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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16,098 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 Vikki | 5/24/2013

    " 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 Jill | 11/2/2011

    " My first time reading this, but won't be my last. This book truly is a classic and should be read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosie | 10/9/2011

    " I'm always baffled when people say they can't read Cather. I find her very accessible & capable of delivering powerful story, narrative, imagery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillian | 10/1/2011

    " beautiful. just beautiful. love love love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah | 9/28/2011

    " The story of Alexandra explores relationships between women and the developmet of "lesbian" relationships. Alexandra quickly abandons her attempt in the relationship, when an old crush from girlhood suddenly visits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Lou | 9/28/2011

    " Read this for book club. It's a classic book, but seems a bit dated now.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 9/14/2011

    " A great book with a wonderful strong woman character. I read My Antonia years ago and love Willa Cather as a writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Taryn | 9/13/2011

    " I read this a long time ago, all I remember is being super bored reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 9/10/2011

    " Gone with the Wind meets Little House on the Prairie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 9/6/2011

    " This story is quite sad, but I've always loved Willa Cather's style. Her words are delicate and vivid at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 9/6/2011

    " She is a WRITER. I am biased, these are my people, German and Scandinavian immigrants of the northern great plains. I am in love though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 8/31/2011

    " I was a bit disappointed with this book. Not what I was expecting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 8/26/2011

    " This book is not for the faint of heart. It will seem as though nothing is happening for a very long time. But, if you can glean meaning from the first 150 pages, the last 20 are shocking. It's probably only for English majors and history buffs, but I loved it. "

  • 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.