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J. C. Schaap

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  • Stoner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Williams
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (515)

    William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life, far different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments.

    Anton says: "A story of sadness and serenity"
    "Remarkable period piece"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stoner to be better than the print version?

    Not necessarily.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The almost haunting narration of a man's life, in the style of the American literary naturalists of that era, yet not without compassion. That tone--at once distanced, yet not without compassion--I found compelling.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Field – was your favorite?

    There really is only one character in this novel--Stoner.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It's understandable, to me, why this novel has been historically overlooked. While it is a remarkable piece of fiction, it is going to be vastly more interesting to me, a man who also spent his life teaching literature. English majors--some of them at least--would love this old 1930's novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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