This was a very moving piece of historical fiction, set in the time of the Great Depression. It focuses on a bright young woman entering her teens, and the struggle of her loving family to hold itself together, despite poverty, racism, and health problems they could not afford to address.
I'd recommend it for both young and old audiences.
I liked the introduction, and the reading was very well done and appropriate to the story. Unfortunately, I wasn't far into the book before it really became more porn than story. It's too bad, really, because I suspect that if this hadn't prevented me from listening any further, I might have enjoyed the story itself.
I'm sure others would not have a problem with it, but it's not my cup of tea.
This isn't the kind of book I normally read, but somehow it caught my eye, and I'm glad it did. I enjoyed the humor of the childrens' relationships with each other, knowing that they loved each other deeply. I thought th narrator was perfect for this book.
It's the kind of book you listen to over and over again, just because it's so well done.
Thsi book was well written, for sure. I loved the characterization and there were places where I laughed out loud. The description of a simple farming town make it well worth reading. But there's no getting around the fact that it is grim, a tale of loss upon loss and how good people cope with those losses. For that reason, I could barely get through it.
The narrator is excellent.
This is easy to listen to, and it opens the conversation on many issues that we, as a nation, need to consider. We are under a frightening number of restrictions on what we are allowed to buy, sell, or eat, and that needs to be changed.
The author argues from the point of view of a small farmer and shows how things are organized in favor of the "big guys" who probably don't have our best interests at heart. It's really eye-opening.
There are a few areas where I really wanted someone to debate him, to see all sides of certain issues, but this book is a good place to start to study the problem of getting good, healthy food in a way that is also good for the planet.
I was kind of disapointed in this book, because I have liked most of the Chicken Soup books. I just thought these stories tended to be more predictable than inspiring. I did like the story about running with geezers and the one about the blind runner's guide, though. They gave me a little bit of a different perspective.
This was a fun book, much better than I expected. I actually laughed and cried out loud, which I rarely do with audiobooks.
The mystery part was not hard to solve, but then it IS supposed to a a children's book.
It gave me a feel for a part of history that I hadn't thought much about. I especially liked the author's comments at the end.
I am thoroughly unimpressed. This was neither good humor nor a good explanation of philosophical ideas.
Although I expected an atheistic viewpoint from a work on philosophy, I was not ready for the crude blasphemy of some of these "jokes". I wasn't able to listen to the book all the way through because of this. But I really didn't want to anyway. It was pretty boring.
If I were to teach a course on philosophy, I would certainly use humor. But I hope I'd do a better job of it than this book did.
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