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LibriVox is 14!

Posted on August 1, 2019 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Books, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: 0

On August 10, LibriVox celebrates its 14th anniversary! In the last year, we produced more than 1000 audiobooks (more than 13000 in total). So, let’s celebrate with 10 brand new gems from our catalog!

What could be more suitable for an anniversary than A Little Bit of Fluff. An insurance investigator visits the Ayers family to see whether their claim was fraudulent or not. This is our version of the famous farce by Walter W. Ellis.

Teófilo Braga cites Edgar Allen Poe among his influences to write stories of passions, betrayal, suicides and other deaths… His Contos Phantasticos were among the first gothic literature in late 19th century Portugal and very unusual.

Unusual, nay, absolutely shocking to society were the suggestions of surgeon Thomas S. Smith: In his 1827 book Use of the Dead To The Living, he argues for the use of bodies in dissection and medical research.

In the novel Обрыв (Obryv, English: The Precipice), Ivan Goncharov dissects the not very successful life of Boris Raisky in St. Petersburg. When he returns to his paternal home and gets involved in the affairs of Wera, things don’t go as planned either…

Already in 1975, the US Committee for the Global Atmospheric Research Program laid out their findings for Understanding Climatic Change. In this interesting report, the scientists present their predictions for future climate and its changes based on state-of-the-art computer models.

When the elder sister of Joop falls head over heels for Joop’s science teacher, something needs to be done! In De H.B.S. tijd van Joop ter Heul, Cissy van Marxveldt uses letters and diary entries to tell about the life of a typical Dutch girl.

In total contrast to this, the biography of Paul Zech is not entirely without holes and inconsistencies. We do know that his collection of poetry called Das schwarze Revier was inspired by his own work in a coal mine, possibly in Belgium.

Our 14th anniversary is the second big LibriVox celebration this year. On January 1st, a slew of books published in 1923 entered the public domain in the US and our readers were ecstatic! Here are three titles we could only read now:

Probably the most anticipated book of the year 1923 here on LibriVox was Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. This classic book with views on so diverse topics as love, children, work, time, and freedom already has two completed versions.

In November 1922, Howard Carter discovered The Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. It took him and A. C. Mace almost a year to describe the finding of the tomb, the items in the antechamber and the opening of the burial chamber.

Let’s end this list with a very special audio treat: Three Stories & Ten Poems by Ernest Hemingway. This small book was privately printed 1923 in Dijon, France, and only 300 copies were made back then.

A big shoutout to all LibriVox volunteers who made LibriVox what it is today – and will be in the future! Thank you all!

Happy 14th Anniversary!

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13,000 audiobooks – and counting!

Posted on July 3, 2019 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Books, For Volunteers, News | Comments: Comments Off on 13,000 audiobooks – and counting!

In just 11 months since our last milestone of 12,000 completed audiobooks, we have completed 1,000 more!

And completed LibriVox project # 13,000 is:

The Black Box by E. Philips Oppenheim, a mystery read as a solo by Richard Kilmer. 

Among our audiobooks are: 1692 projects (meaning books, collections of short stories etc.) in 37 non-English languages, 7004 books recorded by a soloist. Of course, there’s no stopping LibriVox producing more audiobooks! And we have already completed more projects past the 13,000 book milestone!

We would like to thank each and every one of our more than 9300 volunteers who read books, proof listen them, coordinate group projects, produce covers and m4bs, or just simply are the cheerleaders of LibriVox.

Thank you all – it’s only because of you this recent milestone has been possible! Up to the next one!

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Summer Love

Posted on July 1, 2019 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Books, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: Comments Off on Summer Love

Isn’t summer wonderful? Great weather and plenty of spare time are the best ingredients for a summer romance. If you can’t have your own, indulge with 10 gems from our catalog!

Let’s get in the mood with a bit of gossip! Thornton Hall has combed through the annals of the British gentry, from barons and duchesses to the Royal Family. He presents his juicy findings in Love Romances of the Aristocracy.

Already scandalous when confined to the upper crust, such loves are deemed unacceptable when lower classes are involved. When aristocrat Miles Arbuton proposes to orphaned Kitty Ellison, everybody is against the union. Read the novel Une rencontre by William Dean Howells to see if they will make it in the end.

When Helen and Burke were married, their friend’s reservations were spot on. Totally incompatible, the two make life hell for each other – and their daughter Betty, who is caught in between. Will they finally come together on The Road to Understanding in the novel by Eleanor H. Porter?

Famous poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson elaborates his understanding of The Three Great Virtues in three short essays. He updates the three concepts and presents his views on self-reliance (faith), love (hope) and friendship (charity).

Edwy’s friendship with faeries leads them to help spy on his girlfriend Aura to find out if she truly loves him. However, things don’t go as planned in Ann Radcliffe’s poem when Edwy literally loses himself in faery land.

The disappearances of Olof Koselka, however, are carefully planned. Wherever he goes, the young lumberjack turns the head of the town’s women folk, but he is not one to settle down. Johannes Linnankoski tells the story of a Finnish Don Juan in Laulu tulipunaisesta kukasa.

Dice Lashmore also tries to charm many women, but his goal is simple: to marry rich. However, Our Friend the Charlatan is not very successful and in the long run his life takes a downward turn in the novel by George Gissing.

Yoran’s life, however, could not be better. In Love of Zion, we follow the love story between him and his wives, and later that of their children. The book by Abraham Mapu is set at the time of the First Temple in Jerusalem when polygamy was still practised.

Mary Edwards Walker would have different views on polygamy – or would she? She was a Civil War surgeon and women’s rights activist and wrote with Unmasked, or the Science of Immorality – to gentlemen a sex manual that mixes surprisingly modern tips with Victorian sex myths.

Eric Marshall is a gentleman, but his thoughts are far from such things. He focuses instead on the mysterious girl he encountered one night when walking around Prince Edward Island… Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote Kilmeny of the Orchard, and this is our dramatic reading of the book.

Enjoy – and maybe find a summer romance of your own!

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Let’s hear it for the kids!

Posted on June 1, 2019 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Books, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: Comments Off on Let’s hear it for the kids!

Summer is approaching and while the kids will be mostly outside in their holidays, it’s never too early to prepare for the occasional rainy day with 10 gems from our catalog especially for children.

Do you remember your favourite toy? Margery Williams‘ favourite stuffed animal was a Velveteen Rabbit. This lovely story about how toys become real and what it means to live and love is read by a mother-daughter duo.

Two teenagers, Jack and Don, are pursuing a jewel thief onto a desolate island full with haunted temples and other deadly perils… Read the exciting book by John Robert Hutchinson to find out if their Quest of the Golden Pearl is successful.

Very successful – in a sense – is Fritz who finds a rocket in the basement and lights it. On its way up, it meets families in 20 apartments! Peter Newell’s The Rocket Book was a new kind of picture book with holes where the rocket had passed through…

When passing through the German region called Riesengebirge, Carl Hauptmann encountered a magical, mystical being living in the mountains. Das Rübezahlbuch tells nine of the best stories of the (in-) famous mountain giant.

Bugs can be quite mysterious creatures too, but Jean-Henri Fabre is happy to dispel the myths. Follow him on his Insect Adventures with bees, spiders, caterpillars, crickets, …

Speaking of following somebody, this is exactly what King Bubi I is doing. When Perez the Mouse visits Bubi to pick up the tooth he has lost, Bubi follows him to his next appointment. Read this delightful little story by Luis Coloma either in the original Spanish or in English.

Fourteen-year-old Dutch girl Elsje had to leave her sick grandmother’s house in the countryside. Her new family in the city tries to make a “proper young lady” out of her, but things are not quite as easy as they thought in the book by A. C. Kuiper.

Definitely not easy was the 19th century Indian Boyhood of Charles Alexander Eastman. Young Ohiyesa grew up on the Dakota territory of the Sioux and had to learn woodcraft, hunting and horsemanship. Interspersed in his memoir are old stories from his tribe.

The fairy siblings Sylvie and Bruno live in Outland, the land of the fairies. Together, they encounter our world and strange things are happening in both worlds… This is a dramatic reading of the classic by Lewis Carroll.

Did you like our selection? Or would you prefer to make up your own stories? Sara Cone Bryant teaches you the art of oral storytelling in her book How to Tell Stories to Children. Don’t worry, it’s not just dry theory, a number of stories to practise are given too!

Enjoy – even if you don’t have kids! ;-)

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