cover image The Egg and I

The Egg and I

Betty MacDonald, read by Heather Henderson. Post Hypnotic (, unabridged, 8 CDs, 9 hrs., $50 ISBN 978-1-77256-016-9

A bestseller from the 1940s, this book captures some of the hijinks, adventures, and idiosyncrasies of MacDonald’s life from her childhood in Seattle to raising children on a chicken farm in rural Washington. Reader Henderson captures MacDonald’s tone perfectly in the audio edition. She’s lively and energetic and delivers MacDonald’s jokes with the right emphasis and timing. Her rhythmic delivery can be almost hypnotizing and makes the listener feel like they too have been transported to the farm. The most challenging aspect of the audiobook is that MacDonald makes derogatory comments about Native Americans throughout, which can be especially disconcerting to hear delivered in such as gleeful manner. A Harper Perennial paperback. (June)