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My Antonia Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample My Antonia, by Willa Cather
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After the death of his parents, Jim Burden is sent to live with his grandparents on the Nebraska plains. By chance, on that same train is Ántonia, a bright-eyed girl who will become his neighbor and lifelong friend. Her family has emigrated from Bohemia to start a new life farming, but they lose their money and must work hard just to survive. Through it all, Ántonia retains her natural pride and free spirit.

Jim’s grandparents have a large and tidy farm. They are kind to him, but conventional. Later, Jim becomes a scholar and Ántonia becomes a “hired girl” in town. She blossoms in the new freedom that town life offers. Jim can only taste this life vicariously through her recounting of town gossip and of the “dance tent.” Ántonia’s strong will, spirit, and honesty allow her to thrive in the midst of hardship.

In My Ántonia, Willa Cather paints a rich picture of life on the prairie at the beginning of the twentieth century and depicts some of the many cultures that came to compose the United States.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Moodyblue | 2/20/2014

    " I wanted to like it, just couldn't connect on this one. Will try Willa Cather again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Greta Roussos | 2/14/2014

    " Reading Willa Cather's semi-autobiographical novel, My Antonia, was great this time around. Since I read this story the first time, I've read considerably more about the settling of America by immigrants and am able to place her work in a much more expansive framework of writing by pioneers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Louis | 2/12/2014

    " I read this book in high school. but i read it again this year and it surprised me. I enjoyed it more reading it for my pleasure than as an assignment for some class. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Marvin | 2/9/2014

    " A wonderful book of a long gone era. A must read for anyone. "

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About the Author
Author Willa Cather

Willa Cather (1873–1947), the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of more than fifteen books, is widely considered one of the most distinguished American writers of the early twentieth century. She grew up in Nebraska and is best known for her depictions of frontier life on the Great Plains in novels such as O Pioneers!, My Ántonia, and Song of the Lark. In 1944 she was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He lives in Milwaukee.