TLS Presents: “The Maiden Who Travels The Planet” Audiobook

by May 28, 2010 65 comments

After 4 months of hard work, we proudly present the first TLS exclusive audiobook:

You can listen to it by clicking on the banner at the bottom of the page, or download it for your personal storage / transportation by clicking on the link just above the project information. We sincerely hope that you enjoy this, and keep your eyes open for The’s next audiobook installment: “On the Way to a Smile: Case of Tifa.”

Update: The complete Audiobook is also available on our Youtube channel in a 7 part series. Here’s Part 1, and the download link is just below the video.

Click for Youtube Links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.


The Maiden Who Travels The Planet: Complete Audiobook (Right Click to Save As)

Length – 1 hour 15 minutes

Written by Benny Matsuyama
Original translations by LH Yeung (Xcomp)
Further translations by hitoshura
Produced by Joseph Purdy

Narrated by Tim Jewett
Aerith – Rinrinorikuriku
Jessie – Annie_Chan
Biggs – KaffeineKid87
Wedge – Dustin Dorsey
Dyne – Jack Li (satsugaikaze)
President Shinra – Steven Kelly
Zack – Daniel Yetman
Hojo – Joseph Vitaliano
Sephiroth – Michael Lloyd

Featuring music composed and performed by Roy Todd

“The Maiden Who Travels The Planet” and “Why” piano compositions written and performed by HypochondriacPiano
“Aerith’s theme” – piano composition performed spookyman89
“Shinra Company” written by Nobuo Uematsu, remastered by d33eniz
“Those Chosen By The Planet” written by Nobuo Uematsu
“Aerith’s theme – ACC long version” written by Kazuhiko Toyama

All characters and scenarios copyright © SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


  1. Tennyo
    #1 Tennyo 28 May, 2010, 13:56

    Very nice! Good job, everyone!!!

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  2. Tennyo
    #2 Tennyo 28 May, 2010, 13:56

    Very nice! Good job, everyone!

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    #3 X-SOLDIER Author 28 May, 2010, 18:48

    I just finished listening to this, (1hr 14mins 18 seconds).

    I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed. HUGE thanks to all the VA’s and the music artists involved. Everything connects and flows together flawlessly, and the familiar theme music really strikes a chord in a special way the elicits emotions so much more than just hearing the words, (“Why” caught me off guard more than I thought it would). I really can’t wait to see what the OTWTAS titles bring to the table. Again, fantastic job everyone! This is something to be incredibly proud of.


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    • dbeauty1982
      dbeauty1982 21 June, 2010, 06:49

      I really enjoyed it. Voice actors were nicely chosen and I can actually see the scenes in my mind while closing my eyes and listen to the recording.

  4. Celes Chere
    #4 Celes Chere 28 May, 2010, 23:52

    This is really brilliant, you guys! Everyone did so well. Sounds fantastic. ^_^

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  5. Tennyo
    #5 Tennyo 29 May, 2010, 00:42

    This is very awesome! Nicely done. 🙂

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  6. Lois Heller
    #6 Lois Heller 29 May, 2010, 08:53

    So impressed. Congrats!!!!!!

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  7. Nadia
    #7 Nadia 29 May, 2010, 09:45

    Amazing! I really wasn’t expecting it to be this well done! All the voice actors and musicians did an incredible job! “Why” caught me off guard, too, just as it did X-SOLDIER. Everything just flowed perfectly. I am so impressed by all the hard work put into this masterpiece, and I can’t wait for the next audiobooks! Much appreciation to all who contributed to this!


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  8. Carolann Ingiosi (Annie_Chan)
    #8 Carolann Ingiosi (Annie_Chan) 29 May, 2010, 12:15

    Just finished listening to it! 😀 Everyone was just amazing! <3 I loved it!

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  9. Chi
    #9 Chi 29 May, 2010, 18:07

    Wow! Great job you guys! 🙂

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  10. sloppygegger
    #10 sloppygegger 30 May, 2010, 06:45

    really good, nice songs in there

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  11. Turk 0
    #11 Turk 0 2 June, 2010, 17:01

    Absolutely fantastic job, all of you! I can’t wait for the next installment.

    The stories are nice on their own, but having them voiced over brings a whole new depth and life to them, especially when its as well-done as this is.

    Thank you for taking the time to work on this project!

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  12. ChocoboChick86
    #12 ChocoboChick86 3 June, 2010, 15:11

    Like Turk said, it adds a new perspective/depth. Great job on all the voice acting! (My favorite was Wedge/Biggs.)

    Upon hearing this a second time, I don’t think I’d endorse these stories as canon because some of the aspects don’t make sense (such as Aeris being surprised that Zack was dead. At the end of CC, clearly something significant was taking place when Aeris startles and looks up; then the story flashes to Zack. Also, being an Ancient she reveals she can hear voices from the lifestream…) [/tangent]

    Nevertheless, I greatly enjoyed this audio representation! Kudos–kupos?–to all! Looking forward to the next one!

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      X-SOLDIER Author 3 June, 2010, 16:18

      It’s never officially been mentioned as a canon material (or even mentioned at all) in any of the later Ultimanias, even though it was published in Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Ω. However, it’s never been specifically stated that it isn’t canon either. Perhaps, most importantly though, it isn’t released as a part of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, whereas OTWTAS is. For the most part within the community, this is why it’s not considered canon to the Compilation, and explains why it’s not 100% accurate to the events within the Compilation (like her reaction to Zack), in additon to the fact that it was written well in advance of Crisis Core. It’s the most ambiguous title for these reasons, and rather problematic in that sense, especially when trying to determine if it’s canon.

      Overall, I like the idea that something similiar to this was going on after Aerith’s death, even if it’s specific events and interactions aren’t 100% accurate to those within the canon of the Compilation that we have now. I’d really like to see a Compilation revision of Maiden at some point to put all this to rest, much like Crisis Core did for Last Order, though it would unfortunately mean that there would likely need to be some revisions to this Audiobook if it happened.


    • ChocoboChick86
      ChocoboChick86 4 June, 2010, 01:04

      Ah, the specifics! I did not know this was not related to OTWTAS. Thank you so much, this is very helpful information; it puts my mind at ease.

      Yes, I love the depth of perspective in which this story is written, regardless of its canon standings.

      X-SOLDIER Author 4 June, 2010, 10:41

      Glad that I can help clear that up! 😀


    • Turk 0
      Turk 0 3 June, 2010, 22:28

      Biggs and Wedge were great. 😀 “No, I wanna be leader!” Hah!

      Personally, I don’t think Aerith is quite that psychic. She probably sensed that someone she knew or was close to had passed, but I doubt she would’ve assumed it was Zack. It’s also unlikely that Zack himself could speak to her. She doesn’t hear individual voices, but several speaking as a whole, because the Lifestream is just one big consciousness. :>

      But who knows. 😛 I could be wrong.

      She would probably be startled to see Zack there, regardless.

  13. Makoaki
    #13 Makoaki 6 June, 2010, 18:00

    Dear Lifestream crew

    I just wanted to say that I truly enjoyed “Maiden”. Everyone did such a wonderful job. Thank you all for being so devoted to one of the best compilations ever! You guys never cease to amaze me, everything on this web site is awesome! I can’t wait for more audio books to come, and as always updates on everything FFVII.
    Thanks again, you guys rock!


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  14. geostigmaZack
    #14 geostigmaZack 7 June, 2010, 14:18

    Wow, just wow is all i can say in this project… i just finished reading all of the novels of OTWTAS and the “Maiden”, as most of them here said, it’s not that much accurate; but still, it’s a really great work! Looking forward to the OTWTAS compilation… ^^

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  15. Pixel
    #15 Pixel 16 June, 2010, 17:10

    Thanks to everyone involved in this, especially Tim (Ryu), and to everyone who has listened. I really hope you enjoyed it.

    We’re hard at work to bring you all the next installment. I cant wait for you to hear the amazing voice acting and music.

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  16. Bishojo1218
    #16 Bishojo1218 18 June, 2010, 03:31

    OMG!!! it’s really amazing…!
    though… I did got goose bumps while listening…

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  17. Bishojo1218
    #17 Bishojo1218 18 June, 2010, 03:42

    oh yeah,… can anyone tell me who’s Barret to Tifa?

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    • Nathan
      Nathan 24 February, 2015, 01:55

      Barret is Tifa’s Comrade. Barret is the leader of AVALANCHE. Tifa is part of AVALANCHE.

  18. Shane Matthews
    #18 Shane Matthews 18 June, 2010, 10:36

    Wow just wow, i listened to this last night and it was fantastic, the hard work has definitely paid off guys thats an awesome audiobook worthy of the name Final Fantasy, i really hope you guys do more it really was great 🙂

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  19. Loli
    #19 Loli 20 June, 2010, 06:43

    “Maiden” is a bad translation because Aerith is not a maiden. I think that “The Girl Who Travels The Planet” is a more correct English translation.

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    • Pixel
      Pixel 20 June, 2010, 21:55

      I think the word Maiden is has a romanticism about it, and a better flow.

    • Bishojo1218
      Bishojo1218 4 July, 2010, 06:06

      Maiden’s the right word.

    • anon
      anon 24 July, 2012, 23:00

      Maiden isn’t a bad translation. The definition for “maiden” is a young, unmarried woman. Get your facts straight before you run your mouth.

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