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Post by ruud » Sun, 14 May 2006 22:08:18


One of the things I do to pass the time is read books onto cassette or
cd for vision-impaired people. How did I end up doing this you might
as (you might not). Well for the last 20 years of her life my
grandmother was blind due to diabetes. I used to read to her when I
was a kid, I started volunteering doing this a few years ago on radio,
firstly by reading the morning newspapers on a radio station for the
"print handicapped".

Examples of books I've recently done include "My Dark Places" by James
Ellroy and "*** Meridian / Evening Redness in the West" by Cormac
McCarthy. Apart from stumbling over the occasional word (a free beer
for anyone who knows how to pronounce Nacogdoches, a town in Texas) I
think I do reasonably well (deep cigarette and *** enhanced
voice).

wtf does this have to do with football you might ask?

Well, I'm looking for recommendations for football books I can
transfer to tape. Keep in mind that the books will be listened to by
vision-impaired people, some of whom have never seen anything and
might never have experienced the outstanding beauty of the colour
Orange.

So if you've been through any great descriptive reads on the subject
of football I'd be interested to see your recommendations. Sport can
be a tough subject. Often I read books thinking they might go well in
audio but they just don't transfer across very well. But if you've got
any you can recommend please do. I'll try to get my hands on them.

cheers.

 
 
 

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Post by ruud » Sun, 14 May 2006 22:15:35

Quote:

>cheers.

btw this is entirely legal. I think most governments waive copyright
law on this sort of stuff, at least the Aus govt does.

 
 
 

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Post by Dwight Beer » Mon, 15 May 2006 01:09:04

Quote:

> One of the things I do to pass the time is read books onto cassette or
> cd for vision-impaired people. How did I end up doing this you might
> as (you might not). Well for the last 20 years of her life my
> grandmother was blind due to diabetes. I used to read to her when I
> was a kid, I started volunteering doing this a few years ago on radio,
> firstly by reading the morning newspapers on a radio station for the
> "print handicapped".

> Examples of books I've recently done include "My Dark Places" by James
> Ellroy and "*** Meridian / Evening Redness in the West" by Cormac
> McCarthy. Apart from stumbling over the occasional word (a free beer
> for anyone who knows how to pronounce Nacogdoches, a town in Texas) I
> think I do reasonably well (deep cigarette and *** enhanced
> voice).

It's Nag-a-doe-chez, hometown of Clint Dempsey, otherwise known as
the Texas Tornado.

Quote:
> wtf does this have to do with football you might ask?

> Well, I'm looking for recommendations for football books I can
> transfer to tape. Keep in mind that the books will be listened to by
> vision-impaired people, some of whom have never seen anything and
> might never have experienced the outstanding beauty of the colour
> Orange.

How about Eduardo Galeano's Soccer in Sun and Shadow.

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Quote:
> So if you've been through any great descriptive reads on the subject
> of football I'd be interested to see your recommendations. Sport can
> be a tough subject. Often I read books thinking they might go well in
> audio but they just don't transfer across very well. But if you've got
> any you can recommend please do. I'll try to get my hands on them.

> cheers.


 
 
 

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Post by ruud » Mon, 15 May 2006 07:43:02



Quote:

>> a free beer
>> for anyone who knows how to pronounce Nacogdoches, a town in Texas)

>It's Nag-a-doe-chez, hometown of Clint Dempsey, otherwise known as
>the Texas Tornado.

There you go. I tried about 10 different ways, that wasn't one of
them. Place names can be annoying. Australia is bad enough with all
it's aboriginal place names from hundreds of different languages.

[...]

Quote:
>How about Eduardo Galeano's Soccer in Sun and Shadow.

Thanks. Should be able to get hold of that easily enough. Galeano is
widely distributed in Aus.
 
 
 

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Post by jvazq.. » Mon, 15 May 2006 11:51:35

I would suggest this "Twenty two foreigners in funny shorts" by Pete
Davies, published by Random House in early 1994, for the forthcoming
USA 94 WC.

It is a mixed  work trying to lure the US public into soccer from the
point of view of a humble 3rd Div (ooops, Coca Cola League 1 nowadays)
side in the English League.

It has flashes into history of soccer: WC's, origins of the game,
European Cups, the different styles according to the character of
peoples and countries, etc.

In my opinion one of the main messages is: You don't have to be a
winner to enjoy football.

JV

 
 
 

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Post by jvazq.. » Mon, 15 May 2006 11:59:09

Yes. Uruguayan Galeano's book is a good option.

I didn't know there was an English translation.

 
 
 

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Post by real_mar.. » Mon, 15 May 2006 19:19:51

Football Against The Enemy by Simon Kuper is a classic, but it may be
more suited to those who have at least some previous knowledge of the
game.

RM