||[Feb. 22nd, 2012|07:31 pm]
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I just had one of those You've been living in the future too long moments where I thought to myself "I need to clean the bedroom, but I want to keep reading this Gene Wolfe novel, I wonder if there's some text-to-speech hack I can install" and realized the book was made out of paper and the text-to-speech hack was to get someone to come over and read it to me while I clean.
Who's it going to be?
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Are you paying the person reading you the book? Cuz for the right price, I'll call you, you can put me in speaker phone, and I'll read all damn night!!!
i heartily approve of this idea.
I think you'd be done cleaning by the time I got there.
I recall MANY years ago being asked to read to a friend while she cleaned up her apartment. It's difficult to read the Sonny-Lucy seduction scene in the wedding sequence of The Godfather with a straight face.
I can't come over today (rather a distance problem) but I've got a microphone and Audacity on my computer and a library down the street...
they do, but i didn't want to drop $32 to hear a chapter. I read Erin Morgenstern's book on the iPad but also had the audio book and it was really nice to be able to switch back and forth. i hope in the future there's some sort of bundling option. buy the paper book, get the ebook and the audio book as well....
I have these moments when I feel like I should be able to database search my house for something I can't find.
That's the one that always gets me when reading a book. I'll think "Hey, what did it say about X a few chapters ago?" and my little finger and index finger will twitch once before I remember "Oh, right. Paper."
I do that too! I'll think "somewhere in this book someone said something very clever I want to re-read, ctrl-f...oh yes...the robots haven't cataloged all the things in my house yet."
Oh, that's wonderful. Do you mind if I quote this on my quotations page (http://xeny.net/quotations
Reminds me of the time I absent-mindedly looked in the top drawer of my desk and was genuinely surprised when there were no icons there.
mmm! I love reading aloud and being read to. So intimate...
man if i was in philly, i would totally trade cleaning for model shots. i got new hats and everything.
See, there was an option I hadn't even thought of. Keep reading. That's the best one.