Thursday, February 10, 2011

iPod and MP3 player fillers

Some very good stuff to fill your MP3 players with today. Go ahead delete those Black Eyed Peas singles that have been embarrassing you since the Superbowl and fill it up with these. You won't regret it! Download everything, especially the two audio dramas.

Audio Books
At Librivox, Short Science Fiction Collection 031 featuring stories by Manly Wade Wellman, Randall Garrett, Robert Silverberg, Frank Herbert, Frederik Pohl, Mack Reynolds, and others.

Rather than directly linking to this one I'll send you to SFFaudio's very thorough post with direct downloads and images for each story HERE.

At Librivox, The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Rudolf Erich Raspe (1737-1794). Read by multiple readers. The tall-tale, fantastic adventures of a much larger than life character.

In MP3 downloads HERE.

Audio Dramas
The Witch Hunter Chronicles is a real gem. "The Witch Hunter Chronicles is a dark fantasy tale about a fictional renaissance world where doom is fast approaching and the end of all things may be nigh. In the midst of this turmoil, we find a lonely man with a thirst for revenge, an innocent girl with great unknown power and a dark presence slowly moving the great city of Sevenpeaks to the brink of total collapse…"

After listening to the first two episodes I was extremely impressed. It's a a very well performed, slightly Warhammer-esque, fantasy drama.

Available in MP3 downloads HERE.

Another outstanding audio drama is The Leviathan Chronicles. "The story is centered around a hidden city called Leviathan that lies deep within the dark trenches of the Pacific Ocean. The city is home to a community of immortals that sought to create a utopia over 1,000 years ago. For millennia, they lived in peace and secrecy, gently influencing world events to aid the advancement of mankind. But a terrible secret has been kept deep within the catacombs of Leviathan that threatens the existence of the immortals, and quite possibly the entire world."

I'm hooked after the first episode.

Available in zipped MP3 downloads HERE. (SFFaudio beat me by a LONG time on this one)

At the Internet Archive a pair of audio dramas from the 1970s. First is the six-part radio drama Aliens in the Mind staring Peter Cushing and Vincent Price.

This story "centers around the discovery, on a remote Scottish island, of a community of 'human mutants' capable of telepathy. A plan is in place to use them to control the British Government, and friends Curtis Lark (Vincent Price) and Hugh Baxter (Peter Cushing) join forces to combat them."

Available HERE.

Also at the Internet Archive, Alien Worlds, a 1979 radio series that deals with the interplanetary peacekeepers on Star Lab. "Slowly rotating, at the edge of deep space, one thousand kilometers beyond the atmosphere of 21st century Earth, is the Arthur C. Clark astronomical observatory Star Lab. Here, Star Lab research director Mora Cassiday, along withscientists and technicians of the International Space Authority, watch over the countless suns, planets and star systems that fill the universe."

A little, OK a lot, cheesy but quite enjoyable series available in MP3 and ogg HERE.

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