I’ve Become A Big Fan of Amazon’s WhisperSync

I’ve discovered Amazon’s WhisperSync, and I’m in love.
Ulysses
The idea is that you buy an Audible book and a Kindle book — and your device (which can be a computer, iPad, Kindle, etc.) keeps them synchronized.  This allows two wonderful scenarios.

First,  and I’m doing this with Capital in the 21st Century, and it is great, you can read the book and when something comes up that prevents you from reading (driving, doing the dishes, etc.) you just click on the headphones, and it picks up reading to you right from where you left off (ok, from the top of the current page).  When you are done being distracted, push a button and you are back to reading on your own.  Just wonderful.

Second, and the need for this is rare, but reading Ulysses is a perfect example, you can have it read to you while you read along.  It will even turn the pages for you.  This has enormously enhanced both my understanding and my enjoyment of Ulysses.

Thou lost one. All songs on that theme. Yet more Bloom stretched his string. Cruel it seems. Let people get fond of each other: lure them on. Then tear asunder. Death. Explos. Knock on the head. Outtohelloutofthat. Human life. Dignam. Ugh, that rat’s tail wriggling! Five bob I gave. Corpus paradisum. Corncrake croaker: belly like a poisoned pup. Gone. They sing. Forgotten. I too; And one day she with. Leave her: get tired . Suffer then. Snivel. Big spanishy eyes goggling at nothing. Her wavyavyeavyheavyeavyevyevyhair un comb:’ d.

Joyce, James (2014-07-21). Ulysses (Illustrated) (Kindle Locations 5159-5163). . Kindle Edition.

That is a heck of a lot easier to work your way through when it is read to you by a professional reader and you are looking at the page at the same time.

 

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About Jesse Liberty

Jesse Liberty is a Master Consultant for Falafel Software, and has three decades of experience writing and delivering software projects. He is the author of 2 dozen books and multiple Pluralsight courses, and has been a Technical Evangelist for Telerik and for Microsoft, a Distinguished Software Engineer for AT&T, a VP for Information Services for Citibank and a Software Architect for PBS.
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