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Angle of Repose Audiobook

Angle of Repose

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize when it was first published in 1971, Angle of Repose has also been selected by the editorial board of the Modern Library as one of the hundred best novels of the 20th century.

Wallace Stegner's uniquely American classic centers on Lyman Ward, a noted historian who relates a fictionalized biography of his pioneer grandparents at a time when he has become estranged from his own family. Through a combination of research, memory, and exaggeration, Ward voices ideas concerning the relationship between history and the present, art and life, parents and children, and husbands and wives. Like other great quests in literature, Lyman Ward's investigation leads him deep into the dark shadows of his own life. The result is a deeply moving novel that, through the prism of one family, illuminates the American present against the fascinating background of its past.

Set in many parts of the West, Angle of Repose is a story of discovery - personal, historical, and geographical - that endures as Wallace Stegner's masterwork: an illumination of yesterday's reality that speaks to today's.

©1971 Wallace Stegner; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Brilliant....Two stories, past and present, merge to produce what important fiction must: a sense of the enhancement of life." (Los Angeles Times)
"Masterful...Reading it is an experience to be treasured." (Boston Globe)

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    Sher from Provo Utah 08-22-13
    Sher from Provo Utah 08-22-13 Member Since 2015

    Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.

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    Although I rarely comment on a book when I am only on chapter three, I must say something about this one, with the understanding that I will update it when I am finished with the book. I suppose I immediately resonated with the story because it hasn't been that long since my parents were aging and in wheelchairs as the protagonist is in this story. Or perhaps it is because I am starting to show signs of aging, and I can identify with the protagonist's thought processes. But ultimately, I believe I loved this book from the opening paragraphs because of the exquisite writing of Wallace Stegner. I hope it doesn't let me down as I complete the book. I have a feeling that it won't.

    Ah Ha, It didn't let me down. I loved this book.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Kenwood, CA, United States 01-26-12
    Kate Kenwood, CA, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story"

    I have enjoyed everything except for the whiny tone of voice of Susan.

    I think the reader is actually quite good but I wonder if a female reader might have given Susan a stronger voice. How could such an adventurous, resourceful, intelligent and talented woman be so whiny. Much of what she says in the book could have been spoken in a less annoying tone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna H. Barnes BRENTWOOD, CA, United States 01-02-13
    Donna H. Barnes BRENTWOOD, CA, United States 01-02-13

    Telecommuter living outside of San Francisco, CA. I listen to books while walking my dog, quilting, and doing chores around the house.

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    "A "new author""

    This was the first Stegner book I read and it was a great introduction. Great story brought to life by the talented Mark Bramhall. A classic!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sue 08-30-15
    Sue 08-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    I liked the story, but the narrator read it too slow for my liking. I listened to the whole book at 1.25 speed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    P Cooley 07-27-15
    P Cooley 07-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointed"

    Round and round the story spun without a climax, droning on and on in disparity and then just fizzled to an end.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn 07-06-13
    Marilyn 07-06-13
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    "Bramhall is Stegner!"
    Where does Angle of Repose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a wonderful reading. Mark Bramhall sounds just like Wallace Stegner. It's like having that wonderful man right beside me.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Reuel South Bend, IN, United States 10-29-12
    Reuel South Bend, IN, United States 10-29-12

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    "interesting, occaisonally insightful"

    This story provides a good historical perspective from a personal and family level but largely fails in its aim to do more. The title is a mining or geological term meaning the slope of a hill resulting from falling matter, here applied to a retired academic working on a bio of his grandmother, mostly, who was a minor writer and sketch artist in late-19th Century New York and New England, and his capable, even inventive and ambitious but flawed westerner grandfather. His voice is a little prissy and the grandmother comes across as a bit of a whiner, when not defensive (to her friends). Some nice connections between his Victorian Grandparents and the crassness and loose morals of his son, divorced wife, and the hippy daughter of his helper. The narrator does a good job assuming the author's voice, sometimes annoyingly so.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    andrea 08-01-10
    andrea 08-01-10
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    "Stegner is a great writer."

    I love Wallace Stegner's writing and have enjoyed his other stories. This one, however, is not my favorite. It's about an old curmudgeon historian that writes about his great-grandmother's life in the old West. The historical accuracy is just perfect. I learned a lot about how life was back in the late 1880's in Colorado, California, etc. But, what I did not like was the going back and forth to the 1970's from where the story is told. It was a bit depressing.

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    David O 09-13-17
    David O 09-13-17
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    "a classic, read by the incomparable Mark Bramhall"
    Any additional comments?

    I read this book decades ago, and remember thinking it was lovely. What I didn't remember was the sadness and regret that infuse the whole story. And of course when I read the book, I didn't have the amazing Mark Bramhall, who can do no wrong, reading it to me. This is the story of a modern day (well, 1970s) historian, confined to a wheelchair because of a bizarre bone disease, who spends his days piecing together a (sort of) biography of his grandparents, who lived in the western US in the late 1800s. Interlaced with his story of his grandparents, we find threads of the story of his own family: marriage and parenthood. Stegner's language is lovely, and Mark Bramhall's reading is perfect.

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    Henwhisperer NW Vermont 08-29-17
    Henwhisperer NW Vermont 08-29-17 Member Since 2016

    65 year old serial entrepreneur living in the wilds of NW Vermont on a small holding. Have a horse and 3 dogs, some laying hens too.

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    "My first Wallace Stegner book! I'm hooked!"
    Where does Angle of Repose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there at the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Wallace Stegner wove the stories together.


    What about Mark Bramhall’s performance did you like?

    Everything! He's got a marvelous talent.


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