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Happy early birthday to _archaicangel_. I hope you have a fabulous day tomorrow and a wonderful year to come!

I have discovered a wonderful website I must share: SilkSoundBooks.com, the home of "great books read by great actors." The stories are all unabridged and of impressive range, from Chaucer to Saki, and the readers are a who's who of British actors, from Rufus Sewell and David Warner to Siân Phillips and Fiona Shaw. The cost per download is modest: twenty hours of the complete Jane Eyre for $16, for example. I've been listening to Bill Nighy's reading of Edgar Allan Poe's Dupin Mysteries and thoroughly enjoying it.

And speaking of books, a new widget:

Answer July—
Were is the Bee—
Where is the Blush—
Where is the Hay?

Ah, said July—
Where is the Seed—
Where is the Bud—
Where is the May—
Answer Thee—Me—

- Emily Dickinson, "Answer July"


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Jul. 2nd, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)

SQUEEEEE! And how cool is that name? :-) Damn... I never uploaded one of those "gives good audio" icons.

Are we ever going to get you on LibraryThing...? (They have widgits too. ;-)
Jul. 3rd, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
A very cool name indeed! And did you see all of the wonderful readers? I'm so excited. The site says there are 80 more recordings in the works. Dare we hope for JC?

As for LibraryThing, I think it is a fantastic resource (I go there often, in fact), but I have no idea when/if I'll join. The last estimate from the move was that I've got approximately 7,000 pounds of books - it's taken me until this week to organize the library properly in its new home. This leaves me overwhelmed when thinking of the time/effort needed to catalogue them - moments when I could, instead, be reading! ;) It's just a daunting idea to me. I can put my hand on any book I want in my collection, because I know where each one should be, and that may be the most organized I get. Can one be a LibraryThing lurker? (I do love all you've been up to there, for example.) Keep working on me. ;)
Jul. 3rd, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
Can one be a LibraryThing lurker?

Oh, of course... But it does not please stalker-girl. :)))

This leaves me overwhelmed when thinking of the time/effort needed to catalog them.

I'm not trying to twist your arm or anything, but unpacking is the perfect time - And there's this: http://www.librarything.com/cuecat

Sigh. I suppose we can't *all* be (database)geeks... {{{Jabs viciously for below the belt.}}}
Jul. 2nd, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link to the audiobooks site, my mother loves them so I've passed it on to her!
Jul. 3rd, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! I hope she enjoys the site. I love to listen to books on my morning walks with Virginia, our Boston terrier, so this was a great find for me.
Jul. 2nd, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
Ooooh! Have saved that link for future perusal. Brit actors FTW!
Jul. 3rd, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)
Thanks for the early birthday wishes!
Jul. 3rd, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
I hope you have a fabulous day!
Jul. 3rd, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
OMG! Do you think Bill Nighy would read Animated Skeleton? I love him! ;)
Jul. 3rd, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't that be fantastic? I'd love to hear him read The Witch of Ravensworth, too. Or anything else, for that matter. I just adore him. He's doing a fabulous job with Poe, but I would've expected no less.
Jul. 3rd, 2007 09:58 am (UTC)
You know an audio book I'd like to hear? The Screwtape Letters read by Alan Rickman.

Guns of the South is an awesome book, giving a fresh twist to a stale what if. I find his older works like this and The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump preferable to his more recent material, as I find the latter gets bogged down by the huge cast of characters.
Jul. 4th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
The Screwtape Letters read by Alan Rickman.

That is genius. Genius.

I agree with you about Guns, and the fact that the early Turtledove is the better Turtledove. But pardon me - my brain's still stuck on Rickman reading The Screwtape Letters! :)
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