Regular price: $24.47
Buy Now with 1 Credit
Buy Now for $24.47
This is one of those books that makes you think. If you like audio books, as I do, it's stunning to learn the history of this art form.
As a member of the blind community, I am a user of the Library of Congress talking book program. But I also enjoy finding books on Audible that the Library of Congress program does not record.
I have also read books that have been recorded through both Audible and the Library of Congress. I often find that each version has its strengths and weaknesses.
The portion of this book that really stunned me was the chapters devoted to the origin of the audio books. The dreamers who predicted such technologies as the whispering machine could not have guessed that a portable media player along with a headset is fairly close to what was imagined.
The idea of professional actors narrating audio books seems to have been a common thread from the beginning of audio books until now. Many well known actors can be found narrating audio books, and others are narrated by voice talents that may not be as well known, but are very competent and capable.
The book often refers to Dickens in that section, and this prompted me to do a search for Great Expectations. That book couldn't be recorded in the early days of audio books, but today, it's possible to enjoy this book in full. I noticed several narrations of this book on Audible. Any of them would fit on a smart phone or media player with enough memory.
The rest of the book is indeed insightful. It sheds light on the issue of listening versus reading, and it does so in a way that encourages you to think about it.
If you like audio books, it's wonderful to learn about their history and think about where audio books have gone and what they can become.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I found the content of this book to be quite repetitive. For example, the sections which discuss how the US and the UK tackled audio books could have easily been merged into a single chapter as they both experienced similar issue.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful