Friday, May 18, 2007

Voices in my head

I'm getting started with Ursula LeGuin's Voices, narrated by Melanie Martinez. I'm not very far into the novel (45 minutes and two chapters in) -- but it's looking a little grim. Now LeGuin is a great writer, but the descriptive, internal, thoughtful novel she writes can make for impatient listening. I'm sounding like my young readers -- if it doesn't grab me on the first page, I'm not going any further. Slowly she's building the back story (a savagely conquered society building a secret library), but it's the kind of listening that really requires focus. It would be good for a knitting project, or a walk ... but I'm running out of time for that kind of non-end-product listening.

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