7. Can Talking Books be Played on Commercial Tape Players?

No, talking books are recorded on cassettes at a slower speed that can only be played on four-track cassette players. These special playback machines are available free through the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library. Talking book cassettes contain four tracks, which means there are four full-recorded tracks of narration on each tape with two tracks on each side. The cassette player supplied by the Talking Book Library is specially designed to allow switching to each of the four tracks in their correct sequence.