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#1  WillAdams 09-02-2014, 10:51 AM
While I'm very grateful for the efforts of the volunteers at Librivox, unfortunately, most of the recordings which I've listened to have come off as amateurish.

This thread is for the books which are the gems in the rough there.
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#2  WillAdams 09-02-2014, 10:52 AM
Little Fuzzy --- H. Beam PIPER (1904 - 1964)

Jack Holloway, a prospector on the planet Zarathustra discovers small furry creatures. These creatures are obviously intelligent, but are they animals or are they sapient? If they are sapient the planet will be declared a protected zone and the company that is developing the planet commercially will lose their exclusive rights to the resources... (Summary by tabithat)

https://librivox.org/little-fuzzy-by-h-beam-piper/
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#3  tubemonkey 09-02-2014, 11:29 AM
Quote WillAdams
While I'm very grateful for the efforts of the volunteers at Librivox, unfortunately, most of the recordings which I've listened to have come off as amateurish.

This thread is for the books which are the gems in the rough there.
Great idea for a thread. Finding quality recordings is certainly a daunting task.
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#4  tubemonkey 09-02-2014, 11:32 AM
Quote WillAdams
Little Fuzzy --- H. Beam PIPER (1904 - 1964)

Jack Holloway, a prospector on the planet Zarathustra discovers small furry creatures. These creatures are obviously intelligent, but are they animals or are they sapient? If they are sapient the planet will be declared a protected zone and the company that is developing the planet commercially will lose their exclusive rights to the resources... (Summary by tabithat)

https://librivox.org/little-fuzzy-by-h-beam-piper/
Thanks; I'll give this one a shot
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#5  tubemonkey 09-02-2014, 12:00 PM
Quote WillAdams
Little Fuzzy --- H. Beam PIPER (1904 - 1964)
BTW, what device do you listen to audiobooks on? and do you use any of the LibriVox apps out there for selection, download, and playback?
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#6  Catlady 09-02-2014, 12:52 PM
I am very impressed with the books done by Elizabeth Klett. She has done professional recordings as well as LibriVox recordings.

Here's a link to her LibriVox recordings.
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#7  Hokuspokus 09-04-2014, 04:12 AM
There is a a big grey area between very good amateur and professional quality, depending on what one expects and on personnel taste. Anyway, here are some of the very best LibriVox readers:

Ruth Golding https://librivox.org/reader/2607
Cori Samuel https://librivox.org/reader/92
David Barnes https://librivox.org/reader/94
Andy Minter https://librivox.org/reader/152
Mark F. Smith https://librivox.org/reader/204
Ralph Snelson https://librivox.org/reader/2140
Kara Shallenberg https://librivox.org/reader/19

On their catalog pages click on "solo" (upper left part of the page), to get only books read entirely by them.

A good way to find readers you like is to check out the many collections on LibriVox, mystery, Sci-Fi, short works, non fiction, ...
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#8  chromedome 09-05-2014, 11:38 AM
I couldn't agree more re: Mark F. Smith, I've recently listened to a few classics read by Mark F. Smith of South Carolina.

Adventures of Tom Sawyer / Huck Fin , Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island - White Fang, Call of the Wild and others. He does a brilliant job of the voices - Especially with Long John Silver in Treasure Island (Brilliant).

I found Ralph SNelson a bit more difficult - I think, for me, his voice is a bit too 'thick' for the want of a better word. I recently listened through "The Land that Time Forgot" and really struggled at times. Admittedly I tend to listen in noisy environments such as when driving home from work or out walking or in the gym. The pitch of his voice seems to drop too low and the pronunciation is not always crisp enough for me to deduce what is being said, without upping the volume and rewinding a bit. It might be that his voice is better suited to dedicated listening, however, when I have that kind of quiet I'm usually reading the normal way ;-)

Regards,

Greg
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#9  badgoodDeb 09-05-2014, 01:26 PM
Sherlock Holmes in "The Hound of the Baskerville" made a 13 hr drive disappear, earlier this summer. I just checked -- it was read by Laurie Ann Walden (or some such spelling variation). I haven't listened to many, but this seems very well done to me.

On the other hand, Anna Katherine Greene's "The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow" seemed a very early-century book (women fainting and behaving like idiots) . AND the reader put pauses in all the wrong places, and pronounced some words wrong (imho). Richard Gilmer (Hilmer?) (sp?) was his name.

I'm not sure where these were found, because I bought them on eBay (that being easiest for my first bunch). But they did serve to get me interested in audiobooks!
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#10  WillAdams 09-08-2014, 07:53 AM
I burn MP3s to CD-Rs and listen to them when traveling --- I've started to put them on SD cards and listen to them while cutting the lawn (I use a reel mower) using my daughter's on V@MP3 player.
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