Final Redoubt Press brings you episode one of our new podcast audiobook, Death by Cliché.  This introductory double-length episode will be announced officially on Monday, but for you fans who are already watching this site, you can download it tonight.

Without further ado.  Death by Cliché.





  1. […] week’s episode is brought to you by the podcast audiobook Death by Cliché, by Robert J. Defendi. We didn’t plug it very hard in the episode itself, but oh, MAN you […]

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  2. Oh my goodness… too… funny… Can’t… breath…

    Comment by Cpt. Sqweky — November 24, 2008 @ 11:00 am

  3. Wait wait wait wait WHEN IS THE NEXT INSTALLMENT? I am hooked and trying SO hard not to laugh out loud at work. :D

    Comment by Laura C — November 24, 2008 @ 12:51 pm

  4. I plan on dropping Mondays (which hopefully means Sunday, because I don’t intend to be up that late Sunday night).

    Comment by admin — November 24, 2008 @ 1:00 pm

  5. Yay! The site’s back up.

    I hope my link didn’t kill you TOO hard, Bob. :-)

    Comment by Howard Tayler — November 26, 2008 @ 9:32 am

  6. Have you considered publishing the file as a torrent? This would considerably reduce your bandwidth usage as well as the load on your server.

    Comment by Luno — November 26, 2008 @ 11:22 am

  7. Wow great start, I am hooked cant wate for the next installment great narrative form just too funny for words………. ;) :) {*v*} :P :D

    Comment by Lady Amber — November 26, 2008 @ 12:26 pm

  8. Having heard Defendi do his presentation for “Echoes of Heaven” (twice – I liked the premise), I had to listen to this. One day I’ll get around to trying Echoes. ‘Til then, I can chuckle over the fact that yes: all math must have begun with roaring drunks.

    Comment by Steve "Ngango" — November 27, 2008 @ 1:54 am

  9. Sounds like a good book so far… Where can I buy it?

    Comment by Inkthinker — November 27, 2008 @ 3:41 am

  10. Thanks Steve. I’m always glad to have some repeat interest.

    Inkthinker. For now you might just have to suffer through listening to the book for free. :)

    Comment by admin — November 27, 2008 @ 5:16 am

  11. Hrmmm. I cannot seem to find the right feed to subscribe to to get them as a podcast. I’ve tried,, and to no avail. With all three, iTunes tells me “There are no playable episodes for… the URL might point to text-only episodes or contain filetypes that iTunes cannot play.”

    Any idea what I’m doing wrong there?

    Comment by Hirsute — November 27, 2008 @ 7:21 am

  12. Duh. forgot the “feed=rss2″. That’s what I get for trying to work this new-fangled computer without sleeping much first.

    Comment by Hirsute — November 27, 2008 @ 7:24 am

  13. Glad you got it working. I want to put it up on iTunes as well, but not until I get a better feel for the download hit of you guys who’ve already started listening. :)

    Comment by admin — November 28, 2008 @ 2:03 am

  14. I’ll struggle along somehow, but I look forward to it in print soon, I hope.

    It’s not that I mind the “listening” part, or the “free” part, it’s just that if I had it to read, I wouldn’t have to wait for a new chapter!

    Comment by Inkthinker — November 28, 2008 @ 3:19 am

  15. Book form would be splendid… not just for impatience, but it is far easier to scroll back if you think you misread something than it is to go back if you mishear something.

    Closed captioning could also rock for those who lack, say, ears.

    But in any event, I’m ready to throw money towards a copy of this book and am THWARTED!

    Comment by DannyboyO1 — November 28, 2008 @ 8:51 am

  16. Hi Bob, I downloaded the episode when linked from Howard’s blog, and gave it a listen on my commute. It was entertaining—you’re certainly quite creative. However, in my estimation, there’s a big problem with the way it’s recorded. Your narration parts are perceptually at least 50% louder than the character dialogue, at times 100% louder. Or rather, your narration volume is constant, but the dialogue is always quieter and sometimes a LOT quieter. That makes the podcast very difficult to listen to/understand.

    When I’m driving on the road, if I want to hear your dialogue parts reliably, I have to turn the volume way up, which makes the narration uncomfortably loud.

    It seems like you’re recording the different voices in different sessions and then editing them together. This may help you keep your voices straight, but it’s leading to this volume problem. Other audiobooks I listen to are just recorded straight (well, obviously there’s some editing, but they don’t do different voices in different takes). It seems to me that it would take a lot less postproduction to record in one take (if you screw something up, just keep recording and back up a little and edit it later). And it would help you make sure the volume level stays consistent.

    Comment by Peter Ahlstrom — November 28, 2008 @ 1:31 pm

  17. Dannyboy, you are indeed twarted. For now.

    Peter. I know. Your hearing an artifact of the panning, which we cut at the last moment. However we weren’t able to strip it all from the first episode, all we could do was convert it to mono before Writing Excuses dropped.

    You should have a better time with Ep 2.

    We do record straight through.

    Comment by admin — November 28, 2008 @ 2:51 pm

  18. Apologies from the engineer. I was experimenting with spatial placement at 96KHz and it just wasn’t working. The phasing was insane. So I’m sticking to mono from now on. Thanks for listening! Bob is so fun to work with. I ruin takes by laughing out loud during recording.

    Don’t miss the funnies at the end…


    Comment by Carolyn Larsen — November 28, 2008 @ 4:12 pm

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  20. When’s Episode 2 coming?

    Comment by Sara — December 4, 2008 @ 10:56 pm

  21. It already did. :)

    Comment by admin — December 6, 2008 @ 5:18 pm

  22. This audio book was my brother’s revenge at 3 in the morning i casually decided to listen to single chapter then sleep as it was quite early then another and eventually the rest excellent work Bob

    Comment by Robert — December 12, 2008 @ 2:26 pm

  23. I shall call you “Esteemed Defendi.” You sir, are the man.

    Comment by Indiana Jim — December 18, 2008 @ 10:53 am

  24. Seriously. This is hilarious. I especially liked:


    “Not Beaver, Your Majesty.”

    “Fine. Not Beaver.”

    “Yes, Your Majesty?”

    Sheer genius.

    You should hear this:

    Comment by Indiana Jim — December 18, 2008 @ 11:56 am

  25. I really very liked this post. Can I copy it to my site?
    Thanks in advance.

    Sincerely, Your Reader.

    Comment by Timur — January 2, 2009 @ 10:08 am

  26. We’d prefer you link to this site.

    Comment by defendi — January 2, 2009 @ 3:22 pm

  27. It is good to hear your voice again.

    Comment by deBBie — January 5, 2009 @ 11:44 am

  28. …and all history leaned forward with bated breath….


    Comment by deBBie — January 5, 2009 @ 12:20 pm

  29. – cool sitename man)))

    Comment by Assuctlot — January 31, 2009 @ 12:56 am

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