"By the way it'd be neat if you could do an audio book because you have a real talent for speaking so clearly."
Since I've published an edition of The Anti-Christ
, I'd considered doing a version of it in an audiobook format. I've even recorded a few samples.
Unfortunately it's very time intensive, even for a fairly short book. Not only is it many hours of recording, but then editing out all the mistakes and restarts and mixing the audio takes longer than the recording.
There's an existing Librivox recording of it, and it runs about 4 hours total. Recording time is usually 2x the final time, so that's about 8 hours of recording.
Total time may be 16 - 20 hours for a 4 hour product. That's not terrible, but it's dull work, and with no real prospect for actual money compensation, it's not worth it to me.
The only way it would be worth it is if I did it in sections, released it as a podcast in serial format, and that actually generated interest in my products for sale. I've had a little success doing that with my regular podcasts, and I've considered something like this might work better (I did something similar with the Scopes Trial series
If I had a capable volunteer who did the editing, that would certainly make the project more appealing. Edit:
I've made a public post about this on my personal blog