Books twenty-one and twenty-two in 2012 – “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars” – Paul Ingrassia and “The Glory of Thei

I don’t remember how I ran across “Engines of Change”. It must have been one of those Audible staffers picks lists or something, maybe a book I had stuck in my wishlist, I can’t remember. Regardless, I read it and it was ok. It was actually really good timing, starting a book about cars right as B was taking off on a two week, cross country road trip.

He drove from here to West Virginia to see his family and catch part of the country on the way. It was a great trip for him and I took notes while he was gone, planning to write a post about it, but with my recent blahs when it comes to writing, who knows if/when that will happen.

Anyway, I was under the impression that ‘Engines’ was going to be more of an American history book, centered around cars, rather than a history of the cars and the people and companies who made them. There was a little bit of American history mixed in and it was an interesting book, just not quite what I thought it would be. The narrator also sounded bored. That doesn’t help keep a listener engaged. I found my mind wandering a lot, but it was a good book to be reading while B was out of town. There was nothing scary about it haha. Well, maybe the Pinto.

“Glory of There Times” was recommended by another baseball fan. I was reluctant for awhile since it was so short, just under four hours, and I like longer books, but I figured it would be another good one to read while B was gone. Turns out this book was full of the actual recordings of interviews done with the old time baseball players themselves. The writer recorded all the interviews for his book. You can listen to the men in their own words recount stories of baseball right around the time of WWI. Amazing. It was just amazing! There were funny stories bout the game, sad stories of injuries and even death, the fascinating player who was Ty Cobb, just amazing. After I finished it, I spent an hour one night reading about Ty Cobb. What an interesting character he was.

I’ve found myself wanting to be more educated about the early part of the twentieth century. History was not a strong suit in my school, so I’m very much lacking in that department.

2012 Audio Book List (all unabridged):

1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12

2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12

3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12

4. “The Black Echo” (Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12

5. “The Black Ice” (Harry Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12

6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Harry Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12

8.** “So Yesterday” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/10/12

9.** “Peeps” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/15/12

10. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami – Finished 3/12/12

11. “The Stand” – Stephen King – Finished 4/2/12

12.** “Uglies” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/9/12

13.** “Pretties” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/15/12

14. “The Last Coyote” (Harry Bosch #4) – Michael Connelly – Finished 4/20/12

15. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – Seth Grahame-Smith – Finished 4/25/12

16. “Zero Day” – David Baldacci – Finished 5/1/12

17** “Specials” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/7/12

18.** “Extras” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/13/12

19. “77 Shadow Street” – Dean Koontz – Finished 5/21/12

20. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” – Jenny Lawson – Finished 5/25/12

21. “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars” – Paul Ingrassia Finished 6/1/12

22. “The Glory of Their Times: The Story Of The Early Days Of Baseball Told By The Men Who Played It” – Lawrence Ritter – Finished 6/3/12

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