As I’m writing this blog, I’m listening to the Lord of the Rings Soundtracks. I listen to music when I do any kind of typing or work in my room. I also listen to the Cinemagic movie soundtrack channel on our TV. I find my kind of music helps the thought process.
I don’t like loud music when walking around in a strange place, among people I do or do not know. I don’t mind loud music much if I’m in a strange place but sitting down because, as a visually impaired person, I rely on my hearing a lot. This dislike is nowhere near debilitating; it borders on more a situation I’d like to avoid but can tolerate if necessary.
I can read books, but I would rather listen to them. For pleasure, I listen to them on CD or burn them from www.audible.com. In college I was able to obtain some books on tape, and later CD, from RFB&D (Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic). The ones that weren’t on tape, I used Kurzweil for them. The RFB&D tapes were able to be listened to by the special tape player I already have, and their website is www.rfbd.org. When RFB&D started using CDs, they also needed a special player. It was rather hard to figure out, and the directions weren’t helpful if you weren’t sighted; it did come with a tutorial CD but first you had to figure out where play was. It got easier to use, but learning how . . . not so much.
I subscribe to the Free Library for the Blind and have a special tape player from them. I get books on cassette sent to me, and even though the catalogue has an order form in it, some other system must be used because almost exclusively, I don’t get what I ordered. I suppose this happens because they must have a limited budget and can’t make a million copies of some books to fulfill orders.
I used to own fair number of books on tape, most of which were abridged, but then they started making books on CD. The reason I stopped buying books on cassette was they were very often abridged and the unabridged cassettes were often expensive and unwieldy as well. I stopped renting tapes from the public library because they kept being eaten by my tape player. For some reason this rarely happened to the tapes I was sent by the Free Library; by no means were they all models of clarity but they rarely got eaten.
I traded in my books on tape at www.Audiobooks.com for Books on CD. I think the first books on CD I ever bought, from Borders was The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. Mark, who is sighted, has them now because I have them in another format. This performance, by a single narrator, and unabridged, is better than the dramatizations, in my opinion. As you have no doubt guessed, I really like the Lord of the Rings. I listen to audiobooks to fall asleep at night.