When one can't read for himself, where does he turn?
Some books are recorded by actors,
some by the authors,
some by volunteers.
Our city library maintains a recording studio for the State Braille and Talking Book Library.
A much larger studio with three recording booths is housed in east Phoenix.
The above photo is the 'director's desk' at my recording site. I get to sit here one day a week.
And here is the 'reader's' desk. Often it is easier to call this person the 'narrator'. Reading is NOT easy work. This person must pre-read, read again, read out-loud, and practice reading more. Two hours of recording requires A LOT of homework for the narrator. S/he must also maintain a 'moist mouth' (no coffee while preparing!) and must sit very still while recording - no rustling, no tapping of foot, and no wearing jingly earrings.
This is the 'reviewer's' desk. This is my desk two days a week. A review is the proof-listener. For a few hours, the whole world is blocked out. The headphones replay every sound, every word, every swallow or sniffle a narrator might create. The reviewer documents it all, recording the time stamp and error. The file then goes back to the director - who plays supreme editor, cutting out the minute sounds or gurgles.
And then it goes to the boss of us all, the KING REVIEWER.
then copies go to patrons who want to read but can't.
Reading for others. The best job money can't hire.
(and we get to read a LOT of books!)