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Publisher's Summary

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets is a ground-breaking novel relating to the precarious state of women in the new industrial world at the end of the 19th century. One blemish on a reputation, and a woman would often be banned from her house, subject to earning her living on the streets, and often dying young, as Maggie does. The irony is that Maggie has two abusive parents, the father who dies early in the novel, and the mother who hurls her out, with much fussing and lamenting about "all she has done" for Maggie.

Crane's irony builds from the beginning through Maggie's brother, who is upset his friend debauched Maggie and got her pregnant. The turning point is in Jimmy, who starts to realize that he has done the same to other brothers' sisters. It is the early realization of this behavior that makes the most interesting psychological impact on the novel.

As always, Maggie contains the beautiful word paintings of Crane. As Maggie descends towards her doom each successive bar/entertainment place Maggie is taken to becomes increasingly bawdy and unappealing. Maggie preserves what order there is in the family home, nurses her mother, but that does not protect her position in the end, when she gets hurled out.

This is one of the most moving stories in American literature. If this novel doesn't break your heart a little, no novel will. In our mind, Maggie is the equal of Crane's more famous work, The Red Badge of Courage, which depicts war with a candor similar to the depiction of the tenements and people of the Bowery in New York. A must read for all students of American literature and a wonderful one for the rest of us.

Public Domain (P)2010 Christina Brown

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  • enminc
  • Santa Clarita, CA, US
  • 03-20-15

GET A DIFFERENT VERSION!!!

The story was assigned for my American Lit. class and it was so much more enjoyable reading the actual book than having to listen to this guy's terrible performance. Unlike other books I've downloaded, the narration is monotone and boring. He did this great story a huge disservice.

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Maggie

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I enjoyed the story, but the narrator sounds listless and boring.

Would you be willing to try another one of Deaver Brown’s performances?

I would not want another Deaver Brown performance if he sounds as dead as he sounds in Maggie.

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  • Laura
  • Hendersonville, TN, United States
  • 02-10-12

I love the book, but the reading was terrible.

Would you try another book from Stephen Crane and/or Deaver Brown?

I love Stephen Crane, but this reader was terrible. It was monotone and read in a way that was difficult to understand at times. The reader sounded bored. There were places where I think tracks were fused and words were lost.

Would you be willing to try another one of Deaver Brown’s performances?

No.

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  • BECKY
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 07-03-11

Not recomended

The reader is horrible. Usually I still listen, but this was bad. I didn't make it past 5 minutes. Very monotone, no pacing. It was like he just wanted to get it over with and was annoyed he had to read it.

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Classic Story, Terrible Narration

The halting performance of the narrator ruined this book for me. Stephen Crane’s classic tale of urbanization is marred for the listener as numerous mispronounced words, awkward pauses, and flat dialogue leave their full effect.

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Horrible Reading

I'll admit first that I didn't listen to the sample because I assumed Audible had only high-quality audiobook selection. Now I know better. The reading of this book was at times painful as the narrator stumbled over the words, paused at awkward times, had background noise (a phone rang and a creaky door shut were the most notable), and read with little emphasis or tone. Disappointed I spent money on this track.

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Would you try another book from Stephen Crane and/or Deaver Brown?

Based on this book, I might not read any other books from this author.

Would you recommend Maggie: A Girl of the Streets to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably not. The story is hard to follow and concentrate on due to the language and dialogue between the characters.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was terrible and made several mistakes when reading. He replaced words several times/said the wrong thing and would not read fluently. He also made it overall boring.

What character would you cut from Maggie: A Girl of the Streets?

It's hard to say what character I would cut; in my opinion everything was quite boring.

Any additional comments?

Please find a new narrator. This narrator was terrible and makes it not worth the price.

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Decent Story; Poor Narration at Times

It sounded as if the narrator had never before read through the play. He tripped over words more often than I've ever heard.

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Horrible reader

What disappointed you about Maggie: A Girl of the Streets?

The reader sounds sooo board that I became bored, too.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Women could easily become "fallen" women.