The Perils of Listening to an Audiobook in Bed
Otherwise I think the books have been enhanced by the skills of the actor to speak different parts. It is quite astonishing how some people can change their voices to convey age and character - which brings me to the book I was listening to last night: Will Self's Umbrella.
I heard Will Self read a passage from his book on stage during the Chester Literature Festival, and I was intrigued enough to download the whole thing from audible last month. On the whole, Mike Grady's narration has been great - the different voices helping me appreciate the cleverness of Will Self's descriptions, ideas and language. It also makes what I have heard is quite a difficult text more accessible. In fact I was loving every minute (something I wasn't really expecting)...until last night.
Usually I doze off while listening - this is no problem because I can usually work out what I heard last and go back to that the next time I listen - but in the early hours of this morning I woke dreaming I was in the middle of a pub brawl. It turned out I had merely reached part two of the audiobook and the characters were having an Eastenders moment with a very loud difference of opinion.
I expect this is great when the listener is awake, but I was asleep, and having been so rudely woken, was unable to go back to sleep again. So from now on Umbrella is one for the gym - or when I'm doing the ironing.