The last few chapters about inheritance and tax policy, anti-tax, anti-government mandates, etc. . . . it all got a bit too out there for me. I can see that the problems Mr. Salatin raised may have some validity in some cases, but the answer to people suffering from problems related to obesity is not to end health insurance (apparently so we don't have to pay for other people's weaknesses). I want the freedom to eat and drink the foods I choose - like raw milk - and I see my choices as part of my desire to return to a healthier, more localized economy. But for me that doesn't mean discarding the federal system.
Also, he contends that allowing women apprentices on the farm jeopardizes the farm because there is nothing to stop the female apprentices from accusing someone on the farm of sexual abuse - that seems just ridiculous! Would he expect his wife (or daughters) to randomly charge someone with sexual abuse? What does his expectation say about his view of women? It was degrading to listen to this section.
Yes, with reservations. His experiences recovering a poor piece of land and turning it into a productive ecosystem is a great vision of how small farms can succeed without resorting to the unsustainable practices of agribusinesses. His very socially conservative, libertarian viewpoints were a struggle to listen through.
I'd like to see a documentary about the practices Mr. Salatin uses on his farm. I would hope the more polarizing political opinions could be avoided. Yes, we need to change farm policy - along with many other things, but that wasn't why I listened to this book and I think it would detract from the larger message - we need to find ways to live more sustainably.
I was overall pleased I listened to this book. I was surprised at my reactions to some of the statements, which I haven't followed up with research on my own. At one point the author referred to a character who I have met in another book, and it was stunning how different the two presentations of the man was in each book. [I can't remember the name, but it was the man who founded the Muslim Brotherhood I think.]
At times the book seemed to be more of a history of Islam than "the world", but seeing it "through Islamic eyes" was valuable (recognizing that it is through the eyes of one Islamic person, who does make an effort to present the different viewpoints of the Islamic world).
Some of the pronunciations were really different than what I expected, and this was disconcerting, but I don't know which of us is "right".
I enjoyed listening to this audiobook, though I haven't been tempted to listen to any of the authors other books, which, according to the reviews, may include a more religious emphasis than I'd like - though that isn't from personal experience, just from the other reviews.
The story was interesting and I wanted to listen to it without interruption. The topic is serious and sad, but the story was good.
Fairly obviously, this biography of the Koch brothers isn't a happy story, but it is interesting, well narrated, and it seems well researched. It doesn't seem to have an axe to grind, but I'll admit that I don't like having so much power and money concentrated in the hands of a couple of people who overtly want to remake the US. I'm glad they like the opera and I wish they'd keep their public activity to supporting the arts.
I listen to many audiobooks, and this one was okay. I found the denouement a bit disappointing. It seemed implausible to me, but if you aren't pressed for time and you are interested in the abduction genre, you might enjoy this listen.
I waited some time before downloading this book, despite it having been promoted as a great book. But on a bus trip I realized my smart phone battery wouldn't hold out for as long as I'd need it, so I bought a book, Dark Places, by Gillian Flynn. I enjoyed reading it, and so I finally bought Gone Girl. It was also a compelling novel - an easy listen, and one I wanted to stay with until it was finished. Recommended as a very good book for a long ride.
Maybe I'm listening to too many audiobooks, but I didn't find this one particularly riveting. The narrator, who is very accomplished and overall did just fine, seemed to be using a whispery voice much of the time - it may have been appropriate for the story at that point, but I got tired of it. Not as much a complaint about the narrator as the story. I missed the beautiful language of Shakespeare, and although the story was moderately interesting, overall, I could have skipped this one.
First off, I wanted to correct the review that said the audio download did not include the recipes. The PDF is available in one's Audible library, and it was very easy to download and read (and print if one wanted). I read it, and it was all fine - though I probably will just continue using the broth and soup recipes I've already been using and those available in my cookbooks and online.
First off, this isn't rocket science, and what science there is is not definitive - in my non-professional opinion. Hard core believers or deniers may disagree, but I am comfortable thinking that the scientific studies sited are mostly old, and we don't have a chance to check the methodology. The pharmaceutical industry is looking elsewhere and there isn't much money behind the 'bone broth lobby'. I think that eating traditional foods and a variety of foods is valuable, so I don't demand nutritional science back up every food choice. I listened to the book because I already think broth is a good traditional food, and one I would like a bit more motivation to incorporate it in my diet more regularly.
I read/listen to many audio books, since I am at home, usually without anyone else, doing fairly menial labor for most of the day. If I was a very busy person, who had very limited time, I would probably have skipped this book. As it is, I'm glad I listened, but I suspect that a very busy person could probably get as much information as they needed by checking the Weston A. Price Foundation website or many of the websites devoted to "nourishing" and "traditional" foods, the GAPS diet, paleo diets, etc.
I am in my late fifties now, and noticing the way older women often retreat into the background in larger society - men no longer notice us and we aren't seen on television shows as leading (or even 'sidekick' characters), or experts, or news reporters, etc. [Admittedly, I don't watch much TV, so maybe I'm missing a whole genre on some channel.] But I realized that I really didn't much like listening to the narrator, and that part of my resistance was that she sounded like an old woman - sorry, I know, it's not fair, and as I say, I'm one myself! This was not a professional narrator. She did fine, but it wasn't a very luxurious listen.
So, I'm glad I listened. It was not a 'fun' listen, but it was moderately interesting, and given the amount of time I have to listen to audiobooks and my interest in traditional, slow foods, I am glad to have heard the material.
The narrator sounds like he is bored with the story and drags it along miserably. I wanted to listen to the unabridged version, and I suffered through on the strength of the writing, occasionally searching to see if there wasn't someone else who had narrated the book. Sadly there wasn't at the time. Now there is a new translation with a new narrator and it is getting very good reviews. I will buy that one and listen again.
On the other hand, an acquaintance heard me complain about it and she listened to him, saying he just sounded like an upper class Brit . . . so maybe my American expectations have colored my review. Sample both versions and see what you think.
I just didn't enjoy this book. I did appreciate the presentation of the history of the area, but it was just not that interesting and definitely did not feel like an honest memoir of this person's early life to me. I listened to it a couple of years ago, so I'm sorry I can't say more about it, but I remember it as being pretty self absorbed, macho, and unrealistic. As a first novel, maybe it is fine, but I couldn't give it the enthusiastic reviews I've read from others.
I had read the unabridged book and remembered stories I wanted to hear again for next month's book group discussion. I downloaded the book from my iPhone, and didn't see that it was an abridged edition. This version is very nice, but it leaves out at least two of the stories I really liked.
I enjoyed listening to the stories in this collection, just know that you are missing some of the best if you don't also read the unabridged version.
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