The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton

  • by Jane Smiley
  • Narrated by Anna Fields
  • 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set in the 1850s, The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton speaks to you in a splendidly quirky voice: the strong, wry, no-nonsense voice of Lidie Harkness of Quincy, Illinois, a young woman of courage, good sense, and good heart. It carries you into an America so violently torn apart by the question of slavery that it makes our current political battlegrounds seem a peaceable kingdom.Lidie grows increasingly important to you as you follow her travels and adventures on the feverish eve of the War Between the States. With its crackling portrayal of a totally individual and wonderfully articulate woman, its storytelling drive, and its powerful recapturing of an almost forgotten part of the American story, Jane Smiley is at her enthralling and enriching best.


What the Critics Say

"An immensely appealing heroine, a historical setting converyed with impressive fidelity, a charming and poignant love story." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Unless you are an avid american history buff, with a 'hankerin' for some good ol' abolitionist, north vs. the south sort of historical fiction, then steer clear.
This story was not engaging, and the characters did not engender any real sympathy on the part of this reader. They are not well developed as characters, and at no point do you feel that you can relate to any of them, on any level at all. You don't feel what they feel, or see what they see, or truly sympathize with their dilemmas.
Although there is a sort of Mark Twain-ish style about the book, there is none of that classic Twain humour that keeps you reading and enjoying long beyond the plausibility of the story.
This book is a needlessly long-winded attempt at folk-history that sadly falls short of expectations.
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- Victoria

Teriffic book, outstanding production

I have been an avid audiobook listener for many years, and this is truly the best I've ever heard. The narrator is spectacular and the book is every bit as wonderful as the narration. I can't say enough good things about this production.
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- Donna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-08-2000
  • Publisher: Random House Audio