More for your ear

Ear Hustle – now sharing “The daily realities of life inside prison shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration.” (US-based) I’ve listened to the first season only so far, and it is an interesting show, although I do think it’s fair to note there is some censorship involved in the production.

Madison on the Air – from the website – “Modern day Madison is zapped into old time radio dramas. No technology, no Starbucks, and no one is PC! Will she survive? Follow along as she teams up with radio icons like Sergeant Joe Friday, Marshal Matt Dillion, Superman and more. Original radio scripts adapted to give a funny look at the way things were and the way things are today.”

New episodes go up on the first day of the month. There are seventeen (plus a bonus) episodes available so far – and they’ve all had me laughing at least once. There is a fair amount of feisty language on this show and sometimes I feel like it’s getting maybe a bit too silly, but I really admire the idea behind it (I wish I’d thought of it! But I would have probably been too reverential towards the source material.) I’m not sure that this show would really work for people who haven’t listened to at least a few of the original old time radio dramas, and I’m sure some people who have will be all offended at the idea of monkeying with “perfection”, but for me, it works, although I am glad it’s an “in small doses” schedule. I found the first two episodes, revisiting Dragnet and Gunsmoke, particularly fun, perhaps because I’m quite familiar with those two shows. I have also been given a few hints about which shows are going to become upcoming episodes and I am very much looking forward!

LibriVox – I finally checked this site out for the first time recently, after the prompting of two friends – Librivox provides free public domain books (as defined in the USA) read by volunteers around the world. For my first download, I chose to listen to The Burgess Animal Book for Children, which was first published in 1920 and presents fairly detailed instruction on how to identify various species and subspecies of North American mammals, in the name of education and animal conservation. In chapter-sized doses, it holds your attention, although it’s style is clearly not the same as a children’s book today! I am enjoying that the nature of the LibriVox project brings several different narrators to the reading of this book, and I am impressed with the quality of sound recording considering it is all done through volunteer labour. There are 1000s of other titles to choose from, so I imagine I will be returning to the site in the future!

What audiobooks, audio dramas, or radio plays would you recommend?

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