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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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A short but powerful western

A simple, moving story about the makings of real men and masculine virtue. Well worth a listen.

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Justifiably Celebrated Curriculum Mainstay

Small wonder that this Jack Schaefer novella is so often studied in Junior High Schools. Nothing very complicated happens (a mysterious stranger with a violent past joins a struggling homesteading family) but the book is genuinely captivating. The prose also isn't particularly challenging (it's definitely an "easy" read) but the imagery and symbolism (the stump, for example) are thought-provoking. Schaefer understands how to script a fistfight and makes excellent use of a pre-teen protagonist (brilliantly written from the First-person perspective) to generate a story that young people can both get excited by and immediately relate to.
'Shane' is by no means sophisticated, but definitely grabs attention.

The narration from Eric G. Dove is likewise excellent. His natural sing-song cadence gets annoying after a while, but Dove's diction, timbre, tone, and voice-acting are exemplary.. and the book is quite short - any deficiencies are pretty easily ignored.

Many adult listeners will feel nostalgia listening to this classic tale. This 9.5/10 star recording would furthermore be excellent for a road-trip with kids aged 10-16. I am extremely grateful to Audible for offering it as a 'Plus' option - because it would easily rate a Credit.

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Pretty good.

Read it in high school a long time ago and had a hard time finding it. Was really nice finding it on here. Enjoyed it just as much as I did back then.

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  • 2019-07-20

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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  • 2020-10-06

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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  • Crafts consumer
  • 2020-09-26

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-21

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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  • Brendan M Cook
  • 2020-09-11

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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  • Miranda
  • 2020-07-14

Classic

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

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  • 2020-06-30

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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  • William J Renfrow
  • 2022-08-06

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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  • Zachariah R
  • 2022-07-22

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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  • David A Williams
  • 2022-07-08

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.