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Pat

A voracious reader, especially for a dog. Of course, terriers are superior. Not bragging. Just true.

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  • Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mildred Armstrong Kalish
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    As foreclosure fragments her family, five-year-old Mildred and her three siblings find refuge with her grandparents enjoying a modest retirement. When the "little heathens" flush the seniors and their child-rearing skills out of retirement, the grandparents deploy tough but loving bedtime schedules, Bible and prayer routines, and plenty of character-building chores. Having no electricity or indoor plumbing and with little heat or money on the farm, Mildred learns to find joy in the priceless blessings of life.

    Susan says: "Makes you appreciate today's living"
    "A must, whatever your generation!"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Nostalgia for older folks & Boomers remembering the old stories. Eye-opening for younger generations.


    What other book might you compare Little Heathens to and why?

    Any wry memoir about the good & bad old days.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Halloween outhouse incident?


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many to mention.


    Any additional comments?

    Kids in the 30s were mature; kids today are worldly, What a difference!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Then Again

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Diane Keaton
    • Narrated By Diane Keaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (218)

    “Mom loved adages, quotes, slogans. There were always little reminders pasted on the kitchen wall. For example, the word THINK. I found THINK thumbtacked on a bulletin board in her darkroom. I saw it Scotch-taped on a pencil box she’d collaged. I even found a pamphlet titled THINK on her bedside table. Mom liked to THINK.” So begins Diane Keaton’s unforgettable memoir about her mother and herself. In it you will meet the woman known to tens of millions as Annie Hall, but you will also meet, and fall in love with, her mother, the loving, complicated, always thinking Dorothy Hall.

    carole says: "Wonderful. Sad. Hopeful."
    "Not your typical celeb bio"
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    What did you love best about Then Again?

    Fine writing; lovely performance. Surprisingly wise, reflective and poignant.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A little of both.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't expect a gossipy reliving of her

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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