Dear friends and other interesting creatures,
I started my love affair with audiobooks in January of this year. Out of necessity really.
I wanted to read but had other tasks to perform at the same time, so listening at home, in my car, on my phone in coffee shops…. it has become a thing. I’m finally using the earphones that came with my phone! #teenagerloading
The first book I listening to was Trevor Noah’s “Born a crime”.
Being South African, I appreciate his accent, it is familiar easy on the ear.
The humour is so much funnier when delivered by him instead of the imitation voice in my head.
(I do a lovely Jewish lady accent however and irritate my husband and my daughter Victoria quite beautifully as I can be relentless!)
So basically, our Trevor got me hooked on Audible and I’ve racked up a nice collection of books I have actually finished.
I did, however, get irritated reading the reviews of “Born a crime”.
Unless you are from Africa or you are approaching the subject with an open mind, you will not understand how the material he writes about is perfectly normal in our South African society.
I came to the conclusion that some people need to be screened before being allowed online… then reminded myself I’m a good mensch and moved on. I’m lovely like that.
After more than a decade together, SirNoid and I found something to do together we have not done before. We listened to an audiobook. Nê!
Something people do not know about SirNoid is that he is a gifted narrator. He does a wonderful, passionate, touching rendition of Oom Schalk Louwrens, a character that Herman Charles Bosman brings to life with depth and perception.
On a holiday in the Drakensberg last year with my parents, they practically begged him every night to read to them around the fire. My Mom has since said it is some of her best memories.
With our current load-shedding schedules in full play, we found listening to the book quite a treat. Thankfully my phone battery is quite kick ass so we didn’t once run out of battery before the power came back on. Welcome to Africa!
Educated is a powerful, touching and profound memoir that we both appreciated tremendously. I was quite sad when it ended tonight to be honest.
Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes and the will to change it. – Goodreads
Anyhow children, 15 minutes till the power goes off again at midnight.
I wish you enough,