I would definitely read this book again. It tells a story of the 1930's dustbowl era as a "perfect storm" of events that lead to this time. From the push to inhabit the land, to the demand for wheat in WWI and it's eventual collapse and finally, the drought that ravaged the land
I would compare this book to Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman. The rush to inhabit the land of the midwest, from the lending practices to the advertisements of "dry farming," and the eventual market crash is not unlike the 2008 housing crisis. As a business major, I found many comparisons of the two events.
I admired all the characters.
The story was so compelling and held my interest, I wish I could have read it all in one setting.
If you read this book, you see where history has repeated itself time and time again.
Whatever you may feel about Bill Reilly and his politics this, as well as "Killing Lincoln" is a wonderful reflection during a most turbulent time. He adds historic detail as to what what going on in the world at the particular time. His narrations are great and I hope he writes more.
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"The Art of Racing in the Rain" is a similar story which was narrated by the beloved pet who had insight into almost everything that was going on, but no way to communicate their concerns.
For all of us who has wondered what must be going on in the mind of our pets, it's a heartfelt and comical exploration into the life of man's best friend.
This book ranks highest among all the books I have ever read. It is sad to realize that in the 21st Century, there are women and girls that have to fight for the right to be educated and by pursuing their dreams, can lose their life.
I would compare this book to "Reading Lolita in Tehran." Again, the fundamentalist regimes that ban women from pursuing education is something that should be brought to light.
I had never listened to any of Archie Panjabi's other performances, but the narration of this particular book was wonderful, giving life to all the characters.
It's sad that history doesn't tell the full story of the American Indian. While I didn't particularly care for the narrator, I felt the story very eye-opening. I especially like that each chapter begins with notable events in history.
Whether or not you agree with Bill O'Reilly's politics or not, this is a suberb book. Very well written with lots of historical facts.
I was interested with the cult-like culture of the story. Usually the leader of the group is charismatic, but in this story he is feared. I found it amazing how fear drove most of the characters and the actions they took to please the leader of the "church." It was ironic, though how the leader gave the children a "taste" of life on the outside. The ending left me wanting more. Great story.
A heartwarming story about a plain couple but their love endures. I loved the narration and found myself laughing out loud during the story. What intrigued me was trying to figure out what time period the story took place. A very "non romantic" love story.
Although the protagonist is verbally beaten down by her mother and those around her, she never plays the victim. She and the other characters were wonderfully developed and the narration was great. I enjoyed listening to the story and was left wanting more at then end. It was touching how she began to become more confident, but like all of us still had her doubts.
The narration was wonderful and the story gripped your from the first line. A great read that teaches the wonderful gift given to us from God.
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