What was your first LV listen?

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Post by TriciaG » July 28th, 2009, 6:44 pm

I don't know if such a thread has been posted before. If it has, please direct me there.

I assume all our volunteers started as listeners, right? Well, what was the first book/project you listened to? Or, if you don't remember that, what was the book/project that prompted you to volunteer?
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Post by TriciaG » July 28th, 2009, 6:47 pm

I'll start!

My first was "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." We searched for free audiobooks, found LV, and downloaded it for a road trip. It was nice because each section is stand-alone, so if we didn't finish the book by the time we arrived at our destination, it was no big deal.

That started me as a LV listener, and from there, a volunteer. :mrgreen:
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Post by kayray » July 28th, 2009, 6:51 pm

Ahhhhh Sherlock Holmes. He's a treasure.

I started reading for LibriVox before we had finished any books. The first one we finished was The Secret Agent (Sept. 2005), so that's the first one I heard ;-)

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Post by chocoholic » July 28th, 2009, 6:57 pm

The Railway Children, by Edith Nesbit, for a car trip. Close on its heels (on the return) I listened to The Prisoner of Zenda, by Anthony Hope. Both are a terrific introduction to Librivox, I think. :)
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Post by anna » July 28th, 2009, 8:28 pm

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Post by pdw » July 28th, 2009, 9:05 pm

The first version of The War Of The Worlds.
Very good book. Love the illustrations too.

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Post by kayray » July 28th, 2009, 9:24 pm

pdw wrote:The first version of The War Of The Worlds.
Very good book. Love the illustrations too.
Oh, yes, I think our Stephan from Germany coordinated that one and drew the illustrations. And I got to do that weird Martian sound :)
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Post by catchpenny » July 28th, 2009, 10:06 pm

Scarlet pimpernel. :mrgreen:
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Post by neerajanagarajan » July 28th, 2009, 10:06 pm

kayray wrote:And I got to do that weird Martian sound :)
Now I MUST listen to that one!

EDIT -- Oh, and my first was The Jungle Book read SO beautifully by Meredith Hughes. And then I joined up right away :9:

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Post by Hokuspokus » July 28th, 2009, 10:51 pm

Die schwarze Galeere by Wilhelm Raabe, read by Felix
http://librivox.org/die-schwarze-galeere-von-wilhelm-raabe/

It took me three chapters to realize what the disclaim said about volunteering. I signed up the next day and started recording within a week.
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Post by russiandoll » July 29th, 2009, 1:01 am

TriciaG wrote:I assume all our volunteers started as listeners, right?
Assume again!
I didn't. I think I came across LV when I had a vague idea of getting involved with doing talking books/newspapers for the blind and was trying to find local organisations. And I can't at all remember what the first thing I listened to was: I would have listened to bits here and there, to get an idea of people's voices. Certainly I remember listening to Laurie-Anne read some Sherlock Holmes pretty early on - I think possibly because I'd read something on the forums in an 'accent-appropriateness' discussion what a great job she did! I doubt I listened to a complete book until at least six months after joining because that's when I got a portable MP3 player. I can't think what the first thing I downloaded to it was, but among the earliest were 'The Warden', 'Common Sense', and 'Cinq semaines en ballon' (I was going on holiday to France).
But I do know that the first thing I signed up for was a chapter of 'Phineas Finn'.
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Post by neerajanagarajan » July 29th, 2009, 1:08 am

russiandoll wrote:But I do know that the first thing I signed up for was a chapter of 'Phineas Finn'.
Oh yes, that was 'Ontario Readers' for me :9:

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Post by Julila » July 29th, 2009, 3:58 am

russiandoll wrote:
TriciaG wrote:I assume all our volunteers started as listeners, right?
Assume again!
I didn't. I think I came across LV when I had a vague idea of getting involved with doing talking books/newspapers for the blind and was trying to find local organisations.
Me too. And when I'd found LV, I kept wondering whether or not to register, whether or not to register etc :).
Anyway, my first read was a short story by Katherine Mansfield. And the first book I listened to was The Scarlet Pimpernel :).

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Post by Starlite » July 29th, 2009, 4:07 am

Julila wrote:
russiandoll wrote:
TriciaG wrote:I assume all our volunteers started as listeners, right?
Assume again!
I didn't. I think I came across LV when I had a vague idea of getting involved with doing talking books/newspapers for the blind and was trying to find local organisations.
Me too. And when I'd found LV, I kept wondering whether or not to register, whether or not to register etc :).
Anyway, my first read was a short story by Katherine Mansfield. And the first book I listened to was The Scarlet Pimpernel :).

Julie.
Same here. I came to LV looking for audiobooks for my mom who is loosing her eyesight. I immediately signed up on the forums and suggested The Prince and the Pauper. I had read this by printing out all the millions of pages from Gutenberg and Loved the story.

John Greenman almost immediately took it up as a solo and I proof listened to the whole book. This was before we had such a term as DPL!!!

Needless to say I was hooked! I proofed many books before I had the nerve to read myself.

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Post by gypsygirl » July 29th, 2009, 5:06 am

Starlite wrote:
Julila wrote:
russiandoll wrote:Assume again!
I didn't. I think I came across LV when I had a vague idea of getting involved with doing talking books/newspapers for the blind and was trying to find local organisations.
Me too. And when I'd found LV, I kept wondering whether or not to register, whether or not to register etc :).
Anyway, my first read was a short story by Katherine Mansfield. And the first book I listened to was The Scarlet Pimpernel :).

Julie.
Same here. I came to LV looking for audiobooks for my mom who is loosing her eyesight. I immediately signed up on the forums and suggested The Prince and the Pauper. I had read this by printing out all the millions of pages from Gutenberg and Loved the story.
I'm another. I heard about it on a podcast, had always had the vague wish of being able to record audiobooks in the back of my mind and jumped at the chance. First thing I signed up for was a chapter of Mansfield Park. First thing I listened to, some time later, was Kara's Secret Garden.
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