During a phone conversation with my son about podcasts and audiobooks, he mentions an interesting website he has visited called LibriVox. I have never heard of it, but always being on the lookout for free entertainment, I decide I will check it out. And, I am fairly impressed.
- First of all, it seems to be hosted on a Linux platform. I don’t know that for sure, but they use phpBB for their forum, and that’s a good sign.
- Secondly, their mission is quite honorable – putting the entirety of the world’s public domain writings on audiobooks. Or, as they say, “Acoustical liberation of books in the public domain.” Daunting.
- Thirdly, it is all volunteer. Impressive.
And, hey, I know how to volunteer! So I do. I poke around for a bit on the site over a few days, listen to a few minutes of several of the books on there, and generally nose around until I have a sense of the place. Then, I join the forums and find the instructions for how to volunteer as a reader.
Now, it just so happens that in my basement I have some sound equipment – enough to get started at least. An AudioTechnica AT835b shotgun mic, a Yamaha MW12 mixer, and a computer with Audacity. All I need is something to process through all this, and LibriVox provides that for me – in the form of their audio test.
People were pleased to find that Peter Piper had picked a couple pages for fable fans at LibriVox. Thankful that this was Thursday the thirtieth, the Piper anticipated forum fun and a wonderful weekend of recording!
Now the challenge exists. The auditory gauntlet is thrown. Am I good enough? I might not even pass the first test – for an all-volunteer organization! I don’t think I can handle that type of rejection right now. But, I’m going to try it.