March, 2010

Our Readers’ Favourites – Old and New

Posted on March 18, 2010 by | Posted in For Volunteers, mystery, News, Uncategorized, Weekly Picks | Comments: 37 Comments on Our Readers’ Favourites – Old and New

Here are some suggestions from the heart of our LibriVox community – audio books which have given our readers particular pleasure to listen to.

We have three versions of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in our catalogue, with two more recordings in progress. It is clearly a book which many readers want to record. Our first version, which was a collaborative project with over a dozen different readers, was released only 6 months after LibriVox started, and is still one of our most popular downloads.

John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps has been adapted for several films and television productions, but in a member’s view none measure up to the original book. Here we offer you Adrian Praetzellis’ recording. As a reviewer says: “His voice characterisations were first class…

All you mathematicians out there will know that it was Pi Day on March 14th, but have you heard our ground-breaking The First Fifty Digits of Pi? A true feast – the first 50 digits served up by 56 readers each to his/her own recipe.

March 14th was also the birthday of Albert Einstein, and you can hear an introduction to Einstein’s space-bending, time-stretching theory of Relativity, written by the master himself at Relativity: The Special and General Theory.

If that is rather heavy fare, how about a light snack of short stories? The Parenticide Club by Ambrose Bierce, read by Peter Yearsley, consists of four grotesque short stories about murder within the family.

Not to be missed is The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer, superbly read by Elaine Tweddle.

Also highly recommended is J. M. Smallheer’s reading of a top ten bestseller of 1906, The House of a Thousand Candles by Meredith Nicholson. If you like mystery, adventure and romance, you will love this.

If you prefer science fiction, The Door Through Space, an early work of Marion Zimmer Bradley, may be to your taste. When the door swings open, erstwhile Terran Intelligence agent Race Cargill finds himself facing a plot designed to destroy the Terran Empire. Read by Christie Nowak and Clive Catterall.

Notable for its vivid descriptions of the eponymous hero (no mean feat!) The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells is a classic of science fiction. This version from 2006 is read by Alex Foster.

H. P. Lovecraft lists among his greatest influences works by William Hope Hodgson including The House on the Borderland. This recording, by Alan Winterrowd, has been highly recommended by aficionados of the horror and fantasy genres.

And for a little bonne bouche at the end of this banquet of fine things, here is some delicious poetry: Selected Poems by Christina & Dante Gabriel Rossetti, read for you by Leonard Wilson.

All previous listening suggestions may also be found on the Recommended Listening List in the LibriVox Wiki.

If you have a favourite recording you would like me to include next time, feel free to leave a comment here or visit us on this forum thread What are your favourite recordings? and tell us about it.


Funding Goal Achieved: Thank You!

Posted on March 9, 2010 by | Posted in about LibriVox, For Volunteers, News | Comments: 11 Comments on Funding Goal Achieved: Thank You!

Dear LibriVox supporters, friends, volunteers:

Two weeks ago we sent out a request for donations towards a $20,000 fundraising campaign. We outlined why on this post (with a number of questions answered in the comments thread). You responded with generosity, and we can now close down our campaign.


Thank you!

We got to our target so quickly it warms our hearts. Not only did people donate, but this campaign also allowed many many people to express their appreciation for all the hard and wonderful work done by LibriVox volunteers.

We won’t have to talk about money again for a few years. Instead, we’ll get back to working hard to fulfill our mission, which is:

To make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet.

So: Thank you again.

For those curious:

Campaign Details:

We raised $23,000 from 433 donors, in 13 days, averaging $1,769 in donations from 33 people every day. We had a couple of big donors, who gave a few thousand dollars each, and many more smaller donations which all add up to: everything we asked for. Thank you again.

LibriVox Details:

This money will help support our efforts, which so far have resulted in the following:
* 3773: Total number of projects
* 3227: Number of completed projects
* 470: Number of completed non-English projects
* 31: Total number of languages
* 28: Number of languages with a completed work
* 1498: Number of completed solo projects
* 3549: Number of readers
* 3347: …who have completed something

Total recorded time: 66472509 seconds, or 2 years, 38 days, 20 hours, 57 minutes, and 37 seconds. Total of 66978 sections.

Have I said thank you? Well: thank you again! Oh, and a very special thank-you to our friends and supporters at the Internet Archive, especially Jacques and Brewster, who managed the donations for us so that we didn’t have to worry about setting up paypal accounts and all the rest.

And now, back to making free, public domain audiobooks.

All the best,

Hugh McGuire.


Levée de fonds à la bibliothèque audio Librivox

Posted on March 6, 2010 by | Posted in about LibriVox, News | Comments: 1 Comment on Levée de fonds à la bibliothèque audio Librivox

UPDATE: Merci, nous avons reussit nos objectifs, alors, on n’a plus besoin d’argent pour l’instant! Mercia à tous.

Votre don soutiendra le travail de nos bénévoles

Le but de notre campagne de levée de fonds est 20 000$. Une fois l’objectif atteint, nous cesserons la campagne. Nous espérons pouvoir continuer notre travail pour environ 4,5 années sans devoir vous en parler de nouveau!

Comment faire un don:

  1. Visitez la page de don “Internet Archive” (Internet Archive est l’organisme de charité reconnu au USA qui gère notre campagne de levée de fonds)
  2. Sélectionnez une méthode pour faire votre don**(, Paypal, ou chèque)
  3. Assurez-vous de bien mentionner “Donation for LibriVox” avec votre paiement (sinon nous ne recevrons pas votre don!)
  4. N’oubliez pas d’écrire “Donation for LibriVox” avec votre paiement!

Note de Internet Archive: Veuillez rassurer vos donateurs que nous ne vendons pas notre liste d’envoi ni n’envoyons de courriels non-sollicités.

[Merci à Maf pour la traduction!]


LibriVox Community Podcast #111

Posted on March 4, 2010 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Librivox Community Podcast, News | Comments: 4 Comments on LibriVox Community Podcast #111

Listen to LibriVox Community Podcast #111 with Cori, Ruth and Lucy.


Duration: 10:00

Oh my goodness! LibriVox needs money?!

In this podcast, Ruth reads Hugh’s blog post announcing our fundraising drive, Lucy says why she thinks this crazy audio project is worth donating to, and a cast of 17 LibriVoxateers sing to charm a dollar or two from your wallet/purse (song orchestrated and edited together by Ruth.)

Also included: snippets of a number of LibriVox recordings. Though I forgot War and Peace, can you believe it!

Music by Bach and Miguez. In the public domain via. and performed by Felipe Sarro.

And, yes we need money, but only $20,000, to last us some years into the future. Once we meet this target, we’ll stop accepting donations … as of this Monday, we’d raised $12,000. Not so far to go, now. See this post for more information and how to donate!

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2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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