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    • My Antonia

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,330
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,940
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,959

    Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • applause for a classic

    • By Western Canada on 04-19-08

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Death Comes for the Archbishop

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: David Ackroyd
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 359
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 328
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 328

    Willa Cather's best known novel; a narrative that recounts a life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Breathtaking!

    • By Jan the Tech Man on 01-13-17

    Regular price: $28.00

    • O, Pioneers!

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Alexis O'Donahue
    • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 279
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 242
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 248

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic

    • By Ryan on 01-19-12

    Regular price: $19.95

    • My Antonia

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Cindy Hardin Killavey, Jim Killavey
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 62

    My Ántonia tells the stories of several immigrant families who move out to rural Nebraska to start new lives in America, with a particular focus on a Bohemian family, the Shimerdas, whose eldest daughter is named Ántonia. The book's narrator, Jim Burden, arrives in the fictional town of Black Hawk, Nebraska, on the same train as the Shimerdas, as he travels to live with his grandparents after his parents have died.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great performance of a great novel

    • By reluctant reviewer on 08-27-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • One of Ours

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Kristen Underwood
    • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 57

    Claude Wheeler resembles the youngest son of an American fairy tale. His fortune is ready-made for him, but he refuses to settle for it. Alienated from his crass father and pious mother, all but rejected by a wife who reserves her ardor for missionary work, and dissatisfied with farming, Claude is an idealist without an ideal to cling to. It is only when his country enters the First World War that Claude finds what he has been searching for all his life.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Coming of Age/World War I Story

    • By Jay Quintana on 07-02-15

    Regular price: $25.17

    • My Ántonia (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    Orphaned at age ten, Jim is traveling west to his grandparents’ home in Black Hawk when he first meets Ántonia, the daughter of a Bohemian family who settles on a neighboring farm. Through sunbaked summers and frigid winters, Ántonia bears the hardships of a young immigrant as she longs for a vanishing past. 

    Regular price: $19.95

    • O, Pioneers!

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    Life on The Divide was a struggle for the pioneering Bergson family. Alexandra, all at once tough as nails and tender as a budding blossom, faces and conquers the harsh realities of early settlers in Nebraska. The struggle for life, love, and meaning permeate this timeless classic. Willa Cather captures the imagination with her vivid portrayals of landscape and the enduring desire to achieve a dream.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Narration Brings New Life to Old Classic

    • By Nolan on 12-19-17

    Regular price: $15.70

    • O Pioneers!

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 204
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 178
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182

    The country is America; the woman is Alexandra Bergson, a fiercely independent young Swedish immigrant girl who inherits her father's farm in Nebraska. A model of emotional strength, courage, and resolve, Alexandra fights long and hard to transform her father's patch of raw, wind-blasted prairie into a highly profitable business. A gripping saga of love, murder, greed, failure, and triumph, O Pioneers! vividly portrays the hardships of prairie life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • not the right performance for Cather

    • By Gretchen Gordon on 04-01-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Sapphira and the Slave Girl

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Sapphira Dodderidge, a Virginia lady of the 19th century, marries beneath her and becomes irrationally jealous of Nancy, a beautiful slave. One of Cather's later works.

    Regular price: $21.00

    • The Song of the Lark

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
    • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    After studying piano as a child, Thea Kronborg leaves her family and their frontier town of Moonstone, Colorado, to pursue music in Chicago. There, her instructor insists that her singing voice is her greater gift, and she begins to work on mastering her craft. Seeking to become one of the world's greatest opera singers, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery and fulfillment that takes her across the world. 

    Regular price: $23.09

    • O Pioneers!

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Betsy Bronson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Alexandra Bergsons, the daughter of Swedish immigrants, inherits her family's ailing farm in Hanover, Nebraska upon the death of her father. Over the years, she turns the farm into a successful enterprise. However, success has not brought peace, as passion and love intervene.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not sure why this is a classic

    • By RueRue on 09-27-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Professor's House

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    A study in emotional dislocation and renewal. Professor Godfrey St. Peter, a man in his 50s, has achieved what would seem to be remarkable success. When called on to move to a more comfortable home, something in him rebels.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Slow start

    • By Heather Erwine on 01-29-18

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Great Classic Stories III

    • 22 Unabridged Classics
    • By: Herman Melville, Kate Chopin, Willa Cather, and others
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle, Bronson Pinchot
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18

    A great new collection of classic short fiction, brilliantly read by a selection of narrators. Includes the following stories: "The Lightening-Rod Man" by Herman Melville, "One of the Missing" by Ambrose Bierce, "The Leopard Man's Story" by Jack London, "Tennessee's Partner" by Bret Harte, "The New Catacomb" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "A Pair of Silk Stockings" by Kate Chopin, "My Watch" and "The Widow's Protest" by Mark Twain, "An Ideal Family" by Kate Mansfield, "A Painful Case" by James Joyce, "Small Fry" by Anton Chekhov, and more!

    Regular price: $15.36

    • The Song of the Lark

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
    • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    Thea Kronberg has a voice that can call down angels and the soul of a Colorado pioneer girl. But as she develops her talents and devotes herself to the life of an artist, she must consider the cost of the creative path she follows. Willa Cather's classic novel is full of the breathtaking beauty of the American frontier and the spirit of the people who live there.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Needs a Little More Editing

    • By Ed on 03-10-10

    Regular price: $36.37

    • A Wagner Matinee

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
    • Length: 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 12

    Willa Cather is considered to be one of the best chroniclers of pioneer life in the 20th century. She had a long and distinguished career writing essays, poems, short stories, and novels. This story is a powerful example of a frequent theme: the haunting, sometimes painful, contrast between city and country life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful story

    • By James on 08-01-09

    Regular price: $1.95

    • The Song of the Lark

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Pam Ward, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 78

    The daughter of a Swedish minister growing up in Colorado, Thea Kronborg's musical talent sets her apart from her contemporaries. Driven by her determination to satisfy her artistic impulse, she moves to Chicago, where she falls in love with a wealthy married man. Her ability to resolve the tensions between her personal and professional lives and to communicate through her art makes her an unusual and thoroughly modern heroine.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Exquisite Characterization

    • By David Stewart on 06-09-16

    Regular price: $23.08

    • My Antonia

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 101
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    The Shimerda family come to Nebraska from Bohemia - but they find the promised land of opportunity a harsh and unforgiving reality. Young Jim Burden - the narrator of the tale - who lives with his grandparents on a homestead nearby, finds ways to be neighborly and to help the Shimerdas and in the process comes to befriend the daughter of the family, Ántonia. For Jim, Ántonia is an embodiment of the female pioneer.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A deep river of American writing

    • By Darwin8u on 02-03-13

    Regular price: $20.30

    • Willa Cather Short Stories

    • 9 of Her Best
    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
    • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      1.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    Willa Cather was perhaps most famous for her great novels such as My Antonia and Death Comes to the Archbishop. However, her short stories were enchanting and practical, local and cosmopolitan. Of the great American writers of the early part of the twentieth century she stood alone in her vision. No American writer ever had her breadth of experience and knowledge of people and places, relating to farmers in Nebraska, to barons in New York, and artists in Paris.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent book; awful narrator

    • By Exiguus on 12-28-16

    Regular price: $4.89

    • My Antonia

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    Antonia Shimerda, a Bohemian immigrant, learns of the joys and hardships of life as she and her family realize their dream in the Nebraska farmlands. Willa Cather called Antonia "a rich mine of life, like the founders of the early races."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • love this little book

    • By J.Giesen on 07-25-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • My Antonia

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Mondelli
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    r the death of his parents, Jim was sent to live with his grandparents in Black Hawk Nebraska. There he befriended Antonia, the daughter of Bohemian immigrants. Years later, Jim, now a successful lawyer in New York, returns to his childhood home and Antonia. Jim's love for Antonia has endured, much as she herself has endured tragic circumstances.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful story

    • By Rick Stockton on 01-11-19

    Regular price: $24.95

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