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Saturday, June 07, 2008
great literature
in audiobook format
As you probably know unless you just wound up here via some misguided Google search, I read a lot of books. Actually, lately, I listen to them, thanks to the largesse of my benefactor, Don Katz, who is founder and CEO of Audible.com, which the New York Times recently called "one of the most resilient start-ups in Internet history." The company, as you will see if you click that last link, was acquired by Amazon in January.

Now, as it happens, what I really like (contrary to the impression I may give here) is crappy novels -- once denigrated as "pulp fiction" in those dark days before we had Quentin Tarantino. However, there is crappy and there is sub-sub-crappy, and I've been running into too many of the latter category lately. They're so bad they make my ears bleed.

So I decided I would start listening to great literature instead. I'm not quite ready for Jane Austen or Henry James, but I I've always wanted to read Samuel Beckett, so I thought aha! that's what I'll do. I went to Audible forthwith and downloaded Molloy, which is the first of "The Trilogy," so called -- the other two being Malone Dies and The Unnamable. You can get all three in one volume here. But wait.

There are some really great books that are totally ruined by the reader. My latest bitch is hard-boiled noir detective novels read by guys who sound like they just swished out of some bar in the Castro. Insensitive? Sue me. A guy about to plug another guy -- with a gun, anyway -- shouldn't lisp his coup de grâce line. It's just wrong.

In sharp contrast, there are other books, already great, that are made infinitely finer by the narration. Molloy is one such. You can buy the CD audio book from Amazon. But even better, and way faster, you can download the same stuff from Audible -- at a substantial discount. Just click here. I get no kickback for this, btw. It's just so good I want you to hear it. To that end, I will skip telling you about Beckett's 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature and simply give you this sample, which I have lovingly prepared for your delectation. Fire up this little mp3 and tell me if this doesn't beat those trashy comic books you seem to like so much!

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