I just got my AA Advantage email telling me that I should pack a bag. Actually they just told me that as of 8/14/07 (current, right?) I had almost 8,000 miles this month. Which means; a) I went from New York to L.A. 2 & 1/2 times, or b) a bunch of other places a lot of times. It was "b", by the way. Not complaining, mind you...just explaining my iTunes and video game purchases as of late. Really...how much can you read on a plane? Well, quite a bit actually.
Which brings me to my major complaint today. I recently purchased "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" by Jeff Lindsay from iTunes read by Nick Landrum. Great book really if you like the show, however one problem still resides in the recording. Nick swallows. Let me explain, this guy does a great job narrating the text however right there in the recording of the story you can audibly hear him SWALLOW. It's hugely annoying...like sitting next to a loud pop-corn chomper during a quiet movie. Turns out I am very distracted by the background noise in audio recordings. I have quite a few comic shows on the iPod and after listening to them a few times, I will memorize the laughter or loud chatter of people ordering drinks during the show. Patton Oswalt's crowds are particularly boisterous. While Russell Peter's audience is attentive and not captured as over-whelming attendees. I wonder what this says about me? Am I too sensitive to outside noises? Or should I use my super-powers for good by alerting the recording studios that be that a nice muffler on a mic does wonders for your final audio cut?
But, still the narrator swallowing captured during the recording is unexpected. You don't get that from a Clancy book.