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3.00041902367484 out of 53.00041902367484 out of 53.00041902367484 out of 53.00041902367484 out of 53.00041902367484 out of 5 3.00 (4,773 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Wolfe Narrator: Scott Sowers Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781436183703
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Look Homeward, Angel follows the trajectory of Eugene Gant, a brilliant and restless young man whose wanderlust and passion shape his adolescent years in rural North Carolina. Wolfe said that Look Homeward, Angel is “a book made out of my life,” and his largely autobiographical story about the quest for a greater intellectual life has resonated with and influenced generations of readers, including some of today’s most important novelists. Rich with lyrical prose and vivid characterizations, this twentieth-century American classic will capture the hearts and imaginations of every reader.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Look Homeward, Angel is one of the most important novels of my life…It’s a wonderful story for any young person burning with literary ambition, but it also speaks to the longings of our whole lives; I’m still moved by Wolfe’s ability to convey the human appetite for understanding and experience.”

    Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Historian

  • “Wolfe made it possible to believe that the stuff of life, with all its awe and mystery and magic, could by some strange alchemy be transmuted to the page.”

    William Gay, author of The Long Home

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 10/13/2015

    " Awesomeness...so clear, and the unknown brilliance only to be appreciated more as time passes as equal to Perkins other stars, Hemingway and Fitzgerald. The voice of the south, the voice of my ancestry, the voice of home. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 matt | 2/19/2014

    " I started reading this because I live in North Carolina. Couldn't finish it. I'm probably a bad person, but I just couldn't do it. Faulkner liked it, and I like Faulkner, but there wasn't anything here to keep me coming back. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoff | 2/15/2014

    " The single greatest American novel EVER. PERIOD. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erneilson | 2/9/2014

    " Powerful coming of age novel with rich prose. A little too earthy for my sensitivities but a great novel just the same. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Shedd | 2/2/2014

    " The lyricism of this book is hard to match. Painfully good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maz Baldwin | 1/29/2014

    " Thomas Wolfe and I seem to have a lot in common. We both grew up in Western North Carolina and went to college in Chapel Hill. I felt obligated to read this and somehow I made it through. Wolfe is an intensely personal writer and he works in extemely vivid detail. This lead me to either be infuriated at the story's pace or amused at the fantasticly descriptive writing. In any event, I'm glad I finally read it, though I will never pick it up again. I'd actually be more interested to read something on the scathing reaction the novel received in 1930's Asheville, NC. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick Nellis | 1/20/2014

    " This book changed my life. Visited Ashville N.C. where Thomas Wolfe was from, and where the material for Look Homeward Angel came from. I first read this book many years ago, but still revisit it periodically for inspiration. As you can tell I'm a big fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin p. | 1/19/2014

    " Now I know where this man's legendary status came from. This book is sort of a tomb, but it sure got me excited in a kind of strange, scattered, eloquent way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 1/17/2014

    " I know it's a classic but much like Augie March by Bellow its BORING! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 1/7/2014

    " Read this is high school and wrote an extensive comparison paper on this and Joyce's Portrait of an Artist. Good class and excellent teacher. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa | 1/1/2014

    " My favorite book ever, ever... A bit hard to get through at certain points, but well worth it. "

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

    " I listened to the audio-book and really liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Anne | 12/8/2013

    " One of my all-time faves. Couldn't put it down. Watch out for the supernatural scene towards the end -- you will gasp. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Conceitedreader | 11/27/2013

    " "O lost, and by the wind grieved, ghost, come back again." is a cool phrase and i'm going to make sure to quote it sometime irl and sound poetic "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 7/2/2013

    " Read this as part of SUNY TV course. This Wolfe (not the one in the white suit) seems almost forgotten today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliekmccall | 6/4/2013

    " It took me a long time to complete this book, but it was worth it. I was most fascinated by how much the book resembled Thomas Wolfe's own life. In some cases, he did not even change the names of the people he was describing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eduardo | 4/8/2013

    " I believe the words haunting and beautiful are appropriate to begin and end any descriptions of this epic novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua Seprodi | 7/21/2012

    " Was it Bloom who said that Wolfe had no literary merits? Well, who asked Bloom?! If you haven't read this yet, shame on you! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wisconsinwriter | 7/25/2011

    " I had a college roommate. Unfortunate experience. One of things she charged me with was that I read this book too much. It's 20 years later and I'm reading it again and loving it. So there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beckydham | 6/3/2011

    " It took me 3/4th of the way through to appreciate this book, and then I wanted to go back and start it again. But it's a tough read--you kind of have to just sit and watch all the color and detail go by, and not get impatient about the lack of story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Bauman | 4/21/2011

    " I was going to give this 3 stars because it does meander at times, but man, the writing was just so dang good that I had to bump it up to four. I tried to start another book right after this but i just couldn't do it because the writing was just crap compared to Thomas Wolfe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Holden | 2/27/2011

    " One of my first classics. I read all of Thomas Wolfe since then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Carroll | 1/11/2011

    " A very sad, poignant look at a life. Wolfe is wordy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alec | 5/15/2010

    " Heavy and slow, but great language. Who knew coming of age took so long? I think the controversy surrounding Wolfe's legacy is as interesting as the book itself but if that makes you want to read his work I suppose this is the place to start. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard | 6/14/2009

    " Going through my Read shelf. If I had rated this when I read it in my teens, I would have given it five stars. I think difference between what I would have given and what i now give is as it should be with this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Souzen | 6/4/2009

    " Read this waaaay back when. Absolutely loved it at the time; must get back to reread it and see how I feel now. "

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About the Author
Author Thomas Wolfe

Thomas Clayton Wolfe (1900–1938) was an American novelist of the early twentieth century. Wolfe wrote four lengthy novels, plus many short stories, dramatic works and novellas. He is known for mixing highly original, poetic, rhapsodic, and impressionistic prose with autobiographical writing. Wolfe’s influence extends to the writings of beat generation writer Jack Kerouac, and of authors Ray Bradbury and Philip Roth, among others. He remains an important writer in modern American literature, as one of the first masters of autobiographical fiction, and is considered North Carolina’s most famous writer.

About the Narrator

Scott Sowers is an actor and audiobook narrator. AudioFile magazine named him the 2008 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense.