Spoken Freely


In June 2013, the audiobook community gave back! Spoken Freely, a group of 38 professional narrators,  teamed with Going Public to celebrate June is Audiobook Month (JIAM) by offering a serialized audio story collection: Going Public…in Shorts. Each narrator recorded a short piece from the public domain, including the work of Chekhov, Twain, Chopin, Poe, Lovecraft, Fitzgerald, Joyce, Wilde and many others, even Lincoln’s pivotal Second Inaugural Address. All proceeds  go to the Reach Out and Read literacy advocacy organization.

Throughout June, 1-2 stories were released online each day via Going Public, as well as on various author and book blogs. Each participating narrator was hosted by a different blog. As a “Thank you!” to listeners, stories were available to listen to for free, for one week (online only – no downloads). Please see below for the full release and blog appearance schedule.

The full compilation is now available for download from Downpour.com.

All proceeds go directly to Reach Out and Read, an innovative literacy advocacy organization serving more than 4 million children and their families across the nation, with an emphasis on serving those in low-income communities.

Going Public…in Shorts is made possible by the efforts of the Spoken Freely narrators and many others who donated their time and energy to bring it to fruition. Engineering and mastering provided by Jeffrey Kafer and SpringBrook Audio. Graphic design provided by f power design. Project coordination and executive production provided by Xe Sands. Published by Blackstone Audio.

Story Release / Blog Appearance Schedule:

6/1   Robert Fass: The Spectre Bridegroom, by Washington Irving

Johnny Heller: Skip Tracer Bullets, by Joe Archibald

Robert & Johnny will launch the project together @Publishers Weekly’s PWxyz Blog

6/2   Karen White @Linus’s Blanket - Selection: The Death of a Soldier, by Louisa May Alcott

6/3   Mark Turetsky @Reading in Winter - Selection: Beyond Lies the Wub, by Philip K. Dick

6/4   Susan Ericksen @The Reading Date - Selection: Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad, by M.R. James

6/4   John Pruden @Going Public – Selection: A Blackjack Bargainer, by O. Henry

6/5   David Drummond @Books, Personally - Selection: The Death of a Government Clerk, by Anton Chekhov

6/6   Jo Anna Perrin @Audiobook DJ – Selection: A Society, by Virginia Woolf

6/7   Simon Vance @My Books, My Life – Selection: Essay from Wild Life in a Southern County, by Richard Jeffries

6/8   Gary Dikeos @Rachel Has Spoken – Selection: The Open Window, by H. H. Munroe (Saki)

6/9   Gabrielle de Cuir @Teresa’s Reading Corner – Selection: Prince Bull, by Charles Dickens

6/10  Paul Michael Garcia @SFF Audio (podcast!) – Selection: The Pit and the Pendulum, by Edgar Allan Poe

Dick Hill @Jenn’s Bookshelves – Selection: Two Illuminating Stories: The Story of the Bad Little Boy, and The Story of the Good Little Boy, by Mark Twain

6/11  Cassandra Campbell @Devourer of Books – Selection: The Stone of Invisibility, by Giovanni Boccaccio

6/12  Luke Daniels @ Kevin Hearne’s Blog – Selection: The Orange Fairy Book: The Frog and the Lion Fairy, by Andrew Lang

6/13  Robin Eller @Lakeside Musing – Selection: The Yellow Fairy Book: How to Tell a True Princess, by Andrew Lang

6/13  Patrick Lawlor @Bermuda Onion – Selection: The Lottery Ticket, by Anton Chekhov

6/14  Diane Havens @Michael Stephen Daigle’s Blog – Selection: The Selfish Giant, by Oscar Wilde

6/14  Scott O’Neill @JT Kalnay’s Blog – Selection: The Nice People, by Henry Cuyler Bunner

6/15  Hillary Huber @AudioGals – Selection: The Necklace, by Guy de Maupassant

6/16  Kaleo Griffith @Overreader – Selection: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, by Mark Twain

6/17  Adam Verner @Anita Loves Books – Selection; Brown Wolf, by Jack London

6/18  Tish Hicks @Romance Magicians – Selection: Story of an Hour, by Kate Chopin

6/19  Arielle DeLisle @Bookfan – Selection: A Pair of Silk Stockings, by Kate Chopin

6/19  Rachel Fulginiti @The Voiceover Boblog – Selection: Death of a Woman, by Gertrude Atherton

6/20  Stefan Rudnicki @A Book and a Latte – Selection: The Prophet’s Paradise, by Robert W. Chambers

6/21  Coleen Marlo @Literate Housewife - Selection: The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry

6/22  Cris Dukehart @The Book Tart – Selection: Eve’s Diary, by Mark Twain

6/23  Oliver Wyman @The Guilded Earlobe – Selection: Pickman’s Model, by H.P. Lovecraft

6/24  John Lee @Beth Fish Reads – Selection: Eveline (from The Dubliners), by James Joyce

6/25  Peter Berkrot @Jen’s Book Thoughts – Selection: The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

6/25  Jeffrey Kafer @Kent Holloway’s Blog – Selection: The Monkey’s Paw, by W. W. Jacobs

6/26  Vanessa Hart @My Bookish Ways – Selection: The Ice Palace, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

6/27  Amy Rubinate @Miss Susie’s Reading & Observations – Selection: Adventure, by Sherwood Anderson

6/28  Kyle Munley @Emily’s Reading Room – Selection: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, by Ambrose Bierce

6/28  Xe Sands @The Oddiophile – Selection: The Yellow Wallpaper, & Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

6/29  John McLain @Narrator Reviews – Selection: Mountain Man, by Robert Ervin Howard

6/30  Dion Graham @Literate Housewife - Selection: Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address



42 thoughts on “Spoken Freely

  1. Dearest Xe,

    What a thrill it is to be part of this extraordinary project. Thank you for your creativity, diligence and hard work. This will be a very special June is Audiobook Month (JIAM). A huge thank you to all those for helped in the execution of this project, and to my fellow narrators, I am always astounded by your artistic gifts!

    • Thanks so much for YOUR participation, Coleen! The support of my colleagues in bringing this to fruition has been phenomenal and I am truly humbled by it.

  2. So happy to be included with all my talented friends! Looking forward to hearing all the wonderful stories. Thanks for putting this all together, Xe.

  3. Shanna R

    Just amazing, Xe! I am so glad to be able to hear my favorite piece again. JIAM is going to be amazing this year!!

    • Aw, thanks, Shanna! And thank you for all your support over the past two years here at Going Public :)

  4. This is such a wonderful project. My gratitude to all who contributed, and I can’t wait for June!

  5. Denice Stradling

    I can’t wait to listen to all these fabulous story tellers … thanks so much for putting this together, Xe!

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  8. Dear Xe, thank you for making this possible. I loved working on Twain! Being part of “Reach Out and Read” is the best part- knowing we can make a difference in these young people’s lives.

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  14. Brava Xe,
    Your hard work and dedication in putting this beautiful project together is so appreciated. It’s truly an honor to be part of a special group of friends and colleagues who are contributing to “Reach Out and Read.” My heart is filled with joy about our gift to young people.

    • Thank you so much. Robin! And thank you for participating in this crazy, wonderful, ambitious undertaking!

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  23. Hello Xe!

    I’ve just e-mailed you with the embed code for an entire *NOVEL* – a wonderful, forgotten book originally
    published in the 1930′s entitled “ADAM CARGO” – written by Upton Terrell, whom I knew when he was
    an old man, and I was a young boy.

    I hope you’ll offer all the followers of “GOING PUBLIC” this EXTRA TREAT for the month of June Is
    Audiobook Month… All Good Wishes for this wonderful project !

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