John Williams (Author) Robin Field (Read by)
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Product Details

Blackstone Audiobooks
Publish Date
June 09, 2010
6.5 X 1.2 X 6.2 inches | 0.65 pounds
Compact Disc
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About the Author

John Williams (1928-2015) was distinguished professor emeritus of the history of art and architecture at the University of Pittsburgh.

Robin Field is the AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator of numerous audiobooks, as well as an award-winning actor, singer, writer, and lyricist whose career has spanned six decades. He has starred on and off Broadway, headlined at Carnegie Hall, authored numerous musical reviews, and hosted or performed on a number of television and radio programs over the years.


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. Originally published in 1965 and recently reissued, 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"

"A masterly portrait of a truly virtuous and dedicated man."

-- "New Yorker"

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"

"A perfect novel, so well told and beautifully written, so deeply moving, that it takes your breath away."

-- "New York Times Book Review "

The book is so beautifully paced and cadenced that it deserves the status of classic.

-- "Guardian (London)" 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, on Stoner as her choice for book of the year"

"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)"