Over the last two years, there were two books that didn’t make it past my 50-page rule that I still really wanted to have read: Reza Aslan’s Zealot and Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America. In both cases I was able to go back and complete them thanks to their audio book versions.
Having that book read to me was like an invigorating college lecture. In listening to it, I could simultaneously understand why reading it had been a challenge and be fully enthralled by the story. The book made me want to talk about the topic after the lecture. Unfortunately, there was no one to hang out with at the student union, or even a student union to hang out in. (Yes, I am ending that sentence with two prepositions! What a grammar rebel!)
I received The Plot Against America through paperbackswap a couple years ago. It is an alternative history, a genre I love, in which Charles Lindbergh becomes president of the United States.
I had finished my first Roth novel, Portnoy’s Complaint, a few months prior. Plot was nothing like that. There was a lot of tension. I didn’t like it. It was after listening to Zealot that I realized I was interested in Roth’s story and that the audio book format was the way to go.
I rather enjoyed the book on the second attempt. I can’t read suspenseful stories before bed, but while I’m driving around it worked great. I’ve listened to several of Roths’ books, and I love the way he crafts a story. This book did not disappoint. I even found it to have a much faster moving story line than his other works.
I’m so glad I gave these books a second chance.
What books were you able to get through on a second attempt? or How did I get to the end of this post before I realized that both these books dealt with religion?!?!