.

Podcast Highlights
Highlight
Huffduffer: like an RSS feed for podcasts. My Huffduffer links all have the featured podcast episode's website links in the descriptive copy.

    12.12.2009

    Lagniappe 30: The Man Who Invented Christmas

    The Man Who Invented Christmas
    (listen or download from link above)

    A little something extra about Dickens
    and the book that helped both reinvent his career and the season.


    (Find the book here.)

    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

    11.05.2009

    Episode 101: The Uninvited, ch. 6-7


    In which the house party continues, Roddy and Pamela see a play ... and someone sees a ghost.

    Episode 101, The Uninvited, chapters 6-7
    (download or listen via this link)

    Book Information
    • Story rating: PG for ghosts, actors, unkind grandfathers, and ... did I mention ghosts?
    • This story is in the public domain in Canada, where these files are hosted: If you are not in Canada, please verify the copyright status of these works in your own country before downloading, otherwise you may be violating copyright laws.

    11.04.2009

    Dorothy Macardle

    The Uninvited




    The Unforeseen

    10.29.2009

    Episode 100: The Uninvited, ch. 4-5


    In which a house party begins and inexplicable events occur.

    Episode 100,The Uninvited, chapters 4-5
    (download or listen via this link)

    Book Information
    • Story rating: PG for ghosts, actors, unkind grandfathers, and ... did I mention ghosts?
    • This story is in the public domain in Canada, where these files are hosted: If you are not in Canada, please verify the copyright status of these works in your own country before downloading, otherwise you may be violating copyright laws.

    Episode 99: The Uninvited, ch. 3


    In which the hills are alive with the sound of ... gossip.

    Episode 99,The Uninvited, chapter 3
    (download or listen via this link)

    Book Information
    • Story rating: PG for ghosts, actors, unkind grandfathers, and ... did I mention ghosts?
    • This story is in the public domain in Canada, where these files are hosted: If you are not in Canada, please verify the copyright status of these works in your own country before downloading, otherwise you may be violating copyright laws.

    10.22.2009

    Episode 98: The Uninvited, ch. 1-2


    In which Roderick and Pamela go house hunting.

    Episode 98,The Uninvited, chapters 1-2
    (download or listen via this link)

    Book Information
    • Story rating: PG for ghosts, actors, unkind grandfathers, and ... did I mention ghosts?
    • This story is in the public domain in Canada, where these files are hosted: If you are not in Canada, please verify the copyright status of these works in your own country before downloading, otherwise you may be violating copyright laws.

    10.19.2009

    Halloween Story: Shirley Jackson Horror Sampler

    In which I am unexpectedly out of town
    for a family emergency and
    provide a rerun of The Lottery (episode 22) from Halloweens past.

    Finding horror behind the "ordinary" things.
    The Haunting of Hill House,
    We Have Always Lived in the Castle,
    the Daemon Lover stories and ... a reading of The Lottery.

    Jackson Horror Sampler
    (listen or download from the link above)

    Rating: PG
    Nothing graphic in these stories. Use your own discretion.

    Episode Links:
    The Lottery is under copyright.




    10.15.2009

    Episode 97: The Chatelaine of Burnt Ridge

    (listen or download from link above)

    In which we visit the Wild West with Bret Harte and find lost memory and love.

    Note: This story is in the public domain.
    Rated: G

    Podcast Highlight
    Halloween Haunt

    My Huffduffer feed
    RSS, iTunes feed

    10.09.2009

    Episode 96: Uncle Tom's Cabin, Finale


    In which all comes to an end.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin, finale
    (download or listen via this link)

    This book is in the public domain.

    Story rating
    PG 13 ... contains offensive language and concepts
    which require a certain level of maturity to understand.


    Reference Works

    Podcast Highlights

    My Huffduffer feed
    Julie D's Huffduffer page, iTunes, RSS

    Other Links
    Maureen Reidy:
    Mothers in Uncle Tom's America, Uncle Tom's Houses

    9.29.2009

    Episode 95: Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 40-42


    In which Uncle Tom fulfills his destiny and we hear an authentic ghost story.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 40-42
    (download or listen via this link)

    This book is in the public domain.

    Story rating
    PG 13 ... contains offensive language and concepts
    which require a certain level of maturity to understand.


    Reference Works

    Audio Books Highlights
    The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart
    Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M.R. James
    The White Company by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    My Father As I Recall Him by Mamie Dickens


    My Huffduffer feed
    Julie D's Huffduffer page, iTunes, RSS


    Other Links

    9.28.2009

    On changing music files to podcast files

    I have now had a couple of people ask for further details about this process. This is very rough, but here goes ...

    This is what I do with my BBC Radio episodes that I get using Radio Downloader.
    • The files come in as music.
    • I "right click" on the episode and choose "Get Info" from the top of the menu that appears.
    • This takes you into a spot with all sorts of handy-dandy settings. For instance, this is where podcasters go to put their cover art into the file before releasing it.
    • If you choose the "Options" tab, you will see in that menu a spot called "Media Kind."
    • Click it and the drop-down menu shows music, audiobook, and others including podcasts.
    • Click ok and the file should disappear from the music section and you will find it magically in the podcasts section.
    • Occasionally I get a file that stubbornly won't disappear and I have found that by making it an audiobook and THEN a podcast ... it works.
    It probably sounds complicated but really isn't...

    9.20.2009

    Episode 94: Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 38-39


    In which Uncle Tom's experiences the dark night of the soul and we go ghost hunting.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 38-39
    (download or listen via this link)

    This book is in the public domain.

    Story rating
    PG 13 ... contains offensive language and concepts
    which require a certain level of maturity to understand.


    Reference Works

    Podcast Highlight
    The Happy Hour Lounge
    (Website, iTunes link)

    My Huffduffer feed
    Julie D's Huffduffer page, iTunes, RSS


    Other Links

    9.11.2009

    Episode 93: Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 35-37


    In which we learn about Simon Legree's past,
    Emmeline and Cassie consult,
    and we catch up with George and Eliza.


    Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 35-37
    (download or listen via this link)

    This book is in the public domain.

    Story rating
    PG 13 ... contains offensive language and concepts
    which require a certain level of maturity to understand.


    Reference Works

    Podcast Highlight
    Check the Podroll in the sidebar for:
    Car Talk, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Lyrics Undercover, Vinyl Cafe, Rejection Slip Theater, Decoder Ring Theater, Baba the Storyteller, Uvula Audio, Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase

    My Huffduffer feed
    Julie D's Huffduffer page, iTunes, RSS

    9.03.2009

    Episode 92: Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 33-34


    In which Uncle Tom takes a stand and we meet Cassy and hear her story.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 33-34
    (download or listen via this link)

    This book is in the public domain.

    Story rating
    PG 13 ... contains offensive language and concepts which require a certain level of maturity to understand.


    Reference Works

    Podcast Highlight
    Engines of Our Ingenuity
    website, iTunes link


    My Huffduffer feed
    Julie D's Huffduffer page, iTunes, RSS

    8.29.2009

    Episode 91: Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 31-32


    In which we arrive at Simon Legree's plantation.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 31-32
    (download or listen via this link)

    This book is in the public domain.

    Story rating
    PG 13 ... contains offensive language and concepts which require a certain level of maturity to understand.


    Reference Works

    Podcast Highlight
    H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast
    website, iTunes link


    My Huffduffer feed
    Julie D's Huffduffer page, iTunes, RSS

    8.22.2009

    Episode 90: The Hiccup Flask

    (listen or download from link above)

    A tale of wonder in which we encounter a caliph, a thief, an alchemist, and a hiccup ... from the mind of James Powell.

    Note: This story is under copyright by James Powell and may not be reproduced except by permission of the author. See his website here for more information and for more writing.

    Much thanks to Jesse Willis of SFFaudio for thinking of me when considering audio for the story. Also for providing the art; original source here.


    Podcast Highlight
    Electric Sheep

    Movie review and Heroes episode are featured on my Huffduffer feed
    RSS, iTunes feed


    Additional links
    Anne is a Man - Podcast Reviews
    They won't let him into iTunes but they can't keep him down. Visit his blog for tons of thoughtful reviews.

    Thai Spoon
    You won't find a better meal or a better deal in downtown Chicago.

    Edgy Podcast Reviews: Episode 77
    The one where they get reviewed ... by Forgotten Classics!
    Email them with shows you'd like to see reviewed
    (edgypodcastreviews@gmail.com)

    8.07.2009

    Lagniappe 29: Seductions of Rice

    Seductions of Rice
    (listen or download from link above)

    In which we travel the wide world seeking rice and also find adventure.

    (Review of the book Seductions of Rice is here.)

    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

    8.05.2009

    Lagniappe 28: The Food of a Younger Land

    Food of a Younger Land
    (listen or download from link above)

    In which we learn about food, history, and the Great Depression.

    (Review of the book Food of a Younger Land is here.)

    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

    7.30.2009

    Episode 89: Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 29-30


    In which Marie uses her power and we meet Susan and Emmaline.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 29-30
    (download or listen via this link)

    This book is in the public domain.

    Story rating
    PG 13 ... contains offensive language and concepts which require a certain level of maturity to understand.


    Reference Works

    Podcast Highlight
    Among the Dead
    website, iTunes link


    My Huffduffer feed
    Julie D's Huffduffer page, iTunes, RSS

    7.24.2009

    Episode 88: Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 27-28


    In which we see the fruit Eva sowed.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 27-28
    (download or listen via this link)

    This book is in the public domain.

    Story rating
    PG 13 ... contains offensive language and concepts which require a certain level of maturity to understand.


    Reference Works

    Podcast Highlight
    SFFaudio Podcast
    website, iTunes link


    My Huffduffer feed
    Julie D's Huffduffer page, iTunes, RSS

    7.16.2009

    Episode 87: Uncle Tom's Cabin, ch. 24-26


    In which we bid Eva goodbye.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 24-26
    (download or listen via this link)

    This book is in the public domain.

    Story rating
    PG 13 ... contains offensive language and concepts which require a certain level of maturity to understand.


    Reference Works

    Podcast Highlight
    Quick and Dirty Tips
    website


    My Huffduffer feed
    Julie D's Huffduffer page, iTunes, RSS

    7.10.2009

    Episode 86: Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 21-23


    In which we journey back to Kentuck; go to the lake; and meet Albert, Henrique, and Dodo.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 21-23
    (download or listen via this link)

    This book is in the public domain.

    Story rating
    PG 13 ... contains offensive language and concepts which require a certain level of maturity to understand.


    Reference Works

    Podcast Highlight
    Rejection Slip Theater
    website, Feedburner feed, iTunes


    My Huffduffer feed
    Julie D's Huffduffer page, iTunes, RSS

    Other Links

    7.03.2009

    Lagniappe 27: Ask Dr. Boli

    Ask Dr. Boli
    (listen or download from link above)

    In which we celebrate Dr. Boli's two year anniversary on the world wide web ... and learn why the sky is blue.

    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

    7.02.2009

    Lagniappe 26: The Uncommon Reader


    A little something extra from the The Uncommon Reader (by Alan Bennett), in which a most unusual person begins reading books.

    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

    6.25.2009

    Episode 85: Mary Stewart, The Moonspinners

    The Moonspinners by Mary Stewart

    In which we travel to Greece with Mary Stewart, the author who created romantic suspense.

    The Moonspinners: excerpt

    This book is under copyright.

    Story rating: for adult readers, though there is no offensive content

    More information about Mary Stewart
    Mary Stewart on Wikipedia

    Mary Stewart: a born storyteller

    My favorite Mary Stewart romantic suspense titles
    (look for them at Amazon or at ABE Books)
    * The Ivy Tree
    * This Rough Magic
    * The Gabriel Hounds
    * Touch Not the Cat
    * Nine Coaches Waiting
    * Madam Will You Talk?
    * Wildfire at Midnight
    * My Brother Michael
    * The Moonspinners

    Podcast Highlight
    Crimes Against Food

    Breakfast episode is featured on my Huffduffer feed
    RSS, iTunes feed


    Additional link

    6.17.2009

    Episode 84: Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapter 20


    In which we meet Topsy.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapter 20

    This book is in the public domain.

    Story rating
    PG 13 ... contains offensive language and concepts which require a certain level of maturity to understand.


    Reference Works

    Podcast Highlight
    Useless Information
    website, iTunes


    My Huffduffer feed
    Julie D's Huffduffer page, iTunes, RSS

    6.11.2009

    Episode 83: Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapter 19


    In which we find out more about Prue and about St. Clare's boyhood, twin brother, and more.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapter 19

    This book is in the public domain.

    Story rating
    PG 13 ... contains offensive language and concepts which require a certain level of maturity to understand.


    Reference Works

    Highlight
    Radio Downloader (for capturing and downloading BBC shows)
    website, SFFaudio review


    My Huffduffer feed
    Julie D's Huffduffer page, iTunes, RSS

    Other Links

    6.05.2009

    Episode 82: Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapter 18


    In which we return to New Orleans for Miss Ophelia's experiences and hear Prue's story.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapter 18

    This book is in the public domain.

    Story rating
    PG 13 ... contains offensive language and concepts which require a certain level of maturity to understand.


    Reference Works

    Podcast Highlight
    Stories of the Journey Home
    website, iTunes


    My Huffduffer feed
    Julie D's Huffduffer page, iTunes, RSS

    Other Links

    5.12.2009

    Episode 80: Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapter 16


    In which we learn more about Marie, St. Clare and ... religion.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapter 16

    This book is in the public domain.

    Story rating
    PG 13 ... contains offensive language and concepts which require a certain level of maturity to understand.


    Reference Works

    Podcast Highlight
    Movies You Should See
    website, iTunes

    Also: Craig Bevan's Movie Minutes
    website, iTunes

    My Huffduffer feed
    Julie D's Huffduffer page, iTunes, RSS

    Other Links


    5.07.2009

    Episode 79: Mouth Wide Open, 5

    In which we recover from the flu, snack and read thrillers, and eat street food.
    EP 79: Mouth Wide Open, 5
    Rating: G


    This Book is Under Copyright
    Produced with permission of John Thorne

    For information about Mr. Thorne or for permissions please see his website, Simple Cooking.

    I am indebted to John Thorne for his gracious permission to podcast this novel.

    Highlight
    Huffduffer: like an RSS feed for podcasts
    Other Links


    Note:
    I thought this was the 4th episode with Mouth Wide Open but upon uploading the file, I see that it is actually the 5th ... c'est la vie.

    5.01.2009

    Episode 78: Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 14-15


    In which we meet the St. Clare family and Uncle Tom acquires a new master.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 14-15

    This book is in the public domain.

    Story rating
    PG 13 ... contains offensive language and concepts which require a certain level of maturity to understand.


    Reference Works

    Podcast Highlight
    Jazz Diaries of the Sly Crooner (where living swank is the best revenge)
    website, iTunes

    Other Links

    4.26.2009

    Lagniappe 25: Dark Possessions


    A little something extra from the mind of James Powell, in which we have a deep experience of mystery and furniture.

    Note: This story is under copyright by James Powell and may not be reproduced except by permission of the author. See his website here for more information and for more writing.

    Much thanks to Jesse Willis of SFFaudio for thinking of me when considering audio versions.


    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

    4.25.2009

    4.23.2009

    Episode 77: Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 12-13


    In which we experience "lawful trade" and get a glimpse of heaven.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 12-13

    This book is in the public domain.

    Story rating
    PG 13 ... contains offensive language and concepts which require a certain level of maturity to understand.


    Reference Works

    Podcast Highlight
    Lyrics Undercover
    website, iTunes

    Other Links -- My Roadtrip Pals

    4.11.2009

    Lagniappe 24: Book of Obituaries


    A little something extra from the The Economist's Book of Obituaries, in which we delve into death.

    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

    4.01.2009

    Episode 76: Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapters 10 and 11


    In which we return to the plantation for Uncle Tom
    and meet a mysterious stranger in a tavern.


    Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapter 10

    This book is in the public domain.

    Story rating
    PG 13 ... contains offensive language and concepts which require a certain level of maturity to understand.


    Reference Works

    Podcast Highlight
    Edgy Podcast Reviews
    website, iTunes

    Other Links

    3.24.2009

    Episode 75: Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapter 9


    In which we see where Eliza winds up and meet Mrs. and Senator Bird.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapter 9

    This book is in the public domain.

    Story rating
    PG 13 ... contains offensive language and concepts which require a certain level of maturity to understand.


    Reference Works

    Podcast Highlight
    CrimeWav
    website, iTunes

    3.15.2009

    Episode 74: Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapter 8


    In which we hear three slave traders ruminating upon their business, and see Sam's triumphant return to the Shelby household.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapter 8

    This book is in the public domain.

    Story rating
    PG 13 ... contains offensive language and concepts which require a certain level of maturity to understand.


    Reference Works

    Podcast Highlight
    It Was 20 Years Ago Today: website, iTunes