Librivox free audiobook library now has 365 days' worth of continuous listening material

Hugh sez, "This past weekend, LibriVox reached an extraordinary milestone: our catalog now contains 365 days worth of free, public domain audiobooks."
In the past week alone we’ve released numerous wonderful recordings, including:

Perhaps you’d like to come help us record more?

blockquote> 365 Days of LibriVox Audio (Thanks, Hugh!)

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  1. Wow, “Flatland”. I haven’t thought of that book in ages.

    Gods, I hope that it’s still assigned reading for grade schoolers.

  2. I listened to their reading of Voltaire’s Candide the other day while working on artwork. The only thing that was strange was that every chapter they would announce “this is a librivox production…”, which was kind of annoying. Then again, I was very thankful for the opportunity to listen to something for free.

  3. Librivox is great… as long as you get a decent person reading. I remember one that was read by a guy with a heavy Asian accent and a lisp.

  4. I spend way too much time driving for my job. I have been D/L books from Librivox and listening to them in the car for about a year and a half. It’s made the driving actually bearable!

    Hugh McGuire should get some sort of medal for this.

    Ditto on the “hope you get a good reader”.

    Some notable readers:
    Just about anything read by “Chip from Florida” (vigorous, well-enunciated readings, some pronunciation quirks, but quite good);
    Ezwa (the most jaw-droppingly perfect pronunciation in French. I’m in awe…);
    Adrian Praetzellis (Listen to Israel Zangwell’s “The Big Bow Mystery” – It’s great fun.)(A cast of Dozens! all with their own accents);
    and there another reader, a woman who’s name escapes me: her voice is like the aural equivalent of Bailey’s Irish Cream, like honey, like whatever simile you want. She’s dangerous to listen to while driving. Listening to her soothing voice, I just want to drift off into dreamland, like Homer Simpson did after driving too tired, too long.

    Some of their collections are fun. The insomnia collection is handy when you actually WANT to drift off to sleep. It includes to this page turner: “09 Selections from General Instructions For The Guidance Of Post Office Inspectors In The Dominion Of Canada”. And Pi: Read to a Thousand Places.

  5. Sadly, the only way to get decent audiobook functionality out of my mp3 player (like remembering where you left off) is for the files to be in audible format, and nobody seems to have made an .mp3->.aa converter so far.

  6. Librivox is great, but agree that the readers should perhaps be vetted more closely for accent and intonation. Nothing against any accent but if it affects understanding then it becomes a little infuriating. I had not realised how many ‘classics’ I have missed out on. Another 365 days’ worth, please.

  7. Not that Das Kapital isn’t an important book, but can you really imagine listening to it as an audio book? I read it years ago, and any number of times I got to the middle of a half-page sentence only to have the text reference the “former” and “latter”. Not only did I have to look back for the antecedents, but by the time I found them I forgot what the sentence was saying and had to reread it. Maybe this translation will be better than the one I read? The Three Musketeers is good, though.

  8. listening to Librivox readers is comparable to fingernails on a chalkboard, which is also free. Most of them are so bad that they really should know better than to volunteer. I wish there were a similar project with, at least, some minimal standards.

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