Mintlaw to Moldova with David Copperfield

I like the occasional audio book, it’s a way to imbibe books when driving. I often get language books and sit in traffic trying not to spit at the windscreen in my efforts with pronunciation, but when my credit Audible came up this month, I decided to remember the neglected Dickens Challenge (we’re not short of a challenge or two on HBH). I know the story of David Copperfield, but have never read it, and it’s a hell of a big book. And it’s also a hell of a big audiobook. And as much as I love Richard Armitage’s voice, this is going to be one epic journey for us and I’m not sure how I’ll feel about him by the end.

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The journey is 36 hours and 36 minutes, to be precise. I wondered how far I would have to drive before Charles Dickens was done, and according to Google, I could get to Moldova, 2044 miles from my house (with an extra 36 min stop for a loo break, though I think more than one might be necessary).

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I could also –

Watch all three Lord of the Rings films, extended editions, THREE times over (34 hours 9 minutes, and still have time for Aragorn to massage life back onto the atrophied limbs.)

Watch 87.5 episodes of the Golden Girls *yay!*

Attend 16 children’s birthday parties (organised, 2 hour play centre/restaurant variety) *shudder*

Watch 10.5 Eurovision Song Contests *yay!*

Boil 732 3 minute eggs

I could go on, but you get the picture. This is a very long book. Now to paraphrase Captain Lawrence Oates, I’m just putting on my headphones, and I might be some time.

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