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March 29, 2005

...because I have nothing to say. Hi! Nothing! Thhhppbbt!

Still. I'm kind of bored, so I figured I'd write something anyway. Y'all know how I get.

We had an awesome weekend, and I may even get around to posting a story or two about it. Maybe I'll talk about going swimming at midnight with Mad, who chose that exact moment, when we were alone, to ask about whether the Easter Bunny would be coming that night or whether it's all just a total load of bullshit perpetuated by The Man. Or, oooo! How about the time Mad looked at a vaguely pornographic black and white nude I had forgotten to take down from the den, and innocently asked me, "What's that?"

I turned around to answer her, but then I realized what she was looking at, and my eyes grew to the size of dinner plates and all I could manage was a little "eeeeeee" noise from the back of my throat. AB fell off of the couch trying to laugh silently at my INTENSE DISCOMFORT, while I looked at her, all, I'M SORRY I ACCIDENTALLY SHOWED YOUR CHILD SOME PORN, ANNA BETH.

Those are some examples of things that happened. Also: rocking, starring Dukay and Vince, and very loud singing, featuring AB, myself, and Mad. But mostly me and AB. Especially when it is time to really ask yourself, really what is going on? Where is the love?

It was mostly in my den. As I previously mentioned.

And...nothing else! I've been busy, though. Sort of. And this is where I make another confession, but one that is startlingly less interesting than the poop confession of the last confessional entry, but...well, really, I can't top the poop confession. Which is a good thing, I suppose.

But anyway. So one of my friends (hi Dig!) sent me an email last week wondering where in the hell I was, because we hadn't done big social things in days, and I finally had to admit that I have gotten myself this very embarrassing new hobby, that I picked up by accident, in the style of a nasty viral infection.

And, see, (now is where I explain myself to try to make this sound normal. Pay attention) it all started because I hate the radio, HATE YOU, RADIO. All Atlanta stations are desperate to appeal to either the 16-28 year old immature male group, so it's all "Fear Factor" and trying to swallow animal testicles at eight in the morning, which...no, OR it's going for whatever Lifetime-movie lovers (which...okay, sometimes me, but shut up) want to hear, which includes stories of Love and Togetherness and Weddings on the Beach (aw!), interrupted occasionally by Tales Of Children On The Brink Of Death But Who Were Then Saved By The Dog. And even that I could handle, if they didn't feel the need to punctuate an already interesting (shut UP, I said) radio story with snippets of EASY LISTENING MUSIC. I mean...have you heard this? Do you know what I'm talking about? Someone is talking, and then the station will cut away from that to play a few seconds of some heart-wrenching song, and then, WHUMP, back to the interview? It's disconcerting. I HATE. Here's an example:

Lady on radio: So, the dog was whining for me to follow him, and I finally decided I'd better turn off the Springer and go on upstairs...

Sudden CutAway Fairy: Did you ever knooooow that you're my heeeeeeeeeeeeroooooooo?

Lady: ...and there was the baby, sitting in the middle of the floor, just chewing away on something...

CutAway Fairy: Did I ever TELL you YOU'RE MY HEEEEEEEEEEERO? You're EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, I WISH I COULD BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

Lady: ...and THAT'S when I saw that the baby was eating from the big box of broken glass I like to keep next to his crib!

CutAway Fairy: Walkin' on, walkin' on, broken glaaaaaaaaaaaass!

And so forth. I'm guessing this isn't just an Atlanta thing, but it has finally, permanently driven me away from the radio. And don't get me started on the AM stations. Just...don't. And I love me some NPR, but it doesn't hold my attention the way that babies who eat boxes of glass shards might. I need stories! I need entertainment! So what's a girl to do?

Well. A girl goes on Amazon and buys a shit ton of books on tape, is what she does. (We are, of course, now talking about me.) I went on Amazon and bought about ten of the things, which ranged in price from fifty cents to seven dollars (because the tapes are cheap, people! Forego the CDs of Expensiveness!), and now my car is FULL of wondrous, terrible, cheesy Dean Koontz or Jeffrey Deaver crime novels, and I don't even MIND the traffic, and I am like a woman reborn.

But here comes the confession part, and that is that I keep on getting sucked into these damn tapes. When I get home, I don't want to get out of the car. I want to hear the rest of the chapter, dammit! But driving all the way to Snellville isn't so much an option, so ultimately, I have settled for bringing the tapes inSIDE, popping them on in the den, and sitting there and listening to them. For. HOURS.

And, really, I don't know why this seems so much more shameful to me than just watching television. If I were to sit there and watch TV for three hours, nobody would make fun of me. Conversely, if I were to just read for three hours, nobody would say a word. But...there's just something about sitting in your den, twiddling your thumbs and looking out the window, or picking lint off the sofa, or annoying the SHIT out of the dogs by attempting to brush their teeth with your fingers, while LISTENING to a story. It's just...weird. It's weird.

And I was kind of embarrassed about this new hobby, because let's just go ahead and admit that it puts me squarely in nerd category, but also, LAZY nerd category, because I'm too lazy to use my own EYES to read a book, and instead am all whiny and, "No, YOOOOOOU read it to me," and then this is combined with the sitting and the idle hands, and IT'S JUST KIND OF STRANGE. So when Dukay shows up, I realquick turn off the tape player. So now...uh, now Dukay thinks I just sit in my den, with the television and stereo off, just...sitting. Which is really no improvement, now that I think about it. I think he is kind of scared, actually. Hee! Oops! Sorry, Dukay. I'm not plotting your death.

But anyway! That is what I've been doing. Rocking with Chaos, exposing nine year-olds to pornography, and listening to bad books on tape. It's kind of awesome, and kind of pathetic, and COMPLETELY satisfying. Like eating an entire pie.

So! If you have any suggestions for great books on tape? And by "great", I mean, "really fucking awful"? Don't hold back, people! I will love you forever, and if you have children, I might even expose them to a little bit of accidental porn. You don't even have to thank me.

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52 Comments

Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews...good fun.

Posted by: Liz | March 29, 2005 03:51 PM

I'll see your Dean Koontz and raise you a Learn Spanish Through Song tape that follows the travails of "John" as he tries to learn Spanish in order to woo "Elena from Peru." One song, I think, is called "In My Room" and it consists of a smoov Latino man singing "In my room, in my room, there is a closet, in my room. In my room, in my room, little boy, in my room" I AM ACTUALLY NOT EVEN KIDDING HERE.

So I love books on tape, too. My two favorites ever? "The Kid Stays in the Picture" by Robert Evans: (In the most fabulously gravelly voice ever) "Was I tired? You bet. Was I intimidated? You betta believe I.... wasn't."

and "Kitchen Confidential": "Pass the fucking turkey you cocksucker."

Posted by: sarahb | March 29, 2005 04:07 PM

Being a super-huge-uber-nerd who has been known to partake in more than her fair share of books on tape, I have a couple of suggestions:

1. You might be able to get the books on tape at your local library; if so, they are not only cheap, they are FREE! And everyone loves free stuff! (Unfortunately, though, unlike Amazon, you do have to leave your house to get them...which just may not be worth the free-ness.)

2. If you want to wallow in your super-nerdliness (as I often do), you might consider getting something a step up from books on tape: college lectures on tape (http://www.teach12.com/teach12.asp). When I had a commute from hell, I got a course on Baroque music and listened to the lectures and the music on my drive. The tapes are expensive, but see #1--the library may have them for FREE!

Posted by: Jen | March 29, 2005 04:15 PM

First time commenter and I cannot believe it has to be about this, but oh well.

Information learned from my college ex: you can purchase a book on tape at your local Cracker Barrel, and then when you return it (to ANY OTHER Cracker Barrel) you can borrow another one. Its more like "renting" a book on tape, because I think they charge you a service charge of something like $3 for each one you rent.

Information like this is certainly how I earned a high degree of dorkiness amongst my friends.

Posted by: Emily | March 29, 2005 04:29 PM

I am also de-lurking (I'm a huge fan!), but I just couldn't let this challenge go. Have you tried John Saul? If you like Dean Koontz (and I mean like in that I just drank a bottle of champagne by myself and am now BUBBLY! way), you will LOVE John Saul. And I know, because I may or may not have bought 9 (9!) books by him on Amazon today, and they only cost 1 cent each.

Posted by: Brenda | March 29, 2005 05:20 PM

The best book on tape ever, is Charlotte's Web. Just remember to have tissues nearby at the end.

Posted by: Iggipolka | March 29, 2005 05:53 PM

I second the public library comment. Sometimes you can find some good ones.

For some reason, my sister bought one of the Harry Potter books on tape and I stole it and listened to it. And I had already actually read the book. But I had a little road trip I had to take and I was not in the mood for music. And all the kids on the tape had British accents, so that makes it cool, right?

Start throwing fruit now.

Posted by: smartjuice | March 29, 2005 06:02 PM

Lots of us knitting type folks listen to books on tape while we knit. So, how about adding another new hobby?

Posted by: Susan | March 29, 2005 06:04 PM

Ditto on the library. Ours here in Virginia lets you go online, request what you want and then they call you when it comes in. Not exactly Amazon, but free.

I have 2 to suggest.

1) Anything by David Sedaris, especially Me Talk Pretty One Day - hilarious.

2) War of the Worlds, especially late at night on a deserted road...

Posted by: megan | March 29, 2005 06:22 PM

I download books onto my iPod from Audible.com. ($20/month for 2 books, it's much too expensive to buy them a la cart.) Mine were meant for the car, too, but if it's a really good book I walk around the house with my headphones on and my husband says it's like living with a sullen teenager.

AWESOME audio books:
Time Traveller's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
His Dark Materials Trilogy, Philip Pullman
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, Al Franken (depending on your political persuasion, I guess)

And a book I listen to when I want to fall asleep really fast is Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress.

Ooh, will you tell me if you listen to/like any of them? I like knowing if my recommendations are successful.

Posted by: Cat, Galloping | March 29, 2005 06:42 PM

Jeeze, I remember when I would be one of the first few to comment, but now you got all these people commenting! I can say I knew you when!

Glad to hear you rocked out. I knew you could do it. Go, lady, GO.

Posted by: Em | March 29, 2005 07:10 PM

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams. Read by the author, who is now deceased. That shit rocks, is delivered in a cool British accent, and is funny as hell, too.

Posted by: Gretchen C. | March 29, 2005 07:44 PM

When I was a kid my dad used to listen to books on tape and I would get all shocked at the cussing and the love scenes and whatnot. So then he rented a 10 hour book on tape about the men who built the transcontinental railroad and I had to start getting my own trashy novels on tape.

Brad Pitt reads All the Pretty Horses, which they turned into a movie. It's kind of a boring book, but his voice is really sexy.

Posted by: Meg | March 29, 2005 08:25 PM

I do the same thing with my books on tape so don't feel bad. I live in Atlanta too and I use the public libraries and I rent from Book Ears. And they have books on CD as well if want. Two locations here in town, Ansley and Buckhead.

Love your blog!

Posted by: Casey | March 29, 2005 09:16 PM

Maya Angelou reads several of her own works (found them at the library). I just love her voice and inflection. Books on tape rock for being on the road!

Posted by: Erin | March 29, 2005 09:53 PM

Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas. *nod* Most definitely great audio material.

Posted by: Haley | March 29, 2005 11:31 PM

I'm with Susan, you should pick up a handcraft so that you have both an excuse to listen to books on tape, and that something-to-show-for-your-time feeling of accomplishment instead of the guilt feelings about laziness. And also, every time you look at a finished product you will be transported back into the story you were listening to while working in it, which is kinda freaky. Crocheting is way easier than knitting -- but if you have a shortage of babies in your circle you'll quickly run out of things to do, as knitted things are so much more *wearable*.

I love just about anything on tape that I'd like to read. It's a good way to branch out into new styles, too, if you use the library. I recommend something like "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon -- bypass the abridged versions and go for the unabridged, so much accented goodness! Or classics, classics are great because if you're not in the mood to plow through a lot of archaic language (which I generally am, but sometimes not so much), you don't have to plow through, you just let it wash over you while you do something else. Seriously, anything can be good. Maeve Binchy. Elizabeth Berg. Austen. Brontë. Watership Down. The Lord of the Rings books. Even children's books. We get these Secret Seven stories when we go on our summer vacation every year, about these British kids who solve mysteries, and we ostensibly get them for the kids. But, um, it wasn't the kids who put the last one in AGAIN on the way home. I'm just saying.

Posted by: Rachel | March 30, 2005 02:23 AM

this is only my second time commenting (i de-lurked for mr. phil well wishing).
to get the lifetime movie on audio tape experience, check out elizabeth berg. i listened to "the art of mending" by her recently, and really enjoyed it, potato chips for my brain style.

Posted by: kat in east tn | March 30, 2005 04:15 AM

Ummm...I think this goes in the really bad section of the books to choose from, but I ended up on a trip from TN to the beach in SC with my mom when I was in college and we listened to Wally Lamb's 'She's Come Undone,' read by Kathy Najimy. Now, I am sure it was a good book, but not something you want to be trapped in a moving vehicle with your mom to. And, also? Possibly the most depressing book--except for when you realize your life pretty much doesn't suck compared to this woman's. And also what was the deal with the whale? Damn you Oprah's book club.

Posted by: Morgan | March 30, 2005 09:25 AM

Don't buy them! Get them from the LIBRARY, silly girl! It's WAAAAAY cheaper, and then you aren't stuck with all these audiobooks you've already listened to.

I currently have 4 audio books in my car, oh, and my commute is 10 min long, and I still listen to them all the time.

So I am currently listening to Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I recommend this one b/c the guy reading it is a FREAK and does this weird sound effect-y kind of a voice a lot.

Posted by: Beej | March 30, 2005 09:59 AM

As everyone has mentioned, the library is your friend. And the last long road trip I went on I loaded my cassette player with a bajillion volume set of Sherlock Holmes on tape, thus allowing me to enjoy a snooty English accent and the classic stylings of the king of detectives at the same time.

I suggest, to satisfy your lifetime movie fix, Rosamunde Pilcher, for the lifetime movies that are primarily accompanied by the plinky piano of sweet sweet true love, and Sandra Brown for your lifetime movies that have orchestras signaling that SOMETHING IMPORTANT is coming and DAMMIT PAY ATTENTION because this is MYSTERIOUS (oboe) and EXCITING (violin) and there is DANGER ahead (entire orchestra swells). The books on tape have less music, but similar storylines.

(P.S. I am a first time commentator and I also want to say I love your dog stories! My father had dachsunds for years and you are right about the poop! They're so little! How can that all come from inside them?)

Posted by: Carrie | March 30, 2005 10:37 AM

Go to the library and check out the Ernest Hemingway Audio Collection CD. It includes readings by Hemingway himself, recorded in Cuba between 1948 and 1961. Charlton Heston reads THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA, which won a Grammy award in 1977. Heston's deep, melodious voice personifies old Santiago as movingly as Spencer Tracy did in the film rendition of the same role.

Posted by: Rick | March 30, 2005 10:44 AM

I'm going to second the David Sedaris comment. The boyfriend bought me the box set last year, and it is awesome. All of the books are read by David and his fabulous and hilarious sister Amy. It's gotten me through many a road trip.

Posted by: Heather | March 30, 2005 11:27 AM

I have no suggestions, but can I just say that books on tape are an excellent idea? Especially if your car is so damn old it DOESN'T EVEN HAVE A CD PLAYER.

Posted by: Fraulein N | March 30, 2005 11:32 AM

I second Iggipolka's suggestion for the Harry Potter books. It doesn't matter that I've read each of the books half a dozen times, but listening to them is great. And the fourth and fifth books are soooo long, you can drive from Minneapolis to Detroit and not be finished. Hours of listening enjoyment. And you can get them from the library.

Posted by: NGS | March 30, 2005 11:51 AM

I'm so sad someone beat me to the secret Cracker Barrel knowledge! Also, NEVER try to listen to Wuthering Heights while driving through the Midwest alone. I'll never figure out why my aunt gave me that book on tape, and how I managed not to drive off the road in dispair.

Posted by: reb | March 30, 2005 12:58 PM

Sometimes, I do have something to say. Remember me? The aggie chick w/the Construction Degree?

I make doilies and costumes while listening to BoT.

My dream in life? If you laugh, remember I CAN kick your ass! I wanna be the one that READS the books on tape. All my friends know this and let me read to them and their kids. Give me wine and I'll do the Iliad for you and you'll like it!

Posted by: lisame | March 30, 2005 02:22 PM

The Lemony Snicket books are hysterical - not just for kids. Also the Number One Ladies Detective Agency series is extremely entertaining. I knit while listening - it gives me the illusion of productivity.

Posted by: Elizabeth | March 30, 2005 06:22 PM

When I used to go into/through/around Atlanta I always sought out the Georgia Tech student station. (At least I think it was the GT station.) Is it no longer listenable? The only two books on tape I've listened to were "At Play in the Fields of the Lord" and "John Adams". I enjoyed listening but I just couldn't retain or internalize the stories the way I would had I actually read them. Also, not being able to leave the car and always looking for the long way home. I had to give it up.

Posted by: IV:XX | March 30, 2005 08:43 PM

Here's the link to the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System: http://www.af.public.lib.ga.us/ And you know what the best part is? Once you have a membership (you actually have to go there to get one), you can search for materials FROM HOME, and if another branch in, say, Whoadang-I-Didn't-Even-Know-Atlanta-WENT-That-Far-South has some book/book on tape that you want, you can request it online and they will send it to the nearest branch to you! It's almost like Amazon, but free! (And with a couple miles' drive, but hey.) As for recommendations, I would say Dead Eyes by Stuart Woods. It's a suspenseful one; this actress is being stalked, and then she goes blind (construction accident). Can you imagine being stalked while BLIND? And the guy breaks into your house trying to kill you and you can't freakin SEE HIM???

Whoa. Possibly even whoadang.

Posted by: Lori | March 31, 2005 12:20 AM

Sadly enough, there was a time(many years ago) when I actually purchased a Star Trek book on tape, read by..William Shatner. The man's voice is just built for books on tape. Stop laughing at me. Also, anything by David Sedaris.

Posted by: SuMMer | March 31, 2005 01:17 AM

Hmm..not that I'm the type of person who listens to books on tape ::cough::: BUT IF I WERE...I would probably listen to anything from the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, because if I were the type of person who liked to listen to books on tape, I would want them to be very fun and require as few brain cells as possible, with the added bonus of laughing like an idiot in an empty room.

Posted by: Jen | March 31, 2005 02:46 AM

This is kind of a variant on the theme, but if you know/like 'This American Life' on NPR, they've got two best-of collections on tape which are totally brilliant. There's a story on the first collection--which I think is called "Lies, Sissies and Fiascoes"--about a community theater production of 'Peter Pan' which, okay, I had to pull off the road because I was laughing so hard. Plus, the stories are shortish, so you'll be able to get through them during your commute.

Oh, and I second the Lemony Snickett tapes, even if you haven't read the books--I know Tim Curry is involved in the reading of at least a few and he's amazing.

Posted by: Kelsey | March 31, 2005 05:42 AM

Amen on the David and Amy Sedaris nod and really Dox, if you like Dean Koontz... do try John Saul and Peter Straub. They are good.

Oh, and fun trashy mystery novels from Elizabeth Lowell or Patricia Cornwell - her Dr. Kay Scarpetta line is a really good one. Sort of like Linc from Deavers.

Posted by: suzanna danna | March 31, 2005 11:45 AM

First time commenting here too...the Harry Potter books are excellent too. The reader Jim Dale does a fantastic job. I second the idea of a handcraft so that you have proof of productivity. From what I've read in your blog I think you might like www.subversivecrossstitch.com

Posted by: Autumn | March 31, 2005 11:59 AM

Oooh, Autumn beat me to it. The Potter books are AWESOME. Or AWERSOME, as I wrote at first. My kid and I commute and spend an hour or two in the car everyday, and we eat those Harry Potter books up. And we have the first 9 of the Snicket books, too, but these pale in comparison to the AWERSOME Potter books.

Posted by: Laura | March 31, 2005 07:41 PM

Silly people, has no one realized that the fact that you have to leave your house to get tapes from the library is a GOOD thing? You can listen some more on the drive!

Posted by: johannanana | March 31, 2005 10:24 PM

As a fellow Atlantan I feel your radio pain. I kind of like DAVE FM (92.9) but as with all stations, lots of ads and not a lot of music during morning drive time. Enjoy your books! I second the knitting love for a secondary activity.

Posted by: renee | April 1, 2005 10:15 AM

Ok this is just freeky! I did the harry potter tapes in the car kids loved it tho it was more for me and hubby. Did i mention you can get them at the library YES its true the LIBRARY has books on tape about ten million of them anddddddd FREEEEE did i say. Well that is ofcorse IF you dont forget to take them back 9 months ago.........

Posted by: First timer | April 1, 2005 01:13 PM

IAm raising my glass to the Knitting type folks who listen to books on tape HORAH you Salute!

Posted by: first timer | April 1, 2005 01:15 PM

Ok, I'll own up to what I recently finished listening to during my commutes: all three Merry Gentry books by Laurell K Hamilton.

A Kiss Of Shadows, A Caress Of Twilight and Seduced By Moonlight. All are available on Amazon in cassette form, though not terribly cheap.

I won't pretend these are the greatest stories ever (or that the story even takes precedence over the sex,) but they appeal to my baser instincts. ;-)

Posted by: taerin | April 1, 2005 03:51 PM

Get The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy on Tape. You will own the whole series if you hear it instead of read it. It was originally a radio show and it comes alive vocally.

Posted by: Summer Gale | April 1, 2005 04:10 PM

ok, done the books on tape thing a few times, and i have to agree on the Janet Evanovich books, they're 1 for The Money, 2 for the Dough, etc. Read by a woman who does crazy voices for each character, and all in pseudo-Jersey accents. Cotton candy for the brain! Looking for length? The original Helter-skelter true-crime book about the Manson murders, for someone too young to remember when it happened, it was fascinating and also amazingly creepy. As a bonus, I believe it was 6 or 8 casettes long, lasted for weeks!

Posted by: somis | April 1, 2005 06:50 PM

Garrison Keelers Lake Wobegon. My fav. Enjoy.

Posted by: Brighton | April 2, 2005 06:56 AM

Definitely get Janet Evanovich. The books even! Also anything by Carl Hiiasen (yes that's how you spell it). You will be laughing out loud and people driving beside you will think your are crazy. This is also true of the Evanovich BoT. Also a new author I just found is Christopher Moore. I don't know if his books are on tape but get the books anyway. Some titles: The Sequined Love Nun, or Lamb: The story of Biff, Christ's childhood friend. For thrillers try David Balducci, Greg Iles, Patricia Cornwell. I live in Atlanta if you want to borrow from my BoT library just e-mail me. I have many, many, many. And, get a walkman and headphones-you can cook, clean etc. while listening.

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Posted by: Catherine | April 3, 2005 04:56 AM

The best books on tape are definitely the Harry Potter series... Jim Dale, the guy that reads them, is amazing! You forget it is just 1 man doing all the characters.

Any of David Sedaris' books are good too-- esp. the live stuff.

I listen to books on tape @ home as well... especially when I am cleaning or cooking...

This is a great hobby! Be proud! :)

Posted by: Saundra | April 3, 2005 05:20 PM

okay - I have to add a little undorkiness to this whole thing. I mean, 47 comments about how cool your dorky hobby is. (haha, just kidding!! Love ya...)

My question is - you actually have a tape deck in your car? :)

Posted by: Littlehoney | April 4, 2005 01:12 AM

A friend and I got hooked on BOT when we were commuting together to a job one hour away. We both agreed that Mary Higgins Clark is the perfect BOT "read" for the car. She is not someone we'd ever read with our eyes, but while you are darting in and out of traffic and cussing, if you miss a sentence here or there, you don't miss a thing. No need to rewind. I highly recommend, as a step up from Mary Higgins Clark, Pigs In Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver (try to get one read by the author. She has such a soft, pretty voice), and Welcome To The World, Baby Girl, by Fannie Flagg. Also? If you can't knit (like me), you might give needlepoint a whirl. You can make yourself a most excellent belt while listening to wonderful literature! (like Mary Higgins Clark.)

Posted by: daisy | April 6, 2005 06:30 AM

oh, i am the master of books on tape. and i have the same problem you do of wanting to stay in the car and keep listening, carbon monoxide be damned. (i've since learned to burn the books on cd to mp3).

really fucking trashy: carnal innocence, by nora roberts. you will love this book

intense: the BBC rendition of lord of the rings. skeery.

sad: lovely bones.

terrific writing: a dangerous woman

Posted by: brando | April 6, 2005 12:03 PM

Hi, I realize this is a few days past its prime, but I just found your site today (via Weetabix and the other Diarists, congrats!) and I wanted to throw in Elmore Leonard. I used to live in Colorado and would drive to Wisconsin to visit my parents a couple times a year. Before each trip I would LOAD UP at the library with a dozen or so books on tape, and my favorites by far were his. Many were read by Joa Mantegna, IIRC.

Another tip: If you are going on a lengthy road trip and won't be back in time to return the tapes, talk to your librarian. I explained the situation and they would extend the check-out time for me, or I would return them via mail. Sweet.

Posted by: Jane | April 9, 2005 03:03 PM

Hi, had to de-lurk and say I agree with all the others, you must listen to David Sedaris, either Me Talk Pretty or his Live from Carnegie Hall. Hilarious. And I also put in a vote for Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, mindless & funny. For mysteries I'd go with either Harlan Coben or George Pelecanos, though I may have just butchered the spelling of his last name. Definitely steer clear of Anne Rice, her reader creeped me out, 10 years later and I still have the wingy old creepy voice stuck in my head.

Posted by: Sam | April 16, 2005 12:03 AM

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