My Antonia

  • by Willa Cather
  • Narrated by Cindy Hardin Killavey, Jim Killavey
  • 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

My Ántonia is considered one of the greatest novels by American writer Willa Cather. It is the final book of the "prairie trilogy" of novels by Cather that also includes O Pioneers! and The Song of the Lark.
My Ántonia tells the stories of several immigrant families who move out to rural Nebraska to start new lives in America, with a particular focus on a Bohemian family, the Shimerdas, whose eldest daughter is named Ántonia. The book's narrator, Jim Burden, arrives in the fictional town of Black Hawk, Nebraska, on the same train as the Shimerdas, as he travels to live with his grandparents after his parents have died. Jim develops strong feelings for Ántonia, something between a crush and a filial bond, and we view Ántonia's life, including its struggles and triumphs, through his eyes.

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Worst Narrator Ever!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cindy Hardin Killavey and Jim Killavey ?

Anybody


Any additional comments?

I have listened to dozens of audio books and I have never heard a narrator this bad. It sounded like "text to talk" half the time. It was so grating I had to stop listening. I decided to just read the book and it was wonderful. I am so disappointed I wasted money on this recording. I will keep note of this narrator to make sure I never have to listen to him again!

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- Schucity

Primative beginnings

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I might recommend this to some people who would be interested in the settling of Nebraska but not entertainment value.


How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have ended the book after the people moved to the town. The first half was fine but the second half was all narrative. The individual people had no character and their stories were too erratic.


Which character – as performed by Cindy Hardin Killavey and Jim Killavey – was your favorite?

I liked the primary character, Jim, when he was young but not when he was an adult.


Did My Antonia inspire you to do anything?

No.


Any additional comments?

Even where the story was good, the character development was poor.

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- Jane C.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2010
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings