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2.81 out of 52.81 out of 52.81 out of 52.81 out of 52.81 out of 5 2.81 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Orne Jewett Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455181612
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Though not as well known as the writers she influenced, Sarah Orne Jewett remains one of the most important American novelists of the late nineteenth century. A Country Doctor, Jewett’s first novel, is a luminous portrayal of rural Maine and a look at the author’s own world. In it, Nan’s struggle to choose between marriage and a career as a doctor, between the confining life of a small town and a self-directed one as a professional, mirrors Jewett’s own conflicts as well as eloquently giving voice to the leading women’s issues of her time.

Jewett’s perfect details about wildflowers and seaside wharfs, farm women knitting by the fireside and sailors going upriver to meet the moonlight convey a realism that has seldom been surpassed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A Country Doctor endures…as an uncommonly moving and evocative tale about the coming-of-age of a courageous, perservering, earnest young woman determined to achieve authentic selfhood in defiance of propriety and custom.”

    Frederick Wegener, editor of Edith Wharton: The Uncollected Critical Writings

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/12/2014

    " This book took me a while to get into, but I'm glad I stuck with it because it turned out to be a great read. It is about a young woman who must choose between marriage and her career as a country doctor in new england in the late 1800's. Nan is a very endearing and inspiring character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 1/3/2014

    " Ughhhh this book was NOT GOOD "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana | 12/29/2013

    " I was surprised that this book was published in 1884 because of its feminist overtones. It had many memorable passages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 12/24/2013

    " Keeping in mind when this was written, it was an enlightening book ! Also an easy read . Makes one know how far women have come! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisago5 | 12/14/2013

    " Although I love Jewett's other writings, especially The Country of the Pointed Firs, I just don't understand how this could come from the same author. Not worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 12/9/2013

    " Read this in Maine while babysitting for a week near Arcadia Nat'l Park. She is a literary treasure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel Wagner | 11/29/2013

    " I'd hear it was like Gaskell but boy was I disappointed. The characters were dull. The story was boring and I had trouble getting into it. Disappointment. My quest for the next Gaskell continues. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne Juurma | 11/18/2013

    " Boring. I could not finish it. It seemed like a cross between Anne of Green Gables (which I did like) and Poor Richard's Almanac. Poor character development, they pranced around and had tea. It was a free audiobook download from the library. So glad I did not pay money for this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 11/13/2013

    " Influential writer. Love the time period and simplicity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kami Tilby | 11/4/2013

    " I enjoyed the steady, solid characters in this classic. Would enjoy meeting and talking with most of them. If you enjoyed Anne of Green Gables, you'll enjoy this sweet book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 2/8/2012

    " A sadly happy book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jayme VA | 1/26/2012

    " Horribly boring and nothing really happens. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kyle | 10/19/2011

    " This book is poop. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheri-lee | 7/26/2011

    " Sadly, part of what makes it just 'okay' is that I actually listened to it as an audio book (I couldn't find a paper copy here in Winnipeg) and it is not a great audio book. I might have enjoyed it more to have read it instead of listened to it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosa | 7/23/2011

    " It has some very long, drawn-out moralizing passages which I think is typical of the time period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel Robbins | 7/21/2011

    " Love the first half, then too much women's-lib preaching. Some great quotes from it though. I understand the preaching was necessary when the book was written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 4/6/2011

    " A story of a woman's independence and how she must chose between marriage and her commitment to her career as a Maine country doctor. Published in 1884 for the modern woman this dilemma derives most of our interest from the feminist edge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aviva | 1/10/2010

    " I sure wish I had such a clear purpose in life. But I'm also glad I don't need to in order to do what I want with it. On the other hand, some parts still ring very true. How's that for a review that's not helpful at all? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisago5 | 9/14/2009

    " Although I love Jewett's other writings, especially The Country of the Pointed Firs, I just don't understand how this could come from the same author. Not worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 6/26/2009

    " A story of a woman's independence and how she must chose between marriage and her commitment to her career as a Maine country doctor. Published in 1884 for the modern woman this dilemma derives most of our interest from the feminist edge.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 1/20/2009

    " Influential writer. Love the time period and simplicity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 7/11/2007

    " This book took me a while to get into, but I'm glad I stuck with it because it turned out to be a great read. It is about a young woman who must choose between marriage and her career as a country doctor in new england in the late 1800's. Nan is a very endearing and inspiring character. "

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About the Author
Author Sarah Orne Jewett

Sarah Orne Jewett (1849–1909), novelist and short-story writer, was born and raised in South Berwick, Maine. The daughter of a country doctor, she received a lady’s education but maintained that her real learning came from her father, who fostered her writing talents and let her accompany him on his rounds. At age nineteen, she had her first short story published in the Atlantic Monthly. Her vignettes of the gently perishing glory of the Maine countryside and ports won her a place among the most successful of the local-color writers.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.