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Sister Carrie | [Theodore Dreiser]

Sister Carrie

Sister Carrie is an epic of urban life, the story of an innocent heroine adrift in an indifferent city. When small-town girl Carrie Meeber sets out for Chicago, she is equipped with nothing but a few dollars, a certain unspoiled beauty and charm, and a pitiful lack of preparation for the complex moral choices she will face. Her story is one of struggle, from sweatshop to stage success, and of the love she inspires in a married man twice her age, whose obsession with her threatens to destroy him.
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Publisher's Summary

Sister Carrie is an epic of urban life, the story of an innocent heroine adrift in an indifferent city. When small-town girl Carrie Meeber sets out for Chicago, she is equipped with nothing but a few dollars, a certain unspoiled beauty and charm, and a pitiful lack of preparation for the complex moral choices she will face. Her story is one of struggle, from sweatshop to stage success, and of the love she inspires in a married man twice her age, whose obsession with her threatens to destroy him.

Dreiser reveals with powerful insight the driving forces of our culture: America's restless idealism, glamorous material seductions, and spiritual innocence.

The book's strengths include a brooding but compassionate view of humanity, a memorable cast of characters, and a compelling narrative line. It is a work of pivotal importance in American literature, becoming a model for subsequent American writers of realism.

(P)1999 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Laurene New York 12-28-08
    Laurene New York 12-28-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Nicely done"

    Dreiser isn't the best writer in the world, but his stories and characters can be utterly gripping. The reader of this audiobooks is really good, especially given the material. She manages to make the character's fairly inarticulate dialog evocative, and she's very good with the little ironies and dry humor that can sometimes get lost when you're reading it yourself.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 12-03-09
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 12-03-09 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "Why audiobooks matter"

    This may not have been a five star novel in its day, but as a classic with insight into American social history, it ages well.

    Dreiser's prose and novel structure may not be in the same category as Wharton or James, but he's a storyteller whose tale is made excellent by the narrator. This is another classic that only gathered dust on my bookshelf for decades, but as an audiobook I found it riveting.

    I look forward to other audiobooks by Dreiser. In print, I had come across only Sister Carrie, but there are several titles to look forward to in audio.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eenee MARIETTA, GA, United States 01-02-13
    Eenee MARIETTA, GA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Like Listening to 1900 English at it's BEST"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story of Carrie is portrayed with such depth of character and description that it's like stepping back in time. I loved the descriptions of life in the 1890's . Dreiser wrote this book in 1900 at the language us PURE flowing descriptive English at it's best. The story unfolds with continuity and surprise. Listening to the female voice of Herbert was key to getting into the character of Carrie.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the language. He wrote with such fluid descriptions.


    Which character – as performed by C.M. Hebert – was your favorite?

    I wanted to hear a female voice to tell the story of a female character. Be certain to LISTEN to this recording and not others by male voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    She was great.


    Any additional comments?

    'Carrie' is like a lost treasure for literature. I recently listened to another Dreiser book called 'The American Tragedy'. It was well written, but a tad too wordy. Dreiser has a true command of language and writing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 05-11-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "dreiser outdid himself! awsome book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sister Carrie to be better than the print version?

    NEVER READ THE BOOK.


    What other book might you compare Sister Carrie to and why?

    MAYBE TO AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY BY THE SAME AUTHOR. BOTH BOOKS WERE WRITTEN SO WELL! I THINK THE ENDING OF SISTER CARRIE WAS BETTER THO.


    What does C.M. Hebert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    THE VOICES ARE WELL DONE! IT MAKES THE BOOK MORE ENJOYABLE.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    SORT OF. THE SAD SITUATION OF POOR PEOPLE WAS SO WELL DESCRIBED IT WAS SOBERING. AND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WELL-TO-DO AMERICAN INCOME AND POOR WAS VERY EXTREME. AND THE WEALTHY WERE UNAWARE OF THE POOR.


    Any additional comments?

    AS I WRITE THIS I STILL FEEL AFFECTED BY THE BOOK. I THINK OF HOW DREISER MADE CARRIE'S HUSBAND WHOM I DID NOT LIKE AT ALL--A VERY SYMPATHETIC PERSON WHOM I FEEL A SADNESS FOR NOW--HE REPRESENTED ALL THE DOWNTRODDEN PEOPLE WHO ARE FIGHTING TO JUST STAY ALIVE.

    IT IS AMAZING HOW ONE OR TWO BAD OR GOOD DECISIONS CAN CHANGE SOMEONE'S LIFE FOR EVER. AND DREISER DOES SHOW LUCK PLAYS A BIG PART IN THINGS.

    CARRIE HAD A LOT OF GOOD LUCK GOING FOR HER.

    HER HUSBAND MADE SOME BAD DECISIONS THAT AFFECTED HIM FOREVER.

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