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Scott Pollak
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:10 pm    Post subject: Un... buh... leevable!! No... worse than that! Reply with quote

Okay, to me, this takes the cake.
The Mother of all horrendous P2P leads.
From V123:

"I am currently a student and have a textbook which would be easier for me to learn via an audiobook. It is a medical textbook in dermatology and thus has many pictures.

The textbook is 968 pages but the actual text is ~911 with ~788 words per page.

I will provide the entire textbook for the process"


Budget: $1000 - $2500 depending on quality

I did some calculations and 911 pages, averaging 788 words per page, comes to almost 718,000 words. At roughly 9300 words per audio hour, we're talking a SEVENTY-SEVEN HOUR NARRATION FOLKS!

And wait, that's not the best part!

It's a MEDICAL BOOK! So you KNOW there are going to be a zillion great medical terms in it. There are even some in the sample script he provided, such as: evanescent, edematous, dermatographism, urticarial vasculitis and many more.

77 hours of narration, with a realistic 4:1 hour of production time would be over 300 hours of work. Or several months. For a MAXIMUM of $2500. Or around $8/hour.

The most frightening part?

He already had 11 auditions submitted!

OMG. I mean, truly, OMG.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's obviously atrocious, but I also wouldn't expect a medical student to have the first clue about audiobook rates.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

he'll learn soon enough that what he paid won't be enough to compensate for the mispronounced words.

And, a medical student who can't bother to learn by reading? Do you really want this kind of person as your doctor?

How is he/she/it going to keep up with literature in his/her/its field? Read patient records?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ccpetersen wrote:
And, a medical student who can't bother to learn by reading? Do you really want this kind of person as your doctor?
How is he/she/it going to keep up with literature in his/her/its field? Read patient records?


LOL!!!!! Exactly....
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not the STUDENT who worries me, it's the people who RESPONDED TO THE AUDITION! OMG... they have NO CLUE what they're getting themselves into!

BTW, some years ago I was actually a 'standardized test patient' part-time for a company that tested foreign medical students studying here in the States, working on acquiring their residency. We tested them in a number of areas such as inter-personal skills, communication skills and so on. It was frightening how many of them failed.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That one must have been a repost. I remember seeing that audition over a month ago on V123.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm...wonder if the publisher of the textbook would like to know how much demand there is for an audiobook version (and hopefully they would pay quite a bit more to have it done Wink)
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well ... he doesn't mention any kind of time line. what if i read 1/2 a page a day -1st thing in the morning - as a warm up - then billed him $20/week thru - say mid-july, we'd be all good, right?

cheap
right
fast

pick 2.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm more worried that a future dermatologist doesn't physically want to look at one of his text books. What kind of frikkin' doctor is he going to be?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i repeat:

Quote:
cheap
right
fast

pick 2.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

personally, i prefer a julliard trained dermatologist.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes, or as an alternative, a colorado school of mines-trained dermatologist
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well - they BOTH have "picking" experience!

WE are ON today!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There may be some things we can learn by reading text or listening to speech. But for something like this, what kind of person considering themselves to be a committed professional especially a doctor would choose to forego any visual examples of the various steps or before-and-after views of procedures they will be expected to perform?

Sadly, somewhere, out there, also exists a 180 clone of this type of person; he or she who chooses to learn by pictures only.

(In a nod to our dearly departed Dick Tufeld) "Danger, Will Robinson!"
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