[access-uk] Re: Talking books: two questions and a reader's thoughts

The Harry Potter books are indeed the Stephen Fry readings.

Iain.
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From: "Andy Collins" <Andy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Ray - I'd be surprised if the HP books are the Stephen Fry narrated ones -
don't the RNIB have their own readers? That's why to my mind, a lot of their
books are such poor quality, because of the readers!


Andy
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From: "Ray's Home" <rays-home@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Saturday, December 24, 2005 11:02 AM
Subject: [access-uk] Talking books: two questions and a reader's thoughts


Here's Two questions which could possibly best be answered elsewhere, so
feel free to email me off-list if you feel that's appropriate.

1.  I have one of the RNIB provided original 'Classic' DASY players.  Most
anoying thing is that, apart from limited battery life, it appears
impossible to be able to fast wind/rewind through books if you've missed a
sentence or paragraph due to distractions.  Is an upgrade to the later
machines going to give me a rewind/fast forward facility?  Or do I have to
buy another machine to be able to do this?

2.  Well, I've just answered the question I'm about to comment on, (smile).
Seems you can buy all the Harry Potter books from RNIB in DAISY format, and
the Half-Blood Prince is around £17.00. (Presume this is the Stephen Fry
version as available on BBC Word for Word.)  Now, I wonder, isn't that a bit
controversial, especially considering the HBP is in the shops for at least
three times that amount;  on the internet likely rather less?  Good of
course that RNIB can do this, but am I the only one to wonder if there are
going to be those with portable MP3 players who might be geting hold of
this?  OK, I hear the majority of the blind exclaiming,, 'Not our problem'!
Maybe, but I'd like to bet that some form of copy protection is going to
rear its ugly head sooner or later.

Just a final brief comment on my current reading - and I've only now gotten
around to reading DAISY books.  The spy story I'm reading just now is a
scream!  Not least because of the cut glass accent in which its being read.
More amusing is the phrase 'four letter word' in place of say, 'F.... the
party or F... the phone etc.  Obviously this was recorded thirty years or
more back;  but more anoying is the poor editing of the CD version.
Obviously banging out the titles is important with National Lotteries
funding of the 'remasters'.  All the remastering appears to amount to is
some good noise reduction, on this recording, but no inserting of silence
gaps between chapters.  Also, there are large gaps where there shouldn't be.
I'll swear , not a 'four letter word'coming on! I can hear a dog in the
background sometimes!  All this adds a good deal of unintentional amuzement
for me, to abook which isn't that good a read.

Sorry if much of this belongs elsewhere, but felt sharing of my views and
questions might be of interest to a few.

Ray

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