Plucky and romantic Alice tries to rise above the crudities of her hopelessly shabby background in this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic about ambition and self-delusion.The lower-middle class Adams family faces a slow disintegration in a small Midwestern town. Alice, a social climber, is ashamed of her unsuccessful family and determined to distinguish herself. Lacking the social props she needs to shine in society, Alice attends a dance and lies about her background, hoping to attract a wealthy husband. But in the end, her high aspirations must be tempered by the reality of her situation.Alice Adams' resiliency of spirit makes her one of Tarkington's most compelling female characters.More
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A UNIVERSAL STORY ON A UNIVERSAL THEME
- Betty "Elderly (1932), retired university professor, degrees in engineering and economics."
The wrong reader in the wrong style
Booth Tarkington yes; Traci Svendsgaard, no.
I wouldn't know what the most memorable moment of ALICE ADAMS is, as I stopped listening after the first ten minutes.
The narrator assumes this story is taking place in the South, and gives all the characters Southern accents, which is ridiculous. Tarkington wrote very specifically about the Midwest, where he was born, raised, lived and died. The narrator destroys the experience by making every character sound like they're out of William Faulkner.
I'll read the book on my own in order to appreciate it properly, without the "improvement" of an utterly misguided narrator. This recording should either be redone with the right narrator or removed from the Audible catalog.
- Edmond Clement