Three daughters and their husbands are pulled into a tangle of love, jealousy, and fear when their father, Larry Cook, grows too old to manage the family's fertile thousand-acre farm. As each couple struggles with their own tragedies and challenges, they know their father is judging them in light of the weighty inheritance that hovers within their reach.
The Cook family, and the farm community around them, are part of a mosaic that is as enduring as the fences and fields of the broad midwestern landscape. But this endurance exacts an immense price from them in return.
You will find that this nationally-acclaimed, breathtaking story, in a stirring narration by C. J. Critt, is an unforgettable listening experience.
©1991 Jane Smiley; (P)1996 Recorded Books
"[A] magnificent, haunting family drama, an American retelling of Shakespeare's King Lear set on a contemporary Iowa farm....a favorite choice of reading groups everywhere (it would be a natural for Oprah)." (Entertainment Weekly)
I stopped listening and will buy this book to read. The narrator was awful--she read as if the book were as simple as the characters are "supposed" to be--as if she did not have a clue about what is really inside the book she was reading. This recording is a reminder to me of how I can sometimes take the important contributions of good readers for granted!
I can see why this was a award winner, it's all the patho's of human relationships. I read it for a book group and I didn't finish it, I just quit caring. I didn't like any of the characters and they were living lives that I wouldn't wish to share for any amount of time. I didn't like Shakespeare's version any better, for what it's worth.
The lives of the Cook family on their farm form a dark yet hopeful story that brings the reader in and keeps you yearning for vigilance and restitution. It is a wonderful remembrance of the early 1980s farm political and economic impact.
To be fair I only made it halfway through, but 9 hrs into a book I expect to be hooked. Disappointed based on the other reviews. Narration was good, but the story left a lot to be desired.
I would not listen again - it is not my kind of story. The teller was good, I enjoyed her delivery, but the story was not what I thought.
I would recommend the print version, but not the audio version because the way the book is divided up.
This is Shakespeare's King Lear set on an Iowa farm in the 1980's.
A Thousand Acres is an amazing book, well worthy of the Pulitzer Prize. I read this many years ago when it first came out it print and wanted to listen to the audio version while I walked. The novel is organized into six books and 45 chapters, but for some inexplicable reason the recorded version has 13 chapters, some more than an hour long. If, like me, you have fumble fingers and don't hit the stop and start buttons on your device exactly right, you are forced to re-listen to part of the book or skip ahead and miss something. I can't think why this was done this way.
A downward spiral of a story that you have to keep listening to because you really want to know if the characters redeem themselves. Very well written.
It was a beautifully written story, but the narrator almost ruins it. She seems to have no connection to the words she's reading, and reads the entire book in the same sing-song voice as though she's reading to a classroom full of children. It drove me crazy. I want to read the book myself so I can actually appreciate the story and writing.
Report Inappropriate Content