Sunday, March 22, 2009

S'Mothering Sunday


Thanks to the wonderful Robin S, it’s time once again for the growing number of online fiction readers dedicated to “that ole voice thang” to flex their combined neck architecture.


This time we’re trying out children’s fiction, a genre which you’d think would feature no swearing, but as this was an outside broadcast (for Maurice, even though he’d mysteriously bogged off), I did let slip the odd cusstodial sentence.

When things get moving over at Robin’s, I’ll put a link to the relevant post HERE.

Meanwhile, I hope you have fun with this one. It’s quite long, but this is not a chapter to be split in half.

Oh — and if you’re a mum/mom*, have a pleasant Mothering Sunday.


* ‘mom’ is a word used at Whirl Towers to describe any stew-like dish that can be thrown together in under 10 minutes...

16 comments:

JaneyV said...

That's wonderful Whirl. I'd never heard of the book but I'm intrigued now and I want to read it.

I have to say though my very favouritest bit was when you said
"Hello bird - oh - fuck off then!"

It made I larf!

Whirlochre said...

Yipes! I thought I was bad for skipping all the classics.

It's by Norton Juster and it'll make your day if you rush out and buy a copy tomorrow.

JaneyV said...

I have jumped on 'tinternet and ordered it.

I've been recording mine. I really have to find another way of doing it other than using my daughter's camera - the sound is bloody awful. I'll try and post it in a while if I can figure out all the technical stuff.

Heads up! - BT's is up and he's doing Dr Suess - it's another classic!

Whirlochre said...

Yes — the tips of those weird troll ears of his have popped up in my Lookee Here box, and I'll head over later.

However — Mothers Day descends and I'm grounded till this afternoon, pretending to like Julio Iglesias and that awful Welsh opera twerp with the white hair...

Whirlochre said...

More Tollbooth, here, c/o the delightful Kiersten...

http://kierstenwrites.blogspot.com/2008/10/let-me-read-you-story.html

Robin S. said...

Beautiful reading!

I've never read The Phantom Toll Booth - but now I really want to - I loved how you were outside chatting to us, sniffles and all!

Aerin said...

I am sincerely glad the horse didn't get you, Whirl.

Bevie said...

I'm with JaneyV. It was beautifully read, but my favorite part was the end - with the bird.

Whirlochre said...

It's odd, but I do seem to be going through a phase of annoying animals at the moment.

They hate me.

blogless troll said...

I still haven't read that one, but now I'm going to order it.

fairyhedgehog said...

Seven minutes and twenty two seconds of Whirl's gorgeous voice - oh my!

That was wonderful, Whirl. I loved that book when I was a kid and it holds very happy memories.

writtenwyrdd said...

I had actually forgotten what this book was about, it's been so long since I read it in grade school. But I read it several times back then and loved it nearly as much as A Wrinkle in Time.

sylvia said...

Oh, I love this. At the start, your voice is a little bit unsteady and the wind is blowing and it feels very "live" and then you start telling the story and everything goes quiet and focused, like the world has paused to listen to the words.

I need to find this book.

Whirlochre said...

That's a very beautiful way of phrasing it, Sylvia — not that it's anything like what happened, of course.

More "live" stuff to follow...

Kiersten said...

Oh, oh, did you read from the Phantom Tollbooth?? I haven't had computer time away from the kiddos. Going to fetch the headphones this VERY INSTANT.

Kiersten said...

Oh, very lovely.

I love this book so very, very much. And everything is better in your accent.