Monday, April 8, 2013

FROM THE ALOTT5MA TRAVEL DESK, WEEP NO MORE DIVISION: Commenter Bill couldn't help but wonder, on a day when the target city is much in the news:
I'm meeting some friends for the Kentucky Derby and was hoping someone had any ideas for things to do. I'll be in Louisville from Thursday through Sunday.

And a second question for those who have no answer for the first. I'm looking for audiobook suggestions for my 12 hour roundtrip drive. I'm not much of an audiobook person, as I only have two. The one I recommend to everyone is "True Grit" as brilliantly read by Donna Tartt (here's a 10 minute sample). The other is "Snow Crash," which I enjoy, but then I'm a Neal Stephenson groupie.


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  2. Jordan9:41 AM

    I found the Louisville Slugger factory to be a bit underwhelming, but I've heard great things about the Ali Museum.

  3. Years and years ago I heard Joe Mantegna read an Elmore Leonard novel and that was pretty great. It looks like he, naturally enough, also reads a lot of the Spenser novels, if that's your jam. And, he's apparently read The Godfather.

    Amy Sedaris's reading of her "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence" was hysterically funny and weird. The book is a cookbook/entertaining guide which seems odd for a good audiobook but she makes it work. Plus, when I got it on CD, the last CD had all the recipes for download as text files.

    I've read, but not heard, Tina Fey's Bossypants, and I hear the audiobook may actually be better as Fey does such a good job reading it.

    If you pick your audiobooks by who's doing the reading, this is a fun place to see some of who's read what:

    Fun facts: Neil Patrick Harris has done editions of 3 Beverly Cleary books. Laura Linney did a Little Women, which seems sadly to only be available on cassette.

  4. La Binsk1:36 PM

    I can recommend the following audiobooks:

    The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection as read by Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone. Suitably moody and creepy - although you may want to save that for Halloween.

    Homicide: A Year On the Killimg Streets [Abridged] as read by Reed Diamond. This is the book written by David Simon which gave rise to the series, Homicide: Life On the Street. And, of course it's read by one of the TV series' actors - the one who played Detective Mike Kellerman. Interesting with a wry, dark sense of humor.

    A Song of Ice and Fire series by as read by Roy Dotrice. He really does a marvelous job in bringing all the many different characters to life.

  5. victoria2:10 PM

    I am not much of an audiobook person either, but I've been on a big Gary Shteyngart kick lately and I have a feeling Super Sad True Love Story would work tremendously well in that format.

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  7. StvMg8:31 PM

    I'll second the recommendation for the Ali Museum. I went there about five years ago and thought it was outstanding. Lots of video and interactive stuff rather tha just showing his gloves from various fights.

  8. We listened to one of the Beverly Cleary books done by NPH (Henry Huggins) on a long road trip last summer--LOVED IT. (With 4 kids in the car now, our audio book selections have changed.) I am thrilled to know he did two more, we'll have to be looking for those at the library.

  9. Louisville - check out Museum Row. Also, the restaurant scene was really good. Hammerheads has great bbq, and Meridian Cafe is a delicious breakfast/lunch place that is fantastic at accommodating food issues.

  10. bill.8:49 PM

    thank you for the recommendations.