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25 February 2012 @ 09:16 pm
"Civilians" - Another story available as podfic!  
I must confess, I'm disappointed that none of my podfic recordings have generated even a single comment. I guess no one's listening. And I don't know how to change that, which is sad.

But I'm continuing anyway, because I need the practice in recording and editing audiobook work. The latest addition to my little collection is my story Civilians, set vaguely in season three, in which Sam and Dean save the lives of a married couple who have to deal with learning about the supernatural. The story runs about 3,400 words.

You can read the story at the link above, or listen to it or download it here. Please note that, if you're using Firefox, you may not be able to see the embedded player or download the MP3 of the story file: for some perverse reason, while the embedded player and coding for the download link work just fine in Chrome and IE, they don't seem to work in Firefox. Apologies, but I don't know how to cure that. The story runs about 24 minutes, and the file is about 21 MB.

 Please, if you do listen - give me some feedback, okay? Thanks.

Current Mood: sadsad
Current Music: My voice, reading my stories ...
borgmama1of5borgmama1of5 on February 26th, 2012 02:52 am (UTC)
I only read, never listen.

(The one time I listened to an audiobook during a road trip I got so involved in the story that I missed 3 exits...and it was of a book I'd already read!)
bardicvoice: impalamusic by <lj user=crazypandabear>bardicvoice on February 26th, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)
Believe me, that is something I understand! Funny in someone trying to break into audiobook voiceover, but - I am most definitely a printed work kind of girl. I don't typically listen to audiobooks, even though I HAVE to research them as part of my career training; I prefer to take in my stories in print. At the same time, however, I have ALWAYS performed the books I read, reading parts aloud when the language particularly resonated with me. In high school, I competed in dramatic reading, and did pretty well. Can't help but thing that was good training for my voiceover future!

Thanks for reading my stuff! I appreciate that more than I can say. :)
soydolcelatte: Dean Art Sitting on Impalasoydolcelatte on February 26th, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
Hey Mary! I just saw your post on FB so I am currently downloading all three! I don't read fic NEARLY enough anymore! Stupid school...lol. But these I can put on my iPod and will definitely be doing! I will let you know how they sound! :D

bardicvoice: impalamusic by <lj user=crazypandabear>bardicvoice on February 26th, 2012 03:32 am (UTC)
Thank you! I will REALLY appreciate the feedback; I need to get very, very good at this if I'm going to be able to make a living doing it! :)

Hope I sound good and you enjoy listening!
claudiacadia58 on February 26th, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
I love your voice, Mary, and I really like your lively dialogue reading. The thing is that I so have the original voices of Sam and Dean in my head (like anybody else, I guess) that it feels so off to hear them talk with somebody else´s voice and expression. It confounds me to no end that they don´t sound like in "real life", like I "hear" them when I read for myself. So that´s why I can´t listen to podfics. And I find it hard for a woman to do men´s voices (and vice versa), so your "Amy" is even more of a joy. But that´s all me here and probably not the feedback that is helpful in any way :-)
Keep it up, this change of career is just awesome!!
bardicvoice: impalamusic by <lj user=crazypandabear>bardicvoice on February 27th, 2012 03:24 am (UTC)
Thanks for listening despite not being a podfic listener! I understand the problem of not hearing voices we all know so well; I share it. :)

I am happy to hear you like my voice and the way my character dialogue delivery comes across, despite not being comfortable with Dean and Sam not sounding like Jensen and Jared doing Dean and Sam. That is valuable for me to hear!
anifsemajanifsemaj on March 8th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
Very nice, Thanks!
bardicvoice: impalamusic by <lj user=crazypandabear>bardicvoice on March 10th, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you VERY much for listening, and for leaving feedback!
LainieBdinkwerks on October 3rd, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
On podfics
I just read your note on podfics and how no one listens to them or leaves notes. I don't really like to listen to them (because if there was a story being told, I rather hear it in Jensen and Jared's voices, not someone else reading the story lines, sorry)...i'd rather read the story and imagine the voices. Hope this helps some....

full of rainbows and sunshine and murder and deathreena_jenkins on October 3rd, 2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
Hi there! *waves*

So, I don't actually know you (is that weird? I promise I don't bite...) but I was linked over here via my Twitter feed, and pretty much my first reaction to seeing your post was, "Oooh, casefic!" (It's been a while since I've read OR listened to straight-up Supernatural casefic...I've been in a bit of a porn-rut lately...) So, yes, I'm in-process of downloading your podfic right now ;-)

Have you considered that maybe you're not reaching a wide enough audience with your podfics? I know that amplificathon.livejournal.com (or amplificathon.dreamwidth.org, if you're over there) is an all-purpose multi-fandom podfic community - you might want to crosspost your podfics over there, to meet some fellow podfic enthusiasts. Or there's spn-gen-podfics.livejournal.com, for Supernatural gen-only podfics...

I'll be sure to come back with feedback when I'm done listening, but it might be in a day or two. In the meantime, keep up the good work! It can feel an awful lot like you're shouting into a vaccuum, when you put podfic out into the world and no-one shouts back at you, but don't give up! Podfic is awesome, and I'm sure you are too ^___^

Edited at 2012-10-03 10:37 pm (UTC)
~Xana~: Lockeyashakizu on October 3rd, 2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
I am here to offer support! I'm behind on keeping up with podfic, but I love that you're recording in my fav fandom, Supernatural. Don't give up! *downloading now*
RevolutionaryJorevolutionaryjo on October 3rd, 2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
I haven't been in Supernatural fandom for a long time, but I gave it a listen all the same. Your voice is so clear, as is your audio quality! It sounds professional level, which probably makes sense since you mention professional audiobook work. But anyway, it sounds great, especially during the yelling lines. I always have a tough time with those myself because they blowout on the waveform, so I often have to pull the performance back to compensate. If you have access to professional equipment, I'm entirely jealous!

I also love how you really deliver your dialogue. It's so impassioned and your character voices are so distinct as well.

If you're planning on doing more podfic, have you considered crossposting to amplificathon or a SPN specific podfic comm? (I assume there must be one somewhere out there.) I know for a fact there are a lot of SPN fans out there that enjoy podfic and I'm sure they would really enjoy your work. :)