Saturday, April 25, 2020

The Down and Out Reviews

 I've had a two day headache so all I've been doing is sitting in a dark room and listening to audiobooks and napping. If you follow this blog on any kind of regular basis you know how I work. I do lots of stuff but rarely get anything done. Same with books. I'm always listening to something but rarely finishing.  I've been listening to this 36 hour monster for months. It fills the hole GOT left. It's got all the palace intrigue of the North and then some.

I've been listening to the autobiography of this dude every night for a few weeks. It's surprising. He's had quite an unexpected journey. A bonus-it's read by Johnny Depp.

I did finish this one. I loved it but it was too short. He stopped at the age of 21. I need more, James.

If you look on my side bar you can see that this is my "official" listen. The problem is the recipes that are included. Everything sounds so darn yummy and I can't get half of the ingredients in my hit or miss grocery order. This one may have to go on the back burner for the duration of the lockdown.

I just started this one. I'm not sure where it's going yet but I do know that as bad as we have it now living through WW2 France was worse. At least for these two ill fated sisters.

And the craziest thing that I have listened to lately is this. Audible came out with a series of free readings to help you calm down and get to sleep. I have to admit that this helped me take a good nap yesterday in spite of it making me imagine that someone who sounds a lot like Idris Elba was wrapping me in crinkly copy paper and popping bubble wrap over my head. I kid you not. It's that weird-but strangely soothing.

And speaking of about a big plate of Cronchy Potatoes? This potato recipe is a sensation over on Twitter thanks to a funny little character named Darth. I accidentally ordered two 5 lb bags of potatoes with the last delivery and this bag was looking a little iffy so I took the chance and "cronched" them. I had my doubts because it was a long involved process but they were soooooooo good.

Totally worth all the trouble. Darth knows potatoes.


  1. I used to listen to audio books while sitting under our deck in the summers but got out of the habit when we started going to the lake. I should try to revive it because I'm not reading nearly enough.
    I hope the headache is getting better. I know they're miserable.

  2. I'm sorry you've had a headache for so long.
    I listen to the readers on Kindle not the audio books (but they're readers are better for sure! lol) Some books I can fall right to sleep and other nights the voices wake me up over and over!

  3. I enjoyed reading The Nightingale - so many twists in the plot.

  4. Hope you are feeling better today and have some sunshine to cheer you up. My daughter has migraines and they completely incapacitate her - it's very difficult to live with. Thanks for all the goodread ideas - I love audio books while I'm crafting or cleaning!

  5. I'm not big into audio books but i do have the James Taylor one that I will listen to this summer.

  6. I can't do audio books because I'm a horrible listener. They mention eating and I spend the next 25 minutes thinking about my grocery list.... Or else, I'm listening in the car and get engrossed and end up in the next state when I was only trying to drive to the grocery store. I wish I could learn to take advantage of audio books but...
    I hope your head is feeling better. Nothing worse than a bad headache. And now, I'm suddenly hungry for potatoes...

  7. Hope your headache has finally retreated and you are able to function. I also loved Break Shot and was disappointed when it ended. He is just as awesome as a storyteller as he is as a musician. Listening to to it brought back many memories of things I had not thought of in years.

  8. A friend recommended the Keith Richards book years ago! SO sorry you had a headache Deb. I rarely get them but I can remember how awful they are when any head movement just POUNDS. I react with my gut when I am stressed. Lovely I know.

  9. I listened to The Nightingale and it ended up being one of the best books I have ever read or listened to. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  10. I am intrigued by all of your audio-reading choices. They all look good! The Darth/potato image made me chuckle.

  11. Hope you feel better soon. We listen to audible in the car:)