Harry Potter

Harry Potter Series paperback

Well, I have actually shocked myself.  A few years ago I heard an unpleasant comment by JK Rowling, I cannot recall exactly what she said but when I heard it I swore I was having nothing to do with her or any of her books ever.  Since listening to a work mate telling me he was reading Harry Potter to his 7 year old and I have complete and utter double standards I decided to go ahead and read the first book to see what all the fuss is about.

The first book was good, not amazing, but good enough for me to want to read more.  Having read most of the ‘The Chamber of Secrets‘ I’m hooked, cannot put it down enjoying immanency.  As you read the book you are there in Hogwarts, you can see all the charactures as if you are in the room.  It’s so well written, i’m just please I allowed myself to have double standards!

 

Bill Bryson

As you may note from my “What I read section”, I read a lot of Bill Bryson.  I know that some people have read/listened to a lot of his books, I own just about all of the both written and audio versions.  The reason why I have both is that listening to a wonderful narrator gives the listener so much more than you get from the written text alone.  Whilst this may be obvious to some,  I cannot being to stress how good the audio versions are.  At first I liked listening to Bill narrate them, his written words with his voice gave the listener a lot more humor to the volumes. Ensuring that I always bought the Bill Bryson narration version was always my first option, that was until I listened to “Down under” which is narrated by William Roberts.  Roberts is an American actor that with his mastery of accents and language adds almost to the story as the books itself.  I’m currently listening to Notes from a small island, every time I switch it on Roberts/Bryson have me in tears with laughter, it’s simply a pleasure to listen to.

If you have not heard any or read any of Bryson’s books, I urge to you to get your hands on a Roberts narrated version, you will not regret it!

James

 

I’m getting there now.

I’m starting to add content now to the site, I’m really liking WordPress, very straight forward to setup, just install, add a nice looking theme (beauty in the eye of the beholder and all that) and away you go.

Not too sure if I’m going to use this site to replace my social media interest (me talking) or if I’m just going to post nerdy IT stuff here, we’ll see.

James