sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen by infinitesunrise)
Sophinisba Solis ([personal profile] sophinisba) wrote2012-06-14 11:44 am

Merlin podfic: "Arcane Asylum" by new_kate

Title: Arcane Asylum
Author: [livejournal.com profile] new_kate
Reader: [personal profile] sophinisba
Fandom: Merlin
Starring: Arthur/Merlin (+ everybody)
Rating: NC-17
Contains: sexual assault and mind-control sex (not between the main pairing), imprisonment, graphic violence, death of minor characters, grief, occasional discriminatory language.
Author's summary: "Modern AU. For the last twenty two years Uther Pendragon has been waging war on magic. Now his son Arthur has been framed for a magical crime and sent to the prison for magic users. Arthur is instantly targeted by the inmates, but mysterious top dog Merlin takes him under his wing. They form a bond, and Merlin decides to help Arthur clear his name."
Reader's notes For the [community profile] podficbigbang challenge, by far the longest podfic I've ever made. I started recording this in December! Big thanks to [personal profile] eosrose for running the challenge and hosting the files, [livejournal.com profile] lolafeist for making the covers, and my Twitter friends and the folks at [community profile] remopodmo for all their encouragement!!
I liked both of Lola's covers so much that I didn't know which one to choose, but as it turned out my audiobook building software couldn't fit the whole thing in one file anyway, so I put it in two parts and I get to use both! The fic itself has 16 chapters and is not divided in two parts; if you download the m4b (audiobook) version you should be able to see chapter stops on your iPod.
Length: 12 hours and 43 minutes (omg)
Text links: AO3, LJ
Other podfic posts: podficbigbang on DW, podficbigbang on LJ, podficbigbang website



Arcane Asylum download links

Part 1, 6 hrs 1 min
Part 2, 6 hrs 42 min
Arcane Asylum 1 cover, black-and-white photo of an old asylum or prison
Arcane Asylum 2 cover, black-and-white silhouette of a gargoyle
mp3 pt 1 at Sendspace, 206.7 MB
mp3 pt 2 at Sendspace, 230 MB
m4b pt 1 at MediaFire, 169 MB
m4b pt 2 at MediaFire, 185 MB
mp3 pts 1 and 2 at podficbigbang
430.3 MB (.zip, right-click save)
m4b pts 1 and 2 at podficbigbang
347.6 MB (.zip, right-click save)

[personal profile] meri 2012-06-19 04:00 pm (UTC)(link)
I am so excited to download and listen to this. I'm so proud of you that you got through that monster of a story. Though I can guarantee that real feedback will take a long time to get to you.
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[personal profile] endeni 2012-06-20 04:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow, what a really gorgeous reading! I've just begun listening but I'm enjoying your podfic tremendously. ;)
Also, just a note, I realized that mid-chapter three (circa 01:38) you missed reading this sentence: "Of course. Oh, but just so I know what I'm dealing with here, what can you tell me about an inmate called Merlin? I don't know his last name."
I just hear a bit of silence were these words should be, so I thought you may have at one time deleted this bit and later forgotten to edit the words back in? (Unless it was just my file?)
Anyway, I'm back to listening... *g*
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[personal profile] endeni 2012-06-20 10:31 pm (UTC)(link)
No worries, with so many hours of recording, something like that is bound to happen... No rush either! I just wanted to let you know. ;)
Oh yes, Arcane Asylum is really a terrific fic. *nods* I remember being thoroughly floored the first time I read it and now I'm going to fall asleep listening to it! And tomorrow I'll /wake up/ listening to it. Brilliant! Your voice is always so very clear and engaging! *g*
I really enjoyed your reading of "Lunch and Other Obscenities" too - loved your Uhura voice!
Plus, your podfics basically introduced me to Gwen/Morgana fics. I loved "Pastimes & Lifestyles" and I really adored your reading of "The Universal Language": so lyrical and moving, it made me really feel for Morgana. ...and that's it, sorry for the (very) belated feedback. ;)
Edited 2012-06-20 22:32 (UTC)
yue_ix: Chibi of Merlin with tentacle arms (Voyeurism (B/C))

[personal profile] yue_ix 2012-06-20 09:37 pm (UTC)(link)
I've tried twice to download this on the bigbang link and it failed but the Mediafire files you have are working so far. *crosses fingers* Can't wait to listen to this! Yay, 12 hours of your voice. ^__^ Thank you so much for doing this huge project.

Lolafeist's covers are beautiful, a good mix of modern but also out of time and slightly spooky. I like the faint runes tracing lines in the sky the way Merlin's magic isolated the asylum.
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[personal profile] brunettepet 2012-06-28 01:19 pm (UTC)(link)
I listened to this over the course of several days and I wanted to say I love this engrossing, vividly described story and your reading was pitch perfect. Twelve hours of your voice and I was enthralled the entire time. I read the story as it was being posted, so the twists and turns were no longer fresh in my mind. You captured the drama, intrigue and romance and it felt new to me. It was a delight to listen to.
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[personal profile] appleqb 2012-07-22 01:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much for podficcing this story. I can not wait to listen to it!
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[personal profile] dodificus 2012-08-13 11:14 pm (UTC)(link)
This was AMAZING.
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[personal profile] daraq 2012-08-19 02:51 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm looking forward to listening, thank you!
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[personal profile] analise010 2012-08-20 06:36 am (UTC)(link)
0_0. 12.5 HOURS??? Wow. That is a total commitment, but I'm so glad that you did it. I'm an avid user of public transportation and this fic is exactly what I need to get me through the morning and evening bus ride.

This may sound weird, but I also wanted to thank you. Listening to your wonderful podfics (What We've Become, #Annie'sMove, Lunch and Other Obscenities, Returning to the Deep, etc.) are what got me started as a podficcer. It was always something that I wanted to do, but I never took the initiative until I heard your stories. So...thanks. ♥
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[personal profile] crinklysolution 2012-09-10 05:29 am (UTC)(link)
I finished listening to this today, and wow, what a fantastic work you have created! Incredible story you chose to record, so epic in scope and content. But what captured my attention was your storytelling ability - you did an excellent, heartfelt and I think truly brilliant job. I loved all your voices, your Merlin and Arthur were just right - but your Gwen voice was delightfully tentative and you did an awesome job of making Sophia sound manipulative and bitchy but with an evil sense of humor as well. It is so good I am sure I will listen to it again - thank you ever so much for putting the hours and hours into it that you must have had to. You really knocked it out of the park with this one...

awesome!

(Anonymous) 2012-11-16 06:46 am (UTC)(link)
this story is FANTASTIC. i just finished it and i can't believe something with this much angst and pain and injustice also gives me so many warm and fuzzy feelings. i love the characterization AND the plot - which is an incredible combination. awkward, sweet but BAMF merlin is immensely lovable and devastatingly honorable, prattish but forgiving arthur is wonderful. this is such a satisfying fic! it is the thanksgiving meal of fanfiction. thanks so much for taking the time to record such a long fic. it must have been a lot of work but you have a lovely voice and i love the extra zing you give everything you read. you are awesome. thanks!

[identity profile] applegeuse.livejournal.com 2012-11-27 12:16 am (UTC)(link)
I've been slowly listening to this over several days, and finally finished it today! You did such an absolutely wonderful job with this reading! Your reading was perfectly emotive, and so steady, and your editing was FLAWLESS! <3 <3 <3 I especially liked how you read the section that was in Merlin's POV; you handled the transition in tone in that section really beautifully.

Thank you for recording this! :)
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[personal profile] brownbetty 2013-01-06 04:57 am (UTC)(link)
I listened to this story!

I read Arcane Asylum years ago, and yet somehow managed to wander off halfway through, (no fault of the story) and it was so long I couldn't quite face going back to it to find my place again. Listening to your version, I stayed up late, and powered through it over a weekend. I really appreciate your delivery, and the way you gave so many characters distinct voices.

(Anonymous) 2013-01-31 11:24 pm (UTC)(link)
I cannot believe how few comments you have received on this! I am not even all the way finished with the 2nd podbook and I literally had to pause and search out this post to tell you how amazing this work is. I like to listen as I fall asleep, but I started this masterpiece last night and found myself stiil awake at 6 am and just finishing the 1st podbook, riveted. Your editing is absolutely impeccable! I cannot believe how much hard work you put in making every.single.word so perfectly read. When I read podfic, there is always that couple of phrases I didn't get right during the reading but I hardly ever go through all the hard work to correct small things like that. I cannot get over how steady and powerful you perform this throughout. Absolutely impeccable.

I love your voices for both Arthur and Merlin and love how smoothly you go from emotional scenes to comedy to sex. It's really brilliant. Thanks for being out there, reading and performing!! Wish I saw 100 more comments in this thread because they would be well deserved!!
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[personal profile] jennacorinth 2013-06-15 02:03 pm (UTC)(link)
I just finished listening to this today and I absolutely LOVED it! Thank you so much for taking the time to record this epic masterpiece and infusing it with your marvellous reading skills, I loved every word! Very well done!
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[personal profile] vepres 2014-02-02 12:09 am (UTC)(link)
So excited to listen to this! Will be back when I have :D