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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16,085 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Willa Cather Narrator: Kathryn Yarman Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781455169498
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O Pioneers! is a story of the immigrants who came to America to build new lives for themselves. Struggling against poverty, ignorance, drought, and storm, they came to love and understand the land, until it rewarded them with a richness exceeding all imaginings.

The Bergsons are a family of strong-willed Swedish immigrants who have come to make a living on the great prairie. When the father, John, dies, worn out by disease and debt, his eldest daughter, Alexandra, becomes the head of the family. This is the story of her love affair with the land—an American Midwest that is vast and golden. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A direct human tale of love and struggle and attainment, a tale that is American in the best sense of the word.” 

    New York Times

  • “Yarman’s reading is one of the best I have heard…Her tempo and modulation are especially noteworthy, adding tremendous emotional impact to the interactions and experiences of the characters.”

    Kliatt

  • “At once homely and beautiful and strange.”

    Celia Harris

  • “Just as O Pioneers! is set in the high plain between two rivers called the Nebraska Divide, it reflects the imaginative divide in Cather’s work: a belief in social rootedness and a longing for artistic freedom.”

    Elaine Showalter, author of A Jury of Her Peers

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 8/22/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. I read it for the Menninger Book Discussion. That group had many things to say about it, including that Willa Cather was lesbian. I enjoyed the book and would like to read more of Willa Cather. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rbmead | 5/21/2011

    " an equal to My Antonia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 5/19/2011

    " Rich characterizations, timeless themes. Beautifully written and inspiring - loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 5/15/2011

    " Enjoyable, but not a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 4/28/2011

    " Willa Cather is rocking my world this semester! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 4/25/2011

    " One of my most favorite books........ "

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

    " It tells a small story and makes me want to work in the dirt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 4/18/2011

    " Would be four stars if not for the end. "

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

    " Although Alexandra was a little too good to be true, I loved the descriptions on the plains and farming life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 4/12/2011

    " A great book, but sometimes painful to read. But a beautifully thorough sense of these women of the plains like my grandmother and, less so, my mother who learned to survive in unforgiving worlds. Outstanding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 3/18/2011

    " I do love no nonsense strong women and Alexandra Bergson is my kind of woman! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 3/18/2011

    " Lovely little book. First Willa Cather I have read. "

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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.