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Neil Gaiman Asks: Heard Any Good Books Lately?
[From NPR.org, 11/30/09]
"I grew up in a world where stories were read aloud... Some of my earliest memories are listening to stories on the radio as a boy in England.
I didn't rediscover spoken-word stories until I was a parent. I would read to my children, and began to supplement that with cassette audiobooks. They made car journeys pass faster, more interestingly. And you knew you had a good one when nobody wanted to get out of the car at the end of the journey.
In the past six years, I've recorded six audiobooks, and although it can be exhausting, I've loved the process and have been delighted with the result.
[As audio producer Rick Harris notes] An audiobook is a separate entity that is absolutely true. And a novel can be seen as many things, and one of the things it can be seen as is a script for an audio performance.
An audiobook is its own thing, a unique medium that goes in through the ear, sometimes leaving you sitting in the driveway to find out how the story is going to end."
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