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A Free Story for the 4th of July!

July 1, 2011

In celebration of Independence Day, we offer a free download of our full cast recording of Bruce Coville’s “Old Glory” a cautionary tale from his collection ODDLY ENOUGH.

You can download the complete story –  completely free! –  via the link below (just click on “DOWNLOAD STORY” below). Or stream it via the tabs below that.

Feel free to share with friends!

If you’d like to purchase the complete recording of ODDLY ENOUGH, featuring all nine stories, including perennial favorite “Duffy’s Jacket” click here.  We’re offering a special sale for the holiday: regular price is $38, but right now you can purchase it for only $22.

DOWNLOAD THE STORY HERE

Or stream the recording below…

Old Glory (Part 1)

Old Glory (Part 2)

Old Glory (Part 3)

Old Glory (Part 4)

Old Glory (Part 5)

Happy 4th of July!

Preview: Magic Steps

April 20, 2011

You’ve been asking us for years when we would get back to Tammy’s great “The Circle Opens” series and at last we’re able to do so. In this thrilling adventure Sandry, now 14, gains a student named Pasco, whose magic consists in weaving spells through dancing. She must also face some of the most vicious villains Tamora Pierce has ever created!

Here’s a sample from the book:

Magic Steps – Chapter 11 (Part 1)

Magic Steps – Chapter 11 (Part 2)

If you like what you hear,  have a look behind the scenes of this recording! You can pre-order Magic Steps by clicking here.

Happy listening!

Spotlight: Shannon Hale

March 29, 2011

New York Times best selling author Shannon Hale started writing books at age ten and never stopped, eventually earning an MFA in Creative Writing. After nineteen years of writing and dozens of rejections, she published The Goose Girl, the first book in her award winning Books of Bayern series, followed by Enna BurningRiver Secrets, and Forest Born. She has two standalone books for young readers–Book of a Thousand Days, a Cybils award winner, and Princess Academy, a Newbery Honor Book. With Austenland and The Actor and the Housewife she crossed over into books for adults. With her husband Dean, Shannon wrote two graphic novels: Rapunzel’s Revenge, an Al’s Book Club for Kids selection featured on NBC’s Today, and its sequel, Calamity Jack. They reside near Salt Lake City with their young son and daughter, and their pet, a small, plastic pig.

In this month’s Spotlight, we highlight five of Shannon’s books in the Full Cast Audio collection: The Goose Girl,  Enna Burning, River Secrets, Book of a Thousand Days, and Princess Academy.


THE BOOKS OF BAYERN
 

The Goose Girl
Read by Cynthia Bishop and the Full Cast Family 

Sweeping in its vision, enlivened by a huge cast of vivid characters, Shannon Hale’s brilliant reinvention of this old Grimm’s tale springs to life in this epic production. Listeners will fall in love with Princess Anidori-Kiladra as she struggles to regain not merely her crown, but her very name. WINNER of the 2007 Audie Award for Achievement in Production.

 

 

Enna Burning
Read by Cynthia Bishop and the Full Cast Family 

Enna, having returned to her old life in the forests of Bayern, is growing restless. When a strange force takes possession of her brother, Liefer, she returns to the capital to seek the help of her friend Isi, Bayern’s princess. But Bayern is tottering on the verge of war with neighboring Tira. When imbued with the terrifying gift that destroyed Leifer, Enna takes herself to war – only to embark upon an epic journey of discovery and betrayal that will force her to come of age.

 

River Secrets
Read by Mark Allen Holt and the Full Cast Family 

Razo—short, impish, and not at all skilled at combat— is asked to join a mission of peace between his homeland Bayern and enemy Tira. All too soon Razo is up to his eyeballs in a simmering mix of danger and intrigue—not to mention an unexpected romance. But as the gruesome deaths mount, everyone is a suspect . . . even the girl who has stolen Razo’s heart.


OTHER NOVELS
 

Book of 1000 Days
Read by Chelsea Mixon and the Full Cast Family
 

When Lady Saren defies her father’s command to marry the vicious Lord Khasar, she is sealed in a tower, along with her serving maid, Dashti. To survive, Dashti and Saren forge a bond of devotion and deception that will test them both to their limits. Once again Shannon Hale weaves an original fantasy that will catch and hold listeners breathless in its enchanting spell.

 

Princess Academy
Read by Laura Credido and the Full Cast Family 

Life on Mount Eskel is hard, but for fourteen-year-old Miri the mountain is home, and she loves it. Then a messenger from the king arrives with a stunning announcement: The royal priests have divined that the prince’s bride-to-be must come from Mount Eskel. Soon Miri and the other girls must leave their homes for special training in how to be a princess—though, of course, only one of them will be chosen.

For a limited time, you can order any of these titles for 25% off, or all of them for 45% off! Just call 1-800-871-6809 and mention this spotlight. Hurry! This offer ends April 30th!

Preview: Spilling Ink

January 11, 2011

Responding to constant pleas from their young fans for writing advice, Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter created this witty guidebook, which is packed with practical advice delivered with a personal touch. Now they’ve joined us in the studio, to give their own voices to their unique, compelling, extremely useful advice.

Here’s a sample from the book, where Ellen discusses the art of the title.

Spilling Ink – Section 12 (Part 1)

Spilling Ink – Section 12 (Part 2)

If you like what you hear,  have a look behind the scenes of this recording! You can pre-order Spilling Ink by clicking here.

Happy listening!

Preview: The Naughty Nork

December 30, 2010

Some kids bring home puppies or kittens. Edward has brought home a monster named Oggledy Nork. The thing is, Edward explains to his mother, Oggledy Nork isn’t really a monster. He’s just under a curse. With the help of his friends Moongobble the Magician, Urk the Toad, and Fireball the Dragon Edward sets out to break that curse.

Discovering where the curse really came from, and how everything finally works out, makes for another magical adventure, both funny and scary, that will delight the entire family.

You can listen to the first chapter of the book below, and if you like what you hear, head over to our website where you can pre-order THE NAUGHTY NORK for 50% off for a limited time only!

The Naughty Nork – Chapter 01 (Part 1)

The Naughty Nork – Chapter 01 (Part 2)

 

Sneak Preview: Oddly Enough

September 29, 2010


This collection of nine tales is presented in a variety of ways – some are solos, some are full cast recordings, and one is a duet. The stories include “The Box” which is Bruce’s personal favorite out of all his writings, and the classroom perenniel “Duffy’s Jacket” a funny, scary story that has appeared in numerous textbooks and anthologies.

With tales about vampires, werewolves, ghosts, unicorns, and a demented Scottish brownie, this collection has something for everyone.

We’re offering you the chance to download the complete short story, “Clean as a Whistle.”  We’ve embedded the files below, but you can also download the complete story by clicking the link below.

Download here

Or listen below…

Clean as a Whistle (Part 1)

Clean as a Whistle (Part 2)

Clean as a Whistle (Part 3)

Clean as a Whistle (Part 4)

If you like what you’ve heard, you can order ODDLY ENOUGH today!

Alice Morigi’s FCA Five

September 27, 2010

We asked Alice Morigi, to share her five favorite Full Cast Audio releases for this month’s “FCA Five.” Here’s what she told us:

In almost a decade of recording books with Full Cast Audio, I have read over 50 different characters. Each has been an individual with a life, history, and aims particularly her own. Hence for each I have tried to prepare as carefully as for a role I would play on stage, because every person has a voice level and rhythm of speaking that stem both from her physical condition and background, and from her response to the situation in which she finds herself.

Thus my five favorites of FCA audios are due to the five most interesting and challenging women whose skins I so briefly inhabited, yet who remain very alive within me.

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First is Polyam, in DAJA’S BOOK by Tamora Pierce. Polyam used to be leader of the trader caravans, a position of great responsibility and respect. Now half-blind and one-legged due to severe injuries suffered in a dreadful accident, reduced in rank and esteem, she is bitter, repressed, angry at her world, and in constant pain. Through the good will of nascent metal mage, Daja, and her companions, however, Polyam is given help beyond any expectation, and is thereby “reborn” to her people and in her own mind. Being caught in a fast-moving forest fire is a prime feature of this book. We often hear of those in the western United States and elsewhere, but in DAJA’S BOOK we are encircled by one – blinded, choking, terrified by the blistering heat, the swirling ash – an extraordinary experience both on the page and in audio.

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Second is another Tamora Pierce, THE WILL OF THE EMPRESS, for older young people. This gave me the satisfaction of being an immensely clever woman, wiley beyond most others in my world, and supreme in magical power. I was Ishabal Ladyhammer, chief counselor to the Empress whom I’d trained and advised from that royal child’s youth. Ishabal cannot conceive of a situation she cannot handle, mold her to her wishes, be it personal or political. To learn she is not infallible, to be utterly humiliated and vanquished by the four young Circle of Magic mages visiting the Empress’s court in this intricately plotted story of sexual and diplomatic tensions, was a real challenge to express through my voice, as Ishabal’s arrogant confidence is gone, only a tinge of hope for her future restoration remaining to her, in the her last scene.

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In GILBERT AND SULLIVAN SET ME FREE by Kathleen Karr, I was Jessie Hodder, a real historical person who was superintendent of a Boston-area women’s prison in 1914. This no-nonsense professional must oversee and direct the lives of those in her charge – female murderers, arsonists, felons of every sort, some of whose crimes were truly heinous – and the work of their warders. When a young girl, a thief, is brought in, and a new lady chaplain galvanizes the entire prison by steering the talents of the inmates first to a performance of Handel’s “Messiah”, then in a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance”, Jessie Hodder grows in understanding of the inmates and their needs. Her dawning sympathy for the girl, the colorful personalities of the prisoners, plot twists and the revelation of the girl’s dismaying background, plus the beautiful music, make this a very satisfying audio of the book.

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For Christmas 2003 I received Shannon Hale’s THE GOOSE GIRL, a young people’s novel based upon my favorite fairy tale of all time. Thinking it a perfect book for FCA to do, I lent it to Bruce Coville, who read it and agreed with me. And it was, garnering respect and appreciation for Full Cast. Thus I was delighted some years later to be asked to read “tutor” Olana in Hale’s THE PRINCESS ACADEMY. Because it has been foretold that the prince’s bride will be found in a remote mountain village, court lady Olana Mansdaughter is sent to turn a large, long abandoned building into a school not far from the village, where she will instruct all the girls of the proper age in everything a princess must know, so that whomever the prince chooses will be able to fit into court life after her marriage and perform the royal duties expected of her. The personalities of the girls in opposition to Olana’s strictures, the fact that the valuable building stone mined on the mountain can promote telepathic communication, a terrifying raid by the crude and murderous mountain bandits, are among the factors that soften Olana’s hard shell of resentment at being sent here, and she comes to reluctant appreciation of these people whose social level and abilities are so different from those of the lowlands.

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In reading Mrs. Edith, the wardrobe mistress of the vast and mysterious Theatre Illuminata in Lisa Mantchev’s EYES LIKE STARS, I was immediately back home in the huge old theatres whre I’ve acted, designed and made costumes in the past. To this wondrous place the foundling girl-child, Bertie, was brought many years ago. Around her bedroom on stage, scenery, thunder and lightning, sunshine and moonbeams, props and people appear and disappear by magic. She has grown into her teens surrounded by and interacting with the backstage workers as well as with all the characters of Shakespeare’s plays who also dwell here, her fast friends (and annoyances) being four tiny pie’n’cake-loving fairies from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
Now, when Bertie may be forced to leave the Theatre, the concerned Mrs. Edith must at last reveal the girl’s heritage and how she came under the wardrobe mistress’s loving care. Although this story is especially appealing to those who enjoy attending plays and/or who’ve ever worked on a production of one, whether in school or professionally, this tale of life behind the footlights, of how a finished production is created through the agencies of the costume, props, sets, lighting, sound departments under the supervision of the director, with magical effects abounding, is pure entertainment for all who enter the world of the Theatre Illuminata.
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But actually, as is said of one’s children, I love all our Full Cast recorded books in which I’ve lived as a character. Audio is a fascinating and satisfying milieu for our FCA family who derive great pleasure in reading together, and for you, our listeners, for whom we create through our voices these different worlds where you join us for a time out of time from your real lives.
– Alice Morigi
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