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From the Darkness…

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 07:03:03 +0000

November has come, and with it long and cold and dark nights. Best to huddle up inside with 10 spooky gems from our catalog. Who knows what hides out there in The Night Land, as earth is called after the sun has burnt out. The remains of the human race, living in a pyramid called […]

Going West!

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 07:04:16 +0000

The sheer endless prairies of the North American continent have inspired people from the first settlers until today. Let’s explore the Wild West with 10 gems from our catalog. Of course, before doing so, we need to be properly prepared. The Boy Scouts Handbook teaches everything a future cowboy needs to know about wood- and […]


Fri, 01 Sep 2017 07:01:44 +0000

There’s a lot going on in the skies these months: the American eclipse in August, meteor showers in September… Why not celebrate these events with 10 gems from our catalog? In the Days of the Comet that is visible in the sky, William is about to kill his unfaithful girlfriend. But when the greenish comet […]

LibriVox 12th Anniversary Podcast No. 145

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:13:39 +0000

Listen to LibriVox Community Podcast #145 – A LibriVox Dozen, celebrating LibriVox’s 12th annniverary. Hosted by Amelia Chesley (plaidsicle). Duration: 19:43 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * With contributions from Maria Kaspar (commonsparrow3) and Mary (mhhbook). Featuring excerpts read by Availle, Larry Wilson, Tony Addison, Holly […]

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In Memoriam

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 07:02:09 +0000

LibriVox is twelve! In those years, 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. One of our oldest readers ever was Dorothy Lieder. She was already 92 when she read one story of The […]

Relax, Take It Easy….

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 07:04:37 +0000

Summer has come! And with it, time for vacation, icecream, and taking it easy with 10 gems from our catalog. Not a bit easy can Commander Greylorn take his latest assignment: Halfway to a colony that may not exist anymore, his crew starts a mutiny. And the aliens that arrive exactly at this point looking […]

A long, long time ago

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 08:01:34 +0000

The 21st century has its ups and downs, but in fact, life has always been like this. Let’s look back at history with 10 gems from our catalog. Best to start at the very beginning with The Tree Dwellers or “The Age of Fear”. Katharine E. Dopp explains in 32 lessons for elementary school children […]

Laughter is Universal

Mon, 01 May 2017 08:55:58 +0000

Nothing is more conducive to international understanding – and should be practiced much more often – than laughter. Have fun with 10 gems from our catalog. Why laugh, you might ask. Because “Folly is the part of intellect that makes life worthwhile.” Thus wrote Erasmus of Rotterdam in 1509 in the essay Das Lob der […]

Gather ’round, it’s storytime!

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 09:02:48 +0000

Although it is slowly getting spring, April weather can be fickle, and kids may be disappointed when they have to stay indoors. Why not entertain them with 10 gems from our catalog. When you can’t play outside, what better than having a grandmother who tells fairy tales? Poor Jupp has one – and he makes […]

Love that dare not…

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:51:43 +0000

“I love you” – three easy words to say, no? Not if you’re judged by others for saying them. This month we honour authors from the LGBT community and their struggles with 10 gems from our catalogue. Life was easy in ancient Greece and Rome, when gay men could show their love openly. Gaius Petronius […]

Be my Valentine!

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 08:00:18 +0000

February 14 is Valentine’s Day and depending on where you live you will buy or receive Valentine’s chocolates, cards, flowers… We also let our romantic side show this month with 10 gems from our catalogue. Let’s start with twelve French Medieaval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France. Written in the 12th century, the […]

Time to get started!

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 11:01:17 +0000

Happy New Year everyone! A new year has just begun, and we are also looking at beginnings in 10 gems from our catalogue. The Prelude is always a good start, and this particular one has the distinction to be the first major narrative poem dealing with a spiritual journey. In this case, it’s the journey […]

Christmas Podcast

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 08:48:05 +0000

Listen to LibriVox Community Podcast #144: LibriVox Christmastime plans; thoughts on Christmas; poems, short stories, and other Christmas-related readings; exclusive radio play; Christmas interview; LibriVox bloopers. Duration: 1:40:39 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Hosted by Twinkle With contributions from Cheryl Adam (cadam10e), April6090 (adr6090), Molly […]

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LibriVox Community Podcast No. 143

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:02:06 +0000

Listen to LibriVox Community Podcast #143: LibriVox first experiences, forum names and why users chose them, and a special segment on voice characterisations Duration: 55:50 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Hosted by Kangaroo With contributions from Aaron M. Lebowitz (aaronml), Amelia Chesley (plaidsicle), Craig Campbell […]

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Shakespeare in Love

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:37:52 +0000

British literature has a long history, and many of the best known stories of all times originated on the British Isles. This time, however, we are after the lesser known authors for this year’s final 10 gems from our catalogue. For almost 200 years, Thomas Kyd had fallen into obscurity, even though the playwright from […]

The Man From La Mancha

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 08:10:14 +0000

Spanish is the second most spoken native tongue on the planet – and this month, we will celebrate our Spanish speaking librivoxers with 10 gems from our catalog written by Spanish authors. When discussing Spanish writers, you cannot pass over Miguel de Cervantes. Living in poverty throughout his childhood, and never able to live from […]

About audiobook apps and ads in recordings

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:12:04 +0000

Have you run across a Librivox book that’s for sale or has an embedded advertisement? Look in our catalog for the originals, which are always free and never include ads. Many of our listeners use apps to access Librivox recordings. Librivox has nothing to do with app development. All apps are produced by third parties. […]

Temporary Server Failure

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 00:26:50 +0000

We are very sorry, but a temporary server failure has reset our catalog to its status of September 15th, 2016. So, there are no books on the LibriVox homepage that were catalogued after this date. We have now fixed the server and are very busy to recreate our catalog. However, this will take some time, […]

Man spricht deutsh

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 07:02:28 +0000

LibriVox has quite a large German speaking community who has been reading numerous works by German authors. This month, we honour both with 10 gems from our catalog. Alexander von Humboldt was a major figure in German science, and he is credited with founding the fields of biogeography. Homeschooled like his brother, he was always […]

Under the Southern Cross

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 07:04:29 +0000

Often sadly forgotten among the English speaking countries, this month we’ll put our focus on authors from New Zealand and Australia with 10 gems from our catalog. Unfortunately, there are not many authors of Aboriginal or Maori descent in our catalog, since their legends and history were traditionally transmitted orally. The Stone Axe of Burkamukk […]