Blogger: Wendy Lawton
I am practically addicted to a brand new reading experience. Well, perhaps that’s not exactly true since I remember loving rainy day lunch at St. John’s Lutheran School in San Francisco. The school was housed in a turn of the century mansion on Van Ness Avenue. As with most schools in a metropolitan setting, play area was limited. Rainy days were spent in our classrooms. Mrs. Broga would tell us to take out a book and we would follow each word with our finger while she read aloud. It was much like the stories read to us on our parents’ laps. The rhythm of the words and the language did more to instill the love of story craft in us than anything else.
But I promised a brand new reading experience. So here goes: I was probably one of the earliest adopters of Amazon’s Whisper Sync for Voice technology. Here’s how Amazon explains it:
When you can’t read, listen
Add Audible narration to your Kindle books
Now you can switch between reading your Kindle books and listening to Audible narration in the Kindle App.
Just pop in your headphones, tap the button, and keep the story going… in the car, in the gym, in the kitchen, or wherever your day takes you. Whenever your eyes are occupied but your mind is free, your story is ready for listening.
Experience Immersion Reading
Read and listen simultaneously with real-time highlighting. It’s called Immersion Reading and that’s what it does: immerse you in a story by narrating and highlighting the text as you read. It sparks an extra connection that boosts engagement, comprehension, and retention, taking you deeper into the book.
Read at your own pace
Immersion Reading is great for children learning to read, readers learning English as a second language, and anyone looking to boost their reading comprehension.
That’s how they describe it but I’ve found that I love listening to the gifted narrators while following the highlighted text. As a writer it lets you experience a book in two modalities at once. I’ve found that it allows me to see how the writer tells the story as well as chooses words that make the reading almost musical.
It doesn’t hurt that the technology turns the page for you as well. Hands-free reading!
As I’ve probably said too many times already, I’ve been on a mystery kick for a while. You should hear Inspector Gamache (Louise Penny) read with the appropriate French-Canadian accent or Commissario Guido Brunetti (Donna Leon) read by an Italian.
Or even more delicious, try one of the books in No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency narrated by Lisette Lecat with her perfect Botswana intonation.
Of course, if you don’t believe me, you can try one for free. Amazon is offering a free book– Phantom of the Opera– with Whisper Sync for Voice so that you can test drive the technology first.
So what do you think? Is this a reading experience that would appeal to you? Have you tried it? Let’s talk. . .
Disclaimer: I am not a representative of Amazon, nor is Books & Such intending to advertise for them. It’s just that this reading experience is like nothing else.