I'm very fortunate to be able to carpool to work with a couple of good friends mosts days, so I get to bookend the workday with a good visit. But for the days I do the half-hour commute alone, or have to drive into Calgary, I was excited to find a selection of free audiobooks available for download.
Librivox has a massive collection of some great out-of-copyright works. I'm particularly interested in the selection if Victorian novels - my subject at University. No idea what the quality of the reading is like, but it's certainly going to be worth finding out.
Simply Audiobooks also has a selection of free works, as well as a huge commercially-available library. I think I'll start with Call of the Wild. The Wasteland might be interesting too.
When I was in University, I did some book recording for blind students - both course texts and pleasure reading. I used a special tape recorder (like a deluxe Walkman) although now, I'm sure it's all dictated into a computer. I've been thinking it would be fun for both my nephews (twins!) and me if I read some books onto CD's for them, then sent them both to read along with. Maybe I should check back in with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind to see if there's something I could be doing for them?
I find it's actually really tough to read aloud well, especially if you're 'sight-reading' (no pun intended) but I've been told by knowledgeable folks I've got a pretty good delivery. My nephews certainly enjoyed the couple of chapters of Roald Dahl (warning - annoying flash intro) I read for 'em when I was home a couple of weeks ago. That's some tough stuff to read - all the wixed up mords he uses. The guys especially like "catastrophous disastrophy".
So, any of you folks using audiobooks?