I could have danced all night…

Just two more weeks of rehearsals for My Fair Lady. I’m feeling pretty confident at this point; nowhere near as panicky as in past musicals (so far I’ve only woken up with a start at 4am once). The set is pretty much complete (it helps that it was a nice, simple one); most people are off-book; props are pretty much done; I haven’t been paying much attention to costumes, as I already have mine, but hopefully they’re close to done too.

I’ve recently finished three more audiobooks. I just finished Sense and Sensibility for LibriVox. I finished a critical edition of Mansfield Park for Ignatius about two months ago, but my contact was on maternity leave, so it’s only just been published. I also published the main text of it (with a bit of editing to make sure it conformed to the absolutely-for-sure-public-domain version on gutenberg) on LV. And I’ve just finished the second book in the Chronicles of Valonia series for Iambik. The first two books in the series (The Jewels of Valonia and The Golden Casket and the Spectres of Light) will be released in Iambik’s first SciFi collection. Will post a link once the collection is published.

I’ve started working on Poor Banished Children now; and I’m about a third of the way through my SFFAudio challenge book, The Big Time. I’ve also picked up my poor, neglected Spanish solo, Angelina, again. And now that I’ve started reading it again, I’ve remembered why I lost interest in the first place. Although the story is interesting so far, the author doesn’t seem to have ever heard of the rule in writing, “don’t use a big word when a simple one will do”. His prose is flowery, verbose, long-winded, and simply not meant to be read aloud. He gives me fifty fits every time I sit down to read a chapter. He also spends a lot of time in long descriptions of places and events that have nothing to do with the plot (JRR Tolkien has nothing on this guy).

10 thoughts on “I could have danced all night…”

  1. Ms. Savage, I just wanted to say I am a big fan of your audio books for Librivox. You got me hooked when I listened to your Pride and Prejudice. I love all of Jane Austen’s books and have since listened to all you have done with her books. You have spoiled me with how you bring the characters to life and your accent adds to the story. I cannot listen to anyone else read Austen’s works. As luck would have it, the same day I requested an email for when you finished Sense and Sensibility was the same day it was finished. I was thrilled. I just finished Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea and am about to start Anne of the Island. I see you’ve done the last book of the series, Rilla of Ingleside and hope you also do the other four books. Having all your works on my iPod to listen to will be my goal. Thank you so much for bringing me such joy in appreciating books again. Good luck to you in all your endeavors.
    Denise,
    St. Louis, MO

  2. I’ve done some research since my first comment and now realize that several of L.M. Montgomery novels are not yet in USA public domain. This saddens me that they cannot be made into free audio books at this time. However, I see Librivox has the 5th book, Anne’s House of Dreams and the 7th, Rainbow Valley, but not with your narration. I will just have to listen to Sense and Sensibility now instead and hope one day I’ll find you have done that 5th and 7th book. I can’t imagine how you have time to do all of this with your busy life…I am grateful for whatever I find with your name attached to it.

    Denise,
    St. Louis, MO

  3. I know it’s been said before, but you have spoiled me! Thank you for sharing your talent. Jane Austen should be read by none other than you! I will continue to look for your recordings…

    Once again thank you for sharing your lovely voice!

  4. Just about to download another batch of your audio book recordings. You’ve caused me many sleepless nights !!!!!

    I have a husband who could snore for England so to drown out the noise I put on my MP3 player. Most of the time when I’m listening to the audio books I nodd off – however when it’s one of your books I’m listening to I can’t help but stay awake….

    Keep up the good work.

  5. Wishing I lived close enough to catch the production and see your interpretation of Mrs. Pearce. I have a feeling you will steal the show! Looking forward to listening to your new recording of S&S. I agree with Maria above. You have a lovely voice and an amazing gift!

  6. You are a most talented reader and I’m sure actress as well. I have loved listening to your LV recordings and am so thankful for your beautiful style and how you make each book come alive. I’m completely spoiled for any other reader. Please keep up the good work. We need you!

    God Bless you in your production of My Fair Lady. I’m sure you’ll be splendid. Just wish I could see it!

    Blessings,
    Christi

  7. It’s official – I’m a Karen Savage addict having withdrawal symptoms because I’ve listened to ALL of your Librivox works …excluding Shakespear, and I’m craving for more stories from you. I put in a request today to receive an email when you’ve finished The Big Time, but for some reason it’s not going through on Librivox.org. I’ll try another day as I see you’ve only completed the first 6 chapters. I hope all is going well with your theatrical career and family. Thank you for making 2011 a very enjoyable year.

  8. I clicked through to this blog looking for a place to tell you how much I like your reading of Pride and Prejudice on Librivox. It’s very good, so thank you.

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