[DWJ] Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell [the audiobook]

Kait Bessing kait.bessing at comhem.se
Sat May 16 12:16:09 EDT 2009

We don't have a tradition of charities and volunteers in Sweden, not in that 

So all our talking book readers are being paid for it, and so you can expect 
some sort of standard from them.

It's when you don't get that standard that I'm driven up the wall!


Helen Schinske wrote:
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Kait Bessing" <kait.bessing at comhem.se>
>> To: "Diana Wynne Jones discussion" <dwj at suberic.net>
>> Sent: Friday, May 08, 2009 12:37 PM
>> Subject: Re: [DWJ] Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell [the audiobook]
>>> Helen Schinske wrote:
>>>> I could
>>>> *maybe* see this kind of thing being let >go when it's a volunteer
>>>> reading for Books for the Blind or >something like that.
>>> And why should blind people be expected to put up with lower
>>> standards of reading?
>> They shouldn't -- but the charity I'm thinking of couldn't possibly
>> afford to pay professional readers, so the clients put up with lower
>> production standards in order to get a vastly wider selection of
>> materials than would otherwise be available. I do know at least one
>> volunteer who used to read for them who has a very charming voice --
>> I could listen to her all day. She was in my mother's writers'
>> group, and the other women used to joke that Mary shouldn't get to
>> read her own stuff aloud, as it made her sound so much better than
>> the rest of them that it was harder to figure out what to critique.
>> Talking books are so much more popular these days that I imagine
>> there is a much better commercial selection, so that volunteers may
>> be less needed. I am only guessing there, though.
>> Helen Schinske
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