Hi my name is Haley of Fangirl Fury, and I am an audiobook newbie.
I’ve tried listening to audiobooks before, especially the Harry Potters ones, but I often had trouble connecting to the narrator. They didn’t feel like how I had imagined the character or characters in my head.
However, I’ve had a change of heart about audiobooks because of Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg. Aziz Ansari is my favorite comedian and I fell in love with his Netflix show, Master of None, early this summer. And unless you’re new around here, you know that I am forever rewatching Parks and Recreation. After additionally watching some of Aziz’s comedy specials on Netflix, I felt inspired to read Modern Romance, as Aziz talks about some of his findings in a few of his shows.
In Modern Romance, Aziz teams up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg to study how people go about forming relationships today. As you can probably imagine, today’s technology, especially dating apps like Tinder, have a lot to do with how people meet and connect. Add in Aziz’s comedy and if you’re listening to the audiobook, him telling you that you were too lazy to read the physical book, and you have a humorous yet informative and personal read. Aziz often refers to his current and past relationships, and one of my favorite aspects was when he would read aloud people’s online conversations.
So what did I do while listening to Modern Romance? The audiobook is just over six hours long, and I found myself listening to it while I was driving, packing to go back to school, setting up my dorm room, and at the gym. I often found myself laughing at loud, and my only disappointment is that I wish that I had taken more notes while listening.
I plan on listening to another audiobook hopefully soon. I’ve heard amazing things about The Illuminae Files and the Six of Crows audiobooks, especially because they have a full cast of narrators.