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Shane | [Jack Schaefer]

Shane

Shane, the traveller and ex-gunfighter, a mysterious gunman who enters into the life of Joe Starrett and his family and carves a place for himself in their hearts. Although he tries to leave his gunslinging past behind, refusing to even carry a gun, he decides to fight Fletcher and Wilson, the town enemies, in order to save Joe Starrett’s farm.
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Publisher's Summary

Shane, the traveller and ex-gunfighter, a mysterious gunman who enters into the life of Joe Starrett and his family and carves a place for himself in their hearts. Although he tries to leave his gunslinging past behind, refusing to even carry a gun, he decides to fight Fletcher and Wilson, the town enemies, in order to save Joe Starrett’s farm.

“He rode into our valley in the summer of ’89, a slim man, dressed in black. ‘Call me Shane,’ he said. He never told us more. There was a deadly calm in the valley that summer, a slow, climbing tension that seemed to focus on Shane. ‘There’s something about him,’ Mother said. ‘Something...dangerous...’ ‘He’s dangerous all right,’ Father said, ‘...but not to us...’ ‘He’s like one of these here slow burning fuses,’ the mule skinner said. ‘Quiet...so quiet you forget it’s burning till it sets off a hell of a blow of trouble. And there’s trouble brewing.’”

The story of Shane is seen through the eyes of Bob Starrett, the farmer's boy who befriends Shane. Bob takes the reader out of the realm of adulthood. Looking at Shane and life through his eyes allows a different perspective, one of awe and reverence and one tempered by the boyishness of the Old West.©1949 Jack Schaefer (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

This is the unforgettable novel of a boy’s love and a gunman’s struggle to escape his past. Shane, published in 1949, was made into a critically acclaimed movie in 1953 and became a standard by which later westerns were judged.

“The author has created a tale which captivates the reader’s attention from beginning to end. His skill in depicting a character, a situation, or a mood, with a minimum of words, gives the story a tightly woven quality often lacking in present-day novels. The book almost demands completion in one sitting.” (Library Journal)

“Its pace is steady. Its tension is of the uncoiling spring variety. It’s as clean as a hound's tooth.” (Saturday Review of Literature)

"Narrative and literary superiority." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Laura hurst, TX, United States 04-01-12
    Laura hurst, TX, United States 04-01-12 Member Since 2010

    I love audible. I discovered it as a solution to my long drive (30mi each way) back and forth to work. This is my down time after work.

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    "typical coming of age western"
    If you could sum up Shane in three words, what would they be?

    coming of age


    What other book might you compare Shane to and why?

    currently, nothing that i have read. its a straight up western story telling the coming of age of a small boy.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    i have not listened to grover before


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    i did not. there were no surprises. just a good wholesome tale.


    Any additional comments?

    had to read this for college american literature class

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    Stephen El Paso, TX, United States 06-29-14
    Stephen El Paso, TX, United States 06-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Shane - Classic Western"

    Story: I never saw the movies and I did not get some of the comedy take-offs I saw growing up. I enjoyed the story but the writing was much better. It interesting that the writer did not live or visit the west before he wrote the book.

    Performance: The reader is excellent. The production was very good.

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    Aaron United States 05-09-13
    Aaron United States 05-09-13
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    "The Man From Nowhere"

    A tall, dark and handsome (and mysterious) dude ride into town 'on the wind' (if you will).
    Who is he? Where is he going? Where is he from? Nobody knows.

    A boy is the first-person narrator in this story. When the 'stranger' arrives asking for water for he and his horse, the father welcomes the stranger and asks him to stay-on for a while. It just so happens that trouble is brewing (and has been for a while). The two men form a strong bond. Although the bond between the two men lacks a clear explanation in the story, we see that the two men illustrate many strengths and virtues, set in a world of fear and weakness (and wickedness).

    I was curious about whether the author was trying to make a larger statement. I found that other commentators also speculated about who 'Shane' might be trying to represent.

    Some of the speculations include:

    A Jekyll-Hyde persona
    Embodiment of The Western Hero
    Death (think Clint Eastwood in 'Pale Rider')
    A Savior Figure (like Christ)


    *I do not think this can be compared to the movie. The book is aging much better!


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    david Canada 01-02-12
    david Canada 01-02-12
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    "classic story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I Had previously seen the movie but never read the book. The book covered much more and the story in some places differed from the film. I enjoyed the book much more. Some parts were a bit non family oriented, but it it was enjoyable. It would be much more interesting if infuture audible books when conversations were taking place, that other voices were heard.


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    "The best western I have ever read"
    If you could sum up Shane in three words, what would they be?

    enigmatic, cold and sad


    What other book might you compare Shane to, and why?

    None as a western it sits alone in its insight. Probably should not be classed as a western really as most of the genre is pulp.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favourite?

    Shane


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It delights makes me thoughtful and sad.


    Any additional comments?

    Not to be missed

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