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 Audible.com. 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!