Sheepish

Two Women, Fifty Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (106 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What do you do when you love your farm...but it doesn’t love you? After 15 years of farming, Catherine Friend is tired. After all, while shepherding is one of the oldest professions, it’s not getting any easier. The number of sheep in America has fallen by 90 percent in the last 90 years. But just as Catherine thinks it’s time to hang up her shepherd’s crook, she discovers that sheep might be too valuable to give up. What ensues is a funny, thoughtful romp through the history of our woolly friends, why small farms are important, and how each one of us - and the planet - would benefit from being very sheepish, indeed.

©2011 Catherine Friend (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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We're all a little sheepish

"Sheepish" is the story of a city girl who falls in love and marries a farmer—and then falls in love with the farm. Her tale of raising sheep and learning to spin wool is touching and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who crafts with yarn will enjoy learning more about where wool comes from, and what farmers go through to bring it to us.

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A must read fir snall farmers

Thiss sequel has given me the heart to keep moving forward with our farm. The anecdotes, facts and opnions are a great blens of information. Thank you.

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Witty woolly wonders

This book was such a treat! I particularly recommend it to knitters, spinners and wool lovers alike.

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Fantastic!

Loved the story. Kept my attention and really makes me think I can live that lifestyle.

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Wool conquers all

A lot of interesting stories. Sometimes feels like a series of essays than a memoir or story. The strongest parts are stories about farm life and history of sheep and wool. Weaker moments include Friend's solioquies on her Boomer inability to accept aging, and her frequent digs at "fiber freaks" and fiber arts in general as boring, pointless, silly and weird. I think that many of these digs are meant to be playful and all in fun but the narration makes her seem smug and superior and I found it off putting. It was hard for me to relate to her initial attitude towards things which seemed to be "I don't understand how to do that, it must be stupid" while at the same time she was disdainful of others who didn't immediately understand details of sheep husbandry and farm life. The dry narration style no doubt contributed to this impression.

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Funny and sometimes preachy

Great and inspiring memoir! Hilarious although a bit preachy on the wool end. I learned a lot about wool and would love to meet these preserving farmers. I resolve to be more sheepish in my life!

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Want to Listen Again with Pen & Paper

As a “renewby knitter” I was looking for a great story, knowledge and overall entertainment while I advance my knitting skills. This audible book fit the bill. I want to listen to it again, taking time to put down my needles and pick up a pen to record some of the thoughts worth thinking about again and again, until I can put them in my own repertoire to share with family and friends. Written in shorter vignettes, this book matched the pace of my life well and was conducive to “picking right back up where I left off.”

The only suggestion...the word(s) “four-wheeler?” The emphasis is on “four,” not on “wheeler,” at least in our rural area? But now, that seems rather “knit-picky!” :)

Really enjoyed this book.

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So entertaining!!!!

This book is wonderful! Not only is it hilarious, but this Fiber Freak learned some things along the way. Erin Bennett does a fantastic job narrating the book. I laughed out loud a lot with this one. If you're having a rough day, give it a try...your mood will improve! I'll listen to this again soon I'm sure!

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Loved it...But about the undies?...

I may have missed a detail about the dainty unmentionables mentioned at the end. I would like to know what sort of wool was used. Aside from this, I delighted in this book, although I didn't find it as "page-turning" ( in an Audible sort of way) as the first book. I love the successes and foibles of these lovely farm wives.

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Love sheep, hate fiber lovers and fiber artists?!

So while they had a sheep farm they disdained people who love wool? Foolish farmers who hate the high end market that could contribute to their bottom line because knitters, spinners and weavers are too weird. Sigh, I stopped reading this book. There are enough negative people in the world. I don’t need to read their memoirs.

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