Letters of a Woman Homesteader

Narrated by: Gwen Hughes
Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
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Letters of a Woman Homesteader is a frontier classic by Elinore Pruitt Stewart, a widowed young mother who accepted an offer to assist with a ranch in Wyoming. In Stewart's delightful collection of letters, she describes her homesteading experiences to her former employer, Mrs. Coney. Stewart's charming descriptions of work, travels, neighbors, animals, land and sky have an authentic feel. The West comes alive, and everyday life becomes captivating. Stewart's writing is clear, witty, and entertaining. Clear as a bell, concise yet comprehensive, replete with localisms and skillfully rendered frontier humor, it makes one want to toss the PC and reference library into the trash and move to some unspoiled wilderness. The 26 letters are brief and tell about her life on the ranch in the early 1900s. The author frequently and unnecessarily apologizes for being too wordy; she begs forgiveness for many "faults," like being forgetful, ungrateful, inconsistent and indifferent, all without apparent cause. On occasion, language reflects the racial prejudice of the time. Many times in Letters of a Woman Homesteader Stewart attempts to portray the culturally diverse characters she meets by writing their various dialects as they sound. Elinore Pruitt Stewart was a remarkable woman. After enjoying this book, readers will be equipped with a whole new view of not only life in the early 20th century but of the impact woman had on it. Readers of Letters of a Woman Homesteader may also enjoy the film made from it, "Heartland." Elinore also wrote "Letters on an Elk Hunt", as well as many short pieces for periodicals of the day.

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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Every woman in the US should read this book.

As well as every man. This wonderful set of letters written by a woman homesteader back to her friend in St Louis is nothing short of amazing. And the reader does an excellent job of capturing Eleanor's spirit. Audible is terrific but at least read the book. It will open your eyes to the settlement of the West and the role played by women.

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Optimistic Pioneer Woman Writes Letters to Friend

Would you listen to Letters of a Woman Homesteader again? Why?

I would, because the narrative is delightful and the writer of the letters was so upbeat, even in the face of tragedy. She found the best of every situation and was very entertaining in the process. Her letters to her friend were full of interesting details of the time period and allow the listener to understand the "pioneer spirit" we so often hear about.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I wanted to spread it out so I could enjoy it more before the end.

Any additional comments?

Ms. Hughes did a great job as the reader. Her voice is extremely clear and her pacing was just right.

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Wow!

How stereotype-busting it is to read texts by real people waking up everyday in another time and place. This one is better than many, as Pruitt Stewart wrote what she believed to be private letters to a particular person, not to a vague future reader. Certainly I "got unstuck" from the 21st C for a good five hours--not saying I'd want to stay in 1909, but this seems a good way to take a look. If you've read deeply in late Victorian or Edwardian lit, work like this can shake your assumptions to the core.

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Narrator accent would've helped

I really liked this one overall. Some of the words used in the letters could've used a different type of accent or pronunciation because they were slang/ not proper English and the narrator's voice was almost too "proper English" for this story.
But I love the letter format and this was a nice break from a streak of heavier books (both in content and length)

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A light, fun historical read taken from actual let

A short little book on the troubles, tribulations, and joys of homesteading in the early 1900s in Wyoming. A joy to read.

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letters of a woman homesteader

I really enjoyed listening to the adventures in each letter. WONDERFUL BOOK❗❗❗💕💚👵
THANK YOU FSD

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Unimpressed

Narration was ok considering what she had to work with. I was not impressed and would not recommend.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book

I really enjoyed the real & homey way this book was written. Each letter was better than the last. There was a little confusion with timing sometimes.

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overall enjoyable, fascinating story

Loved the story. There is some historical vocabulary that was frustrating from time to time, regarding different cultures and particularly black people. The "n word" is used frequently. Too bad bc it took away from my enjoyment of the story, but it's also important for listeners to recognize the time period the book was written in. If you can take the language with a grain of slat you will enjoy the story.

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nothing revealing here

Elinore Pruitt Stewart might have told us some interesting historical tid bits about daily life on the frontier, in her letters,
(like how garbage & human waste was disposed of and how she kept herself & her clothing clean) but she did not.
I fail to understand why Amazon thought this "teaser title" book of letters, would be interesting to listeners & readers