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O, Pioneers!

By: Willa Cather
Narrated by: Alexis O'Donahue
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Publisher's Summary

On the harsh and wild frontier of the American West, Alexandra Bergson struggles to fulfill her father's dying wish of establishing his family on the Nebraska table lands. Through hard times and abundant, through love and loss, through joy and suffering, Alexandra challenges both her family and the land in her quiet, honest way. Cather's realistic depiction of life on the prairie is anchored by a smart, strong, independent heroine and heart-achingly beautiful prose which evokes both the melancholy and the awe-inspiring beauty of middle America at the turn of the century.

Public Domain (P)2010 Open Book Audio, LLC

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One of the best books I've ever read, and marvelously narrated. Incredible depth in the characters and a great overall storyline. I'd recommend this to anyone.

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Nebraska

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I was born in North Platte Nebraska - both of my parents were born and raised in Nebraska and I have fond memories of times spent on my grandparents farm in Nebraska. I thought it was time to read something written by a Nebraska author - what I liked best was the authors description of the Nebraska prairie - it is a very different kind of beauty and it brought back fond memories. I would say that the story line is not something new or unique but it was a nice story but again it was the descriptions of the land that were so breathtaking.

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Pleasing to listen to and inspiring!

This book has it all as far as I am concerned. There is a strong female character with a bit of history mixed in, a lesson to be learned and wonderful narration. I can't believe that it was only $3.95. This was a great deal for a very good book.

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An American Classic

This story is an exceptional work of literature. It speaks to the homesteaders' early experiences busting sod and buildng empires, and to the quilted backgrounds of the immigrants that whittling the plains into the fertile bread basket they are now. This story is also about the fiber, the character, of these early plains folk, and about how religion, culture and personality impacted their daily lives and struggles.

The narration was done well. The narrator's voice is pleasing,, mellow and smooth. Her cadence is nicely paced. Her voice acting for the various characters sometimes seemed a little over dramatic when trying to reflect the accents from the cultures represented in this story, but not so much as to distract awfully from the story.

I made it through this story in about 2 weeks. In every sitting I wished I had more time to listen. The imagery in the first half is inspiring and the character development is beautiful as the story has a marked passage of time. The second half of the book is notably different from the first half, and is very enthralling. The final chapter is absolute poetry. I definitely recommend this story!

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important interpretatio of jealousy ruining lives.

story touches on true character flaws in people. how their fears and insecurities made then act small.

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It’s Willa Cather. What more need be said?

A beautifully told story. I’ve never lived on the plains, but Willa Cather has brought me there, time and time again.

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Interesting story

The story overall was decent, the narrator was incredible and did a phenomenal job with accents and keeping characters apart. I did not enjoy the ending of the book.

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Great so far.

Would you consider the audio edition of O, Pioneers! to be better than the print version?

Have not read the printed version. Enjoying the audio version very much. Great story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Difficult to pick a favorite. Each character is unique and special.

What does Alexis O'Donahue bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Have not read the book.

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Difficult to pick. Have not completed the book.

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Great story so far.

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I am a Willa Cather convert

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I have never read the print version, but this is a wonderful story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of O, Pioneers!?

Alexandra is a compelling character and and I was rooting for Carl all the way.

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The final scene with Emil and Marie is masterfully crafted.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Alexandra's brothers remind me of people from my hometown when I was a child. It was satisfying to see her get the better of them again and again.

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