Audio Books and Classics

I finished Ray Bradbury’s classic, Fahrenheit 451. I listened to it on a unabridged audio book CD. I’ve been trying to catch up on all the classics that I ignored in school, but I’ve got to tell you that I don’t get it. As near as I can figure, the reason most of these books are considered classic is because they were the first to present some idea or try some style of writing. Fahrenheit 451… kind of boring and not really very interesting. Other than a weird vision of the future and its loud warnings about protecting our knowledge before it’s taken away from us, I just didn’t get much out of it. The character’s were not engaging, the future world was bland, it just had no wow factor. I don’t think I would recommend it to anyone. Maybe I’m missing all of the deeper meanings in the story, but more likely I’ve just seen it done too many times and done better by others.

I’m now listening to Day of Reckoning, by Jack Higgins. Here’s the problem, I just listened to Edge of Danger and that had a lot of the same characters in it. Reoccurring characters are good, you get to know and like them. But the narrator is different for the two books. The result is as if they’d chaged the actor playing the main character from Tom Cruise to Brad Pitt. You notice these things and you inevitably have an opinion as to which is better. I liked the narrator in Edge of Danger I don’t think I particularly care for the narrator in Day of Reckoning. Or more precisely, I want the same guy to narrate the whole series of books. It’s jarring to go through a change like that. This is something I don’t have to worry about with printed books.