So, I picked up my draft copy and my laptop and retired to the RV–a nice quiet place to work. Quiet enough to risk recording while I read the text out loud. My new laptop came with Photo Booth, which is a cute little photo and movie recording program. I thought, "why not?".
I opened the pages and started recording. By the time I'd finished chapter 2, I realized that this just wasn't going to work. Photo Booth is cute, but it's a toy program really. The recording had dropped out twice, so I ended up reading the same chunk of text again to fill in the missing parts.
Time to move up to Garageband. This was a real recording program, with filters to match the iChat microphone on my laptop and podcast support. Luckily, I was able to move the Photo Booth recordings into Garageband as well, so I didn't have to re-read those chapters still again. (I went Photo Booth to iPhoto, drag out of iPhoto, export audio with Quicktime Player and then drag the aiff file into Grarageband. Probably there's a lot easier way to do it, but I wasn't after a workflow, just a one time conversion.)
Diving into Garageband with no instruction, I made a couple of errors before I learned how to slice and dice the audio tracks, and I made still more errors in exporting the podcast episodes into iWeb. But before too long I had recorded an intro and the first three chapters, posted them to the web and felt confident that I could keep it up until the novel was finished.
Of course, my throat is sore, and it will take a number of days to get everything recorded. And yes, my printout has lots of ink marks where this name gets changed to that, and this awkward description is re-worked. We'll see just how this experiment works out. I just hope the quality is good enough. I'll also have to decide how long to leave it up.