My Ántonia is considered one of the greatest novels by American writer Willa Cather. It is the final book of the "prairie trilogy" of novels by Cather that also includes O Pioneers! and The Song of the Lark.
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 travels 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 we view Ántonia's life, including its struggles and triumphs, through his eyes.
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Pro: Cheapest audio version of the book.
Con: A female reads the intro and a male reads the rest of the book. When the male is talking (everything except the intro) there is an annoying high pitched ringing. It's not terribly loud, but it is definitely enough to distract the listener.
The story by Willa Cather is fantastic, as good as any frontier story you'll find. The recording, however, really lets this story down suffering from distracting narration and production. The narrator has a very "affected" tone, unnecessarily articulating each word, but clashing when his regional accent intrudes. The recording is also very uneven, sounding crystal clear at times, but then immediately transitioning to a muffled sound. The price is great, but you get what you pay for.
My favorite book of all time.