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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,011 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Millhauser Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The American Dream is a theme so compelling it resonates throughout our culture. In Martin Dressler, Steven Millhauser creates a young man who, in dedicating his life to it, becomes a symbol of that dream. Powerful, lyrical, finely crafted, this best-selling book won the Pulitzer Prize, was a National Book Award finalist, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.


Martin Dressler, son of an immigrant cigar maker, believes he can achieve anything if he works hard enough. At the turn of the century, he rises from the shadows of his father’s shop in New York City to become a powerful entrepreneur and builder of hotels. But, as he contemplates this land of almost limitless opportunity, his plans grow impossibly grand. Through the curve of Martin’s spectacular rise and eventual downfall in the business world, his tale remains a uniquely American one. Martin may not always control an empire, but he will always be able to dream.

Narrator George Guidall voices Martin’s industry and optimism while his performance captures the literary power of Millhauser’s style.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. Millhauser possesses a bountiful imagination, and an ability to catch his perceptions in a bright butterfly net of prose.”  New York Times
  • “Beguilingly creepy…Millhauser’s ornate and hypnotic accumulation of period detail are the camouflage for a very modern story.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Enchanting…There is something is something magical in this shadow-tinted tale.” 

    Seattle Times

  • “Taking its place alongside other fine tales of architectural symbology, from Poe to Borges to Ayn Rand, this enticing novel becomes at once the tale of a life, a marriage and a creative imagination in crisis.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • Winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 1996 National Book Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bonnie | 2/19/2014

    " My of my what an unusual book. I liked the symbolism and the writing. The story kept me interested and engaged. I see why it received the Pulitzer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by James | 2/19/2014

    " Interesting novel. Not great, but there are visuals and ideas from it that have stuck with me for a long time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mary | 2/8/2014

    " Terrific, surrealistic descriptions of fantastic underground lifestyle structures did not make up for Martin's dissatisfying, dragging race to the always-disappointing future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nathan | 1/30/2014

    " A marvelous novel. The sort of thing I always wanted Horatio Alger books to be. "

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