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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,777 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Schaefer Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This unforgettable story of the friendship between a farm boy and a gunman struggling to escape his dark past was made into a critically acclaimed movie in 1953 that became a classic standard for Westerns. Shane, a mysterious traveller and ex-gunfighter, enters into the life of Joe Starrett and his family and carves a place for himself in their hearts. Although he tries to leave his gunslinging past behind, revealing little about himself and refusing to even carry a gun, the family senses a quiet tension about him, like a slow-burning fuse. In the end, Shane decides to fight cattle baron Luke Fletcher and hired gun Stark Wilson in order to break the power of the cattlemen over the homesteaders and save Joe Starrett’s farm. The story is told through the eyes of young Bob Starrett, who regards Shane with an awe and reverence tempered by the boyishness of the Old West. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The stranger, Shane, dresses in brown, black, and leather and is so tough he carries no gun. He drinks from the trough after his horse finishes. A biblical silence follows him, and people lose their senses when he looks their way. He’s a man no bullet can kill. He’s part attack Doberman, part heroic champion. Shane is a work of literature first and a western second.”

    St. George Daily Spectrum

  • “Its pace is steady. Its tension is of the uncoiling spring variety. It’s as clean as a hound’s tooth.”

    Saturday Review of Literature

  • “The author has created a tale which captivates the reader’s attention from beginning to end. His skill in depicting a character, a situation, or a mood, with a minimum of words, gives the story a tightly woven quality often lacking in present-day novels. The book almost demands completion in one sitting.”

    Library Journal

  • “Narrative and literary superiority.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This gripping story is narrated by Grover Gardner…With an easy-to-listen-to deep voice, he gets the personalities of the characters and flavor of what life must have been like in the Old West.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah Cartwright | 2/12/2014

    " I got this from the "yeah, maybe you'll return it" shelf at my daughter's school. This classic western is largely about tone and has some pretty deep themes. For kids: the effects of bullying, and deciding what kind of person you want to be. For adults: more subtle relationship themes. It is shockingly violent for a "kid's" book, but I think that's not a bad thing. It is honest about the kind of damage that a "mere" fistfight can inflict and the stress that you feel when waiting for an enemy to make the next move. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Vince | 2/2/2014

    " This was one of my favorites as a kid. I learned to never hit anyone with a closed fist. (Not that I got into alot of fights, but it was good to know when I did.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sara | 1/29/2014

    " fabulous! I read this to a man I visited every week at a nursing home. We both loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ben Laur | 1/28/2014

    " This book made me want to really be a man. Such a glimpse of terrible beauty. "

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