Friday 20 January 2012

Pic of the Week . . . Victoria Frances

I've tried something I never thought I'd try the other day. I was sitting at my computer, working through the most mundane job and surprised myself by feeling bored of all the music I have at the moment (which is a lot). I fancied something different, something to help take the boredom away.

So, flicking through YouTube (I wasn't skiving off the job, honest) I come across some audio books. I've never listened to an audio book. I've always read a book when not working, and when I am working, I usually listen to music. Anyway, I thought I'd give it go. What harm could it do? I have to sit here all day, and if I don't like it I can always switch to something else.

One of the first audio books YouTube took me to was Twilight. I'm not a huge Twilight fan. The films are okay but I don't ever see me buying the books, despite their popularity. It was then I decided to see what all the hype was about, and so clicked play on the first part.

Within three days I had listened to the entire book. I was stunned at how easily I adapted to listening instead of reading, and how it didn't interfere with my work. In fact it helped me concentrate on the mundane (is that a good thing or a bad thing???). I still haven't changed my mind about Twilight. I still won't be rushing out to buy the book, but at least I can say I've read it - ish (and yes, I'd still like to slap some sense into Bella a few times, but then I need to remind myself that is YA).

I like the vampire genre, but they have to classy for me to rave about them. One author in my eyes who has succeeded is Anne Rice. I love her work and her vampires. I don't know how she done it, but I instantly fell in love with her character Marius. Beats Edward Cullen any day.

So, for this weeks Pic of the Week, I thought I'd go for the vampire theme, and who better to revisit than Victoria Frances. I really love her work - almost as much as Marius, which is why I chose this particular piece.

Enjoy and have a bazinga of a weekend...hee hee...


  1. I have never listened to a audio book, either! I always mean to, but I never have. Soon... SOON, I will check one out. It sounds like a fabulous way to get through the mundane!

  2. Audio books are great in the car, or when doing the housework, though I'm more likely to listen to HGTTG radio plays which are almost audiobooks.

  3. Bazingas are great when mixed in with violins and Vampires.
    Great choices, my friend!


  4. That pic is AM AZ ING. I love vampires, literally :) Dont get me started on Twilight. Apart from the whole 119 year old man breaking into the house of a 16 year old to watch her sleep, and said sixteen year old girl deciding that the best way to get her boyfriend back is to try and kill herself, none of the messages are such I would want my daughter buying into. Also REAL VAMPIRES DON'T SPARKLE :) As for audio books, they are fantabulous. I used to listen to them in the car on the way to work. Some of the horror ones are spooky as hell. Imagine listening to a vampire story, with the creepy music, driving through country lanes in the dark. Delicious. I think the key is finding the right voices, that non't annoy you, and to read the right book at the right time. I don't think you would have been able to concentrate so well on your work with a more exciting book playing.

  5. Yay!!! Comments are working! But for how long is anybodies guess.

    Yep, I;m now listening to NewMoon on Audio whilst I work - more out of curiosity than anything else. It's still getting me though the mundane, but I agree with Nephy. If it was something a little more action packed and with sound effects, I don't think I'd be able to concentrate. Still...

    Glad everyone likes the pic...

  6. I've only heard one book, Go The F*** to Bed. Fun-ney! My Kobo has audio built into it and I did listen to the Franklin book that came with it, but I don't know if I'd like listening to books.

    I fell in love with Anne Rice's vamps as well. They were dangerous and beautiful at the same time and maybe that's why I don't care for Twilight at all. There's no danger.