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Sunday, 20 July 2008

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I enjoy audiobooks as the recitation is usually by fine actors, but many times the conclusion of a story has been ruined as my journey is never long enough. What is the solution; shorter stories or a longer journey?

I've never found a way to enjoy audiobooks, actually. Somehow it makes me very uncomfortable to listen to a book. Short attention span?

Good to hear some praise for Cowper -- a great and greatly underrated poet. Do you know his wonderful poem 'The Task'? Much admired by (and an influence on) Wordsworth and Coleridge. Shamefully I have never read Swallows and Amazons -- couldn't get on with it as a child and never tried since. As I now live within easy reach of the Lakes, I really must try again!

I've had Swallows and Amazons on my TBR list for awhile to read to the kids, but our library doesn't have it. Guess I'll have to buy it...

What is this term 'skip' of which you speak? Surely my reading hero isn't slacking!

I will admit to having read the complete Swallows and Amazons series at least twice through to my son over the last few years. I have the Fagles translation of The Odyssey, but I have only dipped into it and not read it all the way through yet.

Dark Puss

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