Podcast and a Book!

It was inevitable…a multi-media version of a book, but not in the way you might think. We’re used to audiobooks, and podcasts, but a new book by YA author Courtney Summers does something a little different.

The first half of SADIE is narrated by the protagonist, in this true-crime YA novel mix. The second half of the book is told through supposed podcast transcripts told from the perspective of a fictional radio journalist.  And now, the transcripts have come to life in a podcast called The Girls, adapted straight from the book. Isn’t this a fun way to get into a book?

You can hear the podcast now free on iTunes, and read the book which just came out on September 4/18 to get the most of out of the story. Let’s hope this becomes a bit of a regular thing!

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Old Time Radio and Podcasts

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Audio books are a popular way of listening to books while you are traveling, working out or just working around the house.  But once upon a time, people used to gather around their radios in the evenings to listen to an old time radio show.  A few years back when we first  got satellite radio in our house, we discovered the old time radio channel which played shows that had aired on the radio long before television or audio books.  We often listened to a show or several shows when we were just having a lazy afternoon.  And they were lots of fun, having sound effects, music and several actors, instead of just one person reading a book (as the audio books do).

So we began to seek out the old time radio shows online and we found a host of great sites which allowed us to download stories or plays and listen to them on our computer. I fondly remember a number of weekends spent listening to the entire radio broadcast of Les Miserables. I’d never read the book before  so this was a great alternative.  There are many great online sites which play old radio programs, such as :

http://www.otr.net/

http://www.rusc.com/

http://www.oldtimeradiofans.com/

Many people now listen to podcasts on their iPods, so naturally, there has been a demand for stories or books to be put on a podcast.  I came across an interesting site which does just that.

http://wizzard.tv/oldtimeradio

Maybe these old time radio shows won’t compete with audio books (the sound quality isn’t always great and they are a bit old-fashioned), but they can be an interesting alternative to a new medium.