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Editorial Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

Theodore Dreiser's first and perhaps greatest novel appeared in 1900. The story is about a young country girl who moves to the big city, where she starts realizing her own American Dream by embarking on a life of sin rather than by hard work and perseverance. On publication, it met with outraged disapproval and was immediately withdrawn as "too shocking and sordid for polite readers". But it is precisely in Dreiser's compassionate exploration of ordinary men and women, their frailty and humanity, that this stormy, controversial novel remains supreme.
(P)1989 Jimcin Recordings

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  • Bill
  • ceres, CA, United States
  • 09-19-12

I Loved this! Could not wait each time I listened

Any additional comments?

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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slightly annoying voice

great story but the voice was annoying. kept me interested the whole book. highly recommend

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  • Toni Luskin
  • LAKE SHERWOOD, CA, United States
  • 03-03-10

Sister Carrie

The narrator's voice is so unsuited to this classic literature that there is no point in listening. In a word, terrible.

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Great book, not so great narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Absolutely I would recommend "Sister Carrie" to anybody who loves good stories.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Killavey?

No idea.

Do you think Sister Carrie needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not an option, since Theodore Dreiser is long dead, and I wouldn't be interested in anybody else writing about his great character.

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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.

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Simply not a good narration of Sister Carrie

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.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful