One thing about the new store being so far away? I've finished a book and a half already via audio in the last ten days. This isn't a complaint - I really enjoy listening to audiobooks - but I'm certainly going to be making headway through the "two audiobooks a month" subscription I have with audible, which, like all collections in a library, had outgrown the pace at which I was listening to them.
I've found that listening to a novel on the way to work is well and good. I'm an early riser, I'm sharpest in the morning, and I retain everything. On the ride home, I'm not quite as likely to absorb everything or remember where I'd left off or what was going on, so I've been listening to short stories on the way home, and the novels on the way in. It's working out well.
Today I cycled back to the audio for Fool for Love.
"De Anima," by Joel Derfner
When I originally read this story, I said this:
In "De Anima," by Joel Derfner, I was completely humbled by a narrative voice that was so incredibly awesome that, once again, I laughed out loud. As I've mentioned, laughing out loud is a litmus for me to know whether or not I've been sucked in by a tale. Wit, I keep mentioning, is in this anthology in abundance, and "De Anima" is a perfect example of this. I need to pick up "Swish."
Speaking of mountains of books to be read, I did pick up "Swish."
The audio performer here was just brilliant. The snark, the wit, and the cadence of the voice was already so good from Joel's writing, but holy flying crap did the reader take that voice and run with it. And I'd forgotten this glorious first line: "It was the morning after my boyfriend told me he wanted seek freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ that I decided to knit the brain." That line grabs your attention and demands it. Trust me, you'll enjoy the ride.