Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

” . . . bits—Spanish silver dollars sawed into eight parts so that twenty-five cents was equal to two bits . . . “

September 6, 2017

Michener, James A.. Centennial: A Novel (p. 355). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

“For the first couple of minutes, I thought, `Well, voice synthesis has gotten pretty good, but it’s not there yet.’ Then I finally realized that the robotic, monotonous voice was actually a person.”

September 4, 2017

I am currently reading “Centennial” by means of an audio book read by Larry McKeever.

The title of this blogpost is an customer’s review of the same narrator’s reading of another Michener book, “Space.”

That reader’s comment captures precisely my impressions as I started listening to “Centennial.”  I actually went to the online library from which I borrowed the recording to see if the narration had been done by a computer or some sort of automation.

Somehow, however, I have gotten used to Larry McKeever as a narrator, as least for this book.  One advantage of his approach is that I rarely miss even a syllable of the text (even if at times the syllable is a mispronunciation).  I often listen to books in places like a gym, where there can be a great deal of background noise – – in that type of an environment I can miss syllables here and there if the narration has inflections in tone, volume, or pace, e.g., when the narrator is taking a more human or dramatic approach.

“Over and over Lincoln told his neighbors: `My best friend is a man who’ll give a book I ain’t read.'”

August 20, 2017

“…Gandhi…walked barefoot a lot…often fasted [and had bad breath so he was] a `super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis’…”

August 12, 2017

” . . . you do not emerge from reading Les Misérables the same person . . . “

August 6, 2017

Julie Rose in the Translator’s Preface to Les Misérables (Modern Library Classics) (Kindle Location 369). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.