The perfect marriage of material and reader! I laughed until I cried, and then I listened again and laughed some more.
I found the content interesting and fairly well-balanced. Still, you can't help but get the impression that the author is disapproving or pessimistic about those who live alone. Probably the most distracting features were his detailed physical descriptions of the females he interviewed yet very brief descriptions of the men. What difference does it make what those folks looked like, and why the need to be so unbalanced about it anyway?
The performance left something to be desired. Overall, this book was clearly read with good inflection etc. However, I found the performer to be a bit over the top and stereotyped in his attempt at accents to differentiate when reading quotes. In particular, his attempt at vocalizing as an older African American female was downright cringe-worthy. Also, I have never heard anyone pronounce the acronym AARP as a single word before, and it was amusing and annoying to have him continually repeat "arp, arp" instead of the letters A.A.R.P.
Minor criticisms that should not prevent others from getting some good info out of this book, however.
Chock full of information, new ways of looking at things, and solid reasoning for why our approach to food should change. Granted, not all of his suggestions are practical across the board, but even making one or two small changes can help our health, our environment, and our economy. As I read some of the descriptions of the book/author, I was initially concerned that there might be a preponderance of religion here, but I am happy to say that Salatin's beliefs do guide his thinking but they do not cloud his message. It is very easy to filter through and still retain the meat of the message, regardless of your own religious beliefs.
Author's reading style matches well with his prose, so much so that I have a very hard time imagining what this book would have been like if it had been read by anyone but the author. His voice and his words are entertaining and genuine.
He really made me wish my HOA would allow kitchen chickens!
I read the previous reviews and thought to myself "surely there is enough good information in this book to outweigh whatever narration issues there might be." And I was wrong. I am happy that the author is passionate about her subject but her overemphasis of every other word makes her sound like a cheerleader on speed, and distracts from her message in a significant way. It's like trying to listen to a book written in CAPSLOCK. Perhaps I will read the book in physical form, because I had to stop listening to the audiobook about halfway through. Heed the reviewers and don't get this as an audiobook.
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