Going Public…In Shorts: With Johnny Heller and Robert Fass

Adam Boretz -- June 1st, 2013

GP_FINAL_2400x2400The audiobook community is giving back! Spoken Freely, a group of more than 30 professional narrators, has teamed with the Going Public Project to celebrate June is Audiobook Month 2013 by offering a serialized audio story collection: Going Public…in Shorts.

Each narrator has recorded a short piece from the public domain, including the work of Chekhov, Twain, Chopin, Poe, Lovecraft, Fitzgerald, Joyce, Wilde and many others — even Lincoln’s pivotal Second Inaugural Address. All proceeds will go to literacy advocacy organization Reach Out and Read.

Throughout June, one or two stories will be released each day via the Going Public blog, as well as on various author and book blogs, with each participating narrator hosted by a different blogger. As a “Thank you!” to listeners, stories will be available online for free for one week following their release. The full schedule of story release dates and narrator appearances is available at Going Public.


It’s all legs, all the time, as Johnny Heller, Robert Fass, and I help kick of Going Public…In Shorts at Recorded Books.

Excited to kick off Going Public…In Shorts on PWxyz, Johnny Heller and Robert Fass joined me at Recorded Books in New York City, where we recorded the following interview about the project and all things audio.

And now, without further ado, check out Heller’s fantastic reading of “Skip Tracer Bullets” by Joe Archibald:

And give a listen to Fass’s truly terrific narration of Washington Irving’s “The Spectre Bridegroom:”

In collaboration with Blackstone Audio, stories will also be available for download purchase at Downpour, with the full compilation available beginning June 30th. CLICK HERE to purchase Heller’s Reading of “Skip Tracer Bullets” and CLICK HERE to purchase Fass’s narration of “The Spectre Bridegroom.” All sales proceeds go directly to Reach Out and Read, which serves more than 4 million children and their families across the nation, with an emphasis on aiding those in low-income communities.

Going Public…in Shorts is made possible by the efforts of the Spoken Freely narrators and many others who donated their time and energy to bring it to fruition. Engineering and mastering provided by Jeffrey Kafer and SpringBrook Audio. Graphic design provided by f power design. Project coordination and executive production provided by Xe Sands.

And don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for the next installment of Going Public…In Shorts at Linus’s Blanket.

One thought on “Going Public…In Shorts: With Johnny Heller and Robert Fass

  1. Robert

    Adam, it was a true pleasure to crowd into the booth with you and Johnny for this interview, and thanks so much for helping get the rolling thunder moving for June Is Audiobook Month. Must add two attributions for this entry, if I may: big thanks to engineer extraordinaire Marc Avila and also to Jo Anna Perrin for the swell photo!


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