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October 8th, 2007 by Dave · 1 Comment

Kira just told me about LibriVox, a website offering free audio recordings of public domain books. Needless to say, this could be useful for language learners, and also for English teachers living abroad looking to immerse themselves in some native culture.

In addition to the mp3 files, each LibriVox entry also includes a link to the text, so students could read along with the recording. Also, all of the recordings are made by volunteers so a class could potentially contribute recordings of their own. That said, I’m not sure what the standards are in terms of accent or recording quality. Perhaps students could contribute literature from their own languages, as there are currently few recordings in languages other than English.

Here are some of the titles that caught my eye. Feel free to add suggestions of your own in the comments.

West African Folk Tales by William H. Barker
Present at a Hanging and Other Ghost Stories by Ambrose Bierce
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Fredrick Douglass
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
South! The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition by Edward Shackleton
The Complete Public Domain Poems of Wallace Stevens, Vol. 1 by Wallace Stevens
A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations
2BR02B by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

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  • 1 jeremy // Oct 9, 2007 at 4:43 am

    Thanks for the links. Looking forward to hearing some of these.

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