Plainsong : Plainsong

  • by Kent Haruf
  • Narrated by Tom Stechschulte
  • Series: Plainsong
  • 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Kent Haruf has received prestigious awards, including a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation for his finely-tuned works. Before the opening chapter of this novel, Haruf offers a definition. Plainsong is “any simple and unadorned melody or air.” Direct yet elegant, Haruf’s Plainsong is a hymn to the breadth of the human spirit.
A high school history teacher in a small Colorado town, Guthrie is raising his two young sons alone. Thoughtful and honest, he is guiding them through a world that is not always kind. Victoria, one of his students, is pregnant, homeless, and vulnerable to the scorn of the town. When Guthrie helps two elderly ranchers take the young woman into their home, an unlikely extended family is born. As the chapters of these people’s lives alternate throughout Plainsong, loneliness and need are transformed into nourishing bonds. Narrator Tom Stechschulte captures the subtle changes that bring the men, women, and children together. His performance highlights every shading of this superb New York Times best-seller.


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Customer Reviews

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Grim Living In A Small Town

When I think of this book words like bleak, abusive, depressing, harsh, and grim all come painfully to mind. I wanted so much to love this story--but it was absolutely not for me. Further, the rough narration only added to the misery of this listening experience. I am giving up on this darkly plodding and bitter book. Life is simply too short. Can't recommend.
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- Sara

A taste of Real Life

Would you listen to Plainsong again? Why?

This is a story I can relate to - the characters are as real as life itself. Narrator does an excellent job

What other book might you compare Plainsong to and why?

Can't compare Plainsong to any other author - it is unique

What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Tom's delivery provides flavor - his ability to create characters with different voice inflections is very valuable

Any additional comments?

Just an excellent work - the kind of story that you can connect with. Finishing this story made me crave for more.

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- William

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-29-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books