Spoken Freely 2014!


Below is info on this year’s project – Summer Shorts ’14. Just looking for the FREE LISTENING release schedule? Scroll down to “Full Release Schedule” below.


The audiobook community is giving back! Spoken Freely, a group of more than 40 professional narrators, has teamed with Going Public and Tantor Media to celebrate June is Audiobook Month (JIAM) by offering Summer Shorts ’14, an audio collection of poetry, short stories and essays. All proceeds from sales of the collection will go to ProLiteracy, a national literacy outreach and advocacy organization.

Throughout June 2014, 1-2 stories, poems and essays will be released online each day via Going Public, as well as on various author and book blogs. As a “Thank you!” to listeners, pieces will be available for free online listening on their day of release. As a bonus for those who purchase the full collection from Tantor Media in support of ProLiteracy, there are over 20 additional tracks only available via the compilation download.You can purchase the collection HERE. Special pricing of $9.99 through June 30th, in celebration of JIAM. $14.99 from July 1st forward.


ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, advocates on behalf of adult learners and the programs that serve them, provides training and professional development, and publishes materials used in adult literacy and basic education instruction. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries. Its publishing division, New Readers Press (NRP), has for more than 40 years provided educators with the instructional tools they need to teach adult students and older teens literacy skills for functioning in the world today. Materials are available in a variety of media, including the flagship publication, the weekly news source News for You, which delivers articles online with audio. Proceeds from sales of NRP materials support literacy programs in the U.S. and worldwide.

Summer Shorts ’14 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. Post-production, marketing support and publication provided by Tantor Media. Graphic design provided by f power design. Project coordination and executive production provided by Xe Sands. Nonprofit partnership coordination provided by Karen White.


Full Release Schedule:

Early project launch! Friday, May 30thPublishers Weekly Blog

Featuring: The Lost One, by James John Audubon, read by Sean Runnette

This first offering will be free for online listening for 3 days; all other pieces will be available for online listening for their release day only.


5/30 – 6/1    Sean Runnette, The Lost One, by James John Audubon @ PW’s Blog

6/2               Johnny Heller, Dave Barry’s Money Secrets, by Dave Barry@ Library Journal

6/2               Mark Turetsky, How Angelina  Buglebrain Got Her Start. By Tom Angleberger

w/author Tom Angleberger @ Nerdy Book Club

6/3               Hillary Huber, The Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allan Poe @ Linus’s Blanket

6/4               Tavia Gilbert, Beautiful Things, by Michelle Webster-Hein @ The Reading Date

6/5               Robert Fass, The Garden of Adompha, by Clark Ashton Smith @ The Guilded Earlobe

6/6               Luke Daniels, Act 2, Scene 2 from Hamlet, by Shakespeare @ The Book Nympho

6/7               Jeffrey Kafer, Hearing Aid, by Jeremy Robinson @ Bob Souer’s Boblog


Poetry Week! From 6/8 – 6/14, we’ll be offering a delectable audio feast of poetry and only poetry! From Shakespeare to St. Vince Millay, Rumi to Dickinson, with modern poets in between!


6/8               Rachel Fulginiti, Jasmine Comes Up, by Rumi @ author MV Freeman’s blog

6/9               David Drummond, Wild Nights! Wild Nights! By Emily Dickinson @ Overreader

                     Patrick Lawlor,  Miracles, by Walt Whitman @ Overreader

6/10            Paul Boehmer, Mother’s Ashes, by Kimberly Morgan @ The Oddiophile

                     Robin Miles, Sonnets 23, 74, by Shakespeare @ Truth, Beauty, Freedom & Books

6/11             John Lee, The Stolen Child, by W.B. Yeats @ Literate Housewife

                     Kathe Mazur , An Ancient Gesture, by Edna St. Vincent Millay @ Lakeside Musing

6/12             Amy Rubinate, Cassandra Campbell & Kathe Mazur, Sonnets 2, 4, 6 from Renascence &

                     Other Poems, by Edna St. Vincent Millay @ Lakeside Musing

                     Coleen Marlo, How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning @ AudioGals

6/13            Katherine Kellgren, Father William, by Lewis Carroll @ Overreader

                     Carrington MacDuffie, Al’s Boy, by Carrington MacDuffie @ Beth Fish Reads

6/14            Diane Havens, So Long, by Walt Whitman @ Author Michael Stephen Daigle’s blog

                     John Pruden, The Funny Little Fellow, by James Whitcomb Riley @ Going Public


…now back to short stories and essays


6/15            Dion Graham, Days Gone By, by Eric Jerome Dickey @ Literate Housewife

                     Gary Dikeos, The Higher Abdication, by O. Henry @ Going Public

6/16            Peter Bishop, The Moth, by H.G. Wells @ SFF Audio

6/17            Cris Dukehart, The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams @ Book & a Latte

6/18            Peter Berkrot, John Mortonson’s Funeral, by Ambrose Bierce @ Jen’s Book Thoughts

6/19            Jo Anna Perrin, The Girl in the Blue Feathered Hat, by JP Perrin @ Literate Housewife

6/20 & 6/21 Gabrielle de Cuir & Stefan Rudnicki joint, two-day appearance at Joe’s Geek Fest

Selections: Too Far, and Man of Distinction, by Fredric Brown

6/22            Heather Henderson, The Curve of Time, by M. Wylie Blanchet @ PostHypnotic Press Blog

6/22            Scott O’Neill, Why I Don’t Believe in Santa Claus, by Matt Rothschild @ Rhonda’s Voice

6/23             Andi Arndt, Cedars of Lebanon, by Mary Miller @ Author Mary Miller’s blog

6/24             Bruce Coville, The Box, by Bruce Coville @ Going Public

6/25             Paul Michael Garcia, Yard Waste, by Steven LaFond – w/author Steven LaFond @ My Bookish Ways


6/26            Day of Classic Horror, with Poe and Lovecraft!

                     Mike Chamberlain, The Statement of Randolph Carter, by H.P. Lovecraft @ MV Freeman’s blog

                    Dufris/AudioComics, Audio Theatre: Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe @ Jenn’s Bookshelves

                     John McLain, The Black Cat, by Edgar Allan Poe @ Going Public


6/27            Dawn Harvey, Something as Big as a Mountain, by Jane Cawthorne,

w/author Jane Cawthorne at My Books, My Life

6/28            Tanya Eby, The Girl at the Gate, by Lucy Maud Montgomery @ Miss Susie’s Reading & Observations

6/28            Tish Hicks, How They Broke Away to Go to the Rootabaga Country, by Carl Sandburg @ Going Public

6/29             Karen White, Sharks and Seals, by Susanna Daniel @ Every Day I Write the Book

6/30             Xe Sands, Virtue of the Month, by Kathleen Founds @ The Oddiophile




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  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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    Audiobook Month… All Good Wishes for this wonderful project !

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    Hello Xe, I tried to upload RENASCENCE by Edna St. Vincent Millay last Thursday, but don’t think I had my SoundCloud squared away. At any rate, this blog is wonderful and I am enjoying it very much and hope to participate as well very soon. Hope I get to meet you at APAC
    Sara Morsey

    • Sorry that you had difficulty getting the story up there, Sara. Let’s look at the first Friday in July and see if we can’t make sure it gets into the post 🙂

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