On Sun, 14 May 2017 22:03:46 -0300, Joy Beeson
Post by Joy Beeson
When I returned _Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen_ to the library, I
noticed that they have a Proto zoa Five Early Short Stories, which I
haven't read . . . but only in audiobook.
I checked out an audiobook of a novel once, intending to listen to it
while knitting. I didn't get three chapters in before I could no
longer stand the ssslllooowww pppaaaccceee ooooffff tttthhhheeee
Yeah. Audio information density is so low even at normal speech speed,
and some readers are trained to read out very slowly.
I listen to podcasts a lot while driving, and that's more at usual
conversational speed - and I tend to run those at about 1.3x normal
speed otherwise I have enough space in between words to start thinking
about related things. The app I use (Overcast, iPhone) keeps the same
pitch and has a "trim silences" feature also which also helps.
But when not driving (or grocery shopping, cycling, or whatever other
thing is using up my primary attention) I can't speed up audio input
enough to absorb my whole attention without it going too fast to be
I used to know a blind chap who had a screen reader running at about 6x
speed, which while just a burble to me is clearly a trainable ability.
Perhaps not always useful if you have to shut off your eyes in order to
have brain space to do it...
Cheers - Jaimie
I think I'm too sarcastic to believe in myself. -- Nietzsche