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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"
  • 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.

  • 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.

    Christine says: "One of the best books I have read"
  • 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!"
  • 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"
  • 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.

    donna says: "Terrible Narration"
  • Hubris: The Tragedy of War in the Twentieth Century | Alistair Horne

    Hubris: The Tragedy of War in the Twentieth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Alistair Horne
    • Narrated By James Adams
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    Sir Alistair Horne has been a close observer of war and history for more than 50 years, and in this wise and masterly work he revisits six battles of the past century and examines the strategies, leadership, preparation, and geopolitical goals of aggressors and defenders to reveal the one trait that links them all: hubris.

    Charlie Hovenas says: "masterful"
  • One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon | Tim Weiner

    One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Tim Weiner
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
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    Based largely on documents declassified in only the last few years, One Man Against the World paints a devastating portrait of a tortured yet brilliant man who led the country largely according to a deep-seated insecurity and distrust of not only his cabinet and Congress but the American population at large. In riveting, tick-tock prose, Weiner illuminates how the Vietnam War and the Watergate controversy that brought about Nixon's demise were inextricably linked.

    Reza says: "A worthy listen, if a bit sensationalized."
  • 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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Well-Written, Engaging Overview of Late Republic"
  • 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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great story - not great recording"
  • William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies |  The Great Courses

    William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Peter Saccio
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    Shakespeare's plays - whether a comedy like A Midsummer Night's Dream, a history like Henry IV, or a tragedy like Hamlet - are treasure troves of insight into our very humanity. These 36 lectures introduce you to Shakespeare's major plays from each of these three genres and explain the achievement that makes him the leading playwright in Western civilization.

    Mikkel says: "Connections across genres"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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.

    David W. Goldstein says: "LBJ The Greatest President of 20th century"
  • The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today | Bryan Doerries

    The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryan Doerries
    • Narrated By Adam Driver
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    This compassionate, personal, and illuminating work of nonfiction draws on the author's celebrated work as a director of socially conscious theater to connect listeners with the power of an ancient artistic tradition. For years Bryan Doerries has been producing ancient tragedies for current and returned servicemen and women, addicts, tornado and hurricane victims, and a wide range of other at-risk people in society.

    Marisa says: "Wow"
  • 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"
  • Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy | Donald B. Kraybill,Steven M. Nolt,David L. Weaver-Zercher

    Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, David L. Weaver-Zercher
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
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    The remarkable response of the Amish Community to the horrific shooting of 10 schoolgirls at Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania in October 2006 stunned the larger world. Amish Grace tells the incredible story of this community's reaction to the senseless shooting and explores its profoundly countercultural practice of forgiveness.

    Sara says: "I wish I could un-hear this book"
  • 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."
  • 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"
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