Books ‘n Audio

March 31st, 2008

There is some portion of literature which only makes sense when you hold the book in your hand. It might be because the item in question is full of pictures which are necessary to the meaning (knitting books, cookbooks, coffee table books of places you dream to visit). Others are reference books and text books that you need to be able to easily turn the pages back and forth to follow an idea or work out a problem.

And then there is the quite pleasure of curling up with a book in your lap, a cup of your favorite warm beverage and turning your imagination loose in another’s life, time or place. To have an adventure without leaving the safety and security of home.

At 0300 in the morning when you can not sleep and have read everything, there are eBooks which you can order on-line from locations such as FictionWise which carry everything from mainstream to off the wall. Your reading options range from secure format, to multi-format—allowing you to pick your own reading device or software.

And then there are audio books—digital, tape, CD that you can listen to on anything from an MP3 player to tape recorder to your computer, depending on the format. Even here, there are format choices. And there are those author’s whose books which frankly are more interesting when read to you, rather than reading them yourself. Of course, you really can not as easily skip the boring parts; for that you need to get the abridged editions. But for driving in the car, cleaning up around the house, or sitting with needlework they are simply wonderful.

It was summer 2006 that my car-pool buddy PCSd to Hawaii, leaving me alone with a long and boring drive. I started to cruise the library shelves for something/anything to keep me entertained. Although I have read a lot of mysteries, I had always skipped the English Detective ones as just being too stultifying. But Agatha Christie when read to you by David Suchet or Hugh Fraser are a simple delight. Even better are the BBC Radio productions, if you can find them.

From there I branched out to Dorothy Sayers and P G Wodehouse after hearing them referenced several times. I have come to appreciate the dry sense of humor, although the disparagement of women and rampant Antisemitism leaves me flat.

What you will find below are various books in the different categories, current as I get a chance, along with recommendations. I do not promise that my tastes will be the same as yours.

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