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 ?


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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

Just read the book, the audio version horrible!

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

A friend, no. An enemy who I wanted to suffer horrifically, poorly read narrative by a person with an incongruous accent, poor cadence, and no humanity in their speech, perhaps.

Would you ever listen to anything by Willa Cather again?

Based on this terrible experience, no.

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

Siri would have read this with more emotional depth and conversational rhythm.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No, it would not make an interesting film.

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I have never before encountered such a horrible narrator! His voice was so lacking in depth or emotion that he quite honestly sounded like an inexpensive text-to-speech robot. His Bostonian accent was completely incongruous with the story, set in the Midwest, and he made listening to the already dry story complete drudgery! Imagine the Mayor of Springfield from The Simpsons, only without any actual human intonation.

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- R. D. Bates

Book Details

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