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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (412 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sinclair Lewis Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781455188994
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Meet Sam Dodsworth, an amiable fifty-year-old millionaire and “American Captain of Industry, believing in the Republican Party, high tariffs and, so long as they did not annoy him personally, in Prohibition and the Episcopal Church.” Dodsworth runs an auto manufacturing firm, but his beautiful wife, Fran, obsessed with the notion that she is growing old, persuades him to sell his interest in the company and take her to Europe. He agrees for the sake of their marriage, but before long, the pretensions of the cosmopolitan scene prove more enticing to Fran than her husband.

Both a devastating, surprisingly contemporary portrait of a marriage falling apart and a grand tour of the Europe of a bygone era, Dodsworth is stamped with Sinclair Lewis’ signature satire, wickedly observant of America’s foibles, and great fun.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lewis is an ingenious satirist of the American middle class, mimicking its speech and actions with what seems to be photographic realism but is actually more or less good-humored caricature.”

    Oxford Companion to American Literature

  • “Lewis’ remarkable 1929 satirical novel…is brought to life in a straightforward yet entirely enjoyable performance by Grover Gardner…Gardner’s Dodsworth is a clear-cut and firm individual whose voice shifts ever so slightly once he begins to realize that there is far more to life than just a paycheck.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich Martin | 1/19/2014

    " Perceptive depiction of a couple traveling in Europe who see their marriage fall apart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/20/2013

    " Started slow as all get out, but by the time the marriage started to fall apart it caught my interest. Some insights into American culture and relationships that remain true today. Maybe progress is not all we like to believe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carl | 12/9/2013

    " Like Hardy, one of my formerly favorite authors who I haven't read in years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 11/30/2013

    " I had fallen in love with the movie, and so I had to read the novel itself. It did not disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 7/22/2013

    " I really enjoyed this~ "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Howard | 6/10/2013

    " I am halfway through this and not thrilled with it. Reading under duress just to be done with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Tuley | 4/29/2013

    " I thought the plot was drab and the people bland -- but intentionally so. Sinclair Lewis is underappreciated now, but he was a genius at serving up the realities of his time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jermajesty Slosky | 3/31/2013

    " A mediocre novel, but a mediocre novel of great value. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 11/11/2012

    " So much better than I thought it would be. Man that woman got on my last nerve. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murray | 7/16/2012

    " Not my favorite Sinclair Lewis novel -- maybe even one of my least favorite -- but still a very compelling commentary on marriage, American values, and travels abroad. Masterfully written, but with a little less conflict than some of his other novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 5/30/2012

    " Longer than it should be, funnier than I would have expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Haynes | 9/21/2011

    " excellent. i love everything by sinclair lewis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maribel | 8/4/2011

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is so well written and the character development is superb. It was a gut-wrenching story that got me thinking about my personal development in relationships and how I see myself and others I associate with. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Howard | 2/21/2011

    " I am halfway through this and not thrilled with it. Reading under duress just to be done with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carl | 9/5/2009

    " Like Hardy, one of my formerly favorite authors who I haven't read in years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 8/19/2009

    " Started slow as all get out, but by the time the marriage started to fall apart it caught my interest. Some insights into American culture and relationships that remain true today. Maybe progress is not all we like to believe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/15/2009

    " So much better than I thought it would be. Man that woman got on my last nerve. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maribel | 11/21/2008

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is so well written and the character development is superb. It was a gut-wrenching story that got me thinking about my personal development in relationships and how I see myself and others I associate with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich | 11/10/2008

    " Perceptive depiction of a couple traveling in Europe who see their marriage fall apart.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 2/12/2008

    " Longer than it should be, funnier than I would have expected. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.