Monday, January 26, 2009
The Year of Living Biblically
6 hrs, 15 minutes
This was my very first experience with audio books, and I must say, it went a lot better than I expected. (My second experience isn’t going so well, but that’s another story for another time.) This wasn’t a book I had ever planned on reading, but my local library sucks, and the selection of non-fiction audio books was…well, let’s just say it was lame and move on.
I decided to start with a non-fiction audio book for reasons that escape me at the moment, but that I’m sure made a lot of sense (to me) at the time. Something about no dialogue, and maybe being easier to follow. And it was. Easy to follow. I didn’t find myself spacing out like I expected…unless I’m reading I have the attention span of a gnat, or whatever that something is with a very short attention span.
The Year of Living Biblically is just what the title says. The author decides to devote one year to following as many of the Bible’s commandments as he can squeeze in. And we’re not just talking about the Big 10. Prior to his biblical year, Mr. Jacobs read through the Bible and copied down every commandment that was mentioned. Things like Don’t Wear Mixed Fibers, Don’t Shave, Blow a Horn at the Beginning of Every Month, Give Thanks, Stone Adulterers, Write Biblical Things on Your Door Frame, and Wear Tassels. Obviously, I’m simplifying a bit (because the only time I’ve ever read the Bible was for a Bible as Literature class in college), but you get the idea.
I’m not going to go into details, because the book is pretty much what it says it is. I’m glad I didn’t actually read it, because it’s not really my type of thing, but it was entertaining to listen to. The author is the narrator, and he did a good job. He also did a good job of sounding like a total dweeb. The thing that sticks most in my mind about this book is that I would hate to be married to the author. It had to have been a total pain in the ass to live with this guy for the year! Also, this is the same guy that wrote The Know-It-All, about his experience reading the Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z. I know that because he mentioned it constantly…so constantly that I now refuse to read it.
I've decided that audio books are a great entertainment for the drive to and from work. Just think of the thousands of hours of books I've missed over the years! Okay, that's depressing, so let's not. But I have about 50 minutes a day, 4 days a week to devote to listening to audio books, and I'm thinking non-fiction is the way to go. That is, if my library system can get it's shit together and stock some decent titles. (Care and Eva...they don't even have Possession! I was crushed!!)