Sounds legit, right?
One of the books I was listening to was Scowler by Daniel Kraus. I’m at least 75% through the book. The narration is fantastic, and the writing is well-crafted. The story, though? It’s freakin’ me out, man. I last listened to the audiobook during a recent morning commute to work. I started the book and then within 30 seconds stopped it. I even said aloud – to myself, as no one else was in the car with me – “I can’t do this. I can’t listen to anymore. Nope. Not happening."
Scowler was the 2014 winner and the last of the Odyssey honors and winners I haven’t listened to– until next January.
So…that one is on hiatus. The hubby downloaded it from my Audible.com account. I told him to listen to the story and let me know what he thinks. Specifically, if he thinks I can listen to the rest.
Then I was listening to Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi. Again, fantastic narration. The story had potential to be a lot of fun. But the tale has too many issues for my like. Seriously. It is more of an issue novel than a fun zombie story. Illegal immigration. Unsafe practices in the food industry. Corporation cover-ups. Corporation bullying. Racism. All wrapped in a book for middle schoolers. I have nothing against adding one or two to a story, but when you get that much going on in a short novel it takes away from the rest of the story.
The third audiobook I’ve been listening to has been a backup audiobook. It’s an adult non-fiction book about food and kitchen science. Interesting enough, but easy to set aside.
Have I mentioned how lost I feel when I have no audiobooks to listen to during my commute? It forces me to listen to the radio. Commercials annoy me. If I am going to hear someone talk, I want it to be a great story I can read with my ears!
I have two Audible credits to spend. Soon I will have four. The hubby would be more than happy to spend them for me, and I might share the wealth, but first I want to find something worth using at least one of them. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
The dry spell also encompasses print versions, but not to the point that I have completely set aside all of the books I’ve been reading. I’m not certain, but I think that would be a sign of impending doom.