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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (249 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nelson Algren Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455195398
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Bruno Bicek, “Lefty,” is a prizefighter and small-time hood in Chicago. Boxing is his ticket to escape hard times and gang life, but when Bruno doesn’t prevent the brutal gang rape of his girlfriend, Steffi, it tears them apart, their worlds changed forever. Bruno is sent to jail and Steffi to a brothel governed by the brutality of a local crime boss, the Barber. Sinister and dark, the Barber controls Steffi and has no intention of letting her go. Why should he, when he holds all the cards? Bruno and Steffi, who dream of breaking free, learn this in the end and find that for them there will be no bright morning.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The best book to come out of Chicago.”

    Ernest Hemingway

  • “An unusual book and a brilliant book.”

    New York Times 

  • “Chicago pours forth from Stefan Rudnicki—not the satirical ‘da Bears’ version but not a variety that is overly familiar, either. Algren’s masterpiece, which deserves a much higher readership, takes place in the brutal, dead-end, largely Polish enclaves of Wicker Park, Chicago, circa 1942. Bruno ‘Lefty’ Bicek is a twenty-year-old gifted boxer who foolishly believes the ring offers him passage to his American Dream. But his world is circumscribed by organized crime, Chicago-style ward politics, and violence that is as casual as it is unpredictable. Dreams do not come true in such places. Seeming to arise from these gritty streets, Rudnicki’s narration conveys a despair and a terror that do not quickly dissipate.”

    AudioFile

  • “A dark and sordid picture of evil of the streets.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sam Fletcher | 12/9/2013

    " Normally it doesn't take me long to become interested in a novel, but for some reason that never happened. I was bored. Even though I live in Chicago, I found myself never connecting with any scenes, characters, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lane Wilkinson | 10/16/2013

    " Another bit of proof that Algren is the master of the empathetic portrayal of the down-and-out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 10/14/2013

    " Poor people in Chicago. Funny way of talkin' and great dialogs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 11/18/2012

    " this is seedy, harsh, and all the violence is non-gratuitous. so i had a hard time with it - i couldn't even bring myself to finish it- but i think this guy is brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 6/7/2012

    " My favorite book ever written about Chicago. Maybe the most brutal book ever read either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc Rodriguez | 3/1/2012

    " This is an amazing tour of the West Town district of Chicago when it was the Polish mainstreet or "ghetto" in the United States. Extreme, shocking, and powerful, this is my favorite Algren novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 1/8/2012

    " writing shows a true, unadorned understanding of the subject and the lives and society he is depicting. Nothing Didactic about it, unsettling and grim, but that's how it is, its not written for a calculated shock--that's key. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 12/8/2011

    " I am still processing the ending, as I just finished it four minutes ago, but I think I was fairly pleased with the novel. I will write more about it after I have time to reflect more, but it ended perfectly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 11/17/2011

    " He just keeps making all the wrong decisions, and OH NO! don't do that, and ah jeez, YIKES, and oh man! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 10/13/2011

    " Not Algren's best but still Algren. What I mean to say is that the story wasn't the best story I ever read but Algren's style, the dialogue, the prose, the pacing are all as good as any of his other books. I just thought the story itself was... Eh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 9/28/2011

    " So gritty it is beautiful "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 5/24/2011

    " Incredible book- Bicek's life in Chicago as a down and out boxer was really inspiring to me. I want to reread it. I read this when I was in high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 4/6/2011

    " Good intro to Algren. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette | 3/10/2011

    " Poor Lefty made all the wrong decisions in life. This is a stark view of what life might have been like for a Polish immigrant in the late 30s. I'd classify it as a tragedy, but an interesting historically based story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 1/16/2011

    " This is a brilliant study of hope in a hopeless neighborhood. It's about teenagers who have no real choices making bad decisions, and then worse decisions, based on pride, fear, guilt and the belief that they'll never escape. It isn't warm and fuzzy. It is real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mor | 9/27/2010

    " One of the best books around. Algren has a way of discribing his characters' actions and surroundings in such a realistic and tantelizing way, one has to read it to understand.

    If you like Polish immigrants in America, Chicago, boxing, & a damned good story, pick this one up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 8/23/2010

    " So gritty it is beautiful "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 1/11/2009

    " This is a brilliant study of hope in a hopeless neighborhood. It's about teenagers who have no real choices making bad decisions, and then worse decisions, based on pride, fear, guilt and the belief that they'll never escape. It isn't warm and fuzzy. It is real.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 8/15/2008

    " My favorite book ever written about Chicago. Maybe the most brutal book ever read either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 8/11/2008

    " Not Algren's best but still Algren. What I mean to say is that the story wasn't the best story I ever read but Algren's style, the dialogue, the prose, the pacing are all as good as any of his other books. I just thought the story itself was... Eh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 8/6/2008

    " He just keeps making all the wrong decisions, and OH NO! don't do that, and ah jeez, YIKES, and oh man! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 7/17/2008

    " Incredible book- Bicek's life in Chicago as a down and out boxer was really inspiring to me. I want to reread it. I read this when I was in high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lane | 2/27/2008

    " Another bit of proof that Algren is the master of the empathetic portrayal of the down-and-out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 10/8/2007

    " Poor people in Chicago. Funny way of talkin' and great dialogs. "

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About the Author
Author Nelson Algren

Nelson Algren (1909–1981)was born in Detroit but grew up on Chicago’s south side, a working-class neighborhood of Polish immigrants. He is best known for his compassionate portrayal of drifters, petty criminals, drug addicts, and other marginalized characters struggling to stay alive. His most successful novel is the National Book Award winner, The Man With the Golden Arm, which chronicles, in a gritty lyrical style, the downward spiral of young Frankie Machine, a morphine-addicted World War II veteran, card dealer, and aspiring drummer.

About the Narrator

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.