The last few chapters about inheritance and tax policy, anti-tax, anti-government mandates, etc. . . . it all got a bit too out there for me. I can see that the problems Mr. Salatin raised may have some validity in some cases, but the answer to people suffering from problems related to obesity is not to end health insurance (apparently so we don't have to pay for other people's weaknesses). I want the freedom to eat and drink the foods I choose - like raw milk - and I see my choices as part of my desire to return to a healthier, more localized economy. But for me that doesn't mean discarding the federal system.
Also, he contends that allowing women apprentices on the farm jeopardizes the farm because there is nothing to stop the female apprentices from accusing someone on the farm of sexual abuse - that seems just ridiculous! Would he expect his wife (or daughters) to randomly charge someone with sexual abuse? What does his expectation say about his view of women? It was degrading to listen to this section.
Yes, with reservations. His experiences recovering a poor piece of land and turning it into a productive ecosystem is a great vision of how small farms can succeed without resorting to the unsustainable practices of agribusinesses. His very socially conservative, libertarian viewpoints were a struggle to listen through.
I'd like to see a documentary about the practices Mr. Salatin uses on his farm. I would hope the more polarizing political opinions could be avoided. Yes, we need to change farm policy - along with many other things, but that wasn't why I listened to this book and I think it would detract from the larger message - we need to find ways to live more sustainably.
The narrator sounds like he is bored with the story and drags it along miserably. I wanted to listen to the unabridged version, and I suffered through on the strength of the writing, occasionally searching to see if there wasn't someone else who had narrated the book. Sadly there wasn't at the time. Now there is a new translation with a new narrator and it is getting very good reviews. I will buy that one and listen again.
On the other hand, an acquaintance heard me complain about it and she listened to him, saying he just sounded like an upper class Brit . . . so maybe my American expectations have colored my review. Sample both versions and see what you think.
I just didn't enjoy this book. I did appreciate the presentation of the history of the area, but it was just not that interesting and definitely did not feel like an honest memoir of this person's early life to me. I listened to it a couple of years ago, so I'm sorry I can't say more about it, but I remember it as being pretty self absorbed, macho, and unrealistic. As a first novel, maybe it is fine, but I couldn't give it the enthusiastic reviews I've read from others.
I had read the unabridged book and remembered stories I wanted to hear again for next month's book group discussion. I downloaded the book from my iPhone, and didn't see that it was an abridged edition. This version is very nice, but it leaves out at least two of the stories I really liked.
I enjoyed listening to the stories in this collection, just know that you are missing some of the best if you don't also read the unabridged version.
I was looking forward to this book, as someone who once believed in the kind of "traditional" literalist Christianity, but who no longer finds that approach meaningful. Mr. Borg does a good job of explaining how we can understand the concepts that trip up many of us. His historical and philosophical explanations were convincing, and I could agree with things up to a point. But his personal faith and his experience of God/the Other/ the More . . . didn't compel me to want to experience this with others in a social situation.
On some level I must have expected that this discussion might 'bring me back to the fold'. Instead, I felt more like I was confirmed that I could lead just as meaningful and satisfying a life outside of any organized religion or belief in a transcendent factor. I'll read more books from the Jesus Seminar, since I've listened to John Dominic Crossain and John Shelby Spong speak and enjoyed their perspectives. I might listen to this book again in the future if I want to go further with his thoughts.
The narrator does a very nice job. The story is understated, carrying the chill of Tom Ripley's lack of empathy and connection very well. I look forward to listening to other books in this series.
I enjoyed listening to this story. It got a little crazy toward the end and I enjoyed it less, but the characters of the demon and the angel were nicely presented and humorous.
I really enjoyed moments of this title. Some of the insights and the writing is really interesting and beautiful. But I got pretty itchy for the story to 'go somewhere' - things happened, but it was nearly impossible for me to put them into a story that made sense. Maybe in 'Literature' story is old-fashioned and has too much mass market appeal to be valued, but when I read reviews that suggested that the story never really had a very satisfactory resolution, I gave up. Maybe someday I'll return to it, but there is just too much else to enjoy for me to give that many days of my life to listening to 1Q84 for so little return.
No, I usually finish books, but this one was way too macho for me - too much talk of knives and macho posing. Maybe if I'd stuck with it or knew him from another setting, I would have enjoyed it. I gave it a real try though.
I haven't tried the print version but I really enjoyed listening to Simon Vance as the narrator.
The main character was quite interesting. He had many skills and insights and didn't allow the hostility of the rest of the court to keep him from succeeding as an advisor to Henry VIII.
I've enjoyed everything I've heard Simon Vance read
Yes! I had to work at controlling my regret at my husband's intrusion into my listening time!
I want more!
I found myself quite interested in the main character and the times he lived in.
The main character was a complex person with an interesting past, gradually revealed. The class differences, financial dealings, the dangers of being on the wrong side of the officially accepted belief structure - they all contributed to an story that kept my interest.
I was happy to be able to listen to Bring Up the Bodies right after finishing Wolf Hall. I would like to listen to more books by Hilary Mantel on this subject.
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