In the Beginning, There was Namedropping
Jump back a year or so in time. This was a time when I started reading books to curb my morning/evening commutes of boredom. I travel close to 70 miles one way to work, and I average about an hour and 40 minutes in the car per drive. Sometimes I am lucky to have a shorter commute, but more often it’s on the cusp of 2 hours plus. A few discussions about books after our other defunct podcast Fakel and Friends, I decided to get an Audible account.
At first I solely read non-fiction, mainly, science books. I like learning things I can either impress my friends with, or use in day to day situations.
I think after my fourth book on quantum physics, The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene, my brain had enough. Maybe it was the “morning class” syndrome, but I found myself trying to comprehend 3 sentences back. This book went above and beyond what a casual science nerd can understand.
This was when I swapped to fiction. It was time to give a story teller or two a chance. I never imagined the joy that step would’ve taken me prior to that decision. Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Anne Rice, Brandon Sanderson, Douglas Adams, Andy Weir, Dan Simmons, Brent Weeks to name a few of the people keeping me awake and entertained for over a solid month of listening time, according to my apps statistics.
I had recently(subjectively speaking) wanted to get back into learning something I could apply to daily life. I took a cue from astrophysicist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and purchased a “Great Course”. I spoke about a few of them on our podcast and stirred up some interest from Knowles and Smith.
Knowles purchased The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals by Professor Hannah B. Harvey, Ph.D. “I can not recommend this enough.”, “I just wanna buy her drinks and listen to her talk.”, & “…I could just lay there, and listen to her talk all day.” to quote Knowles from the Pod A Knife Wielding Legolas. Smith and I were grinning like mischief gods. Knowles even said he couldn’t give justice to how well she speaks. After all, she is a professional story “teller”.
So, I decided to pick up this title. And … yea. Knowles wasn’t laying it on. This would be my fourth or fifth GC, and I have never been more enthralled by a course leader. It is also one of the few audio listens I play on 1X speed. She speaks so well, I feel as if it isn’t real. Half of the time I’m listening to what she says and the other half on her pitch, tone, candor, etc. Trying to pick apart how amazing she sounds.
I am 5 hours shy of finishing and I feel sort of sad there I will only have 11 hours with her this go-around. Like Knowles, I’m sure this won’t be the only course us school boys will take, just because she’s teaching it.
#hannahBHarvey, #fanBoys, #crushin