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Utah prison inmates create hundreds of books on tape for the blind

When Jeff Smith listens to the soft, tenor voice of Tom Black reading the biography of LDS President Thomas S. Monson, it’s easy for him to lose himself in the inspirational words and pictures the story paints in his mind.

It’s easy to forget he’s listening to the voice of one of the most dislikable men in the state.

"He reads with feeling and with the emphasis in all the right places," Smith said. "With a good reader, you forget about the reader and listen instead to the message of the book. That’s what it’s like listening to Tom Black."

But Black isn’t your typical reader of books on tape. He’s an inmate at the Utah State Prison, serving 10 years to life for sexually abusing a child.

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