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Crossing to Safety | [Wallace Stegner]

Crossing to Safety

One of the finest American authors of the 20th century, Wallace Stegner compiled an impressive collection of accolades during his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a National Book Award, and three O. Henry Awards. His final novel, Crossing to Safety is the quiet yet stirring tale of two couples that meet during the Great Depression and form a lifelong bond.
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Publisher's Summary

One of the finest American authors of the 20th century, Wallace Stegner compiled an impressive collection of accolades during his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a National Book Award, and three O. Henry Awards. His final novel, Crossing to Safety is the quiet yet stirring tale of two couples that meet during the Great Depression and form a lifelong bond.

©2002 Wallace Earle Stegner; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"This is a wonderfully rich, warm, and affecting book." (Library Journal)
"It's deceptively simple: two bright young couples meet during the Depression and form an instant and lifelong friendship. "How do you make a book that anyone will read out of lives as quiet as these?" Larry Morgan, a successful novelist and the narrator of the story, poses that question many years after he and his wife, Sally, have befriended the vibrant, wealthy, and often troubled Sid and Charity Lang. "Where is the high life, the conspicuous waste, the violence, the kinky sex, the death wish?" It's not here. What is here is just as fascinating, just as compelling, as touching, and as tragic." (Amazon.com review)

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    Tracy 04-12-13
    Tracy 04-12-13 Member Since 2008

    Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.

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    "Boring"

    Skip this one. Yes it is well written & considered a classic but that doesn't make it an interesting read. I usually finish a book in 4 days, this one took 2 weeks. Choose another.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cholmondeley Santa Barbara, CA United States 04-06-13
    Cholmondeley Santa Barbara, CA United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Death"

    This is a story about death and decay. I'm too old to listen to it and gave up after 1/2 hour.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gail B. 02-08-15
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    "A Lovely Study of Relationships"

    Stegner gently walks you through very real relationships that include all their beauty and imperfection. The narration was very good.

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    Carol Perth, Australia 03-09-14
    Carol Perth, Australia 03-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautifully written story of life"

    Wallace Stegner's insightful look at life, and death, is a delight. Beautifully narrated, a joy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 08-07-13
    Scott 08-07-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Beautiful writing, but ...."

    dull, dull, dull. I just couldn't care about these self-centered academics. The closest they got to lifting their eyes from their own navels was to gaze at those of their friends.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Columbus, OH, United States 05-12-13
    Carol Columbus, OH, United States 05-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "More than a feel good story"

    I found this book to be what other reviewers said - a satisfying and moving description of a life long friendship between two couples. But I also saw more: these couples had experiences and tragedies that changed and molded them in unique ways. How they reacted was really the heart of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Mansfield 04-12-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Endured to the end. Sorry.... :-("
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Sorry....


    What was most disappointing about Wallace Stegner’s story?

    A writer writing a book about writing a book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Poe?

    Poe made this poor book worth enduring to the end. Bless his heart for having to read it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Just not an interesting storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 03-10-13
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 03-10-13
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    "Stirringly beautiful tale of friendship"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! The story of the Langs and the Morgans... their strong friendship, through the ups and downs of life. Good job, Mr. Stegner!


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    His dialogue scenes were difficult to track who is speaking. With a book so heavily reliant on it, Mr. Poe could have differentiated voices better.


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

    Yes! I wanted to know what happened to the Langs and Morgans. Good book, quietly unassuming, and captivating.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not my favorite Stegner book... that is reserved for the Big Rock Candy Mountain... but this is solidly captivating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 01-02-13
    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2008

    A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air

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    "Lovely Portrait of Lifelong Friendship"

    Another review that I read said that this book was like "the Anti-Gatsby" - nothing really out of the ordinary happens except the development of a lifelong friendship between two married couples. A story richly told of lives well-lived, this book is a lovely portrait of how friendships are formed and kept over the course of a lifetime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mia 12-24-12
    Mia 12-24-12 Member Since 2015

    I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.

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    "A classic, but not to me"
    What did you like best about Crossing to Safety? What did you like least?

    I like the story about the happenings between people. I bought this because it is talked about in the first chapter. Since it is said to be "Everyone's favourite book". I do however sometimes think classics are so hyped that people like myself feel extremely strange because we are unable to rave about it. I even questioned if a chapter was missing since I feel it does a jump in there, which made me go back and listen to that part again.

    In addition, "A thousand splendid suns" which they also talked about took my breathe away. Maybe I got my hopes up about this because it was mentioned in the same book. I will give it a second chance.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Maybe if Jeff Harding had read it.


    What three words best describe Richard Poe’s voice?

    Typical news voice. Clear yet boring.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, because I would feel I had to.


    Any additional comments?

    I would tell everyone to give it a try. If you love "The end of your life book club."

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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