The Magnificent Ambersons

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Product Number: DD5653
Released: Jan 01, 2013
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ISBN: #9781441709288
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Winner of the 1919 Pulitzer Prize when it was first published, The Magnificent Ambersons chronicles the changing fortunes of three generations of an American dynasty. The family serves as a metaphor for the old society that crumbled after the Industrial Revolution while a middle-western town spread and darkened into a city. George Amberson Minafer is the spoiled and arrogant grandson of the founder of the family's magnificence. Eclipsed by a new breed of industrial tycoons and land developers whose power comes not through family connections but through financial dealings and modern manufacturing, George descends from the Midwestern aristocracy to the working class. As the wheels of industry transform the social landscape, the definitions of ambition, success, and loyalty also change.

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Author(s): Booth Tarkington
Genre: Classics

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The Magnificent Ambersons
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CD
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Author(s): Booth Tarkington
Narrator(s): Peter Berkrot
Product Number DD246
Released: Aug 25, 2011
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Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781452600239
eAudio
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Author(s): Booth Tarkington
Narrator(s): Peter Berkrot
Product Number Z10006624
Released: Nov 24, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781452620237
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Author(s): Booth Tarkington
Narrator(s): Geoffrey Blaisdell
Genre: Classics
Product Number Z100096517
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481582254
eBook
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Author(s): Booth Tarkington
Product Number EB00162725
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Modern Library
ISBN: #9780679642008
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Author(s): Booth Tarkington
Genre: Classics
Product Number EB00109726
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781466805279

Professional reviews

"A Pulitzer Prize winner from almost a century ago, Tarkington's story of the decline of an aristocratic American family amid the rise of industrialization and the advent of "new money" still resonates and has many parallels in today's world. Geoffrey Blaisdell gives proper blue-blood intonation to the Amberson clan and their contemporaries. He also gives appropriate tones to the servants and the townspeople. The protagonist's oath-taking will have lost its effect for today's listeners, and the casual use of racist terms may startle some. However, the story holds its own, regardless of its taking a bizarre penultimate turn, and provides the narrator with characters (even if caricatured) that bloom or wither in this very American novel. S.M.M. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"

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