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Post by thistlechick » April 24th, 2008, 4:36 pm

EllCee.... As Jo said, there are a lot of other things to do here. You might also try editing... I know a LOT of people (myself included) who would love to have someone else do their editing.

Also, while I don't know the extent of your speech difference, it might not be as bad as you think. You are always welcome to try doing some recordings (we recommend short poetry to get started)... just take it slow and steady. You might be surprised by the result... and we're pretty easy going about things like speech differences... as long as it can be understood by most people. (They even let me record with my obnoxious whistling S!)

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Post by Jaimie » April 25th, 2008, 3:38 pm

There are some really wonderful travel books by 19th century women: "A Thousand Miles Up the Nile" and "Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys" both by Amelia B. Edwards. Also "An Englishwoman in America" by Isabella Lucy Bird. The readings of all of these are by Sibella Denton who has a lovely voice and a harmonious reading style. When I want to go to a foreign land in the 19th century, I hear Sibella Denton's voice calling me thither.


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Post by rowdygirl » April 26th, 2008, 1:24 pm

the variety of voices, accents, and characterizations here at LV is truely fabulous! for me, like many i am sure, choosing among them is a daunting task.

john greenman (johng) - the adventures of tom sawyer by mark twain - john really seems to love twain and i can't wait for him to complete connecticut yankee.

mark nelson (sjmarky) - plague ship by andre norton - i'm traveling next week and i am taking along voodoo planet and the cosmic computer for the ride and looking forward to it.

laurie anne walden (chocoholic) - the riders of the purple sage - this is one of my favorite stories and her voice is perfect for it. this is kind of a cheat because she hasn't finished it yet, but i have been haunting her thread downloading and listening as she goes. sorry i just couldn't wait :roll:

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Post by lynvet33 » May 5th, 2008, 3:35 pm

Howards End: This novel by E. M. Forster is deeply intelligent and exquisitely written. I think there are two versions of it in the LV catalog. I've only listened to Elizabeth Klett's reading. It's beautifully done. She is especially excellent on the dialogue portions of the novel. I enjoyed her reading immensely.

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Post by cereselle » May 12th, 2008, 10:37 am

Rebecca D. did a fantastic job with her chapters in "Oliver Twist." Great characterization!

And Peter Yearsley's account of the conversation between Montmorency and the cat in chapter 13 of "Three Men in a Boat" had me laughing out loud and rewinding to hear it again.

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Post by Kikisaulite » May 12th, 2008, 11:31 am

Favourite recordings? That is an easy question! "The Mysterious island" read by Mark F. Smith and "King Solomons Mines" read by John Nicholson.

Two wonderful readings of two wonderful books!
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Post by ChrisHughes » May 12th, 2008, 2:34 pm

My favourites (this week):


Heart of Darkness, read by Kri: A wonderful soulful reading.

Moby Dick, read by ahab: An awesome book; an equally awesome reading. Gigantic in length and flawless from first to last.

Walden, read Gordon MacKenzie: What a voice! I wish I hadn't heard it, so that I could hear it for the first time all over again.


Ulysses: Demystified the great shibboleth of modern literature for me. Hey, folks, its just another novel! Who knew?

Whose Body?: Great fun. A duet between Kayray & Kristin, so what else do you expect?

Call of the Wild: Don't listen to Gordon's chapters without access to warm drinks and blankets.


Anthem, by Ayn Rand, read by Chere Theriot. Did not like the book ONE LITTLE BIT. But the voice of Chere Theriot is so lovely it transcends any obstacle.

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Post by BradBush » May 16th, 2008, 10:34 pm

Just to prove I am still alive and visit now and then ;-)

Here are a few ones I like:
The Call of the Wild by Jack London read by many oldtimers (this one has some historical significance)
Tale of Two Cities by Dickens read by many many (some really great chapters in this one)
Journey to the Interior of the Earth by Verne read by me and many others ;-)
Walden by Throeau read (even the boring parts) by Gordon M.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Twain read by Steve Anderson

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Post by NightOwl » May 18th, 2008, 12:48 am

Just listened to Ashiepattle and his Goodly Crew read by Cori Samuel (Cori). She read really well. She made all the characters in the story so alive and very interesting, that really made the listening a treat!

I've just searched and found out that there's only a few solo by Cori. :(

I have my ears on "The Mysteries of London" now! :D


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Post by Sibella » May 18th, 2008, 7:18 pm

My favorites are Jane Austen solos - especially Elizabeth Klett's and Karen Savage's. I think they are both GREAT readers that could really get paid to read these things out loud. Also, I love Kristin's Milne mystery. It's an excellent reading as well.

And Jamie, thank you. :) If I could but find more of those 19th c. women explorers I'd read them all.
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Post by Trabb's Boy » May 21st, 2008, 4:13 pm

Toriasuncle does a truly beautiful job on the Souls of Black Folks.

Cynthia Lyons does a charmingly unprofessional job on Bleak House -- that sounds bad, but I really do mean it as a compliment. It's like listening to a friend read out loud rather than listening to an audiobook.

I have to say that I really prefer to have a single reader for a single work.

I also have to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU LIBRIVOX for this wonderful project!!!!!!

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Post by Hokuspokus » July 19th, 2008, 11:54 pm

This topic shouldn't vanish in the depth of the forum.

I listen to 3 or 4 books every week and it is so hard to tell my favorites. There are so many wonderful recordings in our catalog. This is only (a very unjust) selection of readings I enjoyed very much.

English Group
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins http://librivox.org/the-moonstone-by-wilkie-collins/
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas http://librivox.org/the-three-musketeers-by-alexandre-dumas/

English Solo
The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
Heart of the World by H.R. Haggard read by Paul Hansen

German Group
Die Elixiere des Teufels by E.T.A. Hoffmann

German Solo
Der Selbstmordverein by Franziska Gräfin zu Reventlow read by Stephanie König
Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist read by platatoe

Big THANK YOU to all readers out there!

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Post by kmerline » July 21st, 2008, 9:59 am

Russiandoll is doing a superb job recording Trollope's "Life of Cicero":


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Post by kayray » July 23rd, 2008, 9:07 am

Ok, yes, this is one of my own solos, but I'm listening to it all the way through now and literally laughing aloud! My 12-yr-old son loves it too.

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Post by honeybeerose » July 27th, 2008, 1:22 pm

I appreciate all of the great recommendations here and have already put some on my "to listen to" list.

I created a group on GoodReads.com and thought it might be fun to have a bookshelf of all of our favorite Librivox books there, where you can look through them visually, maybe discuss the stories or make recommendations to other listeners. It is intended to discuss the content and not critique the readers. Check it out!


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