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message 1: by Caroline (new)

Caroline | 3 comments I have listened to a few audiobooks on my iphone from the librivox catalog. I was wondering if anyone else uses this, and can share with me which books from the list they have found on there and how they liked it.

I have listened to Jane Eyre, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Woman in White and The Moonstone. I enjoyed all of them especially the last two.


message 2: by Becky (new)

Becky (munchkinland_farm) | 247 comments Thanks for mentioning this - I'm downloading my first book from Librivox as I type this message. I'll let you and the group know what I think!


Kat (A Journey In Reading) (ajourneyinreading) | 17 comments I am currently listening to Anna Karenina from Librivox. I love the fact that the ones in public domain are free.


message 4: by Ruth Wilson (new)

Ruth Wilson | 9 comments Caroline wrote: "I have listened to a few audiobooks on my iphone from the librivox catalog. I was wondering if anyone else uses this, and can share with me which books from the list they have found on there and h..."

I read "Woman in White" the old fashioned way, and I really enjoyed it. I have a feeling, though, I might have to read "The Moonstone" via audio book to make it through. It's a bit dry in places. I read parts of it in a mystery genre literature class many years ago.


message 5: by Ananya (new)

Ananya (sowmyas) | 17 comments A whole lot of classics on iPhone! Listened to ' A room with a View' and enjoyed it. Somehow I still prefer reading rather than listening.


message 6: by Reid (last edited Jun 13, 2010 02:41PM) (new)

Reid (reido) I absolutely love Librivox, and have listened to several books that way. However, it would be great if they had some way of allowing us to rate the readers, so others could be aware of which were of high quality and which were not. I listened to all of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and it was almost impossible to get through, what with the poor quality of some of the readers.

On the other hand, I cannot wax enthusiastic enough about the version of Barnaby Rudge to which I am currently listening, recorded by a woman by the name of Mil Nicholson. She is simply wonderful, well-spoken, with the requisite Dickensian English accent and a mastery of the accents and vernacular of the world Dickens evokes. She uses a different voice for each of her characters, and never gets them confused (a real feat in any Dickens novel, of course), but they are never obtrusively showy; she only uses the voices to accentuate the story. A truly lovely experience.


message 7: by Dawn (new)

Dawn (dawntd) | 5 comments I've listened to Erewhon and Pride and Prejudice using Librivox and while the quality isn't top notch, you can't beat the price! I prefer actual books, but my library lost its only copy of Erewhon and Persuasion was so tortuous for me that I figured an audiobook couldn't be any worse.


message 8: by Reid (last edited Jun 14, 2010 06:09PM) (new)

Reid (reido) Audio books are a great way to get in a few books I might not get to otherwise, I find. Can't exactly read a regular book while I am driving, for instance! (Which is to say that I usually prefer "real" books, too).


message 9: by Erik (new)

Erik I listened to the looong historical parts of Les Miserables on librivox.

Listening to them kept me from daydreaming too much.


message 10: by Dave (new)

Dave | 3 comments I found there is a direct correlation between the size of the book and the audio quality. The books I couldn't get through were Great Expectations and Ulysses. The audio quality was poor and I really didn't like being tossed around from one reader to the next. Also some of the chapters were missing! The ones I did get through were This Side of Paradise and The Master Key. The latter being a book I never would have read/heard had it not been on Librivox, and I would have unknowingly deprived myself of this lesser known L. Frank Baum book, but one I really connected with.


PaNdORa   (gökçe) (pandora-m) | 9 comments no I dont use it I dont even know what is it used for:)


message 12: by Reid (last edited Jun 18, 2010 04:59PM) (new)

Reid (reido) Pandora wrote: "no I dont use it I dont even know what is it used for:)"

Free downloads of audio books of volumes in the public domain. Volunteer readers (which also means the quality varies). But, hey, it's free! As I said earlier in this string, check out Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens as read by Mil Nicholson. Truly first rate.


message 13: by Shayla (new)

Shayla (mcconnellsa2) | 2 comments lit2go is a site for Florida educators that have many of the classics (and more) that are read by actual actors. Its a free site and you can also find it through itunesU.


message 14: by Shayla (new)

Shayla (mcconnellsa2) | 2 comments Christine wrote: "lit2go is MUCH better. The readers aren't perfect, but they are at least acceptable and in some cases sound excellent."

Good! I'm glad you liked it.


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