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Peter Beagle Audiobooks

How much would you pay to hear
Peter S. Beagle read you
The Last Unicorn or A Fine & Private Place
aloud?


Yeah. I know.

There are also sample free downloads. And lots more stuff.

ADDED: Some folks have commented that they've had trouble with this site. See connorfc's comments, below, on what's going on & how to contact him directly for satisfaction.

Comments

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catwithclaws
May. 19th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
I think $30 is a good price. I was able to hear him read when he still lived in Davis, CA (and I was at school there) on a few very rare occasions and it really is a pleasure!
ellen_kushner
May. 20th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
It's one of the books that changed my world. Thinking about him reading it fills me with Squeeee. And you know I don't Squeeee lightly.
raanve
May. 20th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
I am one of those who bought special editions way back in 2006, so at some point I will be getting download versions as well. Truly, I can't wait. He has written 3 books (at least) that have made me who I am.

I also have this -amazing- cassette of him performing songs and filk and who knows what, live. I wish I had the necessary tools to convert it to CD. If you can scare up a copy, I highly recommend it. (If I had anyway to duplicate it, I'd bring you a copy to WisCon.)
ellen_kushner
May. 20th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
I think it's for sale on the same site, actually.
raanve
May. 20th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
No, that's a different one.

Actually, I found it! It's this one, apparently recorded at BayCon in '86.

It's pretty great.
fireriven
May. 20th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
You should already have received your downloads of the MP3 if you ordered from Conlan Press. If you didn't, poke Connor via e-mail with proof of purchase and he'll send you a download link. (I had to do this myself.)
raanve
May. 20th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
Oh, good to know, thank you!

I thought it hadn't come through yet, since the site seemed to indicate download links weren't available yet. Now I can listen on the plane tomorrow!
fireriven
May. 20th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
I will warn you that it took Connor over two weeks to get back to me with that download link, though. :-\
raanve
May. 20th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
Ah, so maybe not on the plane tomorrow, then. ;)

Thanks for the heads up. I've emailed him -- surely it'll get sorted sometime. :)
fireriven
May. 20th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
Glad I could help! :)
jophan
May. 20th, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)
I tried to order from Connor a week and a half ago, but couldn't fill out the order form. It says '"Other State/Province" IS A REQUIRED FIELD if "OUTSIDE US" is selected. Click here for APO/FPO shipping instructions.' "Other State/Province" doesn't exist where I live and when I clicked the APO/FPO shipping link for help, I got info directed at Americans in the service living abroad.

Couldn't find an email address on the site, so I gave up.
fireriven
May. 20th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Here are the e-mail addresses I used to correspond with him in 2007:

customersupport at conlanpress dot com
connor at conlanpress dot com

I hope that helps, if you decide to try again.
connorfc
May. 20th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
Solving uour problem
Hi!

The standard email address for Conlan Press is contact@conlanpress.com, and it is directly clickable on the CONTACT page of our website. (Just look for the word CONTACT at the top of every page except for those in the shopping cart.)

That said, please email me directly (connor@conlanpress.com) with your shipping address, so I can tell you how to make it work with the shopping cart. We've handled over a thousand overseas orders in the last 3 years, so I'm sure there's a way to do this.

-- Connor Cochran
jophan
May. 20th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Solving uour problem
Hi Connor, I'm mailing you right back!
connorfc
May. 20th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
Sorry about that. Conlan Press is basically a one-man shop (me) and to date only makes money for Peter S. Beagle. Managing to make a living while working CP and managing Peter's work sometimes comes with logjams...
connorfc
May. 20th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
helping out
We're still having technical difficulties with sending out the whole mass of free downloads of A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE (as a thanks to those people still waiting on our delayed LAST UNICORN CD audiobook with TWO HEARTS). But one at a time is doable. Just email me at connor@conlanpress.com with your original order name/number and I'll send you the download link.

-- Connor Cochran
raanve
May. 20th, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC)
Re: helping out
Hi, Connor! Thanks for checking in. :) I sent an email last night to the customer service address, which I'll resend to your personal address.

You guys are doing great work!
penmage
May. 20th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Re: helping out
Hi Connor,

My husband bought me the Last Unicorn CD audiobook with Two Hearts way back in May 2005. I remember there were delays, and we were in touch with you for a while, but then we didn't get any more updates--or audiobooks, or Two Hearts.

I fully understand that you're a one-man operation trying to do good, but you can probably understand that I am less than thrilled with Conlan Press.

Have you really been having production delays for the last four years?

Edited at 2009-05-20 06:41 pm (UTC)
connorfc
May. 20th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
Re: helping out
Dear Penmage:

We've been regularly updating people through both THE RAVEN (Peter's email newsletter) and THE CONLAN PRESS (our email newsletter) and the UPDATES page at www.conlanpress.com itself. It sounds like you haven't seen any of that material, which concerns me.

The reason for the delay is that Peter faced an enormously difficult family crisis after his mother died, and to deal with the fallout from that crisis he had to borrow a lot of money. I wound up loaning him most of my life savings, which was the money that I had set aside to cover the difference between sales income and actual publishing costs on the LAST UNICORN audiobook and the collector's hardcover TWO HEARTS. Peter and I are both working very had to replace the loaned money so we can proceed as originally planned, but it is taking a long time because (a) it was a lot of money; (b) the crisis, despite everyone's efforts, isn't over yet and has continued to drain Peter's resources; and (c) Peter has been having a hard time getting certain parts of the publishing world and film world to pay him what they owe him.

But we're both working hard to fill this financial gap, and we will ultimately succeed.

Meanwhile, anyone who wants to stop waiting and get a refund should just ask. We've done that for about 20 customers so far. Everyone's money is safe in the bank and can be refunded at any time.

-- Connor Cochran
mildmannered
May. 21st, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
Re: helping out
yeah, I had the same difficulty. I think after 4 years it's probably a good idea to automatically refund your customers. I wouldn't buy anything from you and expect it to actually materialize.
connorfc
May. 21st, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
Re: helping out
Dear Mildmannered:

In the last three years we have delivered more than 15,000 Beagle-related products to more than 8,000 customers. I have shipped out another 300+ orders in just the last week. Lots of happy fans there.

This one problem we've had was caused by a serious problem in Peter's life that no one could have predicted in advance. The vast majority of CP customers understand this and have made clear that they are willing to wait longer in order to get something special at a very low price. Those that aren't willing to wait only have to ask for a refund and they'll get it. This is how we keep everyone as happy as possible under the circumstances.

I don't know your actual name so I can't look you up in the customer database and ascertain your status. If you are unhappy and want a refund, please email me directly at connor@conlanpress.com.
penmage
May. 20th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
I hate to be the parade rainer, but I paid a whole passel of money for the priviledge, four years ago.

And nothing ever came. Conlan was having some difficulties, we understood, we waited and waited and waited, and kept corresponding, and then--nothing.

I think we gave up after about a year and a half of trying to get the audiobook of The Last Unicorn and Two Hearts out of Conlan.

I love Peter S. Beagle's work, but I was really really disappointed with Conlan and I wouldn't recommend them to anyone.
ellen_kushner
May. 20th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear. Well I just ordered a book from them for someone, and they say it's gone out.

Connor replies to complaints thread, above:

We're still having technical difficulties with sending out the whole mass of free downloads of A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE (as a thanks to those people still waiting on our delayed LAST UNICORN CD audiobook with TWO HEARTS). But one at a time is doable. Just email me at connor@conlanpress.com with your original order name/number and I'll send you the download link.

-- Connor Cochran
woodwindy
Feb. 21st, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
Not to beat a long-decaying horse, but in case anyone is Googling around looking for info, I just wanted to note that they *STILL* haven't delivered this product. Even though Mr. Cochran claims they're updating customers via the newsletter, what the newsletter actually says is "See the updates page" -- which hasn't been changed in months.
connorfc
May. 20th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
Well, in three years I've delivered over 15,000 Beagle-related products to over 8,000 people, and manage to support/help/encourage him to complete more than 30 new stories, two new novels, and multiple new collections...so there is a plus side to the balance sheet as well as this one negative issue. And even this one we will eventually solve and put behind us.

My sincere apologies for the delay. And again, anyone can ask for a refund at any time. Happy to do that.

-- Connor Cochran
(Anonymous)
May. 20th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
I think I would be as thrilled to hear Beagle reading from The Last Unicorn as I was to hear some professorial dude reading from a book about short people and magical jewelry (http://www.amazon.com/J-R-R-Tolkien-Audio-Collection/dp/0694525707/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242843921&sr=8-1), which, strangely enough, Beagle wrote an introduction for, for some weird reason.

-MadCatfromMars
(Anonymous)
May. 20th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
Wow, I just scored an F in HTML, didn't I? >:(

-MadCatfromMars
hazelwitch
May. 21st, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
I definitely can't afford an audiobook right at the moment, but I had the privilege of being part of the YA Lit track who hosted Peter and Connor at a viewing and commentary session for "The Last Unicorn" at DragonCon last year. (We also had one at the 2007 con, but space was so limited that Peter graciously consented to do it again for us.) I'm truly grateful that I had the opportunity, as Peter's insights and recollections really put the writing of the story and the development of the movie into context for me.
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