Same Kind of Different As Me… The Ear Book

Same Kind of Different As Me… The Ear Book

Last Friday night I was at a card making party.  Yes, I’m that type of old broad who enjoys sitting at a table with a bunch of other old broads making greeting cards.  In fact, my now 13-year-old daughter, Brainiac, chose to spend her THIRTEENTH BIRTHDAY with me at said card party.  Like Woah!

Anyhoodle, I’m obviously seated at the Cool Kids Table and next to my gal pal, who happens to also be a book nerd.  So I tell her about my latest listen and for some reason I can’t think of the correct phrase and call it…. drum roll please…. an EAR BOOK.  Logically speaking, it fits.  I listened to the book, THROUGH MY EARS.  It’s an EAR BOOK.  However, AUDIOBOOK would be the more appropriate term, but probably the term I’ll never use again because, hey, it’s just not as fun as EAR BOOK.  Am I right?

So, what EAR BOOK did I happen upon? 

Same Kind of Different As Me

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Here’s what happens.  Always.  I see a movie trailer, think to myself, “Oh my gosh that looks AMAZING! I wonder if that’s a book!”  And then I’m on a mission to read the book before I see the movie.  Sometimes I finish the book while the movie is still in theaters and get to actually see it in the theater, and sometimes I don’t.  I tried to read the Hunger Games trilogy and got through 37 pages of book one and put it down.  I couldn’t do it.  But, I loved the movies.  I read the Divergent trilogy before watching the movies and yes, I watched all of the Twilight saga on opening night but not before reading every single book from front to back.  And if I’m being forthcoming here, I also read 50 Shades.  All of them.  The movie sucked.  Brainiac and I make a date out of it sometimes.  Like, we read Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children before we saw that in the theater.  Just us.  In fact, she finished the book sitting in the theater seat, lol.  Hot dog in one hand, book in the other.  I love that kid.

Wanna hear a funny story?  I tried to read Outlander once, because Boss Lady sang its praise so highly.  Tried is the operative word here.  Boss Lady owns ALL of them, hard covers, and just couldn’t say enough about this series.  So I got book one and opened it up in my Nook.  I realized the setting is in England and for some reason my stupid brain took over and I had to read it in an English accent.  Like I’m across the pond or something, eating biscuits and sipping tea with the Queen.  I have no idea why my brain wouldn’t just let me read this like any other book.  Then, get this… I couldn’t HEAR my brain reading it.  So, the only way for me to HEAR my brain in the English accent is to read it aloud.  There are people EVERYWHERE in my house.  The ONLY place to hide is the bathroom.  So, I take my Nook, my robe and my tea and go run a hot bubble bath.  I sink in and read my book aloud, in a fabulous English accent mind you, in the bathroom.  All alone.  It was short lived.  The book was just too much work, all that English accent-y reading took too much.  I was concentrating more on perfecting my accent than what the heck I was reading.  I even tried the EAR BOOK along side reading the book on my Nook.  Nothing worked.  But if you ask me, I’ve got a great English accent.

Ok so let’s get to the point of this post.  Same Kind of Different As Me.  This ear book was amazing.  I’ve never listened to anything else quite this good.  I laughed.  I cried.  I got chills.  Like complete chicken bumply skin from head to toe.  I felt moved and touched, like maybe God throat-punched me a couple of times.  It’s a powerful book.  I purchased the 9+ hour version and it’s well worth every minute.  Except the last minutes.  I stopped listening to the last bit.  If you get it you’ll see what I mean.  The “book” is over and it’s about what happened after when he was trying to make this into a movie and how he got screwed over, again and again.

Obviously, this is a movie.  I needed to read this, or listen to this, before I saw the movie.  And I WILL see this movie.  But now that I’ve listened to the ear book, I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to go to the theater for this one.  I’m going to be a big bawl baby and I might be more comfortable in my own home where I can have a box of Kleenex and wear my jammies.  

In case you didn’t know, because I didn’t, Ron Hall and Denver Moore, are the stars of the movie and they actually wrote the book.  The version I listened to is narrated by Daniel Butler and Barry Scott, so the chapters alternate between the voices of Ron Hall, the millionaire art dealer, and Denver Moore, the “dangerous” homeless guy.  For quite a few chapters you get the back story of each of the characters until finally their lives intermingle.  And then their lives change.  It’s incredible.  And it all starts because of the love of a woman, Ron Hall’s wife, Debra.  

I have a hard time finding ear books that keep my attention because the narrator gets boring.  I like listening to the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich because the narrator does the voices of the different characters with enthusiasm and so differently.  That’s my go-to series when I need to numb my brain.  When I’ve been thinking too hard or working too hard and need to unwind, just need something funny, where I don’t need to process.  This book here, it makes everything better because it’s read by two people and the narrator for both of them is spot on.  But let me tell you, the guy reading the part for Denver Moore gives you the feeling that he “knowed” him.  Like he’s lived in his skin and walked in his shoes.  It’s so, so real.

I wish I could just give everyone a copy of this ear book and let you all see for yourself.  It’s 9 hours well spent.  You’d be surprised how much time you can find to listen to a book.  I have a 30 minute commute to my office each day.  I bathe.  I cook.  I go to the gym.  Ok, I don’t really go to the gym that often right now, but still, it’s an idea.  A few minutes here and there, that’s all it takes!  Take my word for it.  You won’t be disappointed!

2 Replies to “Same Kind of Different As Me… The Ear Book”

    1. Aww Thanks! Man I tell you what, that ear book is the best one I’ve listened to yet! I signed up for a free trial of Audible so I could take a listen. It’s pricey, but after listening, it’s WELL worth the money! I fell in love with Denver. I just wanted to sit down at a table with him, hang out with him, just once. I bet he’d have some pure throat-punch knowledge for my ears. Right in my face kind of knowledge. Things you need to hear but don’t want to hear. He’s the man to say it. And boy has he experienced some things! Oh Lord, I’m rambling. I loved the ear book. And him. The end. LOL

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