I’ve started listening to books on my commute. I spend an hour each day in my car, and since apparently I am turning into a cranky old woman who complains about kids and their crazy music, I have lost patience with the radio. Luckily for me, my library has an impressive collection of books on CD so I can find something new to listen to every week.
As I’ve dipped my toe into this new medium for enjoying fantasy, I’ve discovered that just like there are good authors, there are also good readers. Jim Dale is amazing. Famous for being the voice on the Harry Potter recordings, I thoroughly enjoyed his reading of Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher. Surprisingly, however, I didn’t enjoy Kenneth Branaugh’s take on The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. Branaugh, who I adore as an actor, couldn’t turn off the theater training. It felt like he was trying to read the book to a blind person on the back row of a Broadway theater. And then I listened to The Capture, the first book in the Guardians of Ga’hoole series by Kathryn Lasky that is being turned into a movie this summer. Or should I say I listened to the first 90 seconds of The Capture, because Pamela Garelick’s voice was so cloyingly sweet and full of wide-eyed innocence that I had to turn it off or I would have driven into the river in an attempt to put me out of my misery.
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