I used to consider audiobooks as cheating at books. Because people can start wandering, checking their phone, while the poor narrator tells the story for no one in particular. And at the end they get to say they have read the book, even if they weren't mentally present half of the time...
But, like with most things in my life, I gave it a try and ended up loving the thing I made fun of.
Of course, listening to a book is not the same as reading it, but I think in some cases the narrators are so wonderful they turn the same story into something else. Something worth of feeling ready to sleep while being read by a loved one.
These six audiobooks are on my wishlist right now, since their narrators are so great at reading the stories that I won't miss reading them myself.
(Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book NO SPOILERS REVIEW)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, Special Rehearsal Edition Script is the name of the so-called eighth Harry Potter story.
But I wish they hadn't marketed it that way.
I've been a Harry Potter fan since I was eleven and when they announced that the mysterious new play would be accessible to anyone in form of script, I was so happy I could have produced a corporeal Patronus.
I got the script book the day it came out and read it with an open mind, aware that this was not going to have the quality of a full novel. But even though I lowered my expectations, this story still failed to meet them.
Because, again, they sell it like it was the next Harry Potter book in the series. It seems like they weren't aware of how excited fans of all ages would get. And that's what made The Cursed Child a disappoinment, even if an enjoyable one.
I did my waiting, nine years of it
in Azkaban. And I was ready to read a new exciting adventure, short but with heart. Instead I got what felt like a Harry Potter Christmas Special. Have you seen those episodes in your favorite series? They're so fun to watch, even if most of the time they don't make sense. The tone is always different and the characters are almost caricatures of themselves, but you still enjoy them because you get to revisit a universe you love. And it's easy to have a laugh if you don't take them seriously. That's what The Cursed Child was for me.
Sometimes while reading a book -maybe even a good book- we need to pause for a couple of seconds because, for some reason, it comes this sudden urge to roll our eyes and exhale impatiently.
Do you know this feeling?
I've experienced it so often lately that I had to make a top 5 list of the most eye-rolling book moments. Can you relate?