My first week back at work went REALLY well. It’s busy, but not as busy as in the fall (at my end, anyway). This is the least stressed I’ve ever been, I think, so it’s really nice. I’m also able to listen to audiobooks while I work, and I’ve been taking advantage of that.
So far I’ve listened to two audiobooks1: Rescuing the Spectacled Bear by Stephen Fry (read by Stephen Fry) and Holes by Louis Sachar (read by Kerry Beyer). I can’t actually remember how I got these books; I found them on my old iPod which has got stuff from before the Great Harddrive Death of 2009. (I ALSO found a couple of Terry Pratchett books, including Mort, which I’m listening to now. Yay!) Anyway, I LOVE listening to Stephen Fry’s audiobooks. He’s got a very soothing voice. Even when he’s talking about something terrible like animal abuse, I’m still lulled almost into sleep.
Rescuing the Spectacled Bear is a very short book– it’s just SF’s journal for the second spectacled bear documentary he did in 2002. He (and the crew) go to Peru, the home of spectacled bear, and it’s all very interesting and funny and you can spot the beginnings of SF’s iPod/iPhone obsession.2
Holes is also a short book, and also a reread (although this is the first time I’ve listened to the audiobook). Holes is (basically) about a boy named Stanley Yelnats and his time at camp Greenlake, a young offenders place that makes its inmates dig holes to “build character.” It’s also about Stanley’s great-grandfather, who accidentally got the whole family cursed, and about Kissing Kate Barlow, an outlaw who kissed her victims after she killed them. It’s magical and lovely and one of my favorites, and if you haven’t read it yet you really need to get on that.3 The narrator is very good, too– all the voices sound different, the dialogue is varied and interesting, and he gives the book even more life than it already has.
Have you listened to any good audiobooks lately?
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I’m actually reading two books right now: one audio and one paper. The paper book is A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, which you may remember me mentioning in an earlier Chitchat post. It’s SO GOOD. I feel like I’m reading it too fast, though. This is one of those books that needs to be digested properly rather than wolfed down.
My audiobook is Mort by Terry Pratchett, one of the early Discworld books. I think I started listening to it before, because the first two hours or so were very familiar. Possibly I’ve listened to ALL of it, but I honestly can’t remember so I might as well listen to it again. The narrator is Nigel Planer and he’s…pretty good. Sometimes in the Discworld audios they give Death’s voice a kind of echo, but in this one it’s just TR lowering his voice to an almost silly level and it’s distracting. I’m still very much enjoying the book, though!
What’re you reading this week?
- plus half of one more– I accidentally hit the back button and it skipped back to the end. I’m listening on an older iPod to I can’t skip forward again– it’s pretty annoying. ↩
- his iPod broke early in Peru and he said something like how it was silly to be so dependant on something less than two months old. I can understand him, though! I’d be unhappy without my iPod, too. ↩
- The movie version is also pretty darned good, with a young Shia LeBouf as Stanley and Sigourney Weaver as the Warden. ↩