The Problem with Audiobooks

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I’m an unrepentant end-reader. I will get partially into a book and just have to read the end, see who survives, who the killer was, if the couple finally gets together. I still read the rest of the book, but I feel better knowing how it all turns out. I don’t like the stress inherent in not knowing. Yes, I realize that for many that’s one of the draws of reading, but not for me so much. I’m also a skimmer. Sometimes I skim through a page, getting what I need to but skipping over some of the details. Both of those are quiet easy with traditional books

And that’s the problem with audiobooks. I can’t skip ahead to the end, at least on my player, because I’ll lose my spot. I can’t skim over any bits because I’m stuck with the narrator’s pace, probably a good thing actually, although with some books where there is a lot of repetition it can be annoying .

Here’s what it boils down to- I need a bit of help. My current audio is The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan, #2 in his Powder Mage Trilogy. I’m currently on hour 5 of like 19 and I really need to know what’s going to happen! So, if you’ve read it, please e-mail me some spoilers. Or just let me know in the comments a general idea of the outcome, mostly with Taniel’s and Tamas’ storylines. Nila I’m not so invested in or Adamat for that matter. Pretty please.

Am I the only one who has this trouble with audiobooks? I love them, don’t get me wrong, but I wish more reviewers would give me spoilers.

Fitness Tuesday

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Every week, Joy hosts the Readers’ Workouts at Joy’s Book Blog. Usually I just leave a comment with how I’ve doing with exercising or eating or whatever, but if I want to finish a 10-mile trail challenge in November, I need to actually get serious.

Here’s my plan, more or less.

training plan

I’m starting at Week 1. I’m already a little off track, but not bad. Yesterday I ran 3 miles, a mile over the target, but skipped the strength train/stretch. I did take the dog for a mile walk, though, so maybe it’s a trade off? This plan is for a 13.1 miles and I’m not going that far, but a trail run is a bit tougher, I think, than a street one.

Here’s my run from yesterday evening. Yes, I’m slow, but I’m okay with that.

7.21

It was hot and muggy, but I did pretty well. Today is 30-min Strength Train and Stretch. I think I’ll try to head out to the gym for a bit, but David wants to get in the pool, so we’ll see. Maybe I’ll do my yoga DVD – I haven’t done that for a while.

Next week, hopefully, I’ll report on how I’m doing. I’m also going to sign up for a 5K on August 2.

If you feel like joining in on the Readers’ Workouts, head over to Joy’s Book Blog.

Audiobook Review: Angelica’s Smile by Andrea Camilleri

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angelica's smile

Title: Angelica’s Smile (Inspector Montalbano #17)

Author: Andrea Camilleri

Translator: Stephen Sartarelli

Read by: Grover Gardner

Category: Mystery

Audio published: June 24, 2014 by Blackstone Audio

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Add: Goodreads

Purchase: Audible | Amazon | Book Depository

A rash of burglaries has Inspector Salvo Montalbano stumped. The criminals are so brazen that their leader, the anonymous Mr. Z, starts sending the Sicilian inspector menacing letters. Among those burgled is the young and beautiful Angelica Cosulich, who reminds the inspector of the love-interest in Ludovico Ariosto’s chivalric romance, Orlando Furioso. Besotted by Angelica’s charms, Montalbano imagines himself back in the medieval world of jousts and battles. But when one of the burglars turns up dead, Montalbano must snap out of his fantasy and unmask his challenger.

I like this series more in theory than I do in fact. Angelica’s Smile was okay, but not outstanding. Of course, it probably didn’t help that I missed all the Orlando Furioso references, since I’d never heard of it, let alone read it. Apparently, it’s “one of the most influential works in the whole of European literature” and I’ve missed out on it. Once again, Montalbano falls in lust at first sight. Maybe it’s some kind of midlife crisis, he feeling old, she’s attractive, he decides cheating on his girlfriend is an option after all. Meh.

The burglaries themselves are rather interesting, although the criminal is contacting Montalbano directly, which happened in the last book I listened to in this series. Does that actually happen often in real life? I kinda doubt it.

The Sicily setting is fabulous and does often lead to some great food. And I like the general attitude, it’s amusing and clever. Montalbano’a a bit of a jerk, but in a good way. I don’t think I’d like him in real life, but he’s enjoyable to read about.

This one didn’t grab me though. There was nothing that really elevated it from your average mystery. The cast of secondary characters/suspects was a bit long and with all the Italian names they were hard for me to keep straight. The end was a bit confusing too, maybe because it was on audio and I wasn’t fully paying attention, but I was happy with at least part of the whodunnit.

Grover Gardner did a good job as the narrator, I thought. He has the right tone for Montalbano and he makes it sound foreign but not too much so, if that makes sense. The audio’s short, about 5½ hours, and has a lot going on, so it kept my attention. For a good quick read, it’s not bad, but the first few I read in the series I enjoyed more than the last couple. I don’t know if I’m being more picky now, or if they’re just not as good.

Edit: If you’re interested, here the link to the Wikipedia article on Orlando Furioso.

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