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  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Heart of Darkness
  • Don Quixote
  • Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Raven
  • The Metamorphosis
  • The Call of the Wild
  • The Art of War
  • The War of the Worlds
  • Apology of Socrates
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Alice in wonderland,
Heart of darkness,
Don Quixote,
Curious case of Benjamin Button,
The Raven,
The metamorphosis,
The call of the wild,
The art of war,
The war of the worlds,
Apology of Socrates.

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You can get the same exact titles free on https://librivox.org/

This is from Oregan Publishing. All they do is take the files off Librivox repackage and the sell them on Amazon. They are also known to change the names of the narrators from the original Librivox recordings.
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Standard Warning! (and the reason for the inconsistent narration):
Oregan Publishing just takes free audiobooks from http://librivox.org and removes the LibriVox credit, then changes the names of the (volunteer) narrators, and then sells the books on Audible/Amazon. This isn't illegal because the recordings are free and public domain, and it can be convenient to get the books into Audible rather than going to the LibriVox site, BUT changing the names of the narrators who donated their time to do the recordings, and removing the credit is a pretty crappy thing to do IMHO. Facepalm

Edit: Small correction, these titles seem to have been pulled from a different free audiobook site, ThoughtAudio [thoughtaudio.com], rather than LibriVox, and likely without permission.
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Turns out they got this one from ThoughtAudio [thoughtaudio.com] instead of LibriVox. They actually didn't even change the narrator's name on this one, so I have one less complaint in this case, but they do that often.
Here is the exact free recording of Alice in Wonderland. Listen to the beginning of the sample on Amazon/Audible from this deal, then listen to this starting at 4:05. [thoughtaudio.com]
Unless they made some kind of special arrangements and paid for the content, this is ILLEGAL. Here are the terms from ThoughtAudio:
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Thanks! Something to listen to while driving.
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Ended up being 66¢ for me, thanks!
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.70 cents for me! Thanks 👍🏼
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You can get the same exact titles free on https://librivox.org/

This is from Oregan Publishing. All they do is take the files off Librivox repackage and the sell them on Amazon. They are also known to change the names of the narrators from the original Librivox recordings.
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Standard Warning! (and the reason for the inconsistent narration):
Oregan Publishing just takes free audiobooks from http://librivox.org and removes the LibriVox credit, then changes the names of the (volunteer) narrators, and then sells the books on Audible/Amazon. This isn't illegal because the recordings are free and public domain, and it can be convenient to get the books into Audible rather than going to the LibriVox site, BUT changing the names of the narrators who donated their time to do the recordings, and removing the credit is a pretty crappy thing to do IMHO. Facepalm

Edit: Small correction, these titles seem to have been pulled from a different free audiobook site, ThoughtAudio [thoughtaudio.com], rather than LibriVox, and likely without permission.
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You can get the same exact titles free on https://librivox.org/

This is from Oregan Publishing. All they do is take the files off Librivox repackage and the sell them on Amazon. They are also known to change the names of the narrators from the original Librivox recordings.
Yep, Oregan Publishing, Arthur Wallens Publishing, FrontPage Publishing, and probably others all do this. They can sell them cheap because the content is free.
Because the narrators are all volunteers, the narration quality of LibriVox [librivox.org] recordings ranges from near-professional level to kindergarten story time level. I appreciate that the volunteers have donated their time to make these public domain works available free to all, so I think they should get credit for their efforts even if it is not actually illegal to re-sell them under someone else's name. I mean you could technically re-publish Shakespeare under your own name legally if you wanted to, but that's only slightly more ridiculous than the above "publishers."
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Standard Warning! (and the reason for the inconsistent narration):
Oregan Publishing just takes free audiobooks from http://librivox.org and removes the LibriVox credit, then changes the names of the (volunteer) narrators, and then sells the books on Audible/Amazon. This isn't illegal because the recordings are free and public domain, and it can be convenient to get the books into Audible rather than going to the LibriVox site, BUT changing the names of the narrators who donated their time to do the recordings, and removing the credit is a pretty crappy thing to do IMHO. https://static.slickdealscdn.com/ima.../facepalm2.gif
Why don't they sue and the 12 Person Jury can listen to hours and hours of testimony in the narrator's own sweet voice.
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Why don't they sue and the 12 Person Jury can listen to hours and hours of testimony in the narrator's own sweet voice.
Because: A. They don't have the money for lawyers, B. They believe that, all things considered, making these works available to all for free on LibriVox [google.com], to use as they see fit is beneficial to society. So they make them fully public domain, meaning that C. It's not actually illegal, it's just a really crappy thing to do. I don't like supporting companies that do crappy things.
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You mean kinda like that guy - Gill Bates company stealing all Open Source code and reselling like it is their own.
Not at all. They give credit where credit is due, and they even contribute back [microsoft.com]. A lot. [infoworld.com]
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Librivox.com is a great source for most of the fiction and non-fiction classics in the public domain. They have the app and you can download books and listen offline, bookmark, adjust speed, set sleeping time, and etc. I just finished listening to "the Origin of species".

Sometimes you find multiple recordings for one book. Make sure to listen to samples to choose the best narrator.

Good luck and enjoy!
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You can get the same exact titles free on https://librivox.org/

This is from Oregan Publishing. All they do is take the files off Librivox repackage and the sell them on Amazon. They are also known to change the names of the narrators from the original Librivox recordings.
An exception seems to be The Call of Cthulhu which isn't on LibriVox [apple.com] because there is some question as to whether it's actually in the public domain in the USA. They probably got the recording of that one from somewhere else, like https://legamus.eu/blog/?p=876 The same still applies though. Take free content, repackage it and remove the credit/change the volunteer narrator's names and then re-sell. Set the price high initially, and then offer a "deal" to make people think they're getting good value....
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An exception seems to be The Call of Cthulhu which isn't on LibriVox [apple.com] because there is some question as to whether it's actually in the public domain in the USA. They probably got the recording of that one from somewhere else, like https://legamus.eu/blog/?p=876 The same still applies though. Take free content, repackage it and remove the credit/change the volunteer narrator's names and then re-sell. Set the price high initially, and then offer a "deal" to make people think they're getting good value....
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Standard Warning! (and the reason for the inconsistent narration):
Oregan Publishing just takes free audiobooks from http://librivox.org and removes the LibriVox credit, then changes the names of the (volunteer) narrators, and then sells the books on Audible/Amazon. This isn't illegal because the recordings are free and public domain, and it can be convenient to get the books into Audible rather than going to the LibriVox site, BUT changing the names of the narrators who donated their time to do the recordings, and removing the credit is a pretty crappy thing to do IMHO. Facepalm
I purchased the audiobook but was intrigued by your post so I searched the LibriVox and did not find any versions matching the ones in this audiobook. The narrator's name in the product details also matches the name spoken at the very beginning of the audiobook. Can you provide the links to the matching LibriVox version?
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