December, 2009

LibriVox 3000

Posted on December 27, 2009 by | Posted in about LibriVox, For Volunteers, in the press, News | Comments: 1 Comment on LibriVox 3000

On Saturday December 26, 2009 LibriVox cataloged its 3000th title, The Red Planet, by William John Locke:

Set during WWI in England, The Red Planet is a rich tale about the life in a little English town from the point of view of Major Duncan Meredyth, a disabled veteran of the Boer Wars. As he struggles to keep his life and the lives of those he cares for in harmony, he must also shelter a dark secret regarding one of the village’s favorite sons.

Our yearly rate of completion of projects since we started in August 2005 is the following:

  • 2005: 30
  • 2006: 358
  • 2007: 728
  • 2008: 884
  • 2009: 1002 (and counting)

We currently offer 1 year, 329 days, 9 hours, 7 minutes, and 0 seconds worth of free public domain audio, or 61,234 completed sections of audio cataloged.

More LibriVox stats:

  • Total number of completed projects: 3002
  • Number of completed non-English projects: 430
  • Number of languages with a completed work: 27
  • Number of completed solo projects: 1402
  • Number of readers: 3323

A hearty thank-you & congratulations to all.

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LibriVox Community Podcast #108

Posted on December 24, 2009 by | Posted in Librivox Community Podcast, News | Comments: 3 Comments on LibriVox Community Podcast #108

Listen to LibriVox Community Podcast #108 hosted by Cori.


Duration: 30:53

Seasons greetings! The main voices you’ll hear, in order of appearance:

Elli and Neeru (and many blooping stars!)
Lucy Perry’s post read by David Lawrence
Sean McGaughey (excerpted from a For the Sake of the Song podcast)
Nicholas Bridgewater (from forthcoming project Aventuroj de Alicio en Mirlando de L. Carroll)
Sarah Jennings (on Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management)
Great Plains (with an excerpt from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol read by Glen Halstrom)
Ruth Golding

See also our Carol Collection and Video Introduction to LibriVox.

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Community Podcasts have been downloaded 17,424 times so far this year!


It’s Christmas time again!

Posted on December 24, 2009 by | Posted in Blog, For Volunteers, News, Uncategorized, Weekly Picks | Comments: 1 Comment on It’s Christmas time again!

Here are some suggestions for family Christmas listening:

Stories with a Christmas theme:

A short book, perfect for younger listeners, read by Kara Shallenberg: Christmas Holidays at Merryvale by Alice Hale Burnett.

The Christmas Angel by Abbie Farwell Brown, very much in the spirit of Dickens’ Christmas stories, read by Jan MacGillivray.

The Birds’ Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin, a charming story of Christmas cheer.

Old Christmas by Washington Irving, a tale of the quaint and old English traditions of celebrating Christmas.

Christmas Eve ghost stories Told after Supper by Jerome K. Jerome at his tongue-in-cheek best, read by Ruth Golding.

“If you don’t like Christmas stories, don’t read this one! And if you don’t like dogs I don’t know just what to advise you to do!” says Eleanor Hallowell Abbott, author of Peace On Earth, Good-Will To Dogs, read by Allyson Hester.

A grumpy gent learning the lesson of Christmas in Santa Claus’s Partner by Thomas Nelson Page.

Two versions of The Spirit of Christmas, a group of stories, essays and prayers by Henry van Dyke.

… and no Christmas would be complete without Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, of which we now have two English versions and a Dutch, Een Kerstlied in Proza.

Christmas poetry

Music On Christmas Morning by Anne Bronte

Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore. There is also now a new selection of readings of this much loved poem.

Christmas carols:

Christmas Carol Collection 2009, a collection of 30 traditional Christmas carols performed in a variety of styles, and also the 2006 Carol Collection.

Christmas carols, stories and poems

Other collections which include Christmas Carols, as well as seasonal stories and poems, include:

As we at Librivox approach with great excitement the release of our 1000th audiobook of 2009 and our 3000th in total, we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a peaceful and happy New Year.


Christmas Carol Collection 2009

Posted on December 20, 2009 by | Posted in News | Comments: 4 Comments on Christmas Carol Collection 2009

The LibriVox community wants to bring you a special treat for the 2009 Holiday Season. Here is a collection of 30 traditional Christmas carols performed in a variety of styles by our wonderful volunteers. Enjoy!


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