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Volte
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 Message 153 of 245
28 February 2010 at 7:49am | IP Logged 
Ocius wrote:
Not sure if this is still being updated, but here's a good one for Ancient Greek/Latin in the
restored pronunciations:

http://www.rhapsodes.fll.vt.edu/index.php

Streaming audio from selections of Homer, Sophocles, Vergil, Cicero, etc


It is, just a bit slowly. To everyone: feel free to PM me when I've missed something.

Thank you!



Volte
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 Message 154 of 245
28 February 2010 at 8:21am | IP Logged 
shadow31337 wrote:
I just came across a site that is creating an audio version of the Russian book "Marusya." It seems like very good audio. The mp3 files can be downloaded free and the text can be viewed. It would be very easy to copy the text into a text file. The website is http://www.marusya.ru/


It looks good, but it's still in such an early stage that I'm not going to link to it yet. If it becomes complete, please tell me. Until then, there are a tremendous number of resources for Russian - if it were an unusual language, I'd probably link to it anyhow. Thank you, though!


DaraghM wrote:
The folks behind uz-translations have launched an audiobook site, http://www.greylib.net/. Unlike their original site, it contains copies of the printed material. I'm not sure how legal it is though.


Grey enough that I'm not going to link to it in this thread, sorry. I can't fully vet any of these sites, of course, but I try my best, and I'm not entirely convinced about greylib. I've added it to the 'uncertain' section of the Word 'audiobook' in many languages thread.


Ruitor2 wrote:
You can find all Italian podcast from Radio RAI here:

http://podcasthall.forumcommunity.net/


Thanks. I just have a couple of questions I'd like to resolve before adding it. How is it better than the two RAI sites already linked to? What's the legal status (are they allowed to copy RAI's material)?

MarcoDiAngelo wrote:
A great one in French: http://www.audiocite.net/


Fantastic, thank you.


Ocius wrote:
Not sure if this is still being updated, but here's a good one for Ancient Greek/Latin in the
restored pronunciations:

http://www.rhapsodes.fll.vt.edu/index.php

Streaming audio from selections of Homer, Sophocles, Vergil, Cicero, etc


I've added it to the 'useful' supplementary section. Thank you.


linqvist wrote:
http://webcast-litteraire.sncf.com/ (French)
http://www.bonnesnouvelles.net/audio.htm
http://www.podiobooks.com/


Thank you. I've added bonnesnouvelles to the supplementary section. Podiobooks was already on the list, and I can only find extracts on webcast-litteraire.


Edited by Volte on 02 March 2010 at 6:47pm



Volte
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 Message 156 of 245
28 February 2010 at 1:40pm | IP Logged 
AniaR wrote:
If you're serious about L-R Japanese, you might find these audiobooks useful. All the links are legal. Parallel texts are available, too.

わたしの聖書物語の本 My Book of Bible Stories
http://download.jw.org/files/media_books/my_J.mp3.zip

偉大な教え手から学ぶ Learn from the Great Teacher
http://download.jw.org/files/media_books/lr_J.mp3.zip

Le pitit prince Ano toki no ouji-kun:
http://o-musbee.jp/sound/ojikun01.mp3
http://o-musbee.jp/sound/ojikun02.mp3
http://o-musbee.jp/sound/ojikun03.mp3

Alice in Wonderland Husigi no kuni no Arisu:
http://www.awatalk.com/roudoku/doc/alice-0.mp3
up to:
http://www.awatalk.com/roudoku/doc/alice-45.mp3

Natume Souseki - Bottyan
http://www.ohanashipod.jp/podcast/watanabe/mp3/ns-bochann001 .mp3
up to:
http://www.ohanashipod.jp/podcast/watanabe/mp3/ns-bochann033 .mp3


Delete the spaces in the urls, if there are any.


Added, and I took the liberty of making the links clickable. Thank you.



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 Message 157 of 245
28 February 2010 at 1:42pm | IP Logged 
I've updated the thread quite a bit today, including from suggestions made in this thread. I also checked for broken links and found alternative working ones for some of the broken ones.



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 Message 158 of 245
02 March 2010 at 12:00am | IP Logged 
Volte wrote:

MarcoDiAngelo wrote:
A great one in French: http://www.audiocite.net/


Fantastic, thank you.


I've just spent some time comparing the content of audiocite.net [1] to litteratureaudio.com [2], because I instantly recognised the names of some readers. Much of the content is exactly the same. There is a lot more Flaubert and Rousseau on [2], and I would place a bet that this holds for other authors as well. On [1] Charlotte Brontë doesn't even exist, but on [2] you find a superb rendition of "Jane Eyre". A few seem to be on [1] only, like Flaubert's "Salammbô" and the first volume of Charles Dickens' "David Copperfield", but I already got the latter from the blog of the reader Victoria:

http://victoria-aufildeslectures.blogspot.com/

Both sites allow only one recording of each work in order to encourage readers to look for other material. This means that the sites may diverge in the future. I found that to be the case for Flaubert's "L'éducation sentimentale", which is read by René Depasse on [2] and by a certain Sylvie on [1]. This might be the biggest benefit of having two sites which do the same thing. I definitely prefer women's voices. :-)

What I find annoying on [1] is that for many novels each chapter has its own page, so downloading all of it will keep you busy for some time, whereas on [2] you get everything on one page and even all chapters in one big zip file.

Anyway, I think [1] is a good find and may become more useful if they get more alternative recordings. At the moment [2] is a lot better, especially because of the zip files, and it allows listeners to leave messages to the readers and get responses from them. I've seen a few discussions where they talk about what to record next.

Edited by OlafP on 02 March 2010 at 12:07am



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 Message 160 of 245
02 March 2010 at 6:42pm | IP Logged 
OlafP: thank you very much; I've added your comment into the main post so it doesn't get lost.

AniaR: Thanks, I've added your recommendation to the commercial audiobook sites thread.



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