This is us, right?
Terse and to the point!
No zombies. No vampires. No angels. No self-help. No horror. No dys-anything.
This month's wheelbarrowful...
Horror, violence, other people's troubles.No thanks. Not even the R.L. Stine.
A slight improvement, very slight.
The Sisters is out. It comes with a warning: Please note: This audio contains strong language, distressing situations, and descriptions of violence that some listeners may find upsetting. Discretion is advised.
Mystwick School... " musical interludes, and original compositions included in this audio (all performed by the NJSO Youth Orchestras)." Audible has commissioned the music-- a company whose opinions rarely gibe with mine. Well, this is either going to be really good or really bad but at least it won't be strewn with graphic violence -- and there is only one narrator.
Martin Sheen is already in My LIbrary but I haven't listened to it yet.
Press Pause.Self-help for children. No thanks.
True-crime? Not that either.
Finally, a play with cover art that is everything the story is not. Too sad a story for me.
So, just one title this month.
Another load of twaddle!
Let's see what this month's selection holds: "An Audible Original from Audible Theater, Wally Roux, Quantum Mechanic is an Emerging Playwrights Commission, written for and available exclusively on Audible." No thanks. Two self-promotional titles one of which is labeled, "It Burns is intended for a mature audience and contains graphic descriptions of violence." Double no thanks to self-help, to free advertising and to violence so bad that it needs a warning. A kids' book. No thanks. "Our team in London has modernized and re-imagined Stevenson’s classic coming-of-age adventure story for the entire family." Last time I read one of these from the Audible Studios I lasted 5 minutes; I'm not giving them a second change. So, another no thanks.Finally, the only book that seems it might be even be good is a book of horror and ghost stories--and I don't like reading scary books. So, no thanks.
Since all of these freebie downloads count towards the "Best Selling" statistics of the title and since this titles cannot be returned, I am at the point of being super-critical and won't download anything unless I think it is right up my alley. I have been burned too many times. So, this month my Audible Originals haul is a big fat zero
UPDATE: Started the Correia. D!N!F! Bad, bad, bad (and not in the good way) adolescent body-parts-and-fart noise humor, with the emphasis on BAD and not the rest of the adjectives. I don't mind bawdy but it has to be funny. This was not. Definitely not written for sexagenarians. At least it was a freebie.
I'm not yet sure what to make of this bunch--other than it is better than last month's batch. We have dinosaurs and Babe Ruth, neither of which I am interested in. Proof of Love is a one-man show and it is about family dynamics--and I can only take so many plays about family dynamics. With so many other titles in the running, I will pass on this one. This leaves me having to choose from among the last three. The moon math is a definite because 50 years ago this month, we put a man on the moon. So that leaves me with Rivals and Larry Correia to decide between. The winner is the Correia because 1) it is about an insurance salesman 2) it has 8400+ reviews while the other titles are counting in the low hundred or even just double digits and 3) since he is wildly popular and wildly prolific, I should at least read something by the man.
My big beef about all of them is that they are just too short. I could be negative and say that they were chosen to appeal to those with short attention spans; or, I could be positive and call them a palate cleanser, something short to read between longer reads. I'll let the reader decide.
Cumulative hours: 1366 (Goal: 1500)
This is the official count since it includes titles that are not in the BL database--and there are a lot of them.
At least, I think it was Mike Finn who led me to this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed it --even though I had to really pay attention to what was going and therefore could not multi-task --but that's okay because there really wasn't much that I wanted to get done today. I am definitely going to add more titles to my wish list.
UPDATE: I finally settled on a third title:
Amazing! There are actually some good choices here. Unfortunately, they are either already in my library or titles I just don't feel like reading, so I am having a hell of time finding two more titles to go with the edition of Quijote (the Grossman translation read by George Guidall) that I want to pick up. So far I have two titles of the three I need:
A good collection of classics -- Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, Huck Finn, Moby Dick and at least a half a dozen more. A couple of titles stand out among the non-fiction -- already on my shelf...
So, I think that reading the publisher's summary will do for this one because to actually buy a self-help book about reducing stress in one's life is counter-indicated when that purchase in itself would be stress inducing and counter to the steps suggested in the summary.
I don't need the book. The summary says it all.
Do you ever feel like life is weighing you down? Like the stuff in your home, the to-dos in your schedule, the worries in your heart are too much? Make "lightly" your mantra, one lovely little word to live by, and transform your life.
There's no shortage of decluttering books on the market, but Lightly is different. It goes beyond decluttering - far beyond - to uplift your thoughts, your actions, every moment and aspect of your life.
Learn how to lighten:
Lightly is like a recipe book for minimalism, designed so you can dip into it anytime for advice and inspiration. Whether you want to clear out a closet, free up some time, or get rid of a nagging guilt, you can listen to the relevant section for the help you need.
What's more, Lightly is a complete philosophy of life. When you're tempted by an impulse purchase, trying to resist a chocolate donut, or struggling to say no to another obligation, all you have to remember is one word - "lightly" - to boost your resolve and make beautiful choices. It doesn't get any easier than that.
With this book, Francine Jay makes minimalism more doable and delightful than ever. In just minutes a day you can cast off the weight, and glide through life more lightly and gracefully.
It is very hard to go very deep into such a long history in such a short period of lecture time but Professor Salisbury has done a good job providing an overview of the country's history and culture and how it fits into the rest of Europe and the "New World." If you are planning to travel in Spain, this is a good overview of things.
However, she is a historian and not a linguist and her pronunciation of many key words in both Spanish and English was off-putting to say the least. Isadore is NOT Ice-adore by anyone I know, including a number of gentlemen who bore the name--even in Spanish the I does not sound like the I in ice but like I in machine There is no T in Cordoba, neither in English or Spanish. The parliament of Spain is called the Cortes--with the accent on the first syllable and a a hissy S at the end not a buzzy Z or the lispy TH -- and not like the conquistador Cortez. Fingernails on a blackboard.
That's it. GAME OVER. Thanks again and again to the Magistri Ludi -- Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue. This has been a lot of fun and I hope you do it again
I'm off to make a bowl of popcorn, getting ready to curl up in my chair and watch HALLOWEEN BINGO. Betcha never thought Bingo was a spectator sport? Let the game begin!
I wish my eyes could read like they used to. After listening to the first 8 books of the series, having to eyeball this one was disconcerting; it is only available in a Kindle edition and I keep wondering why, why no audio edition this time. I'm hoping that is simply because Gildart Jackson has been busy with another project.
In any case, I have finally finished the latest installment and I did not love it, not the way I loved the first 8 books. The hard part is trying to decide if it was because of the medium or because of the writing and the story itself -- or maybe it was all of these reasons combined.
BTW, You will not find Grainger's titles at your local bookstore. He only publishes Kindle or, except for this latest, audio editions. Moreover, he claims that he does not advertise.
And that is all I am going to say outside of the spoiler because I don't wish to spoil the series for anyone who is just starting out.
Celebrating the 243 Anniversary of Declaration of Independence, proclaimed on this day 4th day of July, 1776 from the Steps of the Old State House, now Independence Hall, in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Sadly, this one launched another one of those stupid "The only acceptable way to read is ink on paper" discussions on my GH group. Pissed me off. So I called them narrow-minded prigs, among other things.
Still, this is pretty damned funny, don't you think?