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The Home-Maker

Gelesen von Maria Kasper

(4,489 Sterne; 44 Bewertungen)

The Knapp family seems as though they ought to be happy, yet hidden frustrations are tearing them apart under the surface. As the family breadwinner, Lester Knapp drags himself reluctantly to his job each day, miserable in the harsh world of commerce and business, longing for a quiet life at home with his books. Meanwhile, Evangeline Knapp is admired as an excellent housewife, yet the limited challenges of that life are driving her to perfectionism and boredom. The Knapp children are affected by their parents' unhappiness, the youngest child acting out in frequent tantrums, and the two older children tense and nervous. When an accident puts Lester in a wheelchair and sends Evangeline out to work, their family and friends see it only as a tragedy. Yet Lester discovers his true calling at home, developing his own relaxed style of housekeeping, while discerning the individual needs and personalities of the children. And Evangeline discovers her true calling in the business world, demonstrating both creativity and organizational skills, thriving on the daily challenge and mental stimulation. Before long, the entire family realizes that they are all blossoming into a new happiness. But will this unconventional arrangement of gender roles be allowed to continue? Or will circumstances force the Knapps to return to the lives that made them miserable? - Summary by Maria Kasper (7 hr 30 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1

22:54

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Chapter 2

39:55

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Chapter 3

19:13

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Chapter 4

24:22

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Chapter 5

10:51

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Chapter 6

6:33

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Chapter 7

26:57

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Chapter 8

27:44

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Chapter 9

25:03

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Chapter 10

17:49

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Chapter 11

22:10

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Chapter 12

8:02

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Chapter 13

9:46

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Chapter 14

18:21

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Chapter 15

17:01

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Chapter 16

19:03

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Chapter 17

33:53

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Chapter 18

8:06

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Chapter 19

21:20

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Chapter 20

24:37

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Chapter 21

38:52

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Chapter 22

8:13

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Bewertungen

a tour de force

(5 Sterne)

This book hits the ground running on page one and doesn’t let until the end. The reader is perfectly matched with the theme, one of the few books I will listen to again and again.

(5 Sterne)

Wonderful story, so touching and deeply moving.

thank you

(5 Sterne)

I found this old book at a garage sale and it is such a surprising little gem. If I ever had a quiet moment to read a book so others could share it, it would be this one. But that hasn't happened. I'm very glad you have done it instead, thank you for the donation of your time and for sharing this book.

(5 Sterne)

This was the BESY book I have heard! My mind will be full for quite a while. I don’t even want to start a new one until this is fully digested

(3 Sterne)

Interesting principle provided in the story, but its very long winded. I sped it up x3 and still easy to understand. Well narrated.

(5 Sterne)

Touching story of male and female roles in traditional American family.

(4,5 Sterne)

Interesting that gender roles were so firmly held to as not let people live to whom they want to be. That society could not even imagine a stranger taking care of their children and that is the norm today. Maybe for the better? or maybe not.

(5 Sterne)

A well read little gem. Such modern ideas of child rearing and a hat tip to the misguided tyranny of gender roles.