Wil McCarthy's FREE MP3 AUDIO BOOK
Ebooks to download may be found here.
Chapter 1 (3.35 MB, 22:30) /
2 (1.60 MB, 10:45) / Chapter 3
(3.43 MB, 23:00) / Chapter 4 (3.99
Chapter 5 (5.07 MB, 34:30) / Chapter 6 (4.88 MB, 33:30) / Chapter 7 (4.61 MB, 31:45) / Chapter 8 (4.07 MB, 28:00)
Chapter 9 (4.31 MB, 29:18) / Chapter 10 (3.40 MB, 23:00) / Chapter 11 (5.10 MB, 34:18) /Chapter 12 (3.86 MB, 26:15)
Chapter 13 (3.90 MB, 26:45) / Chapter 14 (1.70 MB, 11:30) / Chapter 15 (1.84 MB, 12:45) / Chapter 16 (3.66 MB, 24:30)
Chapter 17 (4.63 MB, 32:00) / Chapter 18 (3.87 MB, 26:30) / Chapter 19 (2.17 MB, 15:00) / Chapter 20 (3.26 MB, 22:18)
Chapter 21 and Appendices (7.68 MB, 50:15)
Yes, this is a strange experiment. One of my friends recently lost his eyesight, and in the course of investigating assistive computer software we came across Robison Bryan's handy SayPad audio text editor, which is capable, among other things, of converting text into speech in MP3 format. To evaluate the product, we produced an audio book of The Wellstone, as read by the MAPI 4.1 speech synthesizer. It is available here for free download, one file per chapter, and may be distributed freely. The catch? Well, it's read by a machine. No inflection, no emotion, just the words themselves, often with unexpected pronunciation (especially the proper names). Bowing to popular demand, I have made the entire novel available here rather than just a teaser.
Calling this an "Audio Book" may be pushing it slightly -- it's no substitute for text -- but once you get used to the MAPI accent, you may find some entertainment in listening to it. MAPI's enunciation is really not bad.
There have been some complaints about the file size. All I can say is, audio takes up space, and a whole book worth of audio takes up a lot of space. These files were recorded at 24kbps -- the lowest available setting -- and will take a while to download if you don't have broadband. Still, it's only 78 megabytes altogether, and will easily fit on a CD, which is not bad at all considering it's 9 hours and 6 minutes of entertainment! Please note that the files can also be streamed in real time.
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Other Audio: Interview with Wil McCarthy on Art Bell's "Coast to Coast AM" show.