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2017-07-04 02:09 pm

4 multi-voiced podfics

Title: The Bucket
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] gwyneth
Readers: [archiveofourown.org profile] daroos, [archiveofourown.org profile] reena_jenkins, [archiveofourown.org profile] blackglass, [archiveofourown.org profile] kalakirya
Fandom: MCU
Pairings: none
Rating: general audiences
Summary: “They’re surprisingly roomy!” Steve’s forced cheer only made the whole thing more insulting.
content notes: none
Length: 0:04:46
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Title: Butts
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] heartslogos
Readers: [archiveofourown.org profile] daroos, [archiveofourown.org profile] reena_jenkins, [archiveofourown.org profile] blackglass, [archiveofourown.org profile] kalakirya
Fandom: DCU
Pairings: none
Rating: general audiences
Summary: “"What even defines having a nice butt?" Tim says, regretting the words the second that they're out of his mouth.
content notes: possible abundant spit-takes (blooper-tastic version only. we burst into song. it was pretty great)
Length: 0:07:08 (blooper-free) 0:09:49 (blooper-tastic)
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Title: Third Wheel
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] copperbadge
Readers: [archiveofourown.org profile] daroos, [archiveofourown.org profile] reena_jenkins, [archiveofourown.org profile] blackglass, [archiveofourown.org profile] kalakirya
Fandom: MCU
Pairings: bucky/natasha, bucky/steve/natasha
Rating: teen and up
Summary: “Steve is obsessed with Bucky and Natasha's relationship. Bucky's gonna find Steve his own date if it kills him. Natasha thinks Bucky is perhaps overlooking the obvious.
content notes: none
Length: 0:07:06
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Title: The Tender Things That We Were Working On
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] lady_ragnell
Readers: [archiveofourown.org profile] daroos, [archiveofourown.org profile] reena_jenkins, [archiveofourown.org profile] blackglass, [archiveofourown.org profile] kalakirya
Fandom: Leverage
Pairings: alec/parker, pre-parker/alec/eliot
Rating: general audiences
Summary: Maybe they're not the Breakfast Club, but there's something about Saturday detention that seems to bond people together.
content notes: none
Length: 0:04:46
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2017-05-25 06:37 pm

F&F: Three-Point Turn

Title: Three-Point Turn
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] oliviacirce
Reader: [personal profile] kalakirya
Fandom: Fast and the Furious
Pairings: Ramsey/Tej/Roman, Brian/Dom/Letty/Mia (background)
Rating: explicit
Summary: "Maybe I'll stay," Ramsey says. "Just for a little while. Since I haven't got anywhere else I need to be." Or: Ramsey isn't looking for a home, but one finds her anyway.
content notes: none
Length: 1:28:24
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2017-03-04 04:02 pm

TW: so you think (that being alone's the only way to be)

Title: so you think (that being alone's the only way to be)
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] hito
Reader: [personal profile] kalakirya
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairings: Erica/Boyd, background Derek/Stiles, Allison/Scott
Rating: teen and up
Summary: When Erica wakes up in the woods with no memory of having left her bedroom, it's a sign of how freaking weird her life is getting that she's less surprised by the taste of stale blood on her teeth and more surprised to discover that she's still fully dressed.
content notes: creator chose not to use archive warnings
Length: 1:00:27
Music: Cold War (Janelle Monae)
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2017-01-14 11:55 am

Snowflake Challenge day 13

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Day 13
In your own space, write about a moment in fandom that meant a lot to you. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Short and sweet: I met my girlfriend through fandom.  We’d interacted a few times - I’d archived her podfics, and she’d thanked me, and I adored - still adore - one of her fics, and I believe I’d commented to that effect.

And then a mutual friend invited her to a group movie-watching and I thought she was so cute and smart and funny and engineered it so we were sitting together and we were laughing throughout the movie, though only sometimes becfause  of the movie. We gravitated towards each other at various fannish get-togethers, then this time last year she asked me on a date.

2016 was crap in many, many ways, but dating her is the best thing that’s happened to  me in ages.
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2017-01-07 12:26 pm

podfic stats 2016

k, so here are my stats for 2016. As before, these are the podfics that I published during 2016, not counting co-pods, and only counting chapters 4-6 of And Never Been Kissed (ANBK), because I was posting that one as I went, and counted chapters 1-3 in 2015’s stats. A note: last year I was super careful and made sure that all the graphs used the exact same pixel scale; this year I used the same axes on (nearly) all the graphs, and they’re more or less to the same pixel-scale… but not exactly. And they can’t be clearly compared across years, because I did the intervals differently. They are comparable! But be careful with the axes.

The first that sticks out is I made roughly ten hours less podfic in 2016 than I did in 2015. This is due to a number of factors, and while they’re possibly not as great for listeners, they’re good news for me: I podfic partly to deal with stress, and in 2016 I wayyyyyy less stressed than in 2015. 2016 was terrible in many many ways, but for my personal life it was pretty great. So that’s good! But means less podfic. Roughly 10 hours less.

Critical Role, Mad Max: Fury Road (MMFR), Rivers of London, Sailor Moon (SM) and Star Wars: the Force Awakens (SWFA) are fandoms I hadn’t publicly posted podfic in before, and I didn’t work on several long-term loves, including the Fast and the Furious, the Vorkosigan series, Person of Interest, Avatar: the Last Airbender/Legend of Korra, Young Wizards, the Hobbit, and Supernatural. I still participate in all those fandoms! And to be honest I hadn’t fully realized that, for instance, I didn’t make any Supernatural podfic this year O.o

Category-wise, I made quite a lot of dude slash – over half my output, in fact, was m/m (52%). That’s actually up slightly from last year (50%) and way up from 2014 (35%). The vast majority of that is ANBK. Next up is gen (nearly 5 hours, most of which is Exclusive), then het (entirely Come Away to the Water), femslash (mostly Velvet), and poly (all Poe/Finn/Rey). While I was kinda disappointed to see quite so much dude slash, I was glad that 10% was femslash! Still low, but way better than 2015 (5%) or 2014 (2%).

In the racial/ethnic analysis… well, less than three-quarters of my output was about white people! 74%, to be exact. Which is less than last year (96%) or 2014 (90%*)! But still very high. But lower! 16% of my output starred black characters – again, mostly Come Away to the Water, which stars Naevia, played by the amazing African-American Cynthia Addai-Robinson. Next up was Asian characters with 7% - mostly Velvet, a Sailor Moon pre-canon story. The remaining 1% was for latin@ characters (hi Poe!) and <1% for characters whose background is undefined (but non-white): Kima of Vord, my darling angry Paladin of Bahamut, who lives in an undefined D&D universe and is described as “brown/dark-skinned” and is played by a white dude. #CriticalRole.

So, I met my goal from last year’s snowflake challenge! My goal was to make 2016’s ratio of dudeslash-to-ladyslash 1:10, and it was actually 1:5! Go me! (last year was 1:100, and 2014 was worse than 1:200).

This year, I will aim to continue to improve that ratio. But, with a recognition of the fact that podfic, as a medium, is subject, more than many other types of fanworks, to the limitations of fandom, rather than only those of the media content (I feel like I should add several more embedded clauses, just for the hell of, but I won’t – much), and also because I’m trying to aim for a more intersectional fannish experience, my goals for 2017 are:
Dude-slash will make up no more than 50% of my output, and 50% of my output will focus on characters of colors.

*this was several years ago now. I wrote this up at work and wasn’t going to go back and check what, exactly, I podficced. I did this from memory, and as such, it’s inexact /o\
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2017-01-04 07:53 pm

snowflake challenge 2017: day 2

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Day 2

In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Ok, but Ethan of Athos. I’ve gone on at length before on how much I love Lois McMaster Bujold’s work; it’s fun, funny, snarky, evocative, occasionally painful, and always thought-provoking. Ethan of Athos is technically part of her Vorkosigan series, but only very loosely: it doesn’t feature the titular Miles except by off-hand mention of a pseudonym. It’s been something of a forgotten novel, which isn’t too surprising - it’s of its time, and out of step with current conceptions of sexuality and gender. I don’t know that I would necessarily recommend it, and definitely not over Bujold’s other books. But it was really important to me at a complicated point in my life, because it was step one of “confronting your socialized concepts of gender roles and sexuality.” There have been many, many sci-fi books on that topic, and I’m not saying that this was the best one overall, but this was the first one to get through to me.

The protagonist is Ethan, a bio-scientist from the all-male planet of Athos. The planet maintains its population by in-vitro fertilization of cloned ova, supplemented by very limited immigration (the fact that this should result in in-breeding is explained away via “gene cleaning.” just go with it.) But, many centuries after the establishment of Athos, the cloned ova are breaking down, and Ethan is told to go track down the promised shipments of additional ova. Shenanigans ensue.
The story is good, as expected of Bujold, if not great. From another author it would be a good book, but from Bujold, when I know her more recent work is so excellent, it’s a bit disappointing. But for teen!Jess Ethan’s point of view was bizarre and alien and a revelation, because he’s completely confused, and initially very horrified, by women. His first reaction, upon seeing a woman with a baby, is to want to take the baby away from her. His reaction to the thought of heterosexual sex is slightly disgusted confusion.

That sounds weird, written down, and misogynistic in the worst way, but it’s clearly not a point of view the reader is meant to espouse. Ethan (quickly!) learns otherwise, makes friends (with the girl), gets a love interest (the - bisexual! - boy), gets his ova, and goes home, having now absorbed Gender and Sexuality In Culture 101.

I don’t know that I can fully explain just how eye-opening this was to me. I’d grown up so steeped in the principles of Feminism 2.0 that it was really hard for me to see where I’d internalized some really toxic ideas, but Ethan of Athos was my first step on the way to untangling some of them.

This post is not perfect, but I'd rather get something awkward up than nothing :/
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2017-01-04 07:42 pm

snowflake challenge 2017 : day 1

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Day 1

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Rec 1: And Never Been Kissed

The podfic that ate my life for many months (over a year! Spring 2015 to Summer 2016!), kept me going through a period of very dramatic change, including graduation, the break-up of a nearly-three-year relationship, a cross-country move, family drama, several jobs, and a new relationship. I still adore the story with every fiber of my being. I’m very happy with how it came out, I’m very happy with my stick-with-it-ness, I’m very happy that I decided right at the end that it needed to have music, I’m happy that I was working on it as they won the Stanley Cup. It means a lot to me as a story, it means a lot to me as a podfic, and I think that both those come through really well :D

Rec 2: Come Away to the Water

Oh man. I fell super hard for this story several years ago, and always had in the back of my head that it would be an amazing podfic. But I wanted to do justice to it, and asking for permission is hard, and I kept getting distracted by shinies. But one of my resolutions for 2016 was to be more conscious about the media that I produce and that I consume, and part of that meant resisting the urge to get distracted by white male shinies and instead work on this amazing, powerful, riveting, heart-wrenching story. It took me roughly five times as long to record and edit as my podfics usually do, in part because the writing is so powerful and so precise that I wanted to be sure I was giving the text the weight it deserves, and in part because I imposed technical challenges on myself that I do think made it a stronger podfic - no voices and physically “closer” interior voices - but that necessitated lots of extensive re-records. On top of that, it’s a very emotionally demanding and intense story, which both literally slowed down my recording - I spoke everything more slowly and had a lot more pauses - but also sometimes meant more frequent emotional breaks for me to move around and make myself tea and breathe for a few minutes. I’m very happy with how it came out, and I do like to think that I did justice to leobrat’s text, but wow, it was a lot. But I’d do it again in a heartbeat - podficcing it was an amazing experience in and of itself :D

I'm having trouble choosing a third one, because while I love many of the podfics I made this year, these two were really the stand-outs. So instead of angsting over it, I'll stop there.

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2016-10-25 09:25 pm

The Purim Story WITH SWEARS by chestnut_filly

Fandom: Megillah
Characters/Pairing: Esther/Ahashverosh
Rating: Mature (language)
Content Notes: no archive warnings apply
Length: 11:32
Performer Links: [personal profile] chestnut_filly
Author: [tumblr.com profile] swanjolras
Cover Artist: [personal profile] chestnut_filly
Summary: Esther is the motherfucking queen of Persia and also better than you. Get ready to Megillah like it's 5776.

Reccer Notes: This podfic is entirely hilarious and I adore it beyond reason. If I had to pick my favorite moment, right at this exact moment I'd have to choose the bit where she voices "¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡", but yesterday it was ".... not fine" and the day before it was "I have never pictured this banquet before, but y'know, life is a rich tapestry" and the day was any other one of the hilarious, amazingly sharp lines. <3

Fanwork Link(s): on amplficathon's DW
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2016-10-25 09:14 pm

Enough to Crush Your Veins by isweedan

Fandom: Hockey RPF
Characters/Pairing: Eric Staal/Jeff Skinner
Rating: explicit
Content Notes: no archive warnings apply
Length: 9:02:57
Performer Links: isweedan
Author: doctor_denmark
Cover Artist:
Summary: When Canadian figure skater Jeff Skinner wrecked his knee, he never could have imagined that he'd end up helping pay his way through college as a live-in babysitter for Eric Staal's three-year-old son, Joey.

Reccer Notes: This is one of myt favorite podfics for long car or airplane rides. The story is lovely, but more importantly, isweedan has excellent pacing and diction, and you (ok, *I*) fall in love with Jeff instantly, and then in love with Eric and Joey right along with Jeff. isweedan's affection for the characters really shines through the whole thing and it's really lovely to listen to <3

Fanwork Link(s): on AO3
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2016-10-25 09:02 pm

sushi pajamas (and other weapons of mass destruction), by shmaylor

Fandom: MCU
Characters/Pairing: Darcy & Avengers, Darcy/Steve
Rating: teen and up
Content Notes: no archive warnings apply
Length: 59:12
Performer Links: shmaylor
Author: sevenfoxes
Summary: Seven times the Avengers' weapons have liked Darcy better (and one time the Avenger liked her even more).

Reccer Notes: Shmaylor does a really nice job with everyone's voice, but most especially Darcy. The way she reads Darcy's snarky asides brings both the character and the story to life, and the whole thing is just really fun. Her complete disgust at Bucky and Steve talking about Twilight gives me liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiife :D

Fanwork Link(s): on AO3
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2016-10-25 08:26 pm

The Hero's Journey or: What Jasper Sitwell Did Last Summer

Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe/Welcome to Nightvale
Characters/Pairing: Jasper Sitwell/Jemma Simmons, background Clint/Coulson
Rating: general audiences
Content Notes: creator chose not to warn (crack, homophobic language, hydra, general nightvale weirdness)
Length: 2:40:01
Performer Links: daroos (ably assisted by artzbots, blackglass, girlwithabubblegun, kalakirya, opalsong, reena_jenkins, and sabinelagrande)
Author: pagination
Cover Artist: reena_jenkins
Summary: The thing is, when an agent reaches clearance level five, it’s because they’re valuable, capable of something an exponentially diminishing few can offer in the ranks of SHIELD. Clint Barton, his personal issues notwithstanding, is unstoppable behind a scope. Jim Woo is an analyst and extractor par excellence. Melinda May has infiltrated half the presidential offices of Asia, and Phil Coulson has an instinct for the unusual that could be the basis of an entire TV show.

Jasper’s less certain what he brings to the party

Reccer Notes: ok, so yes, I'm in this, but the fact that I love it has relationship to anything else about it. Though there are a bunch of podficcers credited, it's really daroos' baby: she voiced Sitwell and did all the production, while everyone else does guest voices on individual characters. The overall effect is very NIghtvale-y, which in my opinion balances the MCU-focus of the plot and characters very nicely. The guest voices are quite good, but Daroos' Sitwell is excellent, and give the character a lot more depth than he got in the MCU itself - even if that depth comes by way of a mismatched dick and Formless Seed of Evil. It makes sense in context.
Unless you particularly avoid music in podfic, I recommend the music version - the music adds an amazing dimension to the whole thing; my favorite is In the Hall of the Mountain King, which is one of my favorite uses of music in podfic of all time :D

Fanwork Link(s): on AO3
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2016-10-10 07:29 pm

Dear ITPE-r 2016

Dear ITPE-er!

HI!!! I'm so excited that you're participating in ITPE!


Do tell! What are your #ITPE feelings?

  1. aI genuinely love podfic. It’s a medium and community that works really well for me on a number of levels.

    1. Corollary: you are making podfic within some of my favorite fandoms, with the intent of making me happy. I’ll love it, I promise.

  2. I really love this challenge, and would like other people to enjoy it as well. Especially you!

    1. Corollary: it’s set during a very busy time of year. This is meant to be a low-stress challenge. Please don’t get too worked up on my account. I’ll love it, I promise.

  3. I’m generally pretty easy to please, and try to be clear about where those limits are. They’re there, but they’re usually fairly easily avoided.

    1. Corollary: unless you’re actually deliberately trying to mess with me, I’ll love it, I promise.

    2. Corollary: guidance is helpful.

      1. Secondary corollary: with the exception of the squicks and triggers, these are guidelines, nor rules. Feel free to play fast and loose with them if you think the situation demands it :D


Okay, so what are your general fannish, genre and canon feelings?

At the moment, my rule of thumb is that my tolerance for angst and violence in fandom goes as deep as the canon does. So for Spartacus, anything up to and included truly ridiculous amounts of gore is gonna be fine, but in White Collar, anything worse than, say, moderate and non-fatal mayhem won’t be great; similarly, body horror in Rivers of London would be fine, but not in Leverage. Likewise, Fast and the Furious isn’t particularly angsty, so I’m not a great fan of Brian being emo, but Miles Vorkosigan is a fabulously angsty muffin, so I’m onboard with him and his crew wallowing in their feelings.


On the other hand, my tolerance for fluff exceeds cavity-inducing levels with no regard for canon. Should you decide that what I need in my life is Dom and Mia Toretto sibling-bonding over fluffy bunnies, I encourage you to embrace that thought thoroughly.

             Note the first: though some of these canons (Spartacus, Vorkosigan, Young Wizards) feature major character death, I’d argue very strongly that all of them are hopeful/redemptory. So while major character death (and non-canonical rape and excessive violence) isn’t (aren’t) a deal breaker, a non-happy ending kinda is.

Story-wise, stories set in canon are fine. AUs, be they human, animal, or sentient dinnerware, are fine by me. Fusions and so on are fine, but please don’t fuse with a canon that you don’t know I’m familiar with and like (e.g. No Hannibal fusions. Ask analise010 or reenajenkins if you need help on this one.) I adore secondary characters and learning more about them and their background and their story and how they fit into and feel about the main story. I adore day-in-the-life and humor and geekiness and happy flailing.

Format wise, I’m very easy to please. If you find a fic you think I’d like, go for it. If you find a chatlog, headcanon, interview, poem, squee, meta, or whatever, that you think I’ll like, go for it.


I need more detail: what are your fandom- and pairing- specific feelings?


I'm here for the found family feels. Actually, I'm in a lot of places for found family feels, but this fandom is so great for that! movies only please. I adore everyone in this boyband. I am happy to ship everyone in this boyband, including all the poly. Have at it.

Sidenote: things that I am not currently interested in that feature heavily in some parts of fandom include Tony’s Mommy&Daddy Issues, Bruce’s (and Tony’s) feelings of inadequacy, Pepper-bashing


I’m mostly here for the OT3 and gen. I love Sophie, but Nate and his issues annoy me.

White Collar

ditto on the OT3. As far as I'm concerned the canon here ends sometime around S3: Diana is back (but Lauren can stay!), Sara is excellent, El and Peter are rock-solid, and there are no clouds on the horizon. Fandom seems to agree with me on many of these, so I shouldn’t think you’ll have much trouble, should you decide to go in this direction. This is a great fandom for h/c, should you decide to go that way, though please give me my happy ending J


I have many many feelings about everyone: Miles, Cordelia, Aral, Ekaterin, Gregor, Simon, Elena, Kareen, Alys, Ivan, Taura, Tej, Laisa, Ethan, Bothari, Elli, Dono, Jole… Everyone. They are my darlings. All of them should have everything they deserve, with everything that entails.

Mark’s Black Gang are a bit tricky for me, so that really the one element I’d rather you steered clear of. Several excellent fics in this fandom feature historical Barrayaran OFCs and I encourage you not to discount them.

Rivers of London

I do love this fandom, but the things I love in it are complicated. For the sake of ease, I'll say that I'd prefer nothing higher than a PG-13 rating for Peter/Thomas, though shippy stuff is fine. Beverly and her extended family are great.s Abigail is great. Lesley is great. Molly is great.

Fast and the Furious

All the found family forever and ever and ever and ever and ever. Dom/Brian is excellent, Mia/Brian is excellent, poly is fine and excellent, though I’d rather it was non-incestuous, please. This is another good fandom for h/c.

Avatar: the last Airbender, Legend of Korra

My darlings! I adore these kiddos. Have at it.

Note: I’d rather not have sexy shenanigans about underaged characters. Once Korra and Asami, for instance, are both 18, have at it.


LADIES. also agron/nasir. but mostly ladies. ladies ladies ladies.

Almost Human

Dorian and Kennex are lovely and deserve all the good things. Including each other. But also cuddles. I just want them to be happy.

Young Wizards

Tiny fandom of my heartface. I love them so much. So much. So so so much. All of them. Everyone. In every time and place.


XENA/GABRIELLE 4EVA. That is all. (gen is also good :D)


I do need to know your squicks and triggers…

no-escape situations (either real or metaphorical – eg backed into a corner, despair, suicidal ideation, variations on "you have nowhere (else) to go", "no one will believe you")

dub- or non-con

misunderstandings/miscommunication as a plot device

mental health care professionals who suck at their jobs

chase scenes (Fast and the Furious gets an exception, but no one else does)

more-than-canonical gore (see first paragraph under “general feelings”)

major character death that isn’t happy/redemptory (see note under first paragraph of “general feelings”)


What if I have questions that you didn’t answer here?

Then you can ask on this post anonymously, or ask analise010 or reenajenkins, who have a pretty good handle on my likes and dislikes :D

Have fun <3




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2016-09-29 08:17 pm

rec: Plausible Deniability, read by SisterOfWar

Fandom: Rivers of London & Good Omens
Characters/Pairing: Peter & Nightingale, Aziraphale/Crowley
Rating: teen and up
Content Notes: none
Length: 00:34:26
Performer Links: [archiveofourown.org profile] SisterofWar
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] miztorge
Summary: In which Inspector Thomas Nightingale pursues stolen books on magic, Aziraphale presides over a book sale, Constable Peter Grant tries to do his job, and Crowley values his domestic tranquillity.

Reccer Notes: SisterOfWar does such an amazing job with the voices here! Aziraphale slight santimonious edge when he talks about helping the police during "some murders in Whitechapel," Peter being both fascinated by magic and so very tired with the minutiae of policework, Crowley intimidating Peter and doing quite a good job, actually, it's just all really, really well done, and one of my favorite small-fandom podfics <333

Fanwork Link(s): on AO3
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2016-09-29 06:43 pm

[Hockey rpf] Looking Forward

Title: Looking Forward
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] so_shhy
Reader: [personal profile] kalakirya
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairings: sid/geno
Rating: mature
Summary: There was a kid in Geno's yard.
content notes: none
Length: 1:52:48
text at AO3

direct download/stream (103MB) OR download as a podbook (80MB)

(thank you paraka <3)

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for themusecalliope, who did a hero's work on And Never Been Kissed <333
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2016-09-20 10:55 pm

rec: the Meadow in the Mountain, read by hananobira and bienenalster

Fandom: Sense8
Characters/Pairing: Sun & Kala
Rating: general audiences
Content Notes: major character death
Length: 0:13:08
Performer Links: hananobira and bienenalster
Author: pax
Cover Artist: (?)
Summary: Sun’s dad kinda sucked. Kala loans her a better one.

Reccer Notes: this podfic was made as part of this year's pod_together, and it's a great example of a good idea executed well. Hananobira and Bienenalster each take a pov, Kala and Sun respectively, and the narration and dialogue switches between them aurally much as the show does visually. The switches between the voices are well done and flow naturally, probably in part because, as a pod_together project, the podficcers and the writer worked together to craft a story that would work aurally as well as on the page - and, imo, in does.

Fanwork Link(s): at ao3
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2016-09-20 10:21 pm

rec: Waking Dream (Star Wars Prequels)

Fandom: Star Wars (Prequels Trilogy)
Characters/Pairing: Qui-Gon[&|/]Obi-Wan (reccer note: the story and series are marked Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan, but this story occupies, imo, the gray space between gen and slash best described as pre-slash, and if you go in expecting slash, you may be disappointed in that regard. hopefully not others! but that regard, at least)
Rating: Teen and Up
Content Notes: none
Length: 5:41:27
Performer Links: rippleeffect aka chibi_tenshi08
Author: flamethrower
Cover Artist: (flamethrower?)
Summary: A simple injury during what should have been a routine mission brings shocking changes to the lives of Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and may alter the future of the Jedi Order.

Reccer Notes: I really like this podfic you guys. Rippleeffect has excellent diction and pacing, does a really good job differentiating the many voices, and their narration fits very well with the tone of the story. The story is quite long but they did an excellent job throughout, and it's one of my favorite stories for very long trips. 

note: this is the first part in a VERY EPIC series, but in my opinion it ends on a very satisfactory note and stands alone well, so I'm comfortable reccing it as its own podfic. 

Fanwork Link(s): at the AO3
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2016-09-16 08:20 pm

rec: Aschesis (Young Wizards)

Fandom: Young Wizards
Characters/Pairing: [personal profile] bienenalster
Rating: general audience
Content Notes: spoilers for Wizards at War
Length: 1:08:56
Performer Links: asda
Author: [personal profile] aria
Summary: "Ronan," the Lone Power said softly. "Didn't He leave you out? You gave your life, and He abandoned you. What good are you without Him?"

Reccer Notes: I love bienenalster's narration, which has that lovely slightly dreamy wonder-at-the-world quality that comes through in both the canon and this story. Their Ronan voice is similarly well done and hits all the complicated emotional beats of the story, and the podfic is just really nicely done <3

Fanwork Link(s): on podfic_bingo
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2016-08-25 07:47 pm

3 Critical Role podficlets

Title: truth to tell
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] halwen
Reader: [personal profile] kalakirya
Fandom: Critical Role
Pairings: Kima/Allura
Rating: gen
Summary: Truth to tell, Kima hasn’t thought of Allura in days.
content notes: set during episode 14
Length: 3:37
text at AO3

download from the audioarchive as an mp3 (3.5MB) or direct link (left-click to download, right-click to stream)

cover by me!

Title: private things private
Pairings: Kima/Allura
Rating: gen
Summary: Allura likes to keep her private things private.
content notes: none
Length: 2:40
text at AO3

download from the audioarchive as an mp3 (2.7MB) or direct link (left-click to download, right-click to stream)

cover by me!

Title: thankful
Pairings: none
Rating: gen
Summary: In the underdark, Kima is thankful to Vox Machina. She doesn’t want to be.
content notes: set around episode 7-ish
Length: 3:37
text at AO3

download from the audioarchive as an mp3 (5.1MB) or direct link (left-click to download, right-click to stream)

cover by me!

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2016-08-23 07:11 pm

And Never Been Kissed

Title: And Never Been Kissed
Authors: [archiveofourown.org profile] thehoyden and [archiveofourown.org profile] twentysomething
Reader: [personal profile] kalakirya
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairings: Sid/Geno
Rating: explicit
Summary: Sid didn’t introduce himself in the hallway, and he certainly doesn’t assume that people know who he is. So it would only be polite to thank Malkin again, this time more personally.
He could write him a letter. An email? No, a letter.

Warnings: none
text at AO3

OK, so there are a number of ways to listen to this story. Click through for details, downloading and streaming

If you'd like to download final version the way I prefer it (with music and lots of chapter covers), that's here as an mp3 (982MB) or here as an audiobook (480MB) (both 17:55:30)

if you've been downloading as I post OR would prefer a music-free version, downloads and streams are here

if you'd like to listen to the chapters individually, scroll down

Chapter One
Warnings: none
Length: 2:13:37
download/stream as an mp3 (123MB)

Chapter Two
Warnings: none
Length: 3:24:17

download/stream as an mp3 (187MB)

Chapter Three
Warnings: none
Length: 3:31:11

download/stream as an mp3 (196MB)

Chapter Four
Warnings: none
Length: 3:31:46

download/stream as an mp3 (194MB)

Chapter Five
Warnings: none 
Length: 3:31:46

download/stream as an mp3 (96MB)

Chapter Six
Warnings: none 
Length: 3:31:46

download/stream as an mp3 (189MB)

(note: themusecalliope pointed out that I mispronounced "Wilkes-Barre", which can be pronounced a number of ways, but not the way I actually said it XD it turned out to be too difficult to do a pick-up for that bit, though, and given that it was still clear what I meant to say, I left it in. But let it be known that that's my mistake, not themusecalliope's, who is wonderful in all ways <3<3<3)

pennyplainknits is also podficcing this story! her version is here
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2016-08-01 06:58 pm

The Quick And Dirty Notes and Links from the Podfic Panel I hosted at CON.TXT 2016

notes and links 

  • m4b - an audiobook format; apple products know to treat them as audiobooks and not songs. can be chaptered.
  • chapter and verse - an audiobook making program (iTunes will do m4bs for you, so this is mostly a Windows ppl thing)
  • Audacity - audio editing software for windows
  • Garageband - audio editing software for mac
  • Hindenberg - professional audio editing software
  • podfic_love - podfic rec comm
  • podfic-tips - podfic tutorial and tips comm
  • blanket permission - prevents you from having to request permission. fanlore has a list here. fire_juggler maintains fandom-specific lists here.
  • audiofic.jinjurly.com - the audiofic archive
  • amplificathon - a DW and LJ comm where podfic gets posted. if you post here, unless you opt out, it will be archived in the audioarchive automatically. Also an annual challenge designed to increase podficcing in small fandoms; FAQ for that here 
  • pod_together - a challenge that matches writers and podficcers for a new collaborative work
  • podfic_bingo - a way of stretching your podfic muscles (signups close at the end of august!)
  • podfic big bang - multi-fandom 10K challenge
  • epic podfic big bang - for those who don't get out of bed for less than 75K (hosted on the same com as PBB)
  • #ITPE - the holiday podfic exchange, stands for International Twitter Podfic Exchange (you do need twitter for this)
  • multipod - a podfic with multiple voices
  • re-pod - a podfic of a story that has already been podficced
  • accents - a thing that you should not allow to prevent you from podficcing
  • 10K = 1 hour - a rough approximation of how many words translates to how much podfic
  • podficmeta - the podfic-discussion comm zvi mentioned
  • auralphonic - the podcast about podfic
  • collaborativepodfic - a DW comm for finding ppl to do multivoiced podfic with


things I meant to mention but didn't:

  • the "podfic welcome" and "blanket permission" tags on AO3 are good ways to draw podficcers' attention and/or find stuff to podfic
  • we love non-english podfic too! you get extra points on amplifcathon and much love from the multi-lingual!
  • you don't have to do covers, but some people like to! I use GIMP, a free photoshop clone. Windows users may need a special program to add covers to mp3s; I use mediamonkey 
  • awesome ladies podfic anthology - anthologies of podfic about ladies of <1K. an excellent way to get your feet wet.
  • WAGFAPE - the Women And Genderqueers First Podfic Exchange, where you sign up to make podfic that don't focus on cismen
  • forvo sometimes has useful pronunciation guides. sometimes. use your judgement.
  • ditto dictionary.com
  • the word "gasps" is an evil unto this world that should be forever shunned
things other people mentioned
  • [personal profile] ambyr is wonderful and has added say how, a pronunciation guide for famous and semi-famous names, and the ABC book, for corporate brand name

I can be reached here, on LJ under this name, on twitter under this name, or on tumblr under podficcerbynight