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...I'm still listening to "I Feel Bad About My Neck."
It took me a little while to get used to Nora Ephron's narration of her own work. Her reading style reminds me of a kindergarten teacher who reads slowly, pronouncing each word carefully, to help her students learn to read. Not quite how I imagine her voice in my head when I read her work. Her voice trails off at the ends of some sentences, and I had to reel back and turn up the volume to catch some key phrases.
But once I got past that, the book itself was wonderful -- alternately hillarious and touching. I listened on my commute, and I was sorely tempted sometimes to just keep driving so that I could hear more about Ms. Ephron's views of growing past that "certain age" in America -- more about hair dyes and nail jobs, more about face creams that promise everything and deliver a big hole in your wallet, more about beige couches and cooking, more about Bill Clinton, Ms. Ephron's confessions about JFK, and a final essay on the one inevitability in life.
With some audiobooks, I get in the car and think, "Oh, yeah, I guess I should listen some more." With this one, it was, "Oh, hey, gotta get in the car and listen to that Nora Ephron book again!"
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I am listening for the second time to this book because I enjoyed listening to the new "Heartburn" audio so much, I decided to have a Nora Ephron festival. The first time I heard this audiobook I had to pull over to the side of the road to avoid an accident because I was laughing so hard. I love hearing Nora Ephron read her own work and I am really enjoying this book the second time around. I find her thoughts witty, biting and well worth my time. I find myself writing once again "i usually prefer professional narrators but....". I think hearing Nora Ephron narrate her own essays has made me finally conclude that hearing the immediacy of some authors read their own work is worth the somewhat less professional reading quality - the ability to connect directly to the wisdom and humor that inspired the text is quite special. Now that she is gone, the recording of her work in her own voice is even more intense an experience for me. Highly recommended.
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