27 November 2007

#22 Audio Books

I listened briefly to the computer-read version of Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden". That was painful! I don't quite understand what the purpose of "robot readers" is unless what we are listening to innovation in progress. I MUCH preferred the human reader of that lovely book, and listened to a fair bit more of it as a result. The reader had a wonderful reading voice and captured the satirical slant of the descriptions very well. I don't borrow from our talking book collection, but one of the things I particularly like about the online one is that they don't have to be shelved! And they don't get returned with pieces missing either. I think there is a definite future for subscriptions to online audiobooks.

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