Loki Ragnarok: 2019 Audie Audio Book Award Finalist for Original Work

LOKI RAGNAROK, written and narrated by Mark Binder has been nominated for a 2019 Audie Award for Original Work! The audiobook was published by Light Publications, and is available on AudibleGooglePlayAudioBooksScribd, and many other platforms.

Considered the audiobook Oscars, the Audie Award ceremony is presented by the Audio Publishers Association, and will be held on March 4, in New York City.

They broke into his home. They kidnapped his children. Left his wife bound and gagged on the floor, where she choked and died. He had once helped them, been their friend and blood brother.

A well-told tale of the Norse gods… told not from the point of view of the heroic Thor or Odin, but through the eyes of Loki, the trickster… As Binder says in his introduction, this is not for children. But the stories are well-told, both in their writing — Binder adapted them from the Norse poetic and prose sagas called the Edda — and in their performance. Binder’s voice swoops and soars, now angry, now gleeful and now mocking, as Loki tells these stories of the gods run amok.

—Providence Journal

Originally conceived as a spoken-word performance, LOKI RAGNAROK is a darkly humorous revision of Norse mythology. This is not a child-friendly Marvel Universe story.

The story of Loki echoes the cycles of violence and revenge playing out across our world. Told with a blend of poetry and prose, humor and horror, it offers no solution — but a glimmer, perhaps of understanding and compassion.

Mark Binder is the author of 16 books and audio books for adults, families and children. At Columbia University, he studied mythology with T.E. Gaster and David Damrosch, and storytelling with Spalding Gray. He tours the world as a performance storyteller, sharing traditional and original tales with listeners of all ages.

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Bark Minder Reveals Identity

The Bark Minder Project has been quiet on the web for a while. Even though our Podcasting and Spotify releases dropped off the radar, work on THE FUCKUPS continued. We kept Patrons in the loop, but to be honest let everything else drop. With the manuscript done, we’re now both looking for an agent and considering whether to simultaneously initiate a social media/crowdfunding release.

Mark “Bark Minder” Binder

Also, “Bark Minder” has revealed his true identity as author and storyteller Mark Binder.

“The Bark Minder Project was designed to give me a chance to create edgy and over-the-line material without risking my family-friendly audience,” Mark said in an interview with his alter ego. “I have been grateful of the space to create the work, and look forward to moving the project forward both in publishing and live performance.”

We asked “Mark” why he stopped distributing audio on Spotify.

“The Spotify experiment was illuminating,” he said. “It helped give the project structure and specificity. For instance, the first episodes were too long, and didn’t break into individual ‘tracks’. The need to have album covers for each chapter produced a graphic design component that wouldn’t have been there otherwise.

“But Spotify wasn’t the best venue for serialized audio. And while our podcast was just beginning, ultimately, the time it took to record and edit the audio was slowing down the writing and editing process.

“My expectation is that if and when the book is finally released, we’ll reissue and rerecord the audio.”

11 – Walk on By

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Walk on By Cover - Groston Town LimitsThe ice had melted, and spring was in the air.

My cousin Adam and I missed the bus because of detention (again), and we didn’t feel like riding back home in Jesus’s junk car.

So we set out walking the five miles from Fectville back to Groston…

It took forever.

10 – Smashing News – The Rocket League Championship!

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The Rocket League Championship. Team Bomb Shelter is on!

This episode is a brief interlude in which we try to forget our troubles and just be kids. We are only moderately successful.

09 – Detained

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Going to high school sucks. Being bussed to your arch-rival’s high school sucks even worse.

Fuck Ups 09 - DetainedMy friends and I used to hang together all the time. Now we were scattered and battered, and if not broken.

08 – Unschooled

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Remember that me, my cousin Adam, my friends Jesus, Charlie, Sean and Helen were high school seniors in Groston. We were just trying to get through the end of the year. Was getting safely to graduation such a big ask?

The Fuck Ups - Unschooled - Fectville Regional High SchoolBut after the flood and the freeze, Ashby Bryson High was closed for renovation. Our entire school was being bussed to the next town over—to Fectville Regional High School. They were our arch rivals, the snooty kids from the rich town with the dam that broke and wrecked our school.