Sunday, November 25, 2018

A Very Audible Black Friday Weekend

How was your Thanksgiving?  And more importantly, how was the subsequent 36 hours?  Did you adhere to the All-American Tradition of eating yourself into a food coma and then staggering to the shopping mall at 5 am on Friday morning?

As I've mentioned earlier, I'm stuck in a land that doesn't celebrate Black Friday nor Thanksgiving.  And my space is so small I could hardly handle any more possessions.  

That hasn't stopped me, however, from pulling out my credit card this weekend.  Audible, whose praises I sang earlier this month, had a WONDERFUL treat-yourself sale, and treat myself I did!  I just purchased eight books for $5-$8 each, and with the $5 coupon that I'll receive from participating, I intend to buy two more!

I am so looking forward to winter now; these audiobooks are making the next twelve weeks or so seem very warm and cozy. 

Here's what I purchased:  

This 1970 movie starring Dustin Hoffman, with Faye Dunaway playing a priceless role, has long been a favorite of mine.  I look forward to listening to the book!  

It's been a while since I've listened to a Great Courses audio presentation.  Maybe even eight years!  I listened to two on American Literature and they were excellent.  Think I'll learn a lot from this summary of the Civil War.  

I watched and re-watched this excellent series on Netflix.  Margaret Atwood's writing pierces to the heart of things, and she creates excellent female characters.  Cat's Eye is a book of hers that I've read more than once.  

I've seen the 1981 Jeremy Irons/Diana Quick mini-series version of Brideshead Revisited and Julian Jarrold's 2008 movie more times than I care to admit.  Also read the book around a decade ago.  Looks like I'll be hearing it again, read by none other than Irons himself!  

This biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder looks really interesting, and its author accomplished and qualified.  I'm sure I'll learn a lot.   

How can you go wrong with a classic like this?  

I know so little about Eisenhower, yet ever since seeing Oliver Stone's JFK have been impressed with his 1961 farewell speech forewarning Americans about the military industrial complex.  Look forward to learning more about this man. 

You can never hear this story too many times.  Or I think so anyway.  I've probably read it six times by now, and seen two movie versions, but undoubtedly it will improve on the 8th or 9th hearing.  

And there you have it.  A few of my scores from the holiday weekend.  What did you end up buying?  

Happy Holidays!  

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