Thursday, January 19, 2012

*sings* I'm a Big Girl Now! (Audiobook style)

Last weekend, I spent 11-12 hours in the car driving to and from Virginia to visit Allison Pang. (We had an AWESOME time, in case you were wondering! :-p) I hadn't done a drive that long solo in quiet some time and was a bit concerned about getting tired and, well, falling asleep at the wheel. Usually this fear will instigate the creation of numerous playlists for my "singing" pleasure. But this time, I decided to try something different.

I was going to listen to my first...audiobook....ever.

Yes, I know. It's shocking.

Me? Listening to an audiobook? I had no idea what to choose or even how to choose. So, the first thing I did was look for the best deal I could find. And that was to go with I don't know if this is actually the best deal, but there was a promotion so hey, it worked for me.

I kicked around the site, trying to decide what kind of book I wanted. I was leaning away from fiction for the first time in my life, fearing that I would hate the experience and then be stuck listening to someone read dramatically to me and driving me crazy in the car or I'd have thrown away some much-needed cash on something I didn't use. I know! I thought. I'll get something guaranteed to be funny so it keeps me laughing out loud!

I listened to the samples on a couple different options and then...then I found it: Bossypants, written and read by Tina Fey.

As soon as I started listening I knew it was the right choice.

Brilliantly crafted, thematically balanced, and filled with wit, sarcasm, and heartfelt honesty--I was truly impressed with Fey's memoir. Her delivery being spot-on was kind of expected, of course, and she did not disappoint. What I didn't quite expect though was how down-to-earth Fey seems, how I could relate to so many of her own personal trials and triumphs. Not to say I've accomplished anything close to what she has; my point is just that she's real. She talks about real issues, real feelings, and gives such great insight it's empowering.

I must say Bossypants was the best book I could've picked to kick-off my audiobook-listening "career."

Next up? I'm not sure yet...I'm considering Jane Lynch's memoir or something of that ilk.

I am, as always, open to recommendations!

1 comment:

  1. Are you there Vodka, it's me, Chelsea?
    My Horizontal Life
    Chelsea, Chelsea, Bang, Bang

    All by Chelsea Handler. They are all memoirs and they are hilarious!