NEXT MINUTE DELIVERY of a TOUR DE FORCE

Adults love it, but kids really do, because it’s filled with too many driveway moments to mention. Odds Bodkin’s THE ODYSSEY: AN EPIC TELLING is four hours long. That’s plenty of imaginative audio for long family drives. And as a download, it delivers to your device in no time.

If you’ve never heard it, take Professor James Tatum of the Dartmouth Department of Classic’s recommendation: “This closest thing we have to a Homeric performance. A tour de force.”

You can hear samples here.

 

 

 

SALE ENDS TOMORROW! Odds Bodkin Story Drives

40% Off on Odds Bodkin’s story drives ends tomorrow, December 10th. Check them out. Instant downloads of individual titles always available, too!

Explore a world of myths, folktales, legends and original stories, told with live music, here.

THE WINTER CHERRIES HOLIDAY STORIES free admission Saturday in NH

Join Odds Bodkin and his musical instruments for a free family performance this Saturday, Dec. 8th at J and F Farms in Derry, New Hampshire. Enjoy the live animals, the great gift possibilities and three heart-warming Holiday tales.

The Winter Cherries: Holiday Tales from Around the World at 1 pm!

 

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol this Wednesday Evening in NH

This coming Wednesday evening I’m performing A Christmas Carol: In Dickens’ Own Words. About ten years ago I crafted it from Dickens’ original novella down to an hour-long show, but kept it exclusively in his own words. When he toured America performing it, he stood behind a lectern and read his story with character voices and narration.

I offer my version with lots of Old London characters. Dickens’ magical way of looking at things, not to mention his ingenious way of thinking about justice, shine through.

My Scrooge is very growly and grumpy, grumpier, I’d venture, than any you’ve seen in the movies. He’s as old as greed and loneliness themselves, and I’ve included the scene when he is a young man and his fiancée, having seen such a ruthless money hunger grow in him, feels she doesn’t know him anymore, and so tearfully breaks off their engagement.

The making of Scrooge’s bitterness?

I love Charles Dickens.

The show is free to the public. Colby Memorial Library in Danville, New Hampshire at 7 pm on December 5th.

SPOKEN WORD WORLDS

“What is it?” asks the ten year old.

“It’s one of Odds Bodkin the Storyteller’s drives. Come on, let’s plug it in.” The parent inserts the Epic Drive into the parent’s computer and a list of titles appears. “Ever heard of The Odyssey?”

“No.”

“Ever heard of Zeus, Athena and the ancient Greek gods?”

“In some books at school.”

“All right. Well, way back when, people didn’t have books.”

“Why not?”

“Because they hadn’t been invented yet. No books. No TVs. No tablets or phones. But they did have stories. And people called Singers of Tales would come to town to tell stories to crowds of people. A famous one was named Homer. The Odyssey is one of his stories. He used voices and music, and people imagined his adventure, like going to the movies in their minds. That’s how Odds Bodkin does it.”

“So there’s no pictures?”

The parent starts to play the recording. The ten year old hears wind, then bird cries and music. A voice from inside a horse fashioned of wood begins to speak. All is danger, and stealth. In the ten year old’s mind, the walled city of Troy appears in the dawn light.

It’s 1300 B.C. and the Odyssey has begun.

That night, the child stays up late, under the covers, listening, since the tale is four hours long.

 

 

 

45% Off Odds Bodkin Storytelling Drives Now through December 10!

Save today on the magical storytelling of Odds Bodkin, all on a flash drive. Voices. Original music. Amazing vocal effects. Classic tales. Award-winning titles.

 

The Beginner Drive $39.95

9 full-length storytelling albums for kids ages 4-7. Includes three movie-length Little Proto dinosaur adventures with songs. Explore here.

 

The Epic Drive $99.95

19 full-length storytelling albums for all ages. Includes The Odyssey, Beowulf Live, David and Goliath and many others. Explore here.

Special bonus: For Odyssey listeners, an autographed Odyssey Adventure Map with all 42 of Odysseus’s adventures across the Mediterranean world.

 

The Master Drive $149.95

Odds Bodkin’s Complete Works. 19 full-length storytelling albums for all ages plus 7 original music compositions and Odds’ 13,000-line epic high fantasy poem, The Water Mage’s Daughter. Explore here.

Special bonus: For Odyssey listeners, an autographed Odyssey Adventure Map with all 42 of Odysseus’s adventures across the Mediterranean world.

Odds Bodkin Gift Ideas: One Story Drive For Three Generations

“a one-man vocal universe”–TimeOut New York

“one of the great voices in American storytelling”–Wired

Hours of myths, legends, original tales, epics and music, all on a single flash drive.

 

Stories for young kids, older kids, teens, parents, even grandparents.

Odds Bodkin audio tales are award-winning classics that have won Parents’ Choice, Indie, Storytelling World and other national awards.

Get yours today!

 

Every Time We Get In The Car

Last year Mike repaired my snowblower, and this year he came back, just yesterday, to fix the generator. It now runs like a dream and so here in New Hampshire, I’m finally ready for winter. If you lose power and it’s twenty below, with no furnace going, the water pipes freeze in the walls and burst.

“You know that story you gave me?” he asked. “My kids love it. Every time we get in the car, they want to hear it. Even I like it. The other copy’s in my wife’s car.”

I wasn’t sure what story I’d given him. “Which story was that?”

“Little Proto. They really like Ankles. ‘Play the Ankles part’ they say. You gave me those CDs, remember?”

I hadn’t remembered but did now. “Which story was it?” I asked, having made three Little Proto dinosaur recordings for young kids.

“The one about Magnolia Island.”

Ah, I thought, that was the first one. “How old are your kids?”

“Three and five.”

“Have they heard the other two?”

“You mean there are others?”

“Yeah. Better than the first one, in my opinion. Hang on, I’ll see if I can find them.”

I headed inside and upstairs. Might as well give Mike CDs for his kids. T-Rex Adventure is my favorite, with King Geoffrey the Rex and Old Wrinkles the Triceratops doing their grumpy old men thing while rescuing Proto. I found the two CDs, one with a cracked case but with a playable CD inside (we just sell digital versions these days) and gave them to him.

“My kids are gonna freak out,” he said, smiling and taking them.

“Play the one with the T-Rex on the cover first,” I advised. “It’s really funny in places. You’ll meet Bump. He’s a fun character, like Ankles. Volcano’s Fire is the third story, where Proto’s growing up.”

“Wow, thanks.”

“You’re welcome. Enjoy them.”

Later, at work inside, I heard the generator humming and went to the garage. Mike was finishing up. “I’ll get some ethanol-free gas up in Goshen like you recommended,” I said.

“Makes a huge difference with engines like these.”

“Okay, great. What do I owe you?”

He’d been at the house for over an hour. I was expecting a hundred, maybe a hundred and fifty dollars for the service, since he’d also gotten the snow blower’s drive belts back on. In winter, the snowblower ranks up there with the generator.

“Make it fifty,” he said.

I looked at him.

“Hey,” he said. “You gave me two CDs. My kids are gonna freak out.”

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9 Full-Length Storytelling Albums by Odds Bodkin on a Flash Drive

THE BEGINNER DRIVE for Ages 4-7

The New York Times calls Odds Bodkin “a consummate storyteller.” Now you can introduce your young child to this master talesman’s award-winning classic albums of gentle nature tales, Little Proto musical dinosaur adventures, American tall tales, rollicking fairy tales and Far East wisdom stories. Perfect for ages 4-7.

Live music on 12-string guitars, Celtic harp, alto recorder, piano and other instruments flavors each audio tale, adding to his fun voices and natural vocal sound effects. Enrich your child’s imagination and character with these award-winning audios. Listen together, talk about them and grow your child’s mind. You’ll enjoy them, too!

 

The Adventures of Little Proto: A Musical Dinosaur Story

Little Proto’s T-Rex Adventure: A Musical Dinosaur Story

Little Proto and the Volcano’s Fire: A Musical Dinosaur Story

The Teacup Fairy: Very Old Tales for Very Young Children

The Evergreens: Gentle Tales of Nature

With Twinkle in your Eye: Funny Folktales from Everywhere

Rip Roarin’ Paul Bunyan Tales

The Winter Cherries: Holiday Tales from Around the World

The Blossom Tree: Tales from the Far East

 

All albums in mp3 format. All with original cover art.

THE BEGINNER DRIVE–$49.95/BUY NOW

Storytelling Collections for Families

 

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“a modern-day Orpheus”–Billboard Magazine

“one of the great voices in American storytelling”–Wired

 

Do Silicon Valley Execs Keep Their Kids Away From Screens? Yes.

Why do Silicon Valley executives raise their children technology-free? This headline from The Guardian says it all: TABLETS OUT, IMAGINATION IN: THE SCHOOLS THAT SHUN TECHNOLOGY.

They do it because they want their kids to be imaginative and mentally healthy, basically. Looking out over the wasteland of anger, narcissism, teen suicides, obesity and incivility that social media networks have caused in young lives recently, many of these tech wizards are scared for their own kids.

Like King Midas, everything they touched has turned to gold. But don’t forget the old story: When King Midas touches his own daughter, whom he loves, she turns to gold, too. That’s the end of her.

Digital Addiction begins with kids interacting with screens. The colorful, always-changing worlds they find are so much fun that when they’re suddenly without their screens and look up to see the real world around them, it simply moves too slowly. It’s boring. This causes a kind of free-floating, stimulation-seeking depression.

Down through the ages, kids engaged in creative play with toys and role-playing, attempting to do what grownups did, but in miniature. It has always been this way. But not now, not in the dopamine-laden world of video games and social networks. Not unless the kids’ lives are balanced by getting them away from these devices.

It’s ironic. Now that the digital masters of the universe are having families, too, they realize this, smart as they are. Heck, they built these things to be addictive. And yes, they love their kids, too.

So what is the indispensable skill they want their children to develop at these very expensive, very selective kindergartens and elementary schools where less is more?

Imagination.

What grows imagination best?

Creative outdoor play, kids playing with kids, without any adults around.

If that’s not possible, what’s the next best thing?

Storytelling.

As Einstein said, “If you want your child to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.”

Wait a moment, you might say. Odds Bodkin is using digital media at the moment. Isn’t that a bit hypocritical?

Well, no.

That’s because my imagination developed long ago, when I was a kid, playing outside all day, and then, after coming back home, listening to my dad tell me stories.


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