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An American Tragedy Audiobook
An American Tragedy
Written by: 
Theodore Dreiser
Narrated by: 
Dan John Miller
An American Tragedy Audiobook

An American Tragedy

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Tristan 04-10-16
    Tristan 04-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Insightful story, not much of a classic"

    The book provides a lot of insight on why it's so important to have a good influence in one's life. The main character essentially ends up a jerk because he just doesn't know any better.

    But the book reads like a series of examples from a grammar textbook. Even for highly emotional passages, he uses constructions such as (to paraphrase): "the girl to which he, in a previous such case, had denied killing, and about which he felt most terrible, was also such a girl that..." Ugh.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger Reading, PA, United States 03-11-13
    Ginger Reading, PA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Unique and compelling storyline"
    Where does An American Tragedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks in the top ten of the many books I've read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book is a story surrounding the main character. He takes us through the realm of a life unable to be imagined, and suddenly all too vividly real! Therefore he is my favorite , though he is not always likeable.


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Audible readings improve all books for me. The book is read with emphasis and expression as the author intended, not as I "blindly" stumble through!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, This book has strongly affected me because it forced me to see how behaviors which are considered to be unpleasant, but not necessarily awful, can lead to evil actions which an individual would not have believed himself capable of.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is from times gone by, but that does not distract from the story. We are given a look at how similar criminals are to everyone else. We are given a first hand view of the consequences of the actions of one person 's split second crossover in behavior which causes him to become a "criminal" .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 02-24-13
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 02-24-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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    "Drags on interminably"

    Lovers of DH Lawrence may enjoy this book. I however, found it to be just insufferable. I am not sure if it is the narrator but I think it is the story. For instance a woman tries to get our hero to buy her a fur coat with the promise of “favours”. This takes approximately an hour to reach it’s conclusion. A description of a factory in which our hero will work takes approximately half an hour to describe. If this added to the story, giving the reader/listener a sense of time or place I could forgive it. But it doesn’t. This book is so boring it “could put fish to sleep”.

    5 of 7 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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    Stephen 04-10-12
    Stephen 04-10-12

    Fictional characters in narrative

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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 Member Since 2016
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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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    Amazon Customer 03-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "the book"

    loved this book. i laughed and cried . i loved the narator and will listen again.

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