The Friday Question: 15 June 2012

Still trying to learn about how best to construct an unGoogleable question.

Today’s question is: Whose voice is this?

I don’t want the name of the character. I want the real name of the real person doing the reading.

Now if someone gets this in 30 seconds of Googling, I will have to go back to the drawing board all over again!




27 thoughts on “The Friday Question: 15 June 2012”

  1. Pretty sure my answer above isn’t correct. Great Friday Question…I’ve spent an absurd amount of time attempting to find the answer. But, on the plus side, I’ve learned a lot about various unabridged audiobook versions of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

  2. Is there really no search engine that can identify this recording? If not, why not? Soundhound already does this for a lot of music. Are our dysfunctional intellectual property laws limiting our ability to build tools to help us search for this information?

  3. Just tried Shazam – but even that is foxed. Good idea Husein, hadn’t thought of that.

  4. David McCallum

    I guessed it was an actor, and by good fortune a search for “actor reads excerpts Dracula” happens to show these recordings as the second result.

  5. It sounds like either an audiobook or an old radio broadcast, neither of which seem to be well-represented in clip libraries.

    Michael Fassbender seems to have played both Jonathan Harker as well as roles in Dr. Who (which would give him points among this group), but I couldn’t find a clip of his voice. His dates seem a little modern for the style of the clip, which sounds WWII era rather 1960s.

  6. I may have been remiss and not given the answer. Matthew J came in first with the correct one, the voice was that of David McCallum.

  7. Fascinating. I found David McCallum in the same way as Matthew (but before he posted), I listened to the clip again and couldn’t make it sound enough like David McCallum for me to comment again. Then I saw Matthew’s comment and listened again and again I couldn’t find enough similarity with my idea of McCallum’s voice to let me chime in and say I too thought it was he.

    While there was uncertainty, I couldn’t hear it at all. But now! Now that you’ve confirmed it I’ve had *another* listen and now I allow myself to hear shades of Kuryakin or Steel. It’s obvious now, I can’t unhear him.

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