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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,133 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tracy Kidder Narrator: Adrian Cronaue Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Why on earth should the nail-by-nail building of a house hold any fascination for anyone? Because when you put a lawyer, an architect, and a hippie builder together, that spells trouble. Kidder tells his story so well that you can't help but take sides.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alison | 2/19/2014

    " Carpenters, construction--how interesting could it be? Endlessly. Kidder spins an epic tale about the building of his house. Anyone who's been through the process or dreams of starting from scratch with a fresh set of blueprints will enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lillian | 2/3/2014

    " I love this peak inside the workings of home building, all the emotions mixed up in sawdust. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary | 1/28/2014

    " Everybody and everything concerned with a home build from planning to move-in. All the decisions, emotions, conflicts, resolutions. Only Tracy Kidder could make this compelling... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joe | 1/20/2014

    " Probably the best book that will ever be written about the building of a house. Not "building" a house as in a how-to-do-it guide, but "the building" of a house as a process of personalities, philosophies, histories, trends, class status, power, and economics. Mostly, personalities. As a contractor I read it with a sense of recognition and as a writer I read it with admiration and awe. Jim, the contractor in this project, seemed like a clone of my own personality - the drive for quality, the disdain for haggling, the over-sensitivity to the slightest insults of class warfare that seem to come with the job. I recognized all the carpenters in the crew - Vietnam vets, college grads, the likable kid clawing his way out of poverty, the equally likable one rejecting his father's bourgeois life, the dyslexic, the screwup, the perfectionist, the speedster - mix and match - and became very fond of them. But Tracy Kidder brought so much more than just the carpenters' points of view. He followed the thoughts and actions of Bill Rawn, the architect, who I came to admire. And Kidder described equally the drama of the house-building from the clients' point of view. I never warmed to Jonathan Souweine, the attorney husband, as he used his advantages and self-justifications to beat down the price, completely oblivious of the demoralizing effect it had on the workers. Meanwhile I liked Judith, Jonathan's wife. The fact that I reacted so strongly to each of the characters in this project shows how well Tracy Kidder described them. I'm not an objective reviewer here; I'm somebody who has lived through most of the scenes that he portrays. House, the book, is about the birth of one particular house, a birth filled with drama, conflict, history and hard work. "

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