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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (517 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Theodore Dreiser Narrator: Stuart Langton Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Trilogy of Desire Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781455176717
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The Titan is the second volume in what the author called his “trilogy of desire,” featuring the character of Frank Cowperwood—a powerful, irresistibly compelling man driven by his own need for power, beautiful women, and social prestige.

Having married his former mistress, Aileen Butler, and moved to Chicago, Cowperwood almost succeeds in his dream of establishing a monopoly of all public utilities. Dissatisfaction with Aileen leads him, however, to a series of affairs with other women. When the Chicago citizenry frustrates his financial schemes, he departs for Europe with Berenice Fleming, the lovely daughter of the madam of a Louisville brothel. At last, Cowperwood experiences “the pathos of the discovery that even giants are but pygmies, and that an ultimate balance must be struck.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 7/29/2013

    " One of a trilogy, this is a good book about a ruthless American businessman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Валентин Михайлов | 2/2/2013

    " I am pliyze after reading several chapters(5-7). Now I am continer reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia | 1/12/2013

    " Fourth book I read in Jan. 1986 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Laughlin | 11/11/2012

    " A fictionalized Charles Yerkes (proprietor of the Chicago Railway) experiences middle life and muses upon power, money and fame with middling results. Drieser is the master, and this is the 2nd piece of the trilogy he died writing. The Stoic (part 3) was one chapter from completion when he died. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexander | 9/29/2012

    " Inspirational is what I would call this novel. Although I liked the first novel more, looking forward to the third and final of this trilogy. Also fascinating to find out that the story is based on a historical Chicagoan rail-street tycoon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dpdwyer | 6/23/2012

    " A continuation of The Financier with Cowperwood, fresh out of prison, moving west to St. Louis and Chicago, competing for utility rights and two young women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Westbrooke | 9/25/2011

    " Everything by Dreiser too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Farah | 9/23/2011

    " Only took me a month+ to get through. :-/ I have to say I liked The Financier better, as The Titan moved a bit more slowly. However, I enjoy Dreiser's writing enough, and I find Frank Cowperwood interesting enough that I'm tempted to read the last book in the trilogy, The Stoic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 8/16/2011

    " It kept my interest long enough to finish reading it. Since the main character is a bourgeois capitalist pig-dog, and he's opposed only by other such characters, it's hard to find any real empathy for anyone in the entire book (except for maybe one of the women he screws over). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 3/23/2011

    " One of a trilogy, this is a good book about a ruthless American businessman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ???????? | 3/17/2011

    " I am pliyze after reading several chapters(5-7). Now I am continer reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerff | 7/21/2007

    " A fictionalized Charles Yerkes (proprietor of the Chicago Railway) experiences middle life and muses upon power, money and fame with middling results. Drieser is the master, and this is the 2nd piece of the trilogy he died writing. The Stoic (part 3) was one chapter from completion when he died. "

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About the Author
Author Theodore Dreiser

Theodore Dreiser (1871–1945), American novelist, was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, and attended Indiana University. He began his writing career as a newspaperman, working in Chicago, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh. His first novel, Sister Carrie (1900), was purchased by a publisher who thought it objectionable and made little effort to promote its sale. With the publication of The Financier in 1912, he was able to give up newspaper work and devote himself to writing. He became known as one of the principal exponents of American naturalism, and in 1944, he was awarded the Merit Medal for Fiction by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

About the Narrator

Stuart Langton is an award-winning theater, film, and television actor. He has been an audiobook narrator for more than ten years. He lives in New York City.