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. Cather's realistic depiction of life on the prairie is anchored by a smart, strong, independent heroine and heart-achingly beautiful prose which evokes both the melancholy and the awe-inspiring beauty of middle America at the turn of the century.
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One of the best books I've ever read, and marvelously narrated. Incredible depth in the characters and a great overall storyline. I'd recommend this to anyone.
"Pleasing to listen to and inspiring!"
This book has it all as far as I am concerned. There is a strong female character with a bit of history mixed in, a lesson to be learned and wonderful narration. I can't believe that it was only $3.95. This was a great deal for a very good book.
The story overall was decent, the narrator was incredible and did a phenomenal job with accents and keeping characters apart. I did not enjoy the ending of the book.
I was born in North Platte Nebraska - both of my parents were born and raised in Nebraska and I have fond memories of times spent on my grandparents farm in Nebraska. I thought it was time to read something written by a Nebraska author - what I liked best was the authors description of the Nebraska prairie - it is a very different kind of beauty and it brought back fond memories. I would say that the story line is not something new or unique but it was a nice story but again it was the descriptions of the land that were so breathtaking.
"I am a Willa Cather convert"
I have never read the print version, but this is a wonderful story.
Alexandra is a compelling character and and I was rooting for Carl all the way.
The final scene with Emil and Marie is masterfully crafted.
Alexandra's brothers remind me of people from my hometown when I was a child. It was satisfying to see her get the better of them again and again.
"classic for a reason."
i enjoyed the book it is truly amazing. charecter development and dialog is where it truly shines.
"important interpretatio of jealousy ruining lives."
story touches on true character flaws in people. how their fears and insecurities made then act small.
I had read My Antonia in high school and had enjoyed Cather's writing style. This book didn't pull me in and I had to keep restarting it because I would lose interest. I found this so slow and it felt like I had wasted my time.
"Great so far."
Have not read the printed version. Enjoying the audio version very much. Great story
Difficult to pick a favorite. Each character is unique and special.
Have not read the book.
Difficult to pick. Have not completed the book.
Great story so far.
"Swedes on the prairie"
Not cathers nest story, but still her insights into the generations of 1900s immigrant farm families are a crystal clear. Narrators clipped Swedish use of language is at once severe and school girlish.
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