Convalescing recently has given me the opportunity to get through a lot of audiobooks so I have some observations for you:
Want a great example of why audio is sometimes the way to go? Try:
Born to Kvetch by Michael Wex
Audio is the only way to learn about a language – you must hear it spoken to understand how it flows.
Next up is Little Children by Tom Perrotta. This starts out a little like a Lifetime movie but soon turns into something deeper. Not much deeper but it's a good listen. Plus the upcoming movie has a great cast: Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, and a grown up and creepy Jackie "Bad News Bears" Earle Haley.
Now let's talk about a book to avoid:
Sometimes when good writers write under pseudonyms, they should let the secret stay a secret. I only bought this book because Rankin wrote it but this is a sorry knock-off of First Blood. David Morrell is not as good a writer but tells a better story than this. Sorry Ian, the next time I'm up for a good Scottish thriller, I'll pick up a Val McDermid or a Denise Mina book instead.
Also good is Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen. Hiaasen is always a good read and this is no exception. If you've never read him before, also check out: Double Whammy, Skin Tight, Lucky You, Sick Puppy, and Tourist Season… among others.
The best surprise I've had in audio is the Ricky Gervais show. Audible.com has it and I gather it's on iTunes too. It's hil-arious. At first I wasn't sure I'd like it because the gist of the show is that Ricky and his friend Steve pick on their producer Karl Pilkington. But Karl's observations are so… well: idiot/genius. I almost never laugh out loud at any comedy under any setting but I was laughing so hard I was in tears. I cannot listen to this in bed because Kelli thinks I'm having a seizure.