I’m in on Audible. I started a membership to get ahold of an audio recording of Jane Austen’s Emma for this article I wrote here, and I’ve been sucked into its vortex. My phone has the Audible app, and you can automatically speed files up to 2x or 3x their normal speed. It’s a treasure.
Plus, when I was traveling to Vancouver two weeks ago, I have very few things ON my phone. One of the exceptions? My Audible files.
So here’s a short list of the things I’ve purchased recently from the digital audiobook warehouse.
1. Emma by Jane Austen
WONDERFUL narration by Juliet Stevenson
2. Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
Anton Lesser brings a deft comic touch to this ur-postmodern novel.
3. The Story of Medieval England
A Great Courses series in anticipation of my Early English literature course this fall…
4. Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition
Another Great Courses series. I’m interested in nailing down exactly what makes a good 30 min. generalist lecture on a work of literature. This course has tremendous scope and different professors, so it’s a good laboratory for my quest.
5. Macbeth: The Arkangel Shakespeare
This company has quality dramatizations of nearly every Shakespeare play. This was a solid performance of Macbeth.
6. Mountolive by Lawrence Durrell
Part 3 of the Alexandria Quartet. I purchased a good Faber edition of the book when I was in Canada.
7. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
My chair thinks this is Chandler’s best book. I’m looking forward to it.
8. How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren