Babbitt

CD - unabridged
Kit (12 discs)
Product Number: 3C929
Released: Dec 17, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781428156760
Narrator/s: George Guidall
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With his breathtaking social insight and his graceful sentences, Sinclair Lewis-a Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winner-stands out as one of the most important American writers of the 20th century. At turns lyrically soul-searching and scathing in its honesty, Babbitt captures the essence of the 1920s while remaining a timeless piece of literature. Babbitt, the ultimate conformist and social climber, seeks power in his community and self-esteem from others. Outwardly, he is the ultimate "big booster," and he toes the company line with "zip and zowie." In his dreams, however, he is tormented by the emptiness of his soul.

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Author(s): Sinclair Lewis
Genre: Classics
Imprint: Classics Library

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CD
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Author(s): Sinclair Lewis
Narrator(s): George Guidall
Genre: Classics
Product Number C4206
Released: Jul 26, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781428156739
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Author(s): Sinclair Lewis
Narrator(s): David Colacci
Product Number DD31886
Released: Dec 13, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781452600215
eAudio
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Author(s): Sinclair Lewis
Narrator(s): George Guidall
Genre: Classics
Product Number Z2311
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781449871741
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Author(s): Sinclair Lewis
Narrator(s): Grover Gardner
Genre: Classics
Product Number Z100095034
Released: Jun 16, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781483090276
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Author(s): Sinclair Lewis
Narrator(s): Flo Gibson
Genre: Drama
Product Number Z10006666
Released: Dec 01, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works
ISBN: #9781580814096
eBook
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Author(s): Sinclair Lewis
Product Number EB00584643
Released: May 05, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Signet
ISBN: #9780698192522
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Author(s): Sinclair Lewis
Product Number EB00588682
Released: Nov 25, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: #9781497691094
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Author(s): Sinclair Lewis
Product Number EB00680337
Released: Jul 21, 2016
Business Term: 1 Year
ISBN: #9781627931083
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Author(s): Sinclair Lewis
Product Number EB00237944
Released: Mar 20, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Joe Books
ISBN: #9781927854402
Kit
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Class Set
Author(s): Sinclair Lewis
Narrator(s): George Guidall
Genre: Classics
Product Number 3L378
Released: Feb 05, 1998
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781428156753
Text
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Text - Paperback
Author(s): Sinclair Lewis
Genre: Classics
Product Number 12840
Released: Jan 14, 2000
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Bantam Audio
ISBN: #9780553214864

Professional reviews

"Not especially known for its prose style, Sinclair Lewis's art is often based on accumulation; he adds detail to detail until a larger picture sharpens. This classic novel portrays middle-aged George Babbitt and his irreconcilable urges to conform to social standards and to satisfy his deeper inner restlessness. Lewis delineates and satirizes Babbitt's bourgeois nature with small and large data, such as his booster button, his slang ("tux" for "dinner jacket"), his jingoism, his hypochondria, his naive politics, his worries about his clothes. Such a style makes George Guidall's measured narration a bit inappropriate--Guidall's deliberate approach sometimes lingers needlessly over individual sentences that do not repay such scrutiny. The many conversational scenes come off as more lively and are much better. Overall, this is a serviceable reading, but the paradigm for Babbitt on cassette remains the multi-voiced, unabridged performance by L.A. Theatre Works. G.H. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"

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