Sister Carrie (unabridged)

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Theodore Dreiser

Sister Carrie

Read by Laurel Lefkow


A magnificent portrayal of 1890s America and the harsh realities of a dog-eat-dog world, Sister Carrie lies at the forefront of American Naturalism. When poor young provincial woman Carrie Meeber arrives in Chicago, she little expects to be catapulted from lower-class woman to prominent Broadway actress. Passive and yielding, she lets circumstances coerce her into action and by good fortune she arrives at fame. It is in Chicago that Carrie meets a successful businessman, Hurstwood, who helps her establish her name. Gripped by a strong attraction to Carrie, Hurstwood ends his marriage and moves with her to New York. Their relationship soon ends and, like a fish out of water, Hurstwood finds himself vagrant and destitute on the streets of an unfamiliar city, a poignant counterpoint to Carrie’s rapid rise. Frank, evocative and compelling, Sister Carrie gives us a version of the American dream with a gritty and unattractive reality.

  • Running Time: 16 h 45 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-129-0
    Cat. no.:NA0307
    Download size:382 MB
    Produced by:John Foley
    Edited by:Steve Croft
    Released:May 2018
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Laurel Lefkow gives an elegantly understated narration of Dreiser’s timeless novel of ambition, pride and social class. Lefkow’s pacing adeptly mirrors Carrie’s tentative exploration of city life. Dreiser’s exquisitely rendered details of every strata of social class will resonate with the economic realities of today’s world. Lefkow’s subtle shifts in vocal inflection and pitch give full voice to the characters, who range from Carrie’s solemn sister, Minnie, and the genial but vain Charles Drouet to the sophisticated but ultimately dejected George Hurstwood and the fun-loving showgirl, Lola. At the close of this panoramic novel, the listener may ponder how sympathetic a character Carrie has become. A story to be savoured and treasured.

M.J.R., AudioFile

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