Quick recape for my tens of readers: I treasure the monthly ritual of choosing two audiobooks worthy of my Audible.com credits.
I was very pleased with July's credit redemptions. Both books had been on my radar, and I enjoyed both even more than I thought I would. Michael Frank's The Mighty Franks invited me into a family very different from my own. Families are complicated. Love is complicated. I admired Frank's ability to capture the complication and the love. To paraphrase and revise: they'll mess you up, your aunt and uncle.
Katherine Heiny's Standard Deviation was a gem. Marriage is complicated. Love is complicated. Parenting is complicated. They're all worth it though. Heiny gets all the little details right -- a lot of yes, yes, yes-ing as I read. I also liked how she managed to be smartly funny without being snarky.
The Misfortune of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton was a book I had been looking forward to all summer. Despite a promising premise, this book was just not what I wanted it to be. The writing is good, the characters interesting, but it wasn't for me. The missing ingredient may have been hope.
Tom Perrotta's smart and witty books have offered me many hours of Audible.com listening pleasure and Mrs. Fletcher was no exception. I was a tad overwhelmed by the sex, porn, and MILF aspects of the book early on (as was my best friend who was also listening and texted "I am listening to Mrs. Fletcher. Wow") but then I figured out what he was trying to do and thought he did it well. I'd love to discuss Mrs. Fletcher and/or to eavesdrop on book club conversations about it!
Want to know how I spent my September Audible credits? Want to know why I am longer biting on the Audible Deal of the Days? Want to know how audiobook listening is going without my lil green ipod? Visit again as future posts will provide answers.