Other British Readers on LibriVox

Latest update: 19 June 2014 Please let me know if I have missed anyone.

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Here are some British (or British-sounding) readers at LibriVox. I am including myself, as I notice that quite a lot of people are happening on this page through Google searches for British LibriVox readers. I have made some attempt at alphabetical order of surname (if there is a surname).

A * indicates readers who have completed one or more solo recordings. You can select solo recordings only, if you wish, in the Project Type box on each reader page.

English:
* ashleighjane
* David Barnes
Stuart Bell
* Phil Benson
* Christine Blachford
* Edmund Bloxam
* Rob Board
* Carol Box
* Nigel Boydell
* Justin Brett
* Tim Bulkeley (now in NZ, but born and bred in Britain)
Garth Burton
Steve C
Chris Cartwright
* Clive Catterall
* Alan Chant
Hazel Chant
Anne Cheng
* David Clarke (amazing Count of Monte Cristo)
* Martin Clifton
Andrew Coleman
Sally Ann Cook
*Paul Curran
* Rebecca Dittman
* Robert Dixon
* Lizzie Driver
* Michele Eaton
* Patrick Eaton
* Simon Evers
Joseph Finkberg
Malcolm Fisher
* FNH
* Reynard T. Fox
* Sandra G
* Martin Geeson
* Ruth Golding
Steve Gough
* Kevin Green
* Phil Griffiths
John Hayward
* hefyd
Nick Hillier
Jonathan Horniblow
* icyjumbo (1964-2010)
* Jon Ingram
* Peter John Keeble
* gkeeling
* Verity Kendall
Edward Kirkby
* laineyben I cannot quite place the accent
Simon Larois
* Alex Lau
* Nicole Lee
Ben Lindsey-Clark
* Rachel Lintern
Mair
* Carl Manchester
Kenneth Thompson Marchesi
* Paul Mazumdar
* Jason Mills
* Andy Minter
* MorganScorpion
Rod Moss
* Jim Mowatt
* Mil Nicholson
* Anthony Ogus
Lucy Perry
* Philippa
* Adrian Praetzellis (now in California but born and bred in Britain)
* ravenotation
* Graham Redman
* David Richardson
* Cori Samuel
* Karen Savage (expat Brit – bilingual UK/US ;) )
* Claire Schreuder
Arup Sen
* Christopher Smith
Christine Stevens
Helen Taylor
thebicyclethief
thechanneler
* Lynne Thompson
* TimSC
TRUEBRIT
Abigail W
* Patrick Wallace
Jack Watson Warr
* Elaine Webb
Alan Weyman
Adrian Wheal
*Nick Whitley
Adam Whybray
Dave Wills
Jay Wills
* Peter Yearsley

Irish:
Barty Begley
DublinGothic
* iremonger
Brendan MacKenzie
* Tadhg

Scottish:
Andy
James Callaghan
Charlie Macdonald
Rachael Nowotny
Ian Skillen

Welsh:
* Charlotte Duckett
Brian Morgan

Other accents
* Elizabeth Klett (US, but does an amazing British English accent, when appropriate, of course :) )
* tabithat (who might just whack me with her didgeridoo to be included in this list, but she is so very good)
* Joy Chan (ditto comment above)
* NoelBadrian Noel’s voice is just wonderful. I am not sure exactly where the influences come from – Southern Africa, I think, but I hope he will forgive me for including him on this list.

Any other British readers that I have missed? Let me know and I will add them to this list. :)

68 Comments on “Other British Readers on LibriVox”

  1. Thomas Kluyver Says:

    Thanks for this. I’m combing through looking for British-sounding recordings, so you’ve saved me some time. :-)

  2. Darya Says:

    That’s great! But could you recomend me readers from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales from this list?

    • RuthieG Says:

      There are none on that list. I have mostly included readers who have recorded solo works.

      I can add Andy and Charlie Macdonald, who have magnificent Scots voices, but neither of whom has made many recordings. I cannot, however, think of any LibriVox readers with a distinct Welsh accent, more is the pity, as I am part Welsh myself and love all Welsh accents. I will ask on the forums if anyone knows of any. There is a new reader who has a Northern Irish accent, but he hasn’t recorded anything yet.

      You may also find the International Dialects of English Archive useful. :)

  3. Patricia Says:

    I LOVE to listen to you, Ruth Golding! I had already discovered a couple of the others and really but, now, thanks to you, I can spend less time searching and more time listening while I walk on the beach or do my housework. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    Patricia from San Diego

    • RuthieG Says:

      I’m delighted that I can make the dreaded household chores more pleasurable. Thank you for taking the trouble to post. :)

  4. Anthony Says:

    Hi,

    I would like to know if it is possible to hire a reader for a specific book?

    Also if I myself make an audio book, can I offer it to librivox or are there copywrite rules against me doing this?

    Many thanks

    • RuthieG Says:

      If you have a particular reader in mind, it is certainly possible to contact them to ask if they would be interested, yes. Some LibriVox readers do record professionally, others only record in their spare time and at their own pace.

      If you do not have a particular reader in mind, there is no reason why you shouldn’t post on the Other Projects part of the LibriVox forum to see if anyone is willing. You would need to register on the forum first to do this.

      Regarding making an audiobook yourself and offering it to LibriVox, it would depend on whether the book is out of copyright in the USA, where all our files are stored. It would also need to be in the format required by the Internet Archive, which hosts all our completed recordings, and include suitable disclaimers in the files releasing it into the Public Domain. We always recommend that new readers do a short test recording to ensure that all the settings, volume etc. are what we need. More information on the LibriVox Wiki in the Guide to Recording and Want to start a solo recording? in the forum which tells you how to go about setting things up.

      Hope this helps – get back to me if I can help further.

      Ruth

  5. Paul Says:

    Hi,

    I am a success seeker and I listen to books almost all the time. It really helps me to do multi tasking and even the household chores becomes easy when I listen to the books. I have been asked by an Indian audio book company to produce audio books for their company. I am looking for a reader who can be partner in our new venture.

    Thanks & Regards
    Paul.

  6. RuthieG Says:

    I have to confess, Paul, that this old cynic thinks your comment sounds like spam, especially the success seeker bit. Convince me otherwise by giving me some more information. By email if you wish – my email address is on the Contact page. ;)

  7. Michael Says:

    You could add Tim Bulkeley there. I just listened to his recording of Stalky & Co and he’s definitely from these isles.

    Not bad to get for nothing seeing as the only version at iTunes is read by a lady from the U.S. and not very well according to the comments.

    At the moment I’m on your Walter Besant History of London. Lots of interesting stuff in there. Thanks.

    • RuthieG Says:

      You are quite right, Michael. He did hail from these shores, though he has been away a long time, and has now a very pleasing hint of NZ mixed in. He will be added!

      Ruth

  8. Patricia Says:

    Dear Golden Voiced Ruth,
    I am very grateful to Tim Bulkeley for recording the PG Wodehouse books that he has done so far. It would be SO VERY nice if more of the Wodehouse collection on Librivox were recorded by him or someone from your Brit List. I just LOVE Wodehouse, but it really ought to be done with a British accent in order to be properly enjoyed.
    Do you suppose you might cajole some of your other British readers to make a clean sweep of P.G. Wodehouse?
    Sincerely,
    Patricia

    • RuthieG Says:

      Would that we could, Patricia! P. G. Wodehouse died in 1975, and so none of his work enters the Public Domain in the UK until 2046, when some of us will be a grand old age indeed, if spared that long.

      His early work (published pre1923) is out of copyright in the United States only. Virtually everywhere else in the world, it is still protected by copyright.

      Ruth

  9. Deepa Says:

    Hi Ruth,

    Our book club decided to read a classic for February 2011 and selected Wuthering Heights. I am enjoying your recording very much, indeed! You’re very talented. Thanks for volunteering for Librivox and providing people like me many hours of enjoyment.

  10. Daniel Dudley Says:

    I have been away from the England for all too long, which no doubt has dulled my ability to recognize British accents. However, listening to the accent of peegee — Phil Griffiths — I tend to think that this surely must be a British one.

    • RuthieG Says:

      You are quite right, Daniel! He slipped through the net. I am sure there are others, too, so do let me know when you find them. I have added him to the list.

      • Daniel Dudley Says:

        Sure, I’ll keep it in mind and let you know.

        BTW, I quite enjoyed your narration of Keith Temple’s “It’s Behind You,” you exercise extraordinary talent in your work (profession). Should you narrate more Iambik audiobooks in the crime and mystery genres then I’ll probably purchase them, too. Meanwhile you might consider narrating more Cleek mysteries for Librivox; also Sherlock Holmes mysteries and other Sir Arthur Conan Doyle works would be most welcome.

        One question bothers me: why is the term “read by” used so often on Librivox? All books are “read by” someone, were it not so then there would be no point in publishing them. On the other hand, “narrated by” specifically implies reading out loud — hopefully to an audience. Well, now I’ve got that off my chest! :)

      • RuthieG Says:

        As you now know, Daniel ;), we have had a lively discussion on the ‘read by’ subject. I often use ‘recorded by’ or ‘Recording by’ which seems an acceptable solution, I think.

        The good news is that there is another Cleek on the stocks right now. I need to make a little more progress on a couple of non-fiction works (one particularly difficult one) before relaxing with my hero, Cleek, but I am greatly looking forward to it.

        Also, the second recording I shall be making for legamus.eu will be The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. In case you haven’t read about Legamus here, it is a new venture where we Europeans record works that are in the Public Domain in Europe because the author has been dead over 70 years, but still in copyright in the USA (and hence not available to record for LibriVox) because they were published after 1922.

        Now all I need is the time to record them… :lol:

        Ruth

  11. daniel Says:

    hello all,
    having started recently to listen to laineyben’s reading of sir henry rider haggard’s novels, i feel it my most pleasant duty to express here how pleasurable the experiance is. the understanding and feeling for the protagonists and differences between them, the pacing -all are of the finest quality, as fine as a bbc broadcast.

  12. Daniel Dudley Says:

    You listed: Elizabeth Klett (US, but amazing British English accent :) ). FWIW, I beg to differ. I am listening to one of her solo narrations (Behind a Mask, or a Woman’s Power) and her accent is clearly american — perhaps even a southerner, or there about. However, she does a remarkably good job with her British voice characterizations, IMHO.

  13. Daniel Dudley Says:

    You should add Termin Dyan to your list, Ruth. Clearly British! ;) He’s quite pleasant to listen to, in fact Zuleika Dobson http://librivox.org/zuleika-dobson-by-max-beerbohm/ might be to your taste (a funny satire).


  14. my favorite is Peter Yearsley — another favorite I do not see is Algy Pug, who is believe is from Perth.

    nrw – mpls, mn – USA

  15. Aline Lécullée Says:

    Thank you so much for your recordings, Ruth, the delight of many an hour, both on account of your voice and skills. An invaluable contribution to whoever, like me (I’m French and don’t get much opportunity theses days to practise with native speakers), needs to maintain and polish their English, ear, and accent. And also for this page, for I was getting tired of searching librivox for British English and European English-speaking readers… As an English teacher, I’ve been advising my students to visit librivox, to better their understanding and discover literature; but the point is also for them to learn to discriminate accents, and build their own speaking skills so as to make their accent consistent; so I will surely add this page to their weblist.


  16. thank you so much for this list.

    we all have our little ‘personal favorites’ – mine are
    Peter Yearsley and Andy Minter.

    … and, Count Arthur Strong and Mel Gedroyc,
    on BBC4x.

    neal wakershauser – minneapolis, minnesota USA

    • Naomi White Says:

      Hi Ruth,
      Firstly I wanted to thank you for making such lovely recordings!
      I listened to Librivox for the first time about 2 years ago when I thought it would be interesting. Now I love it! I’ve been listening to children’s classics which I never read as a child and have enjoyed stories such as Frances Hodsgen Bennett’s and Lucy Maud Montgomery’s so much! Then I heard you reading Edith Nesbit(which I also didn’t read when young) and just adore the combination of the stories and you reading them. I can hear the joy in your voice and it takes me back to being young again!
      Do you have the intention of recording any other children’s classics?
      Thanks once again,
      Naomi, Lugano, Switzerland

  17. Nick Whitley Says:

    Hi Ruth,

    I have recently started reading – you kindly checked my initial test.

    I live in Purley, Surrey (Greater London really).

    Regards

    Nick


  18. Thank you to all the British Readers ! I am grateful for your work . MT Viaro Soster

  19. lucevdw Says:

    Adrian Praetzellis is clearly not English, listen to his vowels. Aussie or Kiwi I’d say.

  20. lucevdw Says:

    Oops, found his biog, AP born in southern England! Well travelled in any case. Excellent reader, very charming and engaging website too.

  21. Nina Says:

    Dear Ruth,
    Sorry to be such a lag (as in laggard) and ignorance is no excuse but I did not know that you were a reader too. I used to go straight to Librivox and look for Andy Minters’ and Mil Nicholson’s voices (Nicholas Nickleby- read it when a teenager and am savouring it slowly again two decades later)- bless all you altruistic people out there- for my books.
    Nevertheless, thanks to you and your list, I am now bookmarking your page and wonder why no one else appreciates your efforts more.
    Also, I don’t know whether icyjumbo is an American or a Brit but I heard his Rewards and Fairies as well as Puck Of Pooks Hill yesterday- two librivox books a day keep me happay- grin- and I found the dramatic interpretation really good.
    Also, I wonder who could do justice to Dornford Yates, Jeffery Farnol, Georgette Heyer, Margery Allingham,Ngaio Marsh and Maurice Walsh of whose books I have the full collection and wish that I could hear them while commuting,Ian Carmichael read Lord Peter Wimsey but if only someone would read Maurice Walsh- Trouble in the Glen, Castle Gillian… Hope spring eternal but the spring in Hope is rusting away!
    Again, thanks so much for giving an insomniac such as I hours and hours of listening pleasure.

    • RuthieG Says:

      Sorry for the immense delay in replying. I have been most remiss. Icyjumbo was British, and sadly died in 2010, when he was only in his 40s. He was a lovely man and we still miss him sorely. Most of the authors you mention are still unfortunately in copyright in the USA where all our audio files are hosted, so we cannot record them for LibriVox.

  22. Kreshnik Says:

    Karen Savage – Highly recomended, I’ve downloaded her whole solo collection, and now since I just found this list, I’ll try others. But Karen Savage is really good, give it a shot, come and thank me later.
    And I also want to say thank you to the guy who made this list, It really helps.

    Best Regards

  23. Daniel Says:

    I agree… I am very thankful for this list as I find the british sounding accents pleasant. I have a question… what has become of Joy Chan? Does she read anymore. I thought I read that she quit reading for Librivox. Is this true?

  24. Daniel Says:

    Hi! I think that my last comment got deleted. I wanted to thank you for creating this list of readers because I find that the British accent pleasant when listening to audiobooks… so thank you!

    Also, what happened to Joy Chan? Is she not reading for Librivox anymore? I really enjoy her voice but I see her last recording was in 2011. Did she “retire”?

    Thanks again.

  25. Furkan Says:

    thank you so much I’m studying on British accent and these infos very useful for me


  26. I also doubt that Adrian Praetzellis is a British Englishman. Ruthie, could you elaborate on that?

    Note: Please approve this comment and delete my previous.

    • RuthieG Says:

      I do assure you that he started life in England, though he has been in many places in the world, and in California for a long time now and although he has the occasional twang, he still sounds very British to me. His website says that his first archaeological experience (he is now a Professor of Anthropology) started with the dig at Mucking in Essex in 1969.

  27. Nick Whitley Says:

    Hi

    Just to let you know you have omitted me – althoughh I haven’t recorded much yet. I am starting on my first solo at present.

    Regards

    Nick
    (NKWhitley)

  28. Nick Whitley Says:

    Thanks very much.

    I was so sorry to read of Icyjumbo’s death; he had a lovely reading voice and style
    Regards

    Nick

    • RuthieG Says:

      Yes, he was a lovely man altogether. I suppose I should have got used to life being unfair, but somehow I never have.


  29. Ruth, please confirm if Algy Pug is a British narrator, despite the fact that he is now living at Perth, Western Australia.

  30. Nat Ons Says:

    Ruth, as a much indebted listener of your postings – and all those on Librivox – I start with a Big Thank You. I wonder if you and your marvellous British/ Irish readers could offer more of the great, indeed the now classic works of English/ Scots/ Welsh/ Irish Catholic literature: Chesterton, Knox, Belloc, Faber, Newman, Marmion, R H Benson, Martindale etc even the hidden treasures of the 1910 Catholic encyclopaedia!

    I realise ‘Catholic’ is not at all the chosen flavour of our era, but – perhaps – that is all the more reason to utilise its comparative freshness regardless of belief or taste or feeling (I believe many of these works are printed free on-line, and am sure many others lie dust-laden ready to have a fresh breath give them life).

    The ability to pronounce ‘Gloucestershire’ et al naturally and without stumbling really does add to the joy of listening to the British/ Irish readers.

  31. RuthieG Says:

    Thank you. Some of the Christian works of the later authors are not available to be recorded at LibriVox, as they were published after the 1922 US copyright cut-off date (e.g. Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man and most of the English translations of Marmion).

    In addition, Belloc is still protected by copyright in the EU, so would be unavailable for British and Irish readers to record. If there are any particular pre-1923 works that you would like to be recorded, I will suggest them in our Book Suggestions forum. It isn’t the done thing to specify particular accents there, though, and possible that if they are taken up it will not necessarily be in the way that you wish.

    What I could also do, if you’d like, is make a page on this blog where listeners can suggest particular works or authors that they would like to hear read by our British and Irish readers. There is no guarantee that they will even read it, of course, one can but try. There are so many books to be recorded, and never enough time.

    Keep on spreading the word – perhaps the number of British and Irish readers at LibriVox will increase. There are still relatively few of us at the moment.

    Ruth

  32. Nick Whitley Says:

    The suggestions page would be great – it would help to know what people would like read.

    Nick


  33. I am gratefull to all the readers , Solo are great ! I am having no luck to get in the Forum not matter how I put in my infomations. How can I register again?
    I was under the weather with a broken shoulder and you help me !
    Forgive my English , I am Italian and love books and literature . Bless you all for your work. Mariateresa

    • RuthieG Says:

      I am so sorry I haven’t replied before. I would need to know your user name, so that I could have a new password sent to you.

  34. Paul Mazumdar Says:

    Thank you so much for maintaining this list, Ruth. I wish I’d stumbled across it earlier as this is usually the second question people ask when I mention Librivox to them. Now I have something to point them to!

    (The first question usually involves experiences with group works so the asterisks are very useful – in a fit of self-interest may I mention that I recently became entitled to one?)

  35. Nat Whelk Bryn Says:

    I would like to thank all of the Readers who have given so generously of their time and talent. So nice to see that classics are still read in some corners of the world or ether whilst the drivel and claptrap fills the ever-larger electronic sewer laterals – a corollary to Moore’s Law. Lately been listening to Lizzie Driver reading George MacDonald, Jonathan Swift and British poets. Wonderful voice that draws the listener in immediately. Bless you all.

  36. Rod Moss Says:

    Hi Ruth

    I have just joined Librivox as a volunteer reader. I am from Dorset, but have quite a standard English accent. Currently living in Brisbane, Australia.

    Cheers

    Rod (VladTheImpala)

  37. Anna Says:

    ashleighjane is not British and doesn’t sound British. Just fyi. Thank you so much for posting this list, though.

    • RuthieG Says:

      How strange you should say so! Ashleighjane is just as British as I am! She comes from Northamptonshire.


  38. For fans of True Detective (HBO in the USA) you can’t ask for a better reading of The King In Yellow by Peter Yearsley at librivoxx.org

  39. RuthieG Says:

    Thank you, Neal. For interested listeners, here it is: https://librivox.org/king-in-yellow-by-robert-w-chambers/

  40. Nick Whitley Says:

    May I have an asterisk too, please? My first solo book is now in the public domain.

    May I also echo the other comments of appreciation for your site.

    Regards

    Nick

  41. RuthieG Says:

    Oooh, sorry! :D

  42. Nick Whitley Says:

    Thanks very much.
    All the best

    Nick


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