November, 2012

LibriVox Will Be Down for Maintenance Wed Nov 28-Fri Nov 30

Posted on November 27, 2012 by | Posted in about LibriVox, News | Comments: 4 Comments on LibriVox Will Be Down for Maintenance Wed Nov 28-Fri Nov 30

Dear Everybody,

We are moving homes! All LibriVox systems are going to move from our current servers to a new home at the Internet Archive (thanks Internet Archive! and thanks to Syntenic for hosting us the past couple of years).

IMPORTANT!!: The LibriVox website and forum will be unavailable while we move. Please visit our Twitter feed for the latest information.

This thread is to explain our timeline and to host questions and answers. Please DO post below (or on the forum) if you have any questions! And after the move, please post here if you spot any glitches.


  • Done: Planning new set-up, implementation and preliminary testing.
  • Done: Confirm dates with our sysadmin and our contacts at Internet Archive and current hosts.
  • Weds 28th Nov, 10PM EST: Put up “closed for maintenance” page on our site while we move.
    For the time in your area, check the worldclock.
  • Thurs 29th Nov (evening EST): MC volunteers will test all systems. Once this is completed satisfactorily …
  • Fri 30th Nov (evening EST): All LibriVox systems back up and running!

Note this is not a simple process, so there might be some glitches. Don’t panic if it takes a little longer.


Q: Can I still listen to LibriVox books while the site is offline?
A: Yes! All our books will be available at as usual. You won’t be able to use the LibriVox catalogue to find them, though.

Q: Can I post in the forum or read the wiki or website while the site is offline?
A: No. These will be unavailable while we move them.

Q: How can I find out how the move is going?
A: We’ll post updates on Twitter as well as our page at the Internet Archive, which will be available throughout the move.

Q: What will be different once we’ve moved?
A: Nothing you will notice yet. Our aim right now is to keep everything the same, just in a new home. Our new website and improved process support software will be live in early 2013. Stay posted for more information about that!

Q: What shall I do while the site is offline?
A: Some recording, editing or proof-listening? Volunteer for whatever you think you can get through in a few days. Don’t forget to download any necessary files before the site closes down! Don’t overload yourself either, we won’t be gone for long.


LibriVox World Tour 2012: AFRICA

Posted on November 1, 2012 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: 5 Comments on LibriVox World Tour 2012: AFRICA

Welcome to the sixth and last leg of our World Tour, where we return to the cradle of mankind and make a roundtour with 10 gems from our catalog.

Let’s start our journey in Algeria, where we meet Tartarin of Tarascon who is in search of nothing less than lions. Read the funny novel by Alphonse Daudet about the French show-off – also available in French.

Travelling further along the coast and back in time, we make a brief stop in Egypt at the reign of one of its most famous queens. William Shakespeare gives his view on the well known story of Antony and Cleopatra.

Moving upstream on the Nile into the Sudan, we have a look at the Mahdist War of the late 19th century. We see it through the eyes of Winston Churchill who took part in the battle for Khartoum and wrote The River War.

A river in Uganda is the scene for a war of a different kind: In The Man Eaters of Tsavo and Other East African Adventures. John Henry Patterson details the long hunt for two lions that killed more than 108 men who were building a railway bridge across the Tsavo.

Lions and other animals feature prominently in Zanzibar Tales. The ancient tales of animals, some with a feel of 1001 Nights, were told to George W. Bateman by the natives of Tanzania.

Zanzibar is only the starting point in the book by R. M. Ballantyne. His novel Black Ivory tells about the slave trade in East Africa, which was well alive at a time when it was long forbidden on the West coast.

Moving further south, we get to the Zulu Kingdom. H. Rider Haggard tells Black Heart and White Heart, a story of love and betrayal during the time of Cetawayo, the last King of the independent Zulu nation.

These days, Zululand is a part of South Africa, just as the Karoo region, where Olive Schreiner spent part of her life. Her life and ideas form the basis of her best known novel The Story of an African Farm, which expresses some interestingly modern ideas.

Not quite so modern ideas, although they are by now means extinct, are expressed in the short poem The Congo. Although decidedly racist in its contents, it is interesting to note that its author Vachel Lindsay viewed himself as a supporter of African-American culture.

Finally, we get to travel from Sierra Leone to the peak of Cameroon with Mary H. Kingsley. Her book Travels in West Africa is an account of the adventures she had and insights she gained on her voyage of 1893.

Enjoy – and send a postcard!


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