Dianne in Canada
I, like another reader am a gardener into healthy living and eating. I expected to learn something new or to at least be entertained. If you want to learn about gardening and healthy eating read Michael Pollans book "The Omnivores Dilema". This book wouldn't have been so bad if: 1-the older daughter Camille left her contributions out - they are really shallow and narrow minded and she obviously hasn't reserached her facts very well, and 2-if the book had been narrated by someone else, not the author.
If you want to fall asleep just start listening to this book. It is read at a painfully slow pace and is mostly boring and only occasionally entertaining. I couldn't finish it. It was too painful listening to the monotone drawl.
Kingsolver is another example of why authors should not read their own books. I have to turn the volume down very low because her voice annoys me so much. The fact that she is more concerned with trying to sound a certain way than getting her ideas expressed are obvious. I haven't yet made it past the first hour. I may have to buy the paperback and scratch the audiobook.
These voices were not meant for naration. I had a hard time focusing on the story and mental imagery simply because I could not ignore this fact.
Being a gardener and back to basics advocate I expected this to be an entertaining listen. I had a hard time finishing it. The authors come off as smug and superior. The narration sounds as if read by a school child giving a report in front of the class. They have some good points but are presented with a very condescending tone.
What a disappointment! Barbara and her family preach throughout the book making the self-righteous assumption that they are the only North American family to cook and socialize with friends and family. Nothing new here - same old information told in a self-satisfied manner. The inserts by hubby and daughter are enough to make one gag.
I am all for saving the planet and eating well, but this book makes its point early and then proceeds to beat you to death with it. Enough already.
Say something about yourself!
I found the narration poor and gave up on the book 1 hour into it. I agree with other reviews that this book should never have put into audio format.
I'll see ya in the smoke.
When Ms Kingsolver chooses to wrap her agendas with a good story, she is one of my favorite authors. This book too, had it's interesting times when she talked about her garden, and her experiences throughout the year of self imposed food life. But she was way to preachy, much too preachy, preachy, preachy, preachy. Can I get an amen!