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Darkness

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

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by Lord Byron
5 minutes, 19 seconds
Unabridged Narrative Poem
1816

Lord Byron

In which our hero, the most Romantic of all the Romantic poets, takes on the end of the world.

Written in Geneva, Switzerland in the summer of 1816, when Byron, Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, and John Polidori spent their evenings telling each other ghost stories. The resulting tales included Shelley’s Frankenstein, Polidori’s creation of the vampire/vampyre genre (based on a novel fragment of Byron’s), and this gloomy, speculative verse.

Read by Alex Wilson.



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Casey at the Bat (and two sequels)

Monday, March 29th, 2010

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by Ernest L Thayer (Phinn) and Grantland Rice
12 minutes, 5 seconds
Unabridged Baseball Poetry
1888, 1907, 1910

Three baseball classics:

  • Casey at the bat (Thayer/Phinn)
  • Mudville’s Fate (Rice)
  • Casey’s Revenge (Rice)

Ernest L Thayer (writing under the pen name “Phinn”) wrote the baseball classic Casey at the Bat: “A Ballad of the Republic, Sung in the Year 1888″ for the San Fransisco Examiner. In the century since, the poem has spawned hundreds of sequels, including a handful of updates by sports columnist Grantland Rice.

Just in time for baseball season 2005! Read by Alex Wilson.

Note the podcast contains “Casey at the Bat” only; download the full archive for all three pieces.

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War

Monday, March 8th, 2010

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by Sherwood Anderson
11 minutes, 3 seconds
Unabridged Short Story
1921

Sherwood Anderson

The narrator meets a refugee on a train, and learns the true meaning (or lack of meaning) of war.

Read by Alex Wilson.





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Present at a Hanging & An Arrest

Monday, February 15th, 2010

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by Ambrose Bierce
8 minutes, 25 seconds
Two Unabridged Short Ghost Stories
1910

Ambrose Bierce

Two short, Civil War era ghost stories by one of the most mysterious authors in American history.

Read by Alex Wilson.





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The Gift of the Magi

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

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by O Henry
14 minutes, 45 seconds
Unabridged Short Story
1906

O Henry

O. Henry’s most famous and beloved story about a young couple trying to make ends meet around Christmas time. Read by Alex Wilson.


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O Henry (1862-1910), born William Sidney Porter, was an American author of over three hundred short stories, including the still-beloved classics "The Gift of the Magi," and "The Ransom of Red Chief." In story writing, he said, "the unusual is the ordinary rather than the unexpected."


Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.


 

Frost at Midnight

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

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by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
5 minutes, 30 seconds
Unabridged Formal Poetry
1798

A quiet, conversational poem by one of the founders of the Romantic Movement. The frost is both harsh like reality and comforting like the speaker’s imagination, and the poem deals with the juxtaposition of being present and of longing.

The University of Alberta offers an in-depth examination of this poem as a joint project between the Departments of Psychology and English. Read by Alex Wilson.

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Originally for sale on July 23, 2004, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) was an English poet and philosopher who began the Romantic Movement of poetry with William Wordsworth. He is best known for his longform poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.


Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.


 

The Glass Dog

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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by L. Frank Baum
15 minutes
Unabridged Fairy Tale
1901

L Frank Baum

“An accomplished wizard once lived on the top floor of a tenement house and passed his time in thoughtful study and studious thought. What he didn’t know about wizardry was hardly worth knowing, for he possessed all the books and recipes of all the wizards who had lived before him; and, moreover, he had invented several wizardments himself. “

This humourous story by the author of the Wizard of Oz series, involves a wizard, a glass-blower and a lady of high-society. It was published in 1901 with eleven other fantastical stories in a volume entitled American Fairy Tales. In his introduction to the second publication of these stories in 1908, Baum wrote:

My friends, the children, will find these stories quite as astonishing as if they had been written hundreds of years ago, for ours is the age of astonishing things. They are not too serious in purpose, but aim to amuse and entertain, yet I trust the more thoughtful of my readers will find a wholesome lesson hidden beneath each extravagant notion and humorous incident.

This is the unabridged short story, read by J. Winter Collins.

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Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919) was a New York-born author best known for the beloved classics of children's literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and 13 other books in the Oz universe.


J. Winter Collins is a teacher, artist, writer and performer who lives in north central Florida. She is involved in a wide range of creative projects, most of which relate to teaching and entertaining children of all ages.




 

The Declaration of Independence

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

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of The United States of America
12 minutes, 35 seconds
Unabridged Historical Document
1776

The Declaration of Independence

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation…” The United States Declaration of Independence.

Read by Alex Wilson.

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Originally for sale on July 2, 2004, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.


Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.




 

The Destiny of Colored Americans

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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by Frederick Douglass
8 minutes, 13 seconds
Unabridged Essay
1849

Douglass

“The white man’s happiness cannot be be purchased by the black man’s misery.” A prophetic essay first published in his abolitionist newspaper, the North Star. Douglass started adding his initials “F.D.” at the end of his writing when it was questioned that such thoughtful, well-reasoned work could come from an ex-slave. Read by Alex Wilson.

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Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was a Maryland-born author, educator, publisher, speaker, and abolitionist. As a young slave in the South, he started an illegal, secret school to educate his fellow slaves. After fleeing to the North, he published his famous autobiography and the abolitionist newspaper the North Star (later Frederick Douglass' Paper, and spoke out against racial inustice. During the Civil War, he served as an advisor to President Abraham Lincoln and, with the North's victory he saw the passages of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments. But he continued to fight for social injustice to the end of his days, speaking out against lynching and "Jim Crow" laws, and passing away shortly after attending an meeting on women's suffrage in 1895.


Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.





 

The Lady or the Tiger?

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

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by Frank R. Stockton
14 minutes, 24 seconds
Unabridged Short Story
1884

The Lady or the Tiger

“When a subject was accused of a crime of sufficient importance to interest the king, public notice was given that on an appointed day the fate of the accused person would be decided in the king’s arena…”

A short fable about a young hero who angers a ruthless king who forces him to make an ultimate choice. But does the king’s semi-barbaric daughter make the choice for him? Read by Max Miller.

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Originally for sale on May 14, 2004, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.



Frank R. Stockton (1834-1902) was an American storyteller, humorist, and author of children's books including Ting-a-Ling and The Floating Prince and Other Fairy Tales.


Max Miller, born in Dallas, Texas and raised everywhere else has a background in acting and stand-up comedy. Max has spent most of his life just reading great literature for his own edification but on the advice of almost everyone who has heard his voice he launched a career as a voice professional (see DejaVoice.com [new window] for more details). Max draws upon his acting and comedic skills to bring novels to life in the theater of the mind. Enjoy what his children and wife do every night at storytime as Max puts and skin and bones on the great characters that have flowed from the pens of our greatest writers.

Max has been married only once in 1993 to Sara whom he met on a blind date. His three children, Avery, Zoe (twin girls) and Seven (their younger brother) have enjoyed hours of great, classic literature because it is delivered to them with all the dialect, regional accents, emotion and wit the writers intended. His audiobooks are produced under contract for UnabridgedBooks.com [new window].