The Vine: December 9, 2011
Hello Sars and the Nation! I write in search of audiobook recs.
It's time for the annual road trip to see the BF's family for Christmas, and I'm thinking an audiobook or two would be a great way to battle the monotony. If it were just me, I'm sure I could find something suitable, but of course I want the BF to be engaged, too. (Heh, I guess you could say I'd like us both to be engaged, but that's another letter…)
He's not a big reader, but he's no dummy. I think nonfiction is probably the way to go (although I'm open to anything). Topics of interest start with sports — we're not baseball aficionados, but wouldn't be opposed to being introduced to some history. Football is probably tops. (He's Alabamian, so the Auburn/Alabama rivalry is a big topic–his preference being the former.) Ice hockey is a close second.
We're also Food Network/Travel Channel people–we've both read Kitchen Confidential, so Bourdain and similar recs would be great.
Also, we like the booze.
Other possibilities? True crime, "Car Talk," maybe cults and other deviant social studies? (Don't think I'm not tempted to get Inside Scientology on audio, even though I'm reading it now.) (And he works IT — although I most certainly do not — on the off chance that there's something mutually interesting on that topic.)
I trust the Nation to come up with some fun, not-too-academic listening materials that can take the edge of a 12-hour drive (times two). Thanks!
The Last Train to Huntsville
Not sure how it plays on audio, but you might try one of Michael Pollan's — The Omnivore's Dilemma is available on audio, although my favorite of his is The Botany of Desire, which you can also listen to, it looks like.
Readers? Hit us with some listening recs. Three suggestions per comment only, please, to keep it manageable.
Tags: Anthony Bourdain Ask The Readers happy hellidays Michael Pollan popcult