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Publisher's Summary

"From the renowned social critic, energy expert, and bestselling author James Howard Kunstler, The Harrows of Spring concludes the quartet of his extraordinary World Made by Hand novels, set in an American future of economic and political collapse, where electricity, automobiles, and the familiar social structures of the "old times" are a misty memory.

In the little upstate New York town of Union Grove, springtime is a most difficult season, known as "the six weeks want," when fresh food is scarce and winter stores have dwindled. Young Daniel Earle returns from his haunting travels around what is left of the United States intent on resurrecting the town newspaper. He is also recruited by the town trustees to help revive the Hudson River trade route shut down peevishly by the local grandee, planter Stephen Bullock. Meanwhile, a menacing gang of Social Justice Warriors styling themselves as agents of the Berkshire People's Republic appear one evening to camp on the outskirts of town. Their leaders are the imposing Amazonian beauty Flame Aurora Greengrass and the charismatic grifter Sylvester "Buddy" Goodfriend, progressive to a fault in their politics and intent on extracting whatever tribute they can from people of Union Grove.

Romance, politics, bunko, violence, and family tragedy swirl through the thrilling finale to Kunstler's bestselling series. The Harrows of Spring is a powerful, heart-wrenching, and satisfying conclusion to this poignant history of the future."

©2016 James Howard Kunstler (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Extreme repetition plus sexism, stereotyping

When I began this series of books I slightly was slightly annoyed that every person's description and every event was described again at every opportunity. As I moved though the series it became a joke. I didn't even pause the book when I would be out of earshot.
This included the especially elaborate sexual descriptions of every single woman in the book. Men were never described in a sexual manner.
It soon became apparent that every stereotype possible would be applied throughout and as soon as a character was introduced, I could usually guess their role.
I'm glad this series was free on Audible because I would have been upset if I spent money or credits in it.

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Great conclusion to the series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - great mix of western and post-apocalypse.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Brother Job - great mix of the good, the bad and the ugly.

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

Excellent voicing of different characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Lauged at the SJW's!

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N/a

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Pitiful end to the series

The author managed to take a shallow political commentary addressing post-modernists, a feel-good return of a long-thought dead son, a miraculous cure, and other suggestive themes - and, without any depth or complexity, ended a series that had potential.

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If you could sum up The Harrows of Spring in three words, what would they be?

Story is done.

What did you like best about this story?

It finished things up for me.

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

He wasn't boring and fun to listen to in the car.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

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This last book wasn't anything amazing. It finished the story of the other books. Glad its done and I can move on now. The only part that didn't make sense to me was the direction he took the Bullock character in. It seemed out of context based on the last couple of books.

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Fabulous finale to the series!

A world that completely immerses you and a narrator who's ability to create character voices completely brings them to life.

I am at complete peace with living in A World Made By Hand.

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the Neat Future

something pulls me into this series of books. World Made by Hand #4 did the same. The characters maybe, I find them real, I can empathize with them, especially as we find our own planet in such a fragile place. their struggles, I get caught up with them.

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Love this series. Well thought out and organized.

So much fun to listen to. Always a great plot with engaging story lines and an alternative future which may be further from possible today than when the series began.

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Good enough!!

I really like the World Made by Hand series. Sort of like zombie fiction without the zombies. This volume has room for improvement , but I anxiously await the next volume just the same.

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The best series ever!

No series of any author, topic, or kind has been written to compare . Sci fi romance ( just a touch) adventure, prepper( just enough) foodie ( glorious ) and drink , I am standing by , yeasty rich full bodied triple tripel ale in hand

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Awesomely entertaining!

I’ve read hundreds of books and this is the first review I’ve ever written. This was so entertaining! It’s really refreshing to hear an end of the world type story told from a view that’s not totally negative and traumatic. Of course there’s plenty of that in here because that’s just the reality what would be a situation but there’s also hope and I really really enjoyed it!