Ree Drummond, author of the award-winning ThePioneerWoman.com, once advised her readers interested in blogging themselves to “write as if you’re talking to your sister”. Charmingly self aware, Drummond possesses a voice not unlike what she describes, one that pervades her writing and narration of The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels. Listening to her tell the story of how she fell in love, you quickly feel as though you’ve known Drummond for years.
The Pioneer Woman is an enchanting retelling of how Drummond made a life-altering transition from city girl to country girl. Fresh out of college in Los Angeles, where she studied Journalism at USC, it would be uncharacteristic for Drummond to trade her black pumps for a pair of cowboy boots to be with a Marlboro Man in rural Oklahoma, but that’s just what she did. On paper, one may prejudged her as a whimsical woman just dropping everything for a man, but Drummond convinces the listener that life is not always about doing what you’re expected to do, even if the unexpected involves settling down right where you grew up. Her love story is ballsy, passionate, and captivating.
This is not a conventional love story, yet Drummond does incorporate a playful Harlequin romance tone which is charming and effective, especially as it extends into her narration. A delight not just for fans of Drummond’s blog, The Pioneer Woman is a satisfying listen from a quick-witted, charismatic woman with an endearing love story. Suzanne Day
"That's when I saw him—the cowboy—across the smoky room."
"I'll never forget that night. It was like a romance novel, an old Broadway musical, and a John Wayne Western rolled into one. Out for a quick drink with friends, I wasn't looking to meet anyone, let alone a tall, rugged cowboy who lived on a cattle ranch miles away from my cultured, corporate hometown. But before I knew it, I'd been struck with a lightning bolt... and I was completely powerless to stop it.
"Listen as I recount the rip-roaring details of my unlikely romance with a chaps-wearing cowboy, from the early days of our courtship (complete with cows, horses, prairie fire, and passion) all the way through the first year of our marriage, which would be filled with more challenge and strife—and manure—than I ever could have expected.
"This isn't just my love story; it's a universal tale of passion, romance, and all-encompassing love that sweeps us off our feet. It's the story of a cowboy.
"And the girl who fell in love with them."
Click here to Watch The Pioneer Woman discuss her experience as a first-time narrator.
©2011 Ree Drummond (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
This is the story of Ree Drummond, a city girl with big city plans, swept off her feet by "Marlborough Man" to a home on a remote cattle ranch in Oklahoma complete with all the eye-opening moments such a major life change entails. I'm a big fan of Ree's Pioneer Woman blog- a delightful spot for country cooking, gorgeous photography, and humorous anecdotes. Her audio book is just as much fun as her blog, and best of all, it is read by the author herself.
I listen to her show on Food Network
her way of description
When she fell in love
Ree is believable, self depricating and her love story was beautiful. She did a good job explaining the heels to tractor wheels and understood, but did not always appreciate the importance of herself on the ranch. Loved it.
Amusing, real, just like Pioneer Woman is on her blog. Totally enjoyed this book, and especially loved that Pioneer Woman personally did the reading. Made the book that much more real.
couldn't relate to rich affluence, great romantic love story. for example, the wife was concerned about being too "busy" with shopping.
I love hearing Ree narrate this story. It is a pleasant book and I found myself laughing and crying while listening to it. I like the fact that it was true. I like her personality more in this book better than on her show (although on her show so she's great): more human and funny.
Maybe her die hard fans who will overlook its failings just to hear her story.
Very flat....it sounds like she is reading. Not a good thing in this case.
Ree has a talent for writing funny blog posts, but this book is really an embarrassment. She comes across as very shallow and narcissistic. Repetitive, and mind numbingly boring. I can't believe I thought it would be entertaining based on her early blog entries. The writing is almost childish.
Retired. My hobbies are knitting, sewing and sports. To busy doing hobbies to be able to read so audible books are great for me. Also enjoy listening when driving on a long road trip.
Yes. I enjoyed looking in while Ree fell in love with her Marbaro Man.
It is the story of falling in love we all would like to experience firsthand.
This is hard because there are so many, but, when he asked her to marry him I think tops the list.
Here again, there were many. Every time you got to witness their growing love for each other touched me very much.
Just wonderful to see a real-life love grow in this age of disposible everything.
Enjoyed every minute.
Ree is very candid even when it doesn't show her in the best light. Very honest recount of the events that brought her to become a ranch wife and mother.
It is her story and she is an excellent narrator for this book.
If you enjoy watching "The Pioneer Woman" on the Food Network, you will LOVE this book. If you've never heard of her, it is still an enjoyable listen.
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