Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Going Public In Shorts: Celebrating June Audio Book Month

This June, 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 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 ReachOut and Read literacy advocacy organization.

Throughout June, 1-2 stories will be released online each day via the Going Public blog as well as on various author and book 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 one week following their release. 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 in the month of June, 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.

Going 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. Engineeringand mastering provided by Jeffrey Kafer and SpringBrookAudio. Graphic design provided by f power design. Published by Blackstone Audio. Project coordination and executive production provided by Xe Sands.

As you know, I've come to love audio. It is my privilege to be participating in this blog hop. On June 18th, Tish Hicksa fantastic voice artist, and so very gracious will be here. She will be reading the  "Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin.  On that day we'll discuss more about this work and how she became a narrator--plus a few other fun facts!
A bit more about Tish:
Tish Hicks is a classically trained actor, singer, voice over artist and teacher, and audiobook
narrator. She has been the voice of Citibank and many other commercials, video games, animated
series and audiobooks from Thrillers and Sci Fi to YA and Non-fiction, and performs regularly on
TV, film and stage. She is a graduate of Northwestern University where she was steeped in a rich
tradition of literary interpretation and lives in Los Angeles with her writer husband and two fabulous red headed sons.
I hope to see you here on June 18th!


Meda White said...

Very cool! Narrators amaze me with the things they can do with their voices.

M.V.Freeman said...

Meda- they amaze me as well. There are some books I can't wait to get on audio now.