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Thoughts on my first Audio Fiction Experience

So, I’ve listened to one or two non-fiction books on CD and it is quite like listening to professors lecturing in college. It is fine. I quite enjoyed some of it. But fiction was a whole new experience for me. Thanks to several business trips and events for work, I was looking at about 24 hours that I’d be spending in the car over the course of a week. I enjoy my time alone with a good CD and rocking out to various artists, but I wanted to accomplish something more in that time. So I dove into an audio book! Sara Gruen’s Ape House was on my to-read list...

What I’m Reading – Water for Elephants

There are certain books, where once you start reading, it consumes your mind and it’s hard to get anything else done (like housework, writing, work…all that sort of stuff.)  “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen (Algonquin Paperbacks) is one of those books. This novel follows ninety-three-(or ninety-one)-year-old Jacob Jankowski in an assisted-living community as he remembers his life at age twenty three. He was a veterinary student when tragedy strikes and turns his world on its head. He ends up on the rails with a travelling circus in 1931 and his story takes the reader through the dark, troubling secrets of the times. “Water for Elephants” is not inspirational fiction,...