The American Dream is a theme so compelling it resonates throughout our culture. In Martin Dressler, Steven Millhauser creates a young man who, in dedicating his life to it, becomes a symbol of that dream. Powerful, lyrical, finely crafted, this best-selling book won the Pulitzer Prize, was a National Book Award finalist, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Martin Dressler, son of an immigrant cigar maker, believes he can achieve anything if he works hard enough. At the turn of the century, he rises from the shadows of his father's shop in New York City to become a powerful entrepreneur and builder of hotels. But, as he contemplates this land of almost limitless opportunity, his plans grow impossibly grand. Through the curve of Martin's spectacular rise and eventual downfall in the business world, his tale remains a uniquely American one. Martin may not always control an empire, but he will always be able to dream. Narrator George Guidall voices Martin's industry and optimism while his performance captures the literary power of Millhauser's style.
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"This Pulitzer Prize-winning story of a self-made restaurant/hotel magnate presents a real challenge to narrator George Guidall. Usually Guidall can grab a story or character with his voice, inhabit it and produce a memorable reading. Author Millhauser's strength, though, is description, sometimes lengthy description. Thus, Guidall's strong and vibrant voice is reduced to narrating lists of architectural attributes, the contents of hotel interiors, and characters' feelings. Also, there is little dialogue, so he doesn't get a chance to develop characters. Make no mistake; Guidall is a wonderful narrator, and he makes the story more interesting than it has a right to be. It's just that his talents seem underused here. R.I.G. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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