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Tales of a Texas Boy | [Marva Dasef]

Tales of a Texas Boy

How do you handle a crazy jackass? Eddie knows. If you ask Eddie, he'll tell you pigs can fly and show you where to find real mammoth bones. Take his word for it when he tells you always to bet on the bear. These are things he learned while dreaming of becoming a cowboy in West Texas during the Depression. Through Eddie, the hero of Tales of a Texas Boy, we find that growing up is less about maturity and more about roping your dreams. Hold on tight. It's a bumpy ride.
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Publisher's Summary

How do you handle a crazy jackass? Eddie knows. If you ask Eddie, he'll tell you pigs can fly and show you where to find real mammoth bones. Take his word for it when he tells you always to bet on the bear. These are things he learned while dreaming of becoming a cowboy in West Texas during the Depression. Through Eddie, the hero of Tales of a Texas Boy, we find that growing up is less about maturity and more about roping your dreams. Hold on tight. It's a bumpy ride. A wonderful listen for anyone who enjoys audiobooks like Little House on the Prairie or Tom Sawyer. A great bit of nostalgia for seniors, too.

©2007 Marva Dasef (P)2013 Marva Dasef

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    Sharon Coral, MI, United States 01-20-14
    Sharon Coral, MI, United States 01-20-14
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    "It's Delightful!"
    What made the experience of listening to Tales of a Texas Boy the most enjoyable?

    The stories themselves brought back many memories of growing up on a farm. Many a laugh at the boy's antics.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The boy, Eddie, has an open, honest, and fun-loving way about him.


    What does Donny Baarns bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved the voice the narrator gave him. You could actually visualize the scene through the voice. Donny is a natural storyteller.


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

    I loved each story and liked the break in between each giving a bit of enlightenment or history.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Chambers Georgia, United States 01-17-14
    J. Chambers Georgia, United States 01-17-14
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    "Like a time machine to the 1930s"
    What did you love best about Tales of a Texas Boy?

    I originally read the Kindle edition of Tales of a Texas Boy a few years ago. When the audio edition was published, I downloaded it and listened to the stories again. It was a different - and very enjoyable - experience hearing Donny Baarns narrate the book.

    My full review is below under Additional Comments.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My full review is below under Additional Comments.


    Which character – as performed by Donny Baarns – was your favorite?

    My full review is below under Additional Comments.


    Who was the most memorable character of Tales of a Texas Boy and why?

    My full review is below under Additional Comments.


    Any additional comments?

    "Tales of a Texas Boy" is a collection of twenty anecdotal stories told by a young boy, Eddie Perkins, who lived on a farm in rural Texas with his mother, father, a younger brother, and a younger sister during the 1930s when the country was deep in the Great Depression. I assume that Eddie is a fictional character, although the stories read like a true memoir.

    I enjoyed the book very much. I was born in the 1940s, and I have a special fondness for the period from the 1920s through the 1950s, the period when my parents and I were growing up and coming of age. Marva Dasef has done a marvelous job of capturing what it was like for kids in the rural southwest in the 1930s. They probably never realized how tough their life was, and they actually had fun. Even though I was born a generation later, I related to the stories, especially in how siblings got along with each other.

    Some of Eddie's anecdotes might have seemed mundane to another Texas kid in the era, but to me, a suburban kid in the post-WWII era, they were far from mundane. Try to imagine the thrill of hunting for (and finding) dinosaur fossils or going to town to buy livestock. Rattlesnake hunting with the local men was a thrill for Eddie, and little did he know what kind of animal he would rescue from a huge rattler's mouth one day. And handling a 1500-pound jackass? No problem, but make sure you get the instructions for taming the beast!

    Some of Eddie's neighbors ("neighbor" meaning they lived no more than a few miles away in the sparsely settled west Texas landscape) were especially interesting, notably the Luck brothers, Fred and Frank. Although they were twin brothers living together, they passionately hated each other and spent most of their time trying to kill each other. Unfortunately they had a habit of taking things that didn't rightfully belong to them, including women, and this kept them in hot water!

    Eddie's adventures included a remarkable encounter with a famous movie star. No spoilers, but just think "Come up and see me sometime, boys." Okay, that was probably a spoiler!

    The most poignant moments of the book were Eddie's recounting his ma and pa's stories, including his pa's service in World War I.

    I enjoyed "Tales of a Texas Boy" so much that I bookmarked some of my favorite stories for rereading. Most of the stories are short and would make great readings to kids today who can hardly imagine a time of grinding poverty with no modern conveniences, and yet a time when kids like themselves made do with what they had and had fun.

    Definitely two thumbs up and five stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 01-25-14
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    Reviews are generally favorable and I can see why. It is a pleasantly nostalgic read, short anecdotal stories of life in depression era Texas. Each is roughly 10 minutes long, relayed in a straight linear "this is how it happened" style that has no surprises and little emotion or morals to the tales. They just are what they are. It was a middle of the road kind of read - not challenging in the least. I did not like the narrator who seemed to be trying way too hard to be a good ol' Texas boy, and was simply awful with child and women's voices - especially Sister, who he voice in an ear lacerating falsetto. If you are looking for mild nostalgia, consider getting in print.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cellophane Queen Eugene, OR 10-23-14
    Cellophane Queen Eugene, OR 10-23-14

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    "Down Home Style Adds a Lot to the Stories"
    If you could sum up Tales of a Texas Boy in three words, what would they be?

    Humorous, nostalgic, boyhood.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrative voice is an 11-year-old boy. Donny Baarns consistently keeps in Eddie's voice and switches it up with different voices for other characters.


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

    No.


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

    Pa's Story about Eddie's father working as a veterinarian in the army during the First World War.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm writing this review to comment on the narrative style.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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