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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,853 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward Bellamy Narrator: Edward Lewis Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The time is tomorrow. The place: a utopian America. The hero: anyone who has ever longed for escape to a better life. This is the backdrop for Edward Bellamy’s prophetic novel about a young Boston gentleman who is mysteriously transported from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century—and from a world of war and want to a world of peace and plenty.

Translated into more than twenty languages and the most widely read novel of its time, Bellamy’s visionary view of the future offers a blueprint of the “perfect society,” a guidebook that stimulated some of the most prominent thinkers of our age. John Dewey, Charles Beard, and Edward Weeks, in separate surveys conducted in 1935, all listed Edward Bellamy’s novel as the most influential work written by an American in the preceding fifty years.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There is no better book than Looking Backward for understanding the intersecting private and public spheres in Victorian America.”

    Richard Fox, Professor of History at the University of Southern California

  • “One of the great utopian novels...remains at its heart a profoundly radical work of social prophecy.”

    Alex MacDonald, Associate Professor of English at Campion College, University of Regina

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matthew | 2/12/2014

    " Another book I read again and again. An important utopia in terms of influence and history, though the writing hasn't held up well over time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dimitri | 2/9/2014

    " This book is interesting, but it largely consists of lectures given by one interlocutor to another explaining how society in the 20th century will work. So it's interesting as a utopian text, but not nearly so much as literature. I found myself skipping large chunks of text towards the end... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Liesel | 1/31/2014

    " Apparently this book was all the rage before the 1920s. Don't even bother picking it up. 1984 was much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim O'Loughlin | 1/30/2014

    " I did a chapter of my dissertation on this book, so don't get me started... "

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