Those of us who buy not grow our food have romantic ideas of what it's like to work the land. This book quickly extinguishes the romance and shows the reader the down and dirty, no pun intended. Nevertheless, I loved this book, the characters were so real. I didn't want it to end. I have a new appreciation for what it takes to get the food to my table.
The story is interesting enough in a "coming of age" kind of way, but the supercilious tones of the narrator make it a dreadful listen.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved her journey! I love the idea of needing to incorporate more physical work in your day! and how rewarding it is. I look at all of my daily chores differently and try to find the joy in them!
What they are doing is amazing, admirable, and inspirational.
Can't help but think of them as being a little 'out there'. Really, he wants to live without electricity, build a house without nails, etc...? I live on a farm. We garden. We raise livestock. And, we raise all our own produce and meat. But, this couple is just way too granola for me. I picture them as being the ever present, freaky couple vending at the farmer's market... Very disappointed.
I was initially turned off by the narrator's voice and was worried it would prevent me from enjoying the book. It didn't take long before I was do into the story that I was driving around the block instead of parking my car (where I do my listening) in order to hear the end of a chapter. I enjoyed how the author weaves together farm information, events, and romance. The balance meant it was never too boring or too sappy.
This is definitely a story, not a how-to. That said, my husband and I both found it inspiring...that we can take our dreams and hard work and do something with them, even if its a little crazy.
I can't wait until her next book comes out!
i love to listen!
No, only because I'm not a re-reader. I usually only read books once. But it was a great listen. It could have been longer with more details in many areas...especially their relationship. At the end she touches on them having a child. I would love to hear more about raising a child on a farm.
I enjoyed hearing of how the farm was started from scratch and how much hard work and devotion they put into it. So much so that I bought a share in a local organic farm for the summer!
Her performace was fine but I always prefer when the author reads in a book such as this.
I would listen to this again because Kristin's story telling is entertaining and her honest descriptions of the challenges of small time sustainable farming with a specific goal in mind are true to life and delightful to anyone who has what I'll call "old world" experiences of seeing chicken from yard to table and the like. The back breaking work she encounters gives new depth of character to my own CSA farmer who is as lovely and transparent in operations as she describes of her own CSA.
I would have loved to listen to the book all at once, however the "busy-ness" of these days afford little of that kind of time.
Loved this book
No but I liked her
Probably - but I didn't
Makes me appreciate our farmers and encourages me to get in the dirt!
The narrator's voice was like nails on a chalkboard. I could not focus on the actual story because of certain words. I guess if you find the narration bad the whole thing is bad because from what I actually got to understand this was not a good story at all from the hour of it that I listened to. I wish I could get my credit back.