Hi to you all out there,
I am really pleased I found this thread, as I am an ex sound technician, with over twenty years experience in TV audio.
The really good news is that today, you can record an amazing quality recording with even a basic laptop, and a good microphone.
If you alrady have the laptop, All you really need is the Audio Technika USB Cardiod Condenser microphone. AT2020USB.
This is available from http://www.hostingsuccess.com/audiocreation
I recommend this mic, as it has a large diaphragm, and wil sound more natural, and clean, as well as faithfully capture your recording nuances in detail.
You can also use free software, like Audacity, and be set up to record in a matter of an hour or less, after installing the software on your laptop.
Whilst some audio phiole people may suggest the idea is too simple, I can assure you that it does work, and I use this very microphone for all my recordings, and even when I use the phone on my computer. Most of the people I speak to say it sounds like I am right there, as it is so natural, and clear.
Please do not feel you need t spend thousands of dollars, like you had to in the late eighties, before the advent of the laptop made audio recording more convenient.
In addition, you can then convert the file to an MP3 file, for this project, or any other.
I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and really feel that audio recording has made it to the point where the 'more average joe' can record a professional result at homw.
I say the use of a USB microphone, as there is little adjustment required, and the sound is purer, as it is all in the digital domain, and not analogue, going throu a sound card conversion, and so on.
It just works, for the non technically minded people.
See for yourself...
All the best