O Pioneers!

  • by Willa Cather
  • Narrated by Kate Reading, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman," writes Willa Cather in O Pioneers!
The country is America; the woman is Alexandra Bergson, a fiercely independent young Swedish immigrant girl who inherits her father's farm in Nebraska. A model of emotional strength, courage, and resolve, Alexandra fights long and hard to transform her father's patch of raw, wind-blasted prairie into a highly profitable business.
A gripping saga of love, murder, greed, failure, and triumph, O Pioneers! vividly portrays the hardships of prairie life. Above all, it champions the belief that hard work is the surest road to personal fulfillment. Described upon publication in the New York Times as "American in the best sense of the word," O Pioneers! celebrates the men and women who struggled to build a nation that is both compelling and contradictory.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Don't like the narrator, I'm switching to print

What made the experience of listening to O Pioneers! the most enjoyable?

I'm really not enjoying this audiobook at all. I think it's the narrator, because I know this is a classic. I'm switching to the printed version to finish the book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I haven't been able to get into any character. The narrator is really not good at different voices and accents. The book is just dragging on.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Reading and Ken Burns (introduction) ?

Katherine Kellgren or a better narrator.

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- Karen

Cather writes like Wyeth paints.

If you could sum up O Pioneers! in three words, what would they be?

Spare, but there.

Any additional comments?

The American heartland today was kick started by the people described in this book.
An important segment of history comes alive under Willa Cather's pen.

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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-09-2010
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio