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February 16, 2006

Let Me Read You a Story

Heather Green

An editor here asked me the other day what I thought of podcasts where someone reads you an article. My first unvarnished response was "Yuck." And then I hightailed it over to iTunes to see what was on the top 100 list and lo and behold (imagine clouds parting and a ray of sun shining from the sky) there, at No. 65, was Slate's podcast where Andy Bowers reads a story a day. (Yesterday it was a story about the gossip in Austin, Texas around Cheney's hunting accident.)

I listened to it, but still didn't like it. I know, I know. Books on tape have been around forever. But I don't get the appeal of this for as a daily podcast. Am I missing something?

09:49 AM

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You know, I felt the same way until I discovered the Slate podcasts. I have a 15-minute walk to work, and those bite-sized podcasts are perfect. I'd rather listen to two of those on the way to work than listen to half a 30-minute podcast.

Posted by: LTR at February 16, 2006 10:23 AM

Reading an article takes all your attention, listening to an article being read means that you can do something else at the same time.

Books on tape have been described as a marriage to a story. A short story on mp3 is a quick kiss.

A news article on mp3 is a way to catch up on news while doing something you have to (training courses in MP3 format..., these lectures are handy)... not always relevant but interesting.

Posted by: Will at February 16, 2006 12:46 PM

No surprise -- it depends on the writing (very different for voice than for the eye) and the skill of the voice (ability to interpret versus "reading").

Posted by: Don at February 17, 2006 09:46 AM

im kind of new to this blogosphere ...and i already think its a great medium to interact globally ...to put across your view points and thoughts with the rest of the world and even view their way of thinking ..though still trying to grapple and understand how pod casting functions ....i am learning ....cheers to the blog creator ...i think its definitely cool ....and saves time ...

Posted by: sejjal kanoi at February 21, 2006 03:32 AM


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