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17 Years – 17,000 Audiobooks

Posted on August 9, 2022 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, For Volunteers, News | Comments: 0

Today, LibriVox celebrates its 17th anniversary, and we do it in style with 17,000 completed audiobooks.

The lucky winner dropped about 10 days ago, and it’s Eva – Lilith, a book of poetry exploring love by Austrian writer Bruno Ertler. It is read in German by lorda.

Of course, all our books are winners, not just this one, and all our volunteers are too! Each and every one of them made life a bit easier for visually impaired people, people with tedious jobs, students with a busy schedule, or simply anyone who loves (audio-) books.

Thank you to all our 12,000+ volunteers who contributed recordings in 100 languages (45 if you count our 2,166 stand-alone projects that are not in English) in the past 17 years. Thank you so much for making LibriVox what it is today – and what it will become.

Because: We’re not done yet! After all, our goal is to

make all books in the public domain available, narrated by real people and distributed for free, in audio format on the internet.

That will keep us busy for a while! We always welcome new voices, proof listeners, book suggestions… so if you’d like to help out or just keep listening – enjoy!

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Another Year!

Posted on August 1, 2022 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Books, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: 0

Next week, LibriVox will turn 17! In the last year, our volunteers have worked together to create more than 1300 new books for our catalog. Let’s have a look at 10 of these gems to kickstart our celebrations.

What would the world look like if people worked together? 12 German authors gave it a try and wrote Der Roman der XII, one chapter each. Interestingly, who wrote which chapter isn’t known – can you figure it out?

International understanding would be easier with a common, easy to learn language. In comes Esperanto, the only “created” language in the world. Edmont Privat tells more about its creator in Vivo de Zamenhof.

Alternatively, you could just hope for a genie to set things right, like the one Aladdin found in his lamp. Adam Oehlenschläger took the story and added a few twists – and we added a dramatic reading.

Things get very dramatic when Mr. Catesby is hit by a bird carrying a tin box. In it, he finds clues about The Wreck of the Corsaire including chests of gold… Expect a great adventure in the novel by William Clark Russell.

Gallant knights are always looking for adventures, and when The Lavender Dragon roams the lands and abducts lonely people, he must be stopped. But not everything is what it seems in the little book by Eden Phillpotts.

Nabakumar’s hunting trip takes an unexpected turn when he becomes a sacrifice for the goddess Kali. Young Kopal-Kundala comes to his rescue and follows him to the city, with tragic consequences. This is considered the best work by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee.

Another masterpiece is The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. In this roman à clef, a group of expats travels from Paris to Pamplona for the bull run, but not everybody escapes unscathed…

Nobody is safe in war, not people, not property. The Nazis systematically looted the countries they had attacked and hid many priceless art pieces in Salt Mines and Castles. After WWII, Thomas Carr Howe helped return the stolen art to their rightful owners, a process that is still not settled.

Neither is the Russian-Ukranian conflict, which has been brewing for decades. Already after WWI, Ukraine struggled for independence. Our Friends of Ukraine Publications collects 9 essays by various authors about the situation in the country at that time.

Let’s end this on a positive note – we’re celebrating, after all – and poetry by Harold Vinal. His collection White April showcases in 5 different sections his deep feelings towards people, places, and the eternal beauty of nature.

Enjoy – and a big THANK YOU! to all our volunteers who keep making audiobooks!

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Safe Travels!

Posted on July 1, 2022 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Books, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: Comments Off on Safe Travels!

It’s that time of the year again: next item on the schedule is a holiday. Or get out of the house and travelling with 10 gems from our catalog.

Any favourite destinations? For Russian writer Nikolay Gumilyov, it was Africa. His poetry inspired by giraffes and hippos is collected in “The Tent”, which is a part contained in Романтические Цветы, Шатер.

Riding a white goose as part of a flock of wild geese? Selma Lagerlöf was asked to write a geographic reader for Swedish school kids. The result is her most famous book: The Wonderful Adventures of Nils. We also have this novel in Spanish, German and in Dutch.

In contrast, the Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands is a true story of a woman who travelled to help wounded soldiers. Jamaican-born, of Scottish-Creole descent, Mary Seacole was born adventurous!

Much less so is the Moulton family, travelling through Europe. But their relative Catalina has more exciting ideas for the trip… Find out if doom and disaster really lie ahead in Gertrude Atherton’s novel The Travelling Thirds.

You never know what lies ahead when you go to unknown places. When a young woman, an Exile From Space, visits Earth for the first time, it takes a while to find her way around. But then, the unexpected happens… Judith Merril’s sci-fi story tells you more.

Surely, nothing out of the ordinary could happen on a train trip? Then again, when travelling through the night, the supernatural is never far off. Stefan Grabiński explores what could happen in 8 stories collected in Wybrane opowiadania.

Many passengers find their way onto the cross-country train from Chicago, and not a few have something to hide. But Excuse Me! when those secrets are revealed in Rupert Hughes’ comedy.

Uncovering secrets may have been the reason for The Pilgrimage of Etheria in the 4th century. In this voyage to the Holy Land, Etheria follows the footsteps of Christ to Mt. Sinai, Constantinople and Jerusalem.

Decidedly not Christlike was Robert Louis Stevenson, even though he Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes. Together with Modestine, he walks through South-west France, always with a keen eye for the landscape, the people, and their lives.

Tristan Bernard’s travelling companion has more donkey…, sorry, horsepower – it’s a car. In the 53 vignettes of Les veillées du chauffeur he tells us of little trips on four wheels when the car was still young.

Enjoy – and have a great vacation!

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Keeping Secrets

Posted on June 1, 2022 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Books, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: Comments Off on Keeping Secrets

Being able to keep secrets is what makes a great friendship. But are all secrets worthy of staying hidden? Answer this question with 10 gems from our catalog.

Women are notorious for spilling the beans. Ms. Posket is not one of them. But when the lie about her age complicates life for her son, she has to officially come clean in front of The Magistrate in the play by Arthur Wing Pinero.

There are official spies? That’s what the US Secret Service has been known for since 1865. William N. Taft wrote 24 short stories based on real events that happened while people were On Secret Service.

In the novel by Murray Leinster, the US government is building a giant Space Platform, ostensibly to make space exploration easier. Secretly, they want to spy on other countries. No wonder that this leads to sabotage and even murder…

Rosa Bud is engaged, but John Jasper and Nevill Landless would rather have it otherwise. Then Rosa’s fiancé disappears… What remains is The Mystery of Edwin Drood, quite literally, because Charles Dickens could not finish his final novel and left no clues either.

Arsene Lupin follows many clues to find L’Aiguille creuse, the place where the treasury of the Kings of France is hidden. But Isodore Bautrelet is in hot pursuit in another of Maurice Leblanc’s novels about the gentlemen burglar.

Real Secret Chambers and Hiding Places that defy burglars still exist to this day. Allan Fea travelled to England to seek out known priest holes, hidden doors and passages, hiding places for jewelry, pirate’s caves…

But what if nobody remembers? David Masters describes fascinating discoveries of long-forgotten things and places, from the Rosetta Stone to Egyptian tombs, from lost artifacts to the city of Troy. Get swept away by The Romance of Excavation.

It’s a fair assumption that Richard Beckett, upon glimpsing the face of a mysterious countess, also has romance on his mind. Why else would he check into The Room at the Dragon Volant, a haunted inn? Find out more in the novel by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.

Let’s hope he found The Secret Key to lock his room… This is also the title of a collection of 64 poems by George Essex Evans, who turned writer and poet after a debilitating injury.

Grave injuries are a daily part of Wilderness Ways, and yet, they often don’t feature in wildlife documentaries. William J. Long minces no words in this book, where beautiful imagery describes the often overlooked secrets of animal behavior.

Enjoy – and watch whom you tell your secrets!

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