Our family likes audiobooks when we go on vacation. When you are in the middle of a nice 5 hour or 15 drive, an audiobook helps keep the driver awake, if it's a good one. It also entertains us and gives us a common set of phrases for the next year.
For example, if you hang around our house enough, you'll hear someone shout "Evelyn, my butt hurts." That's from the NPR Audiobook I Thought My Father was God http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0805067140/002-4257715-8054458?v=glance&n=283155&v=glance. You will also hear "and that's another reason why I hate France" said at inappropriate moments. That's from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385512104/002-4257715-8054458?v=glance&n=283155&amp;v=glance. By the way, Curious Incident is a great book which has a lot of numbered lists.
Those two were probably the biggest hits.
Books that I liked but no one else really did include: Garrison Keillor (various tapes), and the Mitford series, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/014025448X/002-4257715-8054458?v=glance&n=283155&amp;v=glance which talks about Father Tim the Episcopalian priest in a small town in North Carolina, and has a lot of discussion about cake.
One that was a big drag this year was Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316143464/002-4257715-8054458?v=glance&n=283155&amp;v=glance. It started off OK, but when it got to some pretty explicit child homosexual issues we had to abort the mission. Not appropriate for a family drive to Idaho!
I would have liked to do this subject in the format of a nice orderly list, maybe of say, ten. Unfortunately, I don't have ten items to discuss. I think it would have been a much more effective post if I had ten items. Also, my husband counted and so far I have made nine top ten lists. That makes me very nervous. Gotta make another one so it's a nice round number.
Ten items works, people! No more maligning the ten! Ten on!!
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