Because there’s nothing like reading horror stories to broaden your range.
I chose this one because I wanted to do something more narrative, with
little to no first-person dialogue. At the same time, I wanted something
with some length and depth, without becoming overwhelmed with
maintaining multiple characters and unique voices. As it was, this took
twice as long to record as I expected, and at final edit is over 80
Lovecraft is masterful at crafting a villain out of virtually thin air.
The story builds to an intense, chilling climax around the 60-minute
mark, and I have to admit I very nearly didn’t finish the project at
Still, it’s an engaging read. Classic ghost storytelling at its best!
The Colour Out of Space (Audible)
(…of course they had to misspell my name!)
In which I attempt to become Sean Connery, and fall quite short of the mark.
My oldest brought this home from the library one day, and I knew by page three that this would be my next audiobook project. It’s ridiculously lyrical, and enchantingly funny, and just fantastic enough to be completely unlike anything else.
Character voices are not my strong suit, but this story simply wouldn’t be read any other way. It practically demanded it.
Septimus Bean and His Amazing Machine (9:52)
Exploring a different kind of voice.
No introduction need be given for dear old Paddington. This is one of my favorite short stories from the compendium.
Paddington In The Garden (9:20) –redacted for edits
My first-ever full audiobook.
Mark Twain wrote this satirical exposé in 1895, roasting his fellow author Fenimore Cooper upon numerous crimes against the literary arts. So thorough and dismissive is the judgement Twain rains down upon Cooper that I could hardly read through this piece without completely breaking down into uncontrollable mirth. It remains one of my all-time favorite pieces of satire.
Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses (31:07) —redacted for edits