I finished several audiobooks lately. Quite a lot really 🙂
Before we left for Les 2 Alpes, I listened to The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle. A story about professors and adventurers and their journey to The Lost World. Surprisingly entertaining! I have to say, I like all the Holmes stories and with how nice this book turned out, I actually might just be a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle. 🙂 (pitty his name is soooo long to type..)
On the way to france, I listened to Nieuwe Buren (New Neighbours) by Saskia Noort. A story about death, people coping with it, mixed with swinging and drugs. It says its a thriller, but really, I was bored. It starts off with a murder scene and thats the thriller part. Next is angst mixed in with anti drugs propaganda. Wikipedia.nl quotes one reviewer :
Zo schreef recensent Hans Knegtmans in Het Parool over Noorts “…fantasieloze, naÃ¯eve schrijfstijl en (…) de opeenstapeling van compositorische ongeloofwaardigheden.” Knegtmans classificeert het werk van Noort als “…nieuwe leeghoofdigheid.”
And I should ‘ve turned back there and then. Backed away and never risk exposure again. Sadly I didnt do that, so I actually listened to that Angsty, Depressive and honestly even Boring Drama. Not Thriller or Chicklit or .. A Drama.
Thirdly I listened to The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy.
I should start off by admitting that I just loooove the noir genre. I love the atmosphere, the stories, the characters, the .. :)Â As such I loved the Black Dahlia movie. Scarlett Johanson a Kay never to forget, Bleichert, Blanchard & Kay in their unique trianlge, .. I soaked it up 🙂 So I was really a fan before listening to the book. And Im glad I did because it oozes that much more atnosphere. The story is delightfully more intricate and even darker than the movie we ve all come to love. A thrilling listen all the way to the end, and with many exciting twists and turns even for those who already saw the movie. Havent seen it yet? Go see it somewhere. And afterwards, buy the book! And read or listen to it ASAP 🙂 It rocks! (I would advise watching the movie first since it really simplifies a lot of the story, so if you read the book you ll be disappointed. Yet the movie has such wonderful sets and mood and actors and .. you just NEED to see it and appreciate it for all that its worth. And that means without being bothered by whats missing..)
I cant wait to get my hands on more James Ellroy stuff. Its been on my To Get list for a while now and its only gone up in priority since 😉
Now dont go counting how many hours those make up 😉 I enjoyed every second. (well, as far as the story was enjoyable..)
And next up is Ian Rankin – The naming of the Dead. The 16th Rebus novel. Ive heard a small part already and as usual, Rankins book is hard to put down. Im looking forward to the next hours of listening 🙂