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A Thousand Acres | [Jane Smiley]

A Thousand Acres

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Jane Smiley's spellbinding novel also headed best-seller lists for many months. A Thousand Acres is the powerful, mythic story of an American farm family and the land that nourishes and consumes its members.

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

What the Critics Say

  • Pulitzer Prize winner, Fiction, 1992
  • National Book Critics Circle Award, Fiction, 1991


"[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)

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    C. Carlson columbus ohio 08-07-08
    C. Carlson columbus ohio 08-07-08 Member Since 2005
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    "good book bad reader"

    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!

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    L. Danehy Bainbridge Island, WA 10-25-11
    L. Danehy Bainbridge Island, WA 10-25-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Oh Thou art so depressing..."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany United States 08-14-12
    Tiffany United States 08-14-12
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    "A bit slow at times"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listen to books on my way to and from work . This time is usually well spent listening to various books. This book was chosen by my book club and while I enjoyed the book for the most part; it was at times difficult to listen to due to the happenings in the story or the reader's slow souther dialect.


    What about C. J. Critt’s performance did you like?

    The voices were well done, but at times the southern drawl was painfully slow. I would listen in double time to get through it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tessa reynolds Chico, CA 03-13-14
    tessa reynolds Chico, CA 03-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you try another book from Jane Smiley and/or C. J. Critt?

    Yes, it was entertaining


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The characters reactions to situations


    Do you think A Thousand Acres needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, the characters were too old by the end.


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