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.
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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.
"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.
"Like Listening to 1900 English at it's BEST"
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.
I loved the language. He wrote with such fluid descriptions.
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.
She was great.
'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.
"Terrific performance of devastating novel"
Be prepared to weep. A brilliant and beautiful (if times overwritten by today's standards) story about an ordinary human's drive for happiness that also presents a wrenching, empathy understanding of wealth and poverty in America.
This is a great book, one of the greatest books. Sister Carrie's happiness and sadness moved people for generations.
"dreiser outdid himself! awsome book!"
NEVER READ THE BOOK.
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.
THE VOICES ARE WELL DONE! IT MAKES THE BOOK MORE ENJOYABLE.
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.
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.
"loved this classic"
Loved this classic! The narrator was fairly good. Great story about striving for the good life and the realization of what's really important.
Winter is naratted several times in the novel. In fact,there are two kinds of winters: the winter of social circumstances, which is harsh, and the winter of humanity,whose indifference is harsher.
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