What to Listen to

If you can't get your hands on / are still on the library waiting list for / have already listened a half dozen times to / couldn't care less about the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows audiobook, here are some links for your next stop in worthwhile audio.

1. Props to Alex for tipping me off to the fascinating lectures available via the Princeton University podcast series. It's probably better to pick and choose which to download rather than subscribe, because really, who gives a flying flip about the Princeton commencement ceremony?

2. Ted at CT brought my attention to ChristianAudio.com. If Audible.com is the Barnes & Noble of downloadable audio, Christian Audio is sort of like Family Christian Stores -- but don't let that be a turn-off if you're not a fan of the amazing plethora of junk marketed by the erstwhile Christian Booksellers Assoc. CA's content is higher quality than all that. It's definitely worth creating an account, because they offer a unique FREE downloadable book each month (this month it's Tolstoy's The Resurrection), plus free author interviews and links to various ministry podcasts.

3. Another Alex runs a remarkable project over at Telltale Weekly providing professional-quality audio versions of classic texts in the public domain for extremely reasonable prices (some free). The plan is eventually to place all of these recordings in a free archive, but in the meantime, you can support this worthwhile venture and get access to great stories and poems at a fraction of what the mainstream download retailers charge.

4. Public Radio odds & ends: This American Life was back on form last week with a new episode on The Spokesman. It points to The Moth in NYC, which has more heart-wrenching and/or hilarious stories of the sort that TAL fans will enjoy. Also, last week's "Not My Job" segment on Wait Wait -- Don't Tell Me was about the funniest I've ever heard.

That oughta keep your iPod busy for a while.

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