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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: April 2010 ISBN: 9781455197132
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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.”

    SoundCommentary.com

Listener Opinions

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

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicholas | 1/15/2014

    " Too much 'Shane' can never be enough for me :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phoebe | 1/8/2014

    " I really loved this book when I first read it. I was swept up by how a family fell in love with this slight drifter, and I enjoyed how the story was told from the point of view of the family's child. I became an avid Western-reader following Shane. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter Giordano | 1/6/2014

    " A solid book. Plot takes to much time to develop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Smith | 1/4/2014

    " Ah, the nostalgia of a good western! Classic read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/15/2013

    " I was nostalgic reading this though I've never homesteaded or been a gunslinger. It was an enjoyable read from an seldom-visited genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Glover | 11/30/2013

    " Read in school as a kid and liked it at the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 11/2/2013

    " I read this for Max's English class "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ethan | 10/6/2013

    " One of the first (THE first?) "mystical" westerns. Very short, and very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sm | 8/10/2013

    " Quite possibly my favorite book of all time -- I grew up with it - I read it once or twice a year and understand and enjoy it a little bit more on a new level every single time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie E. | 7/30/2013

    " I liked the story and its character development in a short amount of space, but I don't think Westerns are my genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 7/18/2013

    " Westerns aren't my thing, but this wasn't bad. It helped fill in some holes in the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 6/25/2013

    " Nothing fancy. Just a quick nice read. I almost feel like it is more like a short story than a novel, though. There isn't enough character development to be a good novel in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 prairiesister | 2/11/2013

    " Something about this story just caught me. I cheered, I wept, I got angry, I wept again. Wishing for hardcover! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mercedes | 11/10/2012

    " Westerns are not my first choice but I wanted to get a feel for them and at least read those that are considered classics of the genre. I saw the movie years ago but as often is the case I found the book better. Schaefer's prose is lean. He doesn't waste words or a reader's time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alexis | 9/13/2012

    " There was an entire chapter about them digging up a tree stump. That says it all "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhiannon | 9/12/2012

    " It was meh. Kinda boring, really "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 7/19/2012

    " What a wonderful book, including the John McCormack illustrations in our library's copy. I realized how much I miss illustrations, particularly really, really good ones. The language here is almost sparse, but lovely and evocative nonetheless, in physical and emotional description. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 2/28/2012

    " Plenty of cornball American machismo in this one, but I'll admit, I couldn't help but be moved by it. A great read for anyone who grew up loving to catch mid-century westerns on TV. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Roy | 8/31/2011

    " One of the few westerns I have read, but a delight to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jack | 5/16/2011

    " It was ok, not great "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 4/12/2011

    " Mildly entertaining with the Western backdrop. Characters were completely colorless; the ring leader in blandness, for me, being the novel's namesake. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 4/2/2011

    " This was a very good classic western. Much better than I thought it would be. The ending was sad when.... I'm not gonna say what happens!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 3/25/2011

    " Was a great read. Used it every year in school for a book report. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 3/7/2011

    " Gave birth to the classic Alan Ladd film of the same name. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 2/8/2011

    " reading this book made me want to be a better man. There were qualities exhibited in the two main characters that i want to emulate. Also a short read. very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neal | 1/18/2011

    " And from the shadows came a Pale Rider... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lek | 12/16/2010

    " A long time favorite. Much better than the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 11/23/2010

    " You can't put this American classic down--and it doesn't take a very long session to finish it. "

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About the Author
Author Jack Schaefer

Jack Warner Schaefer (1907–1991) was born in Cleveland, Ohio, studied at Oberlin College and Columbia University, and was a career journalist and editor. He is best known for his Western novels. In 1975 he received the Western Literature Association’s Distinguished Achievement award. Shane, his most famous work, was published in 1949, and was made into a critically acclaimed movie in 1953. It became a standard by which later Westerns were judged.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.