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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Monday, August 9th, 2010

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by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
34 minutes, 25 seconds
Unabridged Epic Poem
1798

The classic longform adventure poem in seven parts. Podcast MP3 includes the only the first part; complete poem’s in the zip files.

Read by Alex Wilson.

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Originally for sale on August 9, 2005, 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.


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The Constitution

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

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of The United States of America
27 minutes, 29 seconds
Unabridged Historical Document
1787

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America…”

Read by John Jennens.

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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 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.




 

A Modest Proposal

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

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by Jonathan Swift
18 minutes, 27 seconds
Unabridged Essay
1729

Wilde

“A Modest Proposal for preventing the children of poor people in Ireland from being a burden to their parents or country, and for making them beneficial to the public.” A satiric essay read by Alex Wilson.

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Originally for sale on March 19, 2004, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution License five years later. See the Mission page for why.



Jonathan Swift (1667-1775) was an Irish writer and ordained minister best known for his biting, often ruthless satire in essays and fiction.


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 Night Before Christmas

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

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by Clement Clarke Moore (or Henry Livingston Jr.)

3 minutes, 18 seconds
Unabridged Christmas Verse
1823

The Night Before Christmas

“A Visit from St Nicholas” (or “The Night Before Christmas”), since first published anonymously in the Troy Sentinel, widely introduced the modern concept of Santa Claus to the Western world.

The classic verse was later attributed to both Clement Clarke Moore and Henry Livingston, Jr., depending on who you ask.

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.




 

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

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by Patrick Henry
6 minutes, 51 seconds
Unabridged Speech
1775

Patrick Henry’s address to the second Virginia Convention in March 23, 1775, where he offered a resolution that put the colony in a state of defense leading up to the American Revolution.

A bestselling Telltale recording (and one of the first), now available free with a Creative Commons License. Read by Alex Wilson.

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Patrick Henry (1736-1799) was an accomplished orator and political leader during the American Revolution. He was twice governor of Virginia and served as a delegate to the first Continental Congress, the House of Burgesses, and the Virginia provincial convention. Before and after the American Revolution, he championed individual liberties to the point of unsuccessfully opposing the ratification of the US Constitution, fearing it gave the federal government too much power, and successfully working to have the Bill of Rights added.


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 Bill of Rights

Tuesday, December 21st, 2004

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the first ten amendments to The Constitution of The United States of America
4 minutes, 27 seconds
Unabridged Reading of a Historical Document
1789 / 1791

The ten original amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America–passed by Congress September 25,1789 and ratified December 15, 1791. This recording may be freely shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license.

Read by Alex Wilson.

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The Dungeon

Friday, August 6th, 2004

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by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
2 minutes, 21 seconds
Unabridged Formal Poetry
1798

A poem by one of the founders of the Romantic Movement.

Read by Alex Wilson.


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