Half way through the editing and reading of the book and for those following the story is moving at pace. Reading for recording an audiobook is a complex process. After a long career in teaching I am used to reading to a live audience, but recording is a different approach. The pace is faster, the gaps shorter and pressure greater. A live audience is more forgiving and responsive and accuracy of the text less critical. I spend more time, cutting the gaps between words, and shortening the length of the chapter, than I do the initial read. Breathing gaps can and should be removed to give a fluid, lively read. I realize the skill of news readers and presenters, who do this for a living and on the whole do so flawlessly.
In Part 8 we learn more about ‘The Saters’, the world conquering rock band and their origins; the Altered and how Gorn creates them with his necromantic powers; the Controller and how she has come to dominate Pennitent and Iridium; and what surprising skills Hardgrist has.