12.03.2016

Episode 330: The Magic City, chapter 5


On the Carpet.
In which we have a banquet, tea, and embark on the quest of the Mazy Carpet.
Episode 330, The Magic City, chapter 5
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for blended families, mean nurses, nice parlor maids, the Destroyer and Deliverer, and quests in magical cities.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • Read by Ruth Golding at LibriVox.
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11.26.2016

Episode 329: The Magic City, Chapter 4


The Dragon-Slayer.
In which we encounter a dragon, a princess, and a mysterious claimant to the title of Deliverer.
Episode 329, The Magic City, chapter 4
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for blended families, mean nurses, nice parlor maids, the Destroyer and Deliverer, and quests in magical cities.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • Read by Ruth Golding at LibriVox.

11.19.2016

Episode 328: The Magic City, Chapter 3


Lost.
In which there is poetry, breakfast, a missing person, and Mr. Noah.
Episode 328, The Magic City, chapter 3
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for blended families, mean nurses, nice parlor maids, the Destroyer and Deliverer, and quests in magical cities.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • Read by Ruth Golding at LibriVox.
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11.12.2016

Episode 327: The Magic City, chapter 2


Deliverer or Destroyer.
In which we find out where we are, hear prophecies, and plan an escape!
Episode 327, The Magic City, chapter 2
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for blended families, mean nurses, nice parlor maids, the Destroyer and Deliverer, and quests in magical cities.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • Read by Ruth Golding at LibriVox.
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11.05.2016

Episode 326: The Magic City, chapter 1


The Beginning. In which we meet Philip and Helen and 
build an amazing sounding city out of household items.
Episode 326, The Magic City, chapter 1
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for blended families, mean nurses, nice parlor maids, the Destroyer and Deliverer, and quests in magical cities.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • Read by Ruth Golding at LibriVox.

10.30.2016

Episode 325: Oh, Murderer Mine, Finale


In which Doan and Carstairs exhibit dazzling teamwork, a murderer is unmasked, and all is explained.
Episode 324, Oh, Murderer Mine, finale
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for sassy girl teachers, Handsome Lover Boys, gigantic Great Danes, and deceptively pudgy detectives.
  • This story is in the public domain.
Highlight

10.24.2016

Episode 324: Oh, Murderer Mine, chapter 5


In which we encounter deserted mansions, flying bullets, dancing, and arms about each other.
Episode 324, Oh, Murderer Mine, chapter 5
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for sassy girl teachers, Handsome Lover Boys, gigantic Great Danes, and deceptively pudgy detectives.
  • This story is in the public domain.
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10.15.2016

Episode 323: Oh, Murderer Mine, chapter 4


In which we see Carstairs thrown off his stride.
Episode 323, Oh, Murderer Mine, chapter 4
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for sassy girl teachers, Handsome Lover Boys, gigantic Great Danes, and deceptively pudgy detectives.
  • This story is in the public domain.

10.10.2016

Episode 322: Oh, Murderer Mine, chapter 3


In which we fix Carstairs breakfast. And find out more about Heloise and Handsome Lover Boy.
Episode 322, Oh, Murderer Mine, chapter 3
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for sassy girl teachers, Handsome Lover Boys, gigantic Great Danes, and deceptively pudgy detectives.
  • This story is in the public domain.
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10.01.2016

Episode 321: Oh, Murderer Mine, chapter 2


In which Doan and Carstairs show their mettle in the chase. 
 And Melissa acquires an interesting bodyguard.
Episode 321: Oh, Murderer Mine, chapter 2
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for sassy girl teachers, Handsome Lover Boys, gigantic Great Danes, and deceptively pudgy detectives.
  • This story is in the public domain.
Podcast Highlight
  • CraftLit - Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) (premium audio)

9.24.2016

Episode 320:Oh, Murderer Mine, chapter 1


In which Doan and Carstairs find themselves on a college campus.
Episode 320, Oh, Murderer Mine, chapter 1
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for sassy girl teachers, Handsome Lover Boys, gigantic Great Danes, and deceptively pudgy detectives.
  • This story is in the public domain.
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CraftLit - The War of the Worlds (premium audio)

9.19.2016

Episode 319: Around the World in Seventy-Two Days, Finale


In which we dash across the Pacific and the U.S. to try to meet the deadline.

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for plucky girl journalists, adventurous travel, and only one dress.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • Book read by Mary Reagan at LibriVox
  • This book may contain outdated ways of expression or of talking about other people. It's an accurate picture of how things were back then and we can be happy things have changed for the better. No editing or censoring will occur in the reading.
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The Land of Desire

9.10.2016

Episode 318: Around the World in Seventy-Two Days, chapters 13-15


In which we have Christmas in Canton and explore Japan.

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for plucky girl journalists, adventurous travel, and only one dress.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • Book read by Mary Reagan at LibriVox
  • This book may contain outdated ways of expression or of talking about other people. It's an accurate picture of how things were back then and we can be happy things have changed for the better. No editing or censoring will occur in the reading.
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The Help audiobook

8.27.2016

Episode 317: Around the World in Seventy-Two Days, chapters 11-12


In which we ride out a monsoon at sea and discover we're racing more than Time.

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for plucky girl journalists, adventurous travel, and only one dress.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • Book read by Mary Reagan at LibriVox
  • This book may contain outdated ways of expression or of talking about other people. It's an accurate picture of how things were back then and we can be happy things have changed for the better. No editing or censoring will occur in the reading.
Podcast Highlights

8.19.2016

Episode 316: Around the World in Seventy-Two Days, chapters 9-10


In which we become addicted to curry and a five day delay endangers the journey.

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for plucky girl journalists, adventurous travel, and only one dress.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • Book read by Mary Reagan at LibriVox
  • This book may contain outdated ways of expression or of talking about other people. It's an accurate picture of how things were back then and we can be happy things have changed for the better. No editing or censoring will occur in the reading.

8.06.2016

Episode 315: Around the World in Seventy-Two Days, chapters 7-8


In which we see Port Said, the Suez Canal, and Aden.

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for plucky girl journalists, adventurous travel, and only one dress.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • Book read by Mary Reagan at LibriVox
  • This book may contain outdated ways of expression or of talking about other people. It's an accurate picture of how things were back then and we can be happy things have changed for the better. No editing or censoring will occur in the reading.

7.30.2016

Episode 314: Around the World in Seventy-Two Days, chapters 4-6


In which we meet Jules and Madame Verne,
avoid an international incident over a compliment,
and take a risk to send a message.

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for plucky girl journalists, adventurous travel, and only one dress.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • Book read by Mary Reagan at LibriVox
  • This book may contain outdated ways of expression or of talking about other people. It's an accurate picture of how things were back then and we can be happy things have changed for the better. No editing or censoring will occur in the reading.

7.23.2016

Episode 313: Around the World in Seventy-Two Days, chapters 1-3


In which we set off with the intrepid Nellie Bly on a journey around the world
with one bag, one dress, and a whole lotta spunk.

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for plucky girl journalists, adventurous travel, and only one dress.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • Book read by Mary Reagan at LibriVox
  • This book may contain outdated ways of expression or of talking about other people. It's an accurate picture of how things were back then and we can be happy things have changed for the better. No editing or censoring will occur in the reading.

7.16.2016

Episode 312: Mrs. Bullfrog - The Wonderful Window

In which we encounter an unlikely and humorous marriage 
and a fantastical view into another world. 
Mrs. Bullfrog by Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Wonderful Window by Lord Dunsany.
Episode 312, Mrs. Bullfrog - The Wonderful Window
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for interesting marriages and unusual windows.
  • These stories are in the public domain.
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7.03.2016

Episode 311, The Bat, finale


In which we discover the identity of the Bat!
Episode 311, The Bat, finale
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for battling evil, luxurious country homes, bank robbery, and spunky spinsters.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • This book may contain outdated ways of expressing or viewing other people. It's an accurate picture of how things were back then and we can be happy things have changed for the better. No editing or censoring will occur in the reading.
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6.25.2016

Episode 310: The Bat, chapters 15-17


Unknowns, and Ghosts, and Hidden Rooms. Oh my!
Episode 310, The Bat, chapters 15-17
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for battling evil, luxurious country homes, bank robbery, and spunky spinsters.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • This book may contain outdated ways of expressing or viewing other people. It's an accurate picture of how things were back then and we can be happy things have changed for the better. No editing or censoring will occur in the reading.
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6.14.2016

Episode 309: The Bat, chapters 13-14


In which Miss Cornelia gets sneaky.
Episode 309, The Bat, chapters 13-14
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for battling evil, luxurious country homes, bank robbery, and spunky spinsters.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • This book may contain outdated ways of expressing or viewing other people. It's an accurate picture of how things were back then and we can be happy things have changed for the better. No editing or censoring will occur in the reading.
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6.04.2016

Episode 308: The Bat, chapters 11-12


In which Billy does jujitsu, Dale asks for yet more advice, and
someone mysterious sneaks in.
Episode 308, The Bat, chapters 11-12
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for battling evil, luxurious country homes, bank robbery, and spunky spinsters.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • This book may contain outdated ways of expressing or viewing other people. It's an accurate picture of how things were back then and we can be happy things have changed for the better. No editing or censoring will occur in the reading.
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5.28.2016

Episode 307: The Bat, chapters 9-10


In which we witness murder most foul!
Episode 307, The Bat, chapters 9-10
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for battling evil, luxurious country homes, bank robbery, and spunky spinsters.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • This book may contain outdated ways of expressing or viewing other people. It's an accurate picture of how things were back then and we can be happy things have changed for the better. No editing or censoring will occur in the reading.
Highlight

5.21.2016

Episode 306: The Bat, chapters 7-8


In which Lizzie gets the third degree, Brooks shares a secret,
and a shadowy figure is glimpsed.
Episode 306, The Bat, chapters 7-8
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for battling evil, luxurious country homes, bank robbery, and spunky spinsters.
  • This story is in the public domain.
  • This book may contain outdated ways of expressing or viewing other people. It's an accurate picture of how things were back then and we can be happy things have changed for the better. No editing or censoring will occur in the reading.

5.14.2016

Episode 305: The Bat, Chapters 5-6


In which the biggest mystery now is how many times
Billy can retrieve and return the front door key before he collapses.
Episode 305, The Bat, chapters 5-6
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for battling evil, luxurious country homes, bank robbery, and spunky spinsters.
  • This story is in the public domain.
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5.07.2016

Episode 304: The Bat, chapters 3-4.


In which we pull out the Ouija board and listen for ghosts.
While sipping lemonade. We are at a country home, after all.
Episode 304, The Bat, chapters 3-4
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for battling evil, luxurious country homes, bank robbery, and spunky spinsters.
  • This story is in the public domain.
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5.03.2016

Episode 303: The Bat, chapters 1-2


In which Cornelia Van Gorder discovers a mystery at her rented summer home.
Is it that dreaded criminal The Bat?
We also try to live up to noble standards already set for this book,
which was released in 1933 as one of the earliest talking book recordings.
Episode 303, The Bat, chapters 1-2
(download or listen via this link)

Book Information
  • Story rating: G for battling evil, luxurious country homes, bank robbery, and spunky spinsters.
  • This story is in the public domain.

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

Mary Roberts Rinehart

The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood

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.

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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.

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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
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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
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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
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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