Working on a drawing while listening to an audiobook from the Loyal Books
site (up on my computer screen) is great fun.
A Treasure Trove of Audiobooks
by Annette Bartlett-Golden
Packing up at the end of a small family reunion in the Blue Ridge, my sister happened to ask me if I knew of any good audio books she and her children could listen to on the long drive home. Immediately I thought of the website Loyal Books (formerly Books should Be Free) and the many wonderful stories on the site I’ve listened to over the years. As it says on its home page, Loyal Books offers “Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads”. Although you won’t find the latest bestsellers, there are many classics and old favorites, and with over 7,000 books to choose from, there’s sure to something appealing.
The audio versions are read and recorded by volunteers from all over the US and perhaps other places, too. Since the narrations are of variable quality ranging from superb (one book was read by an excellent group of actors) to mediocre, it’s good to have a list of recommendations. Here is a short list of favorites:
Children and Fantasy
*This book “has had an immense influence on children's literature and was reputedly J.K. Rowling's favorite children's book” according to the preface on the Loyal Books site.
Adventure & Mystery
If you’re already a fan of Loyal Books website, what are your favorites?
Annette Bartlett-Golden paints a wide range of subjects from landscapes to animals and makes abstract works with paper. Using vibrant colors, she imparts a sense of immediacy, vivacity and optimism to her paintings and paper collages.