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Angle of Repose Audiobook

Angle of Repose

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize when it was first published in 1971, Angle of Repose has also been selected by the editorial board of the Modern Library as one of the hundred best novels of the 20th century.

Wallace Stegner's uniquely American classic centers on Lyman Ward, a noted historian who relates a fictionalized biography of his pioneer grandparents at a time when he has become estranged from his own family. Through a combination of research, memory, and exaggeration, Ward voices ideas concerning the relationship between history and the present, art and life, parents and children, and husbands and wives. Like other great quests in literature, Lyman Ward's investigation leads him deep into the dark shadows of his own life. The result is a deeply moving novel that, through the prism of one family, illuminates the American present against the fascinating background of its past.

Set in many parts of the West, Angle of Repose is a story of discovery - personal, historical, and geographical - that endures as Wallace Stegner's masterwork: an illumination of yesterday's reality that speaks to today's.

©1971 Wallace Stegner; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Brilliant....Two stories, past and present, merge to produce what important fiction must: a sense of the enhancement of life." (Los Angeles Times)
"Masterful...Reading it is an experience to be treasured." (Boston Globe)

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    HDJ 10-24-12
    HDJ 10-24-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Epic!"

    Angle of Repose presents an authentic picture of the western frontier told with the tenderness and visual poetry that I'm learning are Stegner's hallmarks. He can make you live history. You can smell it, taste it and feel it. At the end of this novel, I was left feeling I actually knew the people and places and can remember them. The icing on the cake was the perfect narration by Mark Bramhall.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Drizzella MO 07-25-12

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    "Masterful writing; a great adventure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys literary fiction. Stegner's language is vivid, startling, and inspiring. His story of a woman's experience in the American West as the nation changed from 1860s to 1890s is riveting. It's not the West of cowboys and Indians, but the scarcely frontier where mining corporations are trying to stake a claim. His commentary on life in the 1970s is also intriguing. Excellent work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Stegner's language is the work of a master writer and storyteller.


    What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Bramhall's reading is the one problem I have with the story. He has to do a number of voices as well as narrate and his narrator voice is spot-on. It captures the character well. His female voices are disappointing and especially for Susan, the main character. His vocal interpretation suggests a weak, overly feminine, and submissive woman, while she is far from that. I would have preferred a stronger, less caricatured portray.


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

    I wouldn't suggest it; it's long! But I definitely wanted to know what would happen next.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Madeline Butler 05-07-12
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    "A rich story, beautifully read"

    A rich and beautiful book about a marriage, motherhood, and friendship. While the story takes place years ago, there is still so much to relate to today. Not a happy story, but a realistic one. I still am surprised this was written by a man.. his perspective is amazing.The reader was fantastic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John MENLO PARK, CA, United States 07-14-10
    John MENLO PARK, CA, United States 07-14-10 Member Since 2007
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    "On many of the Top 100 Lists, now I know why!"

    Excellent book. Really enjoyed it. It not only makes you feel like you invested your listening time well, but it also makes you reflect on your ancestors and your own family histories. Highly recommended.

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    A. M. Potter Washington D.C. 01-31-16
    A. M. Potter Washington D.C. 01-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Frustratingly brilliant"
    Any additional comments?

    Throughout this giant, sometimes bloated, novel, I kept wondering, what will redeem this epic of misfortune? There is little reward for the main character of the novel within the novel, the narrator’s grandmother, Susan Ward, who suffers a volley of hardship and losses. The narrator, Lyman Ward, a grumpy, legless retired professor, circles decades of his grandmother's pained life like water to a drain. And yet still, the language brims with colorful imagery and physicality, and the story lines, though small at first, tug and whip like the reigns of a stubborn mule, hooking the reader through the plodding landscape of a rugged Western frontier, full of promise and disappointment. I hated to like this book and hated Wallace Stegner for sitting me down like a child, restless and impatient, so he could tell the story in his own, old-man way, taking his time as if in creaky rocking chair with nowhere to go, puffing on a cigar and exhaling smoke ring vignettes for my eyes to follow and then watch disappear. There are no traditional story arcs. No tidy beginning or end. There is the narrator, a man who has loved and lost much, longing to understand his own life through the calamities and misfortunes of his ancestors, hoping that through them, he can find meaning and courage to keep living. Sigh. Did I love it? No. Did I appreciate its immense beauty, language mastery, and emotional depth? Absolutely.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Boysmom Alberta, Canada 09-19-15
    Boysmom Alberta, Canada 09-19-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I only recommend books I really like. I found my mind wondered a lot during the story, that the voice of the tale irritated me, and in jumped around too much in time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think the story of Susan and her husband was interesting and would have held me had the author not get jumping around to present.half the time I felt like I was listening to the ramblings of the story teller, with little consideration for who was listening.


    What three words best describe Mark Bramhall’s performance?

    I found the narrators vouce, or maybe I should say, tone of voice, annoying after a while. I think he played the tone of a disgruntled older man well, but I'm afraid it was the voice ot the man he played that bugged me.


    Could you see Angle of Repose being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could not imagine a movie.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Tehachapi, CA, United States 08-30-13
    Barbara Tehachapi, CA, United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "So Good"
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    I loved this audiobook! Interesting, with some really insightful observations made by the main character. Highly recommend. The visual would probably be PG except for two places probably rated R if that's a problem for you. I thought it was sooooooo good!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MediaHater 06-24-16
    MediaHater 06-24-16
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    "BEST STORY TELLER AND BEST NARRATOR!"

    This is a favorite of mine! Also enjoyed many others by this author and many more by the narrator!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leah Kabaker Studio City, CA United States 05-26-16
    Leah Kabaker Studio City, CA United States 05-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wallace Stegner shouldn't be read by the young"

    I first read this book over 30 years ago. I appreciated Stegners' amazing way with words. I clearly didn't understand the story. Now I do, it is amazing.

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    BigWally 05-15-16
    BigWally 05-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring novel"
    What would have made Angle of Repose better?

    I read the first 2 chapters and had trouble making any sense of the novel.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Wallace Stegner again?

    I have read many non-fiction books by Wallace Stegner which were all beautifully written, fascinating, and very informative. I had assumed that a novel by Stegner would be just as good. Alas, it was terrible.

    Yes, I would read more books by Wallace Stegner BUT only NON-FICTION books!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Dull reader


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Wallace Stegner is a master of non-fiction. I was deeply disappointed with his fiction at least ANGLE OF REPOSE which is judged by many to be his best novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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