So today, for the first time in my life, I decided to listen to an audio book. I was travelling 45 minutes away, which I thought would get me a decent way through the story.
Things we learned today about/because of audio books:
1. My car panel doesn’t have a pause button. Why doesn’t it have a pause button?
2. Listening to a book being read takes significantly longer than reading a book does. By significantly longer I mean that in book form, this book would take me 2 hours to read. In audio book form, it takes 5.6 hours, yes HOURS, over 6 discs.
3. I am not a fan of audio books. Aside from being completely inefficient and a waste of time (see #2), I found it was hard to connect to the characters and IMAGINE the plot unfolding in my head. This is an obstacle I have never run into before. That being said, as I have mentioned in previous posts, I have to finish a book once started, and now, I’m stuck listening to the next 5 discs of this book just to find out what happens. le sigh.
The Book: Austenland
Author: Shannon Hale
The characters: See #3 above. I feel in book form, maybe I could relate a bit more but not completely to the female protagonist Jane.
The plot: Cute, but contrived. It does however have some pull since I am a Jane Austen fan.
The writing: Good, particularly in the beginning. She has bouts of attempting to imitate Jane Austen, with some degree of success.
The Last Word: It’s not Pride and Prejudice but it is a solid easy, breezy chick lit beach read.
Having listened to all of the tapes, I concur with my intitial response. There is an interesting plot twist toward the end but don’t worry you still get that chick lit happily ever after.