Stoner by John Williams audiobook

Stoner

By John Williams
Read by Robin Field

Blackstone Publishing
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William Stoner is born at the end of the nineteenth century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar’s life, far different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments: marriage into a “proper” family estranges him from his parents; his career is stymied; his wife and daughter turn coldly away from him; a transforming experience of new love ends under threat of scandal. Driven ever deeper within himself, Stoner rediscovers the stoic silence of his forebears and confronts an essential solitude. John Williams’ luminous and deeply moving novel is a work of quiet perfection. William Stoner emerges from it not only as an archetypal American, but as an unlikely existential hero, standing, like a figure in a painting by Edward Hopper, in stark relief against an unforgiving world.

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Summary

Summary

A London Guardian Pick of Top 10 Novels

A BuzzFeed Books Pick of Great Books You May Not Know About

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An Audible Editors Top Pick of 10 Books Listeners Are Raving about This Month

William Stoner is born at the end of the nineteenth century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar’s life, far different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments: marriage into a “proper” family estranges him from his parents; his career is stymied; his wife and daughter turn coldly away from him; a transforming experience of new love ends under threat of scandal. Driven ever deeper within himself, Stoner rediscovers the stoic silence of his forebears and confronts an essential solitude.

John Williams’ luminous and deeply moving novel is a work of quiet perfection. William Stoner emerges from it not only as an archetypal American, but as an unlikely existential hero, standing, like a figure in a painting by Edward Hopper, in stark relief against an unforgiving world.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A masterly portrait of a truly virtuous and dedicated man.” New Yorker
“A perfect novel, so well told and beautifully written, so deeply moving, that it takes your breath away.” New York Times Book Review
“Robin Field fully inhabits Stoner’s character, dragging every morsel of tragedy, inevitability, and, occasionally, wiliness and joy from Williams’ understated writing. Field’s performance helps us understand that an ordinary person’s life is still grand, emotional, and worthy…Stoner is a small miracle of a novel that is enhanced by a narrator who is a perfect match. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“An unjustly neglected gem.” People
“It’s simply a novel about a guy who goes to college and becomes a teacher. But it’s one of the most fascinating things that you’ll ever come across.” Time
“The book is so beautifully paced and cadenced that it deserves the status of classic.” The Guardian (London)
“Is no doubt my favorite literary romance of all time…The affair that ensues is described with a beauty so fierce that it takes my breath away each time I read it. The chapters devoted to this romance are both terribly sexy and profoundly wise.” Christian Science Monitor
Stoner…is so quietly beautiful and moving, so precisely constructed, that you want to read it in one sitting and enjoy being in it, altered somehow, as if you have been allowed to wear an exquisitely tailored garment that you don’t want to take off.” Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“An exquisite study…I had not known…that the kind of unsparing portrait of failed marriage shown in Stoner existed before John Cheever.” Los Angeles Times
“Serious, beautiful and affecting, what makes Stoner so impressive is the contained intensity the author and character share.” New Republic
“It’s beautifully written in simple but brilliant prose, a novel of an ordinary life, an examination of a quiet tragedy.” Ruth Rendell, Edgar Award-winning author
“Stoner is written in the most plainspoken of styles…Its hero is an obscure academic who endures a series of personal and professional agonies. Yet the novel is utterly riveting, and for one simple reason: because the author, John Williams, treats his characters with such tender and ruthless honesty that we cannot help but love them.” Steve Almond, author of (Not That You Asked)

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Author

Author Bio: John Williams

Author Bio: John Williams

John Williams (1922–1994) was born in Texas. The poet and novelist taught at and received his PhD from the University of Missouri in the early 1950s. In 1955 he became the director of the University of Denver’s creative writing program, where he became the editor of the University of Denver Quarterly. He remained at Denver until his retirement in 1986. He was a cowinner of the 1973 National Book Award for Fiction for the novel Augustus.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 9.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English