Sunday, January 4, 2009

Audio Gutenberg

Something I found, while looking for the information in the last post, was LibriVox. This is a project that puts the same Public Domain texts that Gutenberg has worked to provide into Public Domain audiobooks, read by volunteers. The reading quality is good, if variable, and they also are looking for more readers, for short works, individual chapters or whole books.

I have heard several books and stories so far, from Arsene Lupin stories to the excellent Uller Uprising by the late H. Beam Piper. Many of my favorite older books, Burroughs, Sherlock Holmes, Jules Verne and Poe are already available. I am glad to see that they include some of the newer translations of Verne, which are superior to the old translations which have been recycled over and over because they are Public Domain.

For those of us who enjoy the sound of our own voice, this looks like a great opportunity! My kids no longer want me to read to them and grandkids are, with any luck, still a few years away. Now I can read to the whole world! Well, a few people in it anyway. Take a look at LibriVox if you like audio books.

6 comments:

tysdaddy said...

Is this what you were working on when we came over the other night? You sounded so professional! Very cool. Now I have to check it out . . . Maybe I can read Life of Pi for them . . .

Boomcoach said...

Yep, I was trying out the microphone, as well as seeing how I really sound. Unfortunately, I can't get the laptop to record with out a serious hum, so I will have to use the downstairs PC.

Unfortuneately, Life of Pi will not be a Public Domain text for about 100 years, longer if Micro$oft and Disney get their way. Current copyright is 70 years after the death of the author, IIRC.

Carrigaline said...

I've read the first few chapters and enjoyed them immensely. I noticed that there was some strange background whistling noise in the second chapter. It actually added to the eerieness :D

There really is something mysterious and other-worldly about Hodgson's work.

Boomcoach said...

Thanks for the feedback. That background noise is wind. I did some noise reduction that got rid of most of it, but it is still in the spoken sections. If I could count on duplicating it, it would be cool to have it on all chapters.

I have 3 more chapters recorded, I hope to edit and post them this week

c210344 said...

Hi, I'd just like to say I found your reading of "The House on the Borderland" whilst looking for Carnacki the Ghost Finder on Librivox. What a great story it is, and a great reading too. Thanks for recording it!

Boomcoach said...

I was trying to decide what to record next (I am finishing up my recording of "Fantomas"), and Carnacki was on my list of choices, so I think that you have made up my mind! :)