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Miss Crespigny, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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I wish that copyright law offered longer-lasting protection for artists. After all, when a person owns physical property, they can control how that passes down to their heirs. Conversely, authors and their heirs only own the stories for a limited time, and then anyone can reproduce and sell them however they’d like without permission from the creator or anyone else.

As stated in the Author’s Note at the beginning of this book, someone published Mrs. Burnett’s work without her permission, and in a way that she didn’t like.

I feel bad when I record books like this one that are in the public domain. The authors and their heirs don’t grant me permission to interpret and record the story the way that I choose to tell it. My intention is to uncover and express the artist’s intent, but I could be way off. I could even sell my recordings and make money without compensating the author’s loved ones for the time and effort that she put into creating the characters and scenarios. At least my recordings are added to the public domain catalog where I sourced the writings, but it still doesn’t feel right.

So then, why is my blog only protected by a Creative Commons license? Because I benefit from images that Creative Commons licensees make available. Choosing a Creative Commons license is my way of giving back to the Creative Commons community.

What do you think?

Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse

I’ve been listening to segments of many audiobooks to help me find my place in the voice acting world. Where am I needed? What are my limitations?

I was suprised to find that the audiobook versions that I heard of Siddhartha by Herman Hesse sounded like adventure novels. I understood it to be a poetic prayer of meditation, so I began recording my understanding of this text. Please let me know what you think.


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Listen to all the work that I’ve done for LIbriVox

This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox.org.

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Buddha, by nomo/michael hoefner, Creative Commons license BY-3.0

The Great Stone Face, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

I resisted my dear one’s urging me to record Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Great Stone Face as long as I could. After all, Basil Rathbone mastered the job of telling the story, but our home-made cassette tape copy is wearing out, and we haven’t found a replacement after years of searching. So, I acknowledge and thank Mr. Rathbone, may he rest in peace, for his inspiration during my recording.

Basil Rathbone was confined to the 20-minute length of a vinyl 33 1/3 LP record in 1960, so his version was edited, but I spoke the entire 1897 text.

A favorite line:
“behold a man who might have fulfilled the prophecy, and had not willed to do so.”

Are YOU pursuing your grandest dreams? I see that we are each a piece of a jigsaw puzzle. The picture is best when we each contribute our piece.

Hear the story, #8 in the LibriVox Short Story Collection Vol 084.
Listen to all the work that I’ve done for LIbriVox.

This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit librivox.org.

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“NH Franconia NH RPPC Rocky Outcrop Old Man of the Mountain also known as Great Stone Face or The Profile on Cannon Mountain in White Mountains Photographer Unknown Postmarked” by UpNorth Memories – Donald (Don) Harrison
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