Free Audio Books

I recently discovered LibriVox.org, a site with an elaborate catalog of audio books that you can download and listen to for free. They have a mission to record every book in the public domain, i.e. books that are no longer protected by copyright. That means every book before 1923.
It’s quite a big goal, but they are well on their way. So far I have listened to David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, The Anti-Christ by Nietzsche (I was curious), and Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. I usually listen to audio books when I’m cleaning the house or gardening or cooking because I find they make the menial tasks go a lot faster.
To get the books, I saved each Mp3 in a file on my desktop and then transfered those files onto my Sansa, my iPod-like device. The only downside of LibriVox is that the books are recorded by volunteers, many of whom don’t seem to speak English very well. If you are sensitive to that kind of thing, this is not the site for you. However, you get what you pay for when things are free, and I think this is a wonderful project. Since it’s all legal and above board, it takes the guilt out of downloading audio books.

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