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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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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.) "

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