We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
An American Tragedy | [Theodore Dreiser]

An American Tragedy

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.
Regular Price:$62.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (221 )
5 star
 (97)
4 star
 (64)
3 star
 (42)
2 star
 (11)
1 star
 (7)
Overall
4.0 (196 )
5 star
 (89)
4 star
 (51)
3 star
 (34)
2 star
 (14)
1 star
 (8)
Story
4.2 (193 )
5 star
 (92)
4 star
 (67)
3 star
 (25)
2 star
 (6)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 09-05-12
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    471
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    943
    240
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    23
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Poor, tedious narration of a tedious novel"

    Why this is supposedly a classic is beyond me. The writing is poor stylistically and the novel is a bore. It takes Dreiser 800 pages to do what should have been done in 300. I cannot recommend this and don't know if I can force myself to go on to Sister Carrie if it's going to be more of the same. There is a naivety of style and theme, couple with a simpleness of style and language and an overall inelegance of style. When compared to other works of similar time frame it has little to offer. (Gatsby, Sun Also Rises etc.) Irving Howe trying to defend the novel says, "...crushing the English language beneath a leaden embrace...As a philosopher Dreiser can often be tiresome...the prose in these early novels is often as wretched as unsympathetic critics have said...the prose, while quite as clotted and ungainly as in the past.." I whole heartedly agree, and this was the assessment of a critic trying to convince you to read the novel. And the narrator is so slow I put playback on 2x and then it sounded like he was reading at a normal pace and I missed nothing. Got through it in a week at 2x and was glad it was over.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Hal Miami, FL, United States 11-02-11
    Hal Miami, FL, United States 11-02-11 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    90
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    196
    38
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Too long, too slow, too detailed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only it they had plenty of time on their hands.


    What was most disappointing about Theodore Dreiser’s story?

    The young man kept making the same mistakes, over and over.


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

    His voice.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Only it it were abridged.


    Any additional comments?

    This was originally published as three volumes. The first one would have been adequate.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 21-22 of 22 results PREVIOUS123NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.