My Audible account says that I've been using it since October of 2016. It feels like less time than that, but as one gets older, one's sense of time speeds up. I started listening because a YouTube channel I follow was sponsored by Audible. I thought it would be cool to support the channel, and at the same time I could possibly better myself in some regards. A few months ago, I discovered that I could also borrow audio-"books" from the Chicago Public Library. Things were almost in place for the listening binge I've been on for the past two years. The next puzzle piece came during a party where a friend of a friend who studied economics talked about listening to podcasts at double-speed (hey, it doubles the ROI of your time!). The final piece has been my lowly adjunct lifestyle, in which I spend at least five hours per week in the car. This gives me lots of time to listen, and I've been going through my list at something more closely approximating the pace some of my friends do their actual reading.
So in an effort to keep track, I'm putting together a list of the "books" I've been auditing (I just can't bring myself to call it reading, so maybe this will catch on). I had a short chat with my wife's grandmother, who has also discovered the wonderful world of audiobooks, and we agreed to send each other our respective lists. Of course I had her list in my hands three days later, which was sometime in August? Here, then (finally) is my list:
In the last months of 2016, I listened to three audiobooks:
2018: (Which started in roughly the order I listened to them, but then became a mishmash because I'm using multiple platforms)
Audiobooks I haven't finished (currently in the process of auditing, or that I've already checked out), but plan to finish before the year's end:
Audiobooks I was unable to finish for various reasons:
My resolution for the end of the year is to come back and list the book-books that I've actually read, and perhaps provide some commentary on the lot of them, since, as it turns out, I have opinions!
I went on a Saul Bellow kick:
65. The Adventures of Augie March
67. Mr. Sammler's Planet
68. Humboldt's Gift
and then a Michael Lewis stint:
69. The Big Short
70. The Undoing Project
71.* Don Quixote (Part One) -- I ran out of time before I could finish part two, and the Chicago Public Library repossessed the book. Thanksgiving break was great, but it meant less time in the car, and so less time with El Caballero de la triste figura.