In the movie THE HOURS everybody feels their lives are trivial, so they jump out of windows, etc. What they really needed was to read (or, even better, listen to, Proust). Proust puts the magic in all the trivial bits that make up our lives. He enobles them; we take dignity from them. Where Buddhism teaches "mindfulness", the awareness of each feature of each moment, and the understanding that it will never be repeated just that way again, the rest of us have Proust.
Normally I require a plot in any book I read, but with Proust it's different. We live his life in minute detail. So accurately does he dissect every emotion, reveal every motivation and explore every ramification that we become him. We no more need a plot in this book than we need one in our own lives. Instead we take from his example the ability to see in our own trivial moments the glimmer of literature.
One caveat: It is a pity to abridge this book. There is an unabridged version on the market--expensive, but maybe worth it.
If you like short fiction, you might try "Great French and Russian Short Stories, Volume 1", which has THE OVERCOAT and many other stories (over 9 hrs in all) for not much more than you'd pay for this 1 hour story, especially if you're a Premium Listener.
This fine biography would obviously be a must-listen for any baseball fan. It's a story packed with incident, controversy and a flavor of baseball's past that is brought to life so fully that it seems as contemporary as Bonds and Pedro.
My only question is: Would a non-fan be interested? I think quite possibly not, although Ty Cobb was such a head-case that this is clearly not your average sports biography. It is also part history, part psychology and part simply evidence of thorough research.
This is not the way people learn a language. It might be a cure for insomnia, but as a language tape, it's next to worthless. Try Pimsleur's, if you don't mind the price.
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