July, 2012

LibriVox World Tour 2012: NORTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA

Posted on July 31, 2012 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: Comments Off

Welcome to the fourth leg of our LibriVox World Tour! Enjoy our trip through the New World with 10 gems from our catalog.

Perfectly suited to us cheechako’s – newcomers – in these lands are the Selections from Ballads of a Cheechako by Robert W. Service, one of the best known Canadian poets.

Newcomers also are those Hindus who fight for their rights at a college in the Midwest of the USA. As the granddaughter of the college founder goes over to their side, the trouble gets even worse… Enjoy our production of Susan Glaspell’s drama Inheritors.

In 1519, Hernando Cortes and his conquistadores came to America in search of fame and riches. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William H. Prescott describes how they destroyed the empire of the Aztecs.

300 years later, in 1838, the remains of another empire – the Mayan – were discovered by John Lloyd Stevens and F. Catherwood. The former wrote down their adventures in Belize, Guatemala and Honduras in Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan, Vol. I.

It is clear that such a discovery in Honduras attracts many adventurers. Victor Appleton portrays the search for a Mayan idol made of pure gold in the juvenile fiction Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders.

Similarly miraculous is the island of Bermuda, certainly when seen through the eyes of Mark Twain. Picture his trip to this beautiful island with the white houses with Some Rambling Notes on an Idle Excursion.

Staying on an island is usually rather pleasant – unless you happen to be A Prisoner of Morro, like US Naval cadet Clif Faraday. Read about his adventures in the novel by Upton Sinclair, set in Cuba during the Spanish American War of 1898.

About 80 years earlier, the Caribbean was the hunting spot for pirates. Aaron Smith, on the way from Jamaica to England, was captured and enslaved by Cuban pirates, finally managed to escape – but only to be put on trial for piracy in England. The Atrocities of the Pirates is his story.

A far more romantic depiction of pirate life – as the final choice of a wrongly convicted man – is Captain Blood. Set in Barbados, the adventure novel by Rafael Sabatini was the basis for the film of the same name which made Errol Flynn famous.

Stanton H. King, born in Barbados, could only resist the siren call of the sea until his 12th birthday. Then he followed the footsteps of his older brothers and became a sailor, and endured Dog Watches at Sea for just as many years, before settling down on dry land again.

Enjoy – and send a postcard!

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LibriVox Community Podcast #129

Posted on July 15, 2012 by | Posted in For Volunteers, Librivox Community Podcast, News, Podcast | Comments: Comments Off

Listen to LibriVox Community Podcast #129 hosted by Bob Gonzalez (bobgon55).

Duration: 26m 54s

LibriVox: The Pioneer Days – Part Four of a Five-part Series.

Featuring part two of a conversation with Gesine.

[Warning: Some minimal uneven audio in some places due to connection instability at times.]

00:00 Intro
01:04 Mystery Special Projects
03:38 Genre Groups & MCs
04:44 Before the Magic Window & New Projects Launch Pad
06:04 LibriVox: Unique Forum & Community
09:24 Criticism
10:45 Cultural Differences
13:15 Gain and/Loss
14:44 Choosing Admins
16:25 Burnout
17:37 Editing
20:58 Esoteric Projects
21:55 LibriVox for readers more than listeners
22:54 Wacky Projects Revisted
24:02 Life Changing Experience? Running Iambik
25:00 Outro

We are interested in whatever feedback – positive or constructively critical – anyone has about this fourth podcast of the series. You may also contribute statistics, comments, and promos to be added to the next and final one, featuring a conversation with Librivox founder Hugh McGuire. Add a comment below or pop over to this forum thread.

Phil Williams, Voyager Recordings & Publications
Vivian & Phil Williams: Our Programs of Traditional Northwest Fiddling from Pioneer Days to The Present
http://www.voyagerrecords.com/

An email message from Phil Williams of Voyager Records:
Feel free to use any of the recordings in the Northwest Fiddle Field Recordings section. We claim no copyright on them. The concept here is to make available to the public some of the fiddling of the Pacific Northwest, and fiddlers that have come here. If you want to use any material from these, or other CDs we have out, for your projects, just let me know.

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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, 2010 and 2011.

Archived shownotes for the Community Podcast can be found at:
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LibriVox Community Podcast #128

Posted on July 1, 2012 by | Posted in For Volunteers, Librivox Community Podcast, News, Podcast | Comments: Comments Off

Listen to LibriVox Community Podcast #128 hosted by Bob Gonzalez (bobgon55).

Duration: 23m 20s

LibriVox: The Pioneer Days – Part Three of a Five-part Series.

Featuring a conversation with Gesine.

00:00 – Intro
01:39 – Joining LibriVox
02:40 – What is it about you that made LibriVox so appealing
03:36 – What did you do at first?
07:12 – Making it up as went along? Involved? How?
1st with 10,000 posts
09:15 – Spearheading? Instructionals. MCing
10:01 – Controversies, growing pains?
Erotica – flagging – LV seen as a library
A lot of people “get it” & enter discussion
11:20 – Quality Naturally Improving
Talented people inspire one another now
Editing magic
13:50 – Podcasts, how added; Community, friends; Another dimension
15:31 – What did it FEEL like to be in the project in the day?
“Pioneers!”
Reading, recording things I never would have touched otherwise
18:14 – Wacky projects?
Weekly Poetry, Ulysses
NanaWriMo project; Community Exercise, like podcasts
21:24 – Outro – More on the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) projects

Gesine’s Mystery Podcast – LibriVox Community Podcast #63
Nov 22, 2007

National Novel Writing Month site: http://www.nanowrimo.org/

LibriVox NaNoWriMo Novel 2006: The Mystery
Forum Thread: viewtopic.php?t=3892

LibriVox NaNoWriMo Novel 2007: The Yellow Sheet
Forum Thread: viewtopic.php?t=10442

We are interested in whatever feedback – positive or constructively critical – anyone has about this third podcast of the series. You may also contribute statistics, comments, and promos to be added to the next two, which have the featured interviews already set. Add a comment below or pop over to this forum thread.

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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, 2010 and 2011.

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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