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  • 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 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.

    G. O'Brien says: "First Nietzsche I read"
  • 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.

    Logical Paradox says: "Exceptional"
  • 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.

    Linda says: "Riveting"
  • The Triumph and Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years | Joseph A. Califano Jr.

    The Triumph and Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Joseph A. Califano Jr.
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
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    President Lyndon Johnson was bigger than life - and no one who worked for him or was subjected to the "Johnson treatment" ever forgot it. As Johnson's "Deputy President of Domestic Affairs", Joseph A. Califano's unique relationship with the president greatly enriches our understanding of our 36th president. Califano shows listeners LBJ's commitment to economic and social revolution, and his willingness to do whatever it took to achieve his goals.

  • Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest TragedyOvercoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy | David Sheff

    Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest TragedyOvercoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Sheff
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
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    Addiction is a preventable, treatable disease, not a moral failing. As with other illnesses, the approaches most likely to work are based on science - not on faith, tradition, contrition, or wishful thinking. These facts are the foundation of Clean, a myth-shattering look at drug abuse by the author of Beautiful Boy. Based on the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine, Clean is a leap beyond the traditional approaches to prevention and treatment of addiction.

    John says: "Unbearable narration"
  • Three Greek Tragedies | Euripides,Sophocles,Aeschylus

    Three Greek Tragedies

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Euripides, Sophocles, Aeschylus
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    Blood, gore, thrills, chills, and romance abound in these plays by three of the great Greek authors. Included are "Medea" by Euripides; "Antigone" by Sophocles; and "Agamemnon" by Aeschylus.

    Kimberly says: "Makes assigned Greek tragedy reading bearable!!!"
  • Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age | Greg King,Penny Wilson

    Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Greg King, Penny Wilson
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
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    Lusitania: She was a ship of dreams, a microcosm of the last years of the waning Edwardian Era and the coming influences of the 20th century. When she left New York on her final voyage, she sailed from the New World to the Old. Yet an encounter with a primitive German U-Boat sent her and her gilded passengers to their tragic deaths.

    Jean says: "Informative"
  • In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam | Robert S. McNamara

    In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert S. McNamara
    • Narrated By Robert S. McNamara, Joseph Campanella
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    As secretary of defense for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, Robert S. McNamara was one of the chief architects of American foreign policy, and particularly of the strategy that propelled the U.S. into the Vietnam War. Though he at first firmly believed that fighting communism in East Asia was worth the loss of American lives, McNamara eventually found himself at odds with other members of the Johnson administration when he came to see the ever-escalating was as unwinnable.

    tom says: "What a mess things were..."
  • The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy | Masha Gessen

    The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Masha Gessen
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
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    On April 15, 2013, two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 264 others. In the ensuing manhunt, Tamerlan Tsarnaev died, and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, was captured and ultimately charged on 30 federal counts. Yet long after the bombings and the terror they sowed, after all the testimony and debate, what we still haven't learned is why. Why did the American dream go so wrong for two immigrants?

    Rachel H says: "Wow! Great listen!"
  • The Second World War: Triumph and Tragedy: Second World War 4 | Winston Churchill

    The Second World War: Triumph and Tragedy: Second World War 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    This volume of Churchill's history ofWorld Ward 2 recounts the dramatic months as the war drew to a close - the normandy landings, the liberation of western Europe, the bombing of hiroshima and Nagaski, and the surrender of Germany and Japan.

    John M says: "Always good, occasionally great"
  • Death on the Barrens: A True Story of Courage and Tragedy in the Canadian Arctic | George James Crinnell

    Death on the Barrens: A True Story of Courage and Tragedy in the Canadian Arctic

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By George James Crinnell
    • Narrated By B. Jay Kaplan
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    Set in the remote arctic region of Northern Canada, this book takes listeners on a harrowing canoe voyage that results in tragedy, redemption, and, ultimately, transformation. George Grinnell was one of six young men who set off on the 1955 expedition led by experienced wilderness canoeist Art Moffatt. Poorly planned and executed, the journey seemed doomed from the start. Ignoring the approaching winter, the men became entranced with the peace and beauty of the arctic in autumn.

  • 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."
  • A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention | Matt Richtel

    A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Matt Richtel
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
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    An ordinary Utah college student named Reggie Shaw fatally strikes two rocket scientists while texting and driving. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Matt Richtel follows Reggie from the moment of the tragedy, through the police investigation, the state's groundbreaking prosecution, and ultimately, Reggie's wrenching admission of responsibility. Richtel parallels Reggie's journey with leading-edge scientific findings regarding human attention and the impact of technology on our brains.

    Helena says: "Easiest non-fiction read ever!"
  • The Modern Scholar: Greek Drama: Tragedy and Comedy | Peter Meineck

    The Modern Scholar: Greek Drama: Tragedy and Comedy

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter Meineck
    • Narrated By Peter Meineck
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    This course will examine the social, historical, and political context of ancient Greek drama and equip listeners with a set of critical analytical tools for developing their own appreciation of this vitally important genre. The course will focus on the four extant playwrights, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes, and examine each of their plays closely.

    entropent says: "Outstanding."
  • Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal, and Tragedy Inside the Johnson & Johnson Dynasty | Jerry Oppenheimer

    Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal, and Tragedy Inside the Johnson & Johnson Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jerry Oppenheimer
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
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    From the founders of the international health-care behemoth Johnson & Johnson in the late 1800s to the contemporary Johnsons of today, such as billionaire New York Jets owner Robert Wood "Woody" Johnson IV, all is revealed in this scrupulously researched, unauthorized biography by New York Times best-selling author Jerry Oppenheimer.

  • Plain Faith: A True Story of Tragedy, Loss and Leaving the Amish | Ora-Jay Eash,Irene Eash

    Plain Faith: A True Story of Tragedy, Loss and Leaving the Amish

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ora-Jay Eash, Irene Eash
    • Narrated By Dan Kassis, Candace Kirkpatrick
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    This is the true story of Ora-Jay and Irene Eash, Amish farmers from northwest Montana whose lives changed in an instant when a semi-truck struck the family buggy, killing their two young daughters. After the accident, the couple turned to their Amish community for comfort, but they remained haunted by the thought that they might not see their girls again in heaven. Would their deeds be good enough?

    Gertrude says: "Excellent"
  • The White House Boys: An American Tragedy | Roger Dean Kiser

    The White House Boys: An American Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Dean Kiser
    • Narrated By T. Ryder Smith
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    Hidden far from sight, deep in the thick underbrush of the North Florida woods are the ghostly graves of more than 30 unidentified bodies, some of which are thought to be children who were beaten to death at the old Florida Industrial School for Boys at Marianna. It is suspected that many more bodies will be found in the fields and swamplands surrounding the institution.

    Karole says: "Tough. Brutal. Realistic. Vivid"
  • The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy | Stewart O'Nan

    The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stewart O'Nan
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    In 1944, the big top of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford caught fire during the middle of an afternoon performance. Nine thousand people were inside. In seconds, the big top was burning out of control. The toll of the fire, and its circumstances, haunt Hartford to the present day. But it is the intense, detailed narrative - before, after, and especially during the panic under the burning tent - that will remain with listeners long after they finish this book.

    P. M. Morris says: "Harrowing and brilliantly detailed"
  • Billion Dollar Painter: The Triumph and Tragedy of Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light | G. Eric Kuskey

    Billion Dollar Painter: The Triumph and Tragedy of Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By G. Eric Kuskey
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
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    G. Eric Kuskey, former colleague of Thomas Kinkade and close friend until the artist's death in 2012, tells Kinkade's story for the first time, from his art's humble beginnings on a sidewalk in Carmel, California, to his five-house compound in Monte Sereno. It's a tale of addiction and grief, of losing control, and ultimately, of the price of our dreams.

    Julie B says: "Very enlightening - pun intended"
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