In my Budget post, I mentioned canceling my Audible account. I actually quite like Audible and the idea of audiobooks because I've always been an auditory learner and love listening to things.

The main problem is: I don't actually have a lot of opportunity to listen to an audiobook. Most people I know listen to them while on a commute. I used to do this, but nowadays my commute is about 20 minutes (often less) and a lot of times I would have to pause mid-sentence and that's the worst. Other friends listen to audiobooks while they draw. Well, I can't draw. And I certainly can't listen to an audiobook while I write[1]. I've thought of just listening to them in my leisure time, but audiobooks feel like something you have to listen to while doing something else. If I've got the time to sit and listen to an audiobook, I'd...much rather just read a book.

That's the big reason why I canceled my subscription. I had four credits that had piled up and several audiobooks I'd bought and not yet listened to. Maybe if I can figure out a better routine for these and finish up the ones that I've got, I'll start up my subscription again, who knows.

Yesterday I started listening to Sense and Sensibility again. A while back, I was on a Jane Austen audiobook kick after listening to Rosamund Pike narrate Pride and Prejudice. It was MAGICAL. If only Sense and Sensibility was narrated by Emma Thompson or something... Still, I discovered Juliet Stevenson who is a delight to listen to. After P&P I picked up Persuasion, which is my favorite Jane Austen book. I really loved Ms. Stevenson's narration of it and listening to it brought back all my warm feelings about the book. So of course I had to do S&S next, as it's my second favorite.

S&S is considerably longer than the other two, however, with many more characters. It's been more difficult to listen to for sure and between the three Austen audiobooks I've listened to, it's the only one where I haven't actually read the original book. I've watched Ang Lee's movie version dozens of times, but there's definitely a lot more that happens in the book. There's more nuance to the characters and it feels more complete for a world. I'm now about four hours away from finishing the book, which is unreal to me because where I'm at is very close to the end in the Ang Lee movie. What on earth could happen between now and the end that takes four hours of reading?

I've got Emma ready to listen to after I'm done with this, as it's an audiobook I bought with one of those four credits I had left over. Emma is even longer at a whopping 17 hours[2]. 17 hours!? I've seen almost every Emma adaptation there is and while I haven't read the book itself, I can't imagine what in the plot could take that long. It's an even more closed system, with Emma never going to town or traveling, thus necessitating a much smaller cast. It takes 17 hours for her to screw up poor Harriet's life and finally find love with her Mr. Knightley? I can't believe it.

I think I've just outed myself as a huge Jane Austen fan, haha. I actually spent a large part of my life "hating" her work. I went through a phase where I rejected anything feminine and I was known to say things like "Jane Austen is responsible for the modern-day rom-com so I hate her!!" Nowadays I feel secure in liking whatever I want so while the hugely successful Pride and Prejudice is not my favorite, I like it a whole lot.

I hope that everyone can feel secure in liking what they want to like (as long as it's of no harm to anybody) without judgment in 2018.

  1. I can hardly even listen to music with lyrics when I write! I have to listen to music in a language I don't understand or that doesn't have any lyrics at all. ↩︎

  2. Pride & Prejudice was 11 and a half hours long, Persuasion was about 9 hours long, and Sense and Sensibility is about 13. ↩︎