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i just got hungry for feedback!!!

this one makes me smile and i hope it does you too!

pink!! fluff!! xoxox

thank you alan!
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MATILDA told such Dreadful Lies,
It made one Gasp and Stretch one's Eyes;
Her Aunt, who, from her Earliest Youth,
Had kept a Strict Regard for Truth,
Attempted to Believe Matilda:
The effort very nearly killed her,
And would have done so, had not She
Discovered this Infirmity.
For once, towards the Close of Day,
Matilda, growing tired of play,
And finding she was left alone,
Went tiptoe to the Telephone
And summoned the Immediate Aid
Of London's Noble Fire-Brigade.
Within an hour the Gallant Band
Were pouring in on every hand,
From Putney, Hackney Downs, and Bow.
With Courage high and Hearts a-glow,
They galloped, roaring through the Town,
'Matilda's House is Burning Down!'
Inspired by British Cheers and Loud
Proceeding from the Frenzied Crowd,
They ran their ladders through a score
Of windows on the Ball Room Floor;
And took Peculiar Pains to Souse
The Pictures up and down the House,
Until Matilda's Aunt succeeded
In showing them they were not needed;
And even then she had to pay
To get the Men to go away!

It happened that a few Weeks later
Her Aunt was off to the Theatre
To see that Interesting Play
The Second Mrs. Tanqueray.
She had refused to take her Niece
To hear this Entertaining Piece:
A Deprivation Just and Wise
To Punish her for Telling Lies.
That Night a Fire did break out--
You should have heard Matilda Shout!
You should have heard her Scream and Bawl,
And throw the window up and call
To People passing in the Street--
(The rapidly increasing Heat
Encouraging her to obtain
Their confidence) -- but all in vain!
For every time she shouted 'Fire!'
They only answered 'Little Liar!'
And therefore when her Aunt returned,
Matilda, and the House, were Burned.
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Comments
Joanna said 3903 days ago (October 15th, 2006)
Wonderful!
What a pleasure this is. Your voice acting is fantastic, as I knew it
would be. Skillful, metered, energetic and using great diction, it's a pro
performance. Your voice sounds great on this piece -- a perfect choice
for you.
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caroline said 3903 days ago (October 15th, 2006)
ooh thank you joanna..
... that was just what i needed - yummy!! xox

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said 3903 days ago (October 15th, 2006)
i just got hungry for feedback!!!
Thanks for sharing so sweet of you this one is a GOLD keeper.
XOXOXO.
Love ya.
Take care.
Kenta ;)
caroline said 3902 days ago (October 16th, 2006)
a gold keeper??
wow - i feel so honoured .. i looove macjams .. and you too kenta - mwah!! xoxox

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drakonis said 3903 days ago (October 15th, 2006)
Brava!
What a delightful poem, so captivatingly read! In fact, I am now waltzing
over to play this to my very own little Matilda, I think she will love hearing
you read this! Thank you Caro2ine, for such a smirky treat! Reminds me
a bit of some of the *original* Grimm's fairy tales... you know, the ones
the Adults wrote to scare their children into obedience? "Never Cry Wolf"
was one of many stories burned into my brain as a child.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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thoddi said 3903 days ago (October 15th, 2006)
storyteller
You could do this for money Caroline. It's just like listening to a pro actor reading a story for radio theatre. Very good. Maybe you could read me a bed time story if I come to the 2007 UK macjams gathering:)
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alfalpha said 3903 days ago (October 15th, 2006)
LMAO!
"he said, wiping away tears of laughter...!"

XXXXXX


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apb said 3903 days ago (October 15th, 2006)
Thank you Caroline ..
.. wonderfully done. If only my phrasing and diction was as good as
that .. when will the Caroline on Demand loops be ready btw? CoD ..

This is audio book ready - I'd only suggest adding some 'sound effects'
in the odd spots to keep the imagery there for the little blighters.
eg. siren for the arrival of the firemen, some bustly noise etc ..

I would let my kids here this .. but since they both have mobile phones
already, I am scared to - and I am not lying! Honest!!
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thetiler said 3903 days ago (October 15th, 2006)
sounds like a great classic
and spoken like a true pro!

Enjoyed :)
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Roxylee said 3903 days ago (October 15th, 2006)
Excellent!
Wow, Caroline, what a great storyteller you are! Truly captivating. :-)
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mvh9591 said 3902 days ago (October 15th, 2006)
Nice
I enjoy this story by Hilaire Belloc and your wonderful voice however, I
feel it was a bit rushed. Slow it down a bit for us American
Midwesterners and I'd say it's a 10. Poor Matilda :( This will be a
great one to share with my preteens.

Thanks Caroline for sharing.

mvh : )
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Mcboy said 3902 days ago (October 16th, 2006)
i
was riveted while listeninng......just like when my 1st grade teacher would
read to us ......i'm a sucker for good story.....hehe....
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cjhoose said 3902 days ago (October 16th, 2006)
delightfully horrific. :D
I remember hearing my mom read children's stories from Germany, and
they remind me of this - lotta gruesome outcomes and good come-
uppance!

Your voice is absolutely perfect for storytelling. :D downloading and
putting on pod.
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SlimGirlFat said 3901 days ago (October 17th, 2006)
I
Adore this poem!
Beautifully read and my Dad LOVED it too:
Shall we read it out loud on the plane?
hehehe
Slimmie
grah3am said 3900 days ago (October 18th, 2006)
Inspired by British cheers
I use this poem in lower school Literature classes, and it always goes down well, despite the fact that my students are all Bahamian and not from the U.K.
You emphasise different bits than I do when rendering it, and thus bring out nuances I hadn't thought of before.
The Snoball sounds good, too. I may invest.
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Komrade K said 3900 days ago (October 18th, 2006)
Wot a load of Bellocs...
...probably a very old joke unlike your rendition which is very fresh and
crisp (said with an exaggerated roll of the Rs!) Indeed a veritable feast for
the ears. Not at all bad for someone who's a Velux window short of a loft
conversion.

KK (or seeing as it's you, Martyn) xoxoxox
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jiguma said 3899 days ago (October 19th, 2006)
Great voice for this . . . .
Nicely done Caro! You may find some interesting work by my friend
(sadly no longer with us) Roy Gerrard - http://bccb.lis.uiuc.edu/
1297gone.html Who named one of his books "Matilda Jane" - words
written by his wife Jean.
I'd love to hear you recite Roy's works - Sir Cedric is a favourite of
mine. What a great voice you have for this sort of thing!
Neil

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