Somehow my fancy new luxury car with the GPS navigation system, Bluetooth cellphone connection, and aux jack for my mp3 player (hahaha, yes!) … doesn’t have a fast forward/reverse button for the CD player. I mean, it has a forward and reverse, it’s just not FAST. Which is a roundabout way of complaining that these one track audiobooks are driving me nuts?
The book about the Linux founder, the Spanish lessons I took for my trip to Cuba last month, and all those Chautauqua lectures. Are all. on. one. track. Once you start, you can’t stop. Which sounds like kind of a good thing, except it’s a bad thing.
Another bad thing happened to me on the way to work a couple of weeks ago – I finished listening to the first half (5 CDs) of Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress.
So far so good. Except I didn’t have part II with me. So I popped in one of those lectures. Then I got the 2nd part of Digital Fortress, but now I’m 30 minutes into this 70-minute lecture, and darned if I’m going to pop it out, listen to Dan Brown for a week or so, and then put the lecture back in. I’d have to hold down the ‘fast’ forward button for a good minute to get the 30-minute mark back, and who’s got that kind of time?
So today I listened to the lecture on the way into work, angry the whole time because as good as it was, I’d rather be finishing my Dan Brown book. Why the heck don’t they break these things up into tracks? I’m guessing they’re just lazy. Kind of like the engineers at Lexus who wrote the software for my ‘fast’ forward button. Next time I’m in for a service, I think I’ll leave them a really GREAT audiobook and make sure it’s on a single track. That’ll show ‘em.