Today and yesterday I’m recording the audiobook version of my upcoming book, Weapons of Math Destruction, in a studio in the Random House building near Columbus Circle.
It’s hard work! I’m constantly having to retake sentences, either because I thought my tone was too flat (I hate flat audiobook readers!), or wasn’t emphasizing the right words, or because the words are just hard to say.
Speaking of which, I promise to never, ever write the phrase “assist statistics” in anything that might someday be read out loud, ever, anywhere. And also, you are hereby prohibited from reading this blogpost out loud.
I was pretty worried that the actual content would be bothersome to me – that I’d find tons of typos, or that things would have changed so much that the content is no longer relevant. So far, so good, though, at least to my eyes.
I’m happy with the book! Is that ok to say (not out loud!!)? I’m holding on to this delicious feeling until the nasty reviews come out. After that I’ll just cry inside at all times.
In the meantime, I’ve started a website for the book, including early reviews (i.e. blurbs, including from my buddy Jordan Ellenberg) and one actual review from Publisher’s Weekly, which I’m super happy with.