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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,332 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Norris Narrator: Wolfram Kandinsky Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781455170715
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Few works have captured the seamy side of American urban life with such graphic immediacy as Frank Norris’ McTeague. Heredity and environment play the role of fate in this portrayal of human degradation in turn-of-the-century San Francisco.

McTeague, a successful but naive dentist, marries Trina, introduced to him by her cousin Marcus Schouler. When Trina wins $5,000 in a lottery, and increases the sum by shrewd investment, Schouler, who had wanted to marry Trina himself, feels cheated. In revenge, he exposes McTeague’s lack of diploma or license. Forbidden to practice, McTeague becomes surly, but the miserly Trina refuses to let him use her money, and they sink into poverty. What follows is a descent into the ultimate crime, murder, and life as a fugitive, in a tale that moves toward its harrowing conclusion with the grim power and inevitability of Classic tragedy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rank[s] among the few great novels produced in this country. McTeague [is] a revelation.”

    Literary World, 1899

  • “Frank Norris has deliberately chosen his materials from the commonplace, but he has used them with power...Norris’ method is to picture this life from the outside, and he skillfully places the reader ni the attitude of the spectator throughout.”

    Recreation, 1899

  • “The first great tragic portrait in America of an acquisitive society...One of the great works of the modern American imagination.”

    Alfred Kazin

  • “The writing is easy and natural, the moral earnestness refreshing and the construction masterful.”

    Kenneth Rexroth

  • “Wolfram Kandinsky’s razor-sharp narration leaves one eager to hear more of Norris’ few but outstanding productions as a novelist.” 

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Chapman | 2/20/2014

    " Bleak and twisted as hell. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 2/19/2014

    " This is the trials of a new marriage in turn of century san francisco it captures greed at its best and plays like a soap opera intriging characters i love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MaryJean | 2/13/2014

    " From many years ago when I was an English major and all through my life, I have heard about Frank Norris' McTeague as "one of the great American novels," "a must-read for any educated reader," etc. Ok, so I finally read it. I found it quite depressing -- I wanted all of the despicable characters to die. I suppose that if I were reading it for a class and doing critical research and analyzing style and language, etc. etc., I would develop a greater appreciation. But, alas, I now read for enjoyment and I can't really say I enjoyed this one.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 2/2/2014

    " How cruel we are to one another, "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole Javvaji | 1/22/2014

    " Being an English major, I had to read and critique this Frank Norris novel. It is revered as "one of the great American novels" but I couldn't get into it. I kept hoping someone would put these characters (and me) out of our collective misery. This is the brussell sprouts of literature, swallow it if you must but don't bother if you don't have to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Giles Ayers | 1/19/2014

    " Dentistry makes me uncomfortable at the best of times. And this book is definitely not about the best of times. Finger-munching, gross eugenics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh Ades | 1/19/2014

    " Hands down the best book about a dentist published in the same year my great grandfather was born. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian.scott | 1/16/2014

    " What's not to like about a miserable turn of the century failed dentist? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/14/2014

    " he's a dentist! what more can you ask for?? :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marshaferz | 1/1/2014

    " Didn't manage to finish it. Couldn't remember from night to night what I'd read before. Thankfully, got a plot sumamry at book club so I don't have to continue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsey | 12/22/2013

    " Have you ever read a book about a Dentist? Maybe you should, it's good and definitely NOT drama free, with a couple murders, greed, and even a "high speed" chase, definitely an excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 12/15/2013

    " Glad to finally read this - for the San Francisco references alone. Harrowing story with one of the best (and most cinematic) endings I've ever read. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia | 9/27/2013

    " I had to read this book in tenth grade English. My teacher chose it because there were no cliffnotes for it and only a silent film. Talk about a crazy naturalist text. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Riva | 7/27/2013

    " A must read! Portrays the ultimate flaw of the human race--greed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Pannell | 7/7/2013

    " Now this looks great. After spending a entire semester with Theodore Dreiser and Stephen Crane this book should hit the spot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Kent | 5/22/2013

    " My old professor, Jess Chrissler, made this book come alive. Without his explanations and contagious enthusiasm, this book gets one star from me. With him breathing over my shoulder, it rates five. Now that decades have passed, it rates a solid three. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danielle | 8/28/2012

    " This is the worst book I've ever read. I cannot think of a more depressing story. It is well-written, but while I was reading it I just wanted it to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Steele | 8/5/2012

    " I've read McTeague twice and it improves with age. In addition to the plot and the deep character portrayals , the sensuality of the writing in terms of smell,texture, temperature, taste,sight, sounds is absolutely captivating and haunting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Justin | 5/30/2012

    " All I can say is this book was painful but at least McTeague met a fitting end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 E. | 5/16/2012

    " I couldn't really finish this. Maybe one of these days. I'm pretty close I think. I loved that it is an old SF story. Unfortunately that doesn't get it past the mediocre writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/18/2011

    " Very troubling work of American realism. This book is very dark, dramatic and depressing. This is definitely a classic;however, a warm feeling never occurs when reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Eyring | 8/25/2011

    " Equal parts disturbing, provocative, and entertaining. Even better the second time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K. | 8/16/2011

    " mustard "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 6/13/2011

    " This book captures the essence of American frontierism. Its portrayal of a severe, cruel man molded from the grit of American work and life stands out as a well-written truism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsey | 3/31/2011

    " Have you ever read a book about a Dentist? Maybe you should, it's good and definitely NOT drama free, with a couple murders, greed, and even a "high speed" chase, definitely an excellent read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Therese | 3/27/2011

    " The story and characters are haunting in the gritty and raw realism of San Francisco in the late 1800s. This one will stay with you for a very long time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blake | 2/3/2011

    " classic, chilling, san fransico. i read it when i was 17 and scenes of it have stuck with me ever since. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky | 1/4/2011

    " A rattling good yarn that was sometimes hard to follow, but the depiction of San Francisco's Polk Street at the end of the 19th century is invaluable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 11/22/2010

    " Remarkable book, an uncompromising trip through some of the grimmest aspects of human nature. Completely believable, compulsively readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 10/13/2010

    " I learned that one should always try to dress sharply... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marshaferz | 5/31/2010

    " Didn't manage to finish it. Couldn't remember from night to night what I'd read before. Thankfully, got a plot sumamry at book club so I don't have to continue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassie | 4/20/2010

    " Interesting permutations of greed motifs, and comparison between life in San Francisco at the turn of the century and nature. Pretty boring, though, till about the last 25%. I found the ending to be pretty unsatifactory as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stevi | 3/23/2010

    " Finger nibbling has never been sexier. "

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About the Author
Author Frank Norris

Frank Norris (1870–1902), American novelist, was born in Chicago. He first studied art but turned to journalism; while a reporter he was involved in the Jameson raid in South Africa. Influenced by Zola, he was one of the first American naturalist writers, his major novel being McTeague (1899).

About the Narrator

Wolfram Kandinsky (1940–1993) was a popular audiobook narrator whose career spanned the earliest days of commercial audiobooks. He was a familiar voice of the classics for millions of audiobook fans, and his résumé encorporated the greats of American literature, from Mark Twain to Saul Bellow.