So I was listening to this John Grisham audiobook. It was very much unlike any other Grisham book I have ever read/heard before. It was like a series of random vignettes. One minute, it’s talking about the old owner of the local paper. The next, it’s from the point of view of its new owner. He’s having dinner with someone and the food is being described. He’s on the witness stand explaining how he bought the paper. Someone else is on the witness stand being asked if he knew his wife was cheating on it. I have no idea what the hell the trial is about, but whatever. The narrator is flashing back to having just arrived in the town and being pulled over by a haberdasher. Then a sniper is killing people.

WHAT THE HELL?!

The player was on Random Track Play. That’s what.


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12 Responses to Grisham On Acid

  1. Scarlet Knight says:

    I am ashamed to admit that I have done this too.

  2. Abel Keogh says:

    LOL! I would have checked to see if you put a Gore Vidal novel in by mistake.

  3. Logtar says:

    I needed the chuckle this morning, thanks.

  4. Scarlet Knight says:

    Have you had a case where the CD ends and goes back to the beginning without audio notice? Then fifteen minutes pass and you say, Damn this sounds familiar.

  5. trumwill says:

    I wonder what it would be like to listen to an audiobook all the way through on no-repeat random. Maybe I’ll find a boring novel and try it sometime.

    SK, yeah, that’s happened to me. Back before I could afford Audible/eMusic, and I got my audiobooks from… alternative sources… some of them were seriously F’ed up. So about 2/3 in, they would have some tracks from early in the book. Then twenty-five minutes later it would switch back and I’d have to figure out what I missed.

  6. Scarlet Knight says:

    Well in my case it was because the CD player in the car automatically goes to the beginning of the CD once it is over in a continuous loop. So if the CD doesn’t say End of Disc X, and you aren’t paying close attention, you can easily hear the first few tracks over again before familiarity sets in.

    I have a device to play MP3s, and my plan was to download podcasts, but I got hooked on audiobooks very quickly, and my library has a good stock. The best of the bunch was the Steve Jobs biography. I also enjoy humor books, especially when read by the author. I recommend Adam Carolla, because he goes on rants that aren’t even in the book.

  7. trumwill says:

    Yeah, that’s happened to me, too. It seems that most players start over. Since I’ve transitioned away from listening to CD’s, it doesn’t happen like it used to.

    I may have to check out the Steve Jobs autobiography.

    The only bio I’ve listened to date is Obama’s. Both of them. The second one is kind of interesting because he talks about how great the filibuster is. I wonder if he still believes that.

  8. Scarlet Knight says:

    Steve Jobs autobiography

    Nit pick: It was written by Walter Isaacson and read by Dylan Baker. Baker did a nice job. I only cringed once: he pronouced Jon Corzine’s name as cor-ZEEN

  9. trumwill says:

    Correct. I wrongly added “auto.” I guess because I was thinking of Obama’s.

    It may be wrong, but I think cor-ZEEN actually sounds better than COR-zeen.

  10. Scarlet Knight says:

    Yes, but he pronouces his name as CORE-zine, with the i pronounced as a long I.

    The only reason I mentioned the author of the Jobs book is that there have been multiple ones published lately; I wanted to make sure you got the good one.

  11. trumwill says:

    CORE-zein? I’ve been mispronouncing it until now. You’d think that someone would have caught that before reading it wrong on a whole book. Or maybe they’re like me and don’t care because Sotomeyer sounds better and more natural than SoTOmaYOR.

    COR-zein and COR-zeen both sound equally naturally, though. For some reason I thought it was ‘zeen’.

  12. Scarlet Knight says:

    You’d think that someone would have caught that before reading it wrong on a whole book.

    Well, his name was only in the book once. His wife, when she was still single, worked for Goldman Sachs and Corzine was her boss. The author didn’t describe him at all, leading me to believe that the author thinks he is commonly known. I don’t know how commonly known he is, but he was a US Senator for five years.

    Someone who never heard the name before wouldn’t think it was said wrong, but since he was one of my elected officials for nine years, the mispronounciation was like a needle going across an album.

    Coincidentally, I heard his name mispronounced on another audiobook I listened to, but I don’t remember whose it was. Maybe because it looks like it should rhyme with Thorazine?

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