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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:03 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

If possible I like sometimes to follow the text as I listen to a reading.  I find that I concentrate better that way with more demanding texts. I listened to Tolstoy's THE DEATH OF IVAN ILLYICH read by Oliver Ford Davies that way, and Tolstoy's THE COSSACKS (which I think is hard-going in any form). I heard the whole of Milton's PARADISE LOST read by Anton Lesser. I'm currently listening to Kipling's PLAIN TALES FROM THE HILLS read by Martin Jarvis.
Awaiting me - I can see them across the room - are complete recordings, purchased in mad moments, of TRISTRAM SHANDY read by Anton Lesser, and Joyce's ULYSSES read by Jim Norton.  One day - I promise - I will get round to them.  
Might I recommend the unbabridged reading by Jim Norton of Flann O'Brien's THE THIRD POLICEMAN - including the footnotes?
I tried the text-to-speech on my Kindle - absolutely ghastly - sounds like the voice of a resucitated corpse.


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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sometimes listen to audiobooks in the car, but it has to be stories where the prose doesn't really matter and I won't miss too much if I have to ignore the story for a bit due to some tricky situation or manoeuvre. That generally means crime, YA or light SF.

Caro, audiobooks are generally read by trained actors, and they will certainly be edited together from several takes.

I read recently that a complete audiobook of Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past" (Moncrieff translation) is now available, read by Neville Jason, a well-established voice actor who also recorded "War and Peace". This has only become viable in the days of downloads, because the recording would take up 120 CDs!

See here:
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com...ssues-120-disc-version-of-proust/



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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting article indeed. 153 hours of listening - I would think NazoAudioBooks have produced it for the centenary next year of the publication of Swann's Way.


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TheRejectAmidHair



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of us have the greatest difficulty just reading the thing. Imagine having to read it all out loud - with, presumably, multiple takes!



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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know a sound engineer and they can edit the tiniest things out and patch it all together beautifully - a pause that's too long, a breath, - especially now in the days of digital recording when the engineer can see a kind of sound graph (I'm so technical!) and tweak that, as well as hear what's happening. So probably lots of takes but not as much re-reading as we might think. But I can imagine actors doing this very well anyway, certainly the regular audio/radio readers. But I wonder about the process when a non-performer author reads their own work, whether it's fiction or autiobiography or non-fiction, as they would not necessarily have the tricks of the trade of an actor or comedian. I know not all actors are well-read; we can't assume that they bother with books outside their working life, which features scripts. But the ones who tend to do these recordings are often versatile older voices and very experienced. I guess that's why they're hired!  Smile

Personally, I've never found reading aloud difficult and find there is some sort of weird brain activity that anticipates what's coming next so as to make sense. I always got called on to read aloud at school events from an early age - and loved reading to my kids - so maybe this is one natural talent I have (very few I can claim otherwise...)  The downside was that at school I was always reading the background or intro stuff and never got the exciting bits of dressing up as kings or sheep or anything!


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was always asked to read aloud at school too, in assemblies, concerts, etc.  

I should also say that my audio books are downloads, picking up on Mike A's comment, through Audible.  I have Ulysses and Paradise Lost for when the Trollope is finished!

I love being read to, and love listening to things on R4Extra, which is why I don't have a problem with listening to audiobooks, even when I'm doing something else.  It's not a substitute for reading myself, but just a lovely thing to experience.

One of my most memorable days was Boxing Day years ago, when Radio 4 devoted the whole day to Stephen Fry reading the first Harry Potter book.  Eight hours, I think it was - I had a very long bath, then an even longer lounge on the sofa, after a hectic family Christmas, and it was absolute bliss.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have neverreally been one for audio books, except for drama & poetry, which work very well in the medium. But recently, I have been tempted to join Audible (yes, yes, I know, they're part of that bastard group that doesn't pay its taxes...), mainly because I would like to be able to download good performances of the major Shakespeare plays on my iPad. And as the introductory offer, I ended updownloading the whole of Ulysses, read by Jim Norton (who played Bishop  Brennan, who gets kicked up the arse by Father Ted), with Marcella Riordan tackling Molly Bloom's soliloquy at the end. I listened to the first half hour in bed last night, and it really was superb! You really do need that Irish accent to bring it off. I think this'll be my book at bedtime for t he next coupld of months (the whole thing is 27 hours).

I hadn'trealised that you don't need to clutter up the space on your iPad with these: you can just download them as & when youneed to. I suppose you all knew that, but for a Luddite like me, it came as a revelation!




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