Summer Shorts ’14 – 6/18



Today, Peter Berkrot treats to a short, twisty and amusing little story, John Mortonson’s Funeral, by Ambrose Bierce…as well as a great interview over at Jen’s Book Thoughts. Check it out!

Listening & Downloading 

John Mortonson’s Funeral is offered in full for online listening today 6/18 ONLY. Full compilation available via Tantor Media  for $9.99 through June- all proceeds benefit ProLiteracy.


If player below doesn’t play on your device/browser, cruise to the SoundCloud track by clicking HERE.



John Mortonson’s Funeral, by Ambrose Bierce

John Mortonson’s Funeral by Ambrose Bierce is a short story. Very short, as if to say, we’re already at the funeral, what did you expect? Unlike his iconic story, AN OCCURRENCE AT OWL CREEK BRIDGE, there are no further adventures to take place at the end of a rope. There is only a slight twist at the end of this one. It is that slight twist that drew me in and caught my eye. And throat. Because it is also, as it turns out, very similar to an event in the narrator’s own life, one that happened when he was very young. It might have been called WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR COUSIN RHODA, told to him only once as a young child and never discussed again. Mr. Berkrot hopes you enjoy listening. If not, he promises that it will all be over in a second.



Peter Berkrot

A veteran of stage and screen, Peter Berkrot’s career spans four decades. Highlights include feature roles in Caddyshack and Showtime’s Brotherhood, and appearances on America’s Most Wanted and Unsolved Mysteries. His voice can be heard on television, radio, video games, documentaries and industrials. He is a prominent acting coach and a regular contributor to the award-winning news program Frontline produced by WGBH in Boston. Peter served as director of narration for the Emmy-nominated The Truth About Cancer. Peter has recorded over 170 audiobooks and over 100 for children. He has been nominated for an Audie Award and has received a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards and starred reviews. Favorite titles include Toby and the Secrets of the Tree by Timotee de Fombelle, Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith, The Accident by Linwood Barclay and The Last Policeman trilogy by Ben H. Winters.







Jen’s Book Thoughts

Jen has been blogging at Jen’s Book Thoughts for six years and is now a full-time freelancer in a variety of areas: web work, social media, book reviewing and interviewing. In a previous life she taught high school English then worked with adult professional development at the National Association of College Stores. Besides her obsession with books and audiobooks, she loves animals, crafting, walking and warm weather. Why the stork dropped her in northeast Ohio is still a mystery!

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