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Not nose drops. Not chocolates. Not cashmere sweaters. Not roulette. Not porno. Not showering. Not hand-wringing. Not nit-picking. Not hair-twirling. Not pistachio nuts. Not long drives along the Oregon coast. Not $25 foot rubs. 

It’s affecting my brain and body, it’s compulsive; has disrupted my social life. Question: If left untreated over time, will it become disabling or life-threatening? Answer: I don’t care. Right now I’m swimming blissfully in its silky river, lying on my back and letting tides take me wherever they chooses. Question: I’m braced, what is it that’s gotten you by the throat? Answer: Talking books. Question: Talking books? Are you sure? Answer: Talking books! And how!

A heavenly addition to my life after I’d downloaded the OverDrive app onto my iPad, punched in the number of my NYC library card along with my password, and began browsing through thousands of choices of audiobooks – unabridged, with variations. Here are some of my very favorites, listed in chronological order, from earliest hearing to most recent. Each freely lent by the library for 14 days at a time:

A Life Like other People by Alan Bennett read by Alan Bennett

Malone Dies by Samuel Beckett 

 Eleven Stories by Chekov:

The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories form my Life by John le Carré read by John le Carré

Dylan Thomas: A New Life by Andrew Lycett

Absolute Friends by John le Carré read by le Carré

Our Kind of Traitor: A Novel by John le Carre read by le Carreé

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

A short history of the World by Christopher Lascelles

Travels with Herodotus by Ryxzard Kapuscinski

Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

Passage to Juneau: A Sea and its meanings by Jonathan Raban

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas read by Richard Burton

A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas read by Dylan Thomas

Lenin: The Man, the dictator by Victor Sebastyen

Al Capone: His Life, Legacy and Legend by Deirdre Beir

A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul

Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier

Walking the Himalayas by Levison Wood

A Writer’s People: Ways of Looking by V.S. Naipaul

The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto by Pico Iyer

In Morocco by Edith Wharton

The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard

The Price of Salt (Carol) by Patricia Highsmith

Lincoln in the Bardo: Dramatic adaptation of a novel by George Saunders

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

Walking the Nile by Levison Wood

In Search of Lost Time an adaptation of a novel by Marcel Proust

Loving Robert Lowell by Sandra Hochman

The Art of Rivalry by Sebastia Smee

The Boiling River by Andrés Ruzo

I’ve loved each and every one listed —- as in the Beatles song — In My Life (I’ve Loved you More).  If you need to find me, I’m reclining; without shoes; eyes open, eyes closed; am listening; and listening …. tingling with happiness.

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