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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 2,192
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,821
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,838

    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

    • 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 279
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 250
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 251

    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

    • O, Pioneers!

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Alexis O'Donahue
    • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 250
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 213
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 219

    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 Ántonia (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    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: 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 Professor's House

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    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

    • 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

    • One of Ours

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Kristen Underwood
    • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 43

    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: Cindy Hardin Killavey, Jim Killavey
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 51

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Worst Narrator Ever!

    • By Schucity on 01-13-15

    Regular price: $13.96

    • My Antonia

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Mondelli
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent!!

    • By Edward on 08-24-15

    Regular price: $19.56

    • My Antonia

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    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

    • 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 81
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 74

    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: Kate Reading, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 197
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 173
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 177

    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: $16.09

    • 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

    • 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

    • My Antonia

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Steve Corona
    • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 5

    "I first met Antonia on what seemed to be an interminable journey across the great midland plain of North America."

    These are the first words, spoken by Jim, who leads us into Willa Cather's masterpiece about a spirited girl who, though down trodden by neglect and hard work, never "lost the fire of life". Every American must know Antonia, for once they do, they can never forget her.

    Regular price: $4.20

    • My Antonia

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    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: $18.19

    • My Ántonia

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    My Ántonia chronicles the life of Ántonia, a Bohemian immigrant woman, as seen through the eyes of Jim, the man unable to forget her. Jim, now a successful New York lawyer, recollects his upbringing on a Nebraska farm. Even after twenty years, Ántonia continues to live a romantic life in his imagination. When he returns to Nebraska, he finds Ántonia has lived a battered life and is now abandoned by the very man to whom she dedicated her life.

    Regular price: $23.07

    • 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: $19.56

    • 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

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