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Shane Audiobook

Shane

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Publisher's Summary

Shane, the traveller and ex-gunfighter, a mysterious gunman who enters into the life of Joe Starrett and his family and carves a place for himself in their hearts. Although he tries to leave his gunslinging past behind, refusing to even carry a gun, he decides to fight Fletcher and Wilson, the town enemies, in order to save Joe Starrett’s farm.

“He rode into our valley in the summer of ’89, a slim man, dressed in black. ‘Call me Shane,’ he said. He never told us more. There was a deadly calm in the valley that summer, a slow, climbing tension that seemed to focus on Shane. ‘There’s something about him,’ Mother said. ‘Something...dangerous...’ ‘He’s dangerous all right,’ Father said, ‘...but not to us...’ ‘He’s like one of these here slow burning fuses,’ the mule skinner said. ‘Quiet...so quiet you forget it’s burning till it sets off a hell of a blow of trouble. And there’s trouble brewing.’”

The story of Shane is seen through the eyes of Bob Starrett, the farmer's boy who befriends Shane. Bob takes the reader out of the realm of adulthood. Looking at Shane and life through his eyes allows a different perspective, one of awe and reverence and one tempered by the boyishness of the Old West.©1949 Jack Schaefer (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

This is the unforgettable novel of a boy’s love and a gunman’s struggle to escape his past. Shane, published in 1949, was made into a critically acclaimed movie in 1953 and became a standard by which later westerns were judged.

“The author has created a tale which captivates the reader’s attention from beginning to end. His skill in depicting a character, a situation, or a mood, with a minimum of words, gives the story a tightly woven quality often lacking in present-day novels. The book almost demands completion in one sitting.” (Library Journal)

“Its pace is steady. Its tension is of the uncoiling spring variety. It’s as clean as a hound's tooth.” (Saturday Review of Literature)

"Narrative and literary superiority." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Laura hurst, TX, United States 04-01-12
    Laura hurst, TX, United States 04-01-12 Member Since 2016

    I love audible. I discovered it as a solution to my long drive (30mi each way) back and forth to work. This is my down time after work.

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    "typical coming of age western"
    If you could sum up Shane in three words, what would they be?

    coming of age


    What other book might you compare Shane to and why?

    currently, nothing that i have read. its a straight up western story telling the coming of age of a small boy.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    i have not listened to grover before


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    i did not. there were no surprises. just a good wholesome tale.


    Any additional comments?

    had to read this for college american literature class

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    Humble Stitch 03-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Just like the movie.. Except the boys name is BOB."

    Good...
    Grover Gardner voice is captivating. .
    easy to listen to..
    Easy book to get into and finish all the way..

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    Michael La Torra 01-31-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible"

    Incredible story incredibly written. Honor and integrity not understood buy post sixties ryker's or Wilson's. Deep pathos the Performance Grew on me and maybe I should give it a 5

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    Dustin 12-28-16
    Dustin 12-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great experience great listen"

    all around great and enjoyable. short but complete. fun novel for all ages.. ... ...

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    Darrin Bentley 09-06-16
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    "Amazing😍"

    Alright, so I had to read this book for summer reading and loved it!!! It had an amazing storyline and plot!!

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    Beth Kern 03-15-16
    Beth Kern 03-15-16
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    "This is one of the best westerns ever written!"

    I first read this story in my early teens and have re-read it a couple of times since. Every time my understanding of the story grows and I love it even more.
    I was worried that the narration might spoil the story as it was my first time listening to an audio recording of "Shane". I was not disappointed in the performance. The narration flowed easily and never once distracted me with awkward intonations. I will definitely be listening to it again.
    If you've never read the story "Shane", and love westerns, I highly recommend you read the text or listen to this audio book. The movie, with all due respect to those involved with it, was an exceedingly poor portrayal of this very powerful story that captures the essence of all that is good in the genre.
    Additionally, I recommend "Monte Walsh" also by Jack Schaefer and "The Virginian" by Owen Wister, both available in audio format through Audible.

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    William E. Hendry 02-04-16 Member Since 2017

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A Debt To My Friend Darryl Guthrie Of Ft,Myers, Fl"
    Where does Shane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well Guthrie, I finally read 'Shane'. You told me it would be my kind of book. I had to wait 60 years though, but I paid up. In the mean time I have watched the Movie with Alan Ladd about a hundred times and now the cycle is complete.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shane?

    Chopping and clearing the stump with Joe.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Pouring the soda-pop on Chris then laying him out on the floor.


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

    Of course, the end.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book for dad or mom to read to son.

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    MH 05-03-15
    MH 05-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding"

    An excellent narration of a true classic, it is one that every boy, and every father of a boy, should hear.

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    Amazon Customer 09-08-14 Member Since 2016

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "A fun story about men being men."

    Shane is a relic of a simpler time, when men communicated primarily through grunts and head nods.

    In my high school, many students had Shane as required reading. I unfortunately missed out on this, and instead was assigned Ethan Frome. I can't help but wonder if my love for literature was delayed because of this unfortunate circumstance.

    Shane is a really fun book. Its the first Western I've read, and though I enjoy the Western movie genre (somewhat), I never thought I could get the same experience out of a novel.

    Shane gives us heroes and villains, good men and bad men. The world in which Shane exists is not real life. It's the reality of a Western. Shane is not a man, he's a superman. And relationships don't evolve over time. People meet and know exactly how they feel about each other before a word is spoken.

    I went into this book knowing nothing about it. I thought it would be a bit heavier, but was pleased to find that it was a fun read, with just enough subtext and to keep it feeling sophisticated.

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    Stephen 06-29-14
    Stephen 06-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Shane - Classic Western"

    Story: I never saw the movies and I did not get some of the comedy take-offs I saw growing up. I enjoyed the story but the writing was much better. It interesting that the writer did not live or visit the west before he wrote the book.

    Performance: The reader is excellent. The production was very good.

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    "A classic."

    The narrative is strong and all of the characters are well-drawn. The reading was excellent; a thoroughly enjoyable performance of this classic.

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  • Gery Lynch
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    "The best western I have ever read"
    If you could sum up Shane in three words, what would they be?

    enigmatic, cold and sad


    What other book might you compare Shane to, and why?

    None as a western it sits alone in its insight. Probably should not be classed as a western really as most of the genre is pulp.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favourite?

    Shane


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It delights makes me thoughtful and sad.


    Any additional comments?

    Not to be missed

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