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The Audio Wing of the Dunyazad Digital Library

Begun for Sabrina, and now dedicated to her memory …


Audio Recordings of Poems by Robert E. Howard

The 129 poems of the “A Gibbet Against the Sky” collection.

You can listen to the recordings online:

Audio recordings of poems by Robert E. Howard

or download the entire collection. The zip file contains all 129 recordings, a PDF e-book with the texts of the poems, and a HTM page with links to the individual audio files — you can, of course, listen to them on any device and with any app that plays mp3 files.

Note: Unpack the zip archive into an empty folder!

Download (147 MB)

Last updated: April 19, 2022.


In case you are interested, here is my
Beginner’s Guide to Voice Recording, last updated February 2020.


Currently there is no construction work planned or going on in the audio wing of the Dunyazad Library. The Librarian recommends a visit to the audio section of Jim Bowering’s Green Comet website, though:

where you will find free audio recordings of short stories by different authors, Wil Wheaton and Kelly Link among them. The “Books for Free” page has free audio recordings of Jim Bowering’s “Green Comet” trilogy.


The Audio section of the Dunyazad Digital Library focuses on poetry.

Its purpose is, on the one hand, to make those poems accessible to visually impaired readers, since speech synthesizers can do a sufficiently good job with prose, but, as a rule, completely mess up poetry. On the other hand, like a song wants to be sung, a poem wants to be brought to life by a reader who lends it her or his voice, thoughts, experience, and emotions.

All recordings have been made for the Dunyazad Digital Library. The texts are in the public domain. You may download the files for private use, but are not allowed to redistribute them without the respective voice artist’s written consent.

Enjoy! If you do, please leave a note in the Guestbook. I’d also be happy to hear from you by mail if you have any comments, or if you want to contribute!

Some further audio links:

Free Audio Books: Poetry on the Open Culture website,

AudioBook Treasury has a few excellently read classic poems,

and, of course, there is LibriVox.