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Title: Crossbones
Author: [livejournal.com profile] baylorsr
Read by: [livejournal.com profile] baylorsr
Rating: R
Pairing: John/Mary
Medium: Podfic
Summary: The day they buried Mary’s parents, she sat John down at her kitchen table and told him that her family hunted monsters.

Download: Crossbones (mp3)
One hour, 55 minutes, 107 mb

Music:
Ruination Day, Pts. 2, by Gillian Welch
I Got You Babe, by Sonny & Cher
And So It Begins, by Christopher Lennertz
Sweet By and By, by Anonymous Four

Ruination Day - Kansas Mix

Story

Soundtrack

Art )
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[personal profile] akamine_chan
So, here's the deal...

I love podfics, but I'm really bad at remembering to go back and thank the podficcers. I rarely remember to tell them how much I appreciate their hard work, their dedication, their skills and talents. I usually forget to go back and tell the readers how they've made me giggle while I'm working out at the gym, or smile secretly at some sexy bit of story. I never think to mention how sometimes I get teary-eyed while grocery shopping, listening to the voices in my ear.

And I should. I should tell the readers, these artists, how their works move me, makes me happy and sad, engages my thoughts and my emotions, brings the characters and their stories further into life. Gives them a voice, lets them shout from the rooftops, lets them sing their songs, love, laugh, mourn.

There's something magical about that and it always amazes me.

I wanted to do something to hightlight the sheer number of different readers in the C6D fandoms. There's a lot of them, but I picked one podfic from each of them. I tried to pick my favorite podfic for each reader, but sometimes I chose a different one for variety. A few of the podfic have been previously recced, a few of them are rarities, ones not stored at the Audiofic Archive, a few are from one-shot readers. Most are from due South, a couple are from Wilby Wonderful, Hard Core Logo, or Slings & Arrows, a couple are from rarer fandoms.

Every one of these is worth a listen.

Each reader has their own voice, with their own unique way of reading the stories, their differing methods of interpreting the characters. They all are articulate and expressive, well versed with tone and intonation and pacing.

These podficcers are amazing, every one of them, and they deserve praise and recognition for all that they do. They deserve to be heard. Listen to their stories.

Recs under here... )

Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] amplification
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[personal profile] akamine_chan
So, here's the deal...

I love podfics, but I'm really bad at remembering to go back and thank the podficcers. I rarely remember to tell them how much I appreciate their hard work, their dedication, their skills and talents. I usually forget to go back and tell the readers how they've made me giggle while I'm working out at the gym, or smile secretly at some sexy bit of story. I never think to mention how sometimes I get teary-eyed while grocery shopping, listening to the voices in my ear.

And I should. I should tell the readers, these artists, how their works move me, makes me happy and sad, engages my thoughts and my emotions, brings the characters and their stories further into life. Gives them a voice, lets them shout from the rooftops, lets them sing their songs, love, laugh, mourn.

There's something magical about that and it always amazes me.

I wanted to do something to hightlight the sheer number of different readers in the C6D fandoms. There's a lot of them, but I picked one podfic from each of them. I tried to pick my favorite podfic for each reader, but sometimes I chose a different one for variety. A few of the podfic have been previously recced, a few of them are rarities, ones not stored at the Audiofic Archive, a few are from one-shot readers. Most are from due South, a couple are from Wilby Wonderful, Hard Core Logo, or Slings & Arrows, a couple are from rarer fandoms.

Every one of these is worth a listen.

Each reader has their own voice, with their own unique way of reading the stories, their differing methods of interpreting the characters. They all are articulate and expressive, well versed with tone and intonation and pacing.

These podficcers are amazing, every one of them, and they deserve praise and recognition for all that they do. They deserve to be heard. Listen to their stories.

Recs under here... )

Crossposting to [community profile] amplificathon
[identity profile] nwhepcat.livejournal.com
Since it's both my rec day and the last day of the Amplirecathon, I thought I'd post a link to the series of podfic recs I've been running in my LJ. Too tired to craft a link, so here's where it can be found: http://nwhepcat.livejournal.com/tag/podfic+recs.

I will also be reccing podfics this month in [livejournal.com profile] spnroundtable.

Enjoy, and feel free to share your favorites!
[identity profile] nwhepcat.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] yourlibrarian recently wrote some meta about Supernatural 5.11, "Sam, Interrupted," in which she said SPN fanfic writers have so thoroughly explored the psyches of Sam and Dean that a 42-minute TV episode was bound to seem unsatisfying in comparison. So for my rec day, I thought I would delve into some of those fics on podfic.

I'm concentrating on SPN for a couple of reasons: First, it's almost exclusively what I listen to. I commute an hour each way on two-lane roads through Midwest farmland, and that seems to set the tone for what I most want to hear. It's perfect to complement the landscape with the Winchester brothers in their Impala. Second, those boys have more issues than National Geographic, so there's plenty to work with. (There will, however, be a bonus due South rec at the end.)

(Oh, and a couple of these got recced already during the last two weeks, but since I've got a theme going here, I'll still talk about them. But I added a couple of new ones too.)

Here Be Monsters: Podfics That Map the Psychological Terrain of the Brothers Winchester )

Bonus rec for reasons that will be explored at this juncture )

So them's my issues; I welcome additional recs in the comments!
[identity profile] laurie-ky.livejournal.com
Like a lot of other posters, I started listening several years ago to podfic, and boy, did I fall hard. I think they're wonderful, and they've gotten me through miles and miles of walking, long commutes, and completing household projects. I don't fall asleep to them, though.

Some podfics that made me go 'This is so cool.' )

Readers I've enjoyed and would like to hear more from. )

Laurie
[identity profile] superstitiousme.livejournal.com
I've tried to choose stories here that were not recced elsewhen during amplirecathon. Going next-to-last made it very easy for me to selfishly choose my most favorite podfics, as so many of the most brilliant podfics of this fandom have been recognized already. <3

The podfics I chose are the ones that deeply inspired me; whether before I began recording myself or along the journey of learning how to do this, how to improve at it. For me, these are about much more than the awesome source fiction they are created with. They make the story into something wholly new and exciting.

Five Podfics I have loved. )
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[personal profile] fishpatrol
I discovered podfic two or three years ago and they have certainly made activities such as walking to class and entering data and jogging much more enjoyable. I love reading fanfiction and having someone read to me is like icing on the cake. Sometimes I listen before sleeping and it's like having someone read a bedtime story. :>

I'm a bit finicky when it comes to reading style and editing, so all of the podfic I've included in my lists below are well-edited with few to none reading errors (i.e., stumbling) and all of the podficcers are well-paced in their reading and sound clear in their recordings.

Hopefully I've picked out a few that not everyone has listened to already (but even if you have, perhaps you can rediscover some old favourites!)

Short and scorching hot )

Written and ready by )

Moar plz! )

And that's it from me -- happy listening! :)
[identity profile] cookiemom6067.livejournal.com
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The year 2007 is the year I discovered podfic. I was surprised to learn, quite recently, that 2007 was pretty much the year EVERYONE discovered podfic. I have spoken, in other entries, of my obsession with fanfic during the time I was in public accounting. The fact that I could not compel myself to stop reading fanfic when I was supposed to be producing billable hours is a testimony both to my obsessive nature and to the horrendous judgment I have habitually applied to my career choices.

So, in this post for Amplirecathon 2010, I want to put on my granny glasses, lean back in my rockin' chair and tell all you young'ns about how it was in the old days - way back in 2007.

Gather 'round, y'all - lemme tell ya how it 'twas )
[identity profile] suzumenoko.livejournal.com
I have no theme to link these, other than I enjoyed them a lot and they happen to be Due South.

My favorite podfic ever:

Title: American Way
Author: Resonant
Reader: Luzula
Fandom: Due South
Pairing: Fraser, RayK
Cover: Cybel
Length: 2:21:40

New version of the mp3 at sendspace here.
Archive of mp3 at audiofic here.
Audiobook at audiofic here.

I just love everything about it. The story is absolutely hilarious and entertaining. I can't summarize it without giving away important plot points, but trust me, it will make you laugh and feel warmed to the heart and just plain good to be alive. Luzula's reading is perfect--leisurely, appreciative, and well-paced. It's clear that she loves these guys as much as they love each other. It sounds like she has a smile on her face the whole time. And Cybel's cover--probably the most beautiful, mesmerizing picture of Paul Gross I have ever seen. How is it possible that someone actually looks so good? This podfic is unmissable. Luxuriate in it.
..........
Another superb podfic I listen to over and over:

Title: Death-Defying
Author: Keerawa
Reader: Podfic_lover
Fandom: Due South
Pairing: Fraser, RayK
Length: 1:39

At audiofic, here.

This story is edgy, tense, and tragic without being utterly despairing. It's an AU, with one of the protagonists simultaneously in a different *role* and yet completely *in character.* There's a spareness about Keerawa's storytelling style that keeps the listener rapt, and Podfic_lover's deeply empathetic reading brings us directly into this harsh world where wry wit, unsentimental affection, and loyalty come together in a desperate search of some kind of redemption.
.......

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous:

Title: Stages I & II
Author and Reader: Dorothy Marley at Dreamwidth
Fandom: Due South
Pairing: Fraser, RayV
Length: 1:01:46

At audiofic, here.

A quiet little gem. At just over an hour, the recording is not short, but it's light and graceful as a feather, so it feels like a warm lovely half-wolf just settled in beside you and snuggled you contently. Love, denial, sexytimes, confusion, longing, realization--all read in Dorothy Marley's sure, soothing, and certain voice.
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[personal profile] lunate8
It’s been great to read about things that I share with some other Amplirecathoners: finding podfic in the last year, lurking on-line a bit more than intended, somewhat mono-fannish in their recs, and listening to stories at bedtime. I feel like I’ve been catching up with listening to podfics and the process of creating them, and am now more confident in discussing and sharing my thoughts about them. Here in the home stretch, I wanted to make sure I listed stories that hadn’t been rec’ed yet (note to self: next time, sign up for an earlier slot) but still worked in my own thumbs-up for podfics that people have already mentioned.

Podfic That Changes the Way I Experience the Story )

Podfics With That One Line Guaranteed to Make Me Smile )

Podfics I Like for Meta Reasons )

Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] amplificathon
(edited for cut tags)
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[personal profile] sothcweden
I never liked listening to books on tape or CD. I tried it repeatedly during the years when I had a 45 to 60 minute commute, but I continually found my thoughts drifting, driving several miles without hearing a word. I tried short fiction and non-fiction. I even spent an entire weekend listening to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (read by Jim Dale), thanks to tween-sitting a friend's girls. And I decided that my ears were for listening to music, not stories.

Fast-forward to February 2009. Following a list of SG-1 and SGA recs, I stumbled upon a story suggesting that I have a listen. Bwuh? I was skeptical, but I had 14 hours alone in the car coming up that weekend and there is almost nothing as boring to look at as eastern Colorado and western Kansas. And, wow! A whole new world opened up! Apparently having a prior emotional connection to the characters makes all the difference. (Two weeks after that I saw my first ep of Supernatural, making me officially poly-fannish, and therefore doubling the fic and podfic possibilities.)

And Now I'm A Believer... )

Thanks to the organizers and the reccers for providing me with more podfic to feed my addiction! And especially to [personal profile] general_jinjur for hosting the archive.
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[personal profile] paraka
Even thought I listen to a lot of podfic, and have a lot of opinions on it, oddly enough the quality of a reading is not really at the top of my list of things that make a podfic good for me. There are a couple podficers that I really love, but at least half of that is that we have really similar fic tastes. There are also a few podficers whose readings styles I dislike, but I still find myself listening to their podfics over and over again because I like to stories they've podficed.

So, with all that in mind, I have a very short list of fics that really stand out to me based on the podfic itself instead of (or as well as) the fic.

Them Other Boys Don't Know How to Act by [livejournal.com profile] ponceflower (fic by [livejournal.com profile] eleveninches) MP3 | M4B
The reading of this podfic always blows me away. [livejournal.com profile] ponceflower does voices! Voices that sound like the characters! She does accents! And Caron's and Zelenka's accents sound different (that is surprisingly rare in SGA fandom)! And John's drawl is perfect.
I'm in awe of the characterization that went into the reading of this fic, and it's always made me sad that this is [livejournal.com profile] ponceflower's only solo podfic on the archive.


Crown Of the Summer Court by Fayjay (fic by [livejournal.com profile] astolat) MP3 | M4B | M4A
I know this podfic has pretty much been rec'ed every day of this rec-a-thon so far but since I only had 3 fics in mind for this category I'm not giving this one up due to popularity :P
And really, I think one of the reasons this fic is getting rec'ed all over the place is because it's so rare for a podficer to try an effect like Fayjay did for this one and succeed.
This is an awesome fic, and Fayjar is an awesome reader. Most people would have loved this podfic if she had just read it without special effects but she didn't. She went that extra mile, she picked up on a small comment made in the fic about the fairies voices and she ran with it and it worked.
When I first heard the echo of the fairies' voices I was shocked. I'll admit, when podficers get creative with voice effects I'm leery. I don't have the best hearing so often extra bells and whistles make it really hard for me to understand what's going on in the story. So to hear this effect, which matched so perfectly with the story's description and which I could understand was just an awesome experience.

Rave Atlantis by [livejournal.com profile] dodificus (fic by [livejournal.com profile] smittywing) MP3 | M4B
In general I tend to fall more on the side of being a fan of music in podfic when it comes to the music debate, although I'll admit sometimes it doesn't work for me. I absolutely love the music in this podfic. It makes total sense that there'd be music in a podfic about a rave, however for this podfic, it's like the music is a part of the story. I just checked, and in the written story the author includes song lyrics between scene breaks, so I guess it really is part of the story. The music in this podfic though, just makes it feel so alive. I really can't imagine consuming this fic any other way.



And because that seems like a bit of a short list, and because I adore this podfic beyond the telling of, I'm adding a Comfort Fic rec:

Things I Learned My Freshman Year of College MP3 | M4B and How I Spent My Summer Vacation MP3 | M4B by [livejournal.com profile] celtic_cookie (fic by [livejournal.com profile] aleia)
Between these two podfics there's almost 9 hours and I cannot tell you how many times I've listened to these. The series is just so fun, and [livejournal.com profile] celtic_cookie does a great job of acting out the characters, of putting feeling into what she's reading. A very enjoyable listen, and it's the podfic I always turn to when I just want to relax.
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[personal profile] cybel
Caveat lector: I am not a good reccer. If I love something, I love it, but I'm a bunch of fail at explaining why. So, basically, these are podfics of stories I love by writers I love. YMMV.

Intro
How I fell head over heels for podfics:

I was set up to love podfics for years before podficcing became the phenomenon it is today. I've been hooked on fanfic for over thirty years, and as time went by it became my reading of choice to wind down from a stressful job and help keep me sane (well, sane-ish).

The only downside to this was that I had no time to read anything else—until I found books on tape. After this discovery, my work commute became much more enjoyable. Over time, books on tape became audio CDs, then digital audiobooks (yay, ipods!). Life was good.

Inevitably, though, as online fandom flourished, there were more and more stories I just didn't have time to read. This led me to looking for software to make computer generated recordings. Yes, the digital voices left a lot to be desired, but for the first time I could take my fanfics with me when I left the house, so it was all good.

Something wonderful happened in the summer of 2007, though, that changed everything: podficcing started to come into its own, largely due to two prolific readers, [personal profile] dodificus and [personal profile] zabira. Because of these two, it occurred to me that other fans might enjoy the audiobooks I had long been making for myself. This was the genesis of podbooks, which I and others continue to compile today.

So—this is both a podfic rec post and a podficcer rec post. Be aware that I only scratch the surface of the great podfics these two readers have posted.

First, the readers. Dodie and Zabira share several characteristics I value:

They are both careful readers; they clearly take pride in what they are doing; they clearly love the stories they are reading, and they put a lot of themselves into their work. These things shine through in their podfics. They also differ in several ways. Dodie is Australian; Zabira is American. Dodie reads in numerous fandoms; Zabira (in this time frame) read only in Due South (Fraser/Kowalski). Dodie has a natural, soft reading voice and pace, and a lovely Aussie accent; Zabira's reading is more stylized, less spontaneous, and totally American. I love both styles equally. :-)

On to the podfics. These are only a few of my favorite "classics" from the summer of 2007.

Podfics by Dodificus:

SV-The Milk And Cookies War by Punk mp3; m4b
Summary: Lex Luthor's Penthouse for Wayward Boys.

SPN-The Firefly That Loved Metallica by Fleshflutter mp3, m4b
Summary: In which Sam has a bottle full of soul.

The Sentinel-Paranoia by Speranza mp3, m4b
Summary: Was it paranoia if something was actually out to get him?

SGA-Intersections by Kaneko mp3, m4b
Summary: Rodney's Antarctica is a lot like Siberia in that it's full of scientists who work 16-hour days and bathe once a week (twice when they're feeling social).


Podfics by Zabira:

DS-How Ray Got His Groove Back by thisisbone and cimmerians mp3, Epilogue mp3, m4b
Summary: How Ray got into Fraser's groove.

DS-Chicago's Most Wanted by Speranza mp3, m4b
Summary: "Of course he got the money--he's Fraser, he's organized, he's a fucking criminal mastermind, what do you think?!"

DS-Juggling Act by Speranza mp3, m4b
Summary: So this whole mess begins with Frannie and her goddamned masturbating parrot.

Bonus Read-by-the-Author Recs:

Lamardeuse's Podfic Page
Lamardeuse reading Lamardeuse: there ain't nothing better!

Fandoms include lots of SGA, one each Sentinel, Due South, and Die Hard, all read by the author. The page also includes two Merlin podfics of stories by Lamardeuse, one read by Nny and another by FayJay.
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[personal profile] lian
...freeform sneak rec!


There are two podfics recorded for Podbang 2009 that are especially close to my heart and that I have meant to rec for a while. I want to talk of both in the context of what makes a good story to podfic, for me, and of reader/story match.

I had read neither story beforehand, so I am judging the story as interpreted through the reading.


[personal profile] anatsuno reads the magical number seven (plus or minus two) by [personal profile] general_jinjur . 6:14h.

SGA gen )

[livejournal.com profile] pennyplainknits reads Reparo by [livejournal.com profile] amalin . 8:15h.

Harry Potter, Harry/Draco )
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[personal profile] luzula
I couldn't think of a theme, but these three podfics turned out to be rather similar anyway: 1) they are all in the due South/Canadian six degrees fandoms, 2) they are all by fairly new readers, 3) they are all rather dark, and 4) they all feature ghosts or the supernatural.

Into A Far Country, by [livejournal.com profile] keerawa, read by [livejournal.com profile] suzumenoko (1 h 1 min, due South, Fraser/Kowalski, PG-13)
I just listened to this yesterday, and was far more captivated than I'd expected to be. I liked this story when it was posted, but wasn't blown away. Likewise, I've listened to one other podfic by the same reader, and enjoyed it a lot, but this one was exceptional. I think it's a case of a perfect match between reader and story--Keerawa's style is rather dark and gritty, and so matter-of-fact that you believe her completely when she writes about magical spirit journeys. Suzumenoko's voice creates an intimate atmosphere that draws the listener into the world of the story. And I can't put my finger on it, but there's something about the way she reads Keerawa's Ray Kowalski that just feels so right. It's obvious that the story appealed very much to the reader, which may be one reason why the podfic is so good--check out her commentary on the story and the beautiful cover she made.

The Question of Ghosts, by [livejournal.com profile] arrow00, read by [livejournal.com profile] 2corbies (43 min, due South, Fraser/Kowalski, R)
This is apparently [livejournal.com profile] 2corbies's first podfic, but you'd never guess it. It's a lovely reading, clear and easy to listen to, and she is particularly good at reading Fraser POV. The story is a deathfic, but it's not unrelieved angst--there is also that mixture of whimsy, magical realism and love that many due South stories have. I look forward to hearing more podfic by this reader.

Destination, by [livejournal.com profile] spuffyduds, read by [livejournal.com profile] sionnain (6 min, Hard Core Logo, Joe/Billy, R)
This podfic is short, but wow, does it have an emotional impact. Spuffyduds is known for her sense of humor and the hot sex she writes, but when she chooses, she can certainly bring on the angst (not for nothing did she have "cheerfully pouring vodka on your eviscerated soul" as her journal title for a while). I love the way Sionnain reads Joe and Billy's fucked-up, co-dependent relationship, especially the dialogue, and the delivery of Joe's last line is killer.

I'll end by reccing one of the loveliest podfics I've ever heard. It doesn't match the others (except for how there are ghosts), but I want to mention it anyway.

A Kind of Valediction, by [livejournal.com profile] altariel, read by [livejournal.com profile] greylin (36 min, LotR, G)
[livejournal.com profile] greylin has only recorded three podfics from what I can see, all in Lord of the Rings, but her voice is so lovely that I would happily listen to her read from the phone book. She has a British accent (I think) and speaks in a calm, measured way that nevertheless conveys emotion very well. I'm a fan of rather slow readings, and [livejournal.com profile] greylin's speed is perfect for me, and also fits the style of the fic well. The story is about Faramir coming to terms with the ghosts of the past.
[identity profile] elsewhere-kels.livejournal.com
I only discovered podfic this past summer, but I can definitely say that I became addicted immediately. So far I've mainly lurked around the communities collecting, (and jumped into recording stuff with no preparation, orz - learned from it, though!) so I was delighted to see this rec-a-thon! It's the perfect opportunity to de-lurk and gush a bit. Podfic has gotten me through life-organization, getting in shape, and just some BAD days. It's made me both MORE productive and less productive, alternately. A couple of the recs I have are repeats that other reccers have mentioned, but I have my own spin on them! But enough of that - ON TO THE RECS!

Freeform! The podfic that helped me get in shape - laughing all the way! )

Freeform! A quick dosage of Holycrapamazing )

The Long Haul: Great Long Stories that are Worth Every Second

Readings that Will (Probably) Make You Cry )

Podfic That Changes the Way You Experience the Story )

We Are Podfic: Multiple Voices )

Effective Effects )

Freeform! Podfic that makes me go 'Awwwwww!' )

EDIT: While I have your attention, I have a request! If you listen to and enjoy any of these podfics, pleasepleaseplease give the readers feedback! Far too often it turns out that people only end up commenting when they download, before they've actually heard the piece. I know it's not out of disliking anyone or anything, but people get busy and forget. But I also know the kind of time and effort and emotion that goes into crafting a great podfic - readers want to hear what you liked! What you might suggest for improvements! They love recording but they love it even more when they know that specific things they are doing are appreciated. :) Whenever you have a spare moment, and are thinking of a podfic you really enjoyed listening to, please take the time! &hearts

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