GlobalStorybooks.net audio recordings
This repository contains multilingual studio-recorded and post-processed audio for the Global Storybooks projects. The audio consists of readings of a collection of 40 storybooks from the African Storybook. All of the stories can be read and listened to here in English, French, and many other languages.
All audio files can be found in the
audio folder within this repo, arranged by language. See the section below for a list of language codes.
Within each language folder, the 40 stories in the collection are arranged in separate folders by their individual 4-digit story ID.
The story folders each contain a single full-length MP3 file, as well as a folder labelled
mp3. The full-length MP3 file contains the entire story being read aloud as a single file, while the files in the
mp3 folder have been split into individual pages from the full-length file. If you just want to hear the story read aloud, you will probably want the full-length file only. However, the split files have multiple possibilities for alternative uses and extended applications.
The following languages are included in this repo, listed in order of ISO language code. If a language listed below is not in the audio folder of this repository it is most likely in the process of being edited, and will be released as soon as a final version is ready.
|ISO code||Language name||Reader|
|fa||Persian (Farsi)||Nasim Peikazadi|
|pt||Portuguese (Brazil)||Alfredo Ferreira|
|sw||Swahili||Sophia Turunesh Mufuruki|
|tl||Tagalog||La Trinidad Mina|
|yue||Chinese (Cantonese)||Zoe Lam|
|zh||Chinese (Mandarin)||Zhuo Sun|
The full and split files follow the following naming conventions:
- Full files:
[ISO Language code]-[Story ID]_[Story shortcode].mp3
- Split files:
This makes it easier for web applications, scripts, and other tools to precisely locate the individual audio track for a particular page of a story in a specific language, or the full audio of that story, within the folder structure of the repo.
For example, the Arabic audio for the 5th page of the story A Very Tall Man can be found at:
Likewise, the full audio would be in:
The following stories from the African Storybook are included in the collection, arranged in order of their Story ID.
Titles in the table below are linked to the original story on the African Storybook website. Story IDs are linked to the individual story pages on Storybooks Canada, where the stories can be read while listening to the audio.
Please note the different licenses for each story, as the license for the audio recordings follows the license for the original story.
All story content has been derived from the African Storybook.
All recordings done at UBC Studios and mixed and post-processed by Craig Carpenter of Carpenter Sound Services.
The audio of each story is released under the same Creative Commons license as that of the original text (see the table of licenses for details). Please note that different licenses (either CC BY or CC BY-NC) and license versions (either 3.0 or 4.0) apply to each story.