Onions in the Stew

  • by Betty MacDonald
  • Narrated by Heather Henderson
  • 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The author recalls episodes of love and humor from her experiences living on Vashon Island in Puget Sound.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

What can I say? I'm addicted.

Any additional comments?

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.

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- Leah

This book was a letdown.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It would have been nice if there had been some related anecdotes from Betty's childhood/adolescence, similar to "The Egg and I", "The Plague and I" and "Anybody Can Do Anything." This book seemed to be more of a rant about Betty's daughters. Of the four books, this one seems to have been rushed. It reminds me of someone trying to imitate Betty MacDonald's style, but falling short on the story-end of it.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Many times I was tempted to just quit listening and move on to another book, but I kept holding out for the story to get better. I ended up just wishing that I had quit it. Perhaps I should not have listened to Paula Becker's book "Looking for Betty MacDonald." That book was like finding out that Santa Claus is not real. You still enjoy Christmas, but something is lost that can't be put back again.

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

I love Heather Henderson's style of narration, which reminds me of my mother's style and intonation. In my opinion she was a fantastic choice for reading these books.

Could you see Onions in the Stew being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


Any additional comments?

Occasionally I'll go back and re-listen to "The Egg and I" or "The Plague and I" or "Anybody Can Do Anything." Good stories are like that, and are enjoyable, even comforting, to go back through again. I very much doubt that I will go through this book again.

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- relchip_rrea

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-28-2016
  • Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press Inc.