Since joining Audible a year ago I have chewed through the classics and contemporaries like a wood chipper.
That being said, I say this:
Moby Dick is not just a great book, it is the best book I have EVER read.
None too familiar with it before tackling the read, I'd always for some reason thought it would be stuffy, dusty, old world reading. Nay, my friend. It was saucy, salty, and American.
The subject matter is absolutely riveting to the imagination. The deep inner thoughts of the characters are poetic and stirring. The manic, unresting, hungry intelligence of Ishmael illuminates a world I'd have never known existed, the intimate inner workings of an industry, and the beauty of the experiences had by men who might be dismissed as uneducated and rough. The stories are so spectacular, so grippingly entertaining, I'd often stop what I was doing while listening, hands stilled in their motions, and half smiling and wide eyed, waiting to hear what came next. And sometimes all I could say was, "No, freaking, way."
Treat yourself to Moby Dick.
I downloaded these because I was bored and in desperate need of something to fill the silence, but all the while harbouring the honest feeling that Sherlock Holmes was a little culty and geeky and I'd never really get into it. So wrong.
What a joy this series was. Engrossing, exciting, perplexing, funny, and, in the later years, even a little racy! I truly felt drawn into the world of the 19th century and actually feel like I learned more than I ever expected to about an era gone by.
The performance is phenomenal; Griffin can fulfill any accent, any character.
Holmes has enjoyed a real spike of popularity in the past decade and I often overhear debates over the "best Sherlock ever." I can honestly now say that the best Sherlock ever, WAS Sherlock, no updating or sexifying required. There's a reason these books are still favorites.
I was surprised to discover I didn't find Tina Fey's book as funny as I thought I would. As a formerly obese adolescent truly versed in what it is to be loathsome and outcaste, I didn't really buy her self deprecating humor, and all the stories and characters she seemed to take as knee slappers and whacky, were just kind of not all that special. There were parts that were motivational, and the book really picked up once she got into the SNL years, but if you're REALLY looking for a tears running down your cheeks, aching at your sides hilarious read, go read anything by John Hodgeman.
Lisa Reneé Pitts' voice is so sweet, and the writing so lush, this story became what I looked forward to most about getting home! As someone with hardly one cultural tie to speak of with African American history I found this a real education, and as such an impassioned first hand account, made it incredibly relatable. Would absolutely recommend!
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