Badge of Honor

This week, I deserve a badge of honor. For years now my mother has been begging me to listen to audio books. I have resisted as any child does. Why, I just didn’t think I’d like it. I mean, if you have to listen to the CD, you have to pay attention, and with our busy lives when would I have time to mentally focus?

The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project

My mother, in her Italian accent would say, “Cicciolino, listen to the books while you are cleaning the house, you’ll want to clean, because you’ll want to hear the entire story.”

I’m laughing, can you imagine that? I thought she was really digging deep now. An audio book that will make me WANT to clean the house? I imagined myself wearing a cute Italian apron, with a funny duster, humming opera tunes while listening to audio tapes. That’s the perfect Italian wife!

This past week, my mother got her wish. I actually listened to an audio book. It was by complete accident.

Our Book Club is reading “The Rosie Project,” by Graeme Simsion. All the print versions at the library were checked out, EXCEPT (did you hear that), except for the audio version. YES, I smiled; OK Mom, you’re getting your wish!

A miracle happened! I popped the CD in my car and was pleasantly surprised to hear the narrator (Daniel O’Grady) speaking in an Australian accent. His voice, reading the story of a “nutty professor looking for a wife,” was so amusing that, my mother was RIGHT, I wanted to keep listening to the story! NOW, I needed a long road trip somewhere…

Cat O'Nine Tales: And Other Stories

Cat O’Nine Tales: And Other Stories

I’m hooked… next audio book, “Cat O’Nine Tales: And Other Stories,” by Jeffrey Archer!

Here’s a perfect example of not being open to someone’s viewpoint! Mom, you are ALWAYS right!

6 thoughts on “Badge of Honor

  1. I’ve always wondered about audio books. Now I’ll have to give them a try. And yes, much to my dismay…Mom usually is always right! 🙂


    1. You’ll love listening to audio books in the car or at the barn! The “key” is finding an author’s voice that grabs your attention — then you “want” to listen. Personally, I enjoy the British / Australian narrators. You would like The Rosie Project! They might be making it into a film.


  2. Moni:

    I love this post! I relate to it in several respects. First, “Mom is always right” is no cliche. I don’t have to think very hard to come up with several examples where my own mother knew better. And I give her my utmost respect for never saying “I told you so”. Or if she did, I’ve conveniently forgotten (smile).

    Hey, translate “cicciolino” for me – what a great word. I assume it’s an Italian term of endearment.

    Your description of YOU cleaning the house was LOL. I can absolutely picture you as described – for about five minutes – before you get fed up and say “WHAT AM I DOING”?

    Books on CD. I never gave them a fair shot, for a couple of reasons. One, by the time they became popular and prevalent I was working from home (i.e. no more daily commute), and like you I never considered listening to them in the house. Two, at some point my 6-CD stereo in my car jammed and the service guys said they’d have to rip the whole thing out of the dashboard to fix it. Ever the cheap one, I told them I’d just listen to the radio from now on. No more CD’s.

    You make a convincing argument for the audio approach though, so I may have to give it a try one of these days. I believe my Kindle has audio capability; you just have to buy the right format of the book. If Brigid and I go for a long driving trip, I’ll give it a go. But I’ll shut it off if it’s an Irish accent. She’ll fall in love from the first word. She did that a lot on that trip to Ireland – ha.

    Jeffrey Archer is one of my favorite authors. He hooked me with “Prisoner of Birth” and I’ve read just about everything he’s written since. The “Kane and Abel” series is wonderful as are the several “Clifton Chronicles” books. I love how his stories can cover entire lifetimes and generations yet his character development makes you feel like you really know the person. I will read Archer as long as he writes.

    I looked in my library for “Cat O’Nine Tales” because it sounded familiar. I can’t find the hardcover or the e-book but I know I had it at one time because the first few stories are familiar. I may have loaned it to son Mark, who also reads Archer. “The Red King” is great. Let me know when you finish (listening to) that story.

    Several of your blogs make me feel like I know you better. You give hints of your experiences or personality that defines you. I think that’s great, and maybe that’s the underlying objective of any blog. I get that from Tynan too. If I ever met him I’d feel like I know him just a little.

    Keep on writing Moni. Now it’s ME trying to keep up with YOU!



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