In the Master’s Voice, Old Books Live Again

A NY Times story about the “Spoken Word” CD series from the British Library’s sound archives which features writers reading their books. Some of the writers recorded are J.R.R. Tolkien, Virginia Woolf, and Arthur Conan Doyle.

One of the great surprises is finding which writers actually do voices and which don’t. When A. A. Milne reads from “Winnie-the-Pooh,” his creations sound like Victorian gents — soothing, paternal Victorian gents reading a bedtime story, it’s true, but rather Victorian nonetheless.

“He gave a little squeak of excitement,” Milne reads about Piglet spotting a paw print, yet sounding not very excited at all.