Welcome to my website: Sue’s Audio Books. Recording out-of-print books for free distribution over the internet through the volunteer organization LibriVox has been part of my retirement activities since 2008. It’s a wonderful hobby and one I would recommend to anyone who likes to read. On-line sources like Project Gutenberg and Archive.org give you access to books in the public domain from major universities, so there is a vast catalog to choose from. The equipment needed for recording is minimal–just a microphone which connects to your computer. And, with audio books, there is no clutter, clean-up, or wondering what you’re going to do with the things you’ve created once they’re finished! I’ve recorded over 40 books, as well as many shorter pieces and a few poems since 2008. You can find all of them listed on my LibriVox page.
This website–my first and, so far, my one and only–is a work in progress. Eventually, I hope to have all my recordings categorized, so that if you have enjoyed one of the books or short pieces I’ve recorded, you can find something similar to listen to. My recordings gravitate toward autobiography, with the lives of explorers, travelers, pioneers, women and minorities figuring prominently. U.S. history is also of my favorites.
By way of blog, I also have in mind a series of essays exploring my books–why I chose to record them, why they resonated with me, and, sometimes, even how a particular book has led me down paths of individual realization. In short, this website is also a celebration of books and a statement of my striving for meaning in my retirement years.