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    • Little Women

    • (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
    • By: Louisa May Alcott, Jane Smiley (introduction)
    • Narrated by: Christina Ricci
    • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    Little Women is recognized as one of the best-loved classic children's stories, transcending the boundaries of time and age, making it as popular with adults as it is with young listeners. The beloved story of the March girls is a classic American feminist novel, reflecting the tension between cultural obligation and artistic and personal freedom.

    But which of the four March sisters to love best? For every listener must have their favorite. Independent, tomboyish Jo; delicate, loving Beth; pretty, kind Meg; or precocious and beautiful Amy, the baby of the family?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I am a man but this story always makes my cry.

    • By James on 02-11-13

    Regular price: $39.95

    • A Thousand Acres

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 407
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 329
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 337

    Three daughters and their husbands are pulled into a tangle of love, jealousy, and fear when their father, Larry Cook, grows too old to manage the family's fertile thousand-acre farm. As each couple struggles with their own tragedies and challenges, they know their father is judging them in light of the weighty inheritance that hovers within their reach.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • good book bad reader

    • By C. Carlson on 08-07-08

    Regular price: $36.37

    • Some Luck

    • A Novel
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 461
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 383
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 382

    On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different children: from Frank, the handsome, willful first born, and Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him, to Claire, who earns a special place in her father’s heart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Takes Times To Develop But Is Really Worth The Effort

    • By Sara on 10-12-14

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Moo

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 59

    Everyone at the large agricultural college dubbed Moo U. has an agenda. Whether it's massaging data, running secret experiments, or seducing the powerful, each person is dedicated to a plan. Meet Dr. Lionel Gift, who feels that his economic principles come directly from God. Visit with "Earl Butz", who is being groomed to be the biggest hog in history. Mull over The Common Wisdom, what every secretary knows. As these agendas begin to collide, Moo trots toward a deliciously loony climax.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Totally hilarious and too true

    • By Barry on 09-14-12

    Regular price: $38.47

    • Horse Heaven

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Shelley Thompson
    • Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 175
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 108
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 109

    Many astonishing and affecting things happen at the racetrack, and the mysterious universe of horse racing, passionate, cold-hearted, pure, corrupt, is woven into a marvelous tapestry of joy and love, chicanery, folly, greed, and reckless courage. Spanning two years on the circuit, from Kentucky and California to New York and Paris, Horse Heaven, puts us among trainers, nervey jockeys, billionaire breeders, and restless track wives.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I wish I could review book and narrator separately

    • By Julie Delio on 03-21-07

    Regular price: $22.71

    • The Georges and the Jewels

    • Horses of Oak Valley Ranch, Book 1
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Angela Goethals 
    • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    Abby Lovitt has been riding horses for as long as she can remember, but Daddy hasn't let her name a single one. He calls all their geldings George and their mares Jewel and warns her not to get attached. The horses are there on the ranch to be sold, plain and simple. But with all the stress at school (the Big Four - Linda, Mary A., Mary N., Joan - have turned against her) and home (nothing feels right with her brother, Danny, gone), Abby can't help but seek comfort in the Georges and the Jewels, who greet her every day with soft nickers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly enjoyed it

    • By C Bismuth on 05-21-17

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Golden Age

    • A Novel
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91

    Michael and Richie, the rivalrous twin sons of World War II hero Frank, work in the high-stakes world of government and finance in Washington and New York, but they soon realize that one's fiercest enemies can be closest to home; Charlie, the charming, recently found scion, struggles with whether he wishes to make a mark on the world; and Guthrie, once poised to take over the Langdons' Iowa farm, is instead deployed to Iraq, leaving the land in the capable hands of his younger sister.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • brilliant and moving masterpiece

    • By Jean Tepperman on 12-17-15

    Regular price: $38.50

    • The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    Set in the 1850s, The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton speaks to you in a splendidly quirky voice: the strong, wry, no-nonsense voice of Lidie Harkness of Quincy, Illinois, a young woman of courage, good sense, and good heart. It carries you into an America so violently torn apart by the question of slavery that it makes our current political battlegrounds seem a peaceable kingdom.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Magnificent, perfect for these troubled times

    • By karen on 10-16-13

    Regular price: $16.73

    • Early Warning

    • A Novel
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 126
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 110
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 108

    Early Warning opens in 1953 with the Langdon family at a crossroads. Their stalwart patriarch Walter, who with his wife Rosanna, sustained their farm for three decades, has suddenly died, leaving their five children, now adults, looking to the future. Only one will remain in Iowa to work the land, while the others scatter to Washington, D.C., California, and everywhere in between.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Oppressive & Miserable

    • By Sara on 05-03-15

    Regular price: $38.50

    • The Hillside

    • (Warmer Collection)
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
    • Length: 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 82
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 83

    Now the Congress of Animals is in control, unforgiving, and debating the fate of the planet’s most reviled species. The popular ruling: Exterminate humankind without exception. But a curious mare, coming of age, is making a case for a seemingly gentle person she longs to save - a wish for mercy that could once again unbalance the new and righteous nature of the world.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Eye Roll

    • By Lauren on 02-01-19

    Regular price: $1.99

    • The Greenlanders

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 27 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 41

    Set in the 14th century in Europe's most farflung outpost, a land of glittering fjords, blasting winds, sun-warmed meadows, and high, dark mountains, The Greenlanders is the story of one family - proud landowner Asgeir Gunnarsson; his daughter Margret, whose willful independence leads her into passionate adultery and exile; and his son Gunnar, whose quest for knowledge is at the compelling center of this unforgettable audiobook.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • First-rate! You will be transported

    • By Michon Matthiesen on 06-12-18

    Regular price: $39.95

    • Charles Dickens

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    Of Charles Dickens, Jane Smiley says that "his novels shaped his life as much as his life shaped his novels". Smiley's Charles Dickens is at once a sensitive profile of the great master and a fascinating meditation on the writing life. Smiley evokes Dickens as he might have seemed to his contemporaries: convivial, astute, boundlessly energetic, and lionized.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding book, deserves 6 stars, not 5

    • By D. Littman on 12-09-04

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Duplicate Keys

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Ruth Ann Phimister
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 28

    Everyone has keys to Susan's New York apartment: all her friends, and friends of friends. So one afternoon, when Alice unlocks Susan's door to water the plants, she isn't surprised to find two men sitting in the living room. That they are both dead is a shock, however.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully written

    • By Lisa on 08-26-12

    Regular price: $25.87

    • The Age of Grief

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jessica Almasy, Jeff Woodman, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    In “The Pleasure of Her Company,” a lonely, single woman befriends the married couple next door, hoping to learn the secret of their happiness. In "Long Distance," a man finds himself relieved of the obligation to continue an affair that is no longer compelling to him, only to be waylaid by the guilt he feels at his easy escape. And in the incandescently wise and moving title novella, a dentist, aware that his wife has fallen in love with someone else, must comfort her when she is spurned....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Maybe, the "best" novella I've ever read

    • By Gatster on 04-24-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • A Good Horse

    • The Horses of Oak Valley Ranch, Book 2
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
    • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    When eighth grader Abby Lovitt looks out at those pure-gold rolling hills, she knows there's no place she'd rather be than her family's ranch - even with all the hard work of tending to nine horses. But some chores are no work at all, like grooming young Jack. At eight months, his rough foal coat has shed out, leaving a smooth, rich silk, like chocolate. As for Black George, such a good horse, it turns out he's a natural jumper.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I can share with my granddaughters

    • By Beanie on 08-06-16

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Private Life

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Margaret Mayfield is nearly an old maid at 27 in post-Civil War Missouri when she marries Captain Andrew Jackson Jefferson Early. Hes the most famous man their small town has ever produced: a naval officer and a brilliant astronomer, a genius who, according to the local paper, has changed the universe. Margaret's mother calls the match a piece of luck.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect Marriage of Text and Narrator

    • By cocopuff on 05-15-17

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Ordinary Love and Good Will

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: LJ Ganser, Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13

    In Ordinary Love, Smiley focuses on a woman's infidelity and the lasting, indelible effects it leaves on her children long after her departure. Good Will describes a father who realizes how his son has been affected by his decision to lead a counterculture life and move his family to a farm. As both stories unfold, Smiley gracefully raises the questions that confront all families with the characteristic style and insight that has marked all of her work.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Pie in the Sky

    • Horses of Oak Valley Ranch, Book 4
    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Abby Lovitt doesn't realize how unprepared she is when she takes her beloved horse, True Blue, to a clinic led by the most famous equestrian anyone knows. The biggest surprise, though, is that Sophia, the girl who never makes a mistake, suddenly makes so many that she stops riding. Who will ride her horse?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • pretty good especially for young teens

    • By Tracey Cimikowski on 07-04-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Gee Whiz

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
    • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Gee Whiz is a striking horse, and only part of that is because of his size. He is tall, but also graceful, yet his strides big but precise. At the same time, he keeps his eye on things, not as if he's suspicious, but as if he's curious. When Abby is confronted with an onslaught of reminders of just how little of the world she has seen, she finds herself connecting with Gee Whiz's calm and curious nature, and his desire to know more.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
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    • By Frank Fogl on 06-10-17

    Regular price: $24.49

    • True Blue

    • By: Jane Smiley
    • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    True Blue is a beauty, a dappled gray, and when Abby gets to take him to her family's ranch, she can hardly believe her luck. The horse needs a home: his owner - a woman brand new to the riding stable - was tragically killed in a car crash and no one has claimed him. Daddy is wary, as always. But Abby is smitten. True Blue is a sweetheart, and whenever Abby calls out, "Blue, Blue, how are you?" he whinnies back. But sometimes True Blue seems... spooked. He paces, and always seems to be looking for something.

    Regular price: $24.49

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