At the urging of several fans of the book, I finally got the massive audiobook version of Susanna Clark's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell from the library, and three CDs into it I'm really enjoying it. Clark's writing is sharp and witty, and I'm intrigued as to where the story - about magicians in 19th century England - is going to lead.
The novel - all 26 CDs of it! - is read by a guy named Simon Prebble, who as far as I can tell should read every British novel set in the past. He's got a rich, plummy voice, perfect for every character so far. The length might put some people off, but after listening to the short story collection Selected Shorts: American Classics, I'm ready for something a bit more substantial. Besides, the traffic on I-95 is so bad, I'm sure I'll be through the book in no time.
And to think I never used to listen to fiction.