Monday, 1 August 2011

Digested Reads

I stumbled on to this amazing series of podcasts whilst checking out The Hound of the Baskervilles online after I read it recently.

I have now wasted, spent much more time listening to more of these most enjoyable little morsels. No matter what you have read I'm sure John Crace has taken it to one of your favourite reads in a very funny way. Populist fiction. Literary fiction. Recent nonfiction. It's all there.

Mrs Dalloway
I must admit to drifting off whilst listening to this, as I did whilst reading this most awful book.

Maybe if she did a little more and thought a little less, her life might be more rewarding, but it was too late in the book for that.

Stephen Fry in America

Nigella Lawson's Christmas

Nick Hornby's High Fidelity

The Day of the Triffids

There are many, many more highbrow titles, most of which I haven't read of course. Perhaps I could save myself several months and listen to Swann's Way Digested or A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Digested instead? I've saved some more til after I've read the book, like Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Fantastic stuff. It's a shame that it appears to have dried up in 2010.


Trish said...

I have to say, I have a hard time with Virginia Woolf too. I've read a couple of her books but gave up before I ever got to Mrs Dalloway.

Louise said...

I think there comes a time when you just have to give up on authors you really don't like. I've given Woolf a good go a few times now, more than enough for this lifetime. I suspect.

Susan said...

I've never read Virginia Woolf. I feel like I should, but everything I've heard about her books has made me shift them way to the bottom of my list. I'm not sure reading should be so painful.

bermudaonion said...

What a fun way to discover a classic!