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O, Pioneers! | [Willa Cather]

O, Pioneers!

On the harsh and wild frontier of the American West, Alexandra Bergson struggles to fulfill her father's dying wish of establishing his family on the Nebraska table lands. Through hard times and abundant, through love and loss, through joy and suffering, Alexandra challenges both her family and the land in her quiet, honest way.
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Publisher's Summary

On the harsh and wild frontier of the American West, Alexandra Bergson struggles to fulfill her father's dying wish of establishing his family on the Nebraska table lands. Through hard times and abundant, through love and loss, through joy and suffering, Alexandra challenges both her family and the land in her quiet, honest way. Cather's realistic depiction of life on the prairie is anchored by a smart, strong, independent heroine and heart-achingly beautiful prose which evokes both the melancholy and the awe-inspiring beauty of middle America at the turn of the century.

Public Domain (P)2010 Open Book Audio, LLC

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    Lisa OCALA, FL, United States 10-02-12
    Lisa OCALA, FL, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Back to Nebraska"
    What made the experience of listening to O, Pioneers! the most enjoyable?

    I just love the way the author describes the people and the landscape of Nebraska. I am from Nebraska and had relatives that homesteaded there. I imagined them starting their farm on the harsh land like Alexandra did in the story. She was a strong woman who had a head for business and the land.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alexandra - strong woman!


    What does Alexis O'Donahue bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her accents.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Ballwin, MO, United States 06-18-12
    Susan Ballwin, MO, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Nebraska"
    What did you like best about O, Pioneers!? What did you like least?

    I was born in North Platte Nebraska - both of my parents were born and raised in Nebraska and I have fond memories of times spent on my grandparents farm in Nebraska. I thought it was time to read something written by a Nebraska author - what I liked best was the authors description of the Nebraska prairie - it is a very different kind of beauty and it brought back fond memories. I would say that the story line is not something new or unique but it was a nice story but again it was the descriptions of the land that were so breathtaking.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Kitchener, ON, Canada 05-08-12
    Kathy Kitchener, ON, Canada 05-08-12
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    "I am a Willa Cather convert"
    Would you consider the audio edition of O, Pioneers! to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the print version, but this is a wonderful story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of O, Pioneers!?

    Alexandra is a compelling character and and I was rooting for Carl all the way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene with Emil and Marie is masterfully crafted.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Alexandra's brothers remind me of people from my hometown when I was a child. It was satisfying to see her get the better of them again and again.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Saint Louis, MO, United States 01-19-12
    Ryan Saint Louis, MO, United States 01-19-12

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    "Fantastic"
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    One of the best books I've ever read, and marvelously narrated. Incredible depth in the characters and a great overall storyline. I'd recommend this to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Pleasing to listen to and inspiring!"

    This book has it all as far as I am concerned. There is a strong female character with a bit of history mixed in, a lesson to be learned and wonderful narration. I can't believe that it was only $3.95. This was a great deal for a very good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Concord, NC, United States 10-08-12
    David Concord, NC, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great so far."
    Would you consider the audio edition of O, Pioneers! to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the printed version. Enjoying the audio version very much. Great story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Difficult to pick a favorite. Each character is unique and special.


    What does Alexis O'Donahue bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Have not read the book.


    Who was the most memorable character of O, Pioneers! and why?

    Difficult to pick. Have not completed the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story so far.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PAHOA, HI, United States 02-13-12
    Amazon Customer PAHOA, HI, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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