The Day of the Locust

  • by Nathanael West
  • Narrated by William Atherton
  • 2 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set in Hollywood during the Great Depression, The Day of the Locust depicts the estrangement and fears of a varied group who exist at the margins of the movie business, tensions exploding at the end with a riot during a film premiere.


What the Critics Say

"Published in 1939, it is one of the most striking examples of the 'Hollywood novel' in American fiction. Tod Hackett, a set designer, becomes involved in the lives of several individuals who have been warped by their proximity to the artificial world of Hollywood. Hackett's completion of his painting The Burning of Los Angeles coincides with the explosion of the other characters' unfulfilled dreams in a conflagration of riot and murder." (The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature)


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Customer Reviews

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Horrible audio

What would have made The Day of the Locust better?

There is an echo in the background, and the audiobook is not complete. Very uncomfortable to listen to this book.

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- Santiago

Doesn't match my book

The book was great, don't get me wrong, but there were two major problems. 1st: it doesn't match my version of the book by Signet Classics, skipping multiple chapters and many sections of the book. 2nd: there is a annoying echo made throughout the recording.
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- Graham Janssen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-03-2009
  • Publisher: Audio Holdings, LLC