Alderpod - The Aldersgate Cycle Podcast
By Natania Barron
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The Aldersgate is a steampunk western of epic scale, where the fate of the world rests on a final showdown between steam and sorcery. Cora Grey is a seventeen year old Alderclass girl who loves stories of chivalry and romance. But it isn't easy being one of only five girls in Vell, the small Territories town where her father is the Alderman. Just as she finally musters up the courage to tell her best friend, the blacksmith's son Brick, how she truly feels about him, all the hells break loose. The Order of the Oak, the Queen's messenger knights, sweep through Vell and abduct all Alderclass girls--including Cora's younger sister Denna. Cora narrowly escapes with the help of her maid Gem, and the town's eccentric inventor, a diminutive woman named Professor. They descend into darkness and Cora finds herself an unwelcome guest in a wondrous underground city called the Nithings, inhabited by the peculiar Sibs. Which would be welcome--except that the Sibs, and their home, aren't supposed to exist outside of fairy stories at all. Cora's story, along with those of the bard Emry Roy, the knight Sir Sylvan DeLoire, Princess Ellinora, and the queen's high counselor Kaythra Bav, sets the stage for a coming war between technology and magic and draw them all toward the Aldersgate, where the final outcome will determine the fate of their world.
||CleanAlderpod #32 – Epilogue and Excerpt||At (very) long and (truly) last, Alderpod #32 is live. There were a few reasons that it took so long, and most of them have to do with having a three-year-old, writing other stuff, working as a freelancer, and technical issues. I literally recorded this a||10/8/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #31 – Chapters 28 and 29||Chapter 28 – As It Goes; Chapter 29 – Fire & Rain Well. There you go. The last two chapters in one long podcast. The reason? I was definitely in a groove recording this, and I wanted to keep that energy going throughout the recording. Sinc||7/9/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #30 – Chapter 27: Precipice||Chapter 27: Precipice I’m just crankin’ these out, huh? Well, finally (finally!) the audio issue is resolved. The setup works, and works so much better than what I had before. I cannot tell you the frustration! I hope you’ll hear the dif||6/30/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #29 – Chapter Twenty-Six: Preparation||Chapter 26: Preparation Once again, here we are. I’ve been having a little bit of frustration with my recording equipment, and hopefully by the end of this week I’ll have a totally new setup: phantom power here I come! I’m working on way||6/28/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #28 – Chapter Twenty-Five: Lost and Found||Alderpod #28 – Chapter Twenty-Five: Lost and Found Without further ado, here is Chapter 25. Once again we are back at Vezina Ranch with the Order of the Oak, and Cora and her friends. I’ve got a few notes at the end of the chapter as usual, so||6/22/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #27 – Chapter 24: In the Belly of the Beast||Chapter 24: In the Belly of the Beast Yes, another chapter! I had meant to get this out on my birthday, the 14th, as a sort of hobbitish mathom gesture. But that didn’t quite work out. I’m in the process of editing #29, so look for that in a f||6/15/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #26 – Chapter 23: Betrayal in the Key of G||Alderpod #26 – Chapter 23: Betrayal in the Key of G I am just about back on a biweekly schedule again with the remaining chapters of The Aldersgate! This is cause for celebration. Up to Chapter 23 already, which is a scarce six from the Very End. Ho||6/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #25 – Castledeck and the Arabella||Alderpod #25 – Castledeck and the Arabella No, don’t adjust your feed. You’re reading it right: twenty-five episodes and counting! *throws confetti* It just so turns out that today’s Alderpod is a little divergence from the norm, b||5/27/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #24: Chapter 22 – Lady Vezina||Alderpod #24: Chapter 22 – Lady Vezina Finding a little time on my hands this rainy day, I have recorded Chapter 22, Alderpod #24. I am trying hard to make up for lost time, and now that the book is creeping toward the final climax, that’s onl||5/26/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #23 – Chapter 21 – Kaythra Bav||Alderpod #23 – Chapter 21: Kaythra Bav After much delay, Alderpod #23 is here. The lateness is regretful, but necessary. As you may have read, my sister is fighting Hodgkin Lymphoma, so I–as well as my family–have been out to California.||5/21/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #22 – Chapter 20: The Merry Gentleman||Alderpod #22 is live! Huzzah. I was going to do a special video podcast of this one, but that did not pan out. Instead, it only delayed the finishing of this one. Grr. Ah, well. What can be done? There are a few short noes at the end of this (Brick) chapt||4/7/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #21: Chapter Nineteen – Princess, Priceless||Alderpod #21: Chapter Nineteen – Princess, Priceless Alderpod #21 is live! Huzzah. I had this all but uploaded right before I left for the West Coast, and then my son spilled (more) ice water on the MacBook, and we had to let it dry. Unfortunately b||3/16/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #20 – Chapter Eighteen – Departure||Chapter Eighteen: Departure This is the real Alderpod #20–forgive me if anyone accidentally ends up with doubles, but there was an issue with iTunes taking the song .mp3 rather than the podcast. If anyone is having issues still, please let me know.||2/28/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #19 – Chapter Seventeen: Welcome||Alderpod #19 – Chapter Seventeen: Welcome Huzzah! Another chapter done. Instead of putting my notes here, I decided to go ahead and babble a bit at the end of this one. So stay tuned at the end for ramblings and insight (hopefully…haha). IR||2/18/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #18 – Chapter Sixteen: Tarnish||Alderpod #18 – Chapter Sixteen: Tarnish Back to the castle, and the doings of Sylvan and Ellinora (yes a chapter with two…two…TWO PoVs!). News of the dissolution of the Order of the Asp has arrived, and Libby is not happy. Meanwhile, Ell||2/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #17 – Chapter Fifteen: Figments||Alderpod #17 – Chapter Fifteen: Figments No, you did not read this wrong. Yes, I’ve recorded another chapter. Sure, part of it is because I feel bad I haven’t been able to do the whole biweekly thing with the cold, but more than anything||1/22/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #16 – Chapter Fourteen: The Nithings||Alderpod #16 – Chapter Fourteen: The Nithings Yes, I totally say “fifteen” and “thirteen” at the beginning of this. I will fix. Numbers confuse me even when my mind is running at full capacity. – Yay fixed!! After a len||1/20/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #15 – Chapter Thirteen: Initiation Rites||Chapter Thirteen – Initiation Rites Don’t think this is going to be a habit or anything, but here’s the next Alderpod. Yes, indeed–and in spite of the sniffles! We join up once again with Brick and the Order of the Asp and learn ab||12/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #14 – Chapter Twelve: Dark Dreams, Darling||And chapter 12, aka, Alderpod #14… I discovered cabernet sauvingnon to be a good accompaniment to this particular piece. And I will admit to you two things: the beginning is a little wonky, but bear with me–I spliced two chapters together and||12/8/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #13 – Chapter Eleven: Dalliance||Chapter Eleven: Dalliance Huzzah! After hitting 25K for NaNoWriMo, and the official halfway point, I celebrated by recording Chapter Eleven of The Aldersgate. I won’t be able to stay away come December, I tell you. I’m just itching to get back||11/16/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #12 – Chapter Ten: Fiddles in the Dark||Chapter Ten: Fiddles in the Dark, aka, Alderpod 12 is now live! Into the Nithings we go, and we learn more about what it is that the Sibs are, and what exactly our bard thinks of Cora Grey.Posted in blog, Book, fantasy, Podcast, podcasting, steampunk, wor||10/31/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #11 – Chapter Nine: Remembrance||Alderpod 11 – Chapter Nine: Remembrance Yay! Alderpod #11 is alive and kicking. I must say, due to variety of characters in this particular chapter, I had more fun reading this than any other of the chapters to date. As someone who’s always lo||10/20/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #10 – Chapter Eight: Below||Alderpod #10: Chapter Eight – Below Podcasting has been moving at the speed of light as of late; not only do I have #10 ready, but I also have recorded and finished #11, and #12 is just awaiting editing. Funny what happens when you don’t have||10/17/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #9 – Chapter Seven: Sylvan DeLoire||I now introduce to you, officially, Sylvan DeLoire, bastard nephew of Queen Maelys, assassin, and ladykiller (figuratively, and occasionally literally). And, by way of a strange little old woman, the Aldersgate, too. Sylvan is one of my favorite character||10/7/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #8 – Chapter Six – Man of the Open Road||I present to you now Alderpod #8 – Chapter Six – Man of the Open Road, mostly completed… There are sections of this that may or may not be in the final version… but I have always liked this chapter as it is all about Emry; he’||9/27/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #7 – Chapter Five – Attention||Chapter Five, Alderpod #7 (or six… if you start at 000…) is live! Shoot-outs and airships are just the beginning. This chapter introduces one of my favorite characters to date, Sir Gawen of Fenlie. His analogue is, of course, Sir Gawain, of th||8/18/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #6 – Chapter Four: Blooming Day||Huzzah! Alderpod #6 is up, and it takes off where #2 left off, with Cora Grey returning home just as the Order of the Oak arrive in Vell during the Blooming Day dance. This one took a while to get together, as yours truly is an occasional technological ni||7/30/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #5 – Chapter Three: The Bard||It’s here! Alderpod #5 – Chapter Four: The Bard I am super excited about Podcast #5. I’m learning as I go along here, and have a new microphone that, at first was more headache than anything. But now, with a pop screen I think the qualit||6/30/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #4 – In Which I Babble About Fantasy Writing||I present Alderpod #4 which contains lots of babbling and chattering on my behalf, and relatively little in the way of story (and is listed as #3, but is really #4… or the fourth… if you count the first as zero). I’m hoping to record Ald||6/1/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #3 – Chapter Two: Brick Smithson||In which we meet our other hero… of a sort. Brick is the son of the local town smith, Jeck–and as we’ve learned in the first chapter, his relationship with his best friend Cora has, well, changed some. This is also our first foray into P||5/5/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #2 – Chapter One: Cora Grey||I’ve always loved reading aloud, and being read to. As part of my own writing process, I read and record chapters, mostly to feel out how the writing is working, and to judge the overall flow of words. After sharing these chapters with my husband an||4/23/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlderpod #1 – Prologue||I had one crazy weekend, but I finally have a version of my first podcast for AG. I run the risk of being a huge geek doing this, but that, of course, has never swayed me before. Take a listen! Look for more posts soon. Listen to Alderpod #1 Here!||4/22/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
Well worth the listen
This is an interesting story line with some creative twists and turns that will keep you listening. It is well narrated with some wonderful musical additions. Not that I am anyone special but I reccomend this novel to all.
Well-written, well-read, and great music
I'm really enjoying the Aldersgate Cycle so far. It's a well-written novel with a great pace, engaging characters, and a really awesome soundtrack. Natania's narration is easy on the ears and her music is fantastic. Not every free "podiobook" is comparable to a fully produced audiobook, but this one certainly is.
A touch of steampunk, a dash of fantasy, throw in a hint of romance, and you have a great podiobook
Everyone has their own unique take on what steampunk is. Natania's version is 5 parts brass, goggles and airships, 2 parts fantasy with a slight hint of Celtic fae, 2 parts western, and 1 part romance, audioably shaken, stirred, and mixed at 375 degrees for 32 episodes.
The result is a warm, yummy treat whose unique aromas and flavours cover up a few bland tastes.
In other hands, the odd mix of genres could Natania uses could come across as schizophrentic, but for the most part the author shows a talent for letting the story dictate when to use each, and not the other way around.
The ending was not as final as I would had hoped, but given it is the first book of a series that was its job; leave me content, but wanting the next nibble. It was successful in that.
There were a few audio tribbles to deal with, especially in the earlier episodes, but the author seemed to adapt and produce higher quality work as the series progressed.
This is a definte subscribe if you're looking for a good, entertaining story.