Death Comes for the Archbishop

  • by Willa Cather
  • Narrated by David Ackroyd
  • 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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


What the Critics Say

"A truly remarkable book... Soaked through and through with atmosphere... From the riches of her imagination and sympathy Miss Cather has distilled a very rare piece of literature. It stands out, from the very resistance it opposes to classification." (New York Times)
"The most sensuous of writers, Willa Cather builds her imagined world as solidly as our five senses build the universe around us." (Rebecca West)


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Where does Death Comes for the Archbishop rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I was blown away by the descriptions of the New Mexico sky and landscape. I wanted to jump in my car and drive to Santa Fe. I downloaded this book after reading a travel piece in the New York Times that quoted from the novel extensively and was blown away by both the descriptions of the landscape but even more so by the description of the life of early missionaries, the Mexicans and the native Americans. Highly recommend!

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- Jan the Tech Man

Beautiful story

Great story with a very compelling historical take on Catholicism in late 18th / early 19th century America.
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- Alix Purcell "alipnyc"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-13-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio