High 5 for an Audio Blast

So...I have been doing some catching up on awesome audio junk...you know, podcasts, audio books, playlists...

I hadn't been able to participate in my usual intake for a couple of reasons. Thanks to the holidays I wasn't heading to work so my usual commute was moot, or better yet mute. I also demolished my phone which is my primary listening device. So I have been on a super push to catch up, and I must admit, it has been excellent. Here are five of my favorite bits of audio from the last few weeks.

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows. After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues - and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.
This movie just finished shooting and will be released later this year. 

The amazing Wil Wheaton is back! He, Chris and Matt talk about their recent trip to Disneyland for Chris’ birthday, Chris and Wil reminisce about living together in Westwood and get into some nerdy debates!
I love listening to Wil when he is a guest on the Nerdist. He reminds me that Lord Hardwick is not the king of the nerds and in fact he is just a guy like I am just a girl that has best friends who have been with him through it all just like I have Seven of Ten. 

It’s time to look at some of the stuff that was literally or figuratively dug up in 2014. This episode includes: connections to past episodes, some extreme serendipity, shipwrecks, a couple of Holocaust-related unearthings, and lots of Oldest Things Ever.

Anyone that knows me knows how much I love this podcast, but the Unearthed episodes at the year's end is always my favorite. There is a Part II so don't worry, two parts awesome!          

Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over 15 years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population.
Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today - an Orwellian world in which radio and television dials are welded to the one government station, a country that is by choice not connected to the Internet, a society in which outward displays of affection are punished, and a police state that rewards informants and where an offhanded remark can send a citizen to the gulag for life. Demick's subjects - a middle-aged party loyalist and her rebellious daughter, an idealistic female doctor, an orphan, and two young lovers - all hail from the same provincial city in the farthest-flung northern reaches of the country. One by one, we witness the moments of revelation, when each realizes that they have been betrayed by the Fatherland and that their suffering is not a global condition but is uniquely theirs.
Nothing to Envy is the first book about North Korea to go deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors, and penetrate the mind-set of the average citizen. It is a groundbreaking and essential addition to the literature of totalitarianism.
I heard Aslan (Essie's boyfriend) mention that he was reading this a few months ago while they were on their Nordic Vlogs and I bought it, but it went in my "to listen to" pile. My interest was peaked again after I watched a documentary on Netflix called "Crossing the Line" about a man that crossed the DMZ during the Korean War and defected to North Korea. Actually there were four of them. The documentary follows one of them in particular, his wife, and his children. It is ultra fascinating. 

Anyone ever watch this show? I love it, but I especially love their choice of music for the show. I have compiled a playlist of all of the music from the first season. Dork, I know. This was my go to playlist for a while, but I forgot about it. I recently rediscovered it and my ears are happy again! Here is my playlist from Spotify!

I hope everyone has an excellent weekend! Choose a great audiobook, podcast, or playlist to listen to while you workout, clean, or work on cosplays this weekend! I'll see you next Wednesday! Until then, stay exceptionally chic & exquisitely geek! 

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