My Ántonia (unabridged)

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Willa Cather

My Ántonia

Read by Robert G. Slade


Orphaned at the age of 10, Jim Burden moves to Nebraska to live with his grandparents. There he meets Ántonia Shimerda, the daughter of an immigrant family from Bohemia, who have come to carve out a life for themselves in the harsh and bountiful Nebraskan landscape. At the urging of her father, Jim teaches Ántonia English and together they share adventures that will bind them throughout their lives, despite the vicissitudes of time and fate, and years of separation. The final book in Willa Cather’s Great Plains trilogy, My Ántonia is a lyrical tribute to the bygone pioneer life and the struggles and successes of America’s early settlers.

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-317-1
    Cat. no.:NA0457
    Produced by:Neil Rosser
    Edited by:Nikki Ruck
    Released:July 2020
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Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award

Robert G. Slade narrates this classic with warmth and wit. He delivers the voices of Bohemians, Norwegians, and Russian immigrants with subtlety and captures the cadences of young and old. His storytelling manner gives a sense of reality to this immigrant story about foreign families settling in Nebraska, where their new lives require hard work and they sometimes receive a cool reception. Ántonia is one of American literature’s most striking heroines – strong, independent, spirited, and motherly, she survives and prevails. Seen through the admiring eyes of narrator Jim Burden, her story, his, and those of the other main characters are delivered with fine shading by Slade. Aside from a prejudiced portrait of a mulatto pianist, this paean to 19th-century prairie life remains fresh and worthy of one’s time.

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