Raintree County

  • by Ross Lockridge
  • Narrated by Lloyd James
  • 43 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Throughout a single day in 1892, John Shawnessy recalls the great moments of his life - from the battles of the Civil War to the politics of the Gilded Age, from the love affairs of his youth in Indiana to his homecoming as schoolteacher, husband, and father.Shawnessy is the epitome of the place and period in which he lives, a rural land of springlike women, shady gamblers, wandering vagabonds, and soapbox orators. Yet here on the banks of the Shawmucky River, which weaves its primitive course through Raintree County, Indiana, he also feels and obeys ancient rhythms.A number-one best seller when it was first published in 1948, this powerful novel is a compelling vision of 19th-century America with timeless resonance.

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What the Critics Say

"An achievement of art and purpose, a cosmically brooding book full of significance and beauty." (New York Times)

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A great American novel, seriously!

If there's even been a candidate for the great American novel, this is certainly one of the front-runners. The only novel written by Ross Lockridge, Jr., who committed suicide shortly after publication, this tale of the United States and its history, seen from 1876, is as broad and deep as the Mississippi, and elevated as a New York skyscraper, and as full of wonder as any novel one can imagine. Both an intelligent book and one that is accessible to all, in spite of its length, Raintree County is my personal favorite American novel of all time. It combines the introspection of Emerson with the vast characterization of John Irving; the humor of Fitzgerald (when he was funny), with the seriousness of Steinbeck. In short, this is a novel not to miss. Don't be dissuaded by its length; it flies by, and you'll not regret reading (or listening to) it.
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- Kirk McElhearn

Well worth the time and money!

This is a fantastic book. I bought it because I have vowed to listen to some of the "Classics." I had never even heard of this book previously. The writing is incredible, verging on sheer poetry, though never going over the line to be pretentious or inaccessible. The narration is very fine. Of the hundreds of books I've listened to, this would be in the top five to take with me to listen to again on a desert island.
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- Nathan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-29-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.