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Post Posted:: February 2nd, 2016, 7:28 pm 
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At Librivox, we value all our volunteers. Whether you are on here daily, weekly, or just every now and then, we thank you for your contribution.

This month we would like to celebrate those of you having your "Libriversary" and send a special 'pat on the back', 'high five', 'well done' and 'thank you'.

Active members celebrating a February Libriversary are as follows:

10 years
Mark (Kaffen)
John (johng)

9 years
Lee Ann (Claire)

7 years

Bridget (bridgester)
Martin (MARTIN GEESON)
Matt (BellonaTimes/VfkaBT)
Timothy (Timothy Ferguson)
Lucy (Lucy_k_p)
Bart (bart)
Barry (KiltedDragon)
MaryAnn (MaryAnnSpiegel)
Linda (putzy a)

6 years

Sharon (skilmer)
Enrica (egi)
Ashleighjane (ashleighjane)

5 years
Phil (eggs4ears)
Nick (nickdunc)
Jill (JillianPress)
Janet (Janet99)

4 years
Linda (1Velvet)
Marty (martym)
alanmapstone (alanmapstone)
Jan (jmoorehouse)
Peter (mrwemmick)
Anthony (ogus)

3 years
Arnold (ABanner)
Nancy (NancyBanner)
Robert (nyckidd)
tovarisch (tovarisch)
Rob (RobBoard)

2 years
Mary (Tortilla)
Jennifer (theaustinfiles)
Fao10rk (Fao10rk)
John (jvanstan)
Gideon (BillyShakespeare)
ct3ct3ct3 (ct3ct3ct3)
E. Snow (RoboticLobsters)
Mahmoud (iGeo)
Lisa (LisaR)

1 year
M.S.C. Lambert (mscllc)
Bob (BobR)
Mateo (Matcas)
Erin (Newgatenovelist)
alaskart (alaskart)
J. McDougall (canadaguy2015)
Layli (LayliBrown19)
Digs (Digs)
Lily (lilygoose)

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Post Posted:: February 3rd, 2016, 12:58 am 

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Happy Libriversary, everybody. :birthday: :clap:

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Post Posted:: February 4th, 2016, 2:31 pm 
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Whoohoo, thank you all for your time and energy. And long may you all volunteer here! :D (Or return, if you've been away, and feel like you miss it. :mrgreen: )

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Post Posted:: February 9th, 2016, 1:22 am 

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7 Years... Actually it feels like a lot longer. And I'm not as active as I'd like to be. Hopefully this year I can get my back log of work done and get started on some new projects.

Edit: And well done everybody else!

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Post Posted:: February 22nd, 2016, 2:23 pm 

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7 years...

Most of my sections were recorded in the first year-and-a-half. Then the nasty reviews started turning up on various sites, and my confidence drained away. What particularly stings is when some condescending commentator who seems to commandeer a sort of possessive authority over a work I've recorded - starting out from the assumption that I'm a literary oaf with no insight into what I'm reading - explains at some length de haut en bas that I'm half-yodelling my way through a text well beyond my intellectual grasp. Well, you won, gentlemen. You broke my spirit.


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Post Posted:: February 22nd, 2016, 3:23 pm 
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Martin, I am cross. I am cross because anonymous loudmouths who probably contribute absolutely nothing to this world have caused you to stop recording. I know it is hurtful. I know that negative comments stick in one's mind far longer than positive ones. I don't think there is one of us who has not experienced this. So, please, remember these:

    "Martin Geeson makes it extra yummy."
    "Martin Geeson's reading of Phaedrus is actually superb."
    "Beautifully and movingly read. Thank you so much. "
    "I'm now a fan of Geeson and would listen to anything he narrated in the future."
    "Many thanks to Martin Geeson for his flawless and passionate reading"
    "I have listened to several commercial versions and the reader does not come close to Martin's humanity, expression of emotions, easy human pace, and his supple and subtle vocalizations"
    "A thunderous applause to Martin Geeson for this fantastic recording!"

Are they to count for nothing? Are they to be disappointed that you are no longer recording because of a few people who simply do not understand the concept of differing tastes, or who arrogantly assume that theirs is the only acceptable point of view? No, sir, no! Do not allow this to happen!

Ruth

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Post Posted:: February 22nd, 2016, 3:27 pm 

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Don't let any haters get you down, Martin! You are an amazing reader here, one of the best in my opinion. You're Edward II. Wow. I still get goosebumps listening to it. So don't let some nobody sat behind their computer break the spirit of one of the greatest somebodies donating their voices to the public domain. Mr Geeson, you have spent 7 years rocking here and here's to many more

(and not only so I have someone to correct my still appalling Welsh pronunciations, even if I am now fluent :lol: Though in my heart somewhere I'm still hoping you'll record the rest of the Mabinogion... Cymru am byth! )

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Post Posted:: February 22nd, 2016, 3:35 pm 

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What Ruth and catrose said. Don't let those people stop you. I can listen to your recordings for hours, and enjoy them immensely!

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Post Posted:: February 22nd, 2016, 8:44 pm 

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Martin,

You were the first reader I listened to when I discovered Librivox. I have listened to you for hours and happy hours. And here's the thing--long after you are gone, and the nasty critics forgotten, you will go on being heard with pleasure:

Non omnis moriar, multaque pars mei
vitabit Libitinam. Usque ego postera
crescam laude recens.

Just like Horace, you can say with pride, "I shall not wholly die and a great part of me shall escape the queen of funerals. Ever new my fame shall grow to posterity."

So, dear Martin, don't be broken-hearted, you who have spoken to us so well and who shall he heard by hearts as yet unborn!

Pam

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Post Posted:: February 22nd, 2016, 9:52 pm 

Joined: October 4th, 2008, 8:06 pm
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Please keep recording, Martin. Your readings are truly wonderful and an inspiration. If I could record one tenth as well as you do, I would be happy. It is always a pleasure to hear your voice.

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Post Posted:: February 22nd, 2016, 10:34 pm 

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From a blog page post titled "five essential elements for great audiobook narration":

"For Librivox, a man by the name of Martin Geeson did an amazing job reading Dostoevsky's "the idiot" parts one and two. He reads at a nice human pace. When he introduces himself he sounds so unassuming and rather gentle. But he has such a subtle and seemless of changing his voice, he covered all the characters, male and female amazingly."

I still remember with fondness your turn as the soldier in Wilfred Owen's poem The Chances, Martin. Don't let the trolls win. You're one of the unique voices of LibriVox--speak on!

Winston

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Post Posted:: February 22nd, 2016, 10:45 pm 
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Dear Martin: I can only add my voice to all the ones asking you to not stop recording. I have listened to some of your poetry recordings and have enjoyed them (even if poetry is not my favorite genre). Some people only want to destroy. I know it hurts when they try. But I wish you know that there are many, many, many of us who enjoy your recordings and hope that you will add to your catalogue page.

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Post Posted:: February 22nd, 2016, 10:48 pm 
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And Happy Libriversary, to you all :clap:

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Post Posted:: February 24th, 2016, 3:06 am 

Joined: February 17th, 2015, 7:22 am
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I'm rather late coming to this, but I would like to second what everyone has already said. I would also like to suggest that the available download figures belie the negative comments you've seen. Your solos of essays by Stevenson has more than 8,000 downloads on the Internet Archive and no listener comments at all. An Essay on Man has more than 28,000 downloads, yet only has one listener comment (which is complimentary). Confessions of an English Opium-Eater has in excess of 26,500 downloads, with only two (positive) reviews. I clicked on these titles at random, but what those numbers seem to indicate is that your recordings have had and continue to have an attentive audience that is simply not inclined to write reviews. Even if only some of the downloads mean that a listener engaged with the entire book, I would interpret several thousand downloads favourably, as a form of listener comment in and of itself.
-Erin


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