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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (26,175 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marilynne Robinson Narrator: Tim Jerome Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Gilead Series Release Date:
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In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames’s life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowa preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition. Reverend Ames tells a story of the sacred bonds between fathers and sons, which are tested in his tender and strained relationship with his best friend’s wayward son. Gilead is the long-hoped-for second novel by one of our finest writers, a hymn of praise and lamentation to the God-haunted existence that Reverend Ames loves passionately, and from which he will soon part. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The wait since 1981 and Housekeeping is over. Robinson returns with a second novel that, however quiet in tone and however delicate of step, will do no less than tell the story of America—and break your heart…Robinson has composed, with its cascading perfections of symbols, a novel as big as a nation, as quiet as thought, and moving as prayer. Matchless and towering.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Quietly powerful [and] moving.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “An inspired work from a writer whose sensibility seems steeped in holy fire.”

    Elle

  • “The mature and thoughtful work of a superb and thoughtful storyteller.”

    St. Petersburg Times

  • “Robinson’s long-awaited second novel is an almost otherwordly book—and reveals Robinson as a somewhat otherwordly figure herself…A work of enormous integrity…Original and strong…A beautiful book of ideas.”

    Atlantic Monthly

  • “Magnificent…A psalm worthy of study, a sermon of the loveliest profundity…[A] literary miracle.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “There is a lot of pleasure to be had in the novel’s probing, thoughtful narrative voice.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Compelling…Brilliant.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “A beautifully rendered story…full of penetrating intellect and artful prose…that captures the splendors and pitfalls of being alive…The world could use…more novels this wise and radiant.”

    Charlotte Observer

  • “Robinson’s 1981 debut, Housekeeping, was a perfect novel if ever there was one, and her long-awaited second novel proves just as captivating…Robinson’s prose is lovely and wonderfully precise…Gilead is a gentle journey that will be even better the second time you read it.”

    People

  • “The long wait has been worth it…Robinson’s prose is beautiful, shimmering, and precise…Destined to become her second classic.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[Gilead] is so serenely beautiful, and written in a prose so gravely measured and thoughtful, that one feels touched with grace just to read it. Gilead possesses the quiet ineluctable perfection of Flaubert’s A Simple Heart as well as the moral and emotional complexity of Robert Frost’s deepest poetry…Immensely moving.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • Gilead is a beautiful work—demanding, grave, and lucid…Robinson’s words have a spiritual force that’s very rare in contemporary fiction.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A 2005 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
  • Winner of the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2005 Ambassador Book Award for Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction, 2004
  • A 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Fiction
  • A 2004 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2004 Time Magazine Top 10 Book

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jill Cowan | 2/20/2014

    " One of the most beautifully written, real books I've ever read. So rich in language and honesty ... one that I'll read again. Close to perfection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike Shoop | 2/19/2014

    " I found it to be a very thought-provoking book and not a book to be read quickly. Robinson's writing encourages the reader to think deeply and see her characters in different ways. Lovely writing, good description, strong characters, and I liked reading something set in a different locale from what I usually read. Definitely worthwhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tan Ayla | 2/16/2014

    " "I do try to write the way I think" (29). Gilead, though written simply, is truly an elegant and graceful piece of work. Language in the novel, is shown as important since our understanding of ourselves necessitates the use of it. The novel raises issues with regards to existence, revealing the human condition, prodding readers to contemplate on their own being. It examines spirituality by deliberating over aspects of Christianity, avoiding any form of moralistic judgement. "Judge not" is a phrase that occurs frequently in the text. It is a novel that will definitely set you thinking about your life and your world, what it means to you and how others matter in relation to you. A thought-provoking read for anyone in need of some introspection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer Duffy | 2/12/2014

    " It is real life, real family, real reading. "

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