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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ear Candy

Just a very brief pointer towards some audio entertainment:

I've recently subscribed to the feed for the Beneath Ceaseless Skies podcast. Some nice stories in there, and quite a few of them are short enough to fit into the limited listening windows I have these days. They publish lots more stories in text form online too, but I just can't get into the reading on screen thing (or the print it out and read it on paper thing) so I stick to the audio.

The ever reliable Escape Pod podcast is still going strong too. A recent listen I enjoyed: Garth Nix's Infestation. A fairly straightforward vampire story (with enough of a twist on the trope to make it just a little different) that's got a strong movie-like vibe to it and some entertaining violence.

And on the non-fiction side, BBC radio is doing a looong series of short daily shows telling The History of the World in 100 Objects. The objects in question are items from the collection of the British Museum, and it's narrated by the boss of said institution (who has a slightly plummy English accent of the sort you don't hear all that often these days, which I note not as criticism but just because I find it sort of sweet and cosy in a funny sort of way). Anyway, the episodes are pleasingly brief and to the point, and I've found much of interest in there. Struck me that almost every episode, particularly these early ones that deal with the very distant past, has the seed of a story in it when listened to with the ears of a writer.

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Blogger Ken Mixon said...

Thanks for the heads up on the "100 Objects" series.

I'm always looking for something to listen to during my morning commute, and this is perfect!

1:21 PM  

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