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Angle of Repose Audiobook
Angle of Repose
Written by: 
Wallace Stegner
Narrated by: 
Mark Bramhall
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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)

What Members Say

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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!

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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.

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    Paul W Sauer 05-02-16
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    "Incredible"

    Absolutely one of the best books I've ever read (listened to). Wonderfully written (and read).

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    Anne E. O'Neil brooklyn, ny United States 03-01-16
    Anne E. O'Neil brooklyn, ny United States 03-01-16 Member Since 2010

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    "Amazing they can ruin such a great book with a narrator telling a woman's voice that terrible"

    I don't know how they hired this man to read a book primarily told about a woman in this horrendously terrible voice. Do men think women's voices sound like men with a cold? Gross. Ruined the book.

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    endoduo 12-18-15
    endoduo 12-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Like a 12 course meal. Tasty, but too much to fully enjoy."

    Wonderfully descriptive, but too slow. These life stories might be appreciated more in separate servings.

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    Tamara Quick 11-14-15
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    "Fabulous book story author and now with Audiobooks I enjoy the performance by s gifted performer. I will look up other books by"

    Because the entire experience of being groped onto Sudan and Oliver Ward's world was challenging and spectacular thank you

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    Sue 08-30-15
    Sue 08-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Liked it"

    I liked the story, but the narrator read it too slow for my liking. I listened to the whole book at 1.25 speed.

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    P Cooley 07-27-15
    P Cooley 07-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointed"

    Round and round the story spun without a climax, droning on and on in disparity and then just fizzled to an end.

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    Francesca 06-25-15
    Francesca 06-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Well written."

    The symbolism in this book is amazing. If you're from Northern California, you will recognize many places on the character's journeys.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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