New from the TBP Recording Studio: Hank the Cowdog 56 by John R. Erickson now on BARD

The following book is now available on the BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) website. Download this talking book.

Hank the Cowdog 56: The Case of the Coyote Invasion by John R. Erickson

Hank the Cowdog 56: The Case of the Coyote Invasion by John R. Erickson

DT 7110 – Hank the Cowdog 56: The Case of the Coyote Invasion by John R. Erickson.

Narrated by Lori Brix. Monitored by Tom Johnson.

When Hank the Cowdog hears reports that coyotes are planning to go after the chickens, he manages to resist the temptation to join them and instead thwarts their attack, earning Sally May’s forgiveness, and persuading Loper to stop feeding him Cheapo brand dog food.

2010. For grades 3-6.

Newly Digitized by the TBP Recording Studio: Salute to Sandy by Dale Evans Rogers

The following book is one of the thousands of titles the Texas Talking Book Program’s Studio staff are converting from analog to digital. It is now available on cartridge.

We expect this title available for download from BARD in the future.

Salute to Sandy by Dale Evans Rogers

Salute to Sandy by Dale Evans Rogers

DT 3148 – Salute to Sandy by Dale Evans Rogers.

Narrated by Ann Morrison. Monitored by Vic Rogers and Jack Gazzale.

Sandy was a battered child before being adopted by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. He fought an uphill battle and while serving with the Army in Germany, he made a mistake and paid for it with his life. This is his story, but also the story of all the younger generation whose bravery and idealism in the face of handicaps, danger, and death are the strength and hope of the future.

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This recording was digitized from an analog master and contains some slight distortion in the opening announcements.

New from the TBP Recording Studio: Texas Guns by Leslie Ernenwein

The following book is available on cartridge from the Texas Talking Book Program.

We hope to make this title available for download on the BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) website in the near future.

Texas Guns by Leslie Ernenwein

Texas Guns by Leslie Ernenwein

DT 6986  Texas Guns by Leslie Ernenwein.

Narrated by: Paul Klemperer.  Monitored by: Lionel Jacobs, Janice Jones, and Brit Jones.

“You can call me killer, gents… But don’t forget the ’Mister’!” That was Jim Rimbow’s challenge as he rode into the helltown he’d sworn to tame–a border-jumping, man-killing starbuster with a dying lawman on his backtrail. But Rimbow was gunning for more than glory. Rawhide tough and lawless, he meant to brace the range bawd whose kiss had killed his best friend.

1956.

 

New from the TBP Recording Studio: Perfectamente Descarada by Emily McKay now on BARD

The following Spanish language book is now available on the BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) website. Download this digital talking book from BARD.

perfectamente-descarada

Perfectamente Descarada by Emily McKay

DT 7155 – Perfectamente Descarada by Emily McKay.

Narrated by Saidah Ochoa. Monitored by Janice Jones.

Jessica Sumners nunca se había enamorado apasionadamente. De hecho, nunca había sentido pasión por nada… al menos desde el instituto. Pero eso estaba a punto de cambiar porque había decidido conseguir lo que entonces había deseado… Alex Moreno, el chico malo del pueblo y su amor secreto del instituto. El capataz de la construcción Alex Moreno había ido al pueblo a ganarse el respeto de la comunidad… pero había encontrado a una descarada empeñada en seducirlo. El problema era que, al fin y al cabo, siempre había estado colado por Jessica.

Jessica Summers has never been passionately in love… at least not since high school. But this good girl has decided to go after what she’s always wanted–Alex Moreno, the town’s baddest bad boy, and her secret high school crush.

Explicit descriptions of sex. Spanish language. 2006.

 

 

More Texas Books Now Downloadable on BARD

We are excited to announce that more and more titles from the Texas Talking Book Program (as well as other network libraries around the country) are being uploaded to and made available on NLS’ Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service. Registered BARD users across the United States can access these books.

In the coming days, weeks, and months we’ll be updating you on all the great new locally produced content produced by our tireless volunteers here in our Austin studio as well as our partners in Midland.

The title below is one of those produced by volunteers from the Recording Library of West Texas (located in Midland) which has proven to be very popular among our patrons.

 

Twelve Mighty Orphans by Jim Dent

Twelve Mighty Orphans by Jim Dent

DT 7025 – Twelve Mighty Orphans by Jim Dent.

Narrated by Jack Mangan. Monitored by Becky Smith.

(Subtitle reads: “The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football.”)

The Masonic Home, an orphanage outside Fort Worth, became a high-school football dynasty in Depression-era Texas.

Despite having virtually no equipment or uniforms, and despite their linemen often being outweighed by 50 pounds, the Mighty Mites, as they came to be known, reached the Texas state semifinals three times and the championship game once. Dent produces a riveting narrative from the saga of the Mites and their innovative coach, Rusty Russell, who compensated for his team’s physical shortcomings with imaginative formations and trick plays.

Violence and some profanity. 2007.

Download this talking book from BARD.

Want to read more about what’s going on in the TBP Volunteer Recording Studio? You can view the Studio’s newsletter here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/vrs.html. Scroll down until you find this heading: *****VRS News!*****

Talking Book News Bulletin, Summer 2014 in Audio and Text

We hope you enjoy this podcast audio recording of the News Bulletin Summer 2014 (TXT), (PDF), (MP3) [includes Disability News and Automatic Selection Categories].

You can find back issues of the English version of our newsletters here: Back to Newsletters

If you would prefer to read or listen to this newsletter (or past issues) in Spanish click here: Boletín de Noticias Verano de 2014 (RTF) (PDF) (MP3) / Españo Archivo

 

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Texas Books Now Downloadable on BARD

Some big news from the Texas Talking Book Program! One of our locally-recorded books is now available for download via BARD, and more will soon follow.

As of January 15, 2014, Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall, narrated by Staci Thompson and monitored by Kerry Pivonka, is available on NLS’ Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service. Registered BARD users across the United States can access the book.

NLS Director Karen Keninger said, “The posting of your book to BARD marks an important milestone in our effort to increase the quantity of materials available on BARD. Congratulations.” According to Keninger, TBP is now certified to submit audiobooks that meet NLS requirements once open submission begins this spring.

NLS commented that the technical quality of the book is high.

“Sound quality is excellent. Brief audio samples from all sixty-seven chapters were examined and recording levels were found to be robust and consistent. Background noise is virtually non-existent. Edit points are unobtrusive with the narrative flow and audio continuity well maintained as corrected material is integrated.”

Narration also received praise.

“Narrator Staci Thompson does an excellent job with this book. She maintains steady projection energy and mic proximity, which helps to ensure consistent recording levels. Furthermore, she articulates clearly without sounding overly precise. All of this said, Thompson’s interpretive skills are the real asset here: She’s very well matched to this story and skillfully conveys the first-person “voices” of its two principal characters, who also happen to be the book’s co-authors. Character nuances and dialects are faithfully rendered with ease and authority at every turn, making for a compelling read…. Overall, this book’s narration is well above average in the world of locally produced books.”

Want to read more about what’s going on in the TBP Volunteer Recording Studio? You can view the Studio’s newsletter here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/vrs.html. Scroll down until you find this heading: *****VRS News!*****

 

 

Talking Book News Bulletin, Spring 2014

We hope you enjoy this podcast audio recording of the Talking Book News Bulletin, Spring 2014. (TXT), (PDF), (MP3)

You can find back issues of the English version of our newsletters here: Back to Newsletters

If you would prefer to read or listen to this newsletter (or past issues) in Spanish click here: Boletín de Noticias Primavera de 2014 (TXT)  (PDF) (MP3) / Españo Archivo

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Texas Talking Books will be closed for these holidays.

Monday, May 26, 2014 – Memorial Day

Of course, you can leave a voicemail message or send e-mail on a holiday.

 

Upcoming Book Club Meeting

All you need to participate in Book Club is a telephone.  Please call 1-800-252-9605 or email tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov to RSVP.  Dates are subject to change.  You can find the 2014 Book Club titles listed in one of the inserts of this newsletter.

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Central (RSVP by May 1, 2014) Let The Great World Spin DB 70450 by Colum McCann.  New York City, 1974.  Disparate residents–including Philippe Petit, who performs an illegal high-wire walk between the Twin Towers; the judge who hears Petit’s case; and a grieving mother–encounter death, love, and salvation.  Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex.  National Book Award.  2009.

Spotlight on Texas Books – The Homesteader and Monuments

Here are two new books recorded by staff and volunteers in the Texas Talking Book Program recording studio:

Cover to Homesteader bok. Picture of field with a single house.HOMESTEADER

By Jack Ballas

Narrated by Cindy Johnson. Monitored by Stephanie Childs.(2005)

Settlers on the plains of the Lone Star state are being brutally attacked and driven off their rightful claims and hardened Texas Ranger Trey Bonner is on a mission to find the man behind the marauding. Going undercover, Bonner acquires a plot of land and announces his plans to build a house, hoping to draw out his quarry.

Cover of Monuments book. Looks like wooden scaffolding.MONUMENTS: THE SANDHILL CHRONICLES
By Clay Reynolds

DT 7014

Narrated by Linda Fox. Monitored by Becky Smith.(2000)

Fourteen-year-old Hugh Rudd had his summer planned: mow lawns, practice baseball, buy a new mountain bike, get ready for high school. But the Burlington Northern Railroad’s determination to demolish the Hendershot Grocery Warehouse, a symbol of Hugh’s small Texas home town since the turn of the century, makes Hugh reexamine his plans. Contains strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence.

TBP patrons can order these books by calling 1-800-252-9605 or emailing tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov.