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Crossing to Safety Audiobook
Crossing to Safety
Written by: 
Wallace Stegner
Narrated by: 
Richard Poe
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Crossing to Safety Audiobook

Crossing to Safety

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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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    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    charlene immell 11-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great"

    Great story that is extremely well written and narrated. It gave a significant emotional reaction and the characters were extremely well developed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Signal Mountain, TN, United States 07-21-15
    Douglas Signal Mountain, TN, United States 07-21-15 Member Since 2013

    My mind is linear, without patience. Who studies the history of yellow? I love a story & wonder who ate the first tomato. I bet it was my

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    "The way Life should be Lived"

    There are no shocking sex scenes and no great excapes from the law, but the depth of friendship and marital love was well captured in Crossing to Safety.

    I will not over-sell the book - while I felt good after reading it, it is not for everybody. I liked it. I want to be like the men in this book. I long for true intimacy with my wife the way both couples in the book have it. The women had the courage to face life with no fear. The book is for mature readers who want to live their lives without fear.

    You can share this book with anyone with confidence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shelly 06-16-15
    Shelly 06-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "This book is now on my favorites list."

    After hearing of this book for years, I finally listened to it. I am a richer person for having done so. This story is a gem, touching all the far reaches of my heart. I KNOW these characters and love each of them. It breaks my heart to have it end and lifts me with its magic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail B. 02-08-15
    Gail B. 02-08-15 Member Since 2011
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Athene 08-07-13
    Athene 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 05-12-13
    Carol 05-12-13
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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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