Psmith in the City

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I volunteered with Librivox to read aloud some of the public domain Project Gutenberg texts. I talked about doing this on my own last year, but except for some scattered short stories, never really followed through.

It's a daunting task to read an entire book aloud, so sharing the work with a cohort of other reader is a much more pleasant least for the reader. Who knows what the other readers sound like. Some will be good, others not as good. I'm striving for 'not the worst.'

Today I recorded the first three chapters of P. G. Wodehouse's Psmith in the City, a 1910 account of two college boys who go to earn a living at a bank--their arch rival is the bank manager, Mr. Bickersdyke (what a mouthful, it took me a few takes to get it right).

One of the things that I think will be interesting about this project will be reading books I'd never thought to read before. I read some Wodehous, but not this one.

I don't know when it will be put up on Librivox, or when the following chapters are scheduled to come out, but here it is for your enjoyment (in two different formats):

play mp3Psmith in the City, chapters 1-3 29'45" MP3 (27.2 MB)

play oggPsmith in the City, chapters 1-3 29'45" OGG Vorbis (25.8 MB)

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I just want to say that I listened to your reading of the first chapter of Psmith in the City and enjoyed it hugely. It is a book I read first in high school, as a way of avoiding studying for my exams, and I must confess to some trepidation as I approached a reading of the book, for I still had a clear voice in my head of what it should sound like. You didn't sound like what I thought it would sound like, but your conviction carried the day, for me at least. This was my first contact with Librivox, a project that is so utterly delightful and right, a return to the days of the bedtime story, when you enjoyed not only the meanings, but also in the sound. Wodehouse is perfect in the way he creates a unique way the language sounds. Anyway, just want to express my appreciation.

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