One of Ours


Read by Tom Weiss

(4.7 stars; 59 reviews)

This 1923 Pulitzer Prize winning novel was written by Willa Cather. This work had been inspired by reading her cousin G.P. Cather's wartime letters home to his mother. He was the first officer from Nebraska killed in World War I. Claude Wheeler, the subject of the novel, is a young man growing up on a Nebraska farm. The son of well to do parents, Claude is troubled by his apparent inability to find purpose with his life. Everything he does seems to turn out wrong, at least in his own mind. Although he is a skilled farmer, Claude believes his destiny lies elsewhere. While attending a church-affiliated college his parents have selected for him, he befriends a German family (the Ehrlichs’) who open his eyes to other possibilities in life. When Claude’s father expands the Wheeler farming interests, Claude must leave college to return to his roots and operate the Wheeler farm. During this period, he marries a childhood friend, Enid, in what turns out to be a marriage of convenience rather than love. Enid tries to convert her new husband to her many other causes such as Prohibition in Nebraska. Eventually, Enid leaves Claude to care for her missionary sister who is ill in China, and Claude is somewhat relieved to see her go. During this period, Europe is ablaze with World War I. Claude and his mother fervently follow the events. Claude eventually enlists in the American Expeditionary Forces, becomes an officer, and travels to France to fight for the cause. Finally believing he has found purpose in his life, Claude revels in his new freedom and responsibilities. Despite an influenza epidemic and the continuing hardships of the battlefield, Claude has never felt as though he mattered more. His pursuit of vague notions of purpose and principle culminate in a ferocious front-line encounter with an overwhelming German onslaught. (Summary by Tom Weiss and Wikipedia) (13 hr 35 min)

Chapters

01 - Book 1, Chapter 1 16:13 Read by Tom Weiss
02 - Book 1, Chapter 2 14:13 Read by Tom Weiss
03 - Book 1, Chapter 3 12:05 Read by Tom Weiss
04 - Book 1, Chapter 4 10:29 Read by Tom Weiss
05 - Book 1, Chapter 5 9:29 Read by Tom Weiss
06 - Book 1, Chapter 6 22:32 Read by Tom Weiss
07 - Book 1, Chapter 7 9:50 Read by Tom Weiss
08 - Book 1, Chapter 8 5:45 Read by Tom Weiss
09 - Book 1, Chapter 9 5:41 Read by Tom Weiss
10 - Book 1, Chapter 10 7:40 Read by Tom Weiss
11 - Book 1, Chapter 11 6:42 Read by Tom Weiss
12 - Book 1, Chapter 12 9:55 Read by Tom Weiss
13 - Book 1, Chapter 13 11:45 Read by Tom Weiss
14 - Book 1, Chapter 14 8:01 Read by Tom Weiss
15 - Book 1, Chapter 15 11:08 Read by Tom Weiss
16 - Book 1, Chapter 16 9:18 Read by Tom Weiss
17 - Book 1, Chapter 17 7:42 Read by Tom Weiss
18 - Book 1, Chapter 18 13:34 Read by Tom Weiss
19 - Book 1, Chapter 19 18:50 Read by Tom Weiss
20 - Book 2, Chapter 1 4:26 Read by Tom Weiss
21 - Book 2, Chapter 2 14:19 Read by Tom Weiss
22 - Book 2, Chapter 3 14:51 Read by Tom Weiss
23 - Book 2, Chapter 4 17:47 Read by Tom Weiss
24 - Book 2, Chapter 5 7:21 Read by Tom Weiss
25 - Book 2, Chapter 6 10:23 Read by Tom Weiss
26 - Book 2, Chapter 7 10:00 Read by Tom Weiss
27 - Book 2, Chapter 8 7:03 Read by Tom Weiss
28 - Book 2, Chapter 9 12:20 Read by Tom Weiss
29 - Book 2, Chapter 10 16:01 Read by Tom Weiss
30 - Book 2, Chapter 11 4:27 Read by Tom Weiss
31 - Book 2, Chapter 12 23:48 Read by Tom Weiss
32 - Book 3, Chapter 1 8:54 Read by Tom Weiss
33 - Book 3, Chapter 2 5:44 Read by Tom Weiss
34 - Book 3, Chapter 3 7:51 Read by Tom Weiss
35 - Book 3, Chapter 4 7:25 Read by Tom Weiss
36 - Book 3, Chapter 5 15:37 Read by Tom Weiss
37 - Book 3, Chapter 6 8:46 Read by Tom Weiss
38 - Book 3, Chapter 7 3:11 Read by Tom Weiss
39 - Book 3, Chapter 8 9:36 Read by Tom Weiss
40 - Book 3, Chapter 9 8:47 Read by Tom Weiss
41 - Book 3, Chapter 10 14:11 Read by Tom Weiss
42 - Book 3, Chapter 11 13:15 Read by Tom Weiss
43 - Book 3, Chapter 12 5:04 Read by Tom Weiss
44 - Book 3, Chapter 13 6:10 Read by Tom Weiss
45 - Book 4, Chapter 1 4:56 Read by Tom Weiss
46 - Book 4, Chapter 2 9:29 Read by Tom Weiss
47 - Book 4, Chapter 3 18:13 Read by Tom Weiss
48 - Book 4, Chapter 4 12:05 Read by Tom Weiss
49 - Book 4, Chapter 5 4:24 Read by Tom Weiss
50 - Book 4, Chapter 6 16:21 Read by Tom Weiss
51 - Book 4, Chapter 7 12:17 Read by Tom Weiss
52 - Book 4, Chapter 8 6:14 Read by Tom Weiss
53 - Book 4, Chapter 9 12:54 Read by Tom Weiss
54 - Book 5, Chapter 1 10:57 Read by Tom Weiss
55 - Book 5, Chapter 2 11:13 Read by Tom Weiss
56 - Book 5, Chapter 3 7:52 Read by Tom Weiss
57 - Book 5, Chapter 4 10:30 Read by Tom Weiss
58 - Book 5, Chapter 5 9:37 Read by Tom Weiss
59 - Book 5, Chapter 6 15:14 Read by Tom Weiss
60 - Book 5, Chapter 7 9:47 Read by Tom Weiss
61 - Book 5, Chapter 8 17:36 Read by Tom Weiss
62 - Book 5, Chapter 9 9:54 Read by Tom Weiss
63 - Book 5, Chapter 10 32:11 Read by Tom Weiss
64 - Book 5, Chapter 11 10:46 Read by Tom Weiss
65 - Book 5, Chapter 12 4:25 Read by Tom Weiss
66 - Book 5, Chapter 13 13:36 Read by Tom Weiss
67 - Book 5, Chapter 14 16:01 Read by Tom Weiss
68 - Book 5, Chapter 15 7:37 Read by Tom Weiss
69 - Book 5, Chapter 16 13:38 Read by Tom Weiss
70 - Book 5, Chapter 17 14:34 Read by Tom Weiss
71 - Book 5, Chapter 18 24:52 Read by Tom Weiss
72 - Book 5, Chapter 19 10:11 Read by Tom Weiss

Reviews

Bravo from Borneo


(5 stars)

I really enjoyed this book, which is poignant in so many respects. In my view, the novel's greatness derives from the time spent by the author in revealing in wonderful detail what life was like for individuals and families living on the Nebraska prairie in the years just prior to WW1. This becomes foundational in continuing the life story of the main character and how his experiences in France reveal such a juxtaposition in lifestyles from his own back in Nebraska. War is hell and this is explored through many incidences that uncover the price paid by so many civilians, as well as soldiers. Chapeau as always to Tom Weiss for such a sensitive reading and for bringing the characters to life.

T.Batti


(5 stars)

I liked this book for it's bird's eye view of life on the prairie. I also appreciated the thoughts of oncoming war as well as a brief glimpse into the world of a Doughboy in WWW l. A special thumbs up to the reader!

A Poignant Story of a Midwestern Boy


(5 stars)

Cather presents the beautiful story of Claude Wheeler, the son of a wealthy farmer in Nebraska, from his time on the prairie to finding himself on the battlefields of France during WW1.

One of Ours


(5 stars)

A excellent true story , well worth listening to . Special thanks to the reader excellent story telling ,


(5 stars)

Excellent story, very well read, good recording. Adult treatment of serious topics: war, loyalty, marriage, religion, xenophobia .

Listen to this


(5 stars)

Interesting and moving without being sentimental.