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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,657 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Theodore Dreiser Narrator: C. M. Hébert Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When small-town girl Carrie Meeber sets out for Chicago, she is equipped with nothing but a few dollars, a certain unspoiled beauty and charm, and a pitiful lack of preparation for the complex moral choices she will face. Adrift in an indifferent city, she struggles from the sweatshop to stage success and inspires an obsessive love in a married man twice her age—which threatens to destroy him.

Dreiser transforms the conventional fallen-woman story into a genuinely original work of imaginative fiction. He hurls his impressionable eighteen-year-old heroine into the amoral world of the big city and reveals, with powerful insight, the driving forces of our culture: America’s restless idealism, glamorous material seductions, and spiritual innocence. Many consider this the greatest novel on urban life ever written.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Its outstanding merit is its simplicity, its unaffected seriousness and fervor.”

    H. L. Mencken

  • “Dreiser’s great first novel…came to housebound and airless America like a great free Western wind, and to our stuffy domesticity gave us the first fresh air since Mark Twain and Whitman.”

    Sinclair Lewis

  • “Absolutely free from the slightest trace of sentimentality or pettiness, and dominated everywhere by a serious and strenuous desire for truth.”

    Academy

  • “It is a cruel, merciless story, intensely clever in its realism, and one that will remain impressed in the memory of the reader for many a long day.”

    London Express

  • One of Modern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathleen | 2/20/2014

    " I rushed to get back to this book every day to see how Carrie's character developed and how she was influenced by others and her surroundings. It was really fascinating. This was juxtaposed beautifully with the changes that took place in Hurstwood. I"m not sure how I feel about the ending, but I'm still thinking about it and I guess thats the important thing. Without giving anything away, it apparently wasn't the ending Dreiser originally wrote. I think I prefer the original but the book means something completely different depending on which one you go with so I don't know what to think! But I can't imagine a better way to have spent my lunch hours lately. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pete Sharon | 2/17/2014

    " This book has a decent claim to the title of Most Depressing American Novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sundry | 2/17/2014

    " I've reread this book at least five times. It's one of my all time favorites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Holley | 2/3/2014

    " Perhaps it is because this book is rather dated, but I only found this book to be ok. I found it very old-fashioned and prudish at times - though I am sure it was quite the scandal in its day! It was a day's worth of light reading, something to pass the time. But I would not label it as a favorite of mine. "

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