Going Public…in Shorts – 6/9

Gabrielle de Cuir joins us today, offering Prince Bull, by Charles Dickens. Gabrielle also joins Teresa at Teresa’s Reading Corner later this morning, so be sure to check it out!


Listening & Downloading 
Prince Bull is offered in full for online listening through June 15th. You can also purchase a download of this story via Downpour, with proceeds going to Reach Out and Read.

Prince Bull

Charles Dickens is most known for writing novels like David Copperfield, but he also wrote numerous short stories, poetry and articles over the course of his life. Dickens was also known for his social commentary, as shown in his novels, such as Oliver Twist.

In a letter to his friend Wilkie Collins dated September 6, 1858, Dickens writes of the importance of social commitment: “Everything that happens, shows beyond mistake that you can’t shut out the world; that you are in it, to be of it; that you get yourself into a false position the moment you try to sever yourself from it; that you must mingle with it, and make the best of it, and make the best of yourself into the bargain”

The short story, PRINCE BULL, is one of those commentaries. Written as a fairy tale, but in reality a scathing attack on the Government’s handling of supplies to the troops in the Crimean War, this is a delightful satirical piece with a charmingly wicked protagonist, all dressed in red, who has the infuriating habit of screaming “Tape” whenever she wishes to clog the wheels of expediency. Enjoy!



Gabrielle picGabrielle de Cuir is a graduate of UCLA’s Theatre Arts Department She is a veteran audiobook producer with dozens of titles to her credit, including two Grammy nominations for Spoken Word, directing Eric Idle in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for Harper Audio and producing Through the Looking Glass for Blackstone Audio, read by Harlan Ellison, along with multiple Audie Awards. Her company, Skyboat Media in Los Angeles, with Stefan Rudnicki, won the 2013 Grammy for Society’s Child by Janis Ian. Her book narration credits include the voice of Valentine in the ENDER’S GAME series by Orson Scott Card, The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula LeGuin and Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch. Gabrielle’s other audiobook producer credits include the unabridged recording of Bill Clinton’s My Life, the entire Old Testament (twice) and The Help for Penguin Audio. Her short film about audiobooks, The Delivery, won first prize at DragonCon Film Festival 2008. She is a stage actress, director and playwright in the Los Angeles area; she has won the Backstage West Award for her production of Death Takes a Holiday, at the Knightsbridge Theatre in Pasadena, which she translated and adapted from the Italian. She is a wordsmith and is fluent in the Romance Languages, having spent her childhood in Rome growing up with her wildly artistic and cinematic father, John de Cuir, four-time Academy Award winning Production Designer. She presently lives in Studio City, California.


Teresa buttonToday’s Blog Host: Teresa’s Reading Corner

I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember. I realized as a child that a good book can transport you anywhere you want to go.  I began Teresa’s Reading Corner in early 2010 in order to share those experiences with others. Since starting the blog I’ve discovered so many new authors and genres and my excitement for books has grown exponentially.  I’ve also discovered the wonder of audio books and began hosting the Audio Book Challenge in 2011.

When I’m not reading, writing about reading, or reading about reading I am enjoying life with my husband, my two little monkeys and our dog.

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