Theodore Dreiser's novel about a young country girl who grasps the American Dream - not through hard work and perseverance, but rather, through a life of sin - was met with shock and disapproval when it was first published in 1900. But the sordid elements of the story are no more than Dreiser's exploration of the sacrifices and hardships of ordinary men and women. Narrator Jim Killavey's subtle performance is clear and precise, and he takes listeners into Carrie Meeber's rise from low-paid worker to highly-paid actress without any unnecessary frills, evoking the changes in her circumstances with sympathy.
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Audible make my long commute so enjoyable! I love historical fiction, Nora Roberts, and any science related audibles (not enough of those).
I felt like I was there through the whole listen. At time is was quite sad, but it just gave me a feeling for the difficluty of the times. As I have enjoyed Dreiser, this contines my passion.
Absolutely I would recommend "Sister Carrie" to anybody who loves good stories.
Carrie, of course, for her guts and single-mindedness. She's not a lovable character, but in a time when women could be nothing but wives and mothers, she made her own way.
Not an option, since Theodore Dreiser is long dead, and I wouldn't be interested in anybody else writing about his great character.
The narrator mispronounced several things, the most galling being Halsted Street in Chicago. Everybody knows it rhymes with "all red," but the narrator pronounced it like "Hal Steed." Wrong on both syllables. These things are not hard to research, especially such a well-known street.
The narrator's voice is so unsuited to this classic literature that there is no point in listening. In a word, terrible.
Listened to Sister Carrier once, when I first purchased it, and didn't care much for the narrator. At that time, I hadn't had much experience with Audible books, so I didn't have much to compare it to. Now I've been listening for years; and I've heard some WONDERFUL narrations.
This book was chosen by our book club as our classic for this year, so I tried to listen to the book again and simply could not take listening to it again.
The cadence of the speech, the voice, everything, just isn't good.
The story isn't a happy one, and it really shows you the customs and value of women (or lack thereof) for the late 1800s/early 1900s.
If you really want to read this book, find another version, or get a printed copy.
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