At long last, all of Betty MacDonald's memoir are available in audio, read by award winning narrator Heather Henderson.
During the 40s and 50s, you would have been hard-pressed to find anyone in the United States who didn't recognize the title The Egg and I, or its irrepressibly witty author, Betty MacDonald (1907 - 1958). The Egg and I sold more than 2 million copies within MacDonald's lifetime and has remained continuously in print since it was released in 1945 - and it still has fans worldwide.
The Egg and I has been translated into many languages and adapted to radio, stage, and screen. The film verion, starring Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurry, intoduced the world to Ma and Pa Kettle, played by Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride. The Kettles were so popular that nine Ma and Pa Kettle films starring Main and Percy were produced.
The Egg and I is a hilarious account of MacDonald's time as a young wife on a chicken farm on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. It sold 1,000,000 copies in 10 months and has been in print continuously since. It has been translated into over 40 languages and adapted to radio, stage and screen (starring Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray). The now classic film generated 10 spin off films featuring Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride as the popular country bumpkins, Ma and Pa Kettle.
The Plague and I is a rare account of life in a tuberculosis sanitarium. MacDonald spent almost a year (1938-39) battling tuberculosis. The White Plague was no laughing matter, but MacDonald nonetheless makes a sprightly tale of her brush with something deadly.
Anybody Can Do Anything is a high-spirited, hilarious celebration of how "the warmth and loyalty and laughter of a big family" brightened their weathering of the Great Depression.
In "Onions in the Stew", MacDonald is in fabulous form as she describes how she, her husband and two teenaged daughters survive a rough-and-tumble life on Vashon Island in Puget Sound, a ferry ride from Seattle (release date: October 30th, 2016).
All of Betty MacDonald's memoirs are read by award winning narrator Heather Henderson. A long time fan of Betty MacDonald, it is hard to imagine a more perfect voice for these delightful blasts from the past. As one listener in the UK notes: "As Juliet Stevenson is to Jane Austen on audio so Heather Henderson is to Betty MacDonald - and there is no higher praise!"
ALAN writes: "I have loved this book for about 45 years and got many family & friends addicted to it. ... I couldn't believe my luck when Audible offered a recording and was concerned the immediacy of the humour might not come across in a reading. I had no need to worry - it is a brilliant reading and the book transfers to audio with ease. In fact the moment I finished listening to it I started listening all over again and have just finished the second hearing."
PAULA BECKER writes: "In this Post Hypnotic Press audio book edition, Heather Henderson's droll delivery is perfect for Betty MacDonald's prose... I highly recommend this Post Hypnotic Press audio book edition of The Egg and I. For those who haven't yet had the pleasure of reading the book, listening will be a wonderful introduction to Betty MacDonald. For the book's existing legions of fans, this audio book edition will be a treat, adding the depth and nuance that come from hearing MacDonald's tart, funny prose expertly voiced."
Betty MacDonald was one of the premiere memoirists of her day, one of the first Seattleites to achieve world-wide fame and recognition, and a gifted writer who translated her difficult — sometimes grim — life experiences into books whose biting wit and vivid storytelling are both hilarious and reassuring. A biography of this fascinating writer was long overdue.
Author Paula Becker has been researching and writing about Betty MacDonald since the late 1990s, and she was granted full access to Betty MacDonald's archives, including materials never before seen by any researcher. In this first official biography of an endearing Northwest storyteller, Becker reveals the story behind the memoirs and the difference between the real Betty MacDonald and her literary persona.
Post Hypnotic Press invites you to revisit or discover for the first time this funny and charming author. www.posthypnoticpress.com
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