Laudable Audibles – Show Me Yours

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Show Me Yours

I love audible.com.  No really, I love it.  But this sort of thing happens in every relationship.  Things start out all butterflies and candlelight dinners, but after awhile the jokes are predictable and you’ve heard all the crazy stories, and things get a little – I don’t know – too comfortable, maybe.

I’m getting a little too comfortable with my taste in books.  I want to break out and try some new genres.  I like SciFi, Epic Fantasy, and Modern Detective.  So tell me what I’m missing.  Help me out.  Share some of your favorite titles with me.

You rock.  Thanks.

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Laudable Audibles – The Nerd’s Guide to Being Confident

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Nerd's Guide

The Nerd’s Guide to Being Confident

By Mark Manson

The Nerd’s Guide is an unconventional way of looking at one of the most basic human traits, and what to do to gain a little more of it.

A short, snarky, brilliant no-nonsense look in the mirror.  I’ve listened to it over and over again.

I give it 4 out of 4 otoscopes

I give it 4 out of 4 otoscopes

Laudable Audibles – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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Fear and Loathing

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

by Hunter S. Thompson

Heralded as the “best book on the dope decade” by the New York Times Book Review, Hunter S. Thompson’s documented drug orgy through Las Vegas would no doubt leave Nancy Reagan blushing and D.A.R.E. founders rethinking their motto. Under the pseudonym of Raoul Duke, Thompson travels with his Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo, in a souped-up convertible dubbed the “Great Red Shark.” In its trunk, they stow “two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half-full of cocaine and a whole galaxy of multicolored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers…. A quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls,” which they manage to consume during their short tour. On assignment from a sports magazine to cover “the fabulous Mint 400”–a free-for-all biker’s race in the heart of the Nevada desert–the drug-a-delic duo stumbles through Vegas in hallucinatory hopes of finding the American dream (two truck-stop waitresses tell them it’s nearby, but can’t remember if it’s on the right or the left). They of course never get the story, but they do commit the only sins in Vegas: “burning the locals, abusing the tourists, terrifying the help.” For Thompson to remember and pen his experiences with such clarity and wit is nothing short of a miracle; an impressive feat no matter how one feels about the subject matter. A first-rate sensibility twinger, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a pop-culture classic, an icon of an era past, and a nugget of pure comedic genius. (Amazon description)

I give it 2 out of 4 otoscopes

I give it 2 out of 4 otoscopes

Laudable Audibles – Open Mic

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After she read the back cover blurb I posted on Laudable Audibles – Lincoln Lawyer, a Facebook friend asked, What in your opinion is: “a stunning display of novelistic mastery”?  

My first thought was that a stunning display of novelistic mastery is as human, as gripping, and as whiplash-surprising as any novel yet written.  But then I realized I wasn’t actually thinking that at all.  I was reading it.  Apparently that’s how whoever wrote the book’s back cover blurb defines a stunning display of novelistic mastery.

It’s a valid question, though, posed by an accomplished Verb Vixen who regularly pulls a stool up to the Space Bar and orders a draft.  I want to give it its due.

And it’s a tough question, when you try to break it down.

A stunning display of novelistic mastery.  Is the display stunning? Am I stunned by the display?  Or have I set his bar so low that I am stunned that Michael Connelly could pull it off?  I’m kind of baffled by the stunning part.  I think I’ll just look at the part of the question that seems the most straight forward: novelistic mastery.

“In the form of a question, please.”

“What is novelistic mastery?”

For me, a master novelist builds a satisfying story in a world that makes sense, and populates it with imaginary people that I care about.

And, this being open mic night, let me throw it back to you all: what is novelistic mastery to you?

Laudable Audibles – The Lincoln Lawyer

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Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Lawyer

by Michael Connelly

This #1 bestselling legal thriller from Michael Connelly is a stunning display of novelistic mastery – as human, as gripping, and as whiplash-surprising as any novel yet from the writer Publishers Weekly has called “today’s Dostoevsky of crime literature.”

Mickey Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, traveling between the far-flung courthouses of Los Angeles to defend clients of every kind. Bikers, con artists, drunk drivers, drug dealers – they’re all on Mickey Haller’s client list. For him, the law is rarely about guilt or innocence, it’s about negotiation and manipulation. Sometimes it’s even about justice.

A Beverly Hills playboy arrested for attacking a woman he picked up in a bar chooses Haller to defend him, and Mickey has his first high-paying client in years. It is a defense attorney’s dream, what they call a franchise case. And as the evidence stacks up, Haller comes to believe this may be the easiest case of his career. Then someone close to him is murdered and Haller discovers that his search for innocence has brought him face-to-face with evil as pure as a flame. To escape without being burned, he must deploy every tactic, feint, and instinct in his arsenal – this time to save his own life.

I give it 3 out of 4 otoscopes

I give it 3 out of 4 otoscopes