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Narrated by: John Michaels
Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
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Sinclair Lewis’ George F. Babbitt is a complicated and conflicted character. When you think you have his next move figured out, he surprises you. As you begin to like him, he does something to evoke the “what a rat” response.

Male menopause wasn’t a pre-Great Depression term, but you could say George has all the symptoms. At a pudgy, balding 46, he looks at his life, wife, family, and business. He sees himself as a pretty successful business man, but when Tanis, the lonely widow, has a leaky roof, he sees an opportunity for perhaps a more fulfilling relationship then he has at home. Add to Tanis a foray into radical politics, and we are about to witness an emotional and financial train wreck with Babbitt at the throttle.

Public Domain (P)2012 Audio Books by Mike Vendetti

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  • 14-10-16

LOL so many mistakes

The reader has a great voice and love his style, but the audiobook is totally littered with either wrongly pronounced words or the wrong word entirely. That said, it's still very enjpyable.

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  • nimue
  • 05-11-17

muddled narration

I have loved Babbitt since I first read it in junior high school. It's one of two books that I re-read nearly every year. Why it pleases me so, why it entices me to read it again and again, I cant answer; but it does.

To say I was disappointed with this narration is a GROSS understatement. I won't take issue with the timbre or quality of the voice, but I take GREAT issue with the stumbling mispronunciations of common words. After a few chapters, it became a little mind game for me as I listened - what on earth had the narrator just said? Stop, repeat, listen; stop, repeat, listen once more. In the context of a sentence, I was usually able to figure out what word or phrase the reader was attempting, but I confess, there were several occasions when I was completely stumped. Twice, I went to the physical book to play hide and seek with a sentence. Does no one ever listen to the recordings before they're released? Is there no such entity as a proof-listener?

Cutting to the chase - I couldn't finish listening. Great story; lousy reader. If you want to give Babbitt a try, buy the book!