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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Radio Reading Between Christmas Tunes?

Whether you’re planning your road trip to Grandmother’s house or you’re spending hours next to the tree wrapping gifts, chances are you’re spending a little time listening to the radio sound system.

Are the holiday songs beginning to drive you nuts? But you don’t have time to sink into an audio book during your family drive or gift-wrapping session?

Here’s a solution for you! How about a short, refreshing burst of fiction from NPR? I have seven lucky Tracks readings that aired on WYPR’s The Signal. Each one is between 10 and 15 minutes or so, set to music and sometimes even sound effects. You can listen to any or all of them at

In a nutshell, here’s the audio assortment. And note that you don’t have to download them—just click the link and hit the “play” button.

Mountain of Sand

A poet tries to find his muse on the train in a story NPR describes as "a tale about the limits of luck and the curse of easy fame."

Prewitt's Plans

Despite his diligent planning, Prewitt finds that his best-laid plan may be to put aside his daily planner.

A Good Beer Needs a Good Stein

A couple relearns a valuable lesson as they focus on a collectible beer stein and all it represents.

The Silences

A love story, of sorts, about a young couple and the silences slithering between them.


Returning to Baltimore to take care of the death of her parents, Joan doesn't want to become the head of the family. She wants to lose herself in love.

One Last Hit

An aging mobster contemplates his initiation into a life of crime as he works his way out of it.


Christi must make a decision on the train: leave her boyfriend and Baltimore or turn down a future career in Chicago.

More fulfilling than an eighth rendition of “Jingle Bells.” Less time commitment than the audio version of War and Peace. Escape that fifth play of “Christmas Shoes” before you turn to a Scrooge! Tune into

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