Communion Of Dreams


A good friend – the one who actually got me started in book conservation (and has written a brilliant book on her time in the UICB program) – was by to visit for the first time in a long while. No discredit to her, we were just unable to have guests for the last year or two of caring for Martha Sr.

Anyway, last night, over a glass of wine and chatting, she handed over a wrapped package. “Your Christmas gift.”

(We’ve always been close enough friends that such things can be done whenever the timing works out, rather than obsessing over calendar pages.)

I unwrapped it. A small CD/DVD travel case. I unzipped it – and saw the first disc labeled “Communion of Dreams by James T. Downey.”

I was stunned. Gobsmacked, the Brits say.

My friend’s husband (also my friend – I’ve known them since they were first married) does custom audio books. He’d read Communion of Dreams last year, and really liked it. And together they conspired to produce the book as an unabridged audio production. 12 CDs worth.

I’m not sure yet just how long that is – I’m guessing about 20 hours. I just listened to the first chapter last night – and it was brilliant! A wonderful adaptation of the text, with some fun interpretations of the characters. Over the next few days I’ll get nothing much else done, I’m guessing, as I listen to the thing. Wow.

And here’s the best part: I have permission to use the MP3 versions that also came along with the gift as podcasts!

My good lady wife is starting to do the work of adapting my CoD site to host the MP3 files, and once we have all the details worked out, those will be available as a free download as well.

This is really cool – and really exciting! Just this past weekend downloads of the text of the book surpassed 7,750. I was just starting to think of contacting agents/publishers again – now having the podcasts of the book available will really help to promote the thing and make it easier to arrange conventional publishing.

Very, very cool!

Jim Downey

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Awesome! That is really a great gift! Thanks for sharing it (the news) with us and hope we can all hear it soon!

Comment by Steve Tuck

Hey Doc, thanks for stopping by!

Yeah, looks like things are coming together to put the MP3 files on the site. With luck, will have those up in the next day or two – once we make sure that I’ve got adequate bandwidth to handle the downloads. The total files are over a gig, so need to plan a bit ahead.

I’m into chapter 3 of the discs, and just lovin’ it so far – it’s really a hoot to hear this translated to audio.

Jim D.

Comment by Communion of Dreams

Sweet! I am so looking forward to this! I can listen to your book while working in the studio!

Will you be able to provide very simple directions for us old dinos who don’t have an iPod?


Comment by Spike

Glad you’re pumped about it, Spike.

You should be able to download it to any MP3 player or just play it on your computer. If you download it to computer, you could then burn it to discs. Get the D-man to do it for you – he’s under 50. 😉

Jim D.

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[…] I have been *really* enjoying the audio version of Communion of Dreams, which I discussed in my last post. And I think you will too, once we work out some additional logistical things on the hosting end […]

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Har har, you whipper-snapper! Come here so I can bash you with my cane!!!

He’s totally consumed with work and some very cool artifacts that he’s making for his Laurel ceremony as well as gifts for the new Baronage.

I may just have to put on my big girl panties and cowboy up!

hee hee

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[…] Science Fiction OK, I’m a little less than halfway through the audio files that I’ve written about recently. Listening to the production is really compelling for me, perhaps moreso than it […]

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[…] listening again to the audio version of Communion, done by Scot Wilcox of OwnMade AudioBooks, and discussed previously. I just enjoy hearing his […]

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[…] tip to Scot of OwnMade AudioBooks (who did the unabridged production of Communion available on my site) for the heads […]

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