I average about one audio book a month. Sometimes I manage two, but not often. The only time I listen is when I’m driving to and from work (about 20 minutes each way), or when I’m outside walking on the weekends. So it takes me awhile to get through a book, even though I generally try to choose books that are around 7 or 8 hours in length. Any longer and I tend to forget what’s going on by the time I get to the end.
I’m also a lousy auditory learner, unless I’m taking notes. And since I just mentioned I listen mostly while driving, that’s so not happening.
So here’s brief summary of what I’ve listened to in the last few months:
My Ántonia: Willa Cather’s classic praire novel. I was underwhelmed. Mostly because it wasn’t so much my Ántonia as it was my Tiny Soderball and my Lena Lingard and my grandparents and my college life. Oh sure, Tony was there in the beginning and end, but she was distinctly lacking in the middle. Also…the narrator was meh.
Medium Raw: Narrated by Anthony Bourdain himself. I don’t know what he was like as a chef, but dude can write. And narrate. And curse. I loved it. Better yet, I fuckin’ loved it.
Grant’s Final Victory: Not as good as Destiny of the Republic, although to be fair, I read that one. This is the story of General Grant’s Last Stand. Against cancer. But there’s also a lot of military stuff, and I’m not a fan of the military stuff. Also, like Destiny, there is lots of pus. What’s up with pus-filled history?? It seems to be a disturbing new trend in biographies.
The King’s Speech: I think I should’ve watched the movie. I loved the first part, which focused on King George (the 6th, father of Elizabeth (the 2nd)) learning to overcome his stutter with the help of Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue. The second half was just speech after speech after speech. Interspersed with WWII details. Bor-ing. Also, while Simon Vance rocks as a narrator, I’ve also listened to part of Paul is Undead (the Beatles go zombie), which he also narrates, and sometimes I found myself imagining King George as a zombie. Not cool.