Happy Friday Dear Reader,
I always enjoy Friday. It is my day at the end of the week to regroup. I try to find time to clean up the office from the weeks madness. Organize my desk so that I can start fresh on Monday. But, this weekend is special because my day job office is closed Monday in honor of Veteran’s Day here in the U.S. (more to come on that topic Monday). So, I am planning for the long weekend. There are so many things to do. Retailers are getting ready for the holiday shopping season and there are some small businesses hosting open houses for holiday previews. I am looking forward to enjoying a few of those.
I started listening to a new audio book this week, The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry. I will confess that Steve Berry is one of my favorite authors. He is one person that will read no matter what. He has a wonderful way of making his characters come alive and you just can’t help but get hooked on their stories. But, this time Mr. Berry has done something new and interesting. It’s called the Writer’s Cut.
If you haven’t listened to an audio book with this feature let me explain. The book is narrated per usual, in this case by Scott Brick, who is a wonderful voice artist and makes the story even more compelling. At the end of each chapter Steve Berry pops in and adds an interesting fact either about the character, place or event that was the focus of the chapter. I find this sort of insight particularly interesting and love that it is interjected into the story itself. It is a very clever idea.
What do you think, would you enjoy a story with a writer’s cut included? I’m not sure this added feature would work in all genre’s but certainly for historical fiction, thrillers based in modern locales and even some science fiction, if an author were to speak to a technical aspect of the story. Or technology that inspired their fictional space craft or world. I’m not sure how well this would lend itself to contemporary romance. But, it would be fun to give it a try.