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2.94 out of 52.94 out of 52.94 out of 52.94 out of 52.94 out of 5 2.94 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Saul Bellow Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This grand-scale heroic comedy tells the story of the exuberant young Augie, a poor Chicago boy growing up during the Depression. While his neighborhood friends all settle down into their various chosen professions, Augie, as particular as an aristocrat, demands a special destiny. He latches on to a wild succession of occupations, proudly rejecting each one as too limiting. It is not until he tangles with a glamorous perfectionist named Thea, a huntress with a trained eagle, that his independence is seriously threatened. Luckily, his nature, like the eagle’s, breaks down under the strain. He goes on to recruit himself to even more outlandish projects but always ducks out in time to continue improvising his unconventional career.

With a jaunty sense of humor embedded in a serious moral view, Bellow’s story both celebrates and satirizes the irrepressible American spirit.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Adventures of Augie March is the great American novel. Search no further.”

    Atlantic Monthly

  • “[Bellow’s] body of work is more capacious of imagination and language than anyone else’s…If there’s a candidate for the great American novel, I think this is it.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “The best postwar American novel…magnificently terminates and fulfills the line of Melville, Twain, and Whitman.”

    New Republic

  • “This is a must-listen; should be in most collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “This audio will…keep listeners enthralled…[Gardner’s] narration seems natural and authentic.”


  • “A book of extraordinary and massive power…plainly one of the richest of twentieth-century American novels.”

    Alfred Kazin, literary critic and author of On Native Grounds

  • “[Grover Gardner’s] reading...is masterful...Listening to [Gardner’s] superb reading of the novel makes clear that this is one of Bellow’s most entertaining and most profound books; it is, in fact, a magnificent modern novel.” 

    Allen Chavkin, Southwest Texas State University

  • Winner of the 1954 National Book Award for Fiction
  • One of Modern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Samuel | 5/21/2011

    " Fantastic, bombastic and carnivalesque picaresque. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by jennifer | 5/5/2011

    " So rambling and oddly-paced...so Bellow. A few good bookmarks, but otherwise I tended to read it like the narrator of Goodfellas during most parts. And I doubt that's so wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Juan | 4/17/2011

    " This is the anthem for the loners of the world struggling to lead a purposeful life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brendan | 4/10/2011

    " Five stars if it was slightly shorter. As if Saul would care. "

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