The Untold Story of the Talking Book

The Untold Story of the Talking Book

Histories of the book often move straight from the codex to the digital screen. Left out of that familiar account is nearly 150 years of audio recordings. Recounting the fascinating history of audio-recorded literature, Matthew Rubery traces the path of innovation from Edison's recitation of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" for his tinfoil phonograph in 1877, to the first novel-length talking books made for blinded World War I veterans, to today's billion-dollar audiobook… (more)

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Publisher: Blackstone Publishing (November 14, 2016)

Duration: 64:20 hours

File size: 994 MB

Language: English


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