This is a charming story about three young brothers and their experience with a one-room schoolhouse. Their teacher is a character, and his sister, their new housekeeper, is a delight.
The authory told the story with great insight into human nature and with warm and funny memories of growing up.
I enjoyed the book in increments although there were times I didn't want to stop listening.
What a greate ode to the old one-room schoolhouse.
It was slow. It needed to move faster with a narrator that wasn't monotone.
I couldn't stay interested long enough to get far into the book so I have no additional comments.
Doig is a great story-teller. I found myself seeking escape from the cynical, often depressing stories in the daily news by diving into this book. It describes a time in the early 20th century, in Montana, when life, if not easy, was simpler. The pace is slow, but the dry western wit that pervades the writing kept it from being boring. At first I found the narrator's hard, nasal voice hard to take, but it grew on me, and finally seemed completely appropriate for this story.
I look forward to reading other books by Doig. I am reading the Rascal Fair now and loving it.
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend who likes A Prairie Home Companion or Bill Cosby's early storytelling style -- not that it's a comedy. I enjoyed the story, but didn't love it.
I cannot wait to recommend this book first to my dad who grew up on a wheat farm in Eastern Oregon and second to my book club. I loved the story, the characters (Morrie was my favorite) and my highest praise goes to the narrator, Jonathan Hogan. He was a delight to listen to and the folksy charm in his voice was the perfect match for this story. He reminds me of the man who used to narrate the Wonderful World of Disney shows on Sunday night.
I thought it was beautifully written - I felt completely transported to that time and place. I loved the sweet relationship between the brothers.
Hard to decide but I loved the wrong-end-to horse race.
Several times I teared up while listening. Particularly during the scene when Paul goes out to the pump at the school house and reflects on all the horse paths which lead to the school.
I am retired and I love having more time for audio books. I also enjoy hiking, birding, gardening, and genealogy.
This book reminded me of the Anne of Green Gables series, but more male-oriented. It is a story from simpler times, more particularly, of a widowed farmer in Montana during the early 1900's, told from the point of view and remembrances of his 13 year old son. No one does Montana better than Doig, and if you like this type of fiction, I highly recommend this book.
I think the narrator fit the story very well, too.
It was a flat line-no ups no downs-just monotone reflection from the perspective of a kid, embellished with an occasional impressive show of vocabulary. I've never read anything from this author and doubt seriously that I ever will again. It was quaint, but didn't even get me to heartwarming-it was actually painful to get through at times.
The narrator was fine, I don't think he could've done much else with the material he had to work with.
I had no idea what to expect from this book or this author and was very pleasantly surprised for the first 11 hours. During the last a good listen became a really stupid story.
I wish all teacher's could/should read this. I've never listened to any other books from Mr. Doing, but I be in the future. It was not what I had anticipated, but better. A plot that kept you guessing and story that was very heart warming. This was a very surprising book. Share it with a teacher. Janet
After listening to numerous books son WWII, this was such a pleasant break. This is an easy book to listen to. There is lots of love in the family.