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Hearing Harry Potter

Hearing Harry Potter

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One of the cool things about my job, as I've mentioned before, is that I'm the one who tracks down and pulls the tape you sometimes hear during the othewise-live show. This includes movie clips, press conference audio, tape from last night's Colbert Report... you name it. It can be a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack — sometimes I'm just directed to find a "good exchange" between two people in hours of SCOTUS tape or hill testimony — but there's generally something interesting to be found. Sometimes the only truly fun moment is the a-ha!... But sometimes the whole thing is fun, like today. For our segment on audio books, poor Sarah had the rotten task of listening to Jim Dale reading — nay, performing — the seventh Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I've already read the book, so it was a treat (and I didn't have to worry about spoilers) to listen to him channeling each character, from the evil, hissing he-who-must-not-be-named to Harry himself. I haven't listened to an audio book since the days of checking out tapes in ziploc hanging bags from the children's section at my library, but they're all the rage these days... do you listen? How is it like or unlike reading the book? Do you ever both read and listen to the same book?

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