Ecology of a Cracker Childhood

  • by Janisse Ray
  • Narrated by Janisse Ray
  • 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Janisse Ray grew up in a junkyard along US Highway 1, hidden from Florida-bound vacationers by the hedge at the edge of the road and by hulks of old cars and stacks of blown-out tires. Ecology of a Cracker Childhood tells how a childhood spent in rural isolation and steeped in religious fundamentalism grew into a passion to save the almost vanished longleaf pine ecosystem that once covered the South. In language at once colloquial, elegiac, and informative, Ray redeems two Souths.


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I identified with Janisse

I'm a woman in my 30s who grew up working class in rural Montana, and Ray's stories and knowledge were so familiar to me. I loved how she wove her childhood around naturalist expositions about the Georgian landscape. Only a few times were the environmental descriptions unengaging.

Her reading was sweet and easily understood. You will want to be her friend after listening to this audiobook. She and her family--though troubled at times--seemed like salt-of-the-earth people. Great listen.
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- Michael Kellyn Gross


I think this book is best read by listening to Janisse Ray speaking from her heart. Best book narration I have heard thus far.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-12-2015
  • Publisher: ListenUp Audiobooks