Saying Charts in Audiobooks

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NicholiVolta
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Post by NicholiVolta » July 21st, 2019, 12:38 pm

Hello, I'm planning to record this book as an audiobook later, but I'm not sure how I would say the chart in the book on page 7: https://archive.org/details/CAT31355406/page/6 . Sue Anderson gave me some advice that doesn't seem bad, but also urged me to look for a wider consensus, so here I am.

DACSoft
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Post by DACSoft » July 21st, 2019, 1:16 pm

I'd probably read it as:
... crimson and burr clover (air-dried material):

Table

Peanut - Water: 7.83 percent; Crude Ash: 17.04 percent; [etc. to the end of first row …]
Alfalfa - Water: 6.95 percent; Crude Ash: 7.49 percent; [etc. to the end of second row …]
[read the other 3 rows in the same manner]

End Table

It is readily seen by the above table that peanut hay...
(I usually think of charts as visual bar charts (graphs), pie charts, etc.)

I hope that helps.

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realisticspeakers
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Post by realisticspeakers » July 21st, 2019, 6:03 pm

I would say, "Table. Name, Percent Water, Percent Crude Ash...and so on, reading the headers.

Then, Peanut, 7.83% water, 17.04% Crude ash, ...and so on.
Then with Alfalfa, I'd just read the percentages.
Depending upon how I "feel" comprehension may be received, again read percentage of water, etc. in the third or fourth row.
I might perhaps read X.yy percent random table header, skipping others. Or emphasize maximums and minimums.
I think it could wear on the listener and the narrator if you are consistent.
"Kind reader,
if this our performance doth in aught fall short of promise, blame not our good intent, but our unperfect wit."

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