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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (388 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Smiley Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN:
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Best-selling author and Pulitzer-Prize winner Jane Smiley crafts compelling novels filled with quiet strength and emotion. In Barn Blind she portrays a middle-aged woman so galvanized with success that she drives a wedge between herself and those who love her most.

Kate Karlson's only focus in life is her Midwestern horse farm. Ignoring her husband, she spends long days giving riding lessons and training horses. To showcase her teaching ability, she enters her three sons and daughter in all the equestrian shows. But when her family dares to thwart her interests, the results bring tragedy and devastation.

In this spellbinding tale of love, work, and duty, Jane Smiley examines the excesses we sometimes commit in the name of ambition. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 2/13/2014

    " Okay but slight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Yaklin | 2/10/2014

    " Hooked the end of the first scene. She is a masterful writer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clara | 2/5/2014

    " This is early Jane Smiley, very clean, simple and good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 1/29/2014

    " This novel is part of my life now. In my wildest dreams I never would have imagined this to be the case. I am glad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 1/28/2014

    " The verdicts still out on this author. I have a bunch of her books, but this is the only one I've read so far. It was an okay book, but it was kind of wordy and boring. Plus it was a little depressing, which I don't like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cath Murphy | 1/3/2014

    " Sharp and detailed portrait of a family crippled by a mother's misplaced ambitions "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 1/1/2014

    " I loved "A Thousand Acres" so I was happy to come across this one. An interesting portrait of a mother who can only see her children when she is reflected in them. Not that I'm like that. At all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 12/20/2013

    " I'm not gonna lie, Jane Smiley's first novel is a touch boring. We'll see if it picks up before the end. Addendum: I'm giving up. I'm not even interested in finishing this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krista | 11/24/2013

    " Not my favorite book from Jane Smiley. It was too meandering with an ending that wasn't very satisfying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Landismom | 11/21/2013

    " Too long exposition and a too quick denouement. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom Wilda | 11/19/2013

    " Story of a farm family, dressage training and competition. A good but domineering and demanding mother, placid father, teen aged children who try to please or rebel against her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie | 11/3/2013

    " I had to pull this off my shelf to remind myself what this book is, which is odd since the other Smiley books I've read are etched in my brain. Clearly I'm a big Jane Smiley fan, but this is not one of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Dietrich | 10/3/2013

    " Too much horse riding detail for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 jen8998 | 9/8/2013

    " Jane Smiley writes well but literally nothing happens in this book until the last chapter. Thankfully it's a short novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debra | 1/16/2013

    " Story about a family that owns a horse farm. Very slow-moving, not particularly interestings. Apparently, I don't care for this author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mckinley | 9/23/2012

    " Maybe because it's her first book but I didn't really like it. The characters will too forced, lacking dimension. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 7/3/2012

    " This book is about a crazed, horse obsessed mother. I hated her! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zoe Jussel | 6/28/2012

    " Not my favorite Jane Smiley book. Like being invited for dinner and never getting beyond the appetizers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 4/1/2012

    " Smiley has written several books about the horse world. This one focuses more on the downside of the experience. The mother in the story is mostly oblivious to the lives of her four children, in favor of the many tasks associated with owning a horse farm and riding school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 12/8/2011

    " Being a horse person, I enjoyed it. But I was a little disapponted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassi | 10/7/2011

    " Sad story about the effect a selfish, overbearing mother has on her family. Smiley does a great job developing each character's relationship with the mother and how each reacts to her huge personality in a unique way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 9/22/2011

    " I didn't really connect to the characters, or relate to what they were doing, except perhaps Margaret, who doesn't know what she wants to do. But the others, especially the boys, and Axel, I just couldn't understand why they were doing the things they were. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krista | 5/15/2011

    " Not my favorite book from Jane Smiley. It was too meandering with an ending that wasn't very satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cath | 3/21/2011

    " Sharp and detailed portrait of a family crippled by a mother's misplaced ambitions "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 1/23/2011

    " Being a horse person, I enjoyed it. But I was a little disapponted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 1/2/2011

    " The verdicts still out on this author. I have a bunch of her books, but this is the only one I've read so far. It was an okay book, but it was kind of wordy and boring. Plus it was a little depressing, which I don't like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 1/1/2011

    " I didn't really connect to the characters, or relate to what they were doing, except perhaps Margaret, who doesn't know what she wants to do. But the others, especially the boys, and Axel, I just couldn't understand why they were doing the things they were. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 7/5/2009

    " I loved "A Thousand Acres" so I was happy to come across this one. An interesting portrait of a mother who can only see her children when she is reflected in them. Not that I'm like that. At all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 jen8998 | 8/9/2008

    " Jane Smiley writes well but literally nothing happens in this book until the last chapter. Thankfully it's a short novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 6/24/2008

    " I'm not gonna lie, Jane Smiley's first novel is a touch boring. We'll see if it picks up before the end. Addendum: I'm giving up. I'm not even interested in finishing this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Landismom | 5/18/2008

    " Too long exposition and a too quick denouement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 1/4/2008

    " Hooked the end of the first scene. She is a masterful writer! "

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About the Author
Author Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley is the author of five works of nonfiction and more than twenty acclaimed works of fiction, including A Thousand Acres, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1992. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has recorded over nine hundred audiobooks. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas. She was awarded the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress and has earned more than two dozen Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine.