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Where I Listen & Remember back to being a kid

by John on January 19th, 2018
What I’m listening to:
Robert C. O’Brien’s Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
When I started:


How Much I’ve Listened:
About 1/3 of the book
What I’m liking:
Growing up, I watched The Secret of NIMH, often. It seems that most of my memories, if a TV was on, the TV was showing The Cosby Show or the Secret of NIMH. Heck, until Star Wars, and even with Star Wars in contention, I think the Secret of NIMH may be the movie that I’ve seen the most often. And yet, I know very little of the story. Somehow, it was simply the animation which enthralled me as a kid – and I mostly didn’t follow the story at all. The little mouse is sick. The tractor is coming. There’s a big scary owl. And a bird who likes shiny things. And something about rats versus mice. And a Nicodemus — but, really, it’s all just a blur. So, as I’m listening, I’m taken back to being mesmerized watching the electronic pacifier. Now,
I’m not sure just how much is actually soaked in by a kid watching a movie, but I know that, as the nuances of the plot, with repeated viewings, as I aged, should have stuck with me, they didn’t. My memories are all a great big pile of awe at animation. So the story is proving to be a lovely pairing of nostalgia with an almost-eye-opening thought of “I should have paid more attention”. The story, itself, is wonderful, the narration is spot on.
What I’m not liking:
Honestly, there isn’t much here – it’s delightful.
What’s Up Next?
Something from this list:

  • Aldous Huxley’s Island
  • Haruki Marukami’s What I Talk about When I Talk About Running
  • JD Barker’s The Fourth Monkey
  • Ashley Posten’s Geekerella
  • Stephen King’s Revival
  • Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck
  1. Liz permalink

    I started watching the movie as an adult so the fact that they are mice experimented on by the National Institute of Mental Health…well I wonder is this their perception after antipsychotics? Or did we create rats with super powers.

    • I can tell you, in the book, man absolutely created rats with super-intelligence.

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