I've never been a big fan of audio books, mostly because I haven't had much use for them. Sitting in a room, listening to someone talk tends to put me to sleep (ask my college professors), so when given the choice of an audiobook or book to read, I always pick the option I can hold.
But it's summertime, or as close as Maine can get, so I've once again started walking to work. In the past I've filled up that time with podcasts or music (Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks is a walking favorite) but I'm going to try something new.
A friend of mine constantly rents audio books from the library, and 90% of the time his selections are questionable at best. I've made many recommendations, but somehow James Patterson still ends up on his listening lists. But the other day he rented a book called Three Seconds. I wouldn't have given it a second thought but on the bottom of the cover was a very important sentence.
"Winner of the Best Swedish Crime Novel."
I'm sold. So many good crime authors come from that area (it must me the cold) that any book named the best deserves a read, or in this case, listen.
It will be an interesting experiment, as my total walking time is only about 35 minutes, so it will be a slow process. But hopefully worthwhile. I'll let you know if I get hooked.
And since I forgot to post this yesterday, I certainly do not feel lucky. But a belated Happy 81st Birthday to Clint Eastwood, the baddest man in Hollywood.
Not only did he help create the most iconic vigilante cop in the history of cinema, but turned what could have been a one shot movie into a series with the fantastic and gritty Dirty Harry movies.
He could have rode those coattails for as long as he wanted, but instead chose to branch out and become a successful actor/director creating gems such as Play Misty for Me and the Academy Award winning (and best western of all time) Unforgiven.
Did I forget to mention that he also did the whole politics thing WAY before Arnold, becoming the mayor of Carmel-by-the-sea back in 1986.
At this age, many a people would be slowing down and riding off into the well deserved sunset, but Clint continues to make movies, with his biopic J. Edgar currently in post production.
I'm only adding this because I've been asked a few times, but yeah, I always accept review/preview copies. Who turns down free stuff? Email me at email@example.com for my mailing address. And thanks.
Dan Fleming is the writer/co-creator of Warrior Twenty-Seven, the independant comics anthology. He's been known to bury his nose in books since the earliest of ages, and has been busy writing a crime novel for a few moons. His comic work can be viewed at www.warrior27.thecomicseries.com. He is also one half of the podcasting duo, The Potato League Podcast, which can be found on Podbean. He can be contacted at either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com