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4.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 5 4.18 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wallace Stegner Narrator: Richard Poe Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781440718465
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One of the finest American authors of the 20th century, Wallace Stegner compiled an impressive collection of accolades during his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a National Book Award, and three O. Henry Awards. His final novel, Crossing to Safety is the quiet yet stirring tale of two couples that meet during the Great Depression and form a lifelong bond. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 2/16/2014

    " one of my favorite books ever "

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

    " I read this based on the references to it in The End of Your Life Book Club. It was beautifully written and quite poetic. I had a very hard time accepting a major choice made by Charity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 2/13/2014

    " an ageless story...so beautifully written that you feel smarter and more well traveled for having read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mampdx | 2/9/2014

    " My book club determined that none of us had read any Wallace Stegner and decided it was past time we did. All of us loved "Crossing to Safety" - the lyricism of the prose, the realism of the characters, the deep exploration of the nature of friendship. I would tend to agree with Sherry Thurner, though, that it's a book probably best appreciated by those who have been around for a few decades. I look forward to reading Stegner's Pulitzer-winning "Angle of Repose." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 2/5/2014

    " An interesting book about 3 different friendships with 2 couples. The wives friendship, the husbands friendship and then the friendship of the 2 couples. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 1/27/2014

    " I did not enjoy this book for the portrayal of friendship as much as for the psychology of the characters. The selfishness of a controlling personality and yet the good that can come from it. The co-dependence, etc. The beginning, while beautifully written, seemed shallow. I thoroughly enjoyed the last half of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/21/2014

    " Terrific character study. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dean Brodhag | 1/19/2014

    " My second Wallace Stegner book and as enthralling as the first, this time with 2 couples over time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Atomicpower | 1/15/2014

    " A little slow but a wonderful book on friendship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JaNae | 1/13/2014

    " This book was slow reading for me but I stayed up half the night paralyzed by it. It puts life into a perspective I'd not thought before. Liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Plasom-scott | 12/18/2013

    " Still reflecting on this one. Very well done, but maybe too long and melancholic for my current mood... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Lyden | 12/17/2013

    " Beautifully written story of friendship between 2 couples starting in 1938. Both husbands are English professors. The narrator is a successful novelist. The couple who are his dear friends are very wealthy and the relationship is complicated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 11/30/2013

    " I LOVED reading this with Spencer. I'm not sure I would have liked it as much reading it on its own. And I don't think anyone who isn't married should read it...it just wouldn't mean very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 11/21/2013

    " Well written, but the characters lacked depth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lana B | 11/19/2013

    " I gave this 5 stars I think it is a must read on the power and importance of friendships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avi | 11/14/2013

    " Initially fascinating, then difficult for me to get into, and then I couldn't stop reading. A truly DIFFERENT kind of novel/story, at least for me. Very richly detailed, imaginative, and yet somehow so ordinary...... yet, not. It was worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina Lockette | 6/1/2013

    " A moving story about friendship, marriage and life. Truly one of the best books I have read in a long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 5/4/2013

    " So beautifully conceived and written. So thoughtful. So full of feeling. I'll need some time to savor this one before saying anything more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frmaselli | 3/15/2013

    " Beautiful story of lifetime friendships and the meaning of marriage set against the beautiful backdrop of a Vermont lake. I read this while I was at Lake George so it was very easy to imagine many of the scenes. Enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erinkeller33 | 12/10/2012

    " Richly written story of two married couples. The writing really made this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalia Karplus | 11/18/2012

    " This is a book I would like to read again. I read it so long ago and loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joelle | 9/12/2012

    " Just finished this and loved it. I want to read it again and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean-marie Kneeley | 7/28/2012

    " Another one of my most favorite books. I can't count how many times I've read it and it never fails to move me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 4/18/2012

    " Owner or worker - Larry or Sid? Perhaps there are many right ways and what would bother us would not bother another. Charity represents much. She remained true to the end- I trusted her. I knew her heart was pure. I love Sally. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kym Preciado | 10/6/2011

    " I loved the descriptive writing. You felt like you were walking in the woods. Wish I had life long friends like these two couples had. Nice read, but definitly not in my top 5 or 10 books ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 5/15/2011

    " This is a beautifully written book where you don't want the story to end. You want more of all of the characters who are all so complex and well-developed in the story. One of the most in-depth conversations our book club has ever had. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colin | 5/14/2011

    " great narrative 85% of the way through. Weak finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 5/12/2011

    " My rating is really 4 1/2 stars. This is the best book I have read in a long time. Fantastic writing with amazing insight into human relationships. Thanks for the recommendation Kris! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/27/2011

    " Loved loved this story, writing, characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 4/26/2011

    " One of my all-time favorites. Just a beautiful story about friendship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steph0517 | 4/19/2011

    " I actually liked this book more after discussing it at book club. It was slow at times, and I felt that he brushed over some fairly important events. Overall, the story of the friendships was true-to-life but not overly profound. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Asproreps | 4/14/2011

    " One of the most beautifully written books. Transporting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 4/14/2011

    " This is a magnificent book. Full of ordinary suffering, rich with the concrete and protean time of a long marriage and a long friendship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E. R. | 4/13/2011

    " I have read this book six times. Each time I come away with a different feeling. I love Wallace Stegner's writing style. Everyone I know who has read Crossing to Safety has read it multiple times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lonni | 4/12/2011

    " Now this is one of my favorite books. Quiet. Beautiful. Moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 4/9/2011

    " Angle of Repose is one of my top few favorite books of all time. But I'd forgotten how much I enjoy this one too (something of a companion piece, in its depiction of the central relationships). What a lovely gem of a book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kit | 4/7/2011

    " Liked it but didn't love it. I enjoyed the characters and the writing more at the beginning than the last one third or so of the book. I may consider reading his "Angle of Repose". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 4/4/2011

    " I just finished this book and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. The characters are interesting and the portrayal of academia was pretty spot on. I also loved that the book was written in the 40s. "

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About the Author
Author Wallace Stegner

Wallace Stegner (1909–1993) wrote many books of fiction and nonfiction, including Crossing to Safety and the National Book Award–winning The Spectator BirdAngle of Repose won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972. An American historian, novelist, short story writer, and environmentalist, Stegner was often called the “dean of Western writers” and has left a lasting legacy in the literary community.

About the Narrator

Richard Poe has worked extensively in movies, television, and on Broadway. He is best known for his portrayal of Gul Evek in three different Star Trek series: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. He has narrated dozens of audiobooks and earned eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards.