It is time to start talking about Audibles new perk for members: free Audible Originals. Each month Audible gives us the chance to choose two titles from a selection of 6 titles. I have been at this for a few months now and it is time to start talking about the various selections I have read and will be reading in the future. I'm starting with my most recent choices and working my way back in time. New titles will be added at the top, so you don't have to keep scrolling down.
Stevie Nicks bio is out. Not that I am not interested in reading about her but the last two celebrity bios that I read in this program were terrible. So, I have given up on them altogether as a pure waste of time. The 3-Day thing is self-help and that is a genre I avoid--like the plague. The Mystery of Alice is a full cast production, which means it is all dialogue--and that is why I quit reading last month's Riley Mack story after about 20 minutes. The Crow/Snow thing is a epic fantasy in 2 hours or less and that makes it an oxymoron. The only two left in the running are the Bedtime Stories for Cynics and Evil Eye. I will have to listen to the clips before I decide one way or the other.
This months winner(s) is(are)...
And the winners are...
What a coincidence that one of this month's choices is True West by Sam Shepard. I had tickets to see it at the end of the month but plans changed and I gave the tickets to my daughter. Choice number one was a an easy one.
The second book may end up being whatever is left when I find reasons to eliminate everything else. Darkwater is out because it it spooky and The Dispatcher is out because I already own it. The Brain book is about traumatic brain injury and sports and I don't need to borrow trouble; that's out. So it is now down to Riley with its multiple cast reading and Liz, which I can't imagine has anything new to say about the lady.
Junk and The Demon Next Door are out; they come with warnings about explicit sexual violence. I don't even need to read the views. No interest in Philip Roth. The Mandvi performance got lousy reviews, most of them saying that they thought the material was dated--and trite. So, it looks like it the kids' title and the Marie Curie mini-bio will be this month's choices.
Oops, mini-bio isn't bio but historical fiction.
Audible says of its Audible Originals,"We are raising the bar on entertainment..." Sadly, I must disagree. I laugh every time I read the tagline. Most of these titles on offer are simply terrible and designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Trite, dumbed-down, eviscerated, not challenging, lacking substance.
This month I chose Folsom Untold and I'll report just as soon as I get to it. For varying reasons, none of the others appealed to me. One is romance. Once deals with a serial killer. One is a play about the end of life. Dodge Twist is "fully dramatized with an immersive soundscape." One is YA sci-fi, which I do read but his one just didn't appeal.
UPDATE: I changed my mind. I just also downloaded MALA and will save it for when I am in the mood to deal with the issues that are tackled in this play. I re-read the blurb.The play was developed and produce right here in Boston. I am familiar with both Arts Emerson (Emerson College) and Huntington Theater (a Tony Award winning regional professional theater company where Ms. Lopez is the Playwright in Residence) and I am familiar with the Norton Elliot Awards. IN my book, these are three reasons enough to give it a try.
UPDATE: I promised a report on Folsom Untold and it is so bad that it isn't even worth the effort to write a review.
The Spies That Bind is a prequel to the Gallagher Girls series. It is YA and it was enjoyable. I might even read more in the series if they are available as audio.
Not the best but far from the worst I have chosen so far. If you are an Arkin fan, you may enjoy it.
By far the best titles so far. This was also my introduction to Stephen Fry.
The Aretha Franklin biography was a big disappointment; it just seemed so thrown together at the last minute. The Newhart was a lot of fun.
Absolutely intolerable and DNF after 10 minutes. But, at least from this, I learned to carefully read the descriptions before buying.