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TA0122_The Masque of the Red Death

 

The Masque of the Red Death

WRITTEN BY:
Edgar Allan Poe

NARRATED BY:
Michael Anthony Scott

The test of a true literary masterpiece is its relevance throughout history, enduring because it assaults the core foundations of the human condition. THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH transcends a mere macabre horror fiction but delves into the nature of human beings as it reacts to perennial invasions of a deathly disease. This is a story about the NOW, modern civilization’s reaction to the unavoidable contagions of death, exposing the frailty of human restriction. It’s a story about human arrogance, illustrating the notion that modern civilization thinks it has more control over nature than it in fact has, that wealth and power can avoid disease, and the reliance on the powerful psychological transformation of fear into indulgent festivities as a shield against microscopic invasion. The rich discard the poor, running to private enclaves of safety.

However, the revelry of humanity is an illusion. Nature exhibits “Radical Egalitarianism,” an unwillingness to accept differences in talent, power, money, and aptitude as a mitigating factor to its onslaught. Regardless of the beauty of a metaphorical castle, the luxuriance of the setting, or the strength of will possessed by the enthroned, no mortal can escape the creeping death of contagion.

THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH continues Poe’s macabre Gothic horror fiction style of storytelling. Poe makes every word count, every symbolism explode with a multiplicity of meaning, and as always sets an ominous mood that does not disappoint.

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PoeEdgar Allan Poe

This American poet and writer is best known for his tales of mystery, horror and sheer terror, at least for the Victorian Age of the mid-1800s, which was his early audience.

TA0110: The Enlightenment of Edward the Billy Goat

The Enlightenment of Edward the Billy Goat

WRITTEN BY:
Michael Anthony Scott

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

In the hubbub of today’s modern world, we find two beautiful creatures attempting to create a new world religion that will bring world peace and make them extremely rich in the process.

Edward the Billy goat lives on Kensington Mountain when he spots Josh Pummelgrass meditating in a beautiful meadow. As Edward begins to converse with Josh, he learns about a spectacular religious and business venture that boggles his mind. Edward persists in having Josh explain the details of his plan until Edward becomes part of the enterprise. At the end of the entire life-affirming process, Edward finds enlightenment and becomes St. Edward the Enlightened as Kensington Mountain continues its natural flow.

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Michael Anthony Scott

Michael Anthony Scott is a writer, voice-over narrator, and executive producer for ThoughtAudio.com. His goal is to provide THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE to everyone throughout the globe. He feels that classic literature and philosophy help develop insights to the modern world and helps develop reading and listening enjoyment and self-enrichment to anyone willing to participate.

 

TA0118: Notes from the Underground

Notes from the Underground

WRITTEN BY:
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

It is no wonder that Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground was at the forefront of Existentialism. It is difficult to get past the main character’s anti-social, antagonistic personality at first. They were then, as they are now, seen as deviant and destructive characteristics exhibited for no other reason than to wreak havoc on those around him. However, reading past his persona lies a deeper and more abstract version of the early industrial revolution’s impact on people living in the emerging cities of that time. The character reflects his alienating environment rather than a destructive personality. The themes of the story reflect the destruction of values educated people at the time cherished, and now missing with the advent of the loss of individuality and identity. The core value the story unveils is nature and prevention THE MOST ADVANTAGEOUS ADVANTAGE. The emergence of science threatens a person’s Free Will, and when lost, the destructive means taken to retrieve individuality over scientific understanding of the nature of people.

We undertook the adaptation of Notes from the Underground to clean away the tangential distractions in expression, and to reveal the story in a more understandable way. We did not change the meaning of essential thoughts of the main character but enhanced the readability of the story. We felt the often confusing grammatical structure is why so many people walked away from the novel with an unsavory taste or in an overall confusion of the deeper issues. Notes from the Underground is a modern story still taking place today. Modern mental ailments, addictions, and violence have a large part of their source in people living in a modern underground.

There are two parts to Notes from the Underground. We produced Part I because we felt it conveyed more of  Dostoyevsky’s theory. Part II delves more into the character’s lonesomeness and alienation that sadly expresses itself in situational interactions with people. We have queued the production of Part II and hope to have it available online soon.

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Dostoyevsky was a Russian novelist and philosopher, whose works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmosphere of 19th century Russia. In addition to Notes from the Underground, his other popular works include Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot, and Demons.

 

TA0111: The Serengeti Grasshopper

The Serengeti Grasshopper

WRITTEN BY:
Michael Anthony Scott

NARRATED BY:
Michael Scott

Serengeti Grasshopper is an anthropological look at human nature through the eyes of three delightful animals living in the Serengeti. We find the newly born grasshopper jubilantly discovering and enjoying life, and immediately uncovering life’s hardships when he becomes hungry. Food is a new experience for him, and he does not understand the basic concepts of nutrition for survival. Fortunately, an intelligent ant comes along, one versed in the psychological and social well-being of animals living in the Serengeti. Not only does the ant show the grasshopper what to do to survive, he provides a more philosophical understanding of the hard rules of life on the Serengeti.

A dung beetle happens along flinging his prized lion’s dung and stops for an insightful discussion with the ant and grasshopper. We find the dung beetle has his own personal problems involving his marriage and his lack of understanding of the deeper psychological mechanism underpinning the marriage dynamic. The ant provides him with some valuable insight, again delving deeper into the problem to reach the foundational core of the issues involved. After a near death experience by an elephant, the three Serengeti animals become friends, and find their mutual talents cascading into wondrous adventures helping animals throughout the world.

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Michael Anthony Scott

Michael Anthony Scott is a writer, voice-over narrator, and executive producer for ThoughtAudio.com. His goal is to provide THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE to everyone throughout the globe. He feels that classic literature and philosophy help develop insights to the modern world and helps develop reading and listening enjoyment and self-enrichment to anyone willing to participate.