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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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.
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