The Graduate

By Charles Webb
Read by Scott Brick

6.11 Hours 06/27/2005 unabridged
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The basis for the acclaimed 1967 film, this novel about a naïve college graduate adrift in the shifting social and sexual mores of the 1960s captures with hilarity and insight the alienation of youth and the disillusionment of an era. When Benjamin Braddock graduates from college and moves back to his parents’ house, everyone wants to know what he’s going to do with his life. Embittered by the emptiness of his education and indifferent to his grim prospects, Benjamin falls haplessly into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, the relentlessly seductive wife of his father’s business partner. It’s only when her lovely daughter Elaine comes home to visit that Benjamin, now smitten, thinks he might have found some kind of direction in his life. But Mrs. Robinson is having none of it. A wondrously fierce and absurd battle of wills ensues, with love and idealism triumphing over the forces of corruption and conformity.

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Summary

Summary

The basis for the acclaimed 1967 film, this novel about a naïve college graduate adrift in the shifting social and sexual mores of the 1960s captures with hilarity and insight the alienation of youth and the disillusionment of an era.

When Benjamin Braddock graduates from college and moves back to his parents’ house, everyone wants to know what he’s going to do with his life. Embittered by the emptiness of his education and indifferent to his grim prospects, Benjamin falls haplessly into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, the relentlessly seductive wife of his father’s business partner. It’s only when her lovely daughter Elaine comes home to visit that Benjamin, now smitten, thinks he might have found some kind of direction in his life. But Mrs. Robinson is having none of it. A wondrously fierce and absurd battle of wills ensues, with love and idealism triumphing over the forces of corruption and conformity.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Brilliant…sardonic, ludicrously funny.” New York Times
“A highly gifted and accomplished writer.” Chicago Tribune
“His novel makes you want to laugh and it makes you want to cry.” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Brick provides a strong narration of the text and executes believable voices for his male and female characters, as usual. His delivery of Benjamin is distinct enough to not seem derivative of Dustin Hoffman’s performance in the 1967 film adaptation.” Publishers Weekly
“Scott Brick displays a wide range of vocal styles and gives a melancholic yet playful performance that captures character personalities with precision. It’s a superb delivery—from the high-pitched voice of insecure, sexually inexperienced Benjamin and the browbeating tones of his parents to the husky, sultry voice of Mrs. Robinson. Brick’s sexy bass voice and measured pace make this a deliciously fun distraction listeners will enjoy.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by ShortNFuzzy 9/13/2017
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worst story...maybe ever

OK...before we get too far into this, I hadn't seen the film and wanted to check the source material before I actually gave the legendary film a shot. It needs to be said that Scott Brick is a fantastic narrator and really gets the nuance of each of these characters quite well. I'm not even going to criticize the actual prose. Charles Webb seems to be able to do a capable job of stringing a sentence or two together. Here's the issue: These are the least believable characters I have ever read/heard. Indeed, these are the worst developed and ridiculous characters in a book that I've ever...and I mean EVER experienced. Not one single character had any kind of redeeming value, and most of the characters read as flat out narcissistic sociopaths (of course, Mrs Robinson in general, but especially Benjamin towards Elaine who he basically psychologically tortures...THEN she takes him back? The author clearly hates women, because they are either harpy sluts or helplessly co-dependent and can't survive on their own without men telling them what to do) This book should be used as an example of anti-feminism in college courses. Terrible... Are you female? I'm actually offended FOR you.

Author

Author Bio: Charles Webb

Charles Webb is the author of nine novels including a sequel to The Graduate called Home School. He lives in England.

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Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 6.11
Audience: Adult
Language: English