Audio Books Podcasts
The Fata Morgana was not expected to kill her lover. Still, the idea was not unattractive. It was just one of those thoughts that came to one. Like checking under the bed to see if life had coalesced from the dust balls, or “when my nose itches someone is thinking of me.” The Return of the Orange Virgin: a serial novel first published online. All 30 chapters uploaded as podcasts a chapter a month from 2010 through 2011.
By Rob Hunter
A Life of Death, the serialized podcast reading, is intended for teenagers and adults alike. It is a paranormal coming-of-age mystery about one boy's pain and hardship endured in a small Virginia town. Losing a father and growing up with an abusive, drunk replacement is hard enough, but when you hardly knew the first because of his constant military deployment, it alters your perspective. As a seventeen-year-old high school senior, Alex Drummond learns the value of family and the meaning of dedication the hard way, but reliving people's horrendous murders does have its upside. Join him as he struggles to find his destiny, understand love, and discover what really happened to his father and the skeletons hiding within his small home town.
By Weston Kincade
Each episode of The Bookcast at Powells.com delivers several vital doses of nutritious book candy. Recorded on-site at the home of the legendary independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, the Bookcast presents interviews with the world's leading authors, breaking news from the book world, timely commentary, short readings, and a chance to win $1,000 worth of books â€“ all in irreverent, easy-to-digest, twelve-or-so-minute servings. Be sure to get your recommended daily allowance.
Jonathan Swift almost defines satire in this biting and brutal pamphlet in which he suggests that poor (Catholic) Irish families should fatten up their children and sell them to the rich (Protestant) land owners, thus solving the twin problems of starving children and poverty in one blow. When the “Proposal” was published in 1729, Swift was quickly attacked, and even accused of barbarity – the exact state the “Proposal” was written to expose. (Summary by Hugh)
Librivox volunteers bring you six different readings of The Voice of the Ancient Bard , by William Blake. This is a weekly poetry project. (Summary by Annie Coleman)
Perhaps Edgar Allen Poe's most famous poem, the "Raven" is a macabre exploration of a man, his memories of Lenore, and the black bird that interrupts his studies on a dark December night, with tap-tap-tapping at his chamber door. (Summary by Hugh)