December, 2016

Christmas Podcast

Posted on December 21, 2016 by | Posted in Blog, For Volunteers, Librivox Community Podcast, News, Podcast | Comments: Comments Off

Listen to LibriVox Community Podcast #144: LibriVox Christmastime plans; thoughts on Christmas; poems, short stories, and other Christmas-related readings; exclusive radio play; Christmas interview; LibriVox bloopers.
Duration: 1:40:39

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Hosted by Twinkle

With contributions from Cheryl Adam (cadam10e), April6090 (adr6090), Molly Craig (mzmolly65), Christine Dufour (Jacquerie), Linette Geisel (linny), Greg Giordano (GregGiordano), larryhayes7 (larryhayes7), Joyfull (Joyfull), Kangaroo (Kangaroo692), Christine Lehman (stoogeswoman), Newgatenovelist (Newgatenovelist), Tomas Peter (WiltedScribe), Rachel (SweetPea), Sandra Schmit (catharmaiden), Kara Shallenberg (kayray), Esther ben Simonides (EstherbenSimonides), Bria Snow (Breeze), Twinkle (Twinkle88), and Peter Yearsley (Peter Why)

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Show Notes:
00:00 Introduction – Twinkle
00:48 New and old Christmas-themed projects – Twinkle
02:07 Bloopers – Linette Geisel, Kara Shallenberg, Christine Dufour, Twinkle, Bria Snow, Newgatenovelist, Rachel
05:23 LibriVox Christmas projects and plans Christmas Short Works Collection 2016, Christmas Tales and Christmas Verse, Christmas Carol Collection 2016; poems “Dedication” and “A Hymn on the Nativity of My Savior” – Kangaroo
08:20 Upcoming solo London Labour and the London Poor – Volume 1, short story “Why the Chimes Rang” – Peter Yearsley
24:14 Thoughts on LibriVox – Sandra Schmit
25:52 Favorite Christmas broadcast “The Shepherd,” poem “The Shepherd,” short story “The Little Match Girl” – Molly Craig
33:52 Christmas memories, thoughts on Christmas, John 1:1-14 – Joyfull
38:33 Short story “Keeping Christmas,” poem “Sly Santa Claus,” history of “The Festival of St. Nicholas” – April6090
53:17 Poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” – larryhayes7
57:16 Thoughts on A Christmas Carol – Greg Giordano
1:11:34 Radio play “Snowed In: A Penny Parker Christmas” – Cheryl Adam
1:31:26 Christmas Interview – Twinkle, Christine Lehman, Tomas Peter, Esther ben Simonides
1:40:08 Conclusion – Twinkle, April6090, Molly Craig, Greg Giordano, Joyfull, Kangaroo, Sandra Schmit, Esther ben Simonides, Peter Yearsley

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We are interested in whatever feedback – positive or constructively critical – anyone has about our podcasts. Add a comment below or pop over to this forum thread. Any member of the community who has contributed readings to the LibriVox catalog can host a podcast and is most welcome to do so. Visit this thread on the forum to express an interest and float your ideas.

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LibriVox Community Podcast No. 143

Posted on December 10, 2016 by | Posted in For Volunteers, Librivox Community Podcast, News, Podcast | Comments: 1 Comment

Listen to LibriVox Community Podcast #143: LibriVox first experiences, forum names and why users chose them, and a special segment on voice characterisations

Duration: 55:50

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Hosted by Kangaroo

With contributions from Aaron M. Lebowitz (aaronml), Amelia Chesley (plaidsicle), Craig Campbell (soupy), Dan S. (Twilight88), Glenn O’Brien (glennobrien), Kangaroo (Kangaroo692), Maria Kasper (commonsparrow3), Peter Thomlinson (lurcherlover), Peter Yearsley (Peter Why), Son of the Exiles (SonoftheExiles), Twinkle (Twinkle88), toadoftoadhall (toadoftoadhall)

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LibriVox Community Podcast #143: LibriVox first experiences, forum names and why users chose them, and a special segment on voice characterizations.

Show Notes:
00:00 Introduction – Kangaroo
00:32 Libriversaries – Kangaroo
03:20 November Statistics – Kangaroo
04:35 Promo for Under the Lilacs – Twinkle
06:43 Promo for Stamp Collecting as a Pastime – Kangaroo
09:08 Voice Characterizations – Son of the Exiles
15:37 Forum User Names – Twinkle with wildlindajohnson, fiddlesticks, clarinetcarrot, commonsparrow3, lurcherlover, twinkle88, kangaroo
23:47 First poetry recording The Cow – Peter Yearsley
28:47 First recording experience Rilla of Ingleside – Twinkle
31:29 First test recording and first recording British Goblins: Welsh Folk-lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions – Amelia Chesley
35:15 Getting started with Librivox, Short Story Collection Vol 065 – Peter Thomlinson
36:16 First recording The Hound of the Baskervilles (version 3), going solo and book coordinating – Maria Kasper
41:36 First recording Jerusalem – Craig Campbell
44:32 First recording, Behind the Arras: A Book of the Unseen by Bliss Carman – Dan S.
45:24 Many Firsts Old Santeclaus – Glenn O’Brien
48:40 Interviews – Kangaroo with Aaron M. Lebowitz, toadoftoadhall
52:30 First recording Wilderness Ways – Kangaroo
54:03 Recent recording of ”Hymn to the Night” in Short Poetry Collection 162 – Kangaroo
55:35 Conclusion – Kangaroo

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We are interested in whatever feedback – positive or constructively critical – anyone has about our podcasts. Add a comment below or pop over to this forum thread. Any member of the community who has contributed readings to the LibriVox catalog can host a podcast and is most welcome to do so. Visit this thread on the forum to express an interest and float your ideas.

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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, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013-2016.

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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Shakespeare in Love

Posted on December 1, 2016 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: 1 Comment

British literature has a long history, and many of the best known stories of all times originated on the British Isles. This time, however, we are after the lesser known authors for this year’s final 10 gems from our catalogue.

For almost 200 years, Thomas Kyd had fallen into obscurity, even though the playwright from the 1580s was among the most important figures of Elizabethan drama. Here, we present his most famous play The Spanish Tragedy, where a man (or rather: a ghost) takes revenge…

Winston S. Churchill also saw many people die – he was British Prime Minister during WWII. Besides that, he was a renowned writer of nonfiction and even received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. During his long term in parliament, he had to give many public addresses, some of which are collected in Selected House of Common Speeches.

Being the British Prime Minister does not seem to hinder one’s private pursuits. Another one – Benjamin Disraeli – was a well known literary figure and is credited with the invention of the political novel. One of his best known is Sibyl, or the Two Nations, tracing the plight of the working classes in England.

Definitely not working class was Charlotte Yonge. She was homeschooled by her father, and started writing in 1848. She wrote about 160 novels in her life time, many of them with a historical theme that she painstakingly researched. Her book The Litte Duke is based on the life of Richard, Duke of Normandy.

Samuel Pepys had a number of highborn family members, but he spent his childhood in relative poverty. Only through fastidious studying, which earned him a scholarship at Cambridge, did he climb the ranks and finally became Chief Secretary to the Admiralty. He is best known for The Diary of Samuel Pepys, which he kept from 1660 – 1669.

Rita (pen name of Eliza M. Humphreys) on the other hand, received little education. Even so, she became a famous author and wrote 120 novels – one of them even sold 160,000 copies! In The Mystery of a Turkish Bath the guests of an exclusive Hampshire hotel witness the strange and dangerous display of occult powers…

Marie Corelli, an illegitimate child, started writing in 1886 and became the most widely read author of fiction of her time. She even outsold A. Conan Doyle, but was always belittled by critics. In The Secret Power, the female inventor of an airship and the male holder of destructive powers get involved romantically – but question marks remain for both of them.

No question marks are there about the new teacher at Dr. Wortle’s School: It is clear that she is a bigamist. The religious school deals with it in the style of Anthony Trollope. He was one of the most renowned authors of Victorian England, and is best known for the Chronicles of Barsetshire.

Also from the Victorian era hails Sir Henry W. Lucy, a political journalist. He taught himself shorthand and French and worked as a reporter from 1864 for a number of different newspapers. Faces and Places is a collection of articles on travels he made in various countries.

Dora Sigerson Shorter was an Irish Poet and a major figure of the Irish Literary Revival. Sadly, she died at only 51 years of age. The Sad Years is a collection of her poetry concerning WWI, from 1914 – 1918.

Enjoy discovering new British authors!

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