Terse and to the point!
No zombies. No vampires. No angels. No self-help. No horror. No dys-anything.
I managed to find two titles in the very limited selection of books. Would have bought more if they weren't already on my shelf. ;-)
UPDATE: One last pass through the sale pile, just to see if anything else jumps out....
MTD: Count 8 and Hours 91
I have been a busy little beaver since the middle of January and have managed to make my way through a goodly chunk of Mt. TBR.
I read 12 out of 22 titles (Chaucer is missing from the screen snip below) and have only added three not yet revealed titles. There is a post-Christmas dearth of price reductions and sales on Audible and the Daily Deals have been uninteresting.
Loved it. What a delightful romp. This book has it all: unacceptable language obscene, basphemous and slanderous, telling gestures, social climbing, bad table manners, how to walk in period dress, cross-dressing, body parts and noises, STDs. Scholarly with cites from contemporary sources yet comfortably informal in the telling. A must for readers/writers of historical novels of the period.
Thank you, Mike Finn. I am going to give it a try. I don't usually read the AO titles with multiple narrators. I learned early on that the embellishment of music and multiple actors tends to drive me crazy. I am not the Sesame generation and I like things slow and simple, no sensory overload. Still, Mike has not steered me wrong yet, so I just added this one to my library.
Update: I stayed up past my bedtime last night. I could not turn it off. Not only was the story engaging but the multiple narrators was well-done and there was no superfluous music marking the chapters or guiding my emotions. I loved the Tom Hanks and Wil Wheaton sound alike narrators.
Thank you again, Mike Finn.
Yes, I know that 24 Tasks ended two weeks ago but I have a story share, something that has occurred since the end of the game.
One of the on-going themes of the season is "miracles" and while I think they are mostly about chance, I most recently experienced a 'miracle' and want to share the story.
On January 7, the day after Epiphany, we were in the city of Santiago de Compostela, the supposed burial place of St. James and a huge pilgrimage destination for Christians, who have walk the "Camino de Santiago" a well-trodden path from the French Pyrennes to the Cathedral of St. James (Santiago) in the northwest of Spain for many centuries. We had come by cruise ship and a shore excursion offered by the ship and even though we had a very short time in the city, I have always wanted to visit this city. We had a lovely tour.
We were within a half hour of heading back to the buses when I realized, that I didn't know where my hearing aid was, that I had lost track of it and had not been as careful with it when I removed it to put in the earphone to listen to the guide as I should have been. It was not in my jacket pocket and I could not locate it in my bag. It was going to be an expensive bit of carelessness to set to rights.
At this point, tea and cakes were being served before we got back on the buses. I was obviously very upset and ranting in two languages. I sent DH to get us cups of tea while I proceeded to empty everything from my bag, looking for the damned thing, talking with DH in English and the guides in Spanish (mostly in coherent mutterings and cursing myself for my stupidity). My hearing aid was GONE and the damned little thing was expensive. Rosana, our wonderful guide, and the rest of the guides knew what was going but there was really little anyone could do about it. We had covered a lot of territory and the device itself was the same color as the paving stones we were walking on. I looked for it the entire walk back to the bus. At this point, I was pretty sure where I had lost it--when I had gone into my bag to get my gloves, which I did while we were walking along.
I walked the entire way back to the ship looking for it, hoping I might see it on the ground waiting for me and thinking about the paperwork that I would need to fill out if I were going to file a claim against the travel insurance to maybe, possibly recover some of the replacement cost of the damned gadget.
We are almost back to the parking lot, when Rosana approached me waving my hearing aid in her hand. A gentleman saw it on the ground, recognized what it was and gave it to the guide for his bus, who in turn gave it to Rosana. I gave her a huge hug but I never did learn who it was exactly I have to thank for its return. Yes, even I will say that it was miracle that it was found.
I have been stockpiling (sandbagging) new purchases since September and this is what I have to look forward to in the New Year.
I plan to start the year --just as soon as I get back vacation -- with an unabridged edition of something I have never read cover to cover:
From there, I plan to go, in some yet to be decided (il?)logical order, devouring these titles that have been patiently awaiting my attention:
I think I have picked two but I'm waiting to see the reviews...
This month we have three memoirs, kiddie lit (which I like to see in the mix even if I might not choose it), a family drama and true crime.
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.