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3.46 out of 53.46 out of 53.46 out of 53.46 out of 53.46 out of 5 3.46 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sinclair Lewis Narrator: Ed Asner, Ed Begley Jr., Ted Danson, Richard Dreyfuss, Hector Elizondo, Stacy Keach, Helen Hunt Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dominique | 2/13/2014

    " This is one of those books that almost set me in a nervous breakdown of anxiousness about the ills of society, kind of like reading a novelesque foucault. Once in, I could think of nothing else but this book. Once out, I felt like the entire experience of reading it (feverishly) had been my own experience. "

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

    " I read this long ago in a course on "American Culture." I loved it. It was so fun to hate the main character. He was like one of the "phonies" from Catcher in the Rye. I'd like to re-read it sometime. It may not be so black-and-white as my teenage impression. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 1/13/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It took me a little while to get into it but, once the story got rolling, I was very interested. The main character, George Babbit, is not necessarily likable but he has a certain charm. I wanted to continue reading to find out what he was up to. His most annoying trait (as well as the trait I was most intrigued with) was his hypocrisy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jani | 11/24/2013

    " A fair warning of what your life might become if you didn't follow your dreams, ideals or desires and just let your self be governed by what the majority thinks. Certainly might be a fine option for anyone thinking about adjusting to the "realities of life" whether a youth or a parent. However, well written, the book has aged a bit, but not as much as you would think for a time piece from close to a hundred years ago. There might be books that more directly speaks to the concens of today, but Babbitt is still scary in its seemingly eternal subject matter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April-lyn | 9/30/2013

    " I read this for a book project in tenth grade, and distinctly remember abandoning it after I finished the project. I have no recollection of what it was about, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James T. Spartz | 8/1/2013

    " A great book. The architypal philistine conformist, George Babbitt, trying to be all things to all people. Failing to be much of anything to anyone. A little bit of somebody we all know. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Frank | 4/24/2013

    " I can't read this, I gave up about a fifth of the way through, it seemed much too dated (and the characterization too flat and unsympathetic) to hold my interet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 12/7/2012

    " A really good book about a thoroughly unlikeable bunch of people - again, one that accurately captures and then skewers a time and place. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mlt205 | 10/26/2012

    " I couldn't get into this book. The story was very slow to get going and it didn't go anywhere once it did. A nice happy ending however. Maybe my issues with the book stem from a lack of understanding of the time in which it was written, but I would not recommend this book to others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clifford | 8/17/2012

    " A good plot and character comes alive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/17/2012

    " It's definitely not a page turner, but the descriptive writing paints a vivid picture of this horrid man and his horrid family. A worthwhile character study! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregory Knapp | 4/7/2012

    " Maybe the greatest dissection of what Alfred P. Doolittle, "Dustman," called "Middle-Class Morality." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 8/31/2011

    " I liked this book, though I've met people who hated it. I like the inner struggle the main character goes through - I guess I could relate to his frustration with the strict rule set up by society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyrie | 8/27/2011

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

  • 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.