December 27, 2013

Ready for the New Year? Yeah, that’s what I thought…

Well, we’ve got quite the diverse mash-up for you, to ring out 2013 and ring in 2014…


Songs of a Girl, by Mary Carolyn Davies

Read by Diane Havens

Diane writes…

This poem by Mary Carolyn Davies seemed a fitting one to end a year in which I contemplated much of loss, living and the nature of existence.
“Mary Carolyn Davies was born in 1888 in Sprague, Washington.
She graduated from Washington High School in Portland in 1910 and spent a year teaching before enrolling at the University of California, Berkeley in 1911. During the 1920s, Davies’s short stories and poems were published in Collier’s, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, McClure’s, and Poetry, and in many anthologies. After moving to New York City in the 1930s, Davies published very little and reportedly lived in poverty until her death. ”


Advice to the Love Shorn, by Melissa F. Miller

Today’s topic: How a Heroine Can Beat Up Thugs Without Emasculating Her Man

Read by Karen Commins, Drew Commins, Nicole Colburn

Karen writes…

Author Melissa F. Miller, who writes the Sasha McCandless Legal Thriller series for which I narrate the audiobooks, recently posted this blurb on Facebook:

The always-entertaining Barbara Silkstone invites Sasha, of all people, to give relationship advice on her blog: ;

Luckily, the recipient of said advice is also a fictional character. 🙂

When I read this delightful interview between 2 heroines, I thought the audiobook narrators of these 2 series should get in on the fun and bring our characters to life!

Meiissa loved the idea and gave me permission to narrate her words, so I contacted Nicole Colburn, narrator of the Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider series. Nicole and author Barbara Silkstone also were very enthusiastic about Nicole voicing Wendy’s parts.

My husband, director, and fellow narrator Drew Commins plays the emcee, Kraft Masterson.

The Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider series written by Barbara Silkstone and narrated by Nicole Colburn is available at Audible at this link: ;

The Sasha McCandless Legal Thriller series written by Melissa F. Miller and narrated by Karen Commins is available on Audible at this link:



When Father and Mother Rebelled, by Eleanor H. Porter

From Across the Years

Read by Xe Sands

Xe writes…

Not sure what I was looking for this week. Started out looking for a New Year’s story, found one that was nice and dreary and seemed completely applicable – only to find I had recorded it this time last year! Oh how the memory does falter with age. And oh how sadly prophetic Caswell’s The New Year seems now.

But in that searching, I fairly randomly came across this piece and fell in love with the dialog straight off.  It’s a relatively light piece, but it does hit on a common and serious issue: our collective misperception of those older than ourselves. Why is it that we assume that as we cruise past 70 or so, that we somehow become different people? That we somehow lose our desires? I love this piece for showing up this myth, and for the reaction of the children when they discover their folly.


Tom Jones, Book VII, Chapter 3, by Henry Fielding

Read by Mark Turetsky

Mark writes…

Book 7 Chapter 3 of Tom Jones.

This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones over the course of four years.

We leave Tom in this chapter to refocus on Sophia and her domestic problems. First, he aunt declares that since she has studied Plato, Sophia has no basis to argue with her (after all, you never saw Plato’s students discussing anything with Plato, only passively accepting all he said, right?). Sophia has pledged not to marry anyone but who her father approves of, but also not to marry someone whom she hates (*cough*Blifil). This conversation continues until Squire Western pops into the room to object, as he’s been listening all along.

Squire Western then proceeds to swear like a sailor. Seriously, I’ve had to whip out my 440 hz tone more in this chapter, and in a more dense area, than I have before. As is appropriate for this holiday week, Western proceeds to bring the discussion around to the failings of all those in his family, and then Mrs. Western brings up politics. Well, you can imagine where it goes from there.

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