June, 2011

Adventurous July

Posted on June 30, 2011 by | Posted in Blog, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: 1 Comment

July it is, and summer is at its peak in the Northern hemisphere. Just the right time to present 10 adventurous gems from our catalog.

Let’s begin with one of the oldest adventure stories, about the return of Ulysses from Troy. His Odyssey, described by Homer, took 10 years to complete, but more than 2600 years later, it is still read – even in ancient Greek!

Comparatively short was the journey of Joshua Slocum. However, 3 years of Sailing Alone Around the World on an 11.2 m fishing boat probably felt much longer…

A sea voyage only stands at the beginning of an adventure involving searching for El Dorado in the Andes, and avoiding revolutions and priestly dangers on the way. And on top of that, a woman needs rescuing from the The Web of the Golden Spider. Interested? Check out Frederick O’Barlett’s novel.

A lot of rescuing is needed by Pauline too. And all that just because she wanted to see the world before getting married. Follow The Perils of Pauline – and those of her fiance – in our dramatic reading of Charles Goddard’s novel.

Certainly no damsel in distress was May Kellogg Sullivan, A Woman Who Went to Alaska in 1899. She took two trips of 18 months each, and covered 12.000 miles in steamers and the fledgling railroad. And on the way she was staying with the rough guys in various mining camps…

The ancient King Solomon’s Mines lie supposedly somewhere in Africa. The old fable of enormous riches that can be found there spur Alan Quatermain on a journey through central Africa, in the famous novel by H. Rider Haggard.

The jungles of Bunyip Land need to be crossed by Joe Carstairs, a boy from Australia, in search of his father, a naturalist, whose tracks were lost in New Guinea. Whether he and his small search party will succeed or not, can be discovered in the book by George Manville Fenn.

One of the most famous, most expensive, and most dangerous search–and–rescue expeditions ended after an 8 month’s journey through the heart of Africa with “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”. Let’s hope the rest of the account on How I found Livingstone by Sir Henry M. Stanley is less dry…

Certainly more exciting are the books by Jules Verne, probably the best known writer of adventure stories. Here we present a lesser known novel Michael Strogoff, about a courier of Czar Alexander II, trying to do his duty during a rebellion. This book has also been recorded in Dutch.

In the end, let’s go back in time again, to the 8th – 11th century, when Beowulf was written. Listen to the beautiful poem describing how the young warrior kills the monster Grendel and is made King as a reward.

Enjoy our summer adventures – and your own!

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LibriVox forum and catalog down – and back up

Posted on June 24, 2011 by | Posted in about LibriVox, News | Comments: 14 Comments

Sorry folks, the LibriVox forum has gone down due to continuing problems as we try to rebuild/shore up our infrastructure following the hack a while ago.

More news when available.

Sorry again.

EDITED TO ADD: Forums and catalogue are now back up (18:30 GMT)

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New Releases

Posted on June 17, 2011 by | Posted in about LibriVox, For Volunteers, News, Uncategorized | Comments: 10 Comments

We still have a number of areas where work is ongoing, and users may notice things that are not working properly yet. There is a lot of work still to do and it is going to take some time to get everything functioning as we would wish. Security and usability are our top priorities.

In the meantime, one area that is not working is the New Releases update on the LibriVox Home Page. The new Releases RSS feed is working, so if you are subscribed to that you will see new releases as they come through, but they are not appearing on the Home Page.

In the meantime, this may help if you have missed any of the new releases since the reinstatement of the catalogue: the Internet Archive LibriVox index page has a list of all new releases in date order. Scroll down until you see “This just in”.

We are all greatly looking forward to getting back to what we are all here for – making public domain texts available as audio recordings. We thank you for your patience.

Ruth

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Catalog Up Again

Posted on June 10, 2011 by | Posted in about LibriVox, News | Comments: 13 Comments

The catalog is back up!

The tireless Dan has been working night and day to fix numerous issues with our catalog, and finally it is back up and running. Magic Windows (for you volunteers) are working again too. Thanks to Kara and others for help testing.

Also: a big thank you to David at the security firm/startup Subgraph for all his wonderful support and help.

We’ll post a bit more information when everything is finished up.

But I just want to express heaps of gratitude on behalf of everyone in the LibriVox community for the hard and frustrating work that has been done over the past two weeks to enable LibriVox to do what it does: make free public domain audiobooks.

Hugh.

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