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Death Comes for the Archbishop Audiobook

Death Comes for the Archbishop

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Publisher's Summary

Willa Cather's best known novel; a narrative that recounts a life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert.

©2014 Willa Cather (P)2016 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"A truly remarkable book... Soaked through and through with atmosphere... From the riches of her imagination and sympathy Miss Cather has distilled a very rare piece of literature. It stands out, from the very resistance it opposes to classification." (New York Times)

"The most sensuous of writers, Willa Cather builds her imagined world as solidly as our five senses build the universe around us." (Rebecca West)

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    Eugene CHICAGO, IL, United States 01-25-17
    Eugene CHICAGO, IL, United States 01-25-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A beautiful story, perfectly read"

    I downloaded this book on a whim, but wow was it something special. This novel is written simply but very elegantly, and I was moved by the story of the colorful lives of the bishop and his faithful friend. The narration is perfect for the story--sparse, unadorned, perfectly judged. I recommend this to anyone, but especially those looking to be carried away to harder but simpler times. What a powerful counterpoint to our troubled times.

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    Marilyn C 09-17-16
    Marilyn C 09-17-16
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    "Finally!"

    I've been watching for this audible version of this book for years! Thank you, whoever made this happen.

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    Eduardo Moros 09-14-17
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    "French priests come to the southwest"

    The author gives a beautiful description of the New Mexico territory and its people post civil war. The plot is relatively simple but interesting, describing the lives of French missionary priests sent to that uncivilized land as they interacted with the various people of the land. This is an easy to read or listen to book, great for a coffee table. The lives of missionaries was difficult but full of many new an unexpected satisfactions. Friendships are deeply formed and yet the work of the ministry remained central.

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    Leanora M. Terhune 09-07-17
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    "Masterpiece "

    Enjoyed book immensely. Have read it several times and each time it surprised me with a character or piece of the story I had forgotten.

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    Nichole Young 08-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "beautiful language and relationships"

    Willa Cather uses the most beautiful descriptions. This book is very character focused and portrays the beautiful friendship off two priests in the harsh southwest. It's not a plot driven book though, so it moves slowly.

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    Sid569 07-29-17
    Sid569 07-29-17
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    "Good descriptions"

    Not appealing in beginning, but paints a good picture of southwest life in the 19th century.

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    CLC 06-29-17
    CLC 06-29-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Slow but satisfying character studies"

    If you're looking for excitement or mystery this is not your book. if you're contented to read the inner thoughts of the characters who populate a book, this is a slow-moving study of a young man as he grows to be an old man, and all the people he touches along the way, in an often-unhospitable and wild wilderness. You will love and respect the Archbishop by the end of this novel.

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    Stephen Blaxton 03-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Uplifting but lacks plot"

    Love the history, Catholic themes, beautiful desert scenery, and missionary stories but got annoyed there wasn't one connected narrative; kind of a patchwork of stories. Good book though.

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    Amazon Customer 02-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A wonderful book"
    What made the experience of listening to Death Comes for the Archbishop the most enjoyable?

    I listened to it while on a long journey and the vivid detailed descriptions of scenery and life in New Mexico took me there and made the time pass so quickly. It is a book I look forward to listening to again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several themes in the book, from the political life of New Mexico, treatment of Native Americans to Georgia O Keefe that inspired me to research more and that can only be a good thing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan the Tech Man 01-13-17
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    "Breathtaking!"
    Where does Death Comes for the Archbishop rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was blown away by the descriptions of the New Mexico sky and landscape. I wanted to jump in my car and drive to Santa Fe. I downloaded this book after reading a travel piece in the New York Times that quoted from the novel extensively and was blown away by both the descriptions of the landscape but even more so by the description of the life of early missionaries, the Mexicans and the native Americans. Highly recommend!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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