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« on: January 12, 2012, 01:01:23 AM »

Something a bit different this year, we'd like to see who you all liked best in the narration department!  These nominations are not about the story content, but about their delivery via the various vocal chords of our esteemed narrators!  So cast your top picks for who's narration you loved best this year!

Pseudopod 220: Flash on the Borderlands VI: Escape by M.E. Smith, Read by Leann Mabry
Pseudopod 220: Flash on the Borderlands VI: Mother's Milk by Strahinja Acimovic, Read by Jacquie Duckworth
Pseudopod 220: Flash on the Borderlands VI: Little Monster by LynnCee Faulk, Read by Dani Cutler
Pseudopod 221: Lives by John Grant, Read by Eric Luke
Pseudopod 222: Terrible Lizard King by Nathaniel Lee, Read by Steve Anderson
Pseudopod 223: Murdock The Nobody by Kate Jonez, Read by Matt Arnold
Pseudopod 224: The Horror Of Their Deeds To View by Lizanne Herd, Read by Matt Weller
Pseudopod 225: Top Of The Heap by Nathan Robinson, Read by Ben Phillips
Pseudopod 226: The Sound Of Gears by Ferrett Steinmetz, Read by Bob Eccles
Pseudopod 227: Man Eat Man by Mike Irwin, Read by Josh Roseman
Pseudopod 228: Flash On The Borderlands VII - Tableaux & Displays: Hunting by Kirsty Logan, Read by Rick Stringer
Pseudopod 228: Flash On The Borderlands VII - Tableaux & Displays: What Makes You Tick by David Steffen, Read by W. Ralph Walters
Pseudopod 228: Flash On The Borderlands VII - Tableaux & Displays: Pageant Girls by Caroline Yoachim, Read by Mur Lafferty
Pseudopod 229: On Being Mandy by Sandra M. Odell, Read by Tina Connolly
Pseudopod 230: Girls Gone Insane by John Jasper Owens, Read by George Hrab
Pseudopod 231: Tippler's Bane by Evelyn Wang, Read by Paul Jenkins & Eve Upton
Pseudopod 232: The Song Of Prague by Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Read by MarBelle
Pseudopod 233: Association by Eddie Borey, Read by Kris Johnson
Pseudopod 234: I.C.U. by Tim Burke, Read by Cayenne Chris Conroy
Pseudopod 235: Flash On The Borderlands VIII - Warped Love: In Memoriam by Matthew Chrulew, Read by Philippa Ballantine
Pseudopod 235: Flash On The Borderlands VIII - Warped Love: Pieces by M.C. Funk, Read by Donna Lynch
Pseudopod 235: Flash On The Borderlands VIII - Warped Love: Home Is Where The Heart Is by Bint Arab, Read by Marshal Latham
Pseudopod 236: Dearest Daughter by Kate Marshall, Read by Grammar Girl
Pseudopod 237: Lights by J. Westlake, Read by Barry J. Northern
Pseudopod 238: The Talisman by Heather McDougal,
Pseudopod 239: The Line by Grady J. Gratt, Read by Mark E. Phair
Pseudopod 240: Songs for Dead Hearts by Mandana Faridani, Read by Rajan Khanna
Pseudopod 241: In Bloom by Caspian Gray, Read by Julie Hoverson
Pseudopod 242: The 7 Garages of Kevin Simpson by Alan Baxter, Read by Graeme Dunlop
Pseudopod 243: Corps Cadavres by Neil John Buchanan, Read by Alasdair Stewart
Pseudopod 244: Bruise For Bruise by Robert Davies, Read by Elizabeth Green Musselman
Pseudopod 245: Blue Eyes by Jay Caselberg, Read by Jen Williams
Pseudopod 246: The Eater by Michael J. DeLuca, Read by Laurice White
Pseudopod 247: Looker by David Nickle, Read by Steve Cropper
Pseudopod 248: Killing Merwin Remis by Jason Helmandollar, Read by Big Anklevich
Pseudopod 249: Kavar The Rat by Thomas Owen, Read by David Rees-Thomas
Pseudopod 250: The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson, Read by Wilson Fowlie
Pseudopod 251: Yardwork by Bruce Blake, Read by Brian Rollins
Pseudopod 252: The Cord by Chris Lewis Carter, Read by David Michel
Pseudopod 253: Trying To Stay Dead by Richard S. Crawford, Read by Steve Anderson
Pseudopod 254: The Blood Garden by Jesse Livingston, Read by Chris Reynaga
Pseudopod 255: Flash on The Borderlands IX - It’s War!: King by C. Deskin Rink, Read by V.O. Bloodfrost
Pseudopod 255: Flash on The Borderlands IX - It’s War!: Number 21 Rue le Sueur by Edward McDermott, Read by Ben Phillips
Pseudopod 255: Flash on The Borderlands IX - It’s War!: War by Aaron Ashley Garrison, Read by Dominic Rabrun
Pseudopod 256: Repler by Jonathan Lowe, Read by John Meagher
Pseudopod 257: In “The Poor Girl Taken By Surprise” by Gemma Files, Read by Julia Rios
Pseudopod 258: The Stink of Animosity by Rob E. Boley, Read by Rish Outfield
Pseudopod 259: To My Wondering Eyes Did Appear by Larry C. Kay, Read by Stephanie Morris
Pseudopod 260: Saint Nicholas’ Helper by D.K. Thompson, Read by Marie Brennan
Pseudopod 261: Widdershins by Robert Mammone, Read by Frank Key
bonus Christmas flash - Coming Home by Maria Alexander, Read by Maria Alexander
Pseudopod 262: Black Hill by Orrin Grey, Read by Rich Girardi
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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2012, 02:58:49 AM »

I was gonna stay out of this one but it's such an AWESOME idea I think I won't.  I firmly believe great narration can raise a story to a whole different level.  I also believe that -- at times -- narrators don't get enough kudos (and no, that is NOT a plea to vote for me!!) In which case my top 3 are:

Pseudopod 225: Top Of The Heap by Nathan Robinson, Read by Ben Phillips
Pseudopod 228: Flash On The Borderlands VII - Tableaux & Displays: What Makes You Tick by David Steffen, Read by W. Ralph Walters
Pseudopod 250: The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson, Read by Wilson Fowlie

but I also hugely enjoyed:

Pseudopod 222: Terrible Lizard King by Nathaniel Lee, Read by Steve Anderson
Pseudopod 230: Girls Gone Insane by John Jasper Owens, Read by George Hrab
Pseudopod 239: The Line by Grady J. Gratt, Read by Mark E. Phair
Pseudopod 257: In “The Poor Girl Taken By Surprise” by Gemma Files, Read by Julia Rios
Pseudopod 228: Flash On The Borderlands VII - Tableaux & Displays: Hunting by Kirsty Logan, Read by Rick Stringer

I really enjoy the variety of Pseudopod narrators! It can become dull when the "usual suspects" always turn up Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2012, 09:32:48 AM »

Top 3:
Pseudopod 222: Terrible Lizard King by Nathaniel Lee, Read by Steve Anderson
Pseudopod 248: Killing Merwin Remis by Jason Helmandollar, Read by Big Anklevich
Pseudopod 255: Flash on The Borderlands IX - It’s War!: King by C. Deskin Rink, Read by V.O. Bloodfrost

Honorable Mentions:
Pseudopod 229: On Being Mandy by Sandra M. Odell, Read by Tina Connolly
Pseudopod 255: Flash on The Borderlands IX - It’s War!: War by Aaron Ashley Garrison, Read by Dominic Rabrun

(I wanted to nominate myself, but that would have been tacky.)
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2012, 11:18:55 AM »

This category is a bit easier. There's been a bunch of great readings this year, but a few stuck out to me as elevating the story an extra level.

My nominations:
Pseudopod 228: Flash On The Borderlands VII - Tableaux & Displays: What Makes You Tick by David Steffen, Read by W. Ralph Walters

The voice used in the reading and minor sound editing tweaks in this one really established the character.

Pseudopod 246: The Eater by Michael J. DeLuca, Read by Laurice White

Laurice is a fantastic reader. I love the slow deliberate pacing she uses in this story, which makes the story about the development of language even stronger.

Pseudopod 255: Flash on The Borderlands IX - It’s War!: War by Aaron Ashley Garrison, Read by Dominic Rabrun

The accent in this one really worked for me. Hollywood has associated in my mind that accent with meatheads, which drove home the unmitigated violence of the game.

Not eligible for nomination, but must be mentioned:
Trio of Terror: “The Yellow Curse” read by Alasdair Stewart

Honorable mentions:
Pseudopod 229: On Being Mandy by Sandra M. Odell, Read by Tina Connolly
Pseudopod 236: Dearest Daughter by Kate Marshall, Read by Grammar Girl
Pseudopod 242: The 7 Garages of Kevin Simpson by Alan Baxter, Read by Graeme Dunlop
Pseudopod 250: The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson, Read by Wilson Fowlie
Pseudopod 253: Trying To Stay Dead
Pseudopod 259: To My Wondering Eyes Did Appear by Larry C. Kay, Read by Stephanie Morris
Pseudopod 262: Black Hill by Orrin Grey, Read by Rich Girardi

I will finish up with a lament for recurring readers we need to hear in 2012: Ian Stewart and The Word Whore.
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2012, 05:35:52 PM »

A tough category, you guys have really good narrators in general, although a few are on a higher level.

My Nominations:
1:Pseudopod 259: To My Wondering Eyes Did Appear by Larry C. Kay, Read by Stephanie Morris
2: Pseudopod 257: In “The Poor Girl Taken By Surprise” by Gemma Files, Read by Julia Rios
3: Pseudopod 228: Flash On The Borderlands VII - Tableaux & Displays: Pageant Girls by Caroline Yoachim, Read by MIGHTY Mur Lafferty

Honorable Mentions:  
(There were lots of other good narrators this year, but these ones were all seriously in contention for my favorite.)
4: Pseudopod 262: Black Hill by Orrin Grey, Read by Rich Girardi
5: Pseudopod 253: Trying To Stay Dead by Richard S. Crawford, Read by Steve Anderson
6: Pseudopod 225: Top Of The Heap by Nathan Robinson, Read by Ben Phillips
7: Pseudopod 222: Terrible Lizard King by Nathaniel Lee, Read by Steve Anderson
8: Pseudopod 250: The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson, Read by Wilson Fowlie

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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2012, 06:04:09 PM »

Difficult for me - outside of the obvious (I love each and every one of them!), I'll just have to go for the ones that pleased me to no end.  Honorable Mentions I'll stick with ones that haven't gotten mentioned much by others:

My Nominations
Pseudopod 239: The Line by Grady J. Gratt, Read by Mark E. Phair
You can't imagine how hard it was to find a fitting voice for this - or how pleased I was with Mark's job.

Pseudopod 241: In Bloom by Caspian Gray, Read by Julie Hoverson
The prefect reading of the perfect line.  One of my favorite finds from last year (thanks to Cast Macabre)

Pseudopod 245: Blue Eyes by Jay Caselberg, Read by Jen Williams
Probably the most *authentic* voice we've had for a story.


Honorable Mentions
Pseudopod 221: Lives by John Grant, Read by Eric Luke
Completely delivers the subtle, slow build of suspense and sells the emotional fatigue of the ending.

Pseudopod 228: Flash On The Borderlands VII - Tableaux & Displays: What Makes You Tick by David Steffen, Read by W. Ralph Walters
W. Ralph Walters knew exactly what I was asking for (and Graeme knew how to tweak it!)

Pseudopod 228: Flash On The Borderlands VII - Tableaux & Displays: Pageant Girls by Caroline Yoachim, Read by Mur Lafferty
I had a friend, who never listened to any EA casts, listen to this whol episode and the first thing he asked was "who was that reading the last story?  She was great!"

Pseudopod 234: I.C.U. by Tim Burke, Read by Cayenne Chris Conroy
Hard to pull of this level of subtlety and emotional honesty.

Pseudopod 250: The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson, Read by Wilson Fowlie
Excellent work with difficult material - turn of the century phraseology is tough!



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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2012, 06:05:44 PM »

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I will finish up with a lament for recurring readers we need to hear in 2012: Ian Stewart and The Word Whore.

One of these has just agreed to narrate a story for March, the other is on my list to query for a June story (thanks to the suggestion of a slusher)
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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2012, 11:28:13 PM »

Top 3

Pseudopod 225: Top Of The Heap by Nathan Robinson, Read by Ben Phillips
Pseudopod 241: In Bloom by Caspian Gray, Read by Julie Hoverson
Pseudopod 226: The Sound Of Gears by Ferrett Steinmetz, Read by Bob Eccles

Honorable Mention

Pseudopod 240: Songs for Dead Hearts by Mandana Faridani, Read by Rajan Khanna
Pseudopod 262: Black Hill by Orrin Grey, Read by Rich Girardi
Pseudopod 253: Trying To Stay Dead by Richard S. Crawford, Read by Steve Anderson
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« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2012, 01:07:38 AM »


Honorable Mentions
Pseudopod 228: Flash On The Borderlands VII - Tableaux & Displays: Pageant Girls by Caroline Yoachim, Read by Mur Lafferty
I had a friend, who never listened to any EA casts, listen to this whole episode and the first thing he asked was "who was that reading the last story?  She was great!"


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« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2012, 08:05:59 PM »

So I'm curious, why is Pseudopod the only 'cast running a best narrator poll?  You guys certainly have good narrators, but EP and PC are no slouches either.
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« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2012, 12:15:00 AM »

So I'm curious, why is Pseudopod the only 'cast running a best narrator poll?  You guys certainly have good narrators, but EP and PC are no slouches either.

Clearly, Pseudopod has the most innovative moderator Wink
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« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2012, 01:48:03 AM »

Oh, I won't take credit for this one.  Please direct all praise to our wonderful editor, Shawn.  He suggested it and I thought it was a wonderful idea.
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« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2012, 04:46:22 AM »

So I'm curious, why is Pseudopod the only 'cast running a best narrator poll?  You guys certainly have good narrators, but EP and PC are no slouches either.

To be honest, EP isn't running the poll because I've been too busy (in RL) to come up with the narrator list. I know there's an EP reader index but it's been a while since I've updated it, and I don't have time to do so right now.
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« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2012, 11:53:16 AM »

Does this help?  I don't really care if you don't do it, but I had this list typed up already, for reasons of trying to figure out how many individual narrators you guys used this year.  Thought I might as well post it and see if people can make use of my weird OCD-like qualities.

EP274: Angry Rose’s Lament Read by Mur Lafferty
EP275: Schrödinger’s Cat Lady Read by Mur Lafferty
EP276: On a Blade of Grass Read by Mat Weller
EP277: Rejiggering the Thingamajig Read by Kij Johnson
EP278: Written on the Wind Read by Mur Lafferty
EP279: Conditional Love Read by Mur Lafferty
EP280: Endosymbiont Read by Mur Lafferty
EP281: The Notebook of my Favourite Skin-Trees Read by Pamela Quevillon
EP282: You’re Almost Here Read by Melinda Thielbar
EP283: Grandfather Paradox Read by Kim Gianopoulos
EP284: On a Clear Day You Can See All the Way to Conspiracy Read by Joshua McNichols
EP285: Jaiden’s Weaver Read by Kij Johnson
EP286: The ’76 Goldwater Dime Read by Norm Sherman
EP287: A Taste of Time Read by Mur Lafferty
EP288: Future Perfect Read by Dani Cutler
EP289: Flash Contest Honorable Mentions: Episode 37 - Captain Max Stone versus DESTRUCTOBOT! by Angela Lee, Read by Joshua McNichols
EP289: Flash Contest Honorable Mentions: Many Mistakes, All Out of Order by M.C. Wagner, Read by Wilson Fowlie
EP289: Flash Contest Honorable Mentions: Mr. Omega by Arnold Gardner, Read by Marshall Latham
EP290: Tom the Universe Read by Mat Weller
EP291: Shannon’s Law Read by Mur Lafferty
EP292: In the Water Read by Kim Gianopoulos
EP293: A Small Matter, Really Read by Mur Lafferty
EP294: The Night Train Read by Jean Hilde-Fulghum
EP295: Disarm Read by Mat Weller
EP296: For Want of a Nail Read by Mur Lafferty
EP297: Amaryllis Read by Gabrielle De Cuir
EP298: The Things Read by Kate Baker
EP299: Plus or Minus Read by Christiana Ellis
EP300: We go back Read by Mur Lafferty
EP301: Stone Wall Truth Read by Heather Welliver
EP302: Flash Extravaganza: London Iron by William R. Halliar, Read by Andrew Richardson
EP302: Flash Extravaganza: Wheels of Blue Stilton by Nicholas J. Carter, Read by Christian Brady
EP302: Flash Extravaganza: Light and Lies by Gideon Fostick, Read by Mur Lafferty
EP303: Leech Run Read by Alasdair Stuart
EP304: Union Dues – Sidekicks in Stockholm Read by some new guy named Stephen Eley
EP305: Midnight Blue Read by Paul Haring
EP306: Radio Nowhere Read by Wilson Fowlie
EP307: Soulmates Read by Dave Thompson
EP308: Kill Me Read by Mur Lafferty
EP309: The Insurance Agent Read by Christian Brady
EP310: Flash Extravaganza: Jenna's Clocks by T.F. Davenport, Read by Jean Hilde-Fulghum
EP310: Flash Extravaganza: Wetware Woes by J.J. DeBenedictis, Read by Mur Lafferty
EP310: Flash Extravaganza: End of the World or Not, I Still Have Feeling by Daniel Morris, Read by Barry Haworth
EP310: Flash Extravaganza: The Best Cover Band in the Universe by Andrew Fazzari, Read by John Anealio
EP311: The Faithful Soldier, Prompted Read by Rajan Khanna
EP312: Night Bird Soaring Read by Mat Weller
EP313: Playing Doctor Read by Josh Roseman
EP314: Movement Read by Marguerite Kenner
EP315: Clockwork Fagin Read by Grant Baciocco
EP316: Site Fourteen Read by Mat Weller
EP317: Boxed In Read by Barry Haworth
EP318: The Prize Beyond Gold Read by Josh Roseman
EP319: Driving X Read by Mur Lafferty
EP320: Thanksgiving Day Read by Paul Haring
EP321: Honor Killing Read by Mur Lafferty
EP322: Chicken Noodle Gravity Read by Paul Haring
EP323: Marking Time on the Far Side of Forever Read by Josh Roseman
EP324: Long Winter’s Nap Read by Mur Lafferty
EP325: Bad Dogs Escape Read by AB Kovacs, Pamela L. Quevillon, and John Cmar
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« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2012, 10:29:26 PM »

This is a fantastic idea, and it's taught me I need to be taking notes as the year goes along! *chuckle*

My top three:

Pseudopod 225: Top Of The Heap by Nathan Robinson, Read by Ben Phillips
Pseudopod 255: Flash on The Borderlands IX - It’s War!: War by Aaron Ashley Garrison, Read by Dominic Rabrun
Pseudopod 262: Black Hill by Orrin Grey, Read by Rich Girardi

Honorable Mentions:

Pseudopod 228: Flash On The Borderlands VII - Tableaux & Displays: Pageant Girls by Caroline Yoachim, Read by Mur Lafferty
Pseudopod 231: Tippler's Bane by Evelyn Wang, Read by Paul Jenkins & Eve Upton
Pseudopod 232: The Song Of Prague by Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Read by MarBelle
Pseudopod 243: Corps Cadavres by Neil John Buchanan, Read by Alasdair Stewart
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« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2012, 04:14:54 PM »

Just wanted to say thanks to Umbrageofsnow - I don't think I'll have time to set up a reader nomination post for EP before the weekend, but the list you made means that I can (and will) do it.
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« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2012, 04:26:56 PM »

Umbrageofsnow: Wow. That's awesome!
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« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2012, 01:06:16 PM »

Hey, go check out the new Reader Poll!

I made a word cloud of the most mentioned names here, check it out!
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21532214/Reader%20Nominations.png
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« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2012, 09:52:59 PM »

COOOL!  It's like the inside of my head (minus about a hundred names)
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« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2012, 09:59:22 AM »

Thanks a lot for the honorable mentions, guys.  Grin
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