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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (924 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Booth Tarkington Narrator: Traci Svendsgaard Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781455191109
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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.

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  • “Tarkington’s story of ambition and delusion…still packs a punch.”

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  • “In Alice Adams Booth Tarkington momentarily ceased his detached contemplation of the foibles of youth and wrote a highly subjective story of an American family. Without abandoning his great gift for exposing the comic details of adolescent behavior, he was able to regard Alice’s difficulties with interior sympathy and understanding.”

    New York Times

  • Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michaelwilliam | 2/4/2014

    " Another entertaining novel from one of the few writers ever to win the Pulitzer twice. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the diversity of a Tarkington. While Ambersons was a look a the wealthy, Alice is an examination of the poor. One of the first American novels to examine the life of the working poor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 2/1/2014

    " Book #4 in my quest to read the Pulitzer winning novels in order. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/16/2014

    " This was a Pulitzer Prize winner, but I think his anthology Growth is more poignant. Still, I liked the story. Tarkington has a talent for painting characters and making the reader feel a bit exposed in the process. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 1/12/2014

    " Worth reading, even though the only people you think you might want to know are not fully fleshed out. The moral of the story seems to be that you will find happiness when you embrace your proper class in society. There are some very fine passages of writing to enjoy along the way. A fast read, and the price is right! (I read a free Kindle edition.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendall | 12/31/2013

    " I loved this book by Booth Tarkington. I found that it even made my commute enjoyable which is really saying something. I looked forward to picking it up each day and reading it. The characters in this book, particularly Alice herself, are likable and fascinating. Like the Magnificent Ambersons, Alice Adams is about a strange turn of events and family and fate. It is a pretty quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 travelmel | 12/26/2013

    " Sorta slow and melancholy ending. Not my bag. I was just desperate for a book on tape and grabbed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 12/21/2013

    " Despite some unfortunate racist background "color," a fascinating read. I wish I knew someone else who has read this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 12/4/2013

    " A good story, but not very deep. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seena | 11/14/2013

    " An interesting story of a girl who can't get to a higher social status. Probably about like it was for women then. I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 11/11/2013

    " An effective character study about a middle-class family with aspirations. Unlike the movie, the novel doesn't have a happy ending... and shouldn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon Claunch | 10/17/2013

    " Good read for the most part. Disappointed in the ending - left me wanting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 12/26/2011

    " Set in the early 1900's, this book conveys the repercussions of social climbing. The character development is perfect, and the ending is poignant and unflinchingly realistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 5/12/2011

    " The woes of the underclass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jbrockley | 9/18/2010

    " I saw the movie with Katherine Hepburn (and highly recommend it for young Kate's spectacular performance). So I read the book and was so impressed that i'm eager to read more Tarkington books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Jo | 5/22/2010

    " Won the Pulitzer Prize in 1922. Indepth exploration of a Southern girl on the fringes of the town's elite society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Roy | 11/23/2009

    " Here we have a tale of a young woman, unhappy with her lot, trying to maintain the aura of high society. It is not a book of acceptance of your station, but rather of hard work improving one, vice putting on a good show. Tarkington well captures the teenage mind in all its yearning, and foolishness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/29/2009

    " This is my favorite of Booth Tarkington's works. The story and writing is captivating, the meaning ambiguous. It was worth reading, but I would not re-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxanne Russell | 1/4/2009

    " This book contained a surprise of early intellectual property debate. "

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About the Author
Author Booth Tarkington

Booth Tarkington (1869–1946), who achieved overnight success with his first novel, The Gentleman from Indiana (1899), is perhaps best remembered as the author of the popular Penrod adventures and Seventeen. He was awarded two Pulitzer Prizes for Literature and in 1933 received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

About the Narrator

Traci Svendsgaard is a veteran of a twenty-five year voice-over career. In addition, she and her husband, Lars, host The Retro Lounge on Jefferson Public Radio. They live a simple life in Southern Oregon.