Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
It's another audiobook, and it's abridged, but Oh. My. God. It's THE audiobook. It's a legend. And did it live up to its reputation? It certainly did.
And the whole time that I'm listening to it, I kept thinking about this:
Monday, June 07, 2010
Himan Brown, who long before there was television created immensely popular radio dramas like “The Adventures of the Thin Man” and “Dick Tracy,” employing an arsenal of beguiling sound effects that terrified or tickled the shows’ many listeners, died on Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 99.
You have no idea how many episodes of "Inner Sanctum Mysteries" and "CBS Radio Mystery Theater" I've listened to over the years.
You also have no idea how often I still listen to them.
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Why? Why not? Because everyone else seems to be reading it. Or buying it. Or selling it. I can't say that I've seen anyone else reading it, or heard anyone recommend it, but it sure does seem to be on sale everywhere.
Ffor something that is that ubiquitous, it wasn't half bad. I downloaded the second book, "The Girl Who Played With Fire", and it's in queue on my Kindle. Not great literature, but a satisfying summer read.
And I have to admit that I liked that it was set in Sweden. I liked that there were probably all sorts of stock characters and regional types, but that I didn't get the references. I avoid a lot of police/detective genre books because I tire easily of the ex-cop who drinks too much and the corrupt metropolitan police department, the taciturn Northeasterners and the Southern rednecks, all of the tropes that I associate with the laziest of American crime fiction. Unfair to the good stuff, I'm sure, but I don't have the time to wade through all of the best-selling by-the-numbers crap to get to the good stuff.