[bct] Re: Our favorite books and narrators

  • From: "derek Lane" <derek@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 11:10:16 -0500

I also listen to some books via synthetic speech.
However, I wouldn't want to hear synthesized speech on a tape though!
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Joni Colver" <joni.colver@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2006 5:35 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: Our favorite books and narrators

Jamie it is a shame to lose a lot of the old wonderful narrations.
According to the NLS website Jim Walton narrated Huck Finn.  All of the old
books I just looked at, including that one and Little Women narrated by
Terry Hayes Sales, have been withdrawn.  I have not heard of any plans to
try to preserve the books in a digital format.  I imagine people who know a
lot about the process can give explanations as to why this is not feasible.

There are some good narrators nowadays, but, I feel, perhaps nostalgically,
that overall some of the earlier talking book narrators were better than
what I encounter today.

Narration of a book can either increase or decrease a person's enjoyment of
a book depending on the narrator's skills.  I have really begun to prefer
listening to books with synthetic speech due to its predictability.

At any rate, it is sad to lose the original narrations of those old


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