Spoken Freely 2013

GP_2400x2400 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  

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