Reading Aloud and Audio Books

Librivox.org is a fascinating new cooperative website offering and inviting free public domain readings of free public domain texts. Here you can listen to and download for free the particular work you were hoping to read. Reading aloud is great and so is a well-read recorded audio book, especially on a road-trip or when you are doing some quiet stationary work—ironing or cutting vegetables (but not doing taxes, correcting essays, or playing chess). Some of the particular volunteer readers at Librivox.org are incredible. Below are a few favorites.

Peter Yearsely: Click here for a complete list of his recordings. Below are some of the best.


  • Belloc, Hilaire. “The South Country.”
  • Burns, Robert. “Winter: A Dirge.”
  • Czech folk-tale, anon. “Sleepy John.”
  • Donne, John. “Death Be Not Proud.”
  • Hunt, Leigh. “Jenny Kiss’d Me.”
  • Millay, Edna St. Vincent. “Recuerdo”
  • Stevenson, Robert Louis. “The Cow.”
  • Yeats, W. B. “The Song of Wandering Aengus.”

Graham Williams: Click here for a complete list of his recordings. Below are some his best.

  • Shakespeare, William. “Sonnet LXXIII.”
  • Wordsworth, William. "I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud."

Cori Samuels: Click here for a complete list of her recordings. Below is one of the best.

  • Frost, Robert. “Fire and Ice.”

Joy Chan: Click here for a complete list of her recordings. Below are some of the best.

  • Jacobs, Joseph. English Fairy Tales.
  • Wilde, Oscar. The Happy Prince and Other Tales.

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