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Friday Freebies: Audio book, ad-free Pandora, WI badger window cling

News from KARE: 7:48 a.m. EDT September 4, 2015 Friday Freebies(Photo: KARE) CONNECT >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Macworld: A grab bag of iTunes questions from Macworld readers. Kirk McElhearn | @mcelhearn Senior Contributor, Macworld In this week’s column, I look at a grab bag of questions. Readers have asked how to check or uncheck all the songs in their iTunes library. Will Apple Music music ever disappear? Why can’t they enter a year for their audiobooks in iTunes? And how can they keep their daughter from spending too much money on the iTunes Store? >>> Read the full article … Read entire article »

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This finger-mounted camera turns any book into an audiobook

News from imaging resource: by Gannon Burgett posted Friday, March 13, 2015 at 1:42 PM EDT Camera technology goes far beyond taking beautiful images. One such example is FingerReader, a finger-mounted device developed by researchers at MIT’s Media Lab that enables the blind to read without the need for Braille. Currently a prototype, the device relies on a small camera, dedicated sensors, character recognition software and complicated algorithms to read allowed words that are printed on a page or displayed on a digital reading device, such as a Kindle. In speaking to >>> Read the full article Related News: News from South China Morning Post (subscription): The Girl in the Red Coatby Kate Hamer(read by Antonia Beamish)Whole Story(audiobook) There are now many novels with the word “girl” in the title, and the late Stieg Larsson is partly to blame. … Read entire article »

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Truckies and others reading on the job as audio book market booming for libraries

News from Sydney Morning Herald: Stocking up: Long-distance truck driver Rod Hannifey is a lover of audio books. Photo: Peter Rae Trucker Rod Hannifey says he is a huge reader on the road, which terrifies the pants off people who don’t know the road train driver is referring to audio books.  On a return trip between Melbourne and Dubbo a week ago, he had “read” Robert Harris’ An Officer and a Spy, which was “good,” Kathryn Fox’s Cold Grave, only “all right”, and fantasy/science fiction Hothouse by Brian Aldiss. “I didn’t really get into that,” he said. Across NSW, particularly in rural areas, the audience for audio or talking books is booming. Happy customer: Truck drivers like Hannifey are some of the most loyal audio book customers. Photo: Peter Rae Farmers on tractors are listening d……………. … Read entire article »

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Audio Book By Malala Wins Grammy For Best Children’s Album

News from RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty: Pakistani education rights activist Malala Yousafzai, the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, has added another prestigious award to her collection of honors – a Grammy Award. The children’s audio version of her book: “I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World” was named Best Children’s Album at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. The audio book was narrated by Neela Vaswani, a literature professor who accepted the award on February 8 in Los Angeles. Malala wrote the book together with Christina Lamb, a British war correspondent who has covered Afghanistan and Pakistan since the late 1980s. It describes Malala’s struggle for girls’ education rights – including a failed 2012 assassination attempt against her by a Taliban militant shot her in the head as she rode … Read entire article »

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Malala’s audio book wins Grammy

News from The News International: February 09, 2015 – Updated 1032 PKTFrom Web Edition LOS ANGELES: The Grammy for the Best Children’s Album was awarded to the audio version of the book ‘I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World’, written the Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai.   The book was narrated by Neel Vaswani who is a professor of creative writing, literature and cultural studies.   The Grammy adds to the list of awards that Malala Yousafzai has received since she surviv……………. continues on The News International >>> Read the full article Related News: … Read entire article »

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AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Anne Lamott’s ‘Small Victories’

News from Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Anne Lamott is one of my favorite writers on modern-day spirituality (and on writing: Her ‘Bird by Bird’ offers some of the best advice I’ve ever read on the art and struggle of writing). Her new collection of essays, “Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace,” does not disappoint, as she continues to search for grace in the struggles of daily life. Lamott, a recovering alcoholic who has long battled the legacy of her parents’ unhappy marriage, is unafraid to look small-minded, petty and mean. But she’s also unafraid to offer up her hurt feelings and her efforts at forgiveness. Take, for example, the journal that her father’s former girlfriend sends her years after his death. Lamott had been the “good daughter,” caring for him as he died of brain … Read entire article »

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Montrose sports announcer is voice of new children’s audio book

News from MLive.com: MONTROSE, MI – Mike Pyrc has one of those voices. It can be heard at football and basketball games at Montrose High School, co-workers hear his voice on internal videos at work and now he is the voice of multiple characters for a new audio book, Keaghan in the Tales of Dreamside. “I had been doing some voice-over work at my job and somebody suggested that I look into audio books,” Pyrc said. “I started (searching) Google and I came across a site called ACX.” Pyrc works for The Dow Chemical Co., where he does voice-overs and edits internal company videos. He has also worked in radio and has announced junior varsity and varsity sports at Montrose High School for the past five years. Pyrc said after following suggestions, he submitted a profile on … Read entire article »

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Audio book: Two celebs dish on their own lives and foibles

News from The Providence Journal: Two celebrity autobiographies, both of which center on the star’s approach to sex, make for good listening in an adult vein. “Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography,” written and read by Harris. Adapted for audio, 7½ hours, with a bonus PDF with recipes and a crossword puzzle. Random House Audio, $ 35. Harris — star of TV’s “Doogie Howser” and “How I Met Your Mother,” Tony winner for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” and award-show host extraordinaire — this year published a memoir in the style of a kids’ “choose your own ending” book. That’s the kind where readers get to direct the course of the adventure at key points, leading to numerous stories that “you” live out within one book. I was curious about how the … Read entire article »

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An Art Form Rises: Audio Without the Book – New York Times

News from An Art Form Rises: Audio Without the Book – New York Times: Photo The author Jeffery Deaver released “The Starling Project” as an audiobook on Audible, the audiobook producer and retailer. Credit Ted Richardson for The New York Times >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Hartford Courant: Stocking stuffer shopping got you stumped? Old Saybrook-based audiobook publisher Tantor Media is offering more than 1,000 audio books for just $ 4.99 each. Merchandise includes best-sellers, award-winners and holiday titles in CD format. Spend $ 25, and shipping is free. The sale runs through Dec. 31, but if you want items delivered by Christmas, you’ll need to place your order by Dec. 14. Information: www.tantor.com. Copyright © 2014, Hartford Courant ……………. continues on Hartford Courant >>> Read the full … Read entire article »

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Oprah fans will love new audio book

News from Bluff Country Reader: “What I Know for Sure” by Oprah Winfrey c.2014, Macmillan Audiobook from Flatiron Books $ 24.99 / 4 CDs / 4 hours Death and taxes. That’s what your father used to say were the only things in life that you could count on. Neither one was escapable; both were consistent. You can also bet that night will follow day and that there’s good in the world somewhere. You know rules were meant to be broken and hearts can mend. And after listening to “What I Know for Sure” by Oprah Winfrey, you’ll learn a few other things you can pretty well rely on. continues on Bluff Country Reader >>> Read the full article Related News: … Read entire article »

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