With audiobooks, voice narrators are (almost) everything. They can make a great story greater and a bad story better. This is especially true with book series. As one book leads to another, a narrator's voice becomes ever more integral to the listening experience. Imagine, for instance "The Game of Thrones" without the 224 character voices of the late Roy Dotrice or the Harry Potter saga without Jim Dale. Here are three other audiobooks in which the voice narrator harmonizes beautifully with a lengthy, multifaceted tale -- and one in which there's dissonance. Gerard Doyle's narration of Mick Herron's brilliant Slough House series is an admirable example of unity between voice and story. Made up of seven novels and three novellas -- beginning with "Slow Horses"(Blackstone) and ending, for the moment, with "Slough House" (Recorded Books) -- the series follows the deeds and misdeeds of a group of British MI5 losers and bunglers exiled to the feculent offices of Slough House and referred … [Read more...] about Book World: Harry Potter without Jim Dale? Impossible. Here are other audiobook series enhanced by narrators.
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Prosecutors granted immunity to the ex-girlfriend of Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, according to a source familiar with the case. She testified last week in front of a grand jury that was hearing evidence in the investigation into Gaetz. READ MORE: Shortage Of Mental Health Professionals Making It Difficult For Parents To Book Appointments For Their Kids He has been under investigation to determine if violated sex trafficking laws and obstructed justice in that investigation. READ MORE: FMU Construction Program Offers Students Chance To Build Success At Zero Cost The investigation surrounds whether he had sex with a 17-year-old girl for money and took her across state lines. MORE NEWS: Hate Ends Now: The Holocaust Cattle Car Experience Gaetz denies any wrongdoing. … [Read more...] about Source: Prosecutors Grant Rep. Matt Gaetz’s Ex-Girlfriend Immunity
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It looks like e-book, but the tablet affixed to the bus stop at the corner of Como Avenue and 15 th Avenue Southeast gives real-time transit information powered by the sun. Metro Transit is testing four solar-powered signs at bus stops across Minneapolis, an effort that is cheaper and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. It only needs two hours of sunshine to get batteries charged up and comes at a fraction of the cost of other LCD monitors at other stops, which cost upwards of $20,000 compared to $3,500 to $5,000 per installation of the solar signs, said Jacob Brown, the assistant manager for transit information at Metro Transit. Federal grant money is funding the project. “Anything we can do to lower energy consumption is great,” Brown said. “A much smaller cost, and provides the same benefit, too. Real-time information for our customers.” Metro Transit is testing the four signs for a year so they can experience all seasons. Boston, Portland and Seattle … [Read more...] about Metro Transit Rolls Out Solar-Powered Tech At Bus Stops
A single blue icicle. An empty beach. Clouds in a blank pewter sky. Leafless birches. Someone rolling in the snow, naked. They scroll by in somber photographs of Sweden on the Web site of Aska, where Fredrik Berselius cooks renovated Scandinavian cuisine. Seen as advertisements for a Swedish vacation, they promise a journey into solitude, despair and frostbite. But I see them as a visual companion to dinner at Aska. Like one of Mr. Berselius’s $65 tasting menus, the photos find richness in a spare landscape and leave me thinking that, seen through the right lens, even the most austere materials can have an exoticism of their own. Mr. Berselius, who last year ran a kind of beta version of Aska called Frej in this same space, knows the latest kitchen technology from his time at Corton and Seäsonal . At Aska, he mostly confines himself to older methods. He cooks cream for hours until it is as thick as toothpaste and the color of butterscotch, then stirs in sour milk. It tastes … [Read more...] about Guided by the Northern Lights