Plainsong

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233 ratings

Plainsong Publisher's Summary

Kent Haruf has received prestigious awards, including a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation for his finely-tuned works. Before the opening chapter of this novel, Haruf offers a definition. Plainsong is “any simple and unadorned melody or air.” Direct yet elegant, Haruf’s Plainsong is a hymn to the breadth of the human spirit.

A high school history teacher in a small Colorado town, Guthrie is raising his two young sons alone. Thoughtful and honest, he is guiding them through a world that is not always kind. Victoria, one of his students, is pregnant, homeless, and vulnerable to the scorn of the town. When Guthrie helps two elderly ranchers take the young woman into their home, an unlikely extended family is born. As the chapters of these people’s lives alternate throughout Plainsong, loneliness and need are transformed into nourishing bonds. Narrator Tom Stechschulte captures the subtle changes that bring the men, women, and children together. His performance highlights every shading of this superb New York Times best-seller.

©1999 Kent Haruf (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC
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  • Book 1

    • Plainsong

    • By: Kent Haruf
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 637
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 580
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 581

    A high school history teacher in a small Colorado town, Guthrie is raising his two young sons alone. Thoughtful and honest, he is guiding them through a world that is not always kind. Victoria, one of his students, is pregnant, homeless, and vulnerable to the scorn of the town. When Guthrie helps two elderly ranchers take the young woman into their home, an unlikely extended family is born.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Grim Living In A Small Town

    • By Sara on 08-11-15

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 2

    • Eventide

    • By: Kent Haruf
    • Narrated by: George Hearn
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 347
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 237
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 235

    One of the most beloved novels in recent years, Plainsong was a best seller from coast to coast, and now Kent Haruf returns to the High Plains community of Holt, Colorado, with a story of even more masterful authority.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful!

    • By Bill L. on 05-17-04

    Regular price: $27.93

  • Book 3

    • Benediction

    • By: Kent Haruf
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 249
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 227

    From the beloved and best-selling author of Plainsong and Eventide comes a story of life and death, and the ties that bind, once again set out on the High Plains in Holt, Colorado. When Dad Lewis is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he and his wife, Mary, must work together to make his final days as comfortable as possible. Their daughter, Lorraine, hastens back from Denver to help look after him....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Home Run for Haruf & Bramhall

    • By Adele on 03-06-13

    Regular price: $24.50