LibriVox is an organization dedicated to finding literary works which have fallen into public domain and making readings of them to share with the world. Volunteers do the recording.
Works in the public domain are those whose copyrights (in U.S. law) have expired or been allowed to lapse. They can be used freely by the public, (hence the name).
I find this quite commendable.
Once a detractor of audiobooks, (and first burned by bad readings), I have found them extremely helpful in my more recent circumstances, whether being too physically busy or physically incapable to do much reading or writing.
And with LibriVox , there are no ads!
The LibriVox recordings are well done, with feeling, but more of true readings than performances. With a little guidance and your own computer, anyone can record in any language, and many do.
I have, so far, heard few of any accents other than several which are American and a number done in mid-upper class English accents, but there are others, if you listen for them. I have so far not heard any that have not been read well.
Many of the books are chosen from Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive.
Project Gutenberg is also a volunteer organization which preserves books in the public domain, but in digital form and it makes them freely available online. I have not spent anywhere near enough time in its extensive library. I may need a decade to do it justice.
The Internet Archive is a wondrous site, or to be more precise, a collection of many sites. (LibriVox is only one of the sites easily clicked from the main page.)
In its own words, The Internet Archives is: a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
There are also links to library sites in other countries, (mostly England and many in Scotland, where, if you read my post on libraries, you’ll know the idea of communally shared books basically began). There are links to many college and university libraries.
Most of the sites offer films, text and audio in English; you can find a few in other languages, as well.
In the Archive pages you can also discover medical texts, mathematics, video games, sports clips, and so many sites that I even found this, a photo on the NASA site of my father-in-law flying to recover the Apollo 7 capsule:
Old-time radio shows can be heard, as well as music. One site is dedicated to digitalized 78 rpm and CYLINDER recordings, another of comedy films; (you click on a box with Chaplin to reach that one).
I fear that I must truly limit myself, tethered by a life-line of timer or a something like a pot about to boil, or I may get lost in the intricacies of the site upon site in the Archives.
Do any of these pique your interest?