Fiction, Jack

Jack and The Fountain of Youth – Audio Installment 76

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by HL Carpenter
ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.


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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 76


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Below is the text version of the audio.
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ack woke with a start and jolted upright. The lamp on the desk in the greenhouse office gave off a thin flicker of yellow light, proving the electricity was still on, though the storm raging outside had grown intense. Wind and rain pounded against the metal accordion style roll-down shutters he and Nessa had lowered to protect the fragile panels. The scent of herbs hung thickly in the humid air.

His butt was numb. How long had he slept? He pushed himself straight along the wall he’d been leaning against when he’d nodded off. He rubbed his eyes, then glanced at his phone to check the time. The display was blank, the battery dead. He got up to plug it into the charger on the desk. The springs of the narrow cot on the far side of the room creaked. Nessa lay on the thin mattress, still asleep.



We’re new to the Audacity, the sound program we use for our audio recordings, and to sound effects in general. These are our thoughts on the current episode.

Recording. We recorded this segment in three takes, after four practice runs with the microphone off.

Technical. We moved closer to the mic this week and the voice part of the original recording turned out much better before mastering.

Comments. Working on short segments makes hearing the errors easy, and helps us do better work on the longer audio sessions for other books. We listened to an audio book this week where the narrator made a transposition, reading “race horsing” instead of “horse racing.” Those errors are hard to catch in long recording sessions.

Story changes. Several changes to the written version this week. Two of the lines seemed confusing as written when spoken aloud. We read our books aloud before publishing, and after the final edit, so this type of change should be unusual.


***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at

Fiction by HL Carpenter:

Jack and The Fountain of Youth. Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas knows better.

The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception.

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.


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