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Friday, April 25, 2008

PPLD Thing #22: Discover some useful search tools for locating podcasts.

Being an iPod owner and an iTunes user I have subscribed and unsubscribed to dozens of podcasts. Much like a RSS feed, the problem is that I love the idea of podcasts and not having to search through different websites to find the latest info but I just don't have the time to keep up with them. They pile up in my queue and I never get to listen to them.

For this exercise I did sign up for NPR's All Songs Considered podcast so we'll see how that goes.

As far as book related podcasts go, at one time I did subscribe to the podcast from which is a great website if you are interested in writings in the public domain. Most of the items are pre-1920's. Volunteers from around the world read and record writings, speeches and books one chapter at a time which is great because you may have a French woman reading one chapter and an English man reading the next. It's just like Crackerjacks, you never know what the prize will be in the next box. You can go to the website and search for a book and download the full recording to your PC. Or you can subscribe to their podcast and they will send you a chapter from a randomly chosen book 3 times a week starting with the first chapter and continuing to the end of the book.

Below is a sampling of what you will find:

Completed works
  1. Chesterton, G. K.. "Club of Queer Trades, The" · (readers)
  2. Chesterton, G. K.. "Innocence of Father Brown, The" · (readers)
  3. Chesterton, G. K.. "Man Who Knew Too Much, The" · (readers)
  4. Chesterton, G. K.. "Man Who Was Thursday, A Nightmare, The" · (readers)
  5. Chesterton, G. K.. "Wisdom of Father Brown, The" · (readers)
  6. Chopin, Kate. "Awakening, The" · (readers)
  7. Church, Alfred J.. "Iliad for Boys and Girls, The" · (readers)
  8. Cleland, John. "Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure" · (readers)
  9. Clifford, Lucy. "Anyhow Stories: Moral and otherwise" · (readers)
  10. Cobb, Irvin S.. "One Third Off" · (readers)
  11. Collins, Wilkie. "Moonstone, The" · (readers)
  12. Collodi, Carlo. "Adventures of Pinocchio, The" · (readers)
  13. [Italian] Collodi, Carlo. "Avventure di Pinocchio, Le" · (readers)
  14. Conquest, Joan. "Hawk of Egypt" · (readers)
  15. Conrad, Joseph. "Heart of Darkness" · (readers)
  16. Conrad, Joseph. "Lord Jim" · (readers)
  17. Conrad, Joseph. "Secret Agent, The" · (readers)
  18. Conrad, Joseph. "Typhoon" · (readers)
  19. Conrad, Joseph. "Youth, a Narrative" · (readers)
  20. Coolidge, Susan. "What Katy Did at School" · (readers)
  21. Cooper, James Fenimore. "Last Of The Mohicans (A Narrative of 1757), The" · (readers)
  22. Cooper, James Fenimore. "Spy, The" · (readers)
  23. [Dutch] Couperus, Louis. "De Dochter Van Blauwbaard" · (readers)
  24. [Dutch] Couperus, Louis. "Van Het Altijd Verliefde Godinnetje" · (readers)
  25. [Dutch] Couperus, Louis. "Van Oude Menschen de Dingen, die Voorbij Gaan" · (readers)
  26. Crane, Stephen. "Red Badge of Courage, The" · (readers)
  27. Crompton, Richmal. "More William" · (readers)

So, if you have time to listen to audio books and enjoy the classics or historical writings this site is for you.  Check it out.



While I was writing this, I was listening to "Fallen Angel" by Robbie Robertson. Check it out at

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