November, 2011

Spiritual December

Posted on November 30, 2011 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: 7 Comments

The year draws to a close, and many people use this time for retro- and introspection. Maybe the folllowing 10 gems from our catalog will help you on your spiritual journey.

Let’s start with the obvious: Christmas! You know the story: Bethlehem, manger, shepherds, star, three wise men,… Well, there is also the Story of the other Wise Man, who got lost on the way… Listen to the story by Henry van Dyke to find out if he reached his goal in the end.

Great similarities there are between the story of Jesus and that of John the Baptist. His life starts around the same time, and ends almost equally tragic: through the sheer stubbornness of Salome. Listen to our dramatic production of Oscar Wilde’s play.

Henryk Sienkiewicz tells about the burning of Rome by Emperor Nero, and the love that blossoms in its ruins between the Roman Marcus Vinicius and the Christian Lygia, in his famous book Quo Vadis.

“Where are you going?” is also asked of Evan McIan and James Turnbull. The devout Catholic and convinced atheist wander about to find a good spot for their duel. Whether the former gains satisfaction from the latter for insulting the Virgin Mary can be read in G. K. Chesterton’s novel The Ball and the Cross.

Seeking satisfaction and revenge was the cause for the War between the Kauravas and the Pandavas. The big battle shall start tomorrow, but the warrior Arjuna has doubts over the killing. This is when Krishna takes him aside and their talk is recorded as the Bhagavad Gita, the central text of Hindu theology. This recording is also available in German.

Buddhism is the other important Eastern religion, and it goes back to the prince Gautama Buddha, who left his palace to seek enlightenment. Read the famous Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse to delve deeper into the life of Buddha.

The prophet Mohammed is considered the founder of Islam, as its most sacred text has been written down by him. Since then, The Meaning of the Glorious Koran has been sought for by countless people. This specific translation is by Mohammed M. Pickthall.

Mary Antin’s family left their Jewish traditions behind in Russia, when they emigrated to America. Read Mary’s touching accout of their new life in The Promised Land where they hoped to find peace and acceptance.

The ancestors of Charles Alexander Eastman, also known as Ohiyesa, emigrated also to North America, albeit thousands of years ago. Read The Soul of the Indian for an in depth view of their unique religion.

Let’s get back to where we started: Christmas. If baking cookies, wrapping presents and other holiday activities contribute to a heightened feeling of stress rather than spirituality, take a break with the first volume of our Hymn Collection.

Happy holidays to people of all faiths!

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LibriVox Community Podcast #118

Posted on November 23, 2011 by | Posted in For Volunteers, Librivox Community Podcast, News, Podcast | Comments: Comments Off

Listen to LibriVox Community Podcast #118 hosted by Bob Gonzalez (bobgon55).

Duration: 59m. 33s.

A Podcast of Thanksgiving, Praise and Tribute of LibriVox readers and other volunteers.

With contributions from: Carol Box, Algy Pug, TriciaG, Lars Rolander, Availle, libraryanne, Martin Geeson, Lucy Perry, Jim Postlewaite, and Jim Mowatt and Sean McGaughey (ductapeguy).

Bob Gonzalez Intro and Preview: A Thanksgiving Show 00:00
Carol Box A Cornucopia of Praise 01:57

Jim & Sean (Part 1) Podcasts are hard work 04:23
Bob Gonzalez Comments on podcast hosting 06:44

Algy Pug (Part 1) On Henry V trio 08:20
Jim & Sean (Part 2) Highlights of past podcasts 12:01

TriciaG Bloopers Part 1 – Vocal Flubs 13:38
Lars Rolander On Edgar Rice Burroughs 18:28

Availle 03:47 On Better Angel by Richard Meeker 22:54
Jim & Sean (Part 3) iPod & Philosophy plus 26:52

Betty (libraryanne) On the Christmas Carol collections 29:00
Martin Geeson On J.C. Guan 29:53

Jim & Sean (Part 4) Public domain LibriVox contrib 35:55
Algy Pug (Part 2) On Lucy Perry 38:26

Lucy Perry A Cornucopia of Praise and Thanks 40:12
Jim Postlewaite Thankful for LibriVox 44:38

Jim & Sean (Part 5) Tribute to Alan David Drake 46:46
Algy Pug Part 3 On Jason Mills 48:45

Bob Gonzalez Tribute to Philippa (russiandoll) 51:38
TriciaG Bloopers Part 2 – Animals & birds interrupting 54:39

Jim & Sean (Part 6) Finale – Final thanks 57:12
Bob Gonzalez Outro: Future Podcasts 58:33

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Recent past LibriVox Community Podcast files can be found at our spot on: Archive.org and archived shows for previous years can be found at: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Archived shownotes for the Community Podcast can be found at:
http://librivox.org/category/librivox-community-podcast/

And the rss feed for those shownotes is:
http://librivox.org/category/librivox-community-podcast/feed

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iPhone Apps for LibriVox

Posted on November 9, 2011 by | Posted in News, on the web, Uncategorized | Comments: 15 Comments

LibriVox itself doesn’t produce any apps for the iphone, but we have an open catalog platform and all our books are free, so many others have built iPhone and Android apps for LibriVox.

Below you’ll find a collection of some of the iphone apps running off the LibriVox catalog (if you know of other good ones, please let us know). UPDATE: you can of course just download our audiobooks as you usually do, make sure they are in iTunes, and sync your iPhone – you don’t need an app to listen on your phone.

We’ll do a roundup of Android apps next week.

IPHONE/IPAD APPS RUNNING OFF OF LIBRIVOX CATALOG

LibriVox Selections

Producer: Iambik Audio Inc.

The LibriVox Selections app has now been discontinued. As LibriVox and Iambik founder Hugh McGuire explained, “We’ve decided to keep our attention focused on producing great new audiobooks in partnership with publishers, and the LibriVox app didn’t fit in with our focus. There are some very good audiobook apps out there already giving access to the LibriVox catalog, and we’d prefer to let app developers continue their good work, while we spend our time making more great audiobooks.

Audiobooks (Free)

Description: Join the more than 2,200,000 people who have used Audiobooks to listen to over 3,535 classic audiobooks for FREE. In addition to all our free content, we also include a growing collection of premium audiobookd for your enjoyment.

Producer: Cross Forward Consulting, LLC

NOTES: Cross Forward Consulting contributed to the LibriVox funding drive in February 2010.

iTunes Download Link

Audiobooks Premium ($0.99)

Description: Join the more than 2,200,000 people who have used Audiobooks to listen to over 3,535 classic audiobooks for FREE. In addition to all our free content, we also include a growing collection of premium audiobooks for your enjoyment.

Producer: Cross Forward Consulting, LLC

NOTES: Not sure the difference between the paid and free versions. Cross Forward Consulting contributed to the LibriVox funding drive in February 2010.

iTunes Download Link

Free Audiobooks – 4,728 classic audiobooks for less than a cup of coffee ($1.99)

Description: Ah to describe an app in two words… Free Audiobooks is just that- Free Audiobooks! We’ve crafted handpicked collections to make browsing a snap, and commissioned hundreds of custom covers to bring you Cover Mode. This is the world of public domain audiobooks like never before.

NOTES: none.

Producer: Spreadsong, Inc.

iTunes Download Link

Audiobooks – 2,947 classics for free (Free)

Description: Audiobooks by Classicly gives you 2,947 classic audiobooks, for free. No ifs and buts about it- we package up 2,947 audiobooks and make them available to download and listen to anytime, anywhere. No nickel and diming, no extra fees- you get the entire collection for less than a cup of coffee.

Producer: Spreadsong, Inc.

NOTES: None.

iTunes Download Link

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LibriVox Community Podcast #117

Posted on November 8, 2011 by | Posted in For Volunteers, Librivox Community Podcast, News, Podcast | Comments: Comments Off

Listen to LibriVox Community Podcast #117 hosted by Bob Gonzalez (bobgon55).

Duration: 50m 10s.

A LibriVox Community Podcast celebrating … the Librivox Community Podcasts.

With contributions from: Esther (Starlite), Martin Geeson, Nick Clifford, Cori Samuel, Jim Mowatt, Ruth Golding, Timothy Ferguson, Phil Chenevert, Lars Rolander, David Barnes, and Sean McGaughey (ductapeguy).

Opening and intro (0:00)
Esther (Starlite) with Statistics (00:47)
Martin Geeson, DPL of Roderick Hudson (02:35)
Nick Clifford, Reader of Roderick Hudson (03:42)
Excerpt from Roderick Hudson (04:39)
Cori Samuel speaking on and reading an excerpt from Frankenstein (06:00)
Bob Gonzalez reflects on & gives facts about past LibriVox Community Podcasts (09:00)
Jim Mowatt on the origin of the LibriVox Community Podcast (11:17)
Cori Samuel on hosting a LibriVox Community Podcast (14:09)

Promos:
Ruth Golding for the Christmas collections (16:27)
Timothy Ferguson for the 2012 Year of Reading Australia (18:28)
Phil Chenevert for his LibriVox instructional videos (21:21)

Bob Gonzalez on LibriVox Community Podcast Archives (23:27)
Lars Rolander on the power of the storyteller (26:08)
David Barnes on his memorable podcast hosting event (31:17)
Jim Mowatt and Sean McGaughey reflect on the LibriVox Community Podcasts (36:38)
Bob Gonzalez Outro:
Exhortation to host/contribute to LV Community Podcasts & Thank yous (49:06)

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To Subscribe to the Librivox Community Podcast, go to:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/LibrivoxCommunityPodcast

Or hit this itunes link to get you to the subscribe page:
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=203970211

Recent past LibriVox Community Podcast files can be found at our spot on: Archive.org and archived shows for previous years can be found at: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Archived shownotes for the Community Podcast can be found at:
http://librivox.org/category/librivox-community-podcast/

And the rss feed for those shownotes is:
http://librivox.org/category/librivox-community-podcast/feed

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