I just finished listening to THE TRUE AND OUTSTANDING ADVENTURES OF THE HUNT SISTERS by Elisabeth Robinson and I have to tell you, it was OUTSTANDING!
I’m not really big about "listening" to a book. Heck, I’ve hated being read to since I could read! Reading something by myself was the motivation for learning to read in the first place for me. I remember as early as 1st grade, Miss Aronld’s calls, Grafton-Kennedy Grade School, Dayton, Ohio, reading group and Dick and Jane. I HATED waiting while everyone else took turns reading! No one, and I mean, not a soul, read as fast as I could and I would get so impatient waiting for everyone to read their paragraph or their page. I was so impatient that I would get into trouble for reading/talking too fast! I also got into trouble because I would read ahead of everyone else, then when Miss Arnold (or Mrs Gabbart, Mrs Brennen, Mrs Overocker…you get the picture) would call on me to read, I wouldn’t know where they were because I was so far ahead. I didn’t even want my mother to read to me! (Sorry Mother, but you didn’t read fast enough for me either!) It was like as soon as I realized these letters could be put together to form words and these words could tell me a story, I couldn’t get enough of them. I was like a sponge and they were like water for my soul, they still are. But a couple years ago I decided to give audio books a shot while taking a long trip with my husband. Since then, for every long driving trip I’ve taken, I’ve also gotten an audio book. But this time I wasn’t going anywhere, I got it mostly because I have been driving my son’s car (thanks Craig) and he has a tape player that works.
This story was so wonderful! I think if I could, or ever did write a book, it would be something like this. The main character, Olivia, writes letters, to everyone! And that’s what this is, a book of letters. But they tell such a wonderful story, you often forget they are letters. Even though there are many people Olivia sends letters, faxes, e-mails, and yes, there is even a Western Union telegram in there, she is the one doing all the talking.
In one part she is writing to her mother and she tells her she’s sorry she hasn’t written her more letters, since she seems to write to everyone else. She tells her mother that letters are such a nice surprise to pull out of your mailbox, something personal inbetween all the bills and circulars you pull out of your mailbox, a gift from the sender, a part of the sender you can hold on too. And she’s so right, that’s what letters are. In this day and age of e-mails and online blogs, and cell phones, who really writes letters anymore? I know I don’t. But maybe this will change, of course, maybe it won’t either. I’d like to THINK it will, but I’m not very consistant, so don’t anyone hold your breath.
Listening to this on tape has made me look foward to getting in the car and driving even more than I usually enjoy driving. Of course, no one else wanted to listen to my book, but that’s ok, I just went out in the driveway and sat in the car and listened away without wasting gas! I’ve tried, and failed, in the past to listen to books on tape here at home, it drove me crazy! Maybe there is just something about being in the car that makes it work for me, I don’t know. I do know that a book on tape is something I am going to be getting regularly from the library now. They have the unabridged version of a book I’ve had for over a year now and haven’t read, maybe that will be next? Of course, it is about 48 hours worth of tapes and considering that the longest I’m usually sitting and driving is an hour, it might take a while, but maybe I’ll give it a shot anyway. If nothing else, maybe it will kick-start me into finally reading the book! If I do it, I’ll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, try this book, either the good old-fashioned way or on tape, I’m sure you will enjoy it too.