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Rebecca

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  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1304)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (738)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "Interesting listen, bleak subject"
    Overall

    If you enjoy clear-eyed views of some of the tragic mistakes made in our country's past--and insight into how we could avoid repeating them today--this is a good listen.

    Is it bleak? Well, yes. But that's a lot of the point. Sometimes people seem heroic in their ability to withstand hardship, but sometimes they lose sight of when they really need to quit. [Eg. when you, your animials and children are dying, that might be a good time to get out.] There's a lot of both in this tale of survival in places where people just shouldn't have been settling and doing the things they did to the land.

    One note on the narration. I think you either like Patrick Lawlor's style or you don't. I personally became annoyed with his voice imitations (especially of women and regional accents) and his overall style, to the point where it began to color my view of the book itself. About halfway through I realized it reminded me of another book I'd listened to, but couldn't place it. I looked back through my Audible library and found it: "Three Cups of Tea." Sure enough, Patrick Lawlor narrated it.

    Now I wonder whether my unfavorable impression of *that* book was because I found Lawlor annoying then too. Suffice it to say, his narration style does not work for me, and I will be mindful to check the narrator as I purchase Audible books in the future.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful

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