Five of My Favorite Podcasts

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My com­mute to work is eas­i­ly an hour each way.  That equals 10–12 hours a week on the road.  I often wish that I car-pooled so that I could use that very valu­able time to read.  Thanks to mod­ern tech­nol­o­gy, I do the next best thing.  Ear buds in ears, I read by lis­ten­ing.  The iTunes library and Podi­o­books is full of free con­tent, some of which is hon­est­ly quite awful and not worth the time it takes to down­load.  On the oth­er hand, a lot of it is total­ly pro­fes­sion­al and smart.

Since Star­la Huch­ton was good enough to write a guest post dis­cussing the ben­e­fits of pod­cast­ing, I thought that I would share five of my favorites.  Be fore­warned that the short list below is a pret­ty mixed bag, but that also describes me to a tee.

1.  Heav­en­field by I.G. Hulme  

 

There are four parts to this fan­tas­tic sci­ence fic­tion series, three of which are already pod­cast.  The fourth will be avail­able in ear­ly April.  Heav­en­field won the Podi­o­book 2009 Founder’s Choice Award, which is impres­sive.  If you lis­ten to pod­cast nov­els as much I do, then you know that some peo­ple shouldn’t even voice act their own sto­ries, but I.G. Hulme , the author of Heav­en­field, does an awe­some job of it.  The writ­ing is smart and sol­id enough to make you will­ing to sus­pend dis­be­lief for the dura­tion of the tale.  I just found out that all four parts are avail­able for down­load onto Kin­dle at a steal of a deal.

2.  Shad­ow­mag­ic by John Lena­han  

When I first start­ed lis­ten­ing to this fan­ta­sy tale, I hon­est­ly thought it was over the edge with goofi­ness.  We start with a teenag­er who is trans­port­ed to anoth­er place and time and to say he doesn’t quite fit in, is an under­state­ment.  Soon the goofi­ness was just plain charm­ing.  I like this action packed fan­ta­sy adven­ture, and I love the way each scene ends with a mini cliffhang­er.  There are two books in this series and I believe Mr. Lena­han has plans for a third.  You can find both books at Podi­o­books and in iTunes.  They’re also avail­able in paper­back and Kin­dle for­mats.

3.  Emperor’s Edge by Lind­say Buro­ker  

Emperor's Edge Fantasy Book Cover

I’m pret­ty new to steam­punk but I think I’m in for the long haul.  I love the genre.  My first taste of steam­punk was with Emperor’s Edge.  Admit­ted­ly, this series is light on steam but that takes noth­ing away from the mot­ley cast of char­ac­ters who keep get­ting caught up in one dan­ger­ous scheme after anoth­er.  Lind­say Buro­ker has already com­plet­ed three of the six books she has planned for this series. Cur­rent­ly, Emperor’s Edge is avail­able through Podi­o­books and iTunes and it’s read by Star­la Huch­ton who does a smash­ing job of it.  Dark Cur­rents, the sec­ond book in the series will soon be avail­able through Podi­o­books as well.  I’m excit­ed.  You can also down­load Ms. Buroker’s books to Kin­dle.

4.  Inside Islam: Dia­logues and Debates  

I’m a Mus­lim woman who is Amer­i­can.  I work in an indus­try that brings me into con­tact with peo­ple of every pos­si­ble affil­i­a­tion.  I often find myself in the posi­tion of spokesper­son, whether I want to be or not, for an entire group of peo­ple that oth­er than faith, are as diverse from one anoth­er as snowflakes.  The fol­low­ing, quot­ed from the Inside Islam descrip­tion is exact­ly why I love this pod­cast so much:  “Inside Islam is designed to spark con­ver­sa­tion and inter­ac­tion about Islam, and to spot­light the diver­si­ty of dia­logues and debates with­in Islam as well as with oth­er reli­gions and com­mu­ni­ties.”  I believe in tol­er­ance and coex­is­tence.  I total­ly love this pod­cast series.

5.  Clarkesworld  

One word: PHENOMENAL.  Clarkesworld is a spec­u­la­tive fic­tion mag­a­zine that offers three pod­cast sto­ries per month, a dig­i­tal mag­a­zine avail­able on Kin­dle, and a web­site with tons of free con­tent.  The hostess/voice tal­ent is Kate Bak­er and she is a gem.  I can’t say that I like each and every sto­ry, but this is mere­ly a mat­ter of per­son­al taste.  Each tale is with­out a doubt expert­ly writ­ten and read.  Some of my favorites are A Jar of Good­will by Tobias Buck­ell, The Book of Phoenix by Nne­di Oko­rafor, Lay­ing the Ghost by Eric Brown, and Frozen Voice by An Owom­oyela just to name a few.  Many pod­casts come and go on my iPod, but Clarkesworld is per­ma­nent.

If you haven’t lis­tened to any of these, I hope you’ll give them a try and let me know what you think.  If you have lis­tened to any of these, leave a com­ment below.

Don’t be shy.  Tell me.  What are your favorite pod­casts?