commuterchroniclesdbh

Driving and Biking in the Big City

Keeping road rage on down low with downloads

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I am perhaps the longest and most voracious audible book listener. This is what makes my commute enjoyable and keeps  my road rage under control. Whenever I start to tire of the commute, I think of it like this. How many hours did I spend reading on a daily basis? It was at least the two hours I typically spend in the car. Thus, my commuting time equals my reading time.

Today, I traveled down the roads of Norway with Jo Nesbo’s detective-hero Harry Hole (pronounced “hula” by my audible reader Thor Knai) in my latest favorite Scandinavia-noire. With my schedule, I seldom read but always listen. I’m also a fan of the Harris County Public Library and prefer to get my audible downloads free after first spending a fortune on cassettes and then another fortune on CDs.

I always was a reader, one time reading all the family World Books during a long boring summer. In elementary school, I always read every book in my classroom library. It was only in junior high when we had a separate library did I realize there were more books than I could ever possibly read. It was a rude awakening.

With my audible listening and my long commute, I’m back on track. I have a book club of friends who keep me current. Otherwise, I choose murder and mayhem. Some of my favorites are

  • Denise Mina
  • Val McDermid
  • P.D. James
  • Elizabeth George
  • Ken Follett
  • Louise Penny
  • Jacqueline Winspear
  • Robert Crais
  • James Lee Burke
  • Laura Lippman
  • Michael Connelly
  • John Grisham
  • Walter Mosley
  • James Patterson
  • All of the Kellermans including son Jesse

And that’s just who is in my current library from Harry, the Harris County system. Now, when someone asks if I’ve read something, typically, the answer is “yes.” Only in my case, I’ve listened to something.

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  1. Ha! Love the “rude awakening.” My case, too!

    Catherine Gulley

    May 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm

  2. Actual reading is still about the most relaxing activity ever. Unfortunately, I never seem to relax any more.

    commuterchroniclesdbh

    May 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm


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