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Etcher

Cape Cod, MA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Kristin Kimball
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (233)

    Single, 30-something, and working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed her city self and moved to 500 acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him.

    Roberta says: "That's what organic farming is all about"
    "Couldn't turn off my IPOD once I started listening"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dirty Life to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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 additional comments?

    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!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4802)
    Performance
    (4438)
    Story
    (4449)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "I really loved this book, very charming!!"
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    Where does The Ocean at the End of the Lane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is probably one of my favorite audiobooks so far. Granted, it was only 5 hours, or so, long, but it was a full spectrum story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was sort of like Ray Bradbury meets the Twilight Zone. I was expecting a coming of age book, sort of, but I wasn't expecting the creepy twists along the way. I also loved the narration by Neil Gaiman; he wasn't just reading the story to you, he was feeling it and you were feeling it with him. I also loved how when I was listening, I could see the scene develop in my minds eye (helpful for when you're on an elliptical) and easily became lost in the story. Very descriptive and heart-felt narration.


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

    I think Old Mrs Hempstock was my favorite. Whenever she said anything, she was unfiltered and a little spiky whenever she spoke...just like any Grandmother who had earned the right to do so.


    If you could take any character from The Ocean at the End of the Lane out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Ginny Hempstock out for dinner anytime! Between the experiences of her mother and her daughter, she's have amazing dinner conversation regardless of who was with her.


    Any additional comments?

    I just happened to be browsing around Audible for something that I could listen to while I was working out. I was pleasantly surprised by how involved I got into this book. Highly recommended for anyone that likes nostalgia with a hint of magic thrown in.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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