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I believe you need patience and time to teach voice recognition software to understand your voice. It sounds like that may not be the best solution for your father. Try a digital recorder with lots of GB storage. That way he can tell his stories and not have to think about anything else. That leaves you solving the problem of turning the story into text. I think you can get digital recorders that save as .mp3. If so, the next problem is to find a program that will convert that to text. The nearest I could find in a hurry is a free wave file to text converter.

http://better-wave-to-text.findmysoft.com/
So you'd need to convert your .mp3 to .wav format. Easy done! One of the best media converters is free.
http://www.pcfreetime.com/

I can't say how well the wave to text converter will work but the whole process after recording on the digital recorder will be free and if it doesn't work, a good digital recorder will allow you to slow the speech and pause to enable typing.
 

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I've used Dragon Dictation (free) to capture several long documents and record some meetings
its very good
yes, it requires the app to "learn" the user
but its quick

Your dad may need to tell the same story 3 or 4 times initally, but after a very short while it will get better
The real work is in the editing after (punctuation, paragraph breaks etc)

A good microphone is essential (the earphones that come with the built in microphone that are included in iPhones are reasonably good)
 
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