I would like to give thanks to two ladies in St. Blogs. Maureen of Aliens in This World and Julie of Happy Catholic. Both of them run great blogs that are certainly among my favorites and part of my daily blogs of obligation. They also both have side projects and this is what this post is about.
For awhile Maureen has been running another site called Maria Lectrix. She seems to spend considerable time narrating public domain audio books which she then places on archive.org for download. Her motto is “public domain audiobooks six days a week – for people with Catholic tastes ” So as you might expect she does a considerable amount of work with the Fathers of the Church. Maureen also does Science FIction, Mystery, History, Poems and other works. She also has quite an excellent singing voice which I learned when she sang some of the songs in E.R. Eddison’s novel “The Worm Ouroboros.” Her voice acting is also quite good.
Last year Julie D. started the Forgotten Classics podcast where as you would expect she narrates classics that you might not know about. Over the last year we have gotten everything from cavemen to a Agatha Christie novel, Though her podcast provides much more than that. We get commentary on the novels along with reviews of other podcasts, especially reviews of other podcasts narrating books. She also has a great interest in Science Fiction and is also now helping to narrate on other SF podcasts. I have found her suggestions for other books to listen to are always worthwhile.
I listen to a good number of books via audio downloaded from the internet. I listen to them on the commuting to work, household chores or even while brushing my teeth or taking a shower (yes I am a book addict). Librivox and Podiobooks.com have been a good source. Plus there are a number of authors such as Scott Sigler who are podcasting their books before they are published. The first thing I do for planning a long car trip is to make sure I have enough hours of audio along to accompany me.
What I like about Maureen and Julie is that their taste in books is quite close to my own. I am introduced to authors I might never had otherwise read and I am never disappointing by their choices. So I just wanted to thank them for their side projects and that here is one fan quite appreciative of their efforts.