Category: Audiobooks


A Poem A Day

March 25th, 2020 — 12:45pm

Inspired by Sir Patrick Stewart reading a Sonnet a Day, and Yo-Yo Ma sending out Songs of Comfort on twitter, I’ve decided to record a Poem a Day from a book of children’s poems. I hope this will give my young (and older) fans something to look forward to!

I don’t know if you’d prefer to see my face while I read, or to read along with the text. I did the first one both ways. Let me know what you think!

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The Grinch!

December 24th, 2019 — 8:51am
In English (a recording from several years ago)
Und eine ganz neue Aufnahme auf Deutsch, speziell für Tobi und Elli :)

If you know the English version by heart, you will be able to understand the German version fairly well! The translation is excellent, there are lots of cognates, and the pictures help of course :)

(I made a couple of small mistakes, sorry, but overall I think I did rather well for a one-take recording!)

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

December 23rd, 2019 — 10:14am

Here’s another Christmas audiobook for you! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson. It’s funny and heartwarming and very Christmassy :) Those Herdmans are the worst kids ever!

You can find all the chapters, and a new podcast feed, here:
http://kayray.org/barbara-robinson/

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A Christmas Carol

December 21st, 2019 — 4:36pm

This is your yearly reminder that I made a recording of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” for librivox a few years ago. I just listened to it while I had a nap. It’s a very good recording, if I do say so myself :)

https://librivox.org/a-christmas-carol-version-6-by-charles-dickens/

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The Christmas Tree Book is finished!

December 16th, 2019 — 12:46pm

All nine chapters are ready for you to enjoy, maybe while you decorate your tree or watch the Netflix fireplace :)

http://kayray.org/phillip-v-snyder/

Subscribe to the book as a podcast by copy/pasting this link into your favorite podcast app:
http://kayray.org/audiobooks/christmastreebook.xml

While reading the chapter about electric Christmas lights and bulbs, I added a little note about our old antique Santa bulb! Here it is. I don’t know whether it was originally from the Shallenberg side or the Jacobs side, but it’s really old for sure! Behind Santa you can see a reproduction of one of the old German ornaments made of cotton batting and crinkled wire in the shape of a bird’s nest.



Also, the text mentions the custom of making a little village, farm, or nativity scene under or near the tree. That’s totally a tradition in my family, too, maybe from my German heritage (on both sides). What traditions or special old ornaments do you treasure?

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The Christmas Tree Book, Ch 5 and 6

December 15th, 2019 — 12:27pm

Two more chapters of The Christmas Tree Book!

Chapters 5-6 are finished and ready to download here:
http://kayray.org/phillip-v-snyder/

Subscribe to the book as a podcast by copy/pasting this link into your favorite podcast app:

http://kayray.org/audiobooks/christmastreebook.xml

Me, recording this morning :)

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The Christmas Tree Book, Ch 1-4

December 14th, 2019 — 12:22pm

I re-read this book just about every year — I love it — so this year I decided to record it for you!

Chapters 1-4 are finished and ready to download here:
http://kayray.org/phillip-v-snyder/

Subscribe to the book as a podcast by copy/pasting this link into your favorite podcast app:

http://kayray.org/audiobooks/christmastreebook.xml

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Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown

October 27th, 2019 — 7:27pm

Finished! You can download all chapters from the Maud Hart Lovelace page:
http://kayray.org/maud-hart-lovelace/

or you might want to subscribe to these books as podcasts with the following RSS links:

http://kayray.org/audiobooks/betsytacy.xml
http://kayray.org/audiobooks/betsytacytib.xml
http://kayray.org/audiobooks/bighill.xml
http://kayray.org/audiobooks/downtown.xml (typo in podcast feed is fixed so Chapter 2 should appear if you re-subscribe)

That’s my preferred method of audiobook-listening because a) it’s so easy and b) most podcast apps will automatically set a bookmark when you stop listening so you’ll never lose your place. Most podcast apps will also allow you to skip forward and backward by reasonable amounts (unlike music players) and set a sleep timer.

I prefer Bookmobile by Freshmowed. It’s extraordinarily full-featured and therefore has a steep learning curve, but once you figure it out, WOW, it’ll do everything but braid your hair.

Overcast is another good option. You can even use Apple’s built-in “Podcasts” app in a pinch. (Android users — what’s your favorite podcast app that works well for audiobooks?)

Whichever app you use, you’ll copy the url that ends with .xml for the book you want. Then find the place in your podcast app where you can “subscribe with url” or “subscribe with RSS” and paste that link in. Tell your app to download all chapters and *never delete them* (if you’re using Apple’s “Podcasts” app there’s a setting for this in the “settings” app on your phone). Make sure they’ll play in the right order. If they’re mixed up, you may be able to order them manually or make a playlist, depending on your app — but they’ll probably be fine if you tick either “oldest to newest” or “newest to oldest” (again, this depends on your app).

Let me know if you need screenshots of this process in one of the three apps I mentioned.

Happy listening! :) Shall I continue on with Betsy and Tacy? In the next book, Heaven to Betsy, the girls are 14 and about to enter highschool!

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Betsy-Tacy update!

October 25th, 2019 — 5:38pm

I get a lot of lovely messages from listeners who gently encourage me to continue with Betsy-Tacy — so guess what! I have jumped back in to Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown. I’d forgotten how much I already had completed — seven chapters — and I’ve just recorded another two. Only five more to go! I’m going to try to get it all finished before my next big train trip (I’m going all the way to New York next week), but in case I don’t quite get to it you can listen to what’s already finished by visiting https://archive.org/details/kayrayreadstoyou7

Enjoy! And check back soon for the final five chapters :)

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Helen Cresswell

October 23rd, 2019 — 7:40pm

All five of my Bagthorpe novels by Helen Cresswell have podcast feeds now!

Copy and paste these RSS links into your podcast app:

Ordinary Jack
http://kayray.org/audiobooks/ordinaryjack.xml 

Absolute Zero (the funniest one! omg! )
http://kayray.org/audiobooks/absolutezero.xml

Bagthorpes Unlimited
http://kayray.org/audiobooks/unlimited.xml

Bagthorpes Vs. the World
http://kayray.org/audiobooks/vstheworld.xml

Bagthorpes Abroad
http://kayray.org/audiobooks/abroad.xml

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Miss Sturkopf und das Einhorn

October 22nd, 2019 — 1:55pm

Miss Stubborn and the Unicorn

Miss Stubborn, who is the stubbornest creature in the world, doubts her friends when they tell her they’ve seen a unicorn. She doesn’t believe in unicorns! There’s no such thing as unicorns! And when she meets the unicorn herself? She still doesn’t believe in unicorns! Stubborn till her last breath :)

Quick vocabulary list for ya:

stur – stubborn
Wetterbericht – weather forecast
goss es – it poured
schüttete es – it showered
Regenschirm – umbrella
Quasselstrippe – chatterbox
Du errätst niemals – you’ll never guess
ungewöhnliches – unusual
irre – crazy
Einhorn – unicorn
Unsinn – nonsense
Aua – owie, boo-boo
ganz aus dem Haüschen sein – to be all excited
verkünden – to declare
stolz – proud
glauben – to believe
Sonnenschein – sunshine
Widerrede – back chat
kitzeln – to tickle
Vielfraß – glutton
Wirrkopf – scatterbrain
Einrad – unicycle
unübersehbar – conspicuous, unmissable
Pracht – glory, splendour
Pferd – horse
Überraschung – surprise
Atemzug – breath of air

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Susan Cooper

October 22nd, 2019 — 9:37am

All three of my Susan Cooper novels have their own podcast feeds now:

http://kayray.org/audiobooks/darkisrising.xml
http://kayray.org/audiobooks/greenwitch.xml
http://kayray.org/audiobooks/thegreyking.xml

Copy and paste those links into the podcast app of your choice and enjoy these beautiful books!

I’m working down the list on Kayray Reads to You, so Helen Cresswell is next :)

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a new book for you!

October 21st, 2019 — 6:58pm

Click the Kayray Reads to You link at the top of this page, then scroll down to P.L. Travers :)

Or if you’re in a hurry and want it RIGHT NOW, copy and paste this RSS link into your favorite podcast app:
http://kayray.org/audiobooks/marypoppins.xml

marypoppins

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reorganized

October 19th, 2019 — 6:38pm

I’ve finally finished reorganizing Kayray Reads to You!

Everything is ordered alphabetically by author, with picture books having their own page.

Next step: every book gets its own podcast feed for easy downloading. Maybe I should have one podcast feed just for the picture books?

Also, I MUST finish recording “Betsy and Tacy go Downtown” and a few books about a certain British nanny which I’ve started reading to Em…

Kick my butt if I don’t get those finished and posted soon. No matter how rough I feel I should be able to knock out a chapter a day of those dear wonderful books, especially since I don’t edit my recordings… it’s getting started that takes the effort.

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new podcast feeds

October 17th, 2019 — 7:14pm

OMG two posts in one day

I realized that Time has Marched On — and that it’s easier now for most people to subscribe to a podcast than to download files and sync them to phones or whatever, so I am embarking on the large project of making podcast feeds for all of my “Kayray Reads to You” books.

(all librivox books already have podcast feeds — click the green RSS button on the catalog page, copy, and paste into your podcast app)

Tolkien was first, of course. You can find the feeds by clicking “Kayray Reads To You” (above) and then the link to the page of Tolkien books. I’ll put ’em here, too:

http://kayray.org/audiobooks/tolkien-hobbit.xml
http://kayray.org/audiobooks/tolkien-fellowship.xml
http://kayray.org/audiobooks/tolkien-twotowers.xml
http://kayray.org/audiobooks/tolkien-returnoftheking.xml

Normal-clicking these links will probably not do anything useful: you need to right click (or control-click, or press-and-hold), copy, and then paste into your podcast app. Most podcast apps have a place for you to paste in an RSS link — that’s where to put these.

I don’t really feel like testing to make sure all of the files are properly named and will download correctly, so if you find an error please let me know :)

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October 2019 update

October 15th, 2019 — 11:41am

Oops. Time passed.

Yeah I’m still alive! Sorry if you were worried.

Things have been basically ok. I’m in a bit of a depression right now but I know I’ll come out of it someday.

Um.. what’s been happening… I had another great Amtrak journey at the end of September to visit my dear cousin in San Diego, had a great time just chilling and knitting and watching Queer Eye with her and her husband and cats :)

Reading Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch which is SO GOOD and you should read it.

I finally got an IHSS worker! (In Home Support Services). Her name is Malynda and she’s great. She cleans my bathroom and changes my sheets and runs errands and does laundry etc. She even drove me to San Francisco for a doctor appointment! She does all the stuff that’s getting harder and harder for me to do on my own. She’s smart and reliable and she likes her job. It was a GIANT PAIN IN THE BUTT to wade through all the county bureaucracy and get approved but it was worth it in the end.

I’ve been playing a lot of Breath of the Wild on the Nintendo Switch. Love it. I’m not paying much attention to the main quest line — mostly just exploring, looking for Shrines and Towers and Korok seeds. I like running around and riding my horses in the big open world! The Switch controllers have bad stick-drift so I just sent them in for repair. Hope they come back soon. Also played Untitled Goose Game which was everything I was hoping for. HONK!

My little friend Tobi (age 3.5) in Austria sent me this picture book for my birthday. Leo doesn’t want to eat his nice carrot soup and Mama starts to lose her patience, but Hops the Grasshopper tells Leo he should be glad that he has such a nice Mama to make him good food, and Leo learns an important lesson :) (Sorry for the few little mispronunciations)

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The Libby App!

August 2nd, 2019 — 10:24am

Time for a post that isn’t about quilts and my health :) I need to tell you something amazing I discovered a few weeks ago!

There’s an app called Libby. https://meet.libbyapp.com

Install, help it find your library, and enter your library card info.

And then BOOM you can check out ebooks and audiobooks right there, instantly. You can listen to the audiobooks right in the app, with a well-designed little player whose features include offline play, bookmarks, easy scrubbing forward and back through the book, and a sleep timer.

If you want to read with your eyeballs, you can read in the app or — get this — you can have your book DELIVERED TO YOUR KINDLE INSTANTLY. I don’t like reading on my phone, which is what has stopped me from checking out library ebooks in the past, so this is thrilling to me!

The Libby app lets you filter your search in sensible ways. You can search by genre. You can search for audiobooks, ebooks, or both. You can search for titles that are available to check out instantly, or ones which are already checked out to someone else, in which case you can put a hold on the item and it will be checked out for you automatically (with an email notification) when the item becomes available.

I tell you, it is such luxury to think, hmm, I’d like to listen to a new crime thriller, let’s see what there is… and then 3 minutes later I’m listening while I sew. Or thinking, hmm, I’ve never read “The Devil Wears Prada”, I wonder if it’s on Libby? And then three minutes later I’m reading it on my kindle.

I installed the app on 6yo Em’s iPad and helped her to find picture books to read and kids’ audiobooks to listen to.

Of course, the selection is limited. It’s not EVERYTHING you can get physically at your library. But I don’t check out physical audiobooks at all, because I don’t own any kind of cd player, so this is the only way I’ve found to get free modern audiobooks. Librivox is awesome but sometimes you want to hear something that was published later than 1923 :)

Through Libby I discovered a fantastic police procedural series by Elizabeth George, starring Inspector Lynley and his pals. I’ve been listening to them non-stop for weeks :) They’re well-written, and very long (like, around 25 hours of audio each). They are perfect for bedtime listening too — not gory or scary, interesting without being too exciting. Just right to help my tired brain fall asleep, and of course I drop a bookmark when I go to bed, so in the morning I can back up to that point and not miss anything. There are 20 novels in the series so far, so if you like ’em as much as I do you’re set for a long time. I prefer the ones narrated by Donada Peters, which is most of them.

Oh! Also I recently listened to “Heartburn” by Nora Ephron. I think I found it on the “humor” shelf. It was read by Meryl Streep!!! She is an absolutely amazing narrator, and the book was great too. While I was listening, I thought, huh, this dialogue really reminds me of When Harry Met Sally. And then I found out that Nora Ephron wrote When Harry Met Sally :)

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

August 27th, 2018 — 9:43am

Brand new, and full of cheerful family noise :)

You can subscribe to this book as a podcast and download all the chapters at once. Copy this rss link and paste it into your podcatcher:
http://kayray.org/audiobooks/lion_witch_wardrobe.xml

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

You can stream these chapters non-stop from here:
https://archive.org/details/kayrayreadstoyou6

lion_witch_wardrobe

01 Lucy Looks into a Wardrobe
02 What Lucy Found There
03 Edmund and the Wardrobe
04 Turkish Delight
05 Back on This Side of the Door
06 Into the Forest
07 A Day with the Beavers
08 What Happened After Dinner
09 In the Witch’s House
10 The Spell Begins to Break
11 Aslan is Nearer
12 Peter’s First Battle
13 Deep Magic from the Dawn of Time
14 The Triumph of the Witch
15 Deeper Magic from Before the Dawn of Time
16 What Happened about the Statues
17 The Hunting of the White Stag

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Beezus and Ramona

July 24th, 2018 — 7:48pm

A new recording for you! Lots of cheerful family noise in this one, folks :)

Here’s a brand-new feature: you can subscribe to this book as a podcast and download all the chapters at once. Copy this rss link and paste it into your podcatcher:
http://kayray.org/audiobooks/beezus_and_ramona.xml

Beezus and Ramona, by Beverly Cleary

Beezus_and_Ramona

01 Beezus and Her Little Sister
02 Beezus and Her Imagination
03 Ramona and Ribsy
04 Ramona and the Apples
05 A Party at the Quimbys’
06 Beezus’ Birthday

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Gruenes Ei mit Speck

June 28th, 2018 — 6:19pm

Here’s a 5-minute recording of a children’s picture book in German. Can you guess what it is? I think you’ll recognize it by the time you get all the way to the end even if you don’t speak a word of German :)

No googling, now!

Gruenes Ei mit Speck

I have also created a page just for my recordings of picture books.

http://kayray.org/picture-books/

The pictures are half the fun, so please try to buy or borrow copies of these books so that you can look at the pictures while I read to you. :)

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