Free Audiobook site Books Should Be Free seemed like a good idea at the time.
As far as I'm concerned it still is, but it brings to light something I was unaware of in the field of audio books.
Get this, some books are read by robots .
I appreciate that these books are free .but even Asimov's Robot Trilogy shouldn't be read by automatons. It would seem that it takes just as much time to prep a book to be read by Rossum's finest as it would to have a meat puppet read the thing.
Friedrich Nietzsches' Thus Spake Zarathustra comes round to actually being appropriate to this method, but for sheer whatthehell? you simply must try Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3"Brescia" to "Bulgaria" .
Even if the damn thing was read by Sir Anthony Hopkins instead of a disembodied machine, it doesn't make a goddamned bit of sense as an audio book
Deathless prose like:
" BRESCIA (anc. Brixia),
a city and episcopal see of Lombardy, Italy, the capital of the province of Brescia, finely situated at the foot of the Alps, 52 m. E. of Milan and 40 m. W. of Verona by rail. Pop. (1901) town, 42,495; commune, 72,731. The plan of the city is rectangular, and the streets intersect at right angles, a peculiarity handed down from Roman times, though the area enclosed by the medieval walls is larger than that of the Roman town, which occupied the eastern portion of the present one. The Piazza del Museo marks the site of the forum, and the museum on its north side is ensconced in a Corinthian temple with three cellae, by some attributed to Hercules, but more probably the Capitolium of the city, erected by Vespasian in A.D. 73 (if the inscription really belongs to the building; cf. Th. Mommsen in Corp. Inscrip. Lat. v. No. 4312, Berlin, 1872), and excavated in 1823. It contains a famous bronze statue ..."
would benefit greatly from, I dunno, pictures maybe?
Rightthinking Avantgaurdist that I am, I tried various applications of this audio.
Freinds, I am here to tell you It does not work it does not work as a sleep aid, its' seemingly soporific drone only brings up horrid nightmares of bolt necked Victorian Mechanical Men rabbiting on about wainscoting.
Neither can it be used in an amusing post -modern fashion in the creation of electronic dance music.
It toils not, neither does it spin.
Social Historian and R&B hero Edwin Starr might well have seen this coming if he was a prescient sort .
To paraphrase his smash hit "War"- " The machine read audio Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3 "Brescia" to "Bulgaria" what is it good for?
Absolutely nuthin-say it again"
Here's an example of what I mean .
Librivox is a slightly better alternative where you can subscribe to chapters of books in the public domain in iTunes or from an rss feed.