Album: Stargate Universe Track: Proto-Encryption
Author & Narrator: Robert Carlyle and Michael Shanks Plays: 236
designations congruent with things is killing me
then i search it on tumblr and holy shit i am not alone
LOL - no, you are *not*. Not by half :) Welcome to the obsession!
CWR + elementals Audiobooks ~ they’re demanding to listen to, or, Love Letter to the Fans
I was chatting with an audiobook listener this morning about the all-absorbing nature of listening to Designations, and got to thinking of this post. I wrote this months and months back to then-listeners of Force over Distance. A large number of you have moved on to the audio for Designations Congruent with Things, plus hundreds of new listeners - and all of these thoughts and sentiments still apply. So it’s time for another letter to the fans of the audiobooks of CWR’s writing :)
Recently, I’ve had several conversations with Force over Distance listeners in which they note a post-chapter reaction of feeling stunned and overwhelmed by feels - that it’s so intense, ‘burns so brightly’ as one listener put it, that it has to be digested before people can comment. Or, you know, think sequential coherent thoughts :D
Each person who’s brought this up has had nothing but good things to say about the podfic - indeed, these are some of the most loyal, consistent listeners who love the story so much that they take it to heart, as Force over Distance fans have been doing since cleanwhiteroom first started writing it.
Like these listeners, I have the greatest loyalty to stories (written, TV, film) that bring me so fully into the world-building and the characters that I respond with deeply felt emotion (not to be confused with stories that rely on shock value or titillation or jerking the reader around emotionally). The best art inspires strong feelings in people, allows us to examine aspects of Being A Human by proxy, teaches us something about ourselves. Force over Distance does these things and manages to be a suspenseful, heart warming, lyric, sensual story into the bargain. That goes for Maths, double - and Ad Noctum at 90 degrees to, um, sanity :D
Our decision to trend the recordings toward full on Performance as opposed to simply narrating the text, is really what the writing demands and I LOVE doing it this way; but FoD is an incredibly intense story for what is essentially a psychological drama and character driven plot and it can be more intense to *hear and imagine* it than it would be to *watch an episode* with the same content. There’s something very intimate about listening to someone tell a story right in your ears that bypasses a lot of our acculturated defenses against intense content in film.
The performances are very demanding. I finished recording Ch 45 covered in sweat and with a wicked headache - it’s a chapter with people being harrrsh to each other, whew! Such amazing dialog writing on CWR’s part! Even editing them is very intense - imagine listening to 3 different takes of, say, Young being absolutely furious…and then hearing the whole thing multiple times as I edit for continuity of sound. Ch 45, again, had my heart pounding and my *palms sweating* for the whole editing process :D
The razor sharp writing that makes FoD so much a whole and coherent story demands a lot from the listener/reader…and people respond to that with not only a lot of emotion but a lot of loyalty to the story.
BUT IT’S VERY INENSE TO LISTEN TO, BOTTOM LINE, and I respect that people need time to process (or epic emails to me or CWR to process :D) and especially respect that they consider that a valuable part of the experience of the story. It flat out takes endurance - and it is a huge compliment to cleanwhiteroom’s abilities as a writer that the loyalty the story inspires makes listeners completely willing to put forth that effort.
And for those who include my performance abilities in that equation of ‘makes the audiobook worth the effort to listen to and love’, well, I am continually moved by those who write to tell me it is so :)
Thanks, you guys ~ you are nothing short of wonderful.
hermann threatening to overthrow mankind because of mental instability on newton’s part made me coo.
that is not something that should make one coo.
the extent of destruction promised in retribution for a torn mind is not a pleasant outcome to consider.
bad invisible. bad.
Hermann’s rage there is…ugh. Yes.
BUT ITS THE SWEETEST THING
Seriously that part in I think its chapter 10? RUINS ME EVERY TIME
Every single time we re-recorded the Interlude, I loved delivering that paragraph. Heh.
i can completely understand why haha
i loved that part so much like just. heart. cannot take. too much caring.
- Everyone on an active tag: OMG THERE'S A SPOILER FOR THE NEXT SEASON AND HERE'S A BUNCH OF FAN ART AND EDITS AND THEORIES AND FAN FICS AND PHOTOS AND EVERYTHING IS SO UP TO DATE!
- Me on a dead tag: woo hoo this tag is awesome! .....where is everybody? -silence-
- [SGU fans are out here!!]