Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A Trip Down South via Audiobook

I am always somewhat hesitant when I notice that an audiobook is being read by the author—that is, if the book is fiction with a number of different characters. Just because someone is a writer doesn’t mean that he can read the characters aloud in a distinctive way. This book is an exception—Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson. I downloaded the unabridged audio from Overdrive and then couldn’t put the MP3 Player down. At one point, I was trying to juggle my player while doing a household task and dropped it, clearing the hard drive, and had to reload the novel. If you like strongly-defined female protagonists who come into their own in the course of a novel, quirky and crazily eccentric Southern characters, interesting plot twists, and a little mystery and romance thrown in, you will enjoy this book. An extra plus is the depiction of a person living a rich and full life even though Usher’s syndrome has made her both deaf and blind. I have been on a book diet—public library only—but I just made a Barnes and Noble stop for another book by the same author. I’ll have to read this one to myself, but I’m sure I will be hearing her voice while I do it.

I’m continuing my catch-up on the works of Julie Garwood and just finished Killjoy. It is a modern novel, rather than historical, and was a very satisfying read.

1 comment:

LizzieK8 said...

Sounds like a good one. Have you read the Southern Sisters by Anne George? Cozy mysteries that are just hysterical!