Week 13

Published on 26 March 2024

I have recently started listening to audio books while walking the dog. My wife gave me that advice, as she apparently did it for a while now (we got Bandito a bit over 2 years ago, 10 days before Russia started its terrorirst assault on Ukraine).

The first book I listened to was Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. What an amazing book it is. I am now convinced this is the best book ever written. I tried reading it several times in my life every time getting to about 25-35% of the book and then not getting back to it. Not sure why that was. Somehow, while discussing dramatic events the book is not gloomy and not depressive, it’s filled with hope and curiosity and love for life. The book discusses almost any subject imaginable, from marriage and family to how to be a business owner or how to do work, and what work is worth it. I enjoyed it very much. I keep thinking about it daily. It’s inspiring and fun, and educating etc. etc.

I had then listened to Roadside Picnic by Strugatsky Brothers. 8/10

I then listened to Fathers and Sons by Turgenev. 10/10

After that I picked Gogol’s "Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka" - something I remembered as being more humorous than scary from being a kid. Well, I remembered wrong, it’s quite scary and bloody and terrifying. 9/10

I have then listened to an abridged version of "Three Men in a Boat" read by Hugh Laurie. Fun but too bad it’s not the full thing. 

I’m almost done listening to Frankenstein read by Christopher Lee – great listen as well. What a sad story.