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Publisher's Summary

"From the renowned social critic, energy expert, and bestselling author James Howard Kunstler, The Harrows of Spring concludes the quartet of his extraordinary World Made by Hand novels, set in an American future of economic and political collapse, where electricity, automobiles, and the familiar social structures of the "old times" are a misty memory.

In the little upstate New York town of Union Grove, springtime is a most difficult season, known as "the six weeks want," when fresh food is scarce and winter stores have dwindled. Young Daniel Earle returns from his haunting travels around what is left of the United States intent on resurrecting the town newspaper. He is also recruited by the town trustees to help revive the Hudson River trade route shut down peevishly by the local grandee, planter Stephen Bullock. Meanwhile, a menacing gang of Social Justice Warriors styling themselves as agents of the Berkshire People's Republic appear one evening to camp on the outskirts of town. Their leaders are the imposing Amazonian beauty Flame Aurora Greengrass and the charismatic grifter Sylvester "Buddy" Goodfriend, progressive to a fault in their politics and intent on extracting whatever tribute they can from people of Union Grove.

Romance, politics, bunko, violence, and family tragedy swirl through the thrilling finale to Kunstler's bestselling series. The Harrows of Spring is a powerful, heart-wrenching, and satisfying conclusion to this poignant history of the future."

©2016 James Howard Kunstler (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great conclusion to the series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - great mix of western and post-apocalypse.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Brother Job - great mix of the good, the bad and the ugly.

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

Excellent voicing of different characters.

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

Lauged at the SJW's!

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N/a

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Done...

If you could sum up The Harrows of Spring in three words, what would they be?

Story is done.

What did you like best about this story?

It finished things up for me.

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

He wasn't boring and fun to listen to in the car.

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

No.

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This last book wasn't anything amazing. It finished the story of the other books. Glad its done and I can move on now. The only part that didn't make sense to me was the direction he took the Bullock character in. It seemed out of context based on the last couple of books.

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Pitiful end to the series

The author managed to take a shallow political commentary addressing post-modernists, a feel-good return of a long-thought dead son, a miraculous cure, and other suggestive themes - and, without any depth or complexity, ended a series that had potential.

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Love this series. Well thought out and organized.

So much fun to listen to. Always a great plot with engaging story lines and an alternative future which may be further from possible today than when the series began.

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Good enough!!

I really like the World Made by Hand series. Sort of like zombie fiction without the zombies. This volume has room for improvement , but I anxiously await the next volume just the same.

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The best series ever!

No series of any author, topic, or kind has been written to compare . Sci fi romance ( just a touch) adventure, prepper( just enough) foodie ( glorious ) and drink , I am standing by , yeasty rich full bodied triple tripel ale in hand

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The Harrows Of Spring

The story was so well written and read that I had a three day binge because I had to finish it. So wonderful to believe in the resilience of a community. I could visualize each scene and feel the hardship, pain and final coming to terms with the new world. Would love to read more on the growth of the community and the people, but so many of those series get bogged down. This ended well. I hope to read more of this authors books in the future.

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A bittersweet history of the future

I have been transfixed by the four book series A World Made by Hand. Mr. Kuntsler has presented the horrors and resilience of a future that we may be facing in one form or another. I for one hope it does not come to pass, but I honestly believe that the best way to avoid such an outcome is to consider it's very real possibility. We are a wondrous and resilient nation, filled with people who have the capacity to rise to any occasion and to truly care about one another. I hope these books inspire readers to carefully consider becoming vital and powerful forces in their own communities to build local resilience and reduce the deleterious footprint that we are having on the natural world and the peoples of other nations.

My only critique of the fourth book is that Mr. Kuntsler spent a little too much time reminding us of all of the elements that were laid out in the previous three books.

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Another jewel from a World made by hand series

Great story and performance - had read and or listened to all of the books from this series- wish that the saga continues :)

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