I finished listening to My Invented Country by Isabel Allende. It wasn’t nearly as good as The Sum of Our Days. Too many side roads, and I did NOT like the reader nearly as much. Allende went from sounding like a lively, spirited South American to a matron. The long pauses were especially annoying. The history of Chile was great, though, and made it worthwhile.
I tend to go on binges with authors and subject matter, and right now Allende is my author and Afghanistan/Pakistan is my subject. So in that vein, I’m beginning to read Paula by Allende (her first memoir) and listen to The Bookseller of Kabul. I’ll let you know what I think.
Many people tell me they don’t like audio books, but I am really enjoying the format, now that I’ve learned to discern. I especially like books read by their authors – for example, The Bee Season by Myla Goldberg, who also read it. Were she not such an accomplished reader, I would have likely lost interest in the book. I’m considering listening to something by Stephen King for that reason.
In the world of books becoming movies, I’m loving the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series on HBO. Last week’s episode was wonderful, and I look forward to tonight’s. I wish I could find out how many episodes were filmed. The next book in the series will be released this month – perhaps it’s already out. I should go check!
With summer ahead, I look forward to beach trips and long days spent enjoying a good read. And some good listens, because the trip to the beach takes almost three hours.