Next stop on the journy is the marvellous Librevox version of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer.
It is simply litrature in perfection, from characters to plot and historically enlightening too.
The episode with the white washed fence is such a great parable for any one stuck in a rut at work.
This is followed by Watership Down.
I first read this when an aunt gave me a hard back copy and I was hooked.
It's a wonderful tale of life winning out through adversity, and a great example of how to live your life.
There’s classic science fiction next, in the form of a radio play adaptation of Isaac Asimov's amazing book The Caves of Steel, which I find to be very close to the original book.
It’s a pity this prolific writer has had so few of his stories transferred to other mediums.
I feel his visions of the future would enrich our world, although I am given to believe his contribution to science through inspiration is enormous.
My next chosen text to listen to is again from Librevox.
It’s Jack London’s The Confession.
I was so taken by it from the standpoint of advice to a Burgeoning writer, that I knew I had to reabsorb his wisdom.
This will be my first repeat of the tale, and I hope I impart as much pleasure as I did the first time around.
I have to admit that two great works I have had on this list fell by the wayside on subsequent listening’s. The first is Jerome K Jerome's classic Three men on a boat (there is a sequel Three men on a Bummel, where they take a bicycle tour which I have read but sadly don’t recall. I really must hunt my copy out some time) but getting back to the river trip, I feel like a moth to the flame basking in such richly witty humour, yet loath to burn on the long and seemingly drawn out passage on ancient British history.
Which I find that he somehow makes so tedious. One day I will return, Oh yes I will.
Another is the John Carter on Mars novels, like a freight train rattling past you feel draw by the raw power of the tale, but by the fourth novel the endless struggle he endures is quite wearying.
One day I’ll walk that line again.