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  • A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy | Sue Klebold

    A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sue Klebold
    • Narrated By Andrew Solomon, Sue Klebold
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    On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill 12 students and a teacher and wound 24 others before taking their own lives. For the last 16 years, Sue Klebold, Dylan's mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong?

    Wendy J. Anderson says: "Thought provoking"
  • An American Tragedy | Theodore Dreiser

    An American Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Theodore Dreiser
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
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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.

    beatrice says: "a period piece, still resonant"
  • The Tragedy of Great Power Politics | John J. Mearsheimer

    The Tragedy of Great Power Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John J. Mearsheimer
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
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    A decade after the cold war ended, policy makers and academics foresaw a new era of peace and prosperity, an era in which democracy and open trade would herald the "end of history." The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, sadly shattered these idyllic illusions, and John Mearsheimer's masterful new book explains why these harmonious visions remain utopian.

    Samuel McLaughlin says: "Informative, yet repetitive"
  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer | Kai Bird,Martin J. Sherwin

    American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
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    J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

    Roy says: "A "Blast" from the Past"
  • Three Act Tragedy: A Hercule Poirot Mystery | Agatha Christie

    Three Act Tragedy: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
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    Sir Charles Cartwright should have known better than to allow 13 guests to sit down for dinner. For at the end of the evening one of them is dead - choked by a cocktail that contained no trace of poison. Predictable, says Hercule Poirot, the great detective. But entirely unpredictable is that he can find absolutely no motive for murder.…

    Jane says: "The Queen of Crime at her peak."
  • Greek Tragedy |  The Great Courses

    Greek Tragedy

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Elizabeth Vandiver
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    Greek tragedy was a dramatic form that flourished for less than a full century. And yet it remains vibrant, alive, and productive today. And the form's masterpieces help us-as perhaps they helped their original audiences-grasp a fuller sense of the terror and wonder of life. Professor Vandiver has designed these 24 rich and rewarding lectures to give you a full overview of Greek tragedy, both in its original setting and as a lasting contribution to the artistic exploration of the human condition.

    Joshua says: "Theatre History Done Right!"
  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex | Nathaniel Philbrick

    In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. In 1819 the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, and disease and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

    Eric Leal says: "Good story, horrible audio"
  • The Birth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Music | Friedrich Nietzsche

    The Birth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Music

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Friedrich Nietzsche
    • Narrated By Duncan Steen
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    One of Nietzsche’s earliest works, The Birth of Tragedy (1872) is a remarkable source of inspiration. It is here that the philosopher expresses his frustration with the contemporary world and urges man to embrace Dionysian energy once more. He refutes European culture since the time of Socrates, arguing that it is one-sidedly Apollonian and prevents man from living in optimistic harmony with the sufferings of life.

    Ronald says: "mindblowing structure. outstanding 19th century ps"
  • Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic | Tom Holland

    Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tom Holland
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    The Roman Republic was the most remarkable state in history. What began as a small community of peasants camped among marshes and hills ended up ruling the known world. Rubicon paints a vivid portrait of the Republic at the climax of its greatness - the same greatness which would herald the catastrophe of its fall. It is a story of incomparable drama.

    Emily says: "Connects the Dots and Fills In the Gaps"
  • Classic BBC Radio Shakespeare: Tragedies: Hamlet; Macbeth; Romeo and Juliet | William Shakespeare

    Classic BBC Radio Shakespeare: Tragedies: Hamlet; Macbeth; Romeo and Juliet

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By full cast, Ian McKellen, Paul Scofield, and others
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    Three powerful radio productions from the BBC archives starring Ian McKellen, Ronald Pickup and Paul Scofield and a host of celebrated acting talent. These three legendary plays, performed by some of the best-known theatrical actors of the 20th century, are the perfect way to commemorate England's greatest dramatist.

    Kristen Newby says: "Sparknotes is genius."
  • Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy | Friedrich Nietzsche

    Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Friedrich Nietzsche
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    In this, his first book, Nietzsche developed a way of thinking about the arts that unites the Greek gods Apollo and Dionysus as the central symbol of human existence. Although tragedy serves as the focus of this work, music, visual art, dance, and the other arts can also be viewed using Nietzsche's analysis and integration of the Apollonian and the Dionysian. The Birth of Tragedy stands alongside Aristotle's Poetics as an essential work for all who seek to understand poetry and its relationship to human life.

    Tim Parsons says: "boring"
  • From Tragedy to Destiny: A Vision of America's Future | Julie Rowe

    From Tragedy to Destiny: A Vision of America's Future

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julie Rowe
    • Narrated By Emma Daybell
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    In 2004, Julie Rowe was a happy wife and mother. Then her health took a turn for the worse. While in a weakened state, her spirit left her body and entered the Spirit World. An ancestor named John greeted her there and showed her many wonderful places. He also allowed Julie to read from the Book of Life, which showed her a panorama of the earth's past, present, and future. These scenes included the Savior's mortal life, along with his crucifixion and resurrection.

    SZQZ says: "Why write another book that just repeats the first two?"
  • The Tragedy Paper | Elizabeth Laban

    The Tragedy Paper

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Laban
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian, Jesse Bernstein
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    The Tragedy Paper follows the story of Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants - he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed. Yet, despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “It” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim's surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, but she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone ever finds out.

    Bryan says: "Better Than Alaska, but not as good as 13 Reasons"
  • Hope: A Tragedy | Shalom Auslander

    Hope: A Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Shalom Auslander
    • Narrated By Shalom Auslander
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    The rural town of Stockton, New York, is famous for nothing: No one was born there, no one died there, nothing of any historical import at all has ever happened there, which is why Solomon Kugel, like other urbanites fleeing their pasts and histories, decided to move his wife and young son there. To begin again. To start anew. But it isn't quite working out that way.

    Tan A. Summers says: "Darkly humorous and a little disturbing"
  • Tragedy of the Commons: Ideas & Concepts |  iMinds

    Tragedy of the Commons: Ideas & Concepts

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By iMinds
    • Narrated By Luca James Lee
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    Learn about the Tragedy of the Commons with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series. The Tragedy of the Commons is a situation in which a jointly owned resource is overused or destroyed because each person takes more than they would if the resource was privately owned. With each individual acting independently, the combined pressure on the resource exceeds what is in the interests of the community as a whole.

  • Shakespeare's Tragedies |  The Great Courses

    Shakespeare's Tragedies

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Clare R. Kinney
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    Shakespeare's contributions to stage and language are unequaled, audiences left breathless for the past four centuries, his artistry as evident in moments of insensate rage as it is in moments of heartbreaking tenderness.

    Dan says: "Enlightening and well presented"
  • Titanic Tragedy: A New Look at the Lost Liner | John Maxtone-Graham

    Titanic Tragedy: A New Look at the Lost Liner

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Maxtone-Graham
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
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    Rather than offering simply a detailed retelling of the Titanic's sinking on her maiden voyage, John Maxtone-Graham devotes his considerable knowledge and impeccable prose to a discussion of salient, provocative, and rarely investigated components of the story, including dramatic survivors' accounts of the events of the fateful night....

    Amazon Customer says: "Good story, weak performance"
  • A Time to Die: The Untold Story of the Kursk Tragedy | Robert Moore

    A Time to Die: The Untold Story of the Kursk Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Moore
    • Narrated By Pete Cross
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    On a quiet Saturday morning in August 2000, two explosions - one so massive it was detected by seismologists around the world - shot through the shallow Arctic waters of the Barents Sea. Russia's prized submarine, the Kursk, began her fatal plunge to the ocean floor. Award-winning journalist Robert Moore presents a riveting, brilliantly researched account of the deadliest submarine disaster in history.

    TAG P. says: "Worth it!"
  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex | Nathaniel Philbrick

    In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the 19th century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the 20th. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

    Amazon Customer says: "Wow"
  • Macbeth: a tragedy by William Shakespeare | William Shakespeare

    Macbeth: a tragedy by William Shakespeare

    • ABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By divers narrateurs
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    "Macbeth" is a play written by William Shakespeare. Set mainly in Scotland, the play illustrates the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake. It was most likely written during the reign of James I, who had been James VI of Scotland before he succeeded to the English throne in 1603. James was a patron of Shakespeare's acting company, and of all the plays Shakespeare wrote during James's reign, "Macbeth" most clearly reflects the playwright's relationship with the sovereign.

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