The Woefield Poultry Collective

  • by Susan Juby
  • Narrated by Carter Hayden, Kate Griffin, Jennifer Walls, Michael Fletcher
  • 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Woefield Farm is a sprawling thirty acres of scrub land, complete with dilapidated buildings and one half-sheared, lonely sheep named Bertie. It’s “run” - in the loosest possible sense of the word - by Prudence Burns, an energetic, well-intentioned twenty-something New Yorker full of back-to- the-land ideals, but without an iota of related skills or experience. Prudence, who inherited the farm from her uncle, soon discovers that the bank is about to foreclose on Woefield Farm, which means that Prudence has to turn things around, fast. But fear not! She’ll be assisted by Earl, a spry seventy-something, banjo-playing foreman with a distrust of newfangled ideas and a substantial family secret; Seth, the alcoholic, celebrity-blogging boy-next-door, who hasn’t left the house since a scandal with his high-school drama teacher; and Sara Spratt, a highly organized eleven-year-old looking for a home for her prizewinning chickens, including one particularly randy fellow soon to be christened Alec Baldwin.
Full of offbeat charm and characters you won’t soon forget, The Woefield Poultry Collective is a heartwarming novel about learning how to take on a challenge, facing your fears, and finding friendship in the most unlikely of places. With alternating narratives, Susan Juby shows how a team of misfits can find acceptance and success, even with - and sometimes in spite of - their highly unorthodox approach.

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What the Critics Say

"In her sparklingly witty and charming first novel for adults, the author of the Alice MacLeod YA series delightfully combines satire and a distinctly modern voice with old-fashioned sweetness, and her laugh-out-loud writing is tempered by the characters' emotional pain and efforts to help one another heal. Woefield Farm may not produce a single crop, yet it's fertile ground for superb storytelling." (Booklist)
"It's so difficult to have a (theoretically) morally superior protagonist doing good works, and have them be in any way likable. Susan Juby achieves this miraculous feat with her latest novel, The Woefield Poultry Collective .... The novel is genuinely funny and tremendously charming." (Sandra Kasturi, National Post)
"Susan Juby is a marvel. Wise, witty, and full of heart, her writing draws you in and won't let go. And just when you think it can't get any better, it does. I never wanted to leave Woefield, and you won't, either." (Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries and Insatiable)

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Beautifully cast, excellent narration

What did you like best about this story?

The dialogue, like Miriam Towes, Susan Juby is really good at the rolling story.


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

The characters come alive.


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- Ruth

Beautifully cast, excellent narration

What did you like best about this story?

The dialogue, like Miriam Towes, Susan Juby is really good at the rolling story.


What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

The characters come alive.


Read full review

- Ruth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-20-2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd