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Shane

Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
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I had lain in my bed thinking of our visitor out in the bunk in the barn. It scarce seemed possible that he was the same man I had first seen, stern and chilling in his dark solitude, riding up our road. Something in father, something not of words or of actions, but of the essential substance of the human spirit, had reached out and spoken to him and he had replied to it and had unlocked a part of himself to us. He was far off and unapproachable at times even when he was right there with you.

The Starrett family's life forever changes when a man named Shane rides out of the great glowing West and up to their farm in 1889. Young Bob Starrett is entranced by this stoic stranger who brings a new energy to his family. Shane stays on as a farmhand, but his past remains a mystery. Many folks in their small Wyoming valley are suspicious of Shane, and make it known that he is not welcome. But as dangerous as Shane may seem, he is a staunch friend to the Starretts - and when a powerful neighboring rancher tries to drive them out of their homestead, Shane becomes entangled in the deadly feud. This classic western, originally published in 1949, is a profoundly moving story of the influence of a singular character on one boy's life.

©2017 Jack Schaefer (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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School Revisited

Once upon a time long ago, in the freezing hills of Buxton Derbyshire, a 12 year old me struggled to read this book at school. Perhaps my comprehension was akin to the boy Robert here telling the story, though he was clearly much smarter than the average. This wonderful version illuminates and excites the senses as it enabled me time travel back to 1972 and further to Wyoming in 1869. A Perfect example of the best of Audible.

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wonderful narration

I read this book years ago at school and it was a real pleasure to listen to this version... terrific storyline .. colourful characters and beautifully narrated

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  • Russ Towne
  • 20-07-19

As Good as the Great Classic Movie

I love this story. I've seen the movie several times. It is one of my favorites. I was concerned the book might be a disappointment compared to the film, or so identical as to not be a fresh tale to me. I was not in the least disappointed. I highly recommend this book for those who love the movie or simply love great storytelling. It offered a fresh perspective from the movie I so love. There were many powerful, heart-touching, unforgettable scenes.

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  • Mary McCartney
  • 26-09-20

Just as enjoyable in 2020, as it was in 1949

Great narration too! You'll know Shane is leaning against a post, even before the narrator proclaims it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-09-20

ONE OF THE BEST

loved it,best action,very good storyline.keeps you on the edge of your seat.5 star read.GREAT book

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  • Jenice Ward
  • 20-09-20

An absolutely wonderful story.

what an absolutely lovely book. I do love westerns they are of more simpler times. the work and the hardship in these times were not easy by no means everything was done my your hand or not at all. most of the people we're kind-hearted but there was some who are greedy and wanted more not just more they wanted it all. when Shane arrives in a small town that is just starting with no sheriff, no law, and a cattle Baron on one side of the river and all the homesteaders who staked out their claims legally find themselves in a battle. Shane comes to work for a family, and learns to love all of them and returned they love him also. it never told his last name only Shane. a very good man trying to do what is right and the only way he knows how. I wish there was a second part to this book some of it reminded me of my own father he was a strong man just as portrayed in this book. my mother was an excellent cook which reminds me of the mother and the ever curious little boy. I rate this book among my most favorite of all time. Lady Jen

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  • Brendan M Cook
  • 11-09-20

Amazing Western

Told from the perspective of a young boy which engages the senses in one zone recollections of times that were simpler and more innocent even though Shane is the baddest dude to walk the west

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  • warren
  • 26-07-20

Powerfully written.

I have always loved the movie Shane as it has a personal story attached to it for me. My father performed the fast draw stunts for Alan Ladd and when I see the movie, my father, long since past, briefly comes alive for me. I did not know until recently that it was based on a book by the same name although I should have. The good gives a more complete image of the man that was this mysterious gunfighter. With out revealing his past. You realize that in Shane rages the duality of man both the light and dark and that both can exist. Only separately. That. Light of the Charismatic Shane that draws the entire family to him. The needed Patient Uncle, the brotherly friend, and the unrequited lover. At times the story made me smile and laugh out loud, and others times I felt the resigned determination of a man realizing that the fates, while allowing him the respite of this family, had brought him and his deadly skills to the valley for a reason. Shane is the round table knight of yore that we envision the shootist to have been. Traveling the West righting wrongs. The story is a timeless classic, the telling of mans inner struggle with what society says is good and evil. Shane knows what he is. And he is at peace with it. I gave this book five stars For it is a well written story. Most books turn into movies as you read them you see them played out as the actors as you read. So masterfully written is Shane that after the first few pages the main characters are fleshed out of their own accord. The Shane of the novel can never be the Shane of the Movie. Both great characters in their own right.

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  • Miranda
  • 14-07-20

Classic

I have always found this book as my childhood as my favorite. The narrator did an excellent job!

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  • Angle
  • 30-06-20

Through a child’s eyes

A classic western through a child’s eyes gives even the young reader, as young as 10 a desire to keep listening. Eric Dove’s beautiful job with the characters only helped with the story’s flow.

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  • Sarah Wiley
  • 27-06-20

excellent book and narrator

A true masterpiece of American literature. Excellent portrayal of masculinity, femininity, the west, and of the archetypical lone American hero.

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  • DonnaDee
  • 16-05-20

Outstanding tale

I enjoyed every minute, hung on every chapter. I was thinking I had a favorite scene then I thought, no it’s that one, then again no maybe...I loved it all. ~ Donna Day, Servant of God