Wide Is the Gate Audiobook, by Upton Sinclair Play Audiobook Sample

Wide Is the Gate Audiobook

Wide Is the Gate Audiobook, by Upton Sinclair Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 18.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 14.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Lanny Budd Novels Release Date: August 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9798200919659

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62:43 minutes

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39:27 minutes

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53:02 minutes

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Wide Is the Gate, written in 1943, is the fourth of the epic eleven-part classic Lanny Budd series written by Upton Sinclair.

Wide Is the Gate followed the 1943 Pulitzer Prize–winning Dragon’s Teeth and introduces Lanny as a secret double agent fighting the Nazis as a supporter of the resistance in Germany. Lanny is living in England with his wife of almost five years, Irma Barnes, the twenty-three-million-dollar heiress. But Lanny is conflicted continuously in his heart and soul for the workers and social justice. He attempts to commit to Irma, to “behave” himself and lead a normal aristocratic life. But foremost he is committed to ending Nazism, Fascism, and the overthrow of the democratically elected Spanish government.

Lanny is awakened at the end of Dragon’s Teeth to the oncoming dangers of the Nazis, and involves himself in a double agent role by helping a new friend, Monck. Monck is a German socialist who is part of the underground and works with the resistance to alert people to the terrors of the Nazis.

Many adventures and dangers present themselves as Lanny travels back into Germany as an art expert, eventually dealing directly with Hermann Göring. He uses the proceeds of the confiscated artwork stolen by Göring to help finance the resistance from inside the heart of Naziland.

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“These historical novels engulfed me in the thrilling and terrible imperatives of history…Sinclair’s historical acumen and his calculations about powerful institutions—government, press, corporations, oil cartels, and lobbyists—remain remarkably shrewd and often prescient.”

— New York Times, praise for the series 


  • “Few works of fiction are more fun to read; fewer still make history half as clear, or as human.”

    — Time
  • “A great and well-balanced design…I think it the completest and most faithful portrait of that period that has been done or will likely be done.”

    — H. G. Wells, praise for the series
  • “When people ask me what has happened in my long lifetime, I do not refer them to the newspaper files and to the authorities, but to [Upton Sinclair’s] novels.”

    — George Bernard Shaw, praise for the series

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About Upton Sinclair

Upton Sinclair (1878–1968) was a journalist, a prominent social and political activist, and the author of over two dozen books, including the novel Dragon’s Teeth, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1943. He is perhaps best known for The Jungle, the dramatic exposé of the Chicago meat-packing industry that prompted the investigation by Theodore Roosevelt that culminated in the pure-food legislation of 1906.

About Bronson Pinchot

Bronson Pinchot, Audible’s Narrator of the Year for 2010, has won Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards, AudioFile Earphones Awards, Audible’s Book of the Year Award, and Audie Awards for several audiobooks, including Matterhorn, Wise Blood, Occupied City, and The Learners. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale, he is an Emmy- and People’s Choice-nominated veteran of movies, television, and Broadway and West End shows. His performance of Malvolio in Twelfth Night was named the highlight of the entire two-year Kennedy Center Shakespeare Festival by the Washington Post. He attended the acting programs at Shakespeare & Company and Circle-in-the-Square, logged in well over 200 episodes of television, starred or costarred in a bouquet of films, plays, musicals, and Shakespeare on Broadway and in London, and developed a passion for Greek revival architecture.