Are you listening?

Statement of fact — I rarely listen to audiobooks or podcasts. (My husband would agree on the non-listening part no matter what it referred to though…)

Why? I’m a visual person and a writer. In order for me to remember something, I need to see words on paper, and in some cases, write words on paper. Hence, the not listening to books part. (Fun fact about me, I’m an excellent list maker.)

I decided I’d try a podcast though. Ya know, new things and all. Of course, I needed it to be interesting for this experiment to work.

My choice? Well, as the fates would have it, a tweet came across about a podcast with potential. It was part one of a book that I’m really looking forward to reading — The Black Fire Concerto by Mike Allen. The first part of the book, The Red Empress, was being featured on Tales to Terrify, an audio horror fiction magazine.

So, I pull it up on my phone and curl up on the couch to do this thing.

Let me tell you. The narrator, CSE Cooney stuck the perfect tone. Her voice a perfect fit for the story, which takes place on a riverboat named none other than The Red Empress. The Empress is inhabited by a cast of creeptastic ghouls that feed on the flesh others in their quest for immortality. A young girl named Erzelle, whose family was murdered on the doomed Empress, lives out her numbered days playing the harp while the elite feast. When a newcomer, Olyssa, arrives her life changes dramatically.

It’s creepy. It’s got some interesting magic which I want to hear more about. And as it turns out, I get can with the ghoul thing. The first part sets the stage for more to come and I want more of this broken and deranged world.

In fact, I’ll fess up now. The author, Mike Allen, was nice enough to offer me a copy of the book and I can’t wait. It’s going to be perfect fall reading.

To listen to the podcast, and you should: Tales to Terrify No 85 Mike Allen.

Go to Tales to Terrify for a longer list of podcasts.
I think I might give Nos 82, 83, and 84 a try. It’s At the Mountains of Madness by HP Lovecraft. I didn’t love the book like I wanted to but having it read to me might do it. I’ll let you know how it goes.


12 thoughts on “Are you listening?

    • I can see that! It hasn’t bothered me yet but I can see that happening.

      So far, all the podcasts I’ve listened to have been good. A few of yours are next on my list! 🙂

  1. I’ve never listened to an audio book I must admit. I’m not sure I really want to although sometimes it would make sense because I could listen to a book whilst doing chores. Even so though it still doesn’t appeal. I’ve read The Black Fire Concerto – it’s really good and definitely creepy. Hope you enjoy it.
    Lynn 😀

  2. I wish I could listen to audiobooks. It is just that I don’t know what to do when I am listening to them. My mind often tends to wander when I’m listening to things and I often use music to provide mood or as background music.

    Lately I’ve been listening to BBC’s Radio 4 which is a pure talk radio and so full of interesting things. Radio plays, discussions, debates etc Trouble is I listen to it either when I’m going to sleep or as my alarm so both times I find myself half asleep. I’ve been really enjoying listening to the book of the week lately though.

    I really should try podcasts too. But it is the same problem. What do I do meanwhile?? Sit there and listen? I’ll end up reading something else and not concentrating or if not just drifting off elsewhere.

    • This may sound odd, but I fold laundry, unload the dishwasher, straighten up the house while listening. Like you, I get bored and my mind will wander if I just sit and listen like that. I don’t understand how people do it. When I’m doing something busy, like folding laundry, I feel I pay more attention. Also, I’m starting with short podcasts so I don’t get bored. In a way, it starts to be like listening to talk radio.

      • I’ve tried doing it to cleaning… but my mind still wonders. Maybe I should have started out with something that wasn’t Thomas Hardy. It was being read by Alan Rickman.

      • Kinda hard to pass up Alan Rickman though…

        I’ve been listening to The Mountains of Madness by Lovecraft and it helps keep me focused because I already know the story. Maybe start with something you’ve read before and see how it goes.

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