Over the past couple of years I have enjoyed several dozen audiobooks from Audible.co.uk.
Through this medium, I have listened to the lilting tones of Ann Voskamp reading her life-changing book One Thousand Gifts, Richard Foster’s brilliant Streams of Living Water, the inimitable Simon Schama’s History of Britain, Adrian Plass’ Sacred Diaries, and novels as varied as The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Fahrenheit 451 and the literary classic, Anna of the Five Towns. I have also had the awe-inspiring experience of listening to St. John of the Cross’ Dark Night of the Soul.
I am currently listening to Evolving in Monkey Town, by Rachel Held Evans. It is very interesting to gain an insight into American Christian Fundamentalist culture and she reads and writes with an easy, intelligent, thought-provoking style. I have come to the conclusion that although we share a common language, and many Americans are Evangelical Christians, as I would consider myself to be, the common language masks what is actually a very different culture to my own (English). The label of ‘Evangelical Christian’ also means something actually quite different. Which is interesting all by itself! Mind you, there are plenty of British Evangelical Christians who would probably frown on me as a heretic 😉
Today on Audible I left a rating of only two out of five stars for a book I had downloaded (because when I began listening, the reader said “you should listen to xyz book first” and that had not been made clear in the description). A little pop-up suggested I ‘return’ the book and download a new one. Now that’s what I call customer service!
Incidentally, in Evolving in Monkey Town, Rachel Held Evans says she won ‘Best Christian Attitude Award’ four years in a row at her school while growing up, voted for by fellow pupils. Isn’t an award for such a thing rather contradictory by its very existence?