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The book's strengths include a brooding but compassionate view of humanity, a memorable cast of characters, and a compelling narrative line. It is a work of pivotal importance in American literature, becoming a model for subsequent American writers of realism.
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By Laurene on 12-28-08
Dreiser isn't the best writer in the world, but his stories and characters can be utterly gripping. The reader of this audiobooks is really good, especially given the material. She manages to make the character's fairly inarticulate dialog evocative, and she's very good with the little ironies and dry humor that can sometimes get lost when you're reading it yourself.
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By connie on 12-03-09
Why audiobooks matter
This may not have been a five star novel in its day, but as a classic with insight into American social history, it ages well.
Dreiser's prose and novel structure may not be in the same category as Wharton or James, but he's a storyteller whose tale is made excellent by the narrator. This is another classic that only gathered dust on my bookshelf for decades, but as an audiobook I found it riveting.
I look forward to other audiobooks by Dreiser. In print, I had come across only Sister Carrie, but there are several titles to look forward to in audio.
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