Introduction

Welcome to my catalogue of the free audio recordings I have made for Librivox and commercial recordings made for Iambik Audiobooks. Your comments are most welcome. I am always trying to improve and I am always interested in finding new books to record.

I have just completed my third commercial audiobook, this time one for the kids, due to be released this month by Iambik. See my post here.

Librivox volunteers make audio recordings of works in the Public Domain, and release them on to the Internet free and with no restrictions. All my Librivox recordings are in the Public Domain in the UK, USA and nearly everywhere else in the world.

If you would like to choose more recordings from the Librivox catalogue of over 4400 free MP3 recordings, produced by more than 4000 volunteer readers from all over the world, look at the Librivox Catalogue.

If you would like to find out how you too can record audiobooks, please come and introduce yourself at the Librivox Forum.


42 Comments on “Introduction”


  1. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes you have just uploaded is a most welcome, pleasant addition to John Telfer’s reading which I have enjoyed listening over the years.
    I need you help! Could you kindly tell me the email address(es) of the book coordinators/moderator(s) for ‘Kotto’ by Lafcadio Hearn and ‘Tales of Old Japan’ by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford? I find numerous pronunciation errors in the Japanese texts (in Kotto) which have been prompted in part by the poor legibility in the italicised letters, “b” and “h” which are almost indistinguishable as reproduced on the pdf file available on the web. I have been trying my own reading of a few chapters including “A Woman’s Diary” and “Fireflies” both of which are most intriguing.
    Last but not least, I have greatly enjoyed listening to your reading of “Ikiryo”. Incidentally, it takes me less than 10 minutes on foot from my house to watch fireflies in front of an old shrine where a small murmuring stream flows. They will be around probably during the rest of this month.
    Best regards,
    ky

    • RuthieG Says:

      Thanks, ky. :)

      I’m glad you enjoyed The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I had serious doubts about whether I could do it – so many great people have recorded the stories. But I enjoyed it in the end.

      I cannot give you the email address of the Book Co-ordinator, I’m afraid, as it is not publicly available. However, your expertise would be most welcome if you care to join the forum, and if I see any queries on Japanese pronunciation, I will be sure to let you know. :)


      • Dear Ruth-san,
        Thank you for your reply. I will shortly follow your suggestion for me to join the forum and of course welcome any queries on Japanese pronunciation.:)
        ky

  2. Miri Says:

    I just finished listening to Cleek:the man of forty faces and your reading was just wonderful-definitely the best Librivox reading I’ve ever heard. Thank you so much for the pleasure your reading gave me.

    I do a weekly vintage book review called Tuesdays Tomes on my blog and I’ll be featuring Cleek and your reading soon.

    • RuthieG Says:

      I am so pleased that you have met the wonderful Cleek. He is quite my favourite. :D I have also recorded The Riddle of the Purple Emperor, a full-length Cleek adventure, and am in the middle of recording another, The Riddle of the Frozen Flame. I hope you enjoy them too, and I look forward to seeing the review on your blog.

      • peac Says:

        Glad to hear there’s more Cleek coming! I, also, have been enjoying “The Man of Forty Faces” and will have to check out your other recordings. You have a great reading voice and I love that you included some simultaneous voices at the appropriate time places.

      • RuthieG Says:

        Thanks, Peac. :) I got distracted by editing plays… again. But I am going to back to Cleek very soon, and hope to finish it by early next month.

  3. SkipChurch Says:

    Wonderful readings Ms Golding! I’m a devoted reader of Victorian literature, and you really do Collins and Dickens justice. My favorite moment, though, is where you sing a song in the midst of someone else’s reading!! I was completely charmed.

    • RuthieG Says:

      Ah, that was in a Hardy novel, wasn’t it? I hide in some very odd places. :lol: I do hope you have discovered Sketches by Boz. It’s chock full of wonderful prose and great readers.

      Thank you so much for taking the trouble to post.

  4. Don Says:

    Dear Ruthie
    Gosh – I see I last posted here on March 7! Seems like yesterday. I always read the posts of your other admirers and heartily endorse all their comments! Actually these endorsements have led me to listen to books I would not have read otherwise. The totally absurd “Man of 40 Faces” was by far my favorite – what a tour de force Ruth – and wonder if the real Ms Golding will now stand up!
    Katsuyuki puts it mildly using the word melodious to describe your voice! I think it is somniferous and reminds me of my efforts at reading my kids to sleep!! You read to me in bed late at night and typically I always have to rewind my MP3 player back to the point I went to sleep!
    Frankly I am amazed that you have not been “recruited” by the commercial audio book gang. You are generous to share your time and voice the way you do.
    I usually download books to my MP3 player one by one and tend to search for you, Elizabeth (yes, I knew she was not a limey) and Andy. You did intend to make a list people who speak our kind of English. Please try to do so. Half my family is American and I should not be too surprised – but alas, I have tried to listen to some readers speaking a language I don’t understand. Why cant they all speak like a Maid of Kent? :-) Donncha (a Man of Sussex)

    • RuthieG Says:

      Thank you, Don :) I am so glad you share my enthusiasm for Cleek – I am on the third Cleek book now, and they are enormous fun to record. Oh, I have been remiss – I will make that list. I am currently pretty busy with something else that may just have something to do with your “amazement” in the middle of your post. I will let you all know about it when I am free to speak. ;) My Dad was a Man of Sussex… how astonished he would be to know what I am up to these days. :)

  5. Don Says:

    :):)It sounds like you have been “discovered”!! I knew your dad was from Bexhill and like mine was a onetime captain in RASC! I am almost a Man of Kent not Sussex as I started my adult life in Deal (RM’s) and grew fond of your corner of the sceptered isle. Despite nearly 50 years a wanderer I maintained friends in Deal and Walmer until recently (they died, I lived)!
    BTW I am sure I cannot tell you anything about audio books, but I have just recently discovered a graphical way to search for “my next book” (rather like browsing in a bookshop) at http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/about. The only one I have tried was Vanishing England by PH Ditchfield. Only after unzipping it did I discover it was computer read. You might like to do it although it is a bit dry – no dialog – for your skills! *)

    • RuthieG Says:

      Well, well! Yes, Daddy was from Bexhill and I spent many happy hours there as a child. He was a wartime captain who had an interesting time in charge of a workshop company – first of all testing DUKWs, then at Arromanches after D-Day, and finally maintaining Monty’s vehicles across Northern Europe in the final months.

      Books-should-be-free has links to many LibriVox books, but presumably they also snaffle the Project Gutenberg computer-generated ones as well. The LibriVox catalogue is shortly to have a facelift, so hopefully will be a bit more user-friendly then. When first designed, no-one had any idea that it would eventually contain thousands of audiobooks.

      Another good way of searching for our books is http://audiozero.com/ The only drawback is if you search by reader, you need to use the reader’s forum name (e.g. Gloriana for Elizabeth Klett, or RuthieG for me), as the catalogue name doesn’t bring up all the results.

  6. Don Says:

    I discovered Adrian Praetzellis today! Serendipity! How did I not find him before? Do you have a rig like his picture at http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20100306/LIFESTYLE/100309770/1309?p=1&tc=pg? What mike do you have? I’ve tried “reading” with my telephone boom headset (which I use for talk to text) and the result is a nasty hiss compared to you! Saw a picture of someone else’s rig with her mike and monitor in a sort of box with sound absorbing panels on three sides.

    A suggested read for you: stuff by Henrietta Marshall (any relation?) Her work lends itself nicely to the MP3 format as one can listen to it in short dribs and drabs when the spirit moves one much like one might listen to a track of music – and good for all ages. Kara Shallenberg has done “Our Island Story”. Not sure if there is still a copyright issue as Gutenburg list but two of her many books. But U of Penn (The Celebration of Women Writers) or mainlesson.com seem to think they are out of copyright and have them all online. Anyhow 70 years is up next year :-)

    • RuthieG Says:

      Adrian is a wonderful reader. You will enjoy all his recordings. Peter Yearsley and Andy Minter too – found them yet?

      I have been using a Samson Q1U, but have just graduated to a Blue Yeti. I have a noisy computer, though, so have to take all kinds of weird steps to ensure good quality. I will have a quiet one some day… some day…

      No relation – she was a Scottish Marshall. Out of copyright for me on 1 Jan 2012. US copyright is very different, and all our recordings at LibriVox have to comply with that, as the files are hosted in the US. Anything published before 1923 is in the Public Domain in the US.

  7. Christiane Says:

    Dear Ruth!
    Thank you so much!
    Your voice is brilliant and such a pleasent change! Almost every audio book I own is read by a male – Hence I’m really looking foreward to listen to all those wonderfull books read by you.

    • RuthieG Says:

      Thank you, Christiane! I am interested that so many audio books are recorded by men – I understand it if books are written from a first-person male perspective (which many are, of course) but I can’t think of any other defensible reason. ;)

  8. SkipChurch Says:

    Ms Golding, hello.
    I finished Cleek (of the forty you-know-whats) and also The Purple Emperor. You do a great job, especially managing the various voices in Purple Emperor. That is hard I’m sure! I can’t get enough of fake Hindoos and men masquerading as women who give themselves away when something is tossed in their lap. I rather doubt that would work nowadays! ~Rev Skip

    • RuthieG Says:

      Ah, those were the days. :D Such fun to be able to suspend disbelief, instead of having horrible reality rammed down your throat. Long live my dear Cleek. I hope to be able to get on with recording the third in a week or so – other matters have kept me too busy recently.

  9. Thuy Says:

    Hello Ruth,
    I just finished “The Riddle of the Purple Emperor.” Your voice is spectacular! I must say the first 2 chapters were slow moving, but your storytelling skills kept luring me back in. I’m glad to see Librivox has such talented volunteers such as yourself. I’ve noted some of your other works and plan to search for them soon.

    • RuthieG Says:

      Well, it’s just such fun recording these books. Far more fun than listening to them, I’m sure. :lol: I am finally getting this blog up to date again, so you should be able to find all my solos, at least, on the Solo pages here.

  10. Don Says:

    Congratulations Ruthie – ever since I first “discovered” you I felt your forty voices were your fortune! Either you and/or Elizabeth K first turned me onto audio books and to Librivox in particular. Up to then in my ignorance I had been laboriously making nasty MP3’s from good Gutenberg books using text to speech software!

    I had never been blind enough to check out the RNIB nor their “talking books” and recently have done so. I feel I don’t like what I find (why the special “Daisey” format? and why the high cost from what is supposed to be a charity in aid of people with such a massive handicapping disability?). All the commercial audio book people also seem ask a king’s ransom for most books but as Audible recently offered me a free book when I bought a printer on Amazon I got one of their books. I chose their most expensive one (£35!) and after downloading it (and also a lot of software I don’t need) I found it wont play on my 5 bog standard MP3 players (rather than buy a £40+ compatible player, and rather than lose my free book, Audacity came to the rescue and converted it to MP3 but it was a bore and took over 14 hours to do so).

    I like the whole concept of IAMBIK and of course immediately bought Edge of Eden! Indeed I knew anyone with such a melodious voice (thank you Ky!) must be beautiful but that picture of the delightful mischievous looking pixie really made my day. Five stars plus for model and the photographer!

    I have just seen your list of Brit readers – I’ll be checking them out! I knew Andy but how could you – you forgot Adrian Praetzellis :) !! (I think I would give Elizabeth honorary Brit status too!)

    Don

    • RuthieG Says:

      You wouldn’t believe how many shots my son had to take to get one where I didn’t look like an old witch. :lol:

      Ooops… I forgot Adrian. :oops: There are actually quite a few that I have forgotten, I think.

      Re Audible: this is the dreaded proprietary format thing, isn’t it? I imagine a lot of people don’t realise that their formats don’t play on all MP3 players.

      I believe the DAISY format is particularly useful for navigating through audiobooks e.g. encyclopaedias, which would otherwise be virtually impossible for those with sight problems. I just looked at the RNIB Talking Books service – do you qualify for that? £79 per year including the loan of a DAISY player seems pretty reasonable, Don? Many unabridged audiobooks that I have seen seem to cost much more than a hardback copy of the book.

  11. Don Says:

    Ruth, I was probably unkind about the RNIB and DAISY as I really know little about them. I had just assumed talking books were free so was surprised to find they were not. Just like I always assumed a blind person got a free TV License and then discovered that all they got was a miserable £5 discount! At that time I had 20/20 vision but was friendly with a blind man who kept his TV on non stop all day for company. I felt society could do better and wrote to over 100 MPs. I got just a handful of replies but a few years later the discount was increased to 50% – but I still think it should be free for these folk. As mine is as I am (much) older than 75!!

    I do agree the £79 deal seems reasonable by our standards but if you think about a person living off a OAP this sum might exceed their entire disposable income for a year! And worse if they are in a care home as they then forfeit their pension except for a little pocket money!

    Fortunately I am still a long way from needing a white cane. My problem is really just reading text below font 20 or 22. I like to read lying down and I have the neat combination of FBReader/Gutenberg on a little refurbished Asus eeePC with a 7 inch screen with Puppeee Linux as an OS. A sort of poor man’s iPad and it can do almost as much.

    On the subject of free talking books for people with vision problems I have recently discovered Calibre (http://www.calibre.org.uk/) – a sort of Brit Librivox. I see you have never read for them but I presume you know about them. You might like to include them on your blogroll? I do plan to try them out!

    I will watch out for your next iambik :)
    Don

  12. JJ Says:

    I’m part way through your recording of Flatland and I’m loving it. Good work, and thanks very much!

  13. opipop Says:

    I listened to your recording of Flatland last week while working on my paintings (actually tea-pots at the moment) and while running. And just want to thank you for doing that, it was truly excellent!

    • RuthieG Says:

      I love to hear what people are doing while they listen. I have a lot of knitter listeners, but I think you are my first artist. Thank you for taking the trouble to write – I really appreciate it. :)

  14. Darya Says:

    Dear Ruth! May I ask you, where are you from? Your accent is so nice! I wonder, where that magic town is in which people speak like you=)

    • RuthieG Says:

      What an interesting question! :) So interesting that I thought it would be a good subject for a page on this blog, and will do this soon. The truth is, it doesn’t really matter where I come from, because I don’t speak with a regional accent at all. My accent is regarded as standard English, sometimes called Received Pronunciation, and is regarded as an ‘English’ English accent, rather than British English, as virtually no Welsh or Scottish people use it. It is most often heard in the south of England, and indeed I live just about as far south as you can get without falling into the sea. ;)

  15. Mustafa Oguz Says:

    Dear Ruth,

    Your vision is as sweet as warm as your readings.
    I have seen in Iambik website.

    I wish you a very happy Christmas, by the way.


  16. Dear Ruth,
    I just finished listening to your beautiful reading of “The Chimes”.
    It was wonderful, and by far the best Librivox reading I have ever heard..
    I especially loved the echo effect and “bell” singing.
    I HAVE to listen to all of your recordings!!
    Loretta [Merry Christmas]


  17. Dear Ruth,
    I forgot to mention that I listened to “The Chimes” while working on a very detailed portion of my painting.
    Listening to your reading helped my concentration, and helped me work for hours without getting bored or restless.
    I have recommended your readings to other artists on my Facebook page.
    Thanks for sharing your talent.
    Regards,
    Loretta

  18. RuthieG Says:

    I am so glad you enjoyed The Chimes. I think it deserves to be as well-known as A Christmas Carol. Thank you for mentioning me on Facebook. :)

  19. Alberto Says:

    Ruth, I have started to listen Women in Love, and I must say I love your voice reading!
    I am spanish, and I have read the book my own, but in your words I inderstand Lawrence much better than I could wish before!

    thanx!
    a.

  20. Corina Papageorgiou Says:

    Dear Ruth,

    Through Open Library I stumbled upon a 1922 travel book “Aloha around the world”. (If interested, Wikipedia has an article on the ship “Aloha”.) Anyway, the author is Karl Vogen, a prominent New England physician and a friend of Aloha’s owners. His language is charming and accurate and his remarks interesting. You have recorded a similar book, “East by West”, but alas! only the first volume. My humble question concerns whether a recording of the second volume is scheduled. Please, be informed that a LibriVox visitor anticipates it like a panting dog! By the by, congratulations for your first commercially available audiobook.

    Kindest regards,

    Corina

  21. RuthieG Says:

    Thank you, Corina. Yes, I certainly hope to record Volume II of East by West this year. I am glad to bring Lucy’s work to a wider audience. I am fond of old Henry. I pass his house most days, and shake a fist on his behalf at Ambrose Bierce who was very rude about him.

    Aloha around the world sounds an interesting book too. I see that it is available to read online at the Internet Archive. I will take a look and put it in the suggestions on the LibriVox forum.

    Thank you for your good wishes. My second commercial audiobook is underway, with a third to follow, so life is challenging at the moment. :)

  22. Brenda Says:

    I am on Chapter 15 of the 42 chapters in D.H. Lawrence’s, ‘Women in Love,’ and I have to tell you how appreciative I am of your reading. You really bring the book alive – I tried years ago to read it and wasn’t able to get into it, and yet your reading has made it one of the most exciting novels I’ve ever ‘heard.’ When I saw you had a blog I had to come by to say thank you.


  23. Thank you for recording “The British Barbarians.” It has long been over shadowed by H.G. Well’s “Time Machine” published at the same time.

    I love having books to listen to while traveling, and it’s nice to have a pleasant reader. It’s great you are doing this as a public service, but I’m glad to see people are starting to hire you. Well deserved!

  24. Vladimir Says:

    Dear Ruth!
    Your voice won me with the recording of “Childhood’s Favorites and Fairy Stories” – “Nursery Rhymes by Various “. Your voice is brilliant. Thank you so much!
    You may find it interesting to read the book “Daphnis & Chloe – Longus” http://archive.org/stream/cu31924014233518#page/n37/mode/2up.
    Many people think that this is a book erotica, but it is wiser.
    I read this book in the days of my youth, but I hand the exam this book as an adult. Read this book. Perhaps you’ll record it.

    Good luck to you.


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