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    • 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 297
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 267
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 268

    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
    • A beautiful story, perfectly read

    • By Eugene on 01-25-17

    Regular price: $28.00

    • 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 2,236
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,861
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,880

    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: $13.97

    • 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 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    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: $6.99

    • O, Pioneers!

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Alexis O'Donahue
    • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 258
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 221
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 227

    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: $9.07

    • 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 74
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 56

    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: $13.96

    • O, Pioneers!

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • O,Pioneers

    • By Deedra on 02-04-18

    Regular price: $15.70

    • The Troll Garden

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
    • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This varied assortment of Ms. Cather's gorgeous writing includes: "Flora and Her Artists", "The Sculptor's Funeral", "The Garden Lodge", "A Death in the Desert", "The Marriage of Phaedra", "A Wagner Matinee", and "Paul's Case". 

    Regular price: $16.79

    • One of Ours

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Kristen Underwood
    • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Claude search

    • By Joe on 03-07-17

    Regular price: $25.17

    • My Antonia

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
    • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 54

    After the death of his parents, Jim is sent to live with his grandparents on the Nebraska plains. By chance, on the same train is a bright-eyed girl, Antonia, who will become his neighbor and lifelong friend. Her family has emigrated from Bohemia to start a new life of farming, but they soon lose their money and must work hard just to survive. Through it all, Antonia retains her natural pride and free spirit.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An amazingly vivid novel

    • By Allison on 09-21-07

    Regular price: $19.59

    • Shadows on the Rock

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    In 1697, Quebec is an island of French civilization perched on a bare gray rock amid a wilderness of trackless forests. For many of its settlers, Quebec is a place of exile, so remote that an entire winter passes without a word from home. But to 12-year-old Cécile Auclair, the rock is home, where even the formidable Governor Frontenac entertains children in his palace and beavers lie beside the lambs in a Christmas créche.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The reader failed...

    • By Pat on 05-14-18

    Regular price: $28.00

    • O Pioneers!

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Dana Ivey
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Spirited, courageous, and independent, the daughter of Swedish immigrants, Alexandra assumes responsibility for the family farm and her family upon the death of her father. Her devotion to the harsh, forbidding prairie transforms her land and her life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully Read

    • By Rhonda on 07-21-17

    Regular price: $10.50

    • The Professor's House

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    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

    • 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 82
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 75

    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

    • O Pioneers!

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Barbara McCulloh
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    Life was hard on the Nebraska prairie, but for Alexandra Bergson, daughter of a Swedish immigrant family, her love of the land gave her courage and strength. When Alexandra's father dies, she takes over the care of her family and management of the farm, so that the Bergsons can stay in the place they've chosen for their home. O Pioneers! tells the story of a remarkable heroine, and draws on Cather's own experience growing up on the lonely and wild American prairies.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lifted and carried lightly by some one very strong

    • By Darwin8u on 03-24-13

    Regular price: $23.07

    • A Lost Lady

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Carla Mercer-Meyer
    • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    A portrait of a woman who reflects the conventions of her age even as she defies them and whose transformations embody the decline and coarsening of the American frontier.

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Paul's Case

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
    • Length: 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    "Paul's Case" was first published in 1905 in Willa Cather's first collection, The Troll Garden, which began her literary career. When the story was printed in McClure's magazine in May of the same year, it brought Cather to national attention. In 1920 the story was reprinted by Alfred Knopf in Youth and the Bright Medusa. "Paul's Case" examines the dangers of art and the struggles of youthful artists in a commercial world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sad and beautiful, ahead of its time!

    • By CourtneyWNY on 09-12-17

    Regular price: $4.95

    • 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 18
    • Performance
      1.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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

    • Sapphira and the Slave Girl

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

    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

    • Paul's Case

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
    • Length: 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    "Paul's Case" was first published in 1905 in Cather's first collection of short stories, titled The Troll Garden. Similar to "The Enchanted Forest" featured in her Nine Stories published by Simply, it is one of the great writer's stories accessible to most young people in high school and college. It relates to what they feel, think, and want to be. Perhaps just as importantly, it depicts young people upset by their current circumstances, their families, and the drabness they perceive in their own lives.

    Regular price: $3.49

    • My Antonia

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    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

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