Some of you may have already worked this out, but it has only SLOWLY dawned upon me. OK, to be fair, I ONLY started listening to Amazon ‘Audible’ books in September of this year. So, it has only been a few months (3 to be precise) though I have gone through, as you can see from top image, 13 quite ‘hefty’ books.
I had listened to books on CD & even tape in the past — but at least 15-years ago. Much has changed in those years. That, I appreciate, is one of the reasons I am so enamored with Audible. Today’s book are not just read — they are acted out. One of the books I listened to, “The Liar’s Girl“, had 3 people reading it to do the various voices. It is no longer a monotonous reading. They act out the reading. So, they kind of add LIFE to the book & characters.
It is no longer JUST the author, BUT now — with the Audible books — the person reading it! That person needs to get nearly as much credit — & they do!
It is also the case that WHERE I listen to my books is different. That adds to the allure. I only listen, through noise cancelling FULL HEADSETS while I am walking. So, very few distractions. It is even better than listening when you are driving. I can concentrate — & I do.
I have come to realize that some books are better listened to than they would be read! I think I get through listened books faster — mainly because I am a notoriously SLOW reader. Much of that is because I like to reread sentences & paragraphs. I love words, I love structure, I love writing. So, when I read, IF I come across good writing, I reread it for the pleasure.
That I am now thinking that some books are better listened to than read is a revelation to I. To I, that is profound. So, it is now not just content. It is presentation. Forget judging a book by its cover. It has become judging a book by how it is read aloud to you.
I am still formulating my thoughts. I am putting this out to get you to think. Get your thoughts. Think about it. Thanks.
I am so embarrassed that I had never heard of the ‘INTERNATIONAL Appalachian Trail’ thought it has been around for over 30-years. What makes it worse is that during that time I have hiked small sections of the AT & living in New Hampshire I am very much in AT country.
Yikes, & to make it worse I heard about it on Facebook — albeit in the ‘Maine Hiking‘ group to which I belong. I had to ask them ‘how & why’ AT became ‘International & as ever they were very polite & helpful.
So, I wanted to make sure YOU knew about it.
So, I made further inquiries. Yes, of course, you need a passport to cross the Canadian border — & YES, the border is still closed because of COVID.
Thought you will find this useful & interesting.
I have just finished listening, via Amazon ‘Audible‘, to her book ‘Restoration‘, in a kind of spellbound awe. Given the language (which is often extremely crude) & strident style I had just assumed it was written by a man. That is one of the drawbacks of LISTENING to a book rather than holding it in your hands & reading it. It is easy to overlook who the author is. And I had not listened carefully to that part.
Wow. I am hooked. I just got the sequel ‘Merivel’ on ‘Audible’. I plan to listen to a few more.
Please check her out or at least read about her. She is 77 & still very much alive & active. Has been made a Dame. Good for her. I am glad. She is so clever & talented. I am in AWE. Just amazing. Please …. do yourself a favor.
Search ‘Biden’ & ‘Obama’.
And like Trump, at all White House public gatherings, the pope refused to wear a mask. He is a law unto himself — like Trump.
Trump has done irreparable damage to the U.S. Presidency; Pope Francis to the papacy.
Both are into promoting a cult of personality.
The pope won’t wear a mask for the same reason as Trump. He thinks it will harm his looks. He is the pope. He should not be so vain.
But, vain he is.
Search ‘virus‘ & ‘pope‘.
The 13 Cardinals To Be Created, By Pope Francis, At The November 28, 2020, Consistory — By Br. César J. Tobón, L.C.
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Another incomparably informative & beautiful consistory graphic by the remarkably talented & devout Br. César J. Tobón of Colombia who has provided us with a similar, and much appreciated, graphics ahead of other cardinal creating consistories and whenever there has been major changes to the Roman curia. His beautiful work is always a joy to behold and an honor to present.
Here is a link to the official Vatican announcement. That will help with the names and titles:
Search ‘pope’ or ‘consistory’.
Check Category ‘religion’.
Absolutely Stunning Black & White (Monochrome) Self-Portrait By Gifted Photographer ‘Torsten Glaenzel’.
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I have known ‘Tee Gee’ & admired his work for quite a few years. He has even helped me with one of my photos in 2016. He was good then, he has become BRILLIANT now.
I have always admired his monochrome work. This, today, I think, is his best. What do YOU think?
He will soon be mega-famous. WOW.
Enjoy. Check out his Website. Contact him ….