Rating: 3 / 5
I received a complimentary advanced listener copy of BARN 8 by Deb Olin Unferth for an honest review. Thank you to Libro FM, Penguin Random House Audio and Alfred A. Knopf for the chance to read and review! I wound up picking up a copy from my local library just before it shut down as well, though I mainly listened to the audiobook!
BARN 8 primarily follows two auditors for the egg industry who develop a plot to liberate a million chickens from a U.S. egg farm in the middle of the night. From the very beginning the narrator lets you know that things did not go as planned, but the novel spends its time going over Janey and Clevelands’ past and how they wind up as auditors for the egg industry and how their plot unfolds.
This was an interesting read, but in the end not one that completely jelled for me. The book jumps around quite a bit in time, giving you the ending early on before telling you how it got there. There are multiple perspectives, including a glimpse into the minds of the chickens being liberated at times. This leads to quite a bit of humor along the way which I did enjoy, but the story was a bit disjointed for me.
I thought the audio was well done and it did provide some good entertainment, but it isn’t a book I would highly recommend.