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Monday, May 23, 2005

May 2005 Reads

Fast Food Nation

author: Eric Schlosser (Read by Rick Adamson)

audience: Adult

Whether the writing is too bland or the reader too inappropriately dramatic, I couldn't tell. But, this very famous and popular title of the last couple of years only delivered information... long passages of it devoted to documenting the people involved in the fast food industry... without satisfying my literary "appetite." It also has a pretty strong and unhidden agenda that feels a bit heavy handed. I am still happy that I read/listened to it and that I was "informed." Beyond that, there is not much more to say about it.

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

author: David Sedaris

audience: Adult

Another audio book that is absolutely fantastic to listen to. Read by the author/public speaker with his signature nasal voice that is both sarcastic and completely sincere -- incredibly cynical and yet touchingly innocent. The short autobiographical episodes are entertaining, enlightening, and memorable. Absolutely loved it!

Kite Runner

author: Khaled Hosseini

audience: Adult

I listened to this brutal and brutally honest and beautiful book on my iPod, folding laundry or washing dishes... on the subway or falling asleep at night... It is read by the author and his accent and pronunciation of the Afghan words made the experience rich with layers. It was an unforgettable "event," listening to it.

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