I mentioned in a recent post that I was trying out Whispersync. This is something Amazon provides that allows you to sync your Kindle books and Audible books across devices. I have used it many times to sync between my Kindle and the Kindle app on my iPad. But this was my first time using it to sync between an Audible book and my Kindle.
Well, I should back up and admit it's the second time to try using it between my Kindle and Audible. The first time reminded me of last fall when I stood on the road trying to get the Nike app on my iPhone to work, only to realize after multiple attempts that I was wearing my hikers, not my Nike runners with the chip in them that communicates with the app.
I had the book loaded on my Kindle and the wi-fi enabled. I started listening to the Audible book through iTunes, and when I went to pick up the written version was excited to see if it would work. It didn't. Nothing I did would make the two communicate. At least when I had the Nike app incident it only took a matter of minutes for me to figure things out. This time it took about a day until the realization dawned on me that if I wanted my Audible book to communicate with my Kindle book I needed to be listening to the Audible book through the Audible app, not through iTunes.
So fast forward to my first successful attempt at using Whispersync. After going back and forth with it while reading/listening to the last book in the Julia Spencer-Fleming series I have to say I have mixed feelings about the experience. On the plus side, it was great to be able to switch to the Audible version and listen while I knit Toatie Hottie. I can't read and knit Fair Isle at the same time, so this allowed me to keep moving forward in the story. I didn't have to choose between finding out how the book ended or making pompoms.
On the negative side, I have to say it was rather jarring to make the switch. Imagine you are watching a movie, and about every twenty minutes the actors get completely changed. It was sort of like that. We all create the voices and images in a written story in our minds, and what we create is unique to each of us as readers. I think this is one of the reasons movies based on well-loved books so often disappoint. They never match the story as we saw and heard it in our mind. At least when you see the movie adaptation you aren't going back and forth between the two.
I'm not saying I won't ever do another Audible/Kindle combo like this, but I don't think I'll try it again any time soon. Have any of you tried using Whispersync? I would love to hear what your thoughts are. Maybe after using it for a few books it doesn't feel as out of sync.
Not that this has anything to do with the subject of this post, but I thought I would mention I finally got around to getting a haircut. This is a big deal for me. It takes me about three months of telling myself I need shearing before I can force myself to call for the appointment. I detest sitting there covered in a hideous cape, inhaling all the chemical smells, and having to make small talk with a complete stranger.
I'm not good at small talk. Especially with strangers. This time we got on a topic I thought I could safely maneuver - dogs. I mentioned something about pit bulls, something not very complimentary, because, after all, with the exception of drug dealers everyone is afraid of pit bulls, right? Wrong. It turns out she used to own and love a pit bull. There are two people you don't want to upset when you are sitting in their chair. The dentist with his drill and the hairdresser with her scissors.
The other thing I detest about getting a haircut is having to sit there and look at myself the whole time. There was one point in the ordeal when my hair was wet, which makes it go mostly straight, and she was pulling the front edges forward and down (this was before the pit bull comment, or I would have been very worried). The thought that went through my head, was, "Oh dear, I look just like Severus Snape." If the cape draped over my shoulders had been black instead of blue I would have been a dead ringer. Not quite the look I was hoping for.
I hate to leave you with that image, so will leave you with this one instead. Although today is rainy and grey, last week we had several days of glorious weather. I took advantage of it to walk down to the point where Frost Creek flows into Cultus Lake. It was quiet and peaceful, with only the sound of the birds in the trees and the water gently lapping up on the shore. I feel very fortunate to live in this little corner of Canada.