Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Story Time

I tried my first audio book about 15 years ago.  I had come into possession of a cassette tape of Katharine Graham's Personal History.  I was interested in hearing what she had to say so I decided to give the audio version a try.  Unfortunately I tried listening to it while in bed.  Listening to tapes at bedtime did not go well.  Katharine Graham's voice was better than any sort of sleep aid I could have picked up at the CVS, so I never quite got through the whole book in a conscious state.

Three years ago I decided to give the audio book another try.  Thanks to an Audible promotion and a six-hour drive home from the beach I found myself laughing from North Carolina to Virginia as I listened to Tina Fey share her memoir Bossypants.  If you haven't listened to it I highly recommend giving it a go.

I have found that it's difficult for me to follow the plot of a story when it is presented on tape.  My mind tends to wander so I prefer memoir pieces, like Tina Fey's, that are broken up into small chunks.  I've even found that my 10 minute drive to work offers more than enough time for a story or two.

The book this month is David Sedaris' Me Talk Pretty One Day.  The truth is that many a friend has hounded me to read this collection of essays, observations and slices, but I could never get into it at all.  Hearing David read David is a whole new thing.  I laugh at the insanity of his experiences and smile at his keen perception of others.  Getting out the door to work each day is a little easier knowing that David is in the car waiting to tell me a story.


  1. I have never thought to have audio book as a companion. "Getting out the door to work each day is a little easier knowing David is in the car waiting to tell me a story." I like the sound of that.

  2. Audiobooks are the only thing that can make long drives tolerable for me (and airplane rides and waiting rooms and buses and on). I think stories are twice as engaging when spoken aloud. It's nice to meet a fellow audiobook fan!

  3. I hate to admit this but audio books saved me on long drives with my mother, Maxine. She loved to talk...and after two hours of chattering...it was a relief to put in an audio book. She liked it too. I think she talked thinking she needed to entertain me or keep me awake, since I was the driver. Jackie http://familytrove.blogspot.com/

  4. I've yet to give audio books a try. Maybe on our next road trip.