Brian reads...

Brian reads...

"What's this all about?"

I record myself reading various things, usually they are short stories or other things written by others. They are typically from my 10-volume set of Arthur Mee's Children's Encyclopedia, or from a book called Great True Stories of the Islands by Claude Williamson. Or, has proven quite popular 'The Unabomber Manifesto'. I aim to release a new episode each week and these are generally uploaded to Youtube.


You are welcome to get in touch (as some have already done) with recommendations of things for me to read, and I'll be sure to consider them.



From Arthur Mee's Children's Encyclopedia...

- Nekumonta -

As a side-project I set myself the task of reading this (not out loud) 10-volume set of Arthur Mee's Children's Encyclopedias which has been in my possession since childhood. Every so often I come across something that I decide to record. Such as this:

Nekumonta (4:12)


From Great True Stories of the Islands...

- Father Damien by Claude Williamson -

This book by Claude Williamson contains a number of short stories about 'islands'. Every so often I record one of these. This is the latest:

Father Damien by Claude Williamson (41:22)


From Arthur Mee's Children's Encyclopedia...

- Shakespeare -

In volume 9 of my set of Encyclopedia are some abridged versions of Shakespeare's comedies:

Shakespeare's 'The Two Men From Verona' (abridged) (9:26)
Shakespeare's 'The Comedy of Errors' (abridged) (5:19)
Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' (abridged) (9:16)
Shakespeare's 'All's Well That Ends Well' (abridged) (6:49)
Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shrew' (abridged) (8:22)
Shakespeare's 'Much To Do About Nothing' (abridged) (8:51)
Shakespeare's 'As You Like It' (abridged) (9:59)

Coming "soon":
 - Twelfth Night of What You Will
 - Measure for Measure
 - The Comedy of the Winter's Tale


- The Unabomber Manifesto -
aka 'Industrial Society and Its Future' by Ted Kaczynski.


This project, of reading, recording and uploading The Manifesto, spanned a number of weeks and is available in the following eight parts:

Part I (23:07)
Part II (20:46)
Part III (31:00)
Part IV (32:24)
Part V (31:46)
Part VI (27:35)
Part VII (50:29)
Part VIII (26:34)



Providence by George Herbert (11:26)


The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot (8:37)


Brian reads... on CD or Cassette...

Since I have accumulated a number of recordings, I plan to release some on CDs and even Audio Cassette (the novelty intrigues me).

The idea would be to list these for sale although I don't expect to make any money out of this endeavour (I realise my audience is small and demand for these things is smaller - I would just like to get my creations out into the world on a physical medium).

I therefore invite you, if you are interested in obtaining such a CD or Cassette, to get in touch to express your interest. From this I would like to reward someone at random, say once a month, with a free CD or cassette which I will post to anywhere in the world.


These CDs and Cassettes have not yet been created but the receiving of some interest is spurring me on! Perhaps let me know your thoughts, and if you are interested, what format you would prefer and where you are in the world. From this I will not use any details provided other than to send a "winner" a free recording.

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