I was looking for free audiobooks last weekend. Something classic, maybe something I’ve already read, but definitely something I can read when a book in my hands would be impractical. Googling “free audiobooks” got me to LibriVox.org, which is awesome. I searched for Anne of Green Gables (it came up at work last week), found several versions, picked one, downloaded the whole thing to my phone (you can download chapter by chapter if you want), and started listening. Then, because it’s Anne of Green Gables, I kept listening. I took my phone running, I’ve been listening in the car, I’ve been listening in the shower – can’t get enough. It’s not like I’m new to listening to audiobooks, but listening to this one is different. Running while listening to someone read me one of my favorite books ever (EVER) is crazy relaxing and makes my run fly by.
One of the weird things about it (that I kind of like) is that these are not professionals reading the books. Volunteers record themselves reading books, a chapter at a time, and I guess all of the chapters get compiled by someone. I had assumed each book had one reader, but what I’m listening to switches readers nearly every chapter. It’s interesting, and some of the readers are better than others. Maybe better isn’t the word. Less distracting? Some of them are doing voices for the characters, which can be cool, but there’s one woman who gives Marilla a southern accent, and it drives me crazy. Luckily, she’s only read a couple of the chapters. Makes me want to volunteer, too.