Bob Kuhn reads from ‘Oracle’s Fire’

If you recall, I and a few other antipodean authors were recently given the opportunity to have our works read out at Worldcon, in Reno. The voiceover artist doing the readings was Bob Kuhn, and he subsequently made podcasts of the excerpts for us to use elsewhere. 

I’ve chosen to share with you the one from ‘Oracle’s Fire’ first, in honour of the book’s release. Bob has a classic reading voice in the descriptive passages, but gives character dialogue a great deal of what may be termed ‘local colour’ – and that colour, I found to my delight in this excerpt, fit the characters in question completely. So here without further ado is Bob Kuhn’s reading from ‘Oracle’s Fire’. 

Jedda is stumbling through the canopy at night, on the run from the Envoy and without a friend in sight…


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I didn’t want to spoil the effect for those listening for the first time, so don’t read this until you’ve heard the excerpt. But I wanted to reiterate how much I enjoyed the ‘Aussieness’ of Bob’s interpretation of Lud – it was perfect and frankly the long drawn out ‘shiiiiiiiiiiiiiit’ had me laughing aloud. Yes, yes, yes, we have all met people like this, characters who combine a great deal of adolescent whine with incipient violence. That guy who breaks into your car and doesn’t manage to steal a thing – the fourteen year old who bullies ten year olds leaving school – the sad fool who steals children’s bikes but then sells them under his real name on Trade Me – there’s Lud.

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4 Responses to Bob Kuhn reads from ‘Oracle’s Fire’

  1. Kim Falconer says:

    OMG what a wonderful dip into the amazing world you have created, Mary. Ha! Characters coming to life. I am so looking forward to Oracle’s Fire!

    Woot! 🙂 KIm

    • MaryV says:

      So glad to hear it Kim! I think you’ll enjoy Jedda’s return in Book 3… One of my favourite characters to write. 🙂

  2. ashleycapes says:

    Very cool! I’ve definitely heard that accent (actually, I hear it every day at school, hahaha, though not so strong or thuggish of course 🙂 )

    • MaryV says:

      I feel for you… the nasal edge must be highly annoying when transferred to a question about homework! (But woi das it hayv to be 1000 wuds lang, teach? shiiiiiiiiiiit…)

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