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I had lain in my bed thinking of our visitor out in the bunk in the barn. It scarce seemed possible that he was the same man I had first seen, stern and chilling in his dark solitude, riding up our road. Something in father, something not of words or of actions, but of the essential substance of the human spirit, had reached out and spoken to him and he had replied to it and had unlocked a part of himself to us. He was far off and unapproachable at times even when he was right there with you.

The Starrett family's life forever changes when a man named Shane rides out of the great glowing West and up to their farm in 1889. Young Bob Starrett is entranced by this stoic stranger who brings a new energy to his family. Shane stays on as a farmhand, but his past remains a mystery. Many folks in their small Wyoming valley are suspicious of Shane, and make it known that he is not welcome. But as dangerous as Shane may seem, he is a staunch friend to the Starretts - and when a powerful neighboring rancher tries to drive them out of their homestead, Shane becomes entangled in the deadly feud. This classic western, originally published in 1949, is a profoundly moving story of the influence of a singular character on one boy's life.

©2017 Jack Schaefer (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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As Good as the Great Classic Movie

I love this story. I've seen the movie several times. It is one of my favorites. I was concerned the book might be a disappointment compared to the film, or so identical as to not be a fresh tale to me. I was not in the least disappointed. I highly recommend this book for those who love the movie or simply love great storytelling. It offered a fresh perspective from the movie I so love. There were many powerful, heart-touching, unforgettable scenes.

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Outstanding reading of Shane

As a child approximately the same age of this young man narrated in this story of Shane, about 11; my mother took me to the theater to see Shane, with actor Alan Ladd and I feel in love with his character.

Hearing the reading of the story from audiobooks has again lit the flame of my love for this enduring Western, Shane.

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Just as enjoyable in 2020, as it was in 1949

Great narration too! You'll know Shane is leaning against a post, even before the narrator proclaims it.

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ONE OF THE BEST

loved it,best action,very good storyline.keeps you on the edge of your seat.5 star read.GREAT book

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Amazing Western

Told from the perspective of a young boy which engages the senses in one zone recollections of times that were simpler and more innocent even though Shane is the baddest dude to walk the west

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Classic

I have always found this book as my childhood as my favorite. The narrator did an excellent job!

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Through a child’s eyes

A classic western through a child’s eyes gives even the young reader, as young as 10 a desire to keep listening. Eric Dove’s beautiful job with the characters only helped with the story’s flow.

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we laughed and cried

slow start but then we got hooked, we really loved it. why do I have to do 15 words.

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One of the greats

Read this when I was younger, saw the movie, and now had the chance to listen to it. The narrator did a great job.

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Perfect

I had heard that this was one of the staples of this genre, and I was not disappointed. Probably the most surprising and delightful aspect of the book was how I could resonate with the mysteries from Bob’s perspective. Seeing these adults make decisions without taking the time to explain them was a subtle nod to subtle social dynamics that always fascinate me.

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  • 01-01-21

still a classic

have not read or listen to this classic western in many years but it still as good as ever

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  • 08-20-20

School Revisited

Once upon a time long ago, in the freezing hills of Buxton Derbyshire, a 12 year old me struggled to read this book at school. Perhaps my comprehension was akin to the boy Robert here telling the story, though he was clearly much smarter than the average. This wonderful version illuminates and excites the senses as it enabled me time travel back to 1972 and further to Wyoming in 1869. A Perfect example of the best of Audible.

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  • Dilligaf1964
  • 09-15-18

wonderful narration

I read this book years ago at school and it was a real pleasure to listen to this version... terrific storyline .. colourful characters and beautifully narrated

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  • Ale wilsonj
  • 06-29-22

A classic

One of the best tales of masculinity and purpose I have ever read. A classic for a reason.

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  • 05-29-22

To the guardian of the souls

Great story with reference to older stories well told
Would like to hear a story where Shane reappears again

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  • 12-24-21

A Great Western

I'd loved this book as a boy and was young again listening to the tale, told through the eyes of a young boy, of the hero riding to the aid of a family up against the local bully. Just the right voice for the narration.

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  • M. Harffy
  • 10-20-21

An undying classic

Great reading of one of the seminal novels of the Western genre. Timeless, evocative, and mythical tale of the Old West.

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  • 08-22-21

Easy listen... Sad and heart warming.

This was a very easy listen the characters are well presented. I believe a sort of love triangle was underlying thoughout which put a strange feel to the book. The story is a very simple much like the lives of the characters on the farm but the character of Shane is quite the opposite very complex and drapped in shadow and mystery.

Worth a read nothing to scream about. Felt a little elementary to me.

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  • 02-02-22

So good!

Loved it! Such a great story. Liked the narrator. Kinda made me feel like my kids should listen to it to educate them about standing up for what's right

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  • Jacques M
  • 01-29-22

Just like at School..

This Book was a great read, just like when I was in school. read very well, a story of sad ,yet exciting times of exploration, discovery, yet manipulation and old times.

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  • 12-31-21

Westerns are fast becoming my favourite genre.

Very enjoyable. Well read. I’ve read True Grit and now Shane and loved them both. I’m going to make sure I listen to more.