Episode 114: Saratoga Trunk Sampler

In which we observe a pair of adventurers in 1880s New Orleans.

EP 114: Saratoga Trunk Sampler
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Rating: G

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Repeat Episode 43: Ross Thomas Sampler

Explicit language warning on this episode. This week's rerun is due to a weekend one-two punch of Tom's family dropping into down and unexpected illness.

In which we meet Ross Thomas, master author of the thriller,
while sampling "Out on the Rim."

EP 43: Ross Thomas Sampler
Rating: R for explicit language

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My Favorite LibriVox Readers

The question came up as to whether multiple readers in one book, such as at LibriVox, bothers those who listen. My answer is no. As long as the readers are somewhat competent I can go with the flow, especially for the price. Which is nonexistent.

However, I cannot tell a lie, I do have favorite readers who I keep listed. I will go to see what these folks have read in order to select LibriVox books.

What? You also want to know these hidden classics? Well, that's my game, right? Sharing the good info. Here you go, in no particular order.
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Episode 112: Breaking Point, part 2

In which the crew faces more threats.

Breaking Point, part 2
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Being read for the 4th SFFaudio Annual Challenge

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Books I'd Like to Read to You

First the schedule as I know it, and then the "wish" list from my notebook. A work in progress, but here's a beginning at least. In no particular order.

  1. The Riddle in the Sands (requested by erqsome)
  2. Genesis (reader request by Glenn) - translation and commentary by Robert Alter, with kind permission of his agent
Here and there may be interspersed an author excerpt, some lagniappe, or a bit of Mouth Wide Open which is still unfinished.
Wish List
(public domain)
  1. Animal Pioneers - Catherine Coblentz (except that I can't find our copy and it is fabulously expensive to repurchase)
  2. The Wind Boy
  3. Popo's Miracle
  4. The Unforeseen - Dorothy Macardle
  5. The Gray Seal - Frank L. Packard (available on LibriVox but I'd like to give it a "proper" reading)
  6. Cabin on Kettle Creek or Blue Bird Fly Up or Here Comes Mary Ellen - May Justus (illustrated by my great-aunt Helen Finger)
(needs research or permissions given ... many of these I haven't had time to pursue. Any help gratefully accepted.)

  1. Lydia Bailey - Kenneth Roberts
  2. Prince of Foxes - Samuel Shellabarger
  3. Heidi's Alp
  4. Mutiny on the Bounty - Nordhoff & Hall
  5. While We Still Live - Helen MacInnes
  6. Elisabeth Ogilvie (numerous options)
  7. Carbonel, King of Cats - Barbara Sleigh
  8. Space Vulture - Gary K. Wolf and John J. Meyers (authors have given permission but publisher does not answer their requests to give me permission)
  9. The Franchise Affair - Josephine Tey
  10. Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart
  11. Charlotte Armstrong (numerous options)
  12. Hard Hearts are for Cabbages
  13. Twelve Fair Kingdoms - Suzette Elgin
  14. The Flame Trees of Thikka
  15. Henry Treece - one of his Viking books
  16. We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson
  17. Alfred Bester
  18. Game of Fox and Lion - Robert R. Chase
  19. Marianne, the Magus & the Manticore - Sheri Tepper
  20. Bride of the Rat God - Barbara Hambly
  21. Murder to Go - Emma Lathen
  22. High Spirits - Robertson Davies
  23. A Cool Wind on the Underground
  24. Pamela Dean (numerous options)
  25. The Blue Sword - Robin McKinley
  26. Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin
  27. How to Cook a Wolf or An Alphabet for Gourmets by M.F.K. Fisher
  28. Emma Bull — maybe a short story? I'd like to read Territory but it's her newest.
  29. Uncharted Territory by Connie Willis
Author Highlights
(too popular or in copyright ... excerpts will be read under Fair Use)

  1. Saratoga Trunk - Edna Ferber (publisher denied permission)
  2. Mary Poppins
  3. Bambi
  4. 101 Dalmations
  5. Nigel Slater
  6. Bert Greene
  7. Delights & Prejudices - James Beard
Reader Requests
  1. O'Henry - memory escapes me on requester
  2. Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith - Erik