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Drawing from Double Take short story

New LibriVox Recording: "Double Take" by Richard Wilson

Posted on 2010-02-01 17:53 by Timo Bingmann at Permlink with 0 Comments. Tags: librivox

My second LibriVox recording is finished! The basic idea behind LibriVox is to read public domain texts and to put the recordings back into the public domain. More about that on librivox.org.

As with the last recording, my personal motivation is to practice my rusty English pronunciation. By reading and rereading the texts I believe my English will become more fluent and in the end also achieve better articulation.

The second recording is "Double Take" by Richard Wilson, a science fiction short story available from Project Gutenberg. I have also made a quick LaTeX typesetted version of the Gutenberg etext for more comfortable reading and with slight corrections: doubletake_wilson_text.pdf (369 KB).

Story Summary / Teaser

Pacing through a high-speed spy adventure, young Paul Asher finds himself going around in circles -- very peculiar circles indeed!

Audio Recording - Runtime: 26:29

MP3 encoded with standard lame VBR preset (obviously better/smaller than CBR 128 kbps)

doubletake_wilson_tb_vbr.mp3 (19.1 MB)

The recording is now also available on archive.org in the LibriVox Short Science Fiction Collection 033.


Drawing from The Last Evolution short story

My First LibriVox Recording: "The Last Evolution" by John W. Campbell, Jr.

Posted on 2009-09-05 17:53 by Timo Bingmann at Permlink with 0 Comments. Tags: librivox

After two weeks of hard work, my first LibriVox recording is finally finished! The basic idea behind LibriVox is to read public domain texts and to put the recordings back into the public domain. More about that on librivox.org.

My personal motivation behind recording, besides a lasting inclination towards fantasy and science fictions texts, is to practice my rusty English pronunciation. By reading and rereading the texts I believe my English will get more fluent and in the end also achieve better articulation.

The first recording is "The Last Evolution" by John W. Campbell, Jr. a science fiction short story available from Project Gutenberg. I have also made a quick LaTeX typesetted version of the Gutenberg etext for more comfortable reading and with slight corrections: lastevolution_campbell_text.pdf (153 KB).

Story Summary / Teaser

A future Earth population is unexpectedly attacked by powerful extraterrestrial Outsiders. However, the highly developed civilization of humans and machines quickly builds up forces and defends itself. This desperate, life threatening struggle against the invading aliens leads to The Last Evolution.

Audio Recording - Runtime: 58:42

MP3 encoded with standard lame VBR preset (obviously better than CBR)

lastevolution_campbell_tb_vbr.mp3 (42.7 MB)

If someone drops me a line with a good reason for uploading 250 MB, then I can also provide a lossless 24-bit FLAC file. Just burning a CD is not a good enough reason.

The recording is now also available on archive.org in the LibriVox Short Science Fiction Collection 026.


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