"The Worst Hard Time" is the first book of its type that I have listened to. It was thoroughly enjoyable. Although a very depressing subject, I couldn't wait to get back to listen to more. It made me really appreciate the struggles of Americans of all types in the early 1900's. It was also an eye opener to hear about the foolishness of the country and the shady businessmen...shows that some things remain the same. I couldn't help but draw parallels to today's environment.
What a terrific accounting of the dust bowl era. The author must have had letters and diaries because everything "speaks" authentically. And the way he has put it together makes what could be boring history easy to take. Good reader, also.
This title supplements Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath." Being a work of non-fiction, it explains what happened to those who did not flee from the dust. I enjoyed it so much, I bought the hard copy and gave it as a gift.
Very interesting story about the role humans played in creating the dust bowl, why it lasted so long, and how to keep it from happening again.
There's always time for reading
I think Timothy Egan is a great writer and have enjoyed a number of his other books -- particularly Short Nights. Like his other books, I found this one covered a fascinating, little known era of American history, the dust bowl drama of the 1930s, but found it covered the same ground way too long (think 100 pages of listening about dust storms) without the same drama or depth of his more recent works. It's an interesting book, but I was glad to be finished with it.
I had very little knowledge of this portion of our history - this was very educational
Thank God for a mother that read to all the time. Now I can not go anywhere without iPod and headphones. Books allow me to be an armchair traveler, student and audience.
This is our history and yet it seems like a science fiction novel. The first hand stories are heart breaking. If you have seen the photos of Dorothea Lange or the movie The Grapes of Wrath you will have a slight idea of the amount of suffering that occured.
While we as a nation are facing many financial difficulties, reading this book can be very humbling. I lived in Kansas for over ten years and have heard first count stories about this disastrous time. May help a person put life into perspective.
Patrick Lawlor narrated this book with feeling.
The story could have been told is in 1/10th the words.
Resist repetition. I mean...repetition to the reader/listener's exasperation
The performance was fair given the crescendo monotony of the story
I would have asked Mr. Egan to come back with a much shorter manuscript
The story is interesting and worth telling, especially as we experience climate change
I have not read the print edition, but I think that perhaps some of the emotion conveyed in the audio edition would be lacking in the print version.
Other books of survival against hopeless odds, such as "breaking into Auschwitz", and "The long walk", both of which also are available on audible.
He read the book with some emotion, but did not overdo the emoting as some readers do. The feeling was that he was telling a story that was real to him.
It was depressing in that I felt that I was able to identify with or at least understand the people who lived through the dust bowl, and feel their hopelessness and despair.
This book is a historical account of what actually occurred in the depression/dust bowl, told from the perspective of the people who experienced it. It is good that the book was written while these people are still alive, as they will not be for much longer.