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Get healthy and fit: An audiobook roundup

News from SheKnows.com: The Body Fat SolutionBy Tom VenutoRead by L. J. Ganser (10 hours) The subtitle of Tom Venuto’s The Body Fat Solution sums up this audiobook well: Five Principles for Burning Fat, Building Lean Muscle, Ending Emotional Eating, and Maintaining Your Perfect Weight. Venuto’s goal is to move us away from the concept of dieting and toward the idea of eating good foods in moderation. After teaching us how to have a more healthful relationship with food, he takes us out of the kitchen into the gym, where he guides us through exercises designed to burn fat and build muscle. Venuto’s motivating message and tips are read by L. J. Ganser, who takes a conversational tone, making us feel as if we were being helped by a friend. A printable … Read entire article »

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Amazon acquire text-to-speech specialists IVONA: Audiobook boost or Siri rival …

News from Tech Digest: Amazon have acquired IVONA, the text-to-speech firm behind the text-to-speech conversion capabilities of the Kindle Fire tablet line, for an undisclosed sum. “We are all thrilled that Amazon is supporting our growth so that we can continue to innovate and deliver exceptional voice and language support for our customers,” said Lukasz Osowski, CEO and co-founder of IVONA. With no product roadmap revealed alongside the news, we can only guess at what Amazon plan to do with their new acquisition. Currently, IVONA offer voice and language services in 17 languages as 44 different voices, offering “Text-to-Speech,” “Voice Guide,” and “Explore by Touch” options to Kindle Fire users. Could Amazon have their sights on Apple’s Siri? The company also bought Yap back in November 2011, a speech recognition … Read entire article »

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That Perfect Person Brings Audiobook to Life

News from Albuquerque Journal (subscription): CHICAGO — From the moment I heard Rita Moreno’s sweet voice trill the r’s and hit the accented sounds just right in Jose Gautier Benitez’s poem “To Puerto Rico (I Return),” I knew I’d made a wise choice in buying Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir, “My Beloved World,” as an audiobook. It was a decision I’d wrestled with before learning who the performer would be on this title. But without knowing that it would be a show-biz icon who shares Sotomayor’s background as a “New Yorican,” I was worried I’d have to read it on paper, while half asleep at the end the day, instead of while wide awake during a run or while making dinner. The whole thing brought to light the fact that I’m not over the serious … Read entire article »

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Beijing’s new audio books library

News from People’s Daily Online: Fighting Beijing’s lingering winter chill, a group of volunteer readers at a West Gulou Street audio library continued to work. The library assists visually impaired to “read” books. Hongdandan Xinmu Library is dedicated to empowering blind people with the ability to read. Ms. Liu Mengchun is one such full-time volunteer reader. She does not see well herself, but still manages to read for the blind. She wishes to help those with even worse eyesight and give them knowledge through her voice. Recently she is working on the translated Italian fairy tale “Favole al telefono” (Telephone Fairytales). Beneath Liu’s studio is the reading room on the first floor of library’s two-story building. Mr. Xiao Huanyi, a frequent visitor to the library, was attentively listening to a reader’s voice from a … Read entire article »

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Beijing’s new audio books library

News from China.org.cn: Fighting Beijing’s lingering winter chill, a group of volunteer readers at a West Gulou Street audio library continued to work. The library assists visually impaired to “read” books. A visually impaired visitor to Hongdandan Xinmu Library is listening to a book with the help from the library assistant. Hongdandan Xinmu Library is dedicated to empowering blind people with the ability to read. Ms. Liu Mengchun is one such full-time volunteer reader. She does not see well herself, but still manages to read for the blind. She wishes to help those with even worse eyesight and give them knowledge through her voice. Recently she is working on the translated Italian fairy tale “Favole al telefono” (Telephone Fairytales). Beneath Liu’s studio is the reading room on the first floor of library’s two-story building. Mr. … Read entire article »

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Peek Daniel Sharman In Recording Studio For ‘Clockwork Princess’ Audiobook!

News from MTV.com: Remember yesterday when we told you that handsome”Teen Wolf” actor Daniel Sharman would be narrating the audiobook version of Cassandra Clare’s long-awaited “Infernal Devices” conclusion, “Clockwork Princess”? Well, here—for your viewing pleasure—is an image of Daniel in the recording studio, primed to read Cassie’s words with his swoon-worthy British accent. All together now: SWOOOOOOOOON! But also, we should probably be totally jealous, right? Because in front of him, in all its glory, is a finished copy of “Clockwork Princess”—something we won’t be able to get our grubby little hands (or ears) on until March 19. Do you think Daniel would accept a two-day-old PB&J sandwich bribe to tell us how it all ends? No? Bloody hell! Are you counting down the days until the release of “Clockwork Princess”? Tell us … Read entire article »

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Cape Elizabeth library to add audio-book, language databases

News from The Forecaster: CAPE ELIZABETH — Although the physical expansion of Thomas Memorial Library was shot down by voters last year, the library collection – especially virtual material – continues to grow. The library will be launching two new cloud-based databases that will broaden access to books and foreign languages beginning at the end of the month. One-Click Downloads will allow library users to select from several thousand audio books and download them to use on different platforms such as e-readers, notebook computers and laptop computers. Transparent Library, a language-learning program similar to the popular online language software Rosetta Stone, will allow users to access 80 languages online. The library will be the first public library in Maine to have these databases, library Director Jay Scherma said. “We often get people coming into asking about language programs,” … Read entire article »

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Audiobooks.com Launches Two Affordable Audiobook Subscription Plans

News from Sacramento Bee: TORONTO, Jan. 14, 2013 – /PRNewswire/ – Audiobooks.com, a service that allows you to instantly stream and download audiobooks, announced today that the company is rolling out two audiobook subscription plans designed to provide audiobook fans with an affordable way to access great listens instantly, anywhere. For just $ 14.95 a month, members can choose a best-seller or classic favorite from more than 25,000 titles and listen to it on their smartphone, tablet or computer. For a monthly charge of only $ 22.95, Audiobooks.com members can listen to up to two audiobooks per month. These affordable subscription plans open up the world of audiobooks to new fans and veteran audiobook enthusiasts alike. “Our research shows that most audiobook fans listen to one or two audiobooks a month,” … Read entire article »

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Liberty Municipal Library offers e-books and audio books

News from Liberty Vindicator: If you are among the thousands of people who received an electronic reader as a Christmas gift you are no doubt anxious to download reading materials to your device and begin enjoying the new technology. You may still be trying to figure out how the device works, where to find downloadable books, and how to get them into your new reader. Your local library may be the first place to go to for assistance and also the place to find e-books that can be downloaded and enjoyed for free. The Liberty Municipal Library is now part of a consortium of East Texas libraries that have joined the electronic book world and offer e-books and audio books to their library members. Since joining the OverDrive Piney Woods Digital Library Consortium (PWDL) the … Read entire article »

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‘Language Intelligence’ The Audiobook: Listen To ‘Lessons On Persuasion From …

News from ThinkProgress: Many readers asked when Language Intelligence would be available as an audiobook. Turns out Podium Publishing liked it so much, they did the job with a terrific reader Drew Birdseye, who narrates lots of audiobooks. You can download all 4 hours and 19 minutes of it on Amazon or iTunes. Given that the whole point of the book is to explain the secrets of history’s greatest spoken-word communicators — and that it contains excerpts from the greatest speeches of all time – you may well get more out of listening to the audiobook than you do from reading the……………. continues on ThinkProgress >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Albany Times Union: Highly paid sales professionals don’t waste time building relationships, says Dr. Russ Riendeau, in his new audiobook, First, … Read entire article »

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