If you're interested in American history, pick this one. It is full of fascinating and shocking facts about the dustbowl years, which are hard for us to imagine. My only criticism is that the story could have been told in half the time (or less). There seemed to be a lot of repetition. The book was also oddly organized. It wasn't chronological which made it hard to follow.
I think it was a rather boring set of stories about unconnected families and the hardship they suffered. I suppose it could have been interesting, had we not been lulled to a point of losing the line of the story.
Made the stories more interesting? Or have a different narrator? I don't know, it just all seemed bland.
He sort of droned on and was easy to lose track of his voice - it really didn't hold our interest.
It may have, but we couldn't get past the first hour. We gave up and went on to another book.
We listen while driving, and this just didn't hold our interest.
How we as humans destroy the eco system out of greed, and what a devastating consequence it has on us.
How they lived in this dust bowl?
I was angered by our stupidity of nature and relieved how we did eventually learn from this mistake.
I didn't want this book to end, it was well done and very good.
I really enjoyed this book. It taught me a lot of history about my country during those years. Growing up you are told about this period of time in history but the schools never go into the hardships and headaches that people had to suffer. It’s heartbreaking to think about what the folks had to endure. Kids should have to read this book as part of their history studies. I can’t see the younger generation even being able to make it in today’s world if something like that was to come about.
I have read this book, gifted this book, bought the audiobook and still listen to it time and again. The best research of the Dust Bowl years that I've ever read, including personal histories of survivors of the Dust Bowl (my grandparents). As always, Timothy Egan is both a great researcher and storyteller.
I think I can taste dirt when he describes the cars dying from the black blizzard. I will dream of static lightening on the fences and tumbleweeds.
This audiobook is slow and I couldn't get into it. Never finished it. I tried to, but I just couldn't do it.
I enjoyed the first half of this book. The second half got repetitive, especially the part when the narrator reads entries from a journal. Every day the same thing, dust storms, dead crops, hopelessness, and despair. A couple of entries would have been ok to make a point, however, too many entries with the same descriptions were definitely unnecessary. By this time, I was hoping the book would end but it still dragged on. Sometimes authors get so involved with their subject, they don't know when to stop and bring things to a close. Sadly, for this book, less would have been better.
I have read and listened to this book. This a powerful account of the effect Nature can have on people. This was a period in history that few ecologists talk about. But, it did occur, little precipitation and unusually high temperatures. It had little to do with pollution and a lot to do with the way Nature works. It is a book that should be mandatory in school reading lists.
This story of the great dust bowl years and the devastation to the land and people's lives is an important part of American history. It is beautifully detailed and brought to life in a remarkable way that makes a gripping tale. It should also be seen as a cautionary note for our times as we lay waste to parts of the earth.
This was a great listen! Very well narrated. The history and statistics of this region of the US were personalized by following the stories of various families or individuals throughout this era. I could feel the hunger pangs and the grit of the dust storms while I was listening to this compelling tale. When these folks thought it couldn't get any worse, it did, time after time. So interesting to hear why these folks stayed and how they coped.