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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Erskine Caldwell Narrator: John MacDonald Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set during the Depression in the depleted farmlands surrounding Augusta, Georgia, Tobacco Road is the story of the Lesters, a family of white sharecroppers so destitute that most of their creditors have given up on them. Debased by poverty to an elemental state of ignorance and selfishness, the Lesters are preoccupied by their hunger, sexual longings, and fear that they will one day descend to a lower rung on the social ladder than the black families who live near them.

Caldwell’s skillful use of dialect and his plain style make the book one of the best examples of literary naturalism in contemporary American fiction. The novel was adapted as a successful play in 1933.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Caldwell displays a talent which is unique.”

    New York Times

  • “A good many people will be shocked, but it is a story of force and beauty.”

    New York Post

  • “Mr. Caldwell’s humor, like Mark Twain’s, has its source in an imagination that stirs the emotions of the reader.”

    New York Herald Tribune

  • “An original, mature approach to people who ignore the civilization that contains them as completely as it ignores them.”


  • “Caldwell’s book is…well served by this classy performance, which manages to highlight the realism amid the rambunctiousness.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steve | 2/20/2014

    " This was a surprise for me. I expected to it to be more down. But Erskin C. has a way of describing situation and people that is funny and touching and takes away the depression you expect. "

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

    " An interesting read about a place far far away. Rather strange behavior, IF this had taken place in the last 50 years. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/16/2014

    " This might have some value as a look into the poverty of white sharecroppers in the 1930s. But, man alive, I'd rather hit my head on a wall than listen to this audio book again. The characters were all complete dimwits and just repeated over and over and over and over their same thoughts. It was all-around a pretty horrible story of suffering, destitution, hopelessness, ignorance, and cruelty. Blah. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bonnie | 1/30/2014

    " Funny and heartbreaking and, despite the satire, still so very true. Also oddly relevant to our current times. For me the best comic novels are rooted in the profoundly tragic. It is a hard line to walk, but Caldwell holds his own for the most part. Not perfect, but close enough. "

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