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.


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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Customer Reviews

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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

Not what the description says

The best thing I have to say about this book is that the narrator is very good. The novel itself wanders quite a bit. It jumps from one episode of the hero's life to the other without conclusion. The jumping around makes it hard to follow in an audiobook if you stop every couple of hours. These minor irritations are nothing I would usually write a review about. What bothered me most about this book are the anti Christian, pro Communism views espoused by the characters. The hero is atheist and his best friend is Communist, therefore you are subjected to long soliloquies about the advantages of a communist society.
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- Melissa

Book Details

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