Friday Freebies: For Your Listening Pleasure

Regular visitors know I periodically swoon over good books and have dished out literally hundreds of recommendations as well as numerous book reviews of my own.

But, you say, doggone it, Chris,  we simply don’t have time to read as much as we’d like. We’re out there propping up the consumer economy. We’re working hard to make sure that some bright Third Worlder named Gupta or Huang doesn’t end up with our outsourced jobs. By the time we get home and see if Tivo’s picked up any reruns of Sex and the City, who’s got time to read?

Gotcha covered. If you’d like someone else to do the hard work of reading, hop over to Slate magazine’s Audio Book Club to hear intelligent roundtable discussions of books. I was just listening to them chat about Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, one of those books I want to know about but don’t necessarily need to lay eyes on all its 300-plus pages. (And, let’s be frank, many a book fits into that category–we kinda wanna know what it’s about, but don’t want the whole slog.)

You’ll find talks on these books, among others, so follow the links or go to

Tree of Smoke, by Denis Johnson
The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton
Independence Day, by Richard Ford
The Emperor’s Children, by Claire Messud
The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Everyman, by Philip Roth
Saturday, by Ian McEwan
The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion


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