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In Memoriam
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Author:  Availle [ August 22nd, 2017, 3:56 am ]
Post subject:  In Memoriam

In the years that LibriVox has been active, we have seen many readers come and go - and some of them, unfortunately, are gone forever. Here, we honor them with the gems they produced for our catalog.

The LibriVox legacy of Israel Radvinski (1948 - 2007) consists of only one work. The one single book he read for Librivox was the Bible - Genesis - in Hebrew.

One of our oldest readers ever was Dorothy Lieder (1915 - 2008). She was already 92 when she read one story of The Burgess Bird Book For Children, as a collaborative with her son.

Sadly, we also know very little of our reader bryfee (1949 - 2008), not even his name, but he did take part in our second version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Chris icyjumbo (1964 - 2010) died way too young from an aggressive form of oesophageal cancer. His legacy contains The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise, read as a duet.

Another early LibriVox member and admin was Alan Davis Drake (1945 - 2010), who specialised on poetry. He read a number of poetry books solo, among them are Selected Early Poems of William Carlos Williams.

Good and evil are never far apart in the books by Charles Dickens. Cynthia Lyons (1946 - 2011) should know since she took the time to read two, and one of them is the epic Bleak House.

Probably more fun in reading had Gregg Margarite (1957 - 2012). The SciFi buff read many pulp magazine stories from the 60s. A rather unusual one is The Runaway Skyscraper by Murray Leinster.

Our late reader John E. Farell (1961 - 2014) also had a love for poetry. Although he didn't do a solo recording, he read five poems in Baudelaire's The Flowers of Evil.

Australian Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014) also loved children's books. Even though she had part of her jawbone removed due to cancer, she read seven books by Arthur Scott Bailey, among them The Tale of Grandfather Mole

One of our earliest readers, Denny Sayers (d. 2015), must have been a fan of Daniel Defoe, after all, he read six books of this author. Among them is the swashbuckler The Life, Adventures & Piracies of Captain Singleton.

A beloved grandfather was Lars Rolander (1942 - 2016) from Sweden. He was on a mission to bring the books of Selma Lagerlöf to life and to a wider audience. A bit out there is her short ghost story Thy Soul Shall Bear Witness.

A very dry form of humour and wit was the style of Andy Minter (1934 - 2017). His rendition of Stevenson's The Wrong Box perfectly shows his personality.

When you look up mim@can (1949 - 2017) in our catalog, you will find only a single section in The Scottish Chiefs. However, this is only a tiny part of her LibriVox story since she was a DPL for more than 250 of our books.

Ray Kasper (1938 - 2017) loved being dramatic - out of his 17 projects, 8 were roles in LibriVox plays. His final performance was Pew forTreasure Island: A play in 4 acts.

Author:  Availle [ August 22nd, 2017, 3:57 am ]
Post subject:  Re: In Memoriam

This is a continuation of the Staff Picks Post for our 12th anniversary. We will add other volunteers when we hear of their passing.

Feel free to post your thoughts about our late LibriVox members in this thread.

Author:  Elizabby [ August 26th, 2017, 4:20 am ]
Post subject:  Re: In Memoriam

I especially loved Andy Minter's dramatic work! He was fantastic in Pride and Prejudice (Mr Bennet), in Hard Times (Mr Bounderby) and in the Secret Garden as Ben Weatherstaff! His voice was so distinctive and his characterisations were natural-sounding, but also hilarious!

Denny Sayers to me is always the voice of Friar Laurence, from Romeo and Juliet. I particularly remember that he volunteered to read in one of my DR projects (and would have been perfect for it) but sadly passed away too soon.

I didn't realize that Lucy Burgoyne had passed away also! She was one of the first Australian voices I remember hearing on LV!

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