Tag Archives: LibriVox

August 08

Librivox reaches ten thousand free audiobooks

A quick note to congratulate Librivox on its eleventh anniversary, and reaching a milestone.

The Wine of Wizardry by George Sterling

This book made me rather sad. It convincingly fooled me concerning its unimportance. I really thought that Sterling – about whom I knew nothing – was a skilled, if not particularly great, British Romantic poet, probably strongly-influenced by Yeats. He was a Californian, but his way of writing submerges his experiences in Celtic fog. Given the […]

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Unknown London by Walter George Bell

Unknown London is a small book published slightly before the First World War. Walter Bell’s thesis is that London is full of artifacts which have links to fascinating stories, but that people do not comprehend their importance. This failure occurs for a mixture of reasons. Sometimes an artifact is ignored because the glamour of another experience […]

August 12

Librivox turns 10: free audiobooks, a decade on

Congratulations to Librivox on 10 years and 9570 books.

Poison Romance and Poison Mysteries by C J S Thomson

This is an excellent little guide to the use of poison in history, fiction, and contemporary court cases, written in the late 1890s. I recommend it for writers whose characters use poison, and readers who enjoy the true crime genre. One of the things I love about the Librivox project, which is a mass of volunteers […]

Reading Journal for September 2013

It’s been a tough month, with some personal issues coming up, so it’s all audiobooks this month. I have a copy of Terry Pratchett’s Dodger that’s my very next book, and it’s still sitting where it was in August. Once again I’ve been doing the serious pillage on Librivox, which is a site that produces free […]

Reading Journal for August

Many of the works reviewed this month are from Librivox, and are linked via their cover photographs. Edward II by Christopher Marlowe It’s always interesting to listen to Elizabethan plays which aren’t Shakespeare. It lets you see how much of the grandeur of his work is based one what, back then, was a sort of […]

Reading Journal for July

The Very Hungry Zombie by Michael Teitelbaum The publisher suggests that the book is unsuitable for small children. I must say I entirely disagree. Last night my daughter picked up The Very Hungry Caterpillar by mistake, put it back, and asked me to help her find The Very Hungry Zombie instead.  Being only one, she has […]

Beasts and Super Beasts by Saki

I wish to sing the highest possible praises for this author.  Those who follow my posts may have noticed that I am generally critical and slightly horrible in my reviews. Not this time. Saki wrote short stories, like this collection, which satirised the foibles of his class. They are the same victims Oscar Wilde and […]

Shakespeare’s Sonnets – a review

The Librivox book club has the sonnets as our monthly read, and I listened to the Elizabeth Klett recording. I did not enjoy them, and I hate that.  I’m continually harping on about how people should enjoy poetry more, and so when the book club pulls out the a celebrity like William, I thought I’d be […]