I have been known to watch the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice more often than should be admitted to. What is less known is how many times I have similarly watched their productions of North and South, Persuasion, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility. While I am an Austen junkie, my addiction to these films is due to a far more practical reason; they are easy to work to.
I'm home by myself a good chunk of the time, which as an introvert, I'm perfectly content with. But I like having noise of some kind to keep me company. I have learned through much trial and error that no matter how much I may love music, I don't work well to it. My mind gets distracted by any melody and collection of lyrics. Give me talk radio or an audiobook and I work much more fluidly with great inspiration, focus, and determination. Thus my love of Pride and Prejudice. It is long enough that I don't have to worry about switching out the disk and has a steady enough flow of dialogue that I am not tempted to look at the screen.
But every so often, a girl needs a bit of variety.
A little while ago, my friend shared the podcast CraftLit with me. It is a blend of craft talk with chapters from the book du jour being read to you. I opted for their other broadcast Just the Books. As its name implies, on this podcast I could listen to the books without the interruption of a debate on knitting needles. I listened to their offering of Pride and Prejudice and revelled in Austen's words as I worked. Once I was through the book, I craved more, but the podcast had little offering at the ready.
Enter Librivox, a podcast audiolibrary of classic literature at the ready. The books are all public domain and are read by volunteers. Honestly, it was a dream come true to find this! Books I have been dreaming of reading but don't have the time to devote to sitting down with the paper in hand are now available to me. From The Phantom of the Opera to The Iliad, this podcast has it all! Best yet? A healthy collection of Austen as well as my favorites, the Anne books by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I now have ample material to keep me working for days and months on end. Thank you, Librivox, for making all of these wonderful books available to so many!