My Audible credits are piling up, and I decided to use them all before I cancel my subscription. Although my library is full of books I have yet to hear, I am not discouraged. Short British mysteries, Maggie Smith and Julia Child biographies have kept me company as I walk, but heavy plots requiring attention tend to collect moss – started, stopped, ignored, replaced by a library book in print. Flanagan’s Road to the Deep North still lingers – waiting to be heard on a long flight with no escape.
Five credits – five books:
- Joanna Kavenna called Ali Smith’s first in a four-part series – Autumn – “a beautiful, poignant symphony of memories, dreams and transient realities…” in her review for The Guardian. A symphony? A candidate for an audiobook.
- Recently published Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders has a cast of 166 voices, including David Sedaris.
- Since I am number 279 on the library wait list, John Grisham’s The Whistler is a good candidate, promising fast-paced thrills.
- Melk Wiking’s Little Book of Hygge looked like a quick way to get life-style advice when I skimmed it in the bookstore, especially coupled with Rinzler’s The Buddha Walks into a Bar (already on my iPod).
- Finally (possibly because I have been reading articles about challenging the brain to prevent Alzheimer’s lately), the last book is French Short Stories (in French, of course).
Now I am ready to cancel my subscription. But wait, those clever marketers have offered me a reprieve – 90 days on hold, a pause instead of a stop. If I have not listened to my last five books by Spring, I may have the courage to really cancel.