free public domain audiobooks
Check out LibriVox, too, for audiobooks in the public domain.
I know you asked for podcasts, but I wanted to let you know that there are a LOT of audiobooks in the public domain you can listen to for frizzle.
Not everyone is the greatest reader/performer, but it's such a valuable resource.
Also, be sure to check out Archive.org's vast collection.
If you want full books - at least out of copyright ones - may I introduce you to Project Gutenberg, its smaller but prettier sibling Standard eBooks and its audiobook cousin, Librivox.
And of course, if it's just something to read you wish for, may I direct you to the arena of fanfiction? Archive of Our Own for a well rounded start, Fanfiction.net for sheer volume (though Sturgeon's Law applies here in full force...) and Literotica (NSFW) for, shall we say, more robust fare? This is, of course, in addition to the wonders available from your local library, via such services as OverDrive and Libby (for ebooks and audiobooks), among others - consult your local library for further information. :)
Also, you do know you can download Wikipedia itself, in chunks ranging from individual entries (as pdfs) to "Books" (in various formats) to ALL of Wikipedia itself (in various formats)? If you didn't, now you do. ;)
LibriVox is pretty good, got all the classics.
LibriVox is an amazing website that provides free audio books that are within the public domain. Many are great classics that are fantastic to listen to.
I recommend The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson, The Dunwich Horror, and Moby Dick. Though Moby Dick is a long one, it's worth the sit down if you've got the time.
I love listening to books. Especially the classics. I've also had good luck downloading audiobooks from LibriVox. It's a fantastic resource.
Project Gutenberg - Free books
OpenLibrary - download out-of-copyright books, borrow in-copyright books
LibriVox - Free audio books
Podiobooks.com - free audiobooks mostly from self-published authors.
Documentary Heaven - Free documentaries
TopDocumentaryFilms.com and FreeDocumentary.tv - more free documentaries.
Last.fm - Keeps track of your listening habits
Songza - Playlists for whatever mood you're in.
8tracks - Another playlist service with playlists created by users. Internet radio created by people, not algorithms.
Popcorn Time - /r/PopCornTime
Media Hint - Allows for US Netflix and Pandora access for those of us living abroad. Turns out Media Hint are now charging but here is a workaround
ZenMate - (Chrome extension) MediaHint alternative.
Hola Unblocker - Same as above, allows access to US Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, etc. but be warned.
Soundozer - it's kind of like Pandora, but you can listen to any song you search for and you can create a station based on that song. You don't have to register either.
Grooveshark - free music, online radio, streaming. recommended by /u/freebytes
Jango - Free music - internet radio that plays what you want, great for those who can't access Pandora. recommended by /u/your_mind_aches
Pornhub - free porn, nuff said
TBLOP - The big list of porn
Thumbzilla - more porn.
That Mp3 - Convert YouTube to Mp3. Really simple. Don't click on any ads.
Courses and tutorials:
Class Central - Discover free online classes (MOOCs) from top universities like Stanford, MIT, Harvard, etc.
Open2Study - recommended by /u/SpiceFox
FutureLearn - Learning for life, provided by UK and international universities. recommended by /u/fdsafdaw3f3acvsda
iTunes U - iTunes University offers many free open courses from leading university. recommended by /u/wuisawesome
Harvard Open Courseware
MIT Open Courseware
Yale Open Courseware - actual video lectures for the class so you can get the in-class experience. Lots of classes over lots of subjects.
Stanford Open Courseware
EDX - Free courses from the best universities, you can even get a diploma for a few dollars. recommended by /u/Ghune
Khan Academy - Free learning tutorials on just about every subject.
PatrickJMT - making FREE and hopefully useful math videos for the world! recommended by /u/thejoce1
Codecademy Free interactive coding tutorials
Become a programmer, motherfucker
Duolingo and FSI Language courses- Free language learning
Memrise - Learn vocabulary, languages, history, science, trivia and just about anything else easily using flashcard techniques. Recommended by /u/exploiting
Anki - Similar to Memrise. Anki is a program which makes remembering things easily. Intelligent flashcards
Ted Talks - Free talks and lecture about anything and everything
Wolfram Alpha - Your one stop shop for calculations and questions about anything
Mathway - Awesome math problem solver. recommended by /u/RedS94
A giant collection of Computer Science books made freely available
FreeRice - Answer vocabulary questions and rice is donated to charity! /u/Jowzer 's recommendation. Be sure to turn off adblock when using this site, as that's how they supply the rice! (Thanks for the heads up /u/Jack0fspad3s)
Mendeley - The best free way to manage your research. Organize, share, discover. Great for when writing a paper, it manages all your referencing/bibliography in many different available notations
7 Cups of Tea - Free, anonymous, and confidential conversations with trained active listeners. Please don't spam the site, they offer a great service
Thrive On - Not completely free, but aims to bring affordable online mental health programs to those who would otherwise go without. Starting next month
Blah Therapy - Online listening service. "Experience the rewards of venting to a stranger or lending an ear."
MoodGYM - Learn cognitive behaviour therapy skills
for preventing and coping with depression. recommended by /u/sunnysidemegg
Social Services resources - a subreddit created by a professional Social Worker who has spent a career procuring resources for those in need. /u/TheFightGoes0n
Ninite - update/install all your programs at once
PortableApps - load several apps on a thumb drive to run on any Windows PC. recommended by /u/danteas1
SlimDrivers - Cloud based program that detects what drivers need to be updated. Incredible--especially after formatting an operating system. No need for CDs or trying to remember which model card, adapter...etc. you have.
Copy - Online cloud storage. Start with 15gb free. Or 20gb with a referral link.
BitTorrent Sync - Secure, unlimited file-syncing. No cloud required
SyncThing - opensource alternative for bitsync. its recommended if you care about your privacy and security of your files. recommended by /u/akeryw
Mega Desktop Sync(50GB) and Symform (Unlimited, but you must share back!) - both cloud storage services recommended by /u/muntoo
Calibre - Free ebook library management
F.lux - Adjusts the gamma on your screen uses magic as the day progresses to reduce eye strain.
GIMP - Free photo manipulation software
Inkscape - Free and open vector graphics editor.
Paint.NET - Windows application designed to be the much needed upgrade to MS Paint. recommended by /u/SquirreI and /u/zeaga
Pixlr - Online photo editor. web-based equivalent to an old version of Photoshop from 2005 or something. Very functional for occasional use manipulating images, and seeing as it's web-based and doesn't require an account it's super easy to use from anywhere. recommended by /u/abercromby3
Sumo Paint - Powerful graphics editor for your web browser and pc, recommended by /u/NotMyCircus
Blender - Open source, cross platform suite of tools for 3D creation. recommended by /u/Tom7980
Prey Project - Multi-platform anti-theft software
RES - Reddit enhancement suite - A must have for all you redditing needs
KeePass - free, open source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager.
LastPass - free (with premium for multiple platforms), easy-to-use password manager.
Dictionary Pop-up extension, double click on a word that you don't know the meaning of and a dictionary definition pops up. Firefox extension powered by dictionary.com. Chrome extension powered by Google
ClipCube - clipboard history.
ClipX - ClipX is a tiny clipboard history manager. It is sweet, it is free, use it. ClipCube alternative.
LeechBlock (Firefox add-on) - simple productivity tool designed to block those time-wasting sites that can suck the life out of your working day. recommended by /u/Rae_Starr
StayFocused - Chrome alternative to LeechBlock, recommended by /u/Jeskid14
Reaper - Audio workstation. Not free. Just a trial.
What should I read and know?
What should I read and know?
You should know:
Here's a list of stories I think would be good for beginngers. It does not include all my favorites.
LibriVox has a very nice introductory collection called Seven H.P. Lovecraft Stories read by Phil Chenevert. There is also a link to an etext copy of each story on the page.
If you have earphones, download a book from Librivox. I got through two years of a once-a-week three hour commute that way.
If you are interested in developing your voice and narration skills, you should consider contributing to librivox.org -- public domain audiobooks.
Librivox The mobile app version is pretty handy to listen to audiobooks on the go.
Sabriel by Garth Nix, Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, and His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik are my top 3 favorite audio books. They have great stories and especially wonderful narrators. They are all the first books in a series, so if you check out their sequels it would give you a bit of material to work with.
You could also think about checking out librivox.org for free audio books. It's like a Project Gutenberg for audio classics, you can even download them onto an ipod and play using that. I enjoyed their version of A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, but they have tons of books in all genres available.
Librivox is the main one that comes to mind. Quality supposedly varies a ton as the audiobooks are done by volunteers. I haven't tried it though. (Audiobooks aren't really a thing.)
There are some podcasts that are practically audiobooks. Only one that I can remember at the moment is the Moby Dick Big Read. Chapter 1 is read by Tilda Swinton!
Ok come on mate, surely with such a sharp wit you have a better excuse for your voluntary ignorance.
In order according to my perception of overall writing quality and effectiveness:
If you just want more recommends, I keep a longer list which evolves as my appreciation for various tales changes:
Quanto à voz, não, normalmente é lido por uma pessoa mesmo. Inclusive tem gente que gosta tanto de um narrador que compra o livro por causa dele.
I don't know if this will work, but maybe she could use an Amazon Echo. It's all voice activated. She would probably need to buy the books on Audible, though. You can use it as a Bluetooth speaker and play non-Audible files that way, but you would need a mobile device to control that, which kind of ruins the idea.
Looking around I found a good discussion on this topic. One of the commenters mentions that their elderly mother uses the Echo for other things too.
If you go the CD route, there are a lot of free audiobooks available on YouTube (sometimes not legally, but some are out of copyright) as well as a huge archive of out of copyright books at Librivox, which you could burn to CDs for her. /r/audiobooks also has a weekly post about free audiobooks, including some sources which are always free.
Librivox.org has free audio books from many genres including science fiction. From what I've seen, their titles tend to be books that are out of copyright (i.e. older), and read by amateurs.
I've also found that some old-time radio dramas are pretty interesting. They usually have multiple voice actors and sound effects. There are several websites that offer these for free.