The Public Domain Podcast

Great works hand picked for you from the Public Domain and read out loud in a weekly podcast. Authors include Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Edgar Allen Poe and many others. The website also includes links to public domain resources & topics of interest to literary and audiobook fans.

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Monday, September 26, 2005

PDP #11 - "The Master of the World" by Jules Verne, Part 5

We continue with our story this week after last hearing the letter written by The Master of the World in response to the offers made for his invention.

This podcast is 20 minutes and 49 seconds and includes a short end note from me regarding the The Public Domain Podcast. File size is 7.2 Mb.

Chapter titles are:
10 Outside the Law
11 The Campaign

Manual download here.

~ e

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Monday, September 19, 2005

PDP #10 - "The Master of the World" by Jules Verne, Part 4

This podcast contains Chapters 7, 8, and 9 and is 31 minutes and 41 seconds long. File size is 7.6 Mb.

Mr. Strock is diverted from The Great Eyrie case to a new one, his housekeeper notices something strange, and communication is received from the mysterious inventor. In a historical context, these chapters are interesting in light of Verne's commentary on the police force and the desire of countries for military superiority.

Chapter Titles:
7 A Third Machine
8 At Any Cost
9 The Second Letter

Manual download link here.

~ e

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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Database for The Public Domain Podcast

I'm creating a database with the future in mind when it's not so easy to just look through the archives.

I'm using to build it and you can see the database in its raw form here.

I'm going to integrate it into the side bar as well.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

PDP #9 - The Master of the World by Jules Verne, Part 3

Here we go, Chapters 5 and 6 of The Master of the World (manual download link here).

Time is approximately 24 minutes and the file size is only about 5 Mb.

So far in our story we've had a strange occurence in the mountains, a swift and mysterious road vehicle and the puzzled police. It gets even stranger in these chapters.

On the admin side I think you'll be pleased with the improved quality of the recordings. I have noticed, however; a strange and faint rhythmic background sound, not a hum but more of a tap. It only occurs in a few places. It may be related to my use of a very cheap microphone. I'm going to test this theory and if it proves true I will set aside a new microphone fund. If you'd like to contribute, purchase at OffLine T-shirts or use my Amazon link for something there.

I'd also like to thank those of you who have emailed me. You give me too great a praise for my reading skills!

~ e

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Monday, September 12, 2005

On its way...

Sorry folks, I'm a little late with number #9. I should have it up by the evening of Sept 13th.

On a side note, I hit 100 readers a few days ago so welcome and thanks for subscribing both old and new listeners!

~ e

Thursday, September 08, 2005

PDP #8 - Bonus - "A Story of Divination" by Lafcadio Hearn

This is a special bonus podcast. I got to thinking that even at the rate of reading 2 chapters per podcast, it would take a number of weeks for me to finish reading a novel. Previously with my selections if you didn't like the story I was reading one week, you had only to wait another to hear something else. With a novel you might be waiting for a month. So I've decided to sprinkle in a bonus Thursday podcast every other week in which I'm involved with a novel. The bonus podcasts however will always be short to give my voice a break ;)

This week I chose to read an excerpt from Lafcadio Hearn's, "In Ghostly Japan" in part due to listener Alexander's request for more Hearn in his comment he left in the blog last week. This story is told by Hearn about an acquaintance of his who in turn told him a story about divination. It mentions the Meiji, a time in Japan where they turned sharply to adopt the trappings of Western Civilization. This story had several Japanese terms which I was not familiar with. I have to thank my friend Jean for help in pronunciations though I'm sure I still butchered a few words. Jean has a store which carries japanese items like her Got Sake? t-shirt if you are in a shopping mood.

On a final note, I was able to record this story in a quieter setting so those who noticed a bit of a humming in past recordings will be happy to note this one is quieter. However, I did not remember to bump up the bit rate so it is still at last week's level. I'll bump it up for next week.

Enjoy the tale and be sure to check in on Monday when I continue reading "The Master of the World" by Jules Verne.

~ e

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Monday, September 05, 2005

PDP #7 - The Master of the World by Jules Verne, Part 2

This podcast contains Chapters 3: "The Great Eyrie" and 4: "A Meeting of the Automobile Club" and is approximately 35 minutes long and is 7.98 MB in size.

In this episode John Strock and Mayor Smith investigate The Great Eyre and another strange occurence happens in the US.

Be sure to check out Part 1 before listening to this podcast.

For those not interested in this particular novel, check in this coming Thursday for a bonus podcast. I'll be doing a short story for you.

PDP# 7 Manual download link.

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