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~ Podfic recs ~

So, as I have found it harder and harder to stay in front of a screen to get any fic-reading done, I replaced my fic-reading by fic-listening. Which is really cool because it's something I can do with my eyes closed, in bed and with no light on. The trick is to not fall asleep of course. But you can also listen to podfics while cooking, walking, shopping, internet surfing, eating, er.. and maybe working ?
I have linked the fics, and two audio format : m4b (audiobook format for Ipod - it's really cool because this way the podfic isn't mixed with your music, and there are nice book covers ^^) and the regular mp3 if you don't own an Ipod. As for me, I really don't like mp3s for podfics, because when the fic is long, you have to listen to it in one sitting, and it can be inconvenient. 
Also, I should say that none of the following links are mine. They all come from the amazing Jinjurly's audiofic archive. I has everything that's ever been made into a podfic (any genre and series, from manga to rps). I'm only showing you the way.

I'm still frustrated by the lack of HP podfics. The only ones I found were either very short, very bad, or read by a man with a very weird (russian ?) accent. :<

The most active fandoms are SGA, Supernatural (-_-,), Merlin (fairly new, but growing). I know there are some good Supernatural podfics, but the only ones I'm interested in are the AUs, since I don't like the show. So, sorry, I won't be reccing any SPN.

Those are only fics I loved, so obviously they're all recs, but I'll rate them from ♥ to ♥♥♥.

Stargate: Atlantis

The Hard Prayer written and read by rheanna27  ♥♥♥
~  text, m4b, mp3.
Length : 3:10:44.
Pairing : McShep
Rheanna's summary is : One year after the end of the world, John meets another survivor.
It's an apocalyptic AU. And so fascinating. If you like apocalyptic worlds, this one is for you. I'd even go as far as saying you'll probably love it even you've never seen a SGA episode in your life. Yes, it's that good.
Why I'm reccing it : Because I was so moved by this story that I had *dreams* about this apocalyptic world. It sort of reminded me of I am Legend, the movie I mean, except instead of a very confindent Will Smith, we follow a very damaged John Sheppard, slowly losing the will to go on and his mind along with it.
The writing is beautiful, the pacing is good. I never wanted these 3 hours to end. At some point, I remember thinking "Wow, this story doesn't even need to become slash !" because John and Rodney's relationship as strangers with nothing to live for but each other, doesn't need to be more than that.
I'm not sure why, but this story is a little spooky too. Maybe because the only apocalyptic stories I've read/seen always had these blood-thirsty monsters in them, and I listened to this in the dark while there was noone in my big house in the middle of nowhere.... Well anyway, I can only urge you to read/listen to it now.

Junk Cheap written by devildoll, read by zoetrope  ♥♥
text, m4b, mp3.
Length : 1:10:00.
Pairing : McShep
Summary as given by the author : If you were thinking you'd love to read an AU where Rodney is a college professor and John owns a junk shop, this is the story for you.
Why I'm reccing it : This was so funny ! XD I had read the fic quite some time before Zoetrope recorded it, but I must have read in another time, and listened to it 4 times since.
I think no previous knowledge of SGA is required to listen to this. I think one of the best part of the SGA fandom is the numerous possibilities of AU, and this one may not be the most original, but the writing is nice and full of humor, Rodney is so... Rodney. And John is very fanon!John (and by that I mean : ex-military gay sexy MENSA-smart and nice with the ladies! John. :P). I loved all the little daly life details and well it was just a very happy and warm story. Something to listen to on a rainy day. :)

The One With the Staplers written and read by icantfollow  ♥♥
~  text, mp3 only. :<
Length : 28:37.
Summary : John Sheppard is the receptionist for Pegasus Software, Inc. and Rodney McKay's their top computer programmer. They've been best friends for years, causing as much mayhem in the office as they dare under the watchful eye of regional manager Elizabeth Weir. Lately, though, John's been having these strange dreams about something called the Stargate Program and even stranger feelings for Rodney...
Why I'm reccing it : Too bad there's not podbook of this, because I love it. It's so cute and funny, and very clever too. It made me think of The Office, but with SGA characters. I love goofy John. <3 It's an AU... But not really. :)

Stand-In written and read by lamardeuse  ♥♥
text, m4b, mp3 for direct d/l here on Lamardeuse's podfic page.
Length : 45:27.
Pairing : McShep.
I love lamardeuse's fics. I love her writing and how she writes John and Rodney. This is not an AU, but I should warn you that it's a "Rodney finds a device that can turn him into a woman" kind of fic.
Why I'm reccing it : I love woman!Rodney ^^; I mean, it's been done a lot in this fandom. I don't know if it's because we have an exemple of what Rodney would have been if he'd been born female (because of Kate Hewlett, David Hewlett's sister in real life and in the show), or because of the Meredith thing, but it's certainly very popular. It's become a genre on its own. And this is one of the best fics of this genre. It's very cracky stuff and not that serious, it's sexy and cute.

Taglines & Dogtags written by icarusancalion, read by freemountin  ♥♥
text, m4b, mp3.
Length : 2:03:55.
Pairing : Sheppard/Lorne (well, I'd say GEN with a lot of UST).
Summary : Everyone wondered just where the nude pictures of Colonel Sheppard had come from.
I'm not a fan of Icarus' writing, but this is really interesting. You might be wondering "What ? Something that's not her OTP ??". Yes well, that's how you know a good fic. In this, Lorne is a photographer (it's almost canon, since in the show he er... paints. O_o;), and he asks John to model for him, which John automatically translates "I want to see that hot body of yours". XD
Why I'm reccing it : It was damn sexy. And I loved Lorne's voice in this. He's not an easy character to write, since we know next to nothing about him, but Icarus really captured a Lorne I'd loved to know more about. The military vs artistic nature of the story was really interesting as well. Not my pairing, but I thought the chemistry between these two was really perfect.


The Big Blue written and read by triedunture  ♥♥
text, m4b, mp3.
Length : 1:35:00.
Pairing : Wilson/House
I don't read House fics, but there came a time when there were no more SGA podfics worth listening to, so I was forced to stray from the path, and I found out something great : triedunture's writing of House and Wilson is fantastic.
Why I'm reccing it : Obviously, because there are so few good Wilson/House around, and people need to know they exist. Plus, I think triedunture's reading voice is really sexy. She has a deep almost groggy voice, and I discovered I liked that. ^^; It makes listening to podfic a lot easier when the accent and the tone of the voice is clear and loud enough. She's one of my favorite readers.

Discovery written by nakeno & recrudescence and read by triedunture ♥♥
text, m4b, mp3.
Length : 1:12:00
Pairing : Wilson/House
Summary : House investigates Wilson's porn stash and gets more than he bargained for.
Why I'm reccing it : This is really funny and snarky, with a side of cute. I like the writing, and how the evolution of Wilson and House's relationship feels natural and realistic. And triedunture's reading voice is a definite plus to the story. :)


MERLIN & A Random Collection of Firsts written by moonythestrals and read by emptybackpack
text, m4b, mp3.
Length : 1:44:33.
Pairing : Arthur/merlin (who else ? XD)
Summary : Arthur, Merlin, frat brothers, the Dragon, Arthur's BlackBerry, script writing, shitty hip-hop music, Dogma, FATE & DESTINY - oh God I wish I were joking.
So, I haven't read that many Merlin fics so far, so I'd like to rec more, but alas, it'll have to wait. But this one, I listened to in my bath, and I almost drowned laughing ! This a Merlin&Arthur are fratboys! AU. And they have to write a script for a movie. That's probably how the real show was made, if you want my opinion. XD
Why I'm reccing it : Duh ! Haven't you been listening ?! Fratboys !! Merlin and Arthur have conversations with words like "Dude" and "bro" and "smartass". XD Ahahah I can totally see it. Well, you just have to listen to (or read) it  to find out about the rest. I loved how the characters from the show were used in this fic and then used in the script (aw, confusing you yet ?). Especially the dragon. LOL. So, if you've seen Merlin, and thought "ohmygod this was sooo written by a bunch of teenagers !" ... or most likely "WTF ?!", this fic will be like a bible for you ! XD

Ok, that's all for now, but I hope to rec more soon. By the way, I'm always looking for more good podfics, so if you think you know one that I might like, please please rec away ! :D


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 17th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
I found this on a google search. Thank you for posting this.
Jun. 21st, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
Also here from google (do you realize this is the first entry for a google search on 'podfic recs'?), and just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed 'Junk Cheap'--thanks for recommending it!
Aug. 9th, 2011 04:54 am (UTC)
Googled "Junk Cheap" (second most favourite podfic, after "Them Other Boys Don't Know How to Act") and ended up here - thank you for this post! So many podfics I'd never even heard of! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Dec. 24th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to second everything you said about The Hard Prayer. It's one of my absolute favorites and my very first thought after reading it was that it was one of the best stories I've read, not just fanfic, and that even if I didn't know Rodney or John, I would have loved it just as much. Also, I was telling someone about the movie I Am Legend recently and just about included that there's this one part about finding signs for Greg Zema and... then I remembered it was from this fic, not that movie. It was just so vivid. Anyway, one of my favorites, I've read it I think three times, but never listened to the podfic, but I'm putting it on my to-do list! Thanks!
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