He Said, She Said.
I’m a huge fan of audio books and can’t drive in the car without one. My commute is about 85 minutes round-trip and listening to a book helps pass the time. I know some people (my husband, mom, sister) can’t listen to books and drive, but I can’t drive without a book. Though I have a car adaptor for my iPhone, I rarely listen to music and never listen to the radio unless I’m desperate for a traffic report or the Yankees are playing.
Recently, I found myself on a long ride with only one audio book in the car (I usually have a spare!). The book, Stone Cold by Robert B. Parker, is one of series about a detective in Massachusetts. I’d never read any of the other books before and my local library has a paltry selection of audio books, so I grabbed this one in desperation. I got through about three minutes of the first CD before it spiraled out of control.
The dialog went loosely like this:
- Blah, blah, blah, Jesse said.
- Tra, la, la, Marcy said.
- Sis boom bah, Jesse said.
- Do, do, dah, Marcy said.
- Fa la la, Jesse said.
I was so distracted by the author’s overuse of SAID that I skipped back to the start of the track to actually COUNT the number of times he used the word. (17 times in two minutes) Now, I’m not a math major or anything, but by my calculations the author used the word SAID once every 7 seconds for 2 minutes. Blood started to trickle from my ears and I had to suppress the strong urge to drive my car into a mailbox.
Later, I played 120 seconds of the CD for my husband, just to make sure I wasn’t being overly dramatic or irrational. He seconded my assessment that’s how I quit an audio book for the first time ever!