The Heron Nest


Read by Bellona Times

(3.5 stars; 2 reviews)

Pleasant family drama set in early 1900's or late 1890's upstate New York. The Herron clan, led by heroic, inventive, handicapped older brother Billy, has fallen on hard times due to one of the depressions that occurred before the Great one of the 30's. He manages to charm their way out of the tenements and into the country where he and his younger siblings farm their way to success, albeit on a small, Waltons-esque scale. Features many detailed gardening tips. Minor quibble with a sub-plot involving borderline incest but all in all, an inspirational work for the get-er-dun generation. - Summary by BellonaTimes (7 hr 42 min)

Chapters

The End of All Things 18:07 Read by Bellona Times
Rack and Ruin Villa 15:28 Read by Bellona Times
Bone Labor 17:20 Read by Bellona Times
Getting Into Harness 20:12 Read by Bellona Times
The Sowersbys 13:43 Read by Bellona Times
The Plebeian Onion 19:25 Read by Bellona Times
The Great Conspiracy 17:39 Read by Bellona Times
The Snare of the Fowler 11:34 Read by Bellona Times
At Work in Earnest 18:18 Read by Bellona Times
The Hen That Lays the Golden Egg 17:29 Read by Bellona Times
Getting the Best of Dame Nature 22:34 Read by Bellona Times
The Threatening Cloud 17:54 Read by Bellona Times
The Bolt from the Cloud 23:20 Read by Bellona Times
The Transplanting 22:22 Read by Bellona Times
In The Grip of the Gale 25:47 Read by Bellona Times
The Christmas Spirit 23:03 Read by Bellona Times
Clearing The Way 21:16 Read by Bellona Times
The Road Makers 20:32 Read by Bellona Times
The Old Man of the Sea 19:12 Read by Bellona Times
Uncle Calvert 20:21 Read by Bellona Times
The Fat's in the Fire 20:48 Read by Bellona Times
No 13:29 Read by Bellona Times
The Fire Fight 25:47 Read by Bellona Times
Yes 16:32 Read by Bellona Times

Reviews

Nice story but

(3 stars)

Great story until I reached the part with the borderline incest, as mentioned in the book's description. I wish the author had taken the plot in a different direction as it spoiled the story for me. It was just weird. The narrator was a little difficult to listen to as his reading was stilted. But he has a good voice.

(4 stars)

Very homey, little house on the prairie kind of book.