Audiobook of The Venerable Bede

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  • #15746

    anonymous
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    Hey, I was just setting up the 3x/week LibriVox.org podcast feed and thought that our current book, The Venerable Bede's "Ecclesiastical History of England", might be of interest to some folks here.  I am pretty sure this is the only audiobook of Bede's "Ecclesiastical History" in existence and it's free, of course.  http://librivox.org/ecclesiastical-history-of-england-by-the-venerable-bede/Or if you want to be served three chapters a week, you can subscribe to the podcast feed:http://librivox.org/podcast.xml(For those not familiar with librivox: we are an all-volunteer organization which coordinates readers to produce public domain audiobooks. This is a collaborative book, in which many different readers took part.  Not all readers will be to everyone's taste, but hey, it's free :) )

  • #18678

    storringtonlad
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    That sounds great :D

  • #18679

    Chris
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    Brilliant! Subscribed and downloading them now, thanks  :)

  • #18680

    Jamie
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    Same :)

  • #18681

    anonymous
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    Cool!  Hope you enjoy.  I recorded the first two chapters (Preface and Life of Bede) so now you know what I sound like :)

  • #18682

    Chris
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    Cool!  Hope you enjoy.  I recorded the first two chapters (Preface and Life of Bede) so now you know what I sound like :)

    Ah, so that's you....well read  ;)Just a quick question (because of my annoying curiosity) but how do you decide who records what? By the sounds of it there are about 5 or more different people recording this one title.Also, part 5 is not a particularly great recording with an echo and quite a high pitched noise running through it  :-

  • #18683

    anonymous
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    For a collaborative recording like this one, someone sets up the project, then interested volunteers can claim chapters.We have a proof-listening process but our standards are loose -- from experience we know that even poor readers can improve given time and sometimes become very good indeed. We wait for them to ask for help unless they are REALLY hard to understand. It's a delicate situation because it is intimidating and frightening for most people to put their voices out there into the public. Unasked-for criticism makes strong men weep. We do have lots and lots of solo books, so you can pick a good reader and know you'll get the same voice all the way through :)The proof-listener should have caught echo and the whine. Technical problems are fair game for criticism!  But our proofers are volunteers too, and sometimes things slip through.  I'll have a look and see if we can clean that file up.

  • #18684

    Chris
    Participant

    Thanks for the explanation. Sounds like quite a good system and the project is certainly a worthwhile one so I hope you manage to keep it going. You probably have quite a lot of volunteers so if that is the case there will always be plenty of opportunities for people to continue recording.I guess if you are too late to claim a chapter you lose out. That would be gutting if it was your favourite book and you really wanted to take part. I know this is probably a stupid question  but what happens when no one claims a chapter/s and the book is then incomplete, would you still make the whole thing live or wait until it's complete?I would certainly be a little intimated by the whole thing, not sure I could do it personally, so I think whoever does this deserves appreciation for their efforts. I'd be no good and I hate the sound of my voice recorded anyway  ;)

  • #18685

    anonymous
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    Oh, books always get finished.  We have thousands of volunteers and someone is always willing to claim that last chapter.  Sometimes a very difficult book might take a couple years from start to finish, but we always get them cataloged eventually.And we have multiple copies of many books -- no one ever misses out on recording a favorite.  You oughta see how many "Pride and Prejudices" we have ;-)  We call it "choice of voice", which is catchy and sounds like we have our listeners in mind, but it's really the only way to be fair to our readers!  Anyone who wants to start recording a book, either as a solo or collaboratively, can do so, no matter how many other copies we have already.Wow, six P&Ps at the moment with one more underway:https://catalog.librivox.org/search.php?title=pride+and+prejudice&author=&status=all&action=Search

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