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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,328 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edgar Lee Masters Narrator: Deaver Brown Publisher: Simply Magazine Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN:
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Spoon River has 244 accounts of the lives of people in the town that explain its goings on over a couple of centuries. Each free form verse is presented as an epitaph of one of the citizens delivered themselves, often criticizing the words said about them on their tombstone or the monument or stone left above them.

The stories build on one another as well as reference various family members and others mentioned in other stories. Sherwood Anderson does a similar thing in Winesburg, Ohio where major characters in their own right become bit players in other people's narratives. It reminds one of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead where Hamlet is only a bit player in their lives. The interplay between successful and unsuccessful, those who think they are high born, as one successful man thought, but was actually the illegitimate child of an old woman who never got to nurture her own successful child. These interplays move the story forward as well as our hearts in reading them.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 2/20/2014

    " A very interesting little book. I enjoyed looking back on the lives of a small town. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grey853 | 2/9/2014

    " If you like poems that tell a story, this is the one for you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kdesoto | 2/9/2014

    " I didn't like this book very much. It was tombstone poetry in chronological order. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 1/25/2014

    " There are some very dry monologues, but the great ones are worth searching for. Lucinda Matlock, Elsa Wertman, for example. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristina | 1/8/2014

    " This was one of my text books used for Second year of acting, character work. Excellent for breaking down and embodying characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 1/6/2014

    " die-lightful "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/2/2014

    " I always love a good anthology. My review at this blog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 1/1/2014

    " More people should read this... it's modern epic poetry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Gallen | 12/19/2013

    " Listen to the wisdom and enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis | 12/15/2013

    " i really loved how the imagery was clear and how everyone connected to one another in a way "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi | 11/19/2013

    " When the dead of Spoon River Cemetery rise and tell their stories, one never knows what to expect: delight, depression, horror, despair, joy, sadness....all the emotions that make up the human condition. A remarkable work. A delight to read for Halloween!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 11/6/2013

    " If this is what i think it is.. It is a collection of stories of how people lived and died in the same town of Spoon River. My cousin Laura and I both did scenes from it for drama class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri Fresonke Harper | 7/24/2013

    " character sketches of people in a town "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 7/17/2013

    " Ghosts with issues? What is not to love? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The Lau Azure Door | 7/7/2013

    " Stories from the hill, some nice, some are dark, some are not that funny "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Rose Stark Neal | 2/14/2013

    " Masters was a contemporary and competitor of Drieser and Sandburg. This book made a splash like the Kinsie report for its sexual content. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 10/4/2012

    " How can you not love Midwestern gothic poetry? George Gray and Fiddler Jones run through my head all the time. These poems remind me how timeless our 'modern' troubles are. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 9/24/2012

    " I loved this book. It's dark, it's not cheerful, but that haunting, illuminating quality is exactly what endears it to me. There are lovely sparks of wisdom throughout, which does help give some pop to the occasional monotony of everyone's drama and deceit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rustam | 8/13/2012

    " I think this is a staple at many high schools around the country. This collection of poems/vignettes introduced me to the depth and darkness of small-town life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 8/11/2012

    " Haunting and fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 5/9/2012

    " Poetry is not a favorite for me, but I was interested in this book because it is so unique. It's a collection of epitaphs of the residents of Spoon River. The deceased themselves have written the epitaphs and shown a side of themselves they may not have shown in life. Really excellent! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa B | 11/17/2011

    " Have owned this book for years - poems about people who have died and are all buried in the cemetery on the hill. Some are comical, some are not - all wonderful windows into the lives of each of these individuals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caittyloohoo | 6/29/2011

    " i was zilpha marsh,
    and had to act out my poem as i saw it.
    after that and learning my way around analyzing poetry i grew a new found love for poems like these. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 6/28/2011

    " I had read anthologized selections of this but never the whole book. I recommend that approach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Rose Stark | 5/15/2011

    " Masters was a contemporary and competitor of Drieser and Sandburg. This book made a splash like the Kinsie report for its sexual content. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 5/2/2011

    " I struggle with poetry and the discipline it takes to read it. Spoon River Anthology is not an easy read but well worth the effort. I know it will not leave my mind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 4/11/2011

    " There are some very dry monologues, but the great ones are worth searching for. Lucinda Matlock, Elsa Wertman, for example. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 4/10/2011

    " Probably 2.5 stars. Overall, I found this to be very depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/30/2011

    " By far one of the most depressing things I have read all year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 3/29/2011

    " Reading this again in anticipation of teaching creative writing next school year. Now that I'm done, I will have to choose carefully so that my students don't get bored. I'm going to combine it with a trip to the local cemetery and our own stories. Should be fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi | 1/12/2011

    " When the dead of Spoon River Cemetery rise and tell their stories, one never knows what to expect: delight, depression, horror, despair, joy, sadness....all the emotions that make up the human condition. A remarkable work. A delight to read for Halloween!!! "

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About the Author
Author Edgar Lee Masters

Edgar Lee Masters (1868–1950) was an American poet, biographer, and dramatist. He published over thirty books, including biographies of Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, and Walt Whitman.