I don't usually do book reviews because a) I rarely have time to read and b) I rarely can find something that I love when I do have time. So, I turned to my bestie, Sylvie - she of the impeccable everything. She gave me a reading list and, since I still don't have time to read a real book, I have been borrowing them on CDs from the library. The first book was Winter Garden, by Kristin Hannah . It started out a little slow for me because I was not impressed with the daughters and felt like shaking them silly through most of my commute. Then the mother started to take more of center stage and, by the end, it moved me tp tears.
Next up was News of the World. I can hardly find enough words to convey how much I loved - adored - this book.
I was overcome with disappointment when it ended because I could have listened to it for weeks on end. I am going to buy it, but I'm not sure whether to buy the printed book or opt for the recorded book. I will have to say that the narrator truly enhanced the quality of the story, although it didn't need enhancing - wonderful characters, developed skillfully and believably until it was hard not to feel this was a real story. Her language is so wonderful (sorry for all the 'wonderfuls', but it is) that it's almost musical. It's rare that the spoken or read word can conjure up such vivid visions for me. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
I'm now listening to Watership Down, a classic I have not read in years. I do have to be careful with all these great reads, however. If I reach the parking garage during a particularly good passage, I will sit and listen and forget I have to hie me upstairs! I've made it by the skin of my teeth more than a few times!