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.

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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?

No


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