Arrowsmith


Read by Lee Smalley

(3.7 stars; 16 reviews)

This 1926 Pulitzer Prize winning novel centers on the title character, a promising medical student who, as a doctor and following several intervening ventures, becomes a medical researcher in New York. A widespread killer plague takes him to a Caribbean island to produce and inject sera and do research. Fascinating characters, some professional, others romantic, impact his life. Striking similarities of the epidemic in this novel to the pandemic of the 2020's may today seem prophetic. The author won the 1930 Nobel Prize in literature, chiefly for "Arrowsmith". (Lee Smalley) (18 hr 50 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 13:26 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 2 32:35 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 3 33:07 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 4 18:42 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 5 27:38 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 6 50:51 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 7 30:29 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 8 22:46 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 9 37:16 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 10 25:02 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 11 15:32 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 12 31:27 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 13 22:41 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 14 20:59 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 15 31:45 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 16 24:36 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 17 28:35 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 18 17:42 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 19 44:08 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 20 28:57 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 21 36:16 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 22 29:36 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 23 20:24 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 24 33:46 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 25 13:53 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 26 40:51 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 27 38:26 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 28 34:53 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 29 23:44 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 30 26:05 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 31 19:01 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 32 34:50 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 33 31:54 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 34 31:16 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 35 28:01 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 36 22:15 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 37 21:56 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 38 20:34 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 39 38:37 Read by Lee Smalley
Chapter 40 25:44 Read by Lee Smalley

Reviews


(4 stars)

This is the life story of a scientist doctor who alternates between his love of science and his love of his wife. His desire for truth is pitted against the need to schmooze his financial backers. His passion for research fights against his need for respect, a stable income, and empathy in the face of human suffering. I found this a compelling story, although a little tedious at times. Additionally, I enjoyed the historical backdrop that reflected some of the aspects of the science of medicine. Less enjoyable but equally as interesting was the role of women in the story, as well as the role of social class. Lee Smalley as the reader did a good job. I appreciated the accent of the German-American scientist. My only suggestions would be to be more feminine for female voices, and when reading dialogue, to vary the voices more to help the listener know which character is speaking.

A tedious yet multifaceted life story


(3 stars)

This is the life story of a doctor whose greatest desire is to work uninterrupted in medical research. From his early life, through medical school, and then via the career opportunities he chooses and then leaves, we learn about an irrascible, unsociable, frustrated man and his relationships and job pursuits. Researching a fatal disease takes him eventually to the West Indies, and leads to his wider renown. (I thought this was the most interesting part of the book.) I'm surprised this book won the Pulitzer, due to its rather plodding progression through one struggling life. The reader is adequate and easy to understand. I know more about Martin Arrowsmith than I probably needed, but at least I covered many miles walking while listening.

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(3 stars)

Seems there's no delete option. Gave 3 stars pending review.


(2 stars)

How do I return this book after 3 chapters?