I have always envied people who enjoyed listening to audiobooks. I’ve never really been able to pay enough attention to get through them..I’ll start off great but then 10 minutes later, realize I haven’t a clue what’s happening. I guess you could say I’m a “visual” person.
I was VERY enthusiastic when I signed up for my 2018 Goodreads Challenge. I knew that if I were going to read 100 books this year, I’d have to make the most of my time, including the hour I spend in the car daily. Enter: audiobooks. I had struggled before (The Goldfinch isn’t the book to start off with, people. It’s like 32 hours of listening time.) so I was incredibly skeptical. I googled it and saw that the audio version of Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore had good ratings. With this one, I learned that the narrator makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. I was able to pay more attention than I had with The Goldfinch and the story was shorter and had more “action” to keep me entertained. I still wasn’t completely sold.
I decided to give celebrity memoir’s a go. I figured their stories would be fun to listen to because I know where they are now, but I’d like to know the road they took to get there. Also, no worries about the narrator because who better to narrate a memoir than the person who wrote it?! Tina Fey’s Bossypants had no wait list so I started with it and put a hold on Amy Poehler’s Yes, Please and The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish.
Tina Fey tells her life story in a charming, relateable way. It was like I was listening to a friend..also, she has a great speaking voice so it was enjoyable to listen to. However, I didn’t really take anything from this one. You definitely see the side of Fey that struggles with working long hours and still being a good mom. The main tone of the book was self-deprecating and I don’t know..that just wasn’t what I was expecting here.
Amy Poehler had me laughing (out loud) so hard that my husband complained multiple times-I was listening on headphones so he felt left out (tehe) but for real, y’all…I loved this book so hard. It actually has lower Goodreads ratings than Tina Fey’s memoir, but I can’t understand why. It was jam-packed with nuggets of wisdom and hilarious stories and just..ah, I loved it. And I loved listening to her voice..AND she had guest speakers! It was great..really.
I heard about The Last Black Unicorn from a Book Riot podcast and lemme tell ya, so must everyone else in the free world because I had to wait FOREEVVERRR for the library hold to come in. As I’m writing this, I’m about halfway through the audiobook but I’m really enjoying it. It’s a completely different feel from Fey and Poehler…in many, many ways. If it were a movie, it’d be rated M for Mature Audiences Only. There’s lots of insane sex stories, hilarious stories and some really heartrendingly sad stories, but Haddish has a way of just presenting it as “hey, this is how I grew up and these things happened” and then moving on..she doesn’t dwell on the bad stuff that she went through and it never feels like she wants pity. It’s inspiring to hear her tell these her life story and know that she’s persevered.
One day, I hope to get back into fiction audio, but I think I’ll work my through some more “celebrity” memoirs first. I feel like I get a better experience when the author narrate’s their own book. I’m really just picking random comedic books from my library’s shelf, so if you have a must-listen, let me know! These are my next three audiobook memoirs I hope to read!
If there is an audiobook out there that you think will hold my attention and be enjoyable, (and under 10 hours!!) I’d love to know about it! ..no, seriously, this Goodreads challenge is going to kick my ass if I don’t listen to more, so help me out yall.