This month (June 2013), the audiobook community is giving back! Spoken Freely, a group of 30+ professional narrators, has teamed with the Going Public Project to celebrate June is Audiobook Month (JIAM) 2013 by offering a serialized audio story collection: Going Public…in Shorts. Each narrator has recorded a short piece from the public domain, including the work of Chekhov, Twain, Chopin, Poe, Lovecraft, Fitzgerald, Joyce, Wilde and many others, even Lincoln’s pivotal Second Inaugural Address. All proceeds will go to the Reach Out and Read literacy advocacy organization.
Each day this month, one or two stories will be released online via the Going Public blog as well as on various author, book and voiceover blogs, with each participating narrator hosted by a different blog. As a “Thank you!” to listeners, stories will be available to listen to online for free for a limited time during this audiobook celebration month. The full schedule of story release dates and narrator appearances is available at Going Public.
In collaboration with Blackstone Audio, stories will also be available for download purchase starting on their day of release, with the full compilation available beginning June 30th. All sales proceeds go directly to Reach Out and Read, an innovative literacy advocacy organization serving more than 4 million children and their families across the nation, with an emphasis on serving those in low-income communities.
Today is day 19 of this project and we’re featuring Death and the Woman, by Gertrude Atherton as read by the very talented Rachel Fulginiti.
Also featured today is A Pair of Silk Stockings, by Kate Chopin as read by Arielle DeLisle and spotlighted on Bookfan. Yesterday’s feature was Story of an Hour, by Kate Chopin as read by Tish Hicks and spotlighted by Mary Freeman on Romance Magicians. Tomorrow’s will be The Prophet’s Paradise, by Robert W. Chambers as read by Stefan Rudnicki and spotlighted on A Book and a Latte.
Going Public…in Shorts is made possible by the efforts of the Spoken Freely narrators and many others who donated their time and energy to bring it to fruition. Engineering and mastering provided by Jeffrey Kafer and SpringBrook Audio. Graphic design provided by f power design. Published by Blackstone Audio. Project coordination and executive production provided by Xe Sands.