Lyrical Verse Audiobooks

The Prisoner of Chillon

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

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by Lord Byron
22 minutes
Unabridged Longform Narrative Poem
1816

Lord Byron

The story-poem about Francois Bonivard, a 16th century monk imprisoned in the Chateau de Chillon.

Read by Alex Wilson.



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Originally for sale on June 27, 2007, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.


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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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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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The Raven

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

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by Edgar Allan Poe
8 minutes, 29 seconds
Unabridged Formal Poetry
1845

Poe

The archetype of dark poetry by the master of macabre.
Read by Alex Wilson.


Once upon a midnight dreary,
while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious
volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping,
suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping,
rapping at my chamber door.
“‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered,
“tapping at my chamber door–
Only this, and nothing more…”

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

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Songs of Robin Hood

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

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by James Leigh Hunt
11 minutes, 52 seconds
Unabridged Formal Poetry
1820

Hunt

A lyrical nursery rhyme of a story in three parts. Includes “Robin Hood, A Child,” “Robin Hood’s Flight,” and “Robin Hood, an Outlaw.” Read by Alex Wilson.

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Originally for sale on March 5, 2004, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution License five years later. See the Mission page for why.



James Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) was an English poet, editor, critic, political writer, and journalist. He and his brother were imprisoned from 1813 to 1815 for their political writing, though they continued to edit their weekly "Examiner" political journal from jail. Hunt is best remembered for his popular light verse and lyrics.


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.




 

Casey at the Booth

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

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by Alex Wilson

3 minutes, 16 seconds
Unabridged SF poem/parody
2008

Casey at the Booth

A Filk of the Republic Sung in the Year 2088.

A political parody based on Ernest L Thayer’s Casey at the Bat. First appeared in Inconsequential Art #4. Text online here. Cover art by Constantine Markopoulos.

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 Glove and the Lions

Friday, February 27th, 2004

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by James Leigh Hunt
1 minute, 54 seconds
Unabridged Formal Poem
1836

“‘No Love,’ quoth he, ‘but vanity sets love a task like that…’” A famous lyrical poem by James Leigh Hunt.

Read by Alex Wilson.


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