Sister Carrie

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.1 stars; 49 reviews)

Theodore Dreiser (1871–1945) was an American author of the naturalist school, known for dealing with the gritty reality of life. Sister Carrie (1900) is his first novel and tells the story of a young country girl who moves to the big city (Chicago) where she starts realizing her own American Dream by first becoming a mistress to powerful men and later as a famous actress.
Dreiser and his wife significantly altered the original manuscript to make it more palatable to the prevailing sensibilities of the day, but even this toned down version caused a minor scandal, and Dreiser had difficulty finding a publisher for it. This was due to the blurred division line between good and bad in the plot. Although Dreiser's moralizing narrator does assert that, despite the fame and the money she has amassed, Carrie will not be able to achieve peace of mind in her life, the apparent lack of poetic justice -- the notion that immorality should pay in the end, even if only up to a point -- was a concept the reading public were altogether unused to at the time. (summary from wikipedia) (17 hr 47 min)


The Magnet Attracting: A Waif Amid Forces 17:39 Read by J. M. Smallheer
What Poverty Threatened: Of Granite and Brass 12:20 Read by zinniz
We Question of Fortune: Four-fifty a Week 20:59 Read by zinniz
The Spendings of Fancy: Facts Answer with Sneers 24:26 Read by Sheila Morton
A Glittering Night Flower: The Use of a Name 16:01 Read by Sheila Morton
The Machine and the Maiden: A Knight of Today 25:45 Read by Sheila Morton
The Lure of the Material: Beauty Speaks for Itself 24:14 Read by spiderman0521
Intimations By Winter: An Ambassador Summoned 16:26 Read by spiderman0521
Convention's Own Tinder-Box: The Eye That Is Green 14:58 Read by spiderman0521
The Counsel Of Winter: Fortune's Ambassador Calls 17:04 Read by zinniz
The Persuasion Of Fashion: Feeling Guards O'er Its Own 19:45 Read by zinniz
Of The Lamps Of The Mansions: The Ambassador's Plea 17:42 Read by J. M. Smallheer
His Credentials Accepted: A Babel Of Tongues 17:56 Read by J. M. Smallheer
With Eyes And Not Seeing: One Influence Wanes 13:04 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Irk Of The Old Ties: The Magic Of Youth 35:16 Read by Andrea
A Witless Aladdin: The Gate To The World 18:46 Read by Bob Sage
A Glimpse Through The Gateway: Hope Lightens The Eye 18:49 Read by Bob Sage
Just Over The Border: A Hail And Farewell 12:38 Read by Bob Sage
An Hour In Elfland: A Clamour Half Heard 27:28 Read by Bob Sage
The Lure Of The Spirit: The Flesh In Pursuit 16:32 Read by Bob Sage
The Lure Of The Spirit: The Flesh In Pursuit 9:47 Read by Bob Sage
The Blaze Of The Tinder: Flesh Wars With The Flesh 24:50 Read by Bob Sage
A Spirit In Travail: One Rung Put Behind 23:13 Read by Bob Sage
Ashes Of Tinder: A Face At The Window 9:35 Read by zinniz
Ashes Of Tinder: The Loosing Of Stays 9:32 Read by zinniz
The Ambassador Fallen: A Search For The Gate 22:49 Read by zinniz
When Waters Engulf Us We Reach For A Star 21:27 Read by zinniz
A Pilgrim, An Outlaw: The Spirit Detained 23:34 Read by Bob Sage
The Solace Of Travel: The Boats Of The Sea 28:42 Read by Bob Sage
The Kingdom Of Greatness: The Pilgrim Adream 19:02 Read by Bob Sage
A Pet Of Good Fortune: Broadway Flaunts Its Joys 24:14 Read by Roger Melin
The Feast Of Belshazzar: A Seer To Translate 34:50 Read by Roger Melin
Without The Walled City: The Slope Of The Years 21:14 Read by Roger Melin
The Grind Of The Millstones: A Sample Of Chaff 21:00 Read by Roger Melin
The Passing Of Effort: The Visage Of Care 25:17 Read by Roger Melin
A Grim Retrogression: The Phantom Of Chance 24:00 Read by Roger Melin
The Spirit Awakens: New Search For The Gate 20:59 Read by Andrea
In Elf Land Disporting: The Grim World Without 25:43 Read by Andrea
Of Lights And Of Shadows: The Parting Of Worlds 28:36 Read by Andrea
A Public Dissension: A Final Appeal 22:02 Read by Andrea
The Strike 41:41 Read by Andrea
A Touch Of Spring: The Empty Shell 26:45 Read by Andrea
The World Turns Flatterer: An Eye In The Dark 23:38 Read by Andrea
And This Is Not Elf Land: What Gold Will Not Buy 26:59 Read by Andrea
Curious Shifts Of The Poor 43:50 Read by Andrea
Stirring Troubled Waters 27:38 Read by Andrea
The Way Of The Beaten: A Harp In The Wind 48:35 Read by Andrea


To the reviewer below...

(0 stars)

If LibriVox were a commercial audiobook provider, we might care about "quality control for the listeners", but instead we are an all-volunteer website that provides "acoustic liberation of books in the public domain". I listened to Andrea's recording and frankly I didn't think it was that bad. Certainly not the voice I would cast as the "voice of hell". She has a non-Midwestern American accent (probably the New York or New Jersey area), but that's hardly sufficient reason for what you wrote. There is a reason why we do not restrict readers according to their vocal type. Aside from the fact that we are an all-volunteer organization, and the quickest way to lose volunteers is to tell them their assistance is just not wanted, there is also the question of *whose* judgment is supposed to prevail. I've heard professionally produced, commercial audiobooks that have put me to sleep, so if commercial publishers with all their resources cannot find something to please every ear, how on earth can we as an all-volunteer organization with precious little money but what people choose to donate do any better? If you have a problem with her reading, then by all means please record the last ten chapters of "Sister Carrie" and we will offer them as alternative versions on the website. We are all about "choice of voice" at LV.

Unnecessary roughness

(4 stars)

I was shocked to read the review lambasting Andrea's reading. She graciously donated her time and energy so that some of us could benefit from listening to this classic. It took me a very short while to adjust to her voice, and then I returned to listening mode in which I noticed the accent not at all. I suggest that those who are so insistent upon their own standards being met read the book for themselves and refrain from trampling upon the efforts of those who so generously give. Andrea, I thank you, and I hope you don't let the mean people drag you down.


(5 stars)

First, the book is absolutely marvelous. Second, I found all the readers from good to excellent. Before I even downloaded the book, I read the reviews. Upon reading about Andrea I went through the chapters and played a few seconds of the first of Andrea’s readings. What in the world did the two reviewers hear that I didn’t hear? Andrea’s voice was different than the other two female listeners, but not inferior to them. It took me a few minutes to adjust to it and appreciate it. Andrea has a warm, Eastern accent, probably a New Yorker. How appropriate for the last part of this novel! I have been a LibriVox listener for years, way before the iPhone app. I have listened to at least 100 books. My favorite readings are by a single reader, just for consistency. The few readings I don’t like are because of poor recording quality or readers for whom English is not their native tongue. Some of these are very hard to understand. But I appreciate their efforts. I am a poor reader out loud and would have a terrible time reading two or three sentences in a row without making a mistake. I marvel at the overall quality. Remember, listeners, this is a free service. I was actually fine with the introduction of advertising! Donations obviously don’t pay the bills! If you don’t like the readings, pay for professionally produced versions. I belong to Audible specifically to hear books not in the public domain. I rarely get more than my one book a month I am entitled to. I would be happy to pay something to LibriVox! I’m a big fan!!!

(5 stars)

A++. When in college we were assigned An American Tragedy. I am not sure if it was the book or the prof or me but I couldn’t even finish it and therefore avoided Sister Carrie only to learn via LibriVox that Sister Carrie is outstanding. One of the best pieces of American literature. As far as the readers go they were all just fine. One has a distinctly east coast accent that maybe explains the undue criticism she received but she actually is well paced, enunciates well, and expressive. Definitely not one to be avoided (we all have readers that we appreciate but avoid, some of whom are well liked by others - to each their own). Great book.

Reading Sister Carrie

(5 stars)

Andrea, I am grateful for this Free Service, grateful to the volunteers, and grateful to you for your participation. I am sorry for the cruel remarks of those who, though they might have read or listened to "Sister Carrie", did not understand it.

An Underrated Classic

(4 stars)

Thank you to all the readers! I appreciate your time and work to bring these books to us. :)

Very Entertaining

(4.5 stars)

It is a very well written text, but some of the chapters are very long.

(5 stars)

wonderful book. the best of Dreiser.