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  1. 8.6 hrs • Dec/28/2016 • Unabridged

    Antonia Shimerdas moves to the harsh Nebraska heartland with her impoverished Bohemian family when she is still a girl. For young Jim Burden, who lives with his grandparents on a homestead nearby, Antonia is an embodiment of the female pioneer-self-sufficient, vigorous, and determined to withstand the daily challenges of maintaining home and family in a primitive countryside. When Jim grows up, his memories return to Antonia. In his effort to understand what she meant to him, he creates an enduring picture of the American frontier and of a woman of unusual spirit.

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    My Antonia

    Read by George Guidall
    8.6 hrs • Dec/28/2016 • Unabridged
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  2. 6.2 hrs • Dec/13/2016 • Unabridged

    This powerful early Cather novel, a landmark of American fiction, tells the story of the young Alexandra Bergson, whose dying father leaves her in charge of the family and of the Nebraska lands they have struggled to farm. In Alexandra’s lifelong fight to survive and succeed, Cather relates an important chapter in the history of the American frontier, evoking the harsh grandeur of the prairie, and comparing with keen insight the experiences of Swedish, French and Bohemian immigrants in the United States.

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    O Pioneers!

    6.2 hrs • Dec/13/2016 • Unabridged
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  3. 5.1 hrs • Nov/01/2016 • Unabridged

    “Some people’s lives are affected by what happens to their person or their property, but for others fate is what happens to their feelings and their thoughts—that and nothing more.” In this haunting 1935 novel, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of My Ántonia and Death Comes for the Archbishop performs a series of crystalline variations on the themes that preoccupy her greatest fiction: the impermanence of innocence, the opposition between prairie and city, provincial American values and world culture, and the grandeur, elation, and heartache that await a gifted young woman who leaves her small Nebraska town to pursue a life in art.At the age of eighteen, Lucy Gayheart heads for Chicago to study music. She is beautiful and impressionable and ardent, and these qualities attract the attention of Clement Sebastian, an aging but charismatic singer who exercises all the tragic, sinister fascination of a man who has renounced life only to turn back to seize it one last time. Out of their doomed love affair—and Lucy’s fatal estrangement from her origins—Willa Cather creates a novel that is as achingly lovely as a Schubert sonata.

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    Lucy Gayheart

    Read by Kirsten Potter
    5.1 hrs • Nov/01/2016 • Unabridged
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  4. 2.1 hrs • Oct/18/2016 • Unabridged

    First published in 1926, this book is Cather's sparest and most dramatic novel, a dark and oddly prescient portrait of a marriage that subverts our oldest notions about the nature of happiness and the sanctity of the hearth.

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    My Mortal Enemy

    Read by Natasha Soudek
    2.1 hrs • Oct/18/2016 • Unabridged
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  5. 3.9 hrs • Oct/04/2016 • Unabridged

    A portrait of a woman who reflects the conventions of her age even as she defies them and whose transformations embody the decline and coarsening of the American frontier.

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    A Lost Lady

    3.9 hrs • Oct/04/2016 • Unabridged
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  6. 6.2 hrs • Sep/27/2016 • Unabridged

    A study in emotional dislocation and renewal—Professor Godfrey St. Peter, a man in his 50’s, has achieved what would seem to be remarkable success. When called on to move to a more comfortable home, something in him rebels.

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    The Professor's House

    Read by Sean Runnette
    6.2 hrs • Sep/27/2016 • Unabridged
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  7. 8.6 hrs • Sep/27/2016 • Unabridged

    “Superbly written, with that sensitivity to sunset and afterglow that has always been Miss Cather’s.”—The New York TimesWilla Cather wrote Shadows on the Rock immediately after her historical masterpiece, Death Comes for the Archbishop. Like its predecessor, this novel of seventeenth-century Quebec is a luminous evocation of North American origins, and of the men and women who struggled to adapt to that new world even as they clung to the artifacts and manners of one they left behind.In 1697, Quebec is an island of French civilization perched on a bare gray rock amid a wilderness of trackless forests. For many of its settlers, Quebec is a place of exile, so remote that an entire winter passes without a word from home. But to twelve-year-old Cécile Auclair, the rock is home, where even the formidable Governor Frontenac entertains children in his palace and beavers lie beside the lambs in a Christmas créche. As Cather follows this devout and resourceful child over the course of a year, she re-creates the continent as it must have appeared to its first European inhabitants. And she gives us a spellbinding work of historical fiction in which great events occur first as rumors and then as legends—and in which even the most intimate domestic scenes are suffused with a sense of wonder.

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    Shadows on the Rock

    Read by Ann Marie Lee
    8.6 hrs • Sep/27/2016 • Unabridged
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  8. 7.7 hrs • Sep/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Willa Cather's best known novel; a narrative that recounts a life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert.

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    Death Comes for the Archbishop

    Read by David Ackroyd
    7.7 hrs • Sep/13/2016 • Unabridged
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  9. 5.8 hrs • Sep/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Sapphira Dodderidge, a Virginia lady of the 19th century, marries beneath her and becomes irrationally jealous of Nancy, a beautiful slave. One of Cather’s later works.

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    Sapphira and the Slave Girl

    5.8 hrs • Sep/13/2016 • Unabridged
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  10. 0.4 hrs • Dec/15/2015 • Unabridged

    A beautiful Christmas story of love, forgiveness and uneasy life. Set in Chicago on a bitterly cold Christmas night, William, considers stealing both to satisfy his hunger and to find excitement in his dull life, but when a woman drops a parcel he gives it to her instead of running off with it. He feels as if he is a failed thief, in the same manner as he has failed at everything - college, journalism, real estate, performing. He then walks into a house in an attempt to steal the jewellery, and his own mother finds him there. Read in English, unabridged.

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    The Burglar's Christmas

    Read by Max Bollinger
    0.4 hrs • Dec/15/2015 • Unabridged
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  11. 1.5 hrs • Dec/15/2015 • Unabridged
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    Tales of Christmas

    Read by Max Bollinger
    1.5 hrs • Dec/15/2015 • Unabridged
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  12. 7.9 hrs • May/05/2015 • Unabridged

    My Ántonia chronicles the life of Ántonia, a Bohemian immigrant woman, as seen through the eyes of Jim, the man unable to forget her. Jim, now a successful New York lawyer, recollects his upbringing on a Nebraska farm. Even after twenty years, Ántonia continues to live a romantic life in his imagination. When he returns to Nebraska, he finds Ántonia has lived a battered life. Although the man to whom she dedicated her life abandons her, she remains strong and full of courage.

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    My Ántonia

    Read by David Colacci
    7.9 hrs • May/05/2015 • Unabridged
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  13. 5.6 hrs • Dec/31/2013 • Unabridged

    This powerful early Cather novel, a landmark of American fiction, tells the story of the young Alexandra Bergson, whose dying father leaves her in charge of the family and of the Nebraska lands they have struggled to farm. In Alexandra’s lifelong fight to survive and succeed, Cather relates an important chapter in the history of the American frontier, evoking the harsh grandeur of the prairie, and comparing with keen insight the experiences of Swedish, French, and Bohemian immigrants in the United States.

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    O Pioneers!

    Read by Betsy Bronson
    5.6 hrs • Dec/31/2013 • Unabridged
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  14. 8.6 hrs • Dec/31/2013 • Unabridged

    After the death of his parents, Jim was sent to live with his grandparents in Black Hawk Nebraska. There he befriended Ántonia, the daughter of Bohemian immigrants. Years later, Jim, now a successful lawyer in New York, returns to his childhood home and Ántonia. Jim.s love for Ántonia has endured, much as she herself has endured tragic circumstances.

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    My Ántonia

    8.6 hrs • Dec/31/2013 • Unabridged
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  15. 5.0 hrs • Nov/20/2012 • Unabridged

    Catch the holiday spirit with this magical collection of beloved Christmas tales. Christmas favorites from L. M. Montgomery, O. Henry, Willa Cather, Hans Christian Anderson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Bret Harte and Anthony Trollope are lovingly recorded and presented here in one enchanting audiobook.

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  16. 2.8 hrs • Jan/01/2006 • Unabridged

    There is a pleasure in listening to the imagery of Alexander’s Bridge that is similar to viewing a beautiful watercolor, as in the following description of a Boston street in late afternoon: “The sun sank rapidly; the silvery light had faded from the bare boughs and the watery twilight was setting in when Wilson at last walked down the hill, descending into cooler and cooler depths of grayish shadow.” Against this delicate imagery, Willa Cather renders the tough inner terrain of a man in mid-life crisis. Bartley Alexander is a master bridge engineer. At forty-three he is at the height of his power, comfortable with success and all it brings. Yet he yearns for the lost vibrancy of his youth. He leads a double life, veering between his beautiful, accomplished wife and his mistress, an actress he knew as a student in Paris. This conflict creates a crack in the structure of his life which ultimately undermines him.

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    Alexander’s Bridge

    2.8 hrs • Jan/01/2006 • Unabridged
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