Audio Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird

My husband recently downloaded To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee Harper, read by Sissy Spacek, on Audible because he had never read it before. I was excited to see his choice and the second he was done listening to it I downloaded it onto my phone and dived right in. I was excited because I had read the book quite a while ago and absolutely loved it. I remembered the main points of the book and was curious to see what I had forgotten. I was not disappointed. I’m still in love with this book and when Lee Harper’s next piece of art, Go Set a Watchman, hits the shelves I’m going to download that on Audible as well and listen to Reese Witherspoon read it.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Summary from Amazon:

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

The reason Ms Harper won a Pulitzer Prize is because this book is simply amazing. Full of humor and heartache, the reader watches as a young girl grows up in a very very southern town in Alabama in the 1930s.

Her father, Atticus Finch, puts on a masterful defense of his client and while I find law stuff fascinating in general, I think most people would agree that even the mundane bits of the trial are interesting in Lee Harper’s capable hands. Atticus is a master sorry teller because Harper is herself.

I enjoyed the voice acting of Sissy Spacek. She has a wonderful listing southern accent that rings true. But her children’s voices are hardly distinguishable. While the country kids have decent country accents, Scout and Jim’s voices are hard to tell apart, and they do a great deal of the talking. But with the wonderful written words of Harper guiding the story, I didn’t have trouble following along except a handful of times.

If you’ve been wanting to reread this book before Harper’s next one comes out, I would suggest getting the audiobook. I’m glad I did.

Audible Book Review: The Memoirs of Sherlock (Dramatised) (Unabridged)

I wanted to listen to something a little bit different and thought getting a dose of Sherlock Holmes would be just the thing. I chose a dramatized version because I tend to like those types of audiobooks the beset. I read all of Sir Author Connan Doyle’s works about Sherlock when I was younger, but figured I would have forgotten most of what I read and it would be as though I was reading them for the first time.

  The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Dramatised) | [Arthur Conan Doyle]

Summary from Audible.com

With his devoted Dr Watson, Holmes emerges from his smoke-filled rooms in Baker Street to grapple with the forces of treachery, intrigue and evil, including the diabolical Professor Moriarty.

This is a compilation of Holmes story told in no particular order that I could discern. Perhaps I had my hopes too high for this audiobook, but I thought it would have more than one person reading the book. I thought the random stories would be the most exciting ones, but they were a study in average Holmes tales. I thought I would have forgotten more than I had and unfortunately instead of a big reveal at the end of the story (chapter) I would remember a quarter of the way into the story how it went and what was the end result. Perhaps I was expecting Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and Andrew Scott and should have known better. I did finish it because I wanted something to listen to during my morning and evening commute because traffic drives me bonkers otherwise, but there were times I found myself day dreaming over listening to the story. 

Derek Jacobi was the voice over actor. His narration was fine and he did a good John Watson but his Holmes was hardly distinguishable from the former. On the occasional country man Jacobi would manage a slightly different accent, but for the most part it was hard to tell who was talking and occasionally so monotone I would tune it out (this may also have been due to heavier than normal traffic at that moment as well). Moral of the story, f you have a free credit on audible and want to try out something new, be sure to try the entire sample and see if it is read in a way that will keep your ears interested.

It’s the Weekend and I’m Catching Up

Gah. I have never felt so overwhelmed, except when I was studying to take the bar. But it is Self Care Saturday and I am doing all the things that I love that I haven’t been able to do because of all the overwhelming things. I’ve gone through a lot of audiobooks that I want to write up and I’ve seen great things come across my Facebook and Twitter accounts that I want to share as well. So here goes my attempt to catch up on my nerdy business. And go.

They are making a GD TV show about the MAGICIANS by Lev Grossman. Go to the link and watch the official trailer. Now. (via JohnMichael)

I’m waiting.

OK. I will assume you’ve seen it. AAAHHHH! I can’t even. I want to quit all the things and find the episodes that are in production and binge watch them and force them to make more!!!! Why is it not 2016 yet???

What if Game of Thrones was Disneyfied? Would it look like this? (via George Takei)

Speaking of George Takei if you are not following him on Facebook. You really should be. He posts some amazing things that are sure to make your little nerd heart pitter and patter.

This next video is about two people who were given special effects make-up to show themselves and their soon to be spouse what they will look like over the next 70 years. It is a very amazing and heartwarming video that had me shedding more than a few tears. (via Tara Dee)

And you just gotta love the following hot chocolate mug even if you aren’t a huge basketball fan. It is just so cute! (via Loretta Milan)

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Parks and Rec Remembering

Chris and I finished Parks and Rec and it was such a bitter sweet moment. I love that show! It has amazing characters and the craziest stories. I laughed with every single episode. It is also a show that Chris and I first bonded over as we got to know each other and so it has a very special place in my heart. Since I did a nostalgic post about The Office, I figured I should do one for Parks and Recreation as well. Thanks Amy Poehler for creating such a wonderful piece of art! (I love that lady.)

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Rob Lowe was amazing and Chris Pratt made me laugh in every episode, but the two of them together was magic.

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Aubrey as April was pure crazy delight.

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Donna and Tom created an entire meme and gave us all the OK to Treat Yo Self. They didn’t take life too seriously and showed us how to deal with cranky pants people.

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Anne played the strait woman to Leslie’s mad woman beautifully.

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By that I mena, she is gah gah gah-orgeous.

Leslie and Ben are one of my all time favorite TV couple. They are playful, supportive, and kind to one another. Such a great role model of a couple. Most of the time.

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PS Clicking on the pictures will take you to other articles about Parks and Rec or to some Pinterest pages. It’s an Easter Egg hunt for more fun stuff!

I’m a Woolly Mammoth!

If you have access to Google’s earth day logo today click on it and take the quiz. I found out I’m a a woolly mammoth!

This means: So unique, you’re technically extinct, but on the bright side scientists hope to be able to clone you some day! According to my co-work that is totally me. :D Link to the quiz is here as well.

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The Little Prince Official Trailer (2015)

Honestly, need I say more than the title of this post? This looks magical. I love how they took the story of The Little Prince and created a story around that. Amazing. One of my favorite adaptations of The Little Prince was a theater production I saw that had not only amazing acting, but amazing acrobatics. Here is a link to my review of that production. You can read more about the 2015 animated movie production here and watch the trailer below!

My Doctor Who Day and Outfit

I recently acquired a Doctor Who themed phone case of the TARDIS in the Starry Night scene of Van Gogh’s, I got it to match my necklace and inspired by these two items I crafted an outfit last week. I walked into work and showed off my necklace and phone case to my co-worker who is also a huge Doctor Who fan. “You look like a Doctor Who companion!” She exclaimed. Oooh, to go on an adventure with the Doctor!

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Pretending I’m figuring out clues is always fun.

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A close up of my phone case.

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A close up of my necklace.

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My order actually also included a second hard plastic phone cover as well.

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