Librivox: Free Audio Books!

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by the CTL’s Marla Cartwright.]

Like the final scene of Francois Truffaut’s movie Fahrenheit 451 (based on Ray Bradbury’s famous novel), ordinary people are “becoming books” at Why? Well, according to the LibriVox site, their objective is “to make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet.” And they depend on volunteers from around the world to contribute their time and talent to make it happen.

On August 10, 2010, the site celebrated its 5th anniversary. Founder Hugh McGuire spotlights the site’s growth with these amazing stats:

  • Number of completed projects: 3,656
  • Number of completed non-English projects: 533
  • Total number of languages: 31
  • Number of languages with a completed work: 29
  • Number of completed solo projects: 1676
  • Number of readers: 3889

McGuire goes on to say, “For the last six months, we’ve averaged 87 books a month, or just under 3 books per day. Total recorded time: 76119522 seconds, or 2 years, 150 days, 12 hours, 41 minutes, and 10 seconds. Total of 76226 sections.”

So you can be on the receiving end and download these for free or even listen in iTunes. or you can be part of the action and become a volunteer too!

Breathe life into your favorite book today.


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