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If you’ve always wanted to listen to a Gothic “blood”, our friends at Librivox have just finished Volume 1 of that in/famous penny dreadful known as Varney the Vampyre. Ain’t the Internet grand?
Also new from Librivox: Five Weeks in a Balloon, by Jules Verne; and Vol. 1 of Herodotus’ Histories.
UPDATE: Meanwhile, it occurs to me that Spider Robinson’s had an audiobook podcast for a pretty long time, but I’ve never linked to it or downloaded it. So for those who like science fiction, here’s Spider on the Web, which this week features a reading of Varley’s story “The Persistence of Vision” — a creepy examination of the real position of a one-eyed man in the land of the blind. You might also want to check out Reason Magazine’s profile of Tor Publishing. (So, they really are based in the Flatiron Building. I thought that was some sort of arcane New York joke, and that nobody really had offices in a historical monument like that….)
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Argonautica continues. Medea must decide whether or not to help Jason, a stranger, and go against the wishes of her own father; or to let him be killed, along with her sister-sons and a whole ship’s crew of heroes.
This is amazing stuff, even in translation, and I really don’t think I did anything near enough justice to it. If anybody out there is looking for a dramatic monologue to perform for speech class or an audition, I suggest you look here. (We don’t normally remember that Medea wasn’t just a princess, priestess, witch, and maniacally vengeful child-murderer; at this point she is a girl in the throes of first love.)
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