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The Egg and I Audiobook

The Egg and I

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When Betty MacDonald married a marine and moved to a small chicken farm on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, she was largely unprepared for the rigors of life in the wild. With no running water, no electricity, a house in need of constant repair, and days that ran from four in the morning to nine at night, the MacDonalds had barely a moment to put their feet up and relax. And then came the children. Yet through every trial and pitfall - through chaos and catastrophe - this indomitable family somehow, mercifully, never lost its sense of humor.

A beloved literary treasure for more than half a century, Betty MacDonald's The Egg and I is a heartwarming and uproarious account of adventure and survival on the American frontier.

©1945 Betty MacDonald (P)2015 Post Hypnotic Press

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    Mama C 02-15-16
    Mama C 02-15-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Well Told Tale"

    Betty MacDonald could really tell a story! "The Egg and I" is about her first two years of marriage to Bob on a chicken farm in the 1920s. She humorously tells it like it is, both the good and bad of the situation and neighbors.
    For a book written over sixty years ago, the language was pretty bad and included some unsavory descriptions. But that the book remains interesting and very funny after so many years is remarkable.

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 08-25-15
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 08-25-15 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Oh, I remember those August canning days."

    I remember in 1946 my mother reading “The egg and I” to my sister and I. I remember enjoying the book and when I saw it released in audio format I decided to read it again.

    The book was released in October of 1945 and it was a quirky, semi-autobiographical book about a young woman in the Pacific Northwest during the early decades of the twentieth century. The book opens with her childhood but most of the book is about her marriage in 1927 and her life on a chicken farm in the Olympic Peninsula. We grew up on a farm so the book brought back memories.

    The book is full of humor; some of it farm people will relate to more than a city dweller. MacDonald made the other people in the book into composite characters with fictional names to protect their friends and acquaintances’ identities. She created the Kettle family and in 1947 they were made into a movie. Several people filed lawsuit claiming the book damaged their reputations but they all lost.

    The book is well written and most enjoyable. Be prepared to laugh while reading. The book is narrated by heather Henderson.

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    garlic heart 06-20-16

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    "can't get enough"

    This is the kind of story you want to keep with you and listen to over and over. The characters and entertaining, inspiring, comforting and funny.

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    asassyvic Indiana 03-02-16
    asassyvic Indiana 03-02-16 Listener Since 2007

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Egg and I to be better than the print version?

    sure no two ways about it. Audio with a fabulous narrator is far more robust than reading a book.


    Have you listened to any of Heather Henderson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Heather Henderson has a gentle and refined voice. I have listened to some of her other Audio narrations. and she lends a certain something to each book that is special, always she is in tune with the authors intent and true to the characters in the story,


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

    Can't exactly say anything moved me because what did make an impact and not in a good way was when Bob, was so unfeeling and callous when the horse was standing on her foot and she was in real pain. The lout only was annoyed that the work was being slowed down and stopped.


    Any additional comments?

    The Egg and I was written during a very different mindset in history than today so no one should judge Betty for what was normal in 1945.
    It was not far into the story that I really disliked Bob and could foresee that things were not going to work out in the long term for them as a couple. I had a sense he was marrying her for money and a workhorse. He was just mean and selfish. Aside from that he was way to old for Betty and she was to young and innocent for such a clod.

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    Paula Becker Seattle, WA United States 09-14-15
    Paula Becker Seattle, WA United States 09-14-15
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    Would you listen to The Egg and I again? Why?

    I would listen to The Egg and I again. Betty MacDonald's style is personal and witty, and Heather Henderson voices the story well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Egg and I?

    My favorite part of The Egg and I and of all of Betty MacDonald's books are her vivid descriptions of her childhood.


    Which character – as performed by Heather Henderson – was your favorite?

    Heather Henderson gets Betty MacDonald's first-person voice well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to The Egg and I on a car trip between Seattle and Ashland, Oregon, found it very diverting.


    Any additional comments?

    During the latter half of the 20th Century, you would have been hard-pressed to find anyone in the United States who didn't recognize the title The Egg and I, or the name of its irrepressibly witty author, Betty MacDonald. The book sold more than 2 million copies within MacDonald's lifetime, and has remained continuously in print (albeit sometimes on her publishers' backlist) since it came out in 1945. The book has been translated into many languages, and has fans worldwide.Egg spawned three sequels. Betty MacDonald referred to these four autobiographical books as "I" books, since the first two, The Egg and I and The Plague and I (1948), placed Betty herself right in the title. Choosing an audio book narrator to voice "I" books, Betty's especially, means finding a reader who can -- for the listener -- be that "I," aurally illustrating the first person narrative. In this Post Hypnotic Press audio book edition, Heather Henderson's droll delivery is perfect for Betty MacDonald's prose.I have been living within The Egg and I and Betty MacDonald's other books (not literally, but very nearly) for years as I researched her life and work for my forthcoming biography, Looking For Betty MacDonald: The Egg, The Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and I, scheduled for publication by University of Washington Press in fall 2016. I highly recommend this Post Hypnotic Press audio book edition of The Egg and I. For those who haven't yet had the pleasure of reading the book, listening will be a wonderful introduction to Betty MacDonald. For the book's existing legions of fans, this audio book edition will be a treat, adding the depth and nuance that come from hearing MacDonald's tart, funny prose expertly voiced.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kallyn Keil 07-07-15
    Kallyn Keil 07-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    It's one of my favorites! I've read the book 5 times, only natural to also have it read to me. Funny, genuine and smart.

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    "The moment it finished I started listening again!"
    Would you listen to The Egg and I again? Why?

    I have loved this book for about 45 years and got many family & friends addicted to it. Betty MacDonald and Jane Austen may seem an unlikely sisterhood but they have got me through some very difficult times between them! I couldn't believe my luck when Audible offered a recording and was concerned the immediacy of the humour might not come across in a reading. I had no need to worry - it is a brilliant reading and the book transfers to audio with ease. In fact the moment I finished listening to it I started listening all over again and have just finished the second hearing.


    What other book might you compare The Egg and I to, and why?

    The Betty MacDonald books are fairly unique - very humorous, perfectly capturing the atmosphere and outlooks of their era, with vivid characterisation and deceptively well written with a fluid, easy to read (or listen) style. The descriptions (especially of the scenery) land you right in the centre of the book - there is nobody else like Betty MacDonald, unique! Who else would write so brilliantly about egg farming or recuperating from tuberculosis (The Plague and I) or high unemployment (Anybody Can Do Anything)?


    What does Heather Henderson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Not a reader I had come across but she is amazing - she brings out the fact that Betty was brought up to be a lady which makes her misadventures and tribulations even funnier - imagine Margo from The Good Life suddenly finding herself running a chicken farm! The characterisation is vivid without being cartoonish, her pronunciation of certain words is (to my English ears) delightful and you can tell she is having a ball reading this book and is delighted to share it with you! Her reading is heartfelt, droll and wry. As Juliet Stevenson is to Jane Austen on audio so Heather Henderson is to Betty MacDonald - and there is no higher praise!


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

    I laughed inwardly through most of it and aloud at quite a few moments. It is a total delight but it isn't all perpetual sunshine - the terrible forest fire towards the end is captured brilliantly as is the boredom and loneliness of life on the chicken ranch.


    Any additional comments?

    I understand the reader is going to record Betty's three other autobiographical books - the sooner the better! I can't wait!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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