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An American Tragedy Audiobook

An American Tragedy

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An American Tragedy is the story of Clyde Griffiths, who spends his life in the desperate pursuit of success. On a deeper, more profound level, it is the masterful portrayal of the society whose values both shape Clyde's ambitions and seal his fate; it is an unsurpassed depiction of the harsh realities of American life and of the dark side of the American dream. Extraordinary in scope and power, vivid in its sense of wholesale human waste, unceasing in its rich compassion, An American Tragedy stands as Theodore Dreiser's supreme achievement.

First published in 1925 and based on an actual criminal case, An American Tragedy was the inspiration for the 1951 film A Place in the Sun, which won six Academy Awards and starred Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift.

©1925 Theodore Dreiser (P)2011 Tantor

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    Philippe0742 Paris, France 10-26-13
    Philippe0742 Paris, France 10-26-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Tragedy it is"

    I think, it's a very good book and a great audiobook but tragic.
    Also I disliked some of it, I was constantly captivated by it.
    Narrator is amazingly good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Spokane, WA, United States 05-11-13
    Daniel Spokane, WA, United States 05-11-13

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    "Affecting and encompassing masterpiece"

    Clyde Griffiths, an ambitious social climber with grave personal flaw, fell in and out of love with an adoring factory girl, but has to abandon his moral anchor when the opportunity of fortune and status avail itself in the affection of an upper-class dame. Affectingly developed characters, biographical realism and a simple, linear yet encompassing plot line lend this fiction its masterpiece mantle.

    Dan John Miller gave a titillating narrating performance.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul United States 04-04-13
    Paul United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2009

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    "And not a little bit tedious"

    Couldn't get past the first dozen chapters. The narration is really good, but the story is slow and the writing is monotonous. Bleech. Not my cup of tea.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Laguna Woods, CA, United States 03-20-13
    Sandy Laguna Woods, CA, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2011

    75 yr old MWF. I like historical novels with more history than story. Audiobooks shouldn't have too many characters.

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    "An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser"
    What made the experience of listening to An American Tragedy the most enjoyable?

    In high school we were told that this novel ranked with Moby Dick as "THE Great American Novel." I'm glad I finally got to it in my old age! Well, Moby Dick may be a greater novel, but it is much harder to read. This book flows and unfolds like a soap opera and really held my interest to the end. Dan John Miller is a wonderful reader. He can do voices -- children, regional accents, and is able to give each character a different voice. I highly recommend this novel.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The hero of the book is Clyde, and this book is a sort of coming-of-age for him. Hwe seems all too real as he changes from the obedient son of a street preacher into a ruthless man. That may be a spoiler, so I don't want to say any more.


    Which character – as performed by Dan John Miller – was your favorite?

    Clyde


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, but it is a long one!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 04-10-12
    Stephen 04-10-12

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    "Disgrace or tragedy?"

    A long story about a man who didn't develop a character.
    I found it well-written and well-spoken, sympathetic.

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    george grand prairie, TX, United States 08-24-16
    george grand prairie, TX, United States 08-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "don't don't buy this book!!!!"

    this book is read to slow, and even with a different reader it will still be to slow. at times it feels like my teeth was pulledout without being numm.

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    Twistgirl 07-10-16
    Twistgirl 07-10-16 Member Since 2016

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    "There is a reason this is a classic."

    I started this already knowing the plot. This, however, did not ruin it for me. The plot builds slowly, but builds to great intensity. Clyde Griffith is a fascinating character. Although by no means "noble", Dreiser does a great job bringing the reader into the mindset of the protagonist. I think he also did a terrific job getting the perspectives of the other characters as well.

    The narrator is one of the best narrator's I've ever listened to. A clear, pleasant voice who easily slipped into the many characters, male and female, without being distracting. I would love to hear more of his work.

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    Ellen Jamul, CA, United States 06-18-16
    Ellen Jamul, CA, United States 06-18-16 Member Since 2012
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    "A classic"

    How did I miss reading this as a young person. Great literature! Be sure you "read" or listen.

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    Caitlin Johnson 05-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I got the point"

    I purchased this because I'm on a Mission to read the top 100 books of all time... I love Paul literature so I can't complain, this book was very long, with little story. On to the next..

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    Amazon Customer 03-28-16
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    "very detailed"

    it was a very detailed story of the life of Clyde and his ultimatly death

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