The Teacher's Funeral

  • by Richard Peck
  • Narrated by Dylan Baker
  • 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The year is 1904, and Russell is 15. Though he dreams of leaving small-town Indiana to become part of a large farm crew in the Dakotas, he's forced to stay in school, where his sister Tansy has just become the new teacher. Through the autumn, Russell observes the strange goings-on in the classroom, including a fight for Tansy's affection between a rough-and-tumble guy named Glenn and Russell's own best friend, Charlie. (Both will need to compete with a city slicker named Eugene who's in the area trying to sell an amazing new invention called the automobile.)
By Thanksgiving, Tansy has become a full-fledged teacher and Russell has resigned himself to the student life. In the last chapter, we learn which man ultimately won Tansy's heart, and also who Russell ended up marrying.


What the Critics Say

"In a seamless performance, Dylan Baker becomes Russell. He convincingly brings each character to life, turning a great story into an even greater listening experience. This book is so laugh-out-loud funny that its depth sneaks up almost by surprise." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Sort of boring

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

no, tried listening to it with my 10 year old--both of us thought it was dull

If this book were a movie would you go see it?


Any additional comments?

semi-sentimental depiction of rural life 100 years ago

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- staples

Slow start but worth the Listen!

I didn't think I'd finish this book at first, but I'm glad I did. This is a slice of Midwest Americana at the turn of the 20th century. The story is of a one room school house for a bunch of kids in a rural Indiana farming community. Dylan Baker's character voices were excellent and the writing painted pictures of farm strong folk. I wanted to know a little more about some things, but I guess it is better to be left wanting rather than the alternative.

This is a great short listen if you are looking for one!
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- Mark B

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-28-2005
  • Publisher: Listening Library