The author recalls episodes of love and humor from her experiences living on Vashon Island in Puget Sound.
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Onions in the Stew is Betty MacDonald’s fourth memoir and it is so hilarious! There is really no set theme in this installment, just a collection of humorous moments from Betty’s life living on Vashon Island during and after World War 2 with her second husband and two daughters. It was such a treat to peek back in time through Ms. MacDonald’s words and her amazing ability to turn any horrible event into something that will have you laughing at loud. Raising two teenage girls is a challenging feat for any mother, but Ms. MacDonald’s witty humor made it sound like a whole lot of fun.
Heather Henderson narrates Onions in the Stew, and she does an outstanding job once again with this installment. I can’t think of another narrator that could even come close to the exceptional talent of Ms. Henderson. As I have stated in previous audio book reviews from this author, her voice of Betty MacDonald is perfect and I feel as though Ms. MacDonald is in the room with me. Ms. Henderson is also able to give each of the characters a distinct voice which I think really adds to the story. I don’t feel as though I am being read to, instead I feel as though I am right there with each of the characters – which makes this a wonderful listening experience. The production quality of this recording is top notch and the narration flows effortlessly.
Onions in the Stew was exceptionally well-written and with the charming characters and numerous laugh-out-loud moments makes this one book that I would highly recommend to just about anyone who is needing an uplifting and funny reading/listening experience. You really can’t go wrong with this title and is well worth a credit.
Story – 4 stars
Performance – 5 stars
Overall – 4.5 stars
- Tamara B.
What can I say? I'm addicted.
I'll need to listen the Betty's books all over again. Written from a time when life was so hard but attitudes were so positive in the way that survival took place. Just an amazing lesson for those of us born after the era.