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Old 08-07-2017, 04:15 PM   #91
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It's what you're used to, Jon. "Right" is whatever you grew up with. That's a disadvantage of audiobooks, of course; spelling differences are much less jarring than pronunciation differences.
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Old 08-07-2017, 04:16 PM   #92
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It's what you're used to, Jon. "Right" is whatever you grew up with. That's a disadvantage of audiobooks, of course; spelling differences are much less jarring than pronunciation differences.
If I was listening to an audiobook with those sorts of pronunciations, it would take me out of the story.
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Old 08-07-2017, 04:18 PM   #93
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If I was listening to an audiobook with those sorts of pronunciations, it would take me out of the story.
Precisely my point. That's probably why there are different British and American English versions of so many audiobooks.
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Old 08-30-2017, 09:27 PM   #94
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I did hear a rather startling mispronunciation in Hell's Foundations Quiver the other day. discipline (i.e. training troups) was pronounced Disciple-in (as in the 12 disciples). It rather surprised me, because the narrator is normally very, very good.
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Old 08-30-2017, 09:33 PM   #95
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Any chance the word was hyphenated in the copy he was reading from? That can throw me off for some words, even not reading outloud. You know, you start down one mental pronunciation path, only to find that the ending makes it a whole different word?
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Any chance the word was hyphenated in the copy he was reading from? That can throw me off for some words, even not reading outloud. You know, you start down one mental pronunciation path, only to find that the ending makes it a whole different word?
It's entirely possible. I was just a bit surprised that they didn't catch that and have him re-read the passage. It didn't take away from the enjoyment of the book, like I said the narrator is very, very good. It just surprised me.
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Old 09-05-2017, 10:15 AM   #97
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One thing that I find very jarring is when you are listening to a series and the pronunciation changes from book to book, either due to a narrator change or presumably them being corrected after making the mistake in an earlier book.

A particularly glaring example for me was Trudi Canavan's Black Magician Trilogy where the narrator changed for the 3rd book and randomly decided the hero could be Sonia rather than the Sonea of the first two books.
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Had a similar problem with Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series. However, if I remember correctly, it was something prompted by the author. She has a character named Akeldama. In the first book, it was read as uh-KEEL-duh-muh. Second and following books, it because ACK-el-DAHM-uh. She had decided that later in the series, a new character was going to call him "Dama", (sounds like llama) so she wanted the pronunciation to match on the full name.

I very much enjoyed the way Emily Gray, the narrator, read this series. I never could get into the followup books because of the new narrator's style.

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I'm listening to The Rise and Fall of the D.O.D.O. and the reader made a rather big blunder. where the books shows ROTC, the reader says rotsee instead of R.O.T.C. like it should be pronounced.
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I'm listening to The Rise and Fall of the D.O.D.O. and the reader made a rather big blunder. where the books shows ROTC, the reader says rotsee instead of R.O.T.C. like it should be pronounced.
I've heard a lot of people use rotsee rather than R.O.T.C. When I was in college, back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, one of my roomate's friends was known as Rotsee Ray because he was in the R.O.T.C.
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I wonder if that pronunciation perhaps has a negative implication? I read a book recently in which a member of the ROTC was referred to by his detractors as a "Rot-C Nazi".
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I've never heard "rot-see." I would be baffled by it.

I was recently catching up on a series set on the British homefront during WWII; the books don't all have the same narrator. I noticed one narrator saying "waff" for WAAF, while another said "W-A-A-F." I doubt I would have noticed if I hadn't been listening to the books in rapid succession.
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I've heard a lot of people use rotsee rather than R.O.T.C. When I was in college, back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, one of my roomate's friends was known as Rotsee Ray because he was in the R.O.T.C.
I was reading along to the audiobook and if I wasn't, I'd not have known what was being said. Rot-C just sounds wrong and most people would have no idea what it was that was being said.

You would not say my5 for MI-5. You would not say fabi for FBI. So why would you say rot-c for ROTC?
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You would not say fabi for FBI.
Correct; I'd say fibi because the FBI is not fab
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Rot-see was quite common when I was in college and knew some ROTC people. Mid west (USA) in case that matters.
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