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The Audio Book Guy - No Fluff. Just my honest opinion of the audio books I listen to.

Accent Matters - English English vs. American English

I have received a slew of audiobooks lately from my wonderful wife (shameless plug for

As an aspiring writer and self-proclaimed bibliophile she was very excited for me to listen to one of her favorite authors, John le Carré.

I started with “Our Kind of Traitor”

It has been a very long time since I stopped an audiobook before the first disc ended, let alone the first chapter. It is not that I disliked the material, in fact I was looking forward to this book (who wouldn’t love a conspiracy between governments, the mafia and the Secret Service!) but the accent has me stopping every few minutes to hit the back button.

The accent was too…real. No offense to “English English”, I just couldn’t follow the thick accent.

I have listened to English accents such as Sweeney Todd and The String of Pearls and never had a problem, but after this experience I think I expect funny fake accents. The real deep English accent I just couldn’t understand.

I may have to get this book in (gasp) print to fully understand my lovely wife’s recommendation.

Let me know how accent has changed your view of a book in the comments!

Stationary Bike - Stephen King


Title: Stationary Bike

Author: Stephen King

Read By: Ron McLarty

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio

Genre: Horror

Number of Cd’s and/or Total running time: 2 CD’s (~1 hour and 30 minutes)

ISBN-13: 978-1442353343

Link to the Author’s and/or Publisher’s Website: WEBSITE LINK

Link to for purchase (if applicable): Stationary Bike – Stephen King

Release Date (if applicable): June 5, 2012

Brief Summary:

“Climb aboard Stationary Bike — a streamlined fever dream of a tale, in which an ordinary household object assumes otherworldly powers and a familiar journey takes a terrifying twist.

When commercial artist Richard Sifkitz finally gets around to having that physical he’d been putting off for years, and his cholesterol comes back dangerously high, he does what so many thirty-something, junk food-eating couch potatoes have done before him: he buys a stationary bike, and vows to ride it regularly.

Unlike many a mid-life exercise convert, however, Richard actually starts to ride his new stationary bike. A lot. Soon he’s spending so much time on his bike that he decides to put his artistic talents to use and paint a mural on the wall opposite his stationary bike. But it turns out that Richard’s mural is no ordinary picture — and soon his stationary bike is taking him places he doesn’t want to go…and can’t stay away from.

A riveting riff on artistic frustration, midlife mortality, and hard-won redemption, Stationary Bike is a thrill ride that could come only from the mind of Stephen King.” – From Simon and Schuster website.

Continue reading Stationary Bike – Stephen King

The Audiobook and the onset of spring

So spring has finally arrived in New York. It is almost the end of March but it is here. 40 degrees in September is unbearable. 40 degrees in March? Windows down and no jacket.

So days like the last few I eject the audiobook (Hear me out!) and throw in some jams while driving down the thruway.

A mix tape that gets me pumping.

But don’t worry, the mornings are still 20 degrees. I am anxious to receive the following audiobooks that have just been released to get me through the morning!

Random Riddles.

Poor people have it, Rich people need it, and if you eat it, you will die. What is it?

Follow this link to the answer in the form of an Amazon item!

Slowly returning to blogging

It has been a long time since I have updated the blog. I am sorry.

I did not stop listening to audiobooks, I just lost the time to blog about them. My primary job, my wonderful new baby..etc…

What I have been consumed with audiobook-wise has been the Lee Child – Jack Reacher Series

Dick Hill really brings life to these books!

Until next post, keep listening!