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What are you reading these days?
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27 March 2013
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fabfouremily said

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My dad has got this book and I've been meaning to read it for some time now. Would you recommend it?

 

Definitely, I'm only about a quarter or more into it, but he's really good at telling his story, being very straightforward and giving a lot of detail; the way he talks about the songwriting process or how the band got together, (it has really gotten into his use of drugs yet). He also gives good insight into Brain Jones, and how that sort of fell apart. He even talks about The Beatles a bit. It's a good read.

28 March 2013
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CremeTangerine13 said

fabfouremily said

CremeTangerine13 said
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My dad has got this book and I've been meaning to read it for some time now. Would you recommend it?

 

Definitely, I'm only about a quarter or more into it, but he's really good at telling his story, being very straightforward and giving a lot of detail; the way he talks about the songwriting process or how the band got together, (it has really gotten into his use of drugs yet). He also gives good insight into Brain Jones, and how that sort of fell apart. He even talks about The Beatles a bit. It's a good read.

Okay, I'll dig that out then. This was the push I needed apple01apple01

 

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28 March 2013
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I drive a lot and I don't have a lot of spare time to sit down with a book.  I also love them when I'm on the beach.  Also, sometimes something is so large and unweildly that the audio version helps make it more entertaining.  I never got around to reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but I couldn't see myself chipping away at it as a busy adult and staying engaged with it.  Instead, the audiobook kept it moving along while I drove to and from work.  And as a bonus, the narrator sang all the endless songs instead of my having to just glaze over the lyrics.

 

Audiobooks have come a long way since the old days of 30 cassettes read by some dull British scholar.  

Some examples:  The best-seller "Gone Girl" by Gillian Jacobs:  Each alternating chapter is read by one of the two protagonists, a husband and wife.  They aren't *reading* the book, they're telling their stories first-hand.  The stress, exasperation, wit, snark...  It's all there.  

"Haunted" by Chuck Palhanuik is collection of short stories by different narrators that intertwine with one main story read by a separate narrator.

"Packing For Mars" (or any book by Mary Roach) has a narrator who takes what could potentially be a dry subject matter, and adds her own inflection and emphasis on the humour within the scientific subject matter.

 

A boring book is a boring book.  But a well-performed audiobook makes a good book a truly amazing experience.  

I dare anyone to download "Gone Girl" or Keith Richards' "Life" and NOT be hooked on the idea of trying more audiobooks.

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