May 21st, 2009
|02:32 pm - next audio - still haven't chosen|
I'm tempted to listen to another book read by Tom Stechschulte: for example The Road or No Country for Old Men. I'm also tempted by the audio version of Philip K Dick's Valis, which I haven't read for literally decades.
I also see that audible is offering Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I listened to the extract last night, and to be honest I think the joke might get pretty old pretty quickly. 90% of the text is lifted directly from the original: well, say 80%, and the rest is somewhat crudely stitched on references to cutting off heads and ballgowns covered in blood spatter. Which is quite funny. It's a good idea, and I'll watch the film, but I'm not sure I want to listen to ten and a half hours of it.
I also see they've got The Way Back read by Gareth Thomas, and Cygnus Alpha read by Paul Darrow.
BTW has anyone heard of The Dark Universe by Daniel Galouye? Richard Dawkins sez 'of all the novels I have ever read, this is, perhaps, the one that I find myself describing to others more often than any other. '
I don't know. Whatever I choose will live with me for a month so I don't want to screw up.
|Date:||May 21st, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)|| |
It is a minor classic - one of a couple of Galouye novels that are solid speculation of a particularly 50s kind.
I expect Dawkins is nostalgic for a story read at just that right time of life. I was thinking yesterday about 'R for Rocket' by Rad Bradbury, with A Sound of Thunder and the Golden Apples of the Sun in it, and thinking how much I loved it as a littel girl.
I think the joke might get pretty old pretty quickly
I agree. I picked the book up in the local Borders, just for a quick look. It made me smile, and there was, of course, the thrill that you always get - that feeling of shared experience. But I can't quite imagine ploughing through the entire book.
The bit I heard was Mr Bennett telling his wife and daughters that he'd visited Bingley. It was quite amusing to hear the familiar words and then 'Lord, Mr Bennett, our girls have few enough balls to attend, what with the mouth of hell opening and unleashing this accursed zombie plague' (something like that anyway). But that seems more of a bon-bon than a whole meal.