Chasing the Bard is a podcast audiobook by Philippa Ballantine that has, simply put, blown me away. From the brilliant writing, vivid imagery, superb voice talent, and magical feel (aided by perfectly placed music), Chasing the Bard is one of my favorite podcast audiobooks to date.
From the About on Chasing the Bard’s website:
Chasing the Bard was born in the imagination of New Zealand author Philippa Ballantine, ignited by her love of both history and Shakespeare which she had studied in university. Twining these two works with magic and bringing to life the world of the Fey, she was able to explore her own thoughts on what William Shakespeare would have been like as a person and not just as a near mythical figure. In 2005 DragonMoon Press bought these imagings to the page, and it was nominated the following year for the Sir Julius Vogel Award for fiction. With the imminent release of the sequel Digital Magic in 2008, Philippa decided to assemble a cast of some of the best and brightest in the podosphere to give voice to her characters.
I don’t want to give away anything with this one. Discovering the magic for yourself as it unfolds is worth it. Chasing the Bard is simply amazing. For anyone that loves or even likes fantasy, William Shakespeare, the fae, magic, or any combination of the above, check it out!
You can find Chasing the Bard at http://www.chasingthebard.com or by searching for Chasing the Bard on iTunes.