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3.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 5 3.89 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sinclair Lewis Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9781400189823
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This classic by Sinclair Lewis shattered the sentimental American myth of happy small-town life with its satire. Main Street attacks the conformity and dullness of early-twentieth-century midwestern village life in the story of Carol Milford, the city girl who marries the town doctor. Her efforts to bring culture to the prairie village are met by a wall of gossip, greed, and petty, small-minded bigotry.

The first popular bestseller to attack conventional ideas about marriage, gender roles, and small town life, Main Street established Lewis as a major American novelist.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaworu | 5/21/2011

    " Caustic satire of small-town life. Although some of the concepts in the book are invariably dated, the concept and the characters are still only too familiar, and the follies of small-town living are laid bare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 5/4/2011

    " Small town life in Minnesota 1910s with an engaging main character, Carol Milford. Nice job, Red. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 4/21/2011

    " I really did have to laugh that parts of this book sound like America today. Carol was a bit waffly and whiny, but I guess we all are as fish out of water with no allies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 3/21/2011

    " I definitely was not the target audience for this book. Although it's well written, the plot was transparent, the main character very naive and annoying, and the messages obvious and, in the case of one of them, untrue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacki | 2/17/2011

    " Main Street is prevalent today...sorry to say. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 1/10/2011

    " A stark and somewhat depressing book chronicling small town life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/8/2011

    " I adored this book, American literature at its best! I loved the vivid characterizations, exploration of social topics, and (sexism, classism, etc.) description of the Minnesota prairie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 12/31/2010

    " Sorry to say, but a bit dated. "

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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

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.