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  • My Antonia | Willa Cather

    My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings, Ken Burns
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    Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia.

    Kevin says: "A Wonderful Book"
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop | Willa Cather

    Death Comes for the Archbishop

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By David Ackroyd
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    Willa Cather's best known novel; a narrative that recounts a life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert.

    Alix Purcell says: "Beautiful story"
  • Classic Christmas Stories: A Collection of Timeless Holiday Tales | L. M. Montgomery,O. Henry,Willa Cather,Hans Christian Andersen,Arthur Conan Doyle,Mark Twain,Harriet Beecher Stowe,Bret Harte,Anthony Trollope

    Classic Christmas Stories: A Collection of Timeless Holiday Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By L. M. Montgomery, O. Henry, Willa Cather, and others
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart, Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross, and others
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    Catch the holiday spirit with this magical collection of beloved Christmas tales. Christmas favorites from L.M. Montgomery, O. Henry, Willa Cather, Hans Christian Anderson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Bret Harte and Anthony Trollope are lovingly recorded and presented here in one enchanting volume.

    Audrey says: "Dark Christmas Tales"
  • O, Pioneers! | Willa Cather

    O, Pioneers!

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Alexis O'Donahue
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    On the harsh and wild frontier of the American West, Alexandra Bergson struggles to fulfill her father's dying wish of establishing his family on the Nebraska table lands. Through hard times and abundant, through love and loss, through joy and suffering, Alexandra challenges both her family and the land in her quiet, honest way.

    Ryan says: "Fantastic"
  • O Pioneers! | Willa Cather

    O Pioneers!

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Ken Burns
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    The country is America; the woman is Alexandra Bergson, a fiercely independent young Swedish immigrant girl who inherits her father's farm in Nebraska. A model of emotional strength, courage, and resolve, Alexandra fights long and hard to transform her father's patch of raw, wind-blasted prairie into a highly profitable business. A gripping saga of love, murder, greed, failure, and triumph, O Pioneers! vividly portrays the hardships of prairie life.

    James says: "Cather writes like Wyeth paints."
  • The Song of the Lark | Willa Cather

    The Song of the Lark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Pam Ward, Ken Burns
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    The daughter of a Swedish minister growing up in Colorado, Thea Kronborg's musical talent sets her apart from her contemporaries. Driven by her determination to satisfy her artistic impulse, she moves to Chicago, where she falls in love with a wealthy married man. Her ability to resolve the tensions between her personal and professional lives and to communicate through her art makes her an unusual and thoroughly modern heroine.

    L. Lee says: "Not the fantatic book I had herd it was"
  • My Antonia | Willa Cather

    My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Cindy Hardin Killavey, Jim Killavey
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    My Ántonia tells the stories of several immigrant families who move out to rural Nebraska to start new lives in America, with a particular focus on a Bohemian family, the Shimerdas, whose eldest daughter is named Ántonia. The book's narrator, Jim Burden, arrives in the fictional town of Black Hawk, Nebraska, on the same train as the Shimerdas, as he travels to live with his grandparents after his parents have died.

    Jane C. says: "Primative beginnings"
  • Shadows on the Rock | Willa Cather

    Shadows on the Rock

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
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    In 1697, Quebec is an island of French civilization perched on a bare gray rock amid a wilderness of trackless forests. For many of its settlers, Quebec is a place of exile, so remote that an entire winter passes without a word from home. But to 12-year-old Cécile Auclair, the rock is home, where even the formidable Governor Frontenac entertains children in his palace and beavers lie beside the lambs in a Christmas créche.

  • O Pioneers! | Willa Cather

    O Pioneers!

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
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    The Bergsons, a Swedish family of settlers in Nebraska, battle drought and other disasters in an effort to establish a foothold in this new land.

  • One of Ours | Willa Cather

    One of Ours

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Kristen Underwood
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    Claude Wheeler resembles the youngest son of an American fairy tale. His fortune is ready-made for him, but he refuses to settle for it. Alienated from his crass father and pious mother, all but rejected by a wife who reserves her ardor for missionary work, and dissatisfied with farming, Claude is an idealist without an ideal to cling to. It is only when his country enters the First World War that Claude finds what he has been searching for all his life.

    Jay Quintana says: "Coming of Age/World War I Story"
  • A Lost Lady | Willa Cather

    A Lost Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Carla Mercer-Meyer
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    A portrait of a woman who reflects the conventions of her age even as she defies them and whose transformations embody the decline and coarsening of the American frontier.

  • My Antonia | Willa Cather

    My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Antonia Shimerda, a Bohemian immigrant, learns of the joys and hardships of life as she and her family realize their dream in the Nebraska farmlands. Willa Cather called Antonia "a rich mine of life, like the founders of the early races."

  • My Ántonia | Willa Cather

    My Ántonia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By David Colacci
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    My Ántonia chronicles the life of Ántonia, a Bohemian immigrant woman, as seen through the eyes of Jim, the man unable to forget her. Jim, now a successful New York lawyer, recollects his upbringing on a Nebraska farm. Even after twenty years, Ántonia continues to live a romantic life in his imagination. When he returns to Nebraska, he finds Ántonia has lived a battered life and is now abandoned by the very man to whom she dedicated her life.

  • My Antonia | Willa Cather

    My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
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    After the death of his parents, Jim is sent to live with his grandparents on the Nebraska plains. By chance, on the same train is a bright-eyed girl, Antonia, who will become his neighbor and lifelong friend. Her family has emigrated from Bohemia to start a new life of farming, but they soon lose their money and must work hard just to survive. Through it all, Antonia retains her natural pride and free spirit.

    Allison says: "An amazingly vivid novel"
  • O Pioneers! | Willa Cather

    O Pioneers!

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Kathryn Yarman
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    O Pioneers! is a story of the immigrants who came to America to build new lives for themselves. Struggling against poverty, ignorance, drought, and storm, they came to love and understand the land, until it rewarded them with a richness exceeding all imaginings.

    Syncione says: "Bad recording, good book"
  • My Mortal Enemy | Willa Cather

    My Mortal Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Natasha Soudek
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    First published in 1926, this book is Cather's sparest and most dramatic novel, a dark and oddly prescient portrait of a marriage that subverts our oldest notions about the nature of happiness and the sanctity of the hearth.

  • My Antonia | Willa Cather

    My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    The Shimerda family come to Nebraska from Bohemia - but they find the promised land of opportunity a harsh and unforgiving reality. Young Jim Burden - the narrator of the tale - who lives with his grandparents on a homestead nearby, finds ways to be neighborly and to help the Shimerdas and in the process comes to befriend the daughter of the family, Ántonia. For Jim, Ántonia is an embodiment of the female pioneer.

    Darwin8u says: "A deep river of American writing"
  • The Song of the Lark | Willa Cather

    The Song of the Lark

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
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    In this semiautobiographical portrait of a young artist, Willa Cather takes us into the heart of a woman coming to know her deepest self. Thea Kronborg, a minister’s daughter in a provincial Colorado town, has dreams and gifts that her hometown will not satisfy. With the support of a few allies who recognize her rare qualities, she follows her ambitions to the city, determined to be an opera diva. As she moves through a series of music teachers in Chicago, Thea finds that the attitudes and standards of those around her rarely match her own.

    Kindle Customer says: "The Song of the Lark"
  • Lucy Gayheart | Willa Cather

    Lucy Gayheart

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
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    At the age of 18, Lucy Gayheart heads for Chicago to study music. She is beautiful and impressionable and ardent, and these qualities attract the attention of Clement Sebastian, an aging but charismatic singer who exercises all the tragic, sinister fascination of a man who has renounced life only to turn back to seize it one last time. Out of their doomed love affair - and Lucy's fatal estrangement from her origins - Willa Cather creates a novel that is as achingly lovely as a Schubert sonata.

  • The Professor's House | Willa Cather

    The Professor's House

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
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    A study in emotional dislocation and renewal. Professor Godfrey St. Peter, a man in his 50s, has achieved what would seem to be remarkable success. When called on to move to a more comfortable home, something in him rebels.

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