Sunday, September 30, 2007

Speaking of Michael Scott...

No, I'm not talking about Steve Carell's character from The Office. I'm talking about the guy who currently distributes free and for sale audiobooks at ThoughtAudio.com. While I wholeheartedly support the open-sourced, creative commons of Librivox, some of the volunteers - bless their hearts and intentions - oftentimes don't maximize the potential of the literature in terms of reading performance. That's where Michael Scott's intense delivery comes in; he is especially good while reciting an adaptation of Greek myths, as well as Sun Tzu's The Art of War.

The intense effect is sadly minimized when he tries to reenact the Socratic dialogues of Plato, as he uses a pitch shifter to make his voice higher and lower for the characters. His natural voice with another voice-over person would sound better.

So check out these free sources of audiobooks. Listen to the books while reading the same books, or just let the narrator speak to you while multitasking (whenever safely possible).

Bamboo book photo credit: Vlasta2.

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