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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. Cather's realistic depiction of life on the prairie is anchored by a smart, strong, independent heroine and heart-achingly beautiful prose which evokes both the melancholy and the awe-inspiring beauty of middle America at the turn of the century.

Public Domain (P)2010 Open Book Audio, LLC

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  • Ryan
  • Saint Louis, MO, United States
  • 01-19-12

Fantastic

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One of the best books I've ever read, and marvelously narrated. Incredible depth in the characters and a great overall storyline. I'd recommend this to anyone.

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Pleasing to listen to and inspiring!

This book has it all as far as I am concerned. There is a strong female character with a bit of history mixed in, a lesson to be learned and wonderful narration. I can't believe that it was only $3.95. This was a great deal for a very good book.

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important interpretatio of jealousy ruining lives.

story touches on true character flaws in people. how their fears and insecurities made then act small.

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  • Susan
  • Ballwin, MO, United States
  • 06-18-12

Nebraska

What did you like best about O, Pioneers!? What did you like least?

I was born in North Platte Nebraska - both of my parents were born and raised in Nebraska and I have fond memories of times spent on my grandparents farm in Nebraska. I thought it was time to read something written by a Nebraska author - what I liked best was the authors description of the Nebraska prairie - it is a very different kind of beauty and it brought back fond memories. I would say that the story line is not something new or unique but it was a nice story but again it was the descriptions of the land that were so breathtaking.

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O, The Longing of The Land!

So many excellent true novels have a way of wrapping readers up inside of their own hearts, while weaving a story. Willa Cather with, O, Pioneers! has done just that, tugging at heart, pulling memories that are a readers personal history and at the same time the struggle of this gorgeous novel! A heartfelt, peaceful read!

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First book in wonderful three.

This was the first book in trilology. Third book is “best” have a wonderful reading time ahead for next two books. What a blessing in my infirmity.

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Icredible. Cather is underrated. She's amazing.

Loved it. It's like a love letter to life, love and nature. Absolutely Beautiful. Read it.

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Interesting story

The story overall was decent, the narrator was incredible and did a phenomenal job with accents and keeping characters apart. I did not enjoy the ending of the book.

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classic for a reason.

i enjoyed the book it is truly amazing. charecter development and dialog is where it truly shines.

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Slow

I had read My Antonia in high school and had enjoyed Cather's writing style. This book didn't pull me in and I had to keep restarting it because I would lose interest. I found this so slow and it felt like I had wasted my time.