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nanowrimo 2010


Diary of a Blind Madman

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A day or organizing
nanowrimo 2010

I finished Stranger today. I've really enjoyed it much more than any other book I've "read" on a tape player. I recall, in the past, the palpable sadness of finishing a book enjoyed. There was always a mixed emotional gladness at the completion and a sort of post-partum sadness that there was no more. I have never before experienced that listening to a tape.

Oddly enough I thing it's a good thing.

Today I'm going to try organize my room and organize my computer as well. A day of consolidating and re-arranging beckons.

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I really enjoy books on tape. The Harry Potter books are especially well-read.

I really don't enjoy books on tape very much. Mostly they are much too slow to hold my interest. Even when I play them at chipmunk speeds, I can't seem to concentrate on them. This is the only book that gave me anything like the sensations I usually associate with "reading."

I find it depends. I usually listen while driving, which is not so much of an option for you, but it's because I"m doing something else that the pace is acceptable. I have a friend who does handicrafts for a living, and she also really enjoys it.

The key difference, to me, is whether they are just reading the text of the book straight, or whether there is a mini-play going on. I'm much more patient of play-like books. Or 'chewy' books, where the pace gives me time to internalize. I think the first book on tape I ever heard was '5 Seeds That Changed The World', which was challenging, and therefore acceptable. However, pap annoys me even more when I can't skim.

Readers who don inject any emotion into the book or change their voices to "portray" different characters should not be allowed to read books. Even the driest of non-fiction requires some "portrayal."

I have good luck with books from Wolfner Library. They seem to be the "cadillac" supplier for books on tape. Only with commercial offerings (in the bookstores and such) have I ever found really bad readers. The exception to that would be the bozo that reads Anne Rice's The Vampire Lestat. I've never heard a voice less suited to a book than his. It's like having Burl Ives read a Dean Koontz novel to you.

For all that Wolfner has pretty good editions, I just can't get used to it. It is really slow and my mind is not cooperating in adjusting.

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