One of the categories in my 2017 Reading Challenge was an audiobook. I have NEVER listened to a book before – it kind of feels like cheating?? So – I decided to search on Amazon for an audible book for something a) free and b) short – and decided I could listen to it in the car on the way to and from work. I came across Crackanory – and thought this could be amusing….
Here’s the blurb:
“Imagine if Jackanory was set free from its childish shackles. What twisted, funny tales would it unleash upon the world?
Combining some of the UK’s best and brightest comedy writers and performers, this exclusive to audio edition of UKTV’s Dave Channel Crackanory is a master class in storytelling and features an all-star cast including Toby Jones, Katherine Parkinson, John Robins, Robert Bathurst and Simon Bird.
- ‘Kill Phil’
- ‘Mummy Business’
- ‘The Character Assassin’
- ‘The IT Man’
- ‘The Egg That Knew Too Much’ “
All of the stories were silly / funny / rude / a bit offensive / sweary / amusing / far fetched fairy tale esque. They were in bite sized chunks – so throw in a bit of a traffic jam each way, and they were a car journey each. I enjoyed them – but would also have enjoyed listening to the radio and singing along to some tunes.
I can see that audio books have a place – maybe if you’re partially sighted, or doing a monotonous task for hours and want a distraction. Perhaps if I was to do a long car journey on my own then it would be a good call (although if I did a long car journey on my own I’d probably just enjoy the silence of not having to referee squabbling children!)
All in all – I don’t think I’m a convert – but wouldn’t be scared to download one in the future. #glowingpraiseindeed