Prairie Home Companion 20th Anniversary

Version: Unabridged
Author: Garrison Keillor
Narrator: Garrison Keillor
Genres: Comedy
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
Published In: September 1994
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 5 hours, 15 minutes
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"It's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon..." For 20 years, radio fans have warmed to these words, knowing they're about to hear another signature monologue from Garrison Keillor. This retrospective collection of A Prairie Home Companion features complete monologues drawn from 20 years of radio broadcasts, most never before available on audiocassette. Filled with gentle humor, downhome truths, and amazing depths of tenderness and meaning, these tales of "the little town that time forgot and the decades could not improve" are classics of American storytelling.

Reviews (11)


Written by Anonymous on May 20th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Mr Keillor always leaves me feeling good. He says this is what they do back home - tell long, pointless stories - and I am glad for it. I didn't grow up in a small town, but these stories still felt like going home...

Good clean humor

Written by Jason Bailey from Palmer, AK on April 18th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed the stories Mr. Keillor shares. They are very humorous and absent of anything that would earn a PG-13 rating. Something you can listen to and laugh at with your parents.


Written by Cathryn Cary from Pullman, WA on February 6th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was wonderful to listen to. Funny, interesting. Garrison Keillor is an amazing storyteller.

A Prairie Home Companion

Written by ronswife on August 27th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Although I enjoy Garrison Kellor, I didn't care for this CD because it was primarily singing. I prefer to hear the stories from Lake Wobegon.

A Prarie Home Companion

Written by Duane Dooling on June 1st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great for a long drive. Homey personal stories. Perfect!

A Prairie Home Companion

Written by Anonymous on May 27th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I did not like this book, could not get into it and did not find it entertaining.

A Prairie Home Companion [uab]

Written by Tom Gibson on May 6th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

People around you will want to know what you are listening to as they hear you laughing and chuckling. Not everything will make you laugh out loud, just most of it. You need to take your time here, the story telling is not fast.

A Prairie Home Companion [uab]

Written by Michael Scott from Santa Cruz, CA on April 15th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Thoroughly enjoyable. Everyone has their own favorites... but all are touching. Highly recommended. I was hoping to hear some of their commercials though, but alas this was mainly the news from Lake Wobegon.

Funny, sweet and entertaining

Written by Anonymous on February 2nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I am a big fan of Prairie Home Companion, and while the live show sometimes has mediocre days where not all the skits are funny or the bands exciting, only the best went onto these CDs. It was a lot of fun to listen to.

Good Storytelling

Written by Anonymous from Ann Arbor, MI on December 13th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Parts of this are both beautiful and funny. Garrison Keeler is an excellent storyteller, however some of my favorite material from Prairie Home Companion I didn’t hear on this CD.

Author Details

Author Details

Keillor, Garrison

Keillor was born in Anoka, Minnesota, the son of Grace Ruth (née Denham) and John Philip Keillor, who was a carpenter and postal worker.[1][2] He was raised in a family belonging to the Plymouth Brethren, a fundamentalist Christian denomination he has since left. He is six feet, three inches (1.9 m) tall[3] and is of part Scottish ancestry. Keillor is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He is currently an Episcopalian,[4] but has been a Lutheran.[5] His religious roots are frequently worked into his material: he often remarks that most Minnesotans, being of Scandinavian descent, are Lutherans. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in English in 1966. While there, he began his broadcasting career on the student-operated radio station known today as Radio K.

Keillor has been married three times:

* To Mary Guntzel, from 1965 to 1976. The couple has one son, Jason, born in 1969.
* To Ulla Skaerved (a former exchange student from Denmark at Keillor's high school whom he famously reencountered at a class reunion), from 1985 to 1990.
* To violinist Jenny Lind Nilsson (b. 1958), who is from his hometown of Anoka, since 1995. They have one daughter, Maia, born in 1997.

Between his first two marriages he was also romantically involved with Margaret Moos, who worked as a producer of A Prairie Home Companion.[6]

The Keillors maintain homes on the Upper West Side of New York City and in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

His brother, the historian Steven Keillor, is also an author.

On Feb. 3, 2008, Keillor endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic Primary. In a letter to the Obama campaign, Keillor stated "I'm happy to support your candidacy, which is so full of promise for our country."[7][8]