Monday, March 30, 2009

Operative Factors: Librivox

What Is LibriVox? "LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Our goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. "--Librivox Home Page.

LibriVox is a non-profit, non-commercial, ad-free project that donates its work to the public domain. It is powered by volunteers and welcomes volunteers from all over the globe. (I paraphrased from their site)

This is a great resource for you if you want to listen to books that are already in the public domain. Since I didn't get much negative feedback about audiobooks, I assume that everyone has a time and a place for them, and this is a great resource!

How Do I Access Content? There are three options for accessing content:
  1. Podcast. Delivered three times a week. To subscribe in iTunes, click here. To subscribe via a different podcatching service, copy this link into your service:
  2. Catalog. Search or browse the catalog. Download your .mp3 or ogg via zip file or
  3. Subscribe in iTunes via the catalog page.
You can also subscribe to new releases via RSS on the bottom right side of the home page.

Some translated pages are available in Chinese, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

If you are interested in volunteering, check out the how to page.

What I Heart Monster Wants To Know:

  • Have you heard of LibriVox before?
  • Have you used LibriVox before?
  • Favorite recording available on LibriVox?
  • If you haven't heard of or used LibriVox before, do you think you will?
  • What would be your first download?


Rachel said...

I just typed a really long comment, with italics and everything, and then one misplaced backspace tap during preview and it was GONE.

To restate, possibly more briefly: I've been a Librivox volunteer, fan, listener, addict, and pusher since the summer of 2006. I've recorded a couple of hundred sections of audio for LV, including a couple of solo books, and my family has listened to hundreds of hours of LV audio. So yes, I've heard of it and used it.

I can't narrow it down to just one favorite recording; I just... can't. So I'll try to keep the list under ten, but I might fail.

As a family, we've listened to and loved:
*The Story of the Treasure Seekers and The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit, read by Karen Savage. These are Edwardian-era British children stories, utterly charming and hilarious and just wonderful. Karen Savage does a wonderful job and has quite a fandom in our household.
*Sequel to Treasure Seekers: The Wouldbegoods (also, of course, by Nesbit), read by a husband and wife team from Kent, England, who do an equally wonderful job. We just listened to this one a couple of weeks ago on a trip.
*Other family favorites in no particular order: Around the World In Eighty Days and The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, The Lost World and The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells, and Tom Swift and the Visitor from Planet X by "Victor Appleton" (ie the Stratemeyer Syndicate).

My family really prefers solo recordings (especially my husband), but I personally am fond of many of the collaborative projects. Two of my favorites have been Daddy Long-Legs by Jean webster and The Awakening by Kate Chopin.

As for solos, I loved The Enchanted April read by Diana Kiesners, as well as kayray's recordings of Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess and The Secret Garden (my daughter and I listened to those two together).

Right now as a family we're having a fine time whenever we're in the car together listening to Tom Sawyer, read by a guy who (if I'm remembering correctly) recorded a good portion of Twain's canon for LV in the project's early days. He did a really good job. We have some more Jules Verne on deck, maybe after RL Stevenson's Kidnapped; we haven't decided yet. One nice thing about lower gas prices is more road trips meaning more time for LV stories! :)

Myrtle said...

LibriVox is a wonderful project. I've been listening to their audiobooks for a few years and have recently taken up recording for them.
One of my favorite books that I've listened to is Michael O'Halloran by Gene Stratton-Porter. I also love to listen to works by P.G. Wodehouse. Just David by Eleanor H. Porter is another one that I enjoyed.

Roger said...

I have been listening to Librivox recordings for a couple of years now, though I've not yet had the bottle to volunteer.
A huge catalogue with plenty to please all.
Easy to use.
I burn the recordings onto CDs and listen in the car mainly.
Must invest in an ipod one day.

I Heart Monster said...

Awesome! Thanks for the feedback!!

Anonymous said...

I found LibriVox through their recordings hosted on I listen to their books all the time, and I do an occasional recording. My first download was A Little Princess, read by Kara Shallenberg. I think my absolute favorite recording is Rilla of Ingleside, read by Karen Savage.