The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Timothy Egan

Narrated By: Patrick Girard Lawlor

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: February 2006

Duration: 11 hours 46 minutes


It blighted parts of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and over half of Kansas. In 1933, there were multiple dust storms that lasted seventy days. In 1935, it stripped away an estimated 850,000 tons of good topsoil, the same year that it drove 250,000 people from their homes. The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning


  • Jason Comely

    Despite its title, "The Worst Hard Time" is a great book full of interesting stories and facts. This will be a sleeper hit. Highly recommended.

  • Anonymous

    A well written historical account of the Dustbowl that I would highly recommend. Many people have been through many difficult things in this country and this was one of the most difficult. At times it must have appeared to those who went through the worst of it as a living hell.

  • Anonymous

    Thinking about the people who lived through this made me appreciate how fortunate I really am. A gripping, heart-breaking story for me to hear. I loved this book.

  • Peggy Stortz

    I was very excited about this book before I got it, but then I was disappointed. It was disjointed, hours of facts, difficult to care as we weren't given the chance to get well acquainted with any of the characters. Forget it.

  • rv9av8tr

    An amazing look at life in the high plains in the 20's-30's. I found the story riveting. It was a life I think so few of us understand, that this book does a great job in bringing to life.

  • wlh2040

    Wow...If you have any interest in the history of the Plains, settlement, government policy or human suffering, this is so very well written you will not lose interest. This is sadly an era in our country's history that is as distant to the college students of today as King George. The memory of this event and those who suffered should be kept alive.

  • Tonytoga

    A 5-star rating is hard to come by in my opinin but this book earns it. In telling the story of the 'Dust Bowl' years as seen through the eyes of about a dozen families who lived through this gruesome period in our history, Tim Egan paints a personal and very touching portrait of the grit, determination and dispair of the poor souls who live through this 'worst hard time.' You learn why it happened, watch as the dusters as they were called, rolled over the high plains and feel the pain of those who did their best just to get by. This is an outstanding work of history. And, the narration by Patrick Lawlor is first rate. It is unabridged.

Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

by Timothy Egan

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Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, Timothy Egan