... as I listened to this book. This gifted writer made me feel, smell, taste, touch her new experiences as she transforms her life from urban sophisticate to farmer. Humorous and elegaic, a pure delight. The reader, Tavia Gilbert, gives perfect voice to this story.
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.
She did a very good job of accurately portraying starting a new farming venture - at least from my own experience. What I did not like was that in spite of her regular professed love for the work and experience, much of the book felt negative - not the events themselves but her experiences of them. Having had many of the same experiences I would have liked to hear more of the uplifting, enlivening, purposeful, and inspiring experiences that cause her to love what she does.
I loved listening to Tavia Gilbert's voice tell the story as much as the story was good to hear in itself! I even loved hearing the "yummy" sounds as she described the food that was grown and how it was prepared.
For me, the best part of the story was how a complete city girl threw her "familiar" to the wind in order to have a simpler life. Not that a simple life is necessarily easy, it's just nice to know that a simple life is still obtainable in this day and age. I envied the main character for her story.
I was moved the most at the end of the story when the draft horse, Silver, died. I could picture my parents farm that I grew up on, as I listened to the story, and our own horses with all of the adventures with them and I remembered how attached to them we were...and how heartbreaking it was for them to pass away after the years of companionship and hard work that they had given to us.
Any city person that longs for a self providing life of simplicity and hard work or even, someone like me, that grew up in an agricultural environment, would love this book!!!
I loved this combination of memoir, advocacy for local food, and treatise on farming. Kimball seamlessly wove together food, relationships, farming, hardships, and life story to create something well worth listening to. I found myself longing to head for a farm and grow all my own food. I cringed along with her at the experiences of slaughtering her first animals, and wondered what it would be like to eat only the things which I'd grown and raised myself. Definitely worth the listen!
I love a city girls point of view on farming, organic farming at that. How hard the work actually is.
The point of farming on a budget. Buying second hand and living off the land. This is not an easy task.
I was moved by the decision of the drastic move from city life to drastic do it yourself organic. This decision is not for the light of heart.
Great book, great story teller!
I loved this book, every minute of it.Too many people have a confused vision of what bootstrapping is really like- this book was honest and balanced, she shared the hardships of farming but also the subtle and profound beauty there is to be had if you can push beyond hardship and grow through it.
Made me feel like i could do it too, I kind of am but I don't do it for people outside my immediate family. And i am now determined to get a dairy cow.
I liked that she found a place to belong that made her happy and gave her purpose
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.