2009-06-16

A Very Harry Situation

When Cora was here for a visit a few weeks back, she left me a little present. It started as a slight itch, but has become such a burning that I've had a hard time sleeping the last few nights.

J.J. get your mind out of the gutter, right this instance. She loaned me her unabridged Harry Potter books on CD.

Prior to this, I'd had as vague of a notion about the books as it is possible to have as a guy my age who is not routinely around kids can have. I knew what it was, I knew the general story theme, knew that the author went from dirt poor to being richer than the Queen of England, and had seen probably 15 minutes total of the first movie somewhere, sometime. I'd had a number of work friends read them and love them, I just read much. Never have. I'm a slow reader with a short attention span. I got a 512 page book from my brother for Christmas. It's part of the Dune series. I have read all the Dune books so far (I think that's 15 or so.). And I'm on page 172. Since Christmas.

But this audio book format has some serious merit for me. First and foremost, it takes out the speed thing. Plus, it's a different concentration level. I wouldn't want to have READ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone driving to/from St. Louis. And it is easier to deal with during the commute or while doing routine tasks at work.

But, I will admit that my OCD did kick in. I started listening to them on the way down to Gwen's birthday party on May 30. I finished them up on June 15. 17 days. Including about 40 hours in the last 72. So, if you've noticed a little drop off in my blogging, Facebooking, sleeping, etc. I hope this explains where I have been and what I have been doing. But I feel like the Imperius Curse has lifted, and I'm walking out into the sunshine now, blinking, wondering where the time has gone.

But I really did enjoy the books. Highly engrossing. And having seen all the props at the Museum of Science and Industry a month ago, it was really easy to visualize what they were talking about.

Certainly, I have questions, but when dating someone with an encyclopedia knowledge of the subject, they are easily answered, if the answers are out there.

The answers are out there? Maybe I should Netflix the X-Files next.

13 comments:

Cora said...

BRAVO!! 17 days? That's IMPRESSIVE!!

Welcome back to Muggle world, Scope. Glad to hear you enjoyed your time in Hogwarts. :-)

Cora said...

Oh! And that Lego HP5 trailer is fantastic! Never seen that one before.

Sass said...

I've never done audiobooks. I should consider it...

After I read the Harry Potter books, I felt this...weird sadness. I didn't want them to be done.

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

After I read the last Harry Potter book, I vowed to myself that the last book in any series I wrote wouldn't be so...empty.

Sorry Potter fans, Deathly Hallows was lousy. But, I've already said that part of it could have been that I had come up with a much more satisfying ending, at least for me. Maybe not for the intended audience, but for my needs, it was better.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

That is the cutest thing I have ever heard! You are the best boyfriend ever!!!
It is absolutely endearing how much you care for each other.


Scope-you're such a great guy.
You two are so lucky!

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

I looooove those books. So few books really bring you into the story like that. Glad you enjoyed them. The only bad thing about them was never getting to enjoy them for the first time again. Maybe if I hit my head really hard...

Callista said...

There's no turning back now!

J.J. in L.A. said...

Ahh...Scope, you're no fun! ; ) The gutter is a pretty nifty place to live.

But if you do get a real itch, there are doctors here who'll write you a prescription with a bogus name, to keep your privacy intact.

Scope said...

J.J. - And you would know about these doctors how? A "friend" of yours told you? :-)

J.J. in L.A. said...

I don't know any personally (unfortunately, all mine are on the up-and-up) but you hear stories...

Sassy Britches said...

Books on CD are fabulous. I love them. Haven't heard any Harry Potter ones, and knowing how FANTASTIC the books are, I'd be suspicious. But, whatever works, right?

Scope said...

Sassy B. The whole series is read by the same reader, who I think does a pretty good job with the voices, the tempo, etc.

See if your library has them before your next road trip.

Fancy Schmancy said...

I didn't want them to end, either, and didn't like the way they did very much. But still, they were a great read, and I can't wait for the next movies to come out. I'll have to watch the Lego thing at home later!