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A Voice From Beyond the Grave

It’s a Bank Holiday today, so I’ve got the day off. I decided to spend at least some of it sorting out my new laptop – ripping CDs to iTunes, labelling photos, and generally making sure that it’s set up the way I want it.

My previous laptop was so slow that it was really painful to use, so I never really got to grips with the full functionality of iTunes. Today I was exploring some of the menus and came across one I’d not seen before – “shared music”. I clicked on it out of curiosity, and it seemed to be a link to some audio files on the external hard drive which is mounted on the network and which Chris set up to do our backups. I’d never told iTunes about the external storage, and I certainly hadn’t instructed it to go combing through the files on there looking for audio formats. But that seemed to be what it had done. I recognised some of the files – they were albums I’d ripped from CD and stored on the hard drive, then copied across to populate iTunes when I bought my new laptop. But other files were completely new to me.

I clicked on one out of sheer curiosity, and got a huge shock. Christopher’s voice boomed out from the hifi loud speakers, reading a poem by Anne Bronte! iTunes had come across a backup of some of his Librivox recordings and had silently indexed them. It was nice to hear his voice, but I wish I’d been better prepared as it was a real shock. I’ve just about stopped shaking now.

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  1. Ruth | 29 August 2013 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    It must have been a shock, Gillian. I’d like you to know that his readings are greatly appreciated and we still receive thank you messages about them. Here’s a nice one:

    I’m very grateful to Icyjumbo for the audio version of “Puck of Puck’s hills”. Many years ago I have obtained as a Christmas gift a book with some stories from “Puck” translated in Russian. It was exciting, magical, poetical… and completely foreign. In fact, this stories are like poetry. And their translation always will be like a shadow. So, I had feeling that I see only a way to a fairytale-land but can’t enter it. And now, when I’m hearing the book from LibriVox, I feel sleepy warm of a summer day, aroma of heath and a magic of Old England. Thank you very much, Icyjumbo, for your artistic reading! You have opened for me a new world and dramatically improved my English! 😉

  2. Gillian | 30 August 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    That’s really good to know! Thank you so much for passing the message on. Chris really enjoyed Librivox, and it’s so good to know that other people are continuing to enjoy his efforts.