Riding with Rita
Great News! We now are lending PLAYAWAYs – pre-loaded digital audiobooks.
PLAYAWAY is an all in one product: lightweight, compact and easy to use. It is an MP3 player that comes with one pre-loaded audiobook. You supply your own earphones, or purchase them at the Circulation Desk for $1.00.
This is a handy way to listen to books, and no more shuffling of CD’s! It is so easy. Come in and try one today.
I’ll bet I’m not alone in my intention to revisit some of the classics I read in school. I finally got started, with Madame Bovary on CD, and I am so glad I did.
Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert read by Donada Peters.
This book is considered one of the greatest novels ever written. The theme is adultery, which caused moral outrage at the time it was published (1857). Flaubert along with his publisher was put on trial for indecency (acquitted). Even in translation the language is exquisitely precise, as Flaubert could take a week to complete one perfect page. If you love beautiful writing, read or listen to this classic work of French literature.
Here are some others that I listened to on my way to Melville this month- give them a try!
The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson read by Alan Sklar
(Also a recent selection of Chris Garland’s non-fiction “the Reader Selects” book discussion group)
I got off to a rocky start with this one as the opening chapter is primarily about all aspects of feces…human and animal. However, as the topic of this book is the London cholera outbreak of 1854, all of that is vindicated in this outstanding record of the deadly outbreak and the unraveling of its cause. Scientific method triumphs over medieval beliefs and we are pulling for the good guys as they fight against the ignorance and economic interests of the powers that be.
The Innocent Man by John Grisham read by Craig Wasson
In this non-fiction account of the prosecution and incarceration of Ron Williamson (a mentally ill, former high school star baseball player and major league prospect accused of brutal rape and murder) we see a police and justice system run amuck. Death penalty issues loom large in this book. It serves as a caveat for those who tacitly condone the eroding of our civil liberties.
The March E.L. Doctorow read by Joe Morton
Historical fiction set during Union General William Tecumseh Sherman’s march through Georgia and the Carolinas at the close of the Civil War, beautifully read by actor Joe Morton.