It’s been a while since I added some new Librivox books to my phone. I actually downloaded my next few books (working through my books I should read by the time I’m 30 list) months ago, but never got around to transferring them to my phone. After I finished listening to The Everlasting Rose, which I will probably review next week, I decided it was time for a change of pace, and transferred The Count of Monte Cristo, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Gulliver’s Travels, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Three Musketeers, and Madame Bovary onto my phone. And I’m halfway through Tom Sawyer, and quite enjoying it (besides the wildly inappropriate language).
But then when I look at the other books, I get sort of put off by them. You see, I’ve managed to choose a few extremely long books. Madame Bovary’s not so bad – thirteen hours. And Gulliver’s Travels is positively short – only 11.23. But then we go a bit mad. Hunchback is 21:50. The Three Musketeers is 25 hours. And the Count of Monte Cristo is more than 54 hours long.
I’ve basically been intimidated out of reading the last three of those. Largely because I’m afraid once I start, I’ll feel obliged to continue, and then I’ll end up being terribly bored. It happened with Jonathan Strange last year. I started reading it, realised I didn’t like it, but then felt obliged to finish it. And basically just avoided listening to any audiobooks, rather than feel the guilt of starting a different one (even though I hated this one, quite a lot). So I’m afraid to start one of the real mammoth librivox books I’ve downloaded, because then I might consign myself to months of not listening to any other audiobooks.
But then I feel a bit ridiculous, and I’m like… I can’t be intimidated by audio files on my phone! I’m a real boy! I’m a strong, confident woman who does not need to smoke.
Except I can. And I am. It will probably be quite some time before I venture so far as to actually begin listening to the Count of Monte Cristo. Just in case.