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The Truth
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Movies for your ears.
 
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Selected Shorts
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Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen.
 
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The Classic Tales Podcast
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Every week, join award-winning narrator B.J. Harrison as he narrates the greatest stories the world has ever known. From the jungles of South America to the Mississippi Delta, from Victorian England to the Gothic castles of Eastern Europe, join us on a fantastic journey through the words of the world's greatest authors. Critically-acclaimed and highly recommended for anyone who loves a good story with plenty of substance.
 
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Dead Pilots Society
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In Dead Pilots Society, scripts that were developed by studios and networks but were never produced are given the table reads they deserve. Starring actors you know and love from television and film, a live audience, and a good time in which no one gets notes, no one is fired, and everyone laughs. Presented by Andrew Reich (Friends; Worst Week) and Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour).
 
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LeVar Burton Reads
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Lose yourself in a great story with LeVar Burton Reads. In each episode, host LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow, Star Trek, Roots) hand-picks a different piece of short fiction, and reads it to you.
 
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The New Yorker: The Writer's Voice - New Fiction from The New Yorker
 
New Yorker fiction writers read their stories.
 
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Selected Shorts: Too Hot For Radio
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Over the years, Selected Shorts has had to say no to some amazing stories that, due to language issues or content advisories were, well, too hot for radio. But no more!
 
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Morning Short
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Enjoy a new, curated short story every episode. We hand-pick 15-25 minute short stories from a pool of award-winning fiction writers. Then we turn them into to mini audiobooks that improve any commute, workout, or walk in the park. Read by professional narrators.Every day is a different story. One morning we might bring you a sci-fi thriller by the legendary Ray Bradbury, and the next morning might be a Sherlock Holmes detective story by Arthur Conan Doyle. Romance? We’ve got it. Narrative p ...
 
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The Casket - New Short Stories
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Fictional delights from Joanna Sterling
 
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The Other Stories | Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller, WTF Stories
 
These aren't the stories your mother used to tell you ... no, these are The Other Stories. The Other Stories is a weekly short story podcast. A modern take on The Twilight Zone, Tales From The Crypt, or The Outer Limits. Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller, WTF stories delivered right to your podcast feed every Monday morning.
 
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AudioFile Magazine
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Podcast by AudioFile Magazine
 
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No Extra Words: the flash fiction podcast
 
A flash fiction podcast featuring short stories less than 2,000 words long.
 
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Lo-Fi Story Time
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Lo-Fi Story Time is a microstory micropodcast, offering unusual and always original fiction stories (and some music) since 2015. Stories are written spontaneously and recorded live by Todd Mauldin.
 
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Tapes and Tales - Stories for Headphones
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Tapes and Tales is a collaboration between writers and sound designers, each episode brings you a selection of loosely themed stories with incredible sound design.
 
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Playing On Air
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​Playing on Air records entertaining​ and ​smart​ ​stage short​ ​plays​ ​by ​Tony and ​Pulitzer ​Prize ​winners a​s well as emerging playwrights​.​​ ​Jesse Eisenberg, ​​Audra McDonald, ​​Bobby Cannavale,​ Chris Cooper, ​​Adam Driver,​ ​​​Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo, Amy Ryan, Ed Asner, ​Margo Martindale,​ M​erritt Wever, M​ichael Stulbarg, Bill Irwin, Julie White, Carol Kane​ are some of the theater artists we feature. ​Each short play delivers a beginning, middle and knock-out punch in ten ...
 
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The Easy Chair with Laura Hurwitz
 
Author Laura Hurwitz reads you a story, continued week to week.
 
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Bound Off Short Story Podcast
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Bound Off is a monthly literary audio magazine, broadcasting literary short fiction with the new podcasting technology. We aspire to showcase work that is compelling and driven by narrative, with a force that keeps the listener listening. We are dedicated to publishing stories by both the established and emerging writer. Visit our website at boundoff.com for information about our broadcasts and how to submit your stories.
 
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American Stories - Voice of America
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Classic short stories that introduce American literature to intermediate English learners.
 
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the boom
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Audio stories, some factual and opinionated; and some completely made up for your entertainment. What you'll find won't be thematically consistent, I think that can get boring, and I want to keep making things that don't bore any of us. It will feature a range of high quality fictional audio content from Chicago's under-appreciated and supremely talented artists, as well as journalistic stories that dive into topics and experiences I'm interested in.
 
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Be Particular Out There | Podcast
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Our podcast brings you readings and conversations from storytellers around the world. Hosted by Dustin M. Thomas.
 
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Fred Frees Favorites, an Audio Book Sampler
 
An audio book sampler. Produced by Waterlogg Productions and Joseph Bevilacqua, Hosted by Fred Frees. More info at: http://waterlogg.com
 
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Griddlecakes Radio
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Griddlecakes Radio...exploring the lost art of audio storytelling.
 
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2 Pages Of Mystery Podcast
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It's about great mystery stories, aspiring authors and the fun you can have putting the two together. The purpose here is to collect short mystery stories (see the "Rules/Submit" section of the website - 2pagesofmystery.com) and then we will turn them into published stories on the site AND create an audiobook / old-time radio program for release in the 2 Pages Of Mystery podcast.
 
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Brick Moon Fiction - BMF Podcast
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Brick Moon Fiction is dedicated to imagining the future through speculative fiction from diverse voices.
 
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Truyện đêm muộn
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Podcast mang tên "truyện đêm muộn", khởi đầu với chương trình "đọc truyện đêm khuya" của kênh VOV2, đài tiếng nói Việt Nam.Chúng tôi chỉ để 5 podcast gần đây nhất.Note: The language of this podcast is Vietnamese, not English.We only keep 5 latest episodes available. Be sure to tune in before it's too late!–This is, currently, a syndication to the "Doc truyen dem khuya" program, bi-weekly broadcasted by VOV2. We are not endorsed by them however. Link to their program's website is here: http:/ ...
 
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public shortcomings in a brash, honest manner that gives listeners the feeling we’re on the other end of a long call from a venting best friend. Her spirited explanations and detailed examples will leave you feeling better about your choices.Read the full audiofile review at http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/121952/Support for Audio ...…
 
The curtain is up. The play is in progress. We hear two stage managers. Calling the show. A man and a woman. At The Water’s Edge, Wet is written and directed by Jonathan Bernstein, whose plays and musicals have been produced throughout the country. His cast today includes Callie Thorne (“Necessary Roughness,” "Rescue Me," “The Wire,”) and Jerem ...…
 
Debi Hawkins is fluent in portraying both the Xhosa-speaking young Joshua and his mother, as well as the Afrikaans language of white South Africans. Hawkins captures the haughty orders given by Afrikaner Mrs. Malherbes; the joviality of Joshua; and the clicking warning used by Joshua's mother in times of danger. Read the full audiofile review a ...…
 
As 40-something jeweler Benedict Stone obsesses over how to win back his wife, Estelle, his teenaged niece, Gemma, arrives from America to his small English town of Noon Sun. James Langton flawlessly delivers Benedict’s stiff, nervous, British speech patterns and Gemma’s American teen enthusiasm and angst. Read the full audiofile review at http ...…
 
Life as a giant verminous bug proves to be more and more problematic for Gregor, and the entire Samsa family. Franz Kafka, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by its listeners. With much heartfelt gratitude, we thank those w ...…
 
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No Extra Words: the flash fiction podcast
 
What do you see when you look into the eye of humanity? A chance encounter with a stranger on a train makes a woman wonder who is friend and who is stranger in "The Good Samaritan." By Mary J. Breen, copyright 2011, used with permission. Read Mary's bio. First round of a new segment! "I'm a Meme Writer" features "After I Finished my Salad..." b ...…
 
Late 19th century England. A young widow. A Vicar. A serpent. Juanita McMahon inhabits the novel’s sharp-tongued, sweet-spirited, stoic, wondrous characters. Painting pictures with her intonations, McMahon delivers all the alluring poetry and wisdom while asking important questions about independence, faith, and love. Read the full audiofile re ...…
 
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Brick Moon Fiction - BMF Podcast
 
What kind of car do you drive? What kind of car do you drive when the environment has become do unpredictable, every ride is deadly? And what kind of vehicle do you drive when the face of humanity on planet earth has turned desperate and tribal? Answer: You drive The Scarabee. We're super jazzed to feature the talents of new (to Brick Moon Fict ...…
 
Guest host Sonia Manzano presents works by the Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector. Carolina Ravassa reads "Remnants of Carnival," in which a little girl is briefly transformed. Denis O'Hare tells an eerie tale of a strange marriage in "The Obedient Ones," and Lynn Cohen is a scary matriarch in "Happy Birthday."…
 
David Thorpe is delightful delivering this 1935 mystery. Perfect character voices for all the members of Carey’s Circus - among them, Anton, the tiger trainer. Thorpe is also perfect as Scotland Yard’s Detective Inspector Minto, who happens to be attending the circus when Anton is found dead inside the tigers’ cage.Read the full audiofile revie ...…
 
Sherman Alexie delivers his extremely personal, powerful memoir with emotion and vulnerability. His rage is rooted in the brutal experiences of Native Americans in the U.S. The audio offers a patchwork of stories inspired by his family, reservation life, and poems born of his visceral reaction to the death of his mother.Read the full audiofile ...…
 
A grandmother teaches her family to deal with difficult memories in a unique way -- by pickling them in jars. "1000-Year-Old Ghosts" appears in the new anthology PEN AMERICA BEST DEBUT SHORT STORIES 2017. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.…
 
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The New Yorker: The Writer's Voice - New Fiction from The New Yorker
 
Garth Greenwell reads his story from the August 21, 2017, issue of the magazine. Greenwell’s first novel, “What Belongs to You,” was published last year. It won the British Book Award for début of the year, and was a finalist for several other prizes, including the Pen/Faulkner Award.
 
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The Easy Chair with Laura Hurwitz
 
Today on The Easy Chair: “What’s Next,” a cryptic progressive tale brimming with intrigue and hilarity. After their beloved cat Ringo turns up decapitated on their front porch, Allison and Nick flee to a remote lake house. Allison dreams of a sparkly life of lakeside ease while Nick longs to ramp up their “business” in Chicago… or maybe he just ...…
 
Cassandra Campbell transports us to medieval Italy as this story straddles modern-day and 14thcentury Siena. Neurosurgeon Beatrice Trovato is transported from the present to the Middle Ages. Campbell’s engrossing narration of this time-travel story helps us suspend disbelief and vividly imagine medieval life and love.Read the full audiofile rev ...…
 
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The Other Stories | Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller, WTF Stories
 
Jimmy thinks his dreams have all come true when his father comes home with a ZX Spectrum games console. But when the night comes and the family are fast asleep, the ZX Spectrum has other plans...Written by Jon LaightNarrated by Josh Curran, Joanna Coulton, Ian McEuen, and Alexandra ElroyEdited by Karl HughesMusic by _Cyberpunk + FoolboyMedia an ...…
 
Centered around Edgar, a quiet albino boy who is abducted by a grief-stricken man, Victor Lodato's unique novel features a cast of vividly drawn characters who are dealing with love and loss. Lodato's narration evokes sympathy, drawing the listener in while maintaining the suspense that keeps the story moving forward.Read the full audiofile rev ...…
 
In this mix of history and invention about the last days of Stalin's Russia, Peter Berkrot manages to create credible English, Russian, Yiddish and Hebrew accents. Berkrot delivers a thrilling, gruesome, funny, and touching audio, offering an education on how institutionalized anti-Semitism and all forms of oppression work.Read the full audiofi ...…
 
Lo-Fi Story Time Live: microfiction story spontaneously written LIVE and read for the Lo-Fi Story Time Podcast! This week: Pay What You WantSubscribe to Lo-Fi Story Time on Apple Podcasts and Google Play, or come by toddmauldin.com for more information.twitter: @mrtavogoogle plus: plus.google.com/toddmauldinyoutube: youtube.com/toddmauldin…
 
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No Extra Words: the flash fiction podcast
 
I'm here on a special episode to ask women writers to share stories about an issue important to all of us. Literature is a powerful thing and in 2018 we are going to be brave and tackle big truths head-on.
 
You never know when a 25-cent cup of coffee will forever change your life. So it was for Jim Bradford when he met H.K. Derryberry, a kid born blind, with nearly fatal health concerns. Milton Bagby’s seasoned delivery cues us to the many jovial, sometimes concerning, and often surprising twists of this remarkable friendship.Read the full audiofi ...…
 
One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that he had been turned into a giant verminous bug. Franz Kafka, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by its listeners. With much heartfelt gratitu ...…
 
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David Galef imagines “My Date with Neanderthal Woman,” read by Giullian Yao Gioiello. It’s raining old boyfriends and ex-husbands—literally—in Marie-Helene Bertino’s “Edna in Rain,” read by Colby Minifie. An extra-marital affair becomes a comedy of errors in Sam Ruddick’s “Leak,” read by Peter Sagal. And Kathleen Turner performs Isabel Allende’ ...…
 
In this episode of Dead Pilots Society, Ben Blacker interviews Claudia Lonow (Accidentally on Purpose, How to Live with your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) regarding her dead pilot, Assisted Loving. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Assisted Loving, performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors like: Kevi ...…
 
Nevada, a private investigator in a magical Houston, teams up with the dangerously magical “Mad” Rogan to put a stop to the evil perpetrated by a murderous cabal. Renee Raudman enchants with this unforgettable duo. Nonstop battles and high action interrupt the couple’s intimacy, while Rodman’s secondary voices sparkle. Read the full audiofile r ...…
 
The author’s smooth writing and 30-plus years in crisis management give this audio momentum and the unmistakable ring of truth. Kevin Stillwell offers an appealing everyman voice and uncommon sensitivity to the book’s drama and nuance. Listeners will benefit from the audio’s insider vantage point and keen insights.Read the full audiofile review ...…
 
Today, a special bonus episode featuring a wide-ranging conversation between LeVar and Lesley Nneka Arimah, author of "What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky". Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/levar.
 
Robert Petkoff once again delights in this paranormal romance series. Petkoff becomes each character, from the diabolical Sian, demon lord of hell, to a dragon complete with brogue, to the slightly manic tones of Nix the Valkyrie. In flashbacks to Sian's past, Petkoff expertly portrays a younger, more innocent character.Read the full audiofile ...…
 
Steph Spaulding and I are back with another episode of the podcast for writers, Mightier Than the Sword! We discuss the disciplined practice of writing. Is it a labor of love, or more like pure labor? Writing on retreat is one thing, but integrating a writing practice into life on a regular basis presents a set of unique challenges. Steph and I ...…
 
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The Other Stories | Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller, WTF Stories
 
A collector. A shopkeep. A magical vase to grant all the riches on Earth...Written by J M BryanNarrated by Justin FifeEdited by Karl HughesMusic by z+e² and Thom Robson
 
Dan Bittner develops the unique personality of 17-year-old Ben, a secondary character in the author’s earlier book OPENLY STRAIGHT. Ben's search for his identity reveals his intelligence and introspection. In a complex portrait, Bittner captures Ben's confusion—is he gay, or straight, or is he only “gay-for-Rafe"?Read the full audiofile review ...…
 
For a grammar school assignment a grand-daughter interviews her great-grandma on motherhood. She gets more than she bargained for. Way more. The illustrious Lois Smith (Five Easy Pieces, “True Blood,” The Nice Guys) plays great-grandmother to her real life grand-daughter, Eliana Saxe-Smith. Written by the inimitable Beth Henley (Pulitzer Prize ...…
 
Elisa Donovan's palpable empathy, relaxed pacing and conversational phrasing make Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg's reactions to the unexpected death of her husband, profound and personal. Heartfelt wisdom and Donovan's sensitive performance, make this a high-impact listen for people suffering from all manner of loss.Read the full audiofile ...…
 
Lo-Fi Story Time Live: microfiction story spontaneously written LIVE and read for the Lo-Fi Story Time Podcast! This week: BartenderSubscribe to Lo-Fi Story Time on Apple Podcasts and Google Play, or come by toddmauldin.com for more information.twitter: @mrtavogoogle plus: plus.google.com/toddmauldinyoutube: youtube.com/toddmauldin…
 
Pablo Cartaya weaves a story of courage, food, family, and community. Threatened by a land developer, Arturo’s family band together to protect their neighborhood. Cartaya prose is rich with imagery and honesty. Each of Arturo's family and friends is a unique character, joined by a thread of love and history.Read the full audiofile review at htt ...…
 
Peter Pan must face a real mother, and finally consider again the idea of growing up. Peter Pan, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by its listeners. With much heartfelt gratitude, we thank those who have gone to www.thebes ...…
 
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No Extra Words: the flash fiction podcast
 
The world is always on the verge of exploding and reinventing itself. "A Town Built on Salt" is on a shaky foundation indeed. By Windy Lynn Harris, copyright 2014, used with permission. This piece was originally published in Crack the Spine in April 2015, issue 147. Visit Windy's website. Hanako's world is very small and carefully observed, but ...…
 
Guest host Josh Radnor presents two stories that are favorites of novelist and screenwriter Richard Price ("Lush Life," "The Wire") and Colson Whitehead remembers his personal New York. Maggie Gyllenhaal reads Isaac Babel’s tale of local crime and politics, “The King,” and Rita Wolf reads Lucia Berlin’s odd love triangle, “The Love Affair.” Whi ...…
 
Jim Frangione raises the stakes in this tense installment in Ward's epic urban vampire series. New mother Layla's love for renegade vampire Xcor betrays her community, but he's an honorable warrior. Frangione shuttles between their stories. He makes the multiple narratives equally important and keeps the characters vibrant.Read the full audiofi ...…
 
Charlotte Wright's assurance, crisp enunciation, and fine sense of nuance make Daphne duMaurier’s life as exciting as one of her novels. This is a fascinating biography of duMaurier, who met with a cool critical reception, but experienced commercial success, and it’s a special treat for anyone interested in how novelists work.Read the full audi ...…
 
Comedian Paula Poundstone wanted to know if there's a secret to happiness, so she became the test subject of her totally unscientific research. Along with scientific-sounding evaluations and analyses comes the wisdom, laced with her canny observations and sparkling wit, and delivered in her trademark deadpan tone.Read the full audiofile review ...…
 
Cursed with an unbearable hunger, a newlywed couple goes to drastic measures to break its spell. "The Second Bakery Attack" appears in Haruki Murakami's collection THE ELEPHANT VANISHES from Vintage Books, and is available as an audiobook from Penguin Random House Audio. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Start your free trial and get a ...…
 
In this delicious mystery within a mystery, a contemporary book editor has been given a murder-mystery manuscript. Allan Corduner transports us into the midst of that book, set in 1955. A village busybody has fallen and broken her neck and her boss is murdered. Enter famous detective Atticus Pund, to assist the police.Read the full audiofile re ...…
 
This week on The Easy Chair: Shoulda Swiped Left Episode 20. That’s right, 20 episodes, and still, after all that time, Hannah and Jake never fail to surprise me. They share the same strange phobia (you’ll never guess). They talk dating, travel, waterfalls, and legit old-school matchmaking. It’s a uniquely freewheeling and enlightening episode, ...…
 
Jenna Lamia is just terrific as the outspoken Willow. She completely immerses herself in the child's perceptions and descriptions of Polly's life. When Polly takes over, Lamia is utterly convincing, showing her to be irreverent, outspoken, and cantankerous, with a take-no-prisoners attitude and a fondness for margaritas.Read the full audiofile ...…
 
After her husband is killed in Iraq, Morgan returns to her hometown, ready to continue her career as a prosecutor. Then her babysitter is murdered and her neighbor's son, Nick, is arrested for the murder. Cris Dukehart draws the listener in with a performance ranging from depicting fear to delivering shocking reveals. Read the full audiofile re ...…
 
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The Other Stories | Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller, WTF Stories
 
Written by Daniel WillcocksNarrated by Harrie DobbyEdited by Karl HughesMusic by Myuu, Eden's Coming and Thom Robson
 
Turner adds to her Queen's Thief series with a story that can also stand alone. Narrator Steve West portrays the two heroes. Kamet is charting his way through foreign lands with mysterious Attolian, who may be his captor or his companion. While the story is told by Kamet, West’s performance fully differentiates the two men. Read the full audiof ...…
 
Lo-Fi Story Time Live: microfiction story spontaneously written LIVE and read for the Lo-Fi Story Time Podcast! This week: Metal CloudLo-Fi Story Time is on iTunes and Google Play, or come by toddmauldin.com for more information.twitter: @mrtavogoogle plus: plus.google.com/toddmauldinyoutube: youtube.com/toddmauldin…
 
David Sedaris is simply wonderful. These diary entries cover the period ranging from his starving early days to his much-deserved success. He's candid about his early drug use and drinking, self-deprecating about perceived flaws, and completely honest about his emotions. Sedaris is truly a delight to hear.Read the full audiofile review at http: ...…
 
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