Sunday, April 5, 2020

Suddenly, the Cider Didn't Taste So Good (Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine) by John Ford and narrated by Michael A. Smith

Suddenly, the Cider Didn't Taste So Good (Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine) by John Ford and narrated by Michael A. Smith is a good book if you need a pick-me-up or want to hear what life is like for a game warden. It’s guaranteed to give you some giggles, some shaking of your head, and possibly some tears. 4 ½ stars for stories, 4 stars narration.

Where to purchase:

Barnes & Noble

What’s it about? The book contains stories from John Ford Sr.’s time as a game warden in Maine. You get everything from funny to sad to frightening. Breakdown below.

Foreword by John Marsh (former Chief Warden of Maine) and Introduction by John Ford. Approximately 9 minutes.
Chapter 1: Just Dropping In, Ladies ~ John learns to embrace a flying situation. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 2: Caught in the Trap~ It isn’t always who you think it is. Approx. 5 minutes.
Chapter 3: Drop the Waders!~ Poachers. Approx. 11 minutes.
Chapter 4: A Mater Manure-Spreader Gets His Comeuppance~ Bad hunters. Approx. 16 minutes.
Chapter 5: If You Step in it, You’ll Know~ Deer season. Approx. 13 minutes.
Chapter 6: The Moody Mountain Manhunt~ Tracking escapees from prison. Approx. 26 minutes.
Chapter 7: More Bang for Your Buck~ A deer lawn ornament of sorts. Approx. 5 minutes.
Chapter 8: I’m Lost, You Know!~ A search for a resident of an assisted living home. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 9: Last Flight into Abbott’s International Airport~ Flying with Dana Toothaker, the “cowboy warden”. Approx. 12 minutes.
Chapter 10: The Warden Gets Caught~ A fisherman’s tales. Approx. 11 minutes.
Chapter 11: The Bogeyman~ Sometimes our imagination gets the best of us. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 12: Daddy Who?~ John raises Who-Who and Boo-Hoo with the help of the community. Approx. 9 minutes.
Chapter 13: You’re Welcome, Deer~ Raising Bucky the deer. Approx. 9 minutes.
Chapter 14: The Game Warden and the Murderer~ A friendship of sorts forms. Approx. 22 minutes.
Chapter 15: Foot-jack-uh!~ The night hunters. Approx. 8 minutes.
Chapter 16: Night-Hunting for Drug Smugglers~ Exactly as the title indicates. Approx. 8 minutes.
Chapter 17: Right on Time~ Night hunters in court and one minute. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 18: Don’t Mess with Blinky~ Decoy deer and night-hunters. Approx. 8 minutes.
Chapter 19: Leo and the Life Preservers~ Practice what you preach. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 20: It Helps to Be a Damned Sneak~ Scaring illegal trappers. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 21: A Ride-Along with the Boss~ Exactly as the title indicates. Approx. 10 minutes.
Chapter 22: Every Town Has Its Cast of Characters~ Exactly as the title indicates. Approx. 10 minutes.
Chapter 23: Care to Join Us in a Deer Drive?~ The hunting season. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 24: A Real Hat Trick~ Sunday hunting. Approx. 5 minutes.
Chapter 25: Good News, Bad News!~ Don’t leave your wallet when doing illegal things. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 26: The Improvised Lie-Detector Test~ Stupid people. Approx. 11 minutes.
Chapter 27: Cat Got Your Tongue?~ Coffee with friends. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 28: Are You Lonesome Tonight?~ Elvis’s death and his grandmother. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 29: Smoke Gets in Their Eyes~ A funny tale of illegal fishing. This one is one of my favs. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 30: Excuse Me, Ma’am~ Two orphaned fawn, two women, and the need to urinate. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 31: One Man’s Tragedy Saves Another Man’s Life- Mine~ John’s battle with cancer.
Chapter 32: 
An Albino Fisher? Come on, Jimbo!~ Jimbo the poacher. Approx. 7 minutes. 
Chapter 33: Where’s the Justice?~ A guy gets away with animal abuse. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 34: Wile E. Fox Finds a Home~ Raising a fox, John gets a surprise and then heartbreak. Approx. 8 minutes.
Chapter 35: Suddenly, the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good~ An apple plus some. Approx. 7 minutes.

The narrator, Michael A. Smith, was good overall. Sometimes the accents would go in and out.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: death (people, animals), friendship with Joel Fuller, cancer battle, a little preachy during the cancer battle as he relies on his faith to get him through, one story is about a guy who gets away with setting traps that purposely injure animals and there is no justice. Language used: SOB x4, Bastards, Sx2, damn/damned x78, hell x61.

Where to find the author: John passed away in 2018. You can visit his Find a Grave memorial here.
Where to find the narrator: I am unable to verify if Michael has a page for contact at this time.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

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