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Sunday, March 4, 2018
NPR DRIVEWAY MOMENTS: LOVE STORIES by NPR
Published in 2014 by HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Duration: 2 hours, 5 minutes
The idea behind NPR's "Driveway Moments" series is that each of these stories is so good that if you were listening to them when they were originally broadcast on NPR you would stay in the car to hear the end of the story rather than turn off the car and head on in to the house.
That is a pretty high standard, when you think about it. The good news is that many of these stories are that good. I enjoyed the story of the couple that fell in love while eyeing one another on a commuter flight and a conversation with author John Green about reactions to his book The Fault in Our Stars. My favorite may have been the story in which a divorced couple fell back in love after the husband became ill with Alzheimers. He had literally forgotten the woman who came to visit him and re-discovered what he liked about her.
But, there were some real clunkers in the collection as well. One grew so tedious that I skipped the track. Another was the reverse of a love story - it was full of bitter double entendre comments from divorced parents to their children. It seemed very out of place.
On balance, it's a good collection and well worth the time of the listener.
I rate this collection 4 stars out of 5. It can be found on Amazon.com here: NPR Driveway Moments: Love Stories.