Extended Audio Sample

Download The Adventures of Augie March Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Adventures of Augie March Audiobook, by Saul Bellow Click for printable size audiobook cover
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Saul Bellow Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN: 9781455170258
Regular Price: $31.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $15.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

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.

Download and start listening now!

BK_BLAK_002420

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.”

    Kliatt

  • “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 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 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 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 Brendan | 4/10/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ke | 4/9/2011

    " I like it when he talks about books and discusses them. I will always remember the eagles.

    He tries to describe women, but he doesn't give us a voice. He seems to want to speak for us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noel | 3/11/2011

    " What was wrong with the enjoyment of love, and what did there have to be an eagle for? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 2/25/2011

    " The philosophical parts - eh. The adventures - hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 2/16/2011

    " How did I miss reading this yet in my life? It is so original and absorbing, really an astonishing book full of Chicago and America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 1/9/2011

    " I loved the Chicago Bellow evokes, and the way he can make even the most minor characters spellbinding. The episodic nature of the work drove me nuts--although it's so true to the narrator's character: a Huck Finn of the modern world. Really, it's an enjoyable, if rather long, read. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Saul Bellow

Saul Bellow (1915–2005), author of numerous novels, novellas, and stories, was the only novelist to receive three National Book Awards. He also received the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize in Literature, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction. During the 1967 Arab-Israeli conflict, Bellow served as a war correspondent for Newsday. He taught at New York University, Princeton, and the University of Minnesota and was chairman of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.