A WELL WRITTEN STORY, BUT UNRELENTINGLY DARK AND GRIM.
THOUGH WELL CRAFTED, THE STORY WAS TOO DARK AND DEPRESSING FOR ME, THEREFORE I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND IT TO OTHERS.
THE NARRATOR DID A SUPERB JOB WITH THE MATERIAL.
NOT FOR ME.
I'm glad I have both a print and audio edition. This allows me to search for particular segments more efficiently than if I just had the audio edition.
The most shocking and memorable moments of THE WORST HARD TIMES were the descriptions of the enormous, roiling curtains of earth that swamped the area. I had heard about the wet sheets being strung up over windowns and doors to keep the dust out from my husband who grew up in the sand hills of eastern Colorado, but I never imagined the suffocating density of those storms. Hearing about them made me feel as if I were choking myself.
I don't know if I would describe the scene that most impressed me as "my favorite," but the scene that had the most impact for me was the one in which the farmer had to kill a newly born calf so that his childrent could have the mother's milk for sustinance.
It made made feel extremely anxious about our thoughtless draining of the acquifer that underlies the mid-west.
A thought provoking story. I highly recommend it.
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