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The whole trilogy gives a brilliant, incisive, sympathetic, unflinching, and amazingly complex picture of white middle class America from 1920 to 2020. The characters are fully drawn and engaging. The personal lives and varied journeys of four generations of a family starting on an Iowa farm present a panoramic and developmental account of social, economic, political, and cultural history. The story ends just a little farther down the road than we are now, brilliantly detailing how we arrived at our current economic, political, and environmental peril. At the same time the exquisitely sensitive descriptions of life stages -- infancy, adolescence, marriage, work, and old age -- are deeply moving. This is trilogy makes me wish I was still a teacher. I would love to teach a full-year course on the history of the last 100 years using this as the main text with student reports on what she left out (mainly the experiences of people of color and working class, also a little of conventional "history" thrown in). I can't remember reading anything I thought was this great, at least not for a long time
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Where does Golden Age rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I would rank it near the middle 50%. Perhaps if I had listened to the earlier works, it would have been easier to follow.
Would you recommend Golden Age to your friends? Why or why not?
I would recommend reading the book, rather than just listening to it. There are so many characters, I needed to draw up my own family chart.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, this is a really long saga. I listened to it over about 10 days.