9989RE: [mythsoc] Audio Books: Read or Listen?
- Aug 16, 2003-----Original Message-----
From: David S. Bratman [mailto:dbratman@...]
Sent: Friday, August 15, 2003 2:17 PM
Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Audio Books: Read or Listen?
Mari Dole wrote of "reading" the audio book. My understanding is that
this is customary usage in the blind community.
- David Bratman
Yes, it is. I think it's why those who produce audio books are often
called narrators, not readers.
I am one of a dwindling number of blind people who still use Braille,
and there is a real pleasure in sitting down to read a book yourself,
but Braille is bulky and Braille displays for the computer are still
prohibitively expensive. On the other hand, if the narrator of an audio
book is a good one, i.e. more than just competent, there is great
pleasure in this way of reading. I think it is akin to the oral
tradition. The least pleasurable, to me, is reading via a synthesized
computer voice, but I will do it if there is no other option.
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