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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.

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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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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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An American Classic

This story is an exceptional work of literature. It speaks to the homesteaders' early experiences busting sod and buildng empires, and to the quilted backgrounds of the immigrants that whittling the plains into the fertile bread basket they are now. This story is also about the fiber, the character, of these early plains folk, and about how religion, culture and personality impacted their daily lives and struggles.

The narration was done well. The narrator's voice is pleasing,, mellow and smooth. Her cadence is nicely paced. Her voice acting for the various characters sometimes seemed a little over dramatic when trying to reflect the accents from the cultures represented in this story, but not so much as to distract awfully from the story.

I made it through this story in about 2 weeks. In every sitting I wished I had more time to listen. The imagery in the first half is inspiring and the character development is beautiful as the story has a marked passage of time. The second half of the book is notably different from the first half, and is very enthralling. The final chapter is absolute poetry. I definitely recommend this story!

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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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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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It’s Willa Cather. What more need be said?

A beautifully told story. I’ve never lived on the plains, but Willa Cather has brought me there, time and time again.

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Historical novels are favorites

This one touched on the historical but more on love stories. Heartfelt with good character development but my favorite is My Antonia, for its utter richness of scenery and deep relationships. Both are narrated beautifully.

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A beautiful view

A beautiful view of life for the first European settlers told through the eyes of a pioneering matriarch.