Stopped listening b/c the reader was so bad and then bought the book: The Abundance, Annie Dillard
Stopped b/c didn’t trust the translation on the sentence level: The Vegetarian, Han King. Should I try it again? At least the sentences unfold at a pace that suits the audio form…
Stopped listening for several reasons that don’t mean I won’t try to read it on the page at some point but I’m really more interested in the stories: Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders, read by a celebrity cast.
Finished with frustration with book: Station Eleven. Seriously, that’s all that happened with that premise? I am sure I will meet her someday and feel lousy for hating this book so much but there it is– why should I feel social anxiety just b/c we probably have friends in common? Plenty of people who might like me as a lunch date would probably hate my books and it doesn’t bother me in any important way at all. But what a narrow view of the world to be so prized by so many. Also the YA book The Giver, which I kept listening to b/c a friend who I admire said it was so important to her but I just hated it.
Stopped listening with frustration with book: Fifteen Dogs, Andre Alexis. I loved the first pages, was interested in the premise, appreciated the sentences and wanted to be in them, thought the reader was terrific, but omg GENDER stuff I couldn’t get around hearing simple and boring misogyny, and so many other smaller-scale choices that frustrated me about what to assume versus disrupt about natural vs cultural behavior.
Finished with gladness for having listened: Annihilation, Jeff Vandermeer, The Sellout, Paul Beatty, The First Bad Man, Miranda July, Btwn the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Chandler the long goodbye read by Elliot Gould– not the stupid dramatized version everyone gave more stars to– Gould was great.