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Life on The Divide was a struggle for the pioneering Bergson family. Alexandra, all at once tough as nails and tender as a budding blossom, faces and conquers the harsh realities of early settlers in Nebraska. The struggle for life, love, and meaning permeate this timeless classic. Willa Cather captures the imagination with her vivid portrayals of landscape and the enduring desire to achieve a dream.

Public Domain (P)2017 Nancy Peterson

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O,Pioneers

This was a very enjoyable look into the past.Alexandra is the daughter of a family that moves from across the sea to Nebraska to try to make a life for themselves.There are hardships of every kind to imagine,some unimaginable.I enjoyed it.Nancy Patterson was the perfect narrator.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Great!

Fantastic narration on this literary classic!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it

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  • Nolan
  • central Ohio
  • 12-19-17

Narration Brings New Life to Old Classic

I was provided a free copy of this book in return for an objective review.

So you read this in high school. Depending on how long ago that was, you might even fuzzily remember a character here and there are a scene. But the Nancy Peterson narration breathes such new life into this book that you really can't afford to dismiss it as something you've read. Indeed, you may well have read this, but this narration allows you to actually experience it.

Alexandra Bergson was a child when she came from Sweden to Nebraska. She is the only daughter in a family of three sons. It is a promise she makes to her dying father that shapes the balance of her life and, for that matter, those around her.

You'll notice within minutes of listening to this that it is stellar writing--a kind of feminism before its time. You come to admire Alexandra early, and while you are allowed to see the mistakes she makes, your admiration for her never flags.

But this is about so much more than feminism. It is the story of the land and the toll that land can unfeelingly take on the inhabitants. Throughout the book are vivid examples of the tension the land creates. This is a stark battle of wills, especially for Alexandra, who must fight both the land and the social strictures of her day. The custom of the time would indicate that Alexandra should never worry her pretty head about things so dull as agricultural output and land prices in general.

It is her force of character and single-minded will that ultimately tames the land and allows her to enjoy early 20th-century luxuries that others were sure would never be available to people in her community.

But Alexandra must pay a high and tragic price for her determination to harness the power of the land. This is a grand mix of sorrow and conflict and appreciation for beauty.

Nancy Peterson's narration is the best I've heard regarding this book. She is Alexandra. She finds that golden place where a narrator provides the perfect amount of intensity and emotion without over performing. This is a five-star plus narration, and it's why you should spend a credit to own the book no matter how many times you've read it.

From a technical perspective, some truly capable people did a great job avoiding breath noises or any other engineering aspect that could have been a distraction. So you not only get a stellar narration, you get a book that was solidly and wonderfully engineered to ensure that your ability to listen to this edition is as enhanced as it can be.

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Such Beautiful Narration of a Timeless Classic

Willa Cather was such a wonderful author. This story is so beautifully descriptive and truly evokes a sense of being there in Nebraska with Alexandra, Emil, and the others.

Nancy Peterson's narration of the story was exquisite. She had excellent voice inflections and a warm tone. I loved listening to this.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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O, Pioneers!

O, Pioneers!
: Willa Cather

A nice production of a classic that takes the listener baĉk in time. Very enjoyable!


The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed by Nancy Peterson.



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Nice Story

I got this ARC via audiobook boom and this is my own review. This story took a long time and sometimes was hard to get through but it was a good story. It is told through the eyes of a very old woman who is reliving her past and the mistakes she made in being unfaithful. The only redeeming factor is that he kept her secret and did not destroy the lives of her sons and her husband. She lived with her guilt and she had to deal with the consequences of causing a death of the only man she really loved. The narrator was monotone to me but the story moved along.

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