TooFar Media features the immersive story experiences of Rich Shapero, including Rin, Tongue and Dorner, Arms from the Sea, The Hope We Seek, Too Far and Wild Animus.
“A delirious fusion of fiction, music and art.” —The Village Voice

Rin, Tongue and Dorner: A Planning luminary of “Clemency”, a futuristic weather dome, hears female voices in his sleep and flies through the cosmos of his brain to find their source, discovering the violent, rapturous inner workings of human desire.
“Shapero displays an impressive command of the unconscious.” —Kirkus Reviews

Arms from the Sea: A young sculptor from the State of Salt swallows a poison pill that transports him to a watery heaven, whose monstrous, seductive creator reveals to him what it might mean to redeem a desolate world.
“A tangible encounter with the creative spirit.” —Moses Hacmon

The Hope We Seek: Zachary Knox, "the Bull's-Eye Telepath," heads north in search of gold, arriving at a mining camp where arduous labor, sustained by belief in the cult of Hope, promises an unearthly reward.
“Rich Shapero is a spellbinding storyteller.” —Howard Frank Mosher

Too Far: An exhilarating and heart-breaking story of an end to innocence that follows two six-year-olds as they take refuge from their turbulent homes by exploring the mysterious woodland beyond.
“Shapero displays an impressive command of the unconscious.” —Kirkus Reviews

Wild Animus: The quest for a “bliss beyond fear” drives a young idealist to the Alaskan wilderness where, alone with his dangerous ideas, he transforms himself into a wild creature, prey to a strangely familiar pack of wolves.
“Powerful and complex.” —Library Journal

About the Author:
Rich Shapero's stories plunge readers into unseen worlds. His projects—all available inside this app—combine fiction, music and visual art. The Hope We Seek earned him a 2015 Digital Book World award for best adult fiction app. He lives with his wife and daughters in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Features include:
• Fully integrated music players in each story experience
• 85 original tracks written by Rich Shapero, Elsiane and Orenda Fink (Azure Ray), featuring vocals by Orenda Fink, Marissa Nadler, Maria Taylor (Azure Ray) and musical contributions from Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes), Marc Ribot (John Zorn/Tom Waits), Son of Dave (Crash Test Dummies), Eric Drew Feldman (Captain Beefheart/PJ Harvey) and more
• Stunning high-res Visionary art by Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Donald Pass and François Burland
• Bonus audio feature, Wild Animus: 50 Years Later
• Bonus video featuring Elsiane's live performance of a track from Rin, Tongue and Dorner.

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What's New

Version 1.5.5

Introducing Rin, Tongue and Dorner, a new immersive story experience by Rich Shapero, featuring music by Montreal-based band Elsiane and Visionary art by Eugene Von Bruenchenhein. Includes a bonus video of Elsiane performing a track from the story, live.

Ratings and Reviews

3.1 out of 5
123 Ratings
123 Ratings

TooFar Media

While on vacation, I recently was searching for a new book to read online when I discovered the TooFar Media app by Rich Shapero on ITunes. I was very interested in the concept of combining a wok of fiction with both original music and original art for one completely immersive and interactive experience for the reader. This app did not disappoint my expectations. I easily downloaded and selected one of Rich Shapero’s fictional works, Wild Animus, on the TooFar Media app. Wild Animus is a colorful and brilliant complex description of one man’s journey to self- discovery by living and evolving into a primal form in the wilderness of Alaska. The story is beautifully written although it does not take a traditional route in the timeline for Sam, the main character. Mr. Shapero’s story is accompanied on the TooFar Media app by coordinating music, the majority of which was also created by Rich Shapero. In addition to both the story and music, artwork by Donald Pass is also included to complete the immersive experience. After reading Wild Animus, I will definitely use the app again to enjoy another one of Rich Shapero’s interactive literary experiences.


Interesting idea

The concept of interactive fiction is an interesting one. When I first heard of this app, I almost expected it to be an adult version of a choose your own adventure novel, but that’s what this is. It’s more of a reading experience. The story is combined with music and art specifically chosen to go with the story. It’s a very interesting idea. Who doesn’t like to listen to music while reading? This way it’s not just random music you’re listening to, but something that compliments the story. There’s also art work that goes with the story. It’s not so much an interactive look, but a more immersive experience.

The design of the app takes a minute to learn, but once you do it’s very easy to use. To read the story it’s a simple swipe left or right. But you can do other things like split the page in half so you can get a closer look at the music and art work. I’ve never tried to have that kind of experience and I like it a lot.

So far the only story I’ve been able to read is Wild Animus, but it was enough to get me hooked. The
story telling is great and really pulls you into the characters and action. Once you start reading, it’s hard
to put down. I will say my only regret is this kind of thing isn’t available on a computer. I’m not usually a big fan of reading on my phone, but for this type of book, I’ll make an exception.


The future of reading

I’ve actually always turned on certain music while reading certain books it was really exciting to put that in someone else’s hands. I got this book for free at the Texas book Festival and it was absolutely worth it I love all aspects of the app and book. And the person who thought it was going to be a choose your own adventure type of thing needs to go back to goosebumps...

Keep up the great work

Developer Response

Happy to hear you liked Rich Shapero's storytelling fusing fiction, music and art!


Too Far LLC
162.7 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
© 2016 TooFar Media


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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