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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,464 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sinclair Lewis Narrator: Walter Huston Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN:
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Babbitt is largely a satire of American culture, society, and behaviour, with its main theme focusing on the power of conformity, and the vacuity of middle-class American life.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 2/12/2014

    " Lewis mercilessly rips apart the middle class life in a biggish town. I still wonder whether he ever knew a good person in his life. He just writes about self-satisfied hypocrites. But it definitely made me think about my own life. Do I just follow the conventions of my immediate surroundings, or do I do what I think right for the right reasons? Anyway, it's an uncomfortable book, but good food for thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 2/11/2014

    " SInclair Lewis nailed small town America in the early 1900's. The novel provides insights into prohibition, politics, murder and mayhem, love and lust. George F. Babbitt - wishy washy citizen struggling with a mid-life crisis in search of himself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne | 2/2/2014

    " I have never forgotten the way "classes" are portrayed herein "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/25/2014

    " Babbitt started out as a real bastard, and by the end of the book came around to being almost a decent guy. He was flawed, but sometimes realized it and at least started questioning his actions. Although he is back to a lot of his old organizations, he does end up giving his son some good advice on life. Sinclair Lewis gives does a really good job of character development, but although enjoying this book, it was on the verge of dragging a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Moskos | 1/22/2014

    " More a play than a standard audiobook; a nice change actually. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ross | 1/22/2014

    " Got through about 50 pages. Had never read any of Sinclair Lewis when I was young and I am sampling a few titles out of curiosity. Like the title "It can't happen Here" and "Main Street", this title is terribly boring. It is hard for me to understand who his audience could have been, other than socialists who enjoyed the sarcastic lampooning of the petty bourgeoisie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 1/20/2014

    " Another classic by Sinclair Lewis. No my favorite book by him but well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 1/16/2014

    " So my friends and I call all the suburban-exurban wasteland along interstates "Bloptown" Little did I know Sinclair Lewis captured the essence of the modern meatblop some 90 years ago. Bravo Sinclair, bravo. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meghan | 1/15/2014

    " Out of all of the Sinclair Lewis books I was forced to read, this one was the most bearable. However, still a yawn-fest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 12/29/2013

    " This is a satire on life in 1920's America. Easy read and enlightening "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dominic | 12/16/2013

    " another supposedly profound book that was a disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitney | 12/10/2013

    " Parts of this were hilarious, but I think it was a little obvious. Maybe. I'll go to class tomorrow and get back to you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C. | 11/25/2013

    " This is the original Fight Club. Babbit, is so content with his Father's Knows Best suburban life style. But becomes so discontent and distracted by his miserable days at the job. Way ahead of it's time, or maybe hating your job is timeless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vladimir | 11/23/2013

    " Very sarcastic, describing a life and middle-age crisis of a businessman and society, where he is living in. Still very actual. Sometimes you can stop, then look inside of yourself and find a part of Babbit there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mili Langi | 10/24/2013

    " This book has a subtle, but very sharp humor... it pokes fun at social conformity and how ridiculous it can be. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoffrey | 4/13/2013

    " A riveting, tragic character portrait. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 12/2/2012

    " i was struck by the way this book is totally aplicable to our society today. there is truely nothing new under the sun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca6296 | 10/23/2012

    " My grandfather was his editor... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 10/20/2012

    " can't remember much but i think I really disliked it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyrie | 7/17/2012

    " Lewis takes on the typical American who was trying to get ahead both socially and financially and does so with wicked insight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Masonis | 4/25/2012

    " I need to take a break from Sinclair. This will be finished, but the bitterness towards the conventional and the mocking of the status quo is wearing. I agree with him, and it's completely contemporary and relevant...but enough already. More after Book Club (no spoilers!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 2/11/2012

    " Public domain downloaded to my Kindle. I enjoyed this more than "Main Street", the novel that Lewis is better known for. Even though the plot stuttered and stopped and repeated itself, the theme is so amazingly contemporary that everyone should read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 9/3/2011

    " I thought this book was funny. That may be an uncommon reaction, though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Claire | 7/20/2011

    " I read this in high school, and confess that I was so bored I started scanning through it in hopes that something would happen. Nothing did. Which was probably the point, but that doesn't make it any more enjoyable to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Laws | 5/31/2011

    " No one writes satirical architecture descriptions like Sinclair Lewis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/19/2011

    " Working on entering some more prep school reads now. My favorite SL quote: "I love my country but some- times I don't like it very much". Amen to that. The only SL book I've read except for the sex scenes
    between Lulu Baines and Elmer Gantry. Date read is a guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.h.tracey | 4/10/2011

    " Excellent - very funny satire on America, though would recommend his Main Street over Babbitt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 4/5/2011

    " One of my all time favorites. A pompous, self-important twit finds his life growing increasingly complicated and vexing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrew | 3/27/2011

    " I only made it half way through this boring saga of one man's empty attempts to be number one, and that was more than enough. Please spare yourself. How could this ever get a Pulitzer? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 3/1/2011

    " Yeah a pretty good book. Found it on a shelf in my parent's house ages ago and decided to read it... funny story (quite sardonic) about a man's modern life -- and really utter boredom in the suburbs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis | 2/14/2011

    " Wow. Disingenuously patriotic, union-busting capitalists in the midwest ... Some things never change. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 2/13/2011

    " Less a novel than a ripping good expose of shallow American materialism. Was this really written in 1920? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 2/9/2011

    " This book took a little while to get into, but eventually was an enjoyable read. It takes place in the early 20th century and is a satirical look at American culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 2/6/2011

    " So my friends and I call all the suburban-exurban wasteland along interstates "Bloptown" Little did I know Sinclair Lewis captured the essence of the modern meatblop some 90 years ago. Bravo Sinclair, bravo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 2/2/2011

    " Read this for a book report in high school. I remember liking it-very detailed sentences, felt very grown-up reading it. Middle-class American businessman struggles with family matters. "

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About the Author
Author Sinclair Lewis

Harry Sinclair Lewis (1885–1951), the son of a country doctor, was born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. He attended Yale University, where he was editor of the literary magazine, and graduated in 1907. After a few of his stories had appeared in magazines and his first novel, Our Mr. Wrenn (1914), had been published, he was able to write full time. He was awarded the 1926 Pulitzer Prize for Arrowsmith (1925) but refused to accept the honor. However, he accepted the Nobel Prize awarded him in 1930. He was the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.