eldritchhobbit: (fairytales)
Pssst! All fans of The Hobbit! And lovers of fantasy, in general...

My latest offering for "Project Kaitlyn" (stories for my niece) is an unabridged reading of The Marvellous Land of Snergs (1927) by E.A. Wyke-Smith, which J.R.R. Tolkien read to his children and acknowledged as a sourcebook for his The Hobbit. This is a most clever and delightful story. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Take Tolkien’s: “I should like to register my own love and my children’s love of E.A. Wyke-Smith’s Marvellous Land of Snergs...”

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Please feel welcome to download this. If you listen, I hope you enjoy! The entire narration is a seven-ish hours long.

Here are the download links. )
eldritchhobbit: (Knight)
As you may know, I have a brilliant and beautiful new niece. As you may not know, she's half a continent away. Thank goodness we live in the era of electronic photos and videos and live Skype chats! I realized that, if I lived close to Kaitlyn, what I'd want to do most is read to her. So I've decided to do that anyway. With what I'm calling "Project Kaitlyn," I'm recording my narration of stories I'd most like to share with her (especially those with a fantasy or science fiction flavor), and my family will play them for her. Just in case anyone else is interested, I'll share those recordings here, too.

My first full, unabridged book narration for "Project Kaitlyn" is Stories of King Arthur's Knights Told to the Children by Mary Esther Miller MacGregor.

Here's my narration. If you'd like it, please help yourself!

"Chapter 1: Geraint and Enid"
"Chapter 2: Lancelot and Elaine"
"Chapter 3: Pelleas and Ettarde"
"Chapter 4: Gareth and Lynette"
"Chapter 5: Sir Gallahad and the Sacred Cup"
"Chapter 6: The Death of King Arthur"

I'm quite excited about the next texts I've got lined up to record. More soon.

Tales of King Arthur's Knights Told to the Children (1907)


Note: Since one of the goals of this is for Kaitlyn to hear and recognize me, I've kept my own accent for this narration. Not exactly authentic to the source material, I know. I do, however, use different voices for the characters.

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