Saturday, January 28, 2006

Learn Out Loud: Siddhartha

Here's something cool. With the Free Audiobook of the Month Club, the Learn Out Loud folks will be making available a complete, professionally narrated book every month.

Herman Hesse's Siddhartha is the first release (great choice). I've been listening to the audio files at work, and I'm very impressed. With over four hours of material and excellent sound quality, Learn Out Loud's Siddhartha is comparable to a commercially sold production. Since the narration is broken into a series of MP3/MPEG-4 files, it's easy to take on a section at a time.

There are many good sites creating free audiobooks (Librivox, the Spoken Alexandria Project, Project Gutenberg, etc.), but Learn Out Loud continues to impress by making a real effort to push a select number of high quality materials. By the way, the free library is now over 600 titles.

Next month’s title is the Tao Te Ching. Excellent.