Friday, April 25, 2014

ON THE NATURE OF THINGS by Lucretius -- new audiobook just out!

It took about a year and half of recording in my spare time, but the complete recording of a modern English verse translation of the classic poem ON THE NATURE OF THINGS by Lucretius is finally complete. The public domain recording is now available in the LibriVox catalog.

Read a synopsis and stream it here:

Download the audiobook (in iTunes-friendly M4B format) here:
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Part 2 -
Part 3 -

I actually started this work BEFORE I got into professional audiobook production, and the first few sections sound pretty "raw" to me. On the positive side, it shows the complete evolution of my skills as a narrator, and reading a work like this (with extremely long, convoluted sentences, in iambic pentameter, with Elizabethan-era vocabulary) was a challenge for me throughout the project!

For those of you would rather WATCH the writings of Lucretius rather than READ them, here is a brief taste: the opening lines of the work, which amount to a hymn of praise to Venus (a rather curious way to start a discourse on Epicureanism, but hey, you gotta allow a guy a little poetic license!).

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