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3.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 5 3.42 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Smiley Narrator: Mare Winningham Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2000 ISBN:
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Set in the 1850s, The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton speaks to you in a splendidly quirky voice: the strong, wry, no-nonsense voice of Lidie Harkness of Quincy, Illinois, a young woman of courage, good sense, and good heart. It carries you into an America so violently torn apart by the question of slavery that it makes our current political battlegrounds seem a peaceable kingdom.

Lidie grows increasingly important to you as you follow her travels and adventures on the feverish eve of the War Between the States. With its crackling portrayal of a totally individual and wonderfully articulate woman, its storytelling drive, and its powerful recapturing of an almost forgotten part of the American story, Jane Smiley is at her enthralling and enriching best. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/15/2014

    " Too harpy for my tastes. Will never read Smiley again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby Clinton | 2/14/2014

    " a really good story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/25/2014

    " An enjoyable and well-crafted novel about the hopes and ardships of pioneer life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/24/2014

    " A young woman's sudden marriage and move to Kansas Territory during the months before the Civil War. Interesting perspective on life on the frontier and the fight over slavery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/23/2014

    " I wanted this book to be so much better than it was. I liked the historical part of it, but that was mere backdrop for the story, which just moved too slowly for my taste. It was a bit like reading a diary from the late 19th century....and there wasn't a lot going on back then. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/22/2014

    " There was a lot to like about this book. When you're hearing the news of the battles and shootings from the point of view of the people that Liddy is staying with it shows how biased the news people were, as well as the everyday citizens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 1/19/2014

    " After the first 10 minutes of this audio book, I didn't think I would like it, but it quickly picked up, was entertaining, fairly easy to follow plus kept my attention the entire book. I might even listen again some day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marshaferz | 1/19/2014

    " It was just too slow for me. I liked Lidie, but she was written so passively that I couldn't stay awake. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie Hall | 1/7/2014

    " This was historically very interesting and I enjoyed the characters, but wouldn't call it a Must Read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Brooks | 12/28/2013

    " I loved the KS-Lawrence-MO setting and learned a lot from this book. I'd forgotten about it until I was explaining how much I liked this author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sylvia | 12/25/2013

    " I loved this book. It was almost like living in those years with her. The only Jane Smiley book I have really enjoyed. The sense of the time, the travel on the rivers, by horse -- family life, death and politics are all wonderfully outlined. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 11/24/2013

    " Reminded me of the sort of books I read as a kid. Not brilliant literature but nice easy historical fiction. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet | 11/15/2013

    " I can't even quite remember if I finished this book - I just remember being bored. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Kay | 6/15/2013

    " I just didn't care much about Lidie & her adventures in Bleeding Kansas in 1855. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 4/24/2013

    " I LOVE Jane Smiley, so I was a little disappointed by this book. Over long and a little dull. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Kim | 1/13/2013

    " What a fantastic character! I love her resilience and spunk. I wish I could create a character like Lidie. Also, I learned a lot about the battles that took place in the border states over slavery. What a great book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffany | 11/9/2012

    " Hard to get into this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/25/2012

    " (P. 148) "That was the way with most folks in K.T. (Kansas Territory) but Frank and I didn't pray. It didn't occur to us. We had swum in the ocean of religion all our lives and not gotten wet." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette | 10/5/2011

    " A fascinating historical fiction about the free-staters who came west from New England to help keep Kansas a state without slaves, and the challenges among and between the abolitionists and those who wanted slaves. Told from the perspective of a woman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 9/20/2011

    " I just couldn't connect with the main character. She seemed too naive to be as adventurous as claimed. I stopped reading, however, I will try to pick it up again later and give it a second chance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 emma | 6/11/2011

    " an epic read, one of Smiley's best yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Pribus | 5/8/2011

    " I've read this one twice. Lidie is a great character and involved in the pre-Civil War days of "Kansas, Bleeding Kansas" among other remarkable adventures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 3/1/2011

    " Really enjoyed my first Jane Smiley novel. Loved the gutsy, intelligent, independent eponymous heroine and wished there were more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 1/30/2011

    " free staters. history with people "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 1/28/2011

    " I finished 'book 1' of this book, and couldn't make it through 'book 2.' It was an interesting read, but not interesting enough to get through it all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 1/9/2011

    " Jane Smiley is good but this one didn't leave much of an impression. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 1/8/2011

    " I loved the KS-Lawrence-MO setting and learned a lot from this book. I'd forgotten about it until I was explaining how much I liked this author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 10/15/2010

    " After the first 10 minutes of this audio book, I didn't think I would like it, but it quickly picked up, was entertaining, fairly easy to follow plus kept my attention the entire book. I might even listen again some day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 8/29/2010

    " This was historically very interesting and I enjoyed the characters, but wouldn't call it a Must Read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyria | 7/30/2010

    " Enjoyed it, and learned a lot about Kansas in the 1850's. Not a place I would want to be living!! Wouldn't call it a fantastic book though, as it dragged a bit in some parts, and just wasn't what I was expecting it to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 6/28/2010

    " life in Lawrence, KS in late 1800's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 6/19/2010

    " A woman's experiences in pre-civil war USA. Well written "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marshaferz | 6/19/2010

    " It was just too slow for me. I liked Lidie, but she was written so passively that I couldn't stay awake. "

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About the Author
Author Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley is the author of five works of nonfiction and more than twenty acclaimed works of fiction, including A Thousand Acres, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1992. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.