Books On MP3
In filling my Zen Micro with stuff to listen to for my recent trip to Iowa, I rediscovered Books On MP3, offering a collection of mp3 versions of several Mark Twain short stories, along with The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot, The Monkey's Paw, and Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal. All the free stuff is encoded at 64 kbps 44kHz, which is more than acceptable for spoken word. The narrator, John Born, doesn't have my favorite reading voice, but he won't put you to sleep either. The Monkey's Paw is performed by the Blue Ridge Audio Players and is a must-have addition to any audio book collection. Of course the site would like you to purchase other audio books after trying out these freebies, but there are no strings to grabbing the free offerings.