Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
You really get inside the characters heads. You know what they are thinking, feeling and planning.
The ambitious but immature Clyde Griffiths infatuation for Hortense Briggs is the start of his downfall. I could relate to his situation when this happen and it really 'rang a bell' for me.
Easy to read, a pleasure to listen to, the writing stands out as exemplars of pathos in modern literature. This book should be studied for students of literature for many years.
I think, it's a very good book and a great audiobook but tragic.
Also I disliked some of it, I was constantly captivated by it.
Narrator is amazingly good.
Clyde Griffiths, an ambitious social climber with grave personal flaw, fell in and out of love with an adoring factory girl, but has to abandon his moral anchor when the opportunity of fortune and status avail itself in the affection of an upper-class dame. Affectingly developed characters, biographical realism and a simple, linear yet encompassing plot line lend this fiction its masterpiece mantle.
Dan John Miller gave a titillating narrating performance.
Couldn't get past the first dozen chapters. The narration is really good, but the story is slow and the writing is monotonous. Bleech. Not my cup of tea.
75 yr old MWF. I like historical novels with more history than story. Audiobooks shouldn't have too many characters.
In high school we were told that this novel ranked with Moby Dick as "THE Great American Novel." I'm glad I finally got to it in my old age! Well, Moby Dick may be a greater novel, but it is much harder to read. This book flows and unfolds like a soap opera and really held my interest to the end. Dan John Miller is a wonderful reader. He can do voices -- children, regional accents, and is able to give each character a different voice. I highly recommend this novel.
The hero of the book is Clyde, and this book is a sort of coming-of-age for him. Hwe seems all too real as he changes from the obedient son of a street preacher into a ruthless man. That may be a spoiler, so I don't want to say any more.
yes, but it is a long one!
I was surprised at how drawn in I was with this story.It's over slow moving but enthralling. I found myself anxious to get back to it when reading something else.The characters are fascinating. The book could have been shorter and therefore would have been better, but I still had to give it five stars.
this book is read to slow, and even with a different reader it will still be to slow. at times it feels like my teeth was pulledout without being numm.
I started this already knowing the plot. This, however, did not ruin it for me. The plot builds slowly, but builds to great intensity. Clyde Griffith is a fascinating character. Although by no means "noble", Dreiser does a great job bringing the reader into the mindset of the protagonist. I think he also did a terrific job getting the perspectives of the other characters as well.
The narrator is one of the best narrator's I've ever listened to. A clear, pleasant voice who easily slipped into the many characters, male and female, without being distracting. I would love to hear more of his work.