Librivox: Listen to Classic Literature Online

Anne of Green Gables Cover 1945

Librivox is a free resource for audio versions of classic literature that you can download onto your devices or simply listen to from your browser. These audio readings of public domain literature are read by volunteers, so they’re more variable than the kinds of audiobooks read by professional actors.

Librivox offers audio versions of many classic books that are otherwise unavailable. You can search by author or title; while of course, there are many classics by male authors available, for the purposed of this site, we’re here to promote classics by women.

Here’s a list of literary ladies whose novels, short fiction, and poetry have been recorded for Librivox.org. Not all the authors’ bibliographies are complete, so if you notice a public domain work that’s not there, perhaps you can volunteer to create an audio version!

Librivox is always seeking volunteers to record more public domain literature. From their website:

“LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net for free. All our audio is in the public domain, so you may use it for whatever purpose you wish. 

Please note: Our readers are free to choose the books they wish to record. LibriVox sees itself as a library of audiobooks. Because the books we read are in the public domain, our readers and listeners should be aware that many of them are very old, and may contain language or express notions that are antiquated at best, offending at worst.

Volunteering for LibriVox is easy and does not require any experience with recording or audio engineering or acting or public speaking. All you need is a computer, a microphone, some free recording software, and your own voice. We accept all volunteers in all languages, with all kinds of accents.

You’re welcome to volunteer to read any language you speak, as long as you can make yourself understood in it. You don’t need to audition, but we do suggest a 1-Minute Test recording just to check your setup. We’ll accept you no matter what you sound like. For more detailed information, see our FAQ.”

Here are just a few of the authors on Literary Ladies Guide that you can find on Librivox:

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