Audiobook: Anybody can do Anything by Betty MacDonald

19 February 2017

Audiobook Title: Anybody Can Do Anything
Author: Betty MacDonald
Narrator: Heather Henderson
Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press
Length: 8 hours 30 minutes
Audio Release Date: May 30, 2016
Synopsis: "The best thing about the Depression was the way it reunited our family and gave my sister Mary a real opportunity to prove that anybody can do anything, especially Betty."

After surviving both the failed chicken farm - and marriage - immortalized in The Egg and I, Betty MacDonald returns to live with her mother and desperately searches to find a job to support her two young daughters. With the help of her older sister Mary, Anybody Can Do Anything recounts her failed, and often hilarious, attempts to find work during the Great Depression.

A humorous and witty account of life during the Depression, this book takes you on a tour of a young woman's challenge to earn a living in an ever worsening economy.

Well written and enticing, this book hooks you from the start and keeps you engaged throughout the story.  Furthermore, the narration is well paced with good intonation and the production is of high quality meaning that it is easy to listen to and great for the daily commute.

The book begins with Betty leaving behind her married life on a farm to return to her family's home where she is encouraged by her sister to seek employment in the clerical field, which she is in no way qualified for, and follows her journey from job to job whilst finding herself in all manner of unfortunate circumstances.

This is the second book of Betty MacDonald, narrated by Heather Henderson, that I have listened to and I have found both to be fantastic - I will definitely be buying the remaining books in the series!

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Audio Excerpt

Author Bio

Betty Bard MacDonald (1907–1958), the best-selling author of The Egg and I and the classic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle children’s books, burst onto the literary scene shortly after the end of World War II. Readers embraced her memoir of her years as a young bride operating a chicken ranch on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, andThe Egg and I sold its first million copies in less than a year. The public was drawn to MacDonald’s vivacity, her offbeat humor, and her irreverent take on life. In 1947, the book was made into a movie starring Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert, and spawned a series of films featuring MacDonald’s Ma and Pa Kettle characters.
MacDonald followed up the success of The Egg and I with the creation of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, a magical woman who cures children of their bad habits, and with three additional memoirs: The Plague and I (chronicling her time in a tuberculosis sanitarium just outside Seattle), Anybody Can Do Anything (recounting her madcap attempts to find work during the Great Depression), and Onions in the Stew (about her life raising two teenage daughters on Vashon Island).
Author Paula Becker was granted full access to Betty MacDonald’s archives, including materials never before seen by any researcher. Looking for Betty MacDonald, the first official biography of this endearing Northwest storyteller, reveals the story behind the memoirs and the difference between the real Betty MacDonald and her literary persona.

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Narrator Bio

Heather Henderson is a voice actress and audiobook narrator with a 20-year career in literary and performing arts.  Her narrations include the NYT bestseller (now also a feature film) Brain on Fire;  and Sharon Creech’s The Boy on the Porch, which won her an Earphones award and was named one of the Best Children’s Audiobooks for 2013 by Audiofile Magazine.   She earned her Doctor of Fine Arts degree at the Yale School of Drama, and is co-curator of, a pronunciation research site for the audiobook industry.  In 2015, Heather was a finalist for a Voice Arts Award (Outstanding Narration, Audiobook Classics), for her narration of Betty MacDonald’s The Egg and I.


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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Post Hypnotic Press, Inc. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

1 comment

  1. Thanks for participating in our audiobook tour - and I'm so glad you enjoyed Betty MacDonald. These have been a labor of love - Heather Henderson initiated this project and co-produced as well as narrated. She's fantastic! :)


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