Babbitt (Dramatized)

  • by Sinclair Lewis
  • Narrated by Ed Asner, Ed Begley, Jr., Ted Danson, Richard Dreyfus, Hector Elizondo, Stacy Keach, Helen Hunt
  • 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

This epic of the booming 20's captures the relentless culture of American business. A classic novel about conformity in small town America - celebrated for its comic tone, statire, and vivid dialogue. L.A. Theatre Works, then a fledgling radio theatre company, completed Babbitt in 1989. This production was so well received that L.A. Theatre Works has since become the world's premiere radio theatre company. Ed Asner as Babbitt leads this all star cast, which includes Ted Danson, Marsha Mason, Helen Hunt, John Lithgow, Stacy Keach, Richard Dreyfuss, Amy Irving, Ally Sheedy and many more. Babbitt was previously unreleased on CD and digital formats.

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A nice change of pace

The LA Theatre version was a nice change of pace from straight audiobooks, and the cast was awesome.

Unlike another reviewer, I did not mind the introductory material on each segment; I thought it was helpful.

I had read Babbit in college, but remembered only a caricature. This gave me the opportunity to "reread" the book from a different point in life.
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- Caro

Top Notch

In the words of George Babbitt, this recording is a real "corker." I remember fondly when it first aired on one of our local public radio stations, KCRW, over a Thanksgiving holiday. I loved it then, and I was thrilled to find it available here. I'm also delighted to report that the performance still holds up.

While I'm a great admirer of the works of Lewis, I also know that his novels can sometimes be a chore to read, so filled as they are with the details inherent in the Naturalist style of fiction. The beauty of this audio presentation is due in much part to the manner in which the performers bring Lewis's detailed descriptions to life as they capture the essence of the novel's characters as well as its narration.

Lewis, through his work, added the concept of a "babbitt" to the American lexicon...basically, a self-satisfied businessman who conforms readily to conventional, middle-class ideas and ideals. This story of the original babbitt, a man who pursues the standard concept of the American Dream only to find himself unfulfilled and unsatisfied with his life but clueless as to how to find real happiness, still resonates today, almost one hundred years since the book's publication. The more things change...etc.

I've completely enjoyed rediscovering this wonderful audio gem, and encourage others to give it a listen.

"Zenith! The Zip City
Zeal, Zest, and Zowie!
One Million by 1935!"

Obviously, I'm a booster!





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- Nancy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-2008
  • Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works