My Ántonia


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(4.6 stars; 135 reviews)

My Ántonia tells the stories of several immigrant families who move out to rural Nebraska to start new lives in America, with a particular focus on a Bohemian family, the Shimerdas, whose eldest daughter is named Ántonia. The book’s narrator, Jim Burden, arrives in the fictional town of Black Hawk, Nebraska, on the same train as the Shimerdas, as he goes to live with his grandparents after his parents have died. Jim develops strong feelings for Ántonia, something between a crush and a filial bond, and the reader views Ántonia’s life, including its attendant struggles and triumphs, through that lens. (Summary from Wikipedia) (8 hr 6 min)

Chapters

Introduction 7:27 Read by rachelellen
Book 1 (The Shimerdas), Chapter 1 7:37 Read by Katie Gibboney
Book 1 (The Shimerdas), Chapter 2 14:25 Read by Katie Gibboney
Book 1 (The Shimerdas), Chapter 3 13:32 Read by Ransom
Book 1 (The Shimerdas), Chapter 4 6:54 Read by Ransom
Book 1 (The Shimerdas), Chapter 5 8:12 Read by Ransom
Book 1 (The Shimerdas), Chapter 6 8:12 Read by Sharon Bautista
Book 1 (The Shimerdas), Chapter 7 10:31 Read by Sharon Bautista
Book 1 (The Shimerdas), Chapter 8 15:22 Read by Sharon Bautista
Book 1 (The Shimerdas), Chapter 9 11:27 Read by Katie Gibboney
Book 1 (The Shimerdas), Chapter 10 11:28 Read by Julie Pandya
Book 1 (The Shimerdas), Chapter 11 6:13 Read by Wendy Belcher
Book 1 (The Shimerdas), Chapter 12 6:20 Read by Wendy Belcher
Book 1 (The Shimerdas), Chapter 13 7:48 Read by Wendy Belcher
Book 1 (The Shimerdas), Chapter 14 13:22 Read by Kim S
Book 1 (The Shimerdas), Chapter 15 12:55 Read by Stephanie Dupal-Demartin
Book 1 (The Shimerdas), Chapter 16 7:19 Read by Stephanie Dupal-Demartin
Book 1 (The Shimerdas), Chapter 17 9:11 Read by Stephanie Dupal-Demartin
Book 1 (The Shimerdas), Chapter 18 12:46 Read by Stephanie Dupal-Demartin
Book 1 (The Shimerdas), Chapter 19 5:07 Read by Stephanie Dupal-Demartin
Book 2 (The Hired Girls), Chapter 1 6:14 Read by Katie Gibboney
Book 2 (The Hired Girls), Chapter 2 9:18 Read by Katie Gibboney
Book 2 (The Hired Girls), Chapter 3 6:10 Read by Katie Gibboney
Book 2 (The Hired Girls), Chapter 4 13:02 Read by Katie Gibboney
Book 2 (The Hired Girls), Chapter 5 4:11 Read by Katie Gibboney
Book 2 (The Hired Girls), Chapter 6 9:49 Read by Chrystal Layton
Book 2 (The Hired Girls), Chapter 7 16:24 Read by Nikki Sullivan
Book 2 (The Hired Girls), Chapter 8 6:21 Read by Nikki Sullivan
Book 2 (The Hired Girls), Chapter 9 9:44 Read by Kim S
Book 2 (The Hired Girls), Chapter 10 6:04 Read by Katie Gibboney
Book 2 (The Hired Girls), Chapter 11 6:59 Read by Katie Gibboney
Book 2 (The Hired Girls), Chapter 12 16:01 Read by Katie Gibboney
Book 2 (The Hired Girls), Chapter 13 6:39 Read by Katie Gibboney
Book 2 (The Hired Girls), Chapter 14 20:15 Read by Nikki Sullivan
Book 2 (The Hired Girls), Chapter 15 10:50 Read by Nikki Sullivan
Book 3 (Lena Lingard), Chapter 1 8:22 Read by Geoff Cowgill
Book 3 (Lena Lingard), Chapter 2 11:01 Read by Geoff Cowgill
Book 3 (Lena Lingard), Chapter 3 10:03 Read by Geoff Cowgill
Book 3 (Lena Lingard), Chapter 4 21:15 Read by Geoff Cowgill
Book 4 (The Pioneer Woman's Story), Chapter 1 8:07 Read by Ransom
Book 4 (The Pioneer Woman's Story), Chapter 2 4:26 Read by Ransom
Book 4 (The Pioneer Woman's Story), Chapter 3 17:11 Read by Ransom
Book 4 (The Pioneer Woman's Story), Chapter 4 6:25 Read by Ransom
Book 5 (Cuzak's Boys), Chapter 1 32:02 Read by rachelellen
Book 5 (Cuzak's Boys), Chapter 2 17:36 Read by rachelellen
Book 5 (Cuzak's Boys), Chapter 3 6:00 Read by rachelellen

Reviews

Beautiful story. I'm going to listen to it again.


(5 stars)


(4 stars)

Arkansas and Yosemite read too fast. Everyone else was great except the lady who sounded like she was at the bottom of a barrel, such a hollow sound. A story should be read at a speed that you can savor the words like when eating good food. You can shovel the food in your mouth or you can let the taste linger. Yosemite does not know how to pronounce Antonia. She does not realize that her name is not pronounced like a Spanish word, but that the emphasis, accent should be on the letter A.


(5 stars)

Beguiling story of life in rural Nebraska in the early1900s.Enough drama to stay with the story, bot no hyperbole. Like a series of photographs or paintings like the one by Camille Corot or Francois Millet about people either trying to get out of poverty or advancing their lives and careers.


(4 stars)

The story itself is amazing, especially Cather's ability with description. There are many different readers for this novel though, and a few of them are quite bad. They trip over words, repeat sentences, and don't seem to grasp the meaning of what they are saying. Other readers are fantastic.

Great story for audio, great readers


(5 stars)

Katie Gibboney does an awesome job. Much more than a reader, she seems to enjoy sharing the story, giving tender, thoughtful voice to the book.

Bad reviews are unjust


(5 stars)

Any bad reviews for this book and its readers are completely unjustified. All of the readings were wonderful. This is a must read book for Americans.

Wonderful!


(4.5 stars)

A touching story about times in the plains of Nebraska at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, beautifully read.


(4 stars)

The last three chapters were read a little too fast (still clear voice) Otherwise awesome. Great job, guys. Well appreciated.