September, 2005

the italian audiolit challenge

Posted on September 26, 2005 by | Posted in News | Comments: 10 Comments on the italian audiolit challenge

We’ve been getting lots of hits from Italy, stemming from posts on,, and

One comment noted that there were not yet any Italian books, and I responded inviting Italian volunteers to record something (for instance, La Divina Commedia di Dante!!) …

And then launched this challenge (see google’s translation) to it’s readers, to get recording (either as volunteers with LibriVox, or in a separate project)…

“Speriamo di poter presto sentire qualche buon audiolibro italiano!”


Forums Now Available

Posted on September 26, 2005 by | Posted in For Volunteers, News, site & admin | Comments: 4 Comments on Forums Now Available

Want to discuss the best way to record your chapters? Wonder about about how to pronounce character names? Are you eager to share a brilliant tip to help us all improve our readings?

Well now you can. We’ve added forums to LibriVox. We hope this will be a useful resource for all LibriVox readers, book curators, admins, and other volunteers.

Click on the forums link in the blue volunteers box to be directed to the new forums at

To participate in the forums, please register on the forum page.

Listeners, there’s a place in the forums for you to leave your suggestions, too.


The Secret Agent, Chapter 7

Posted on September 25, 2005 by | Posted in Podcast | Comments: Comments Off on The Secret Agent, Chapter 7

Whew! A long wait, but worth it. Lloyd had some technical troubles with Chapter 7, and had to redo the recording, and here it is (gotta love that London accent):

File: The Secret Agent, Chapter 7
Written by: Joseph Conrad
Read by: Lloyd Davis from Perfect Path
Time: 30:53
Bit rate: 40 (?) kbps
File size: 14.8 MB

Next up: Chapter 8, read by Mitchell, the Literate Loser.



Character voices

Posted on September 24, 2005 by | Posted in recording tips | Comments: 3 Comments on Character voices

As a LibriVox reader, you can tap into your acting talents and give your characters voices. Depending on your book and the character, you may choose to be subtle or outrageous. No matter which, it makes it easier for the listener to distinguish during dialogue.

How do you create a character’s voice? Tone (nasal, smooth, scratchy, breathy, rumbling), pitch (high, low) and speed combine to make memorable voices.

Experiment, practice, and listen closely to friends and strangers to hear a wide range of voices you can imitate.


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