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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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    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.

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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
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    it was a very detailed story of the life of Clyde and his ultimatly death

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    Amazon Customercharlottefrom mississippi 03-22-16 Member Since 2017
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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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    John 03-05-16
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    really needed an editor. too long and repetitive. story could have been decent if more concise.

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    Ms. and His South Range, WI USA 02-12-16
    Ms. and His South Range, WI USA 02-12-16 Member Since 2012

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    Long and boring. I did not enjoy this and many times I was just going to delete it but I did have to find out what would happen to him in the end

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    william 11-17-15
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    Another story destroyed by a man "performing" female voices. It just sounds stupid after a while.

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    A Reader Palo Alto, CA USA 10-08-15
    A Reader Palo Alto, CA USA 10-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    If you could sum up An American Tragedy in three words, what would they be?

    Sprawling realism as-it-happens


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An American Tragedy?

    Difficult question. Certainly the portion of the trial with Clyde Griffiths on the stand, as interogated by the DA. Also, the tragic lake drowning scene and Griffith's subsequent flight.


    Have you listened to any of Dan John Miller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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    Any additional comments?

    Dan John Miller's narration was excellent. I seriously doubt I could have made it through such a sprawling story without Mr. Miller's read characterization. The story is very interesting, but Dreiser is much in need of an editor.

    On the story itself: I kept thinking that Clyde's physical similarity to his cousin Gilbert would somehow be used. It's amazing how close Dreiser stuck to the original true story of Chester Gillette and Grace Brown. It's beyond belief the number of "mistakes" made by Clyde and yet still thinking he could possibly convince anyone that it was an accident or suicide.

    After Clyde's conviction, the novel really drags on to his execution. I found all the religious rant and Clyde's "conversion" without any admission of personal responsibility unconvincing. He's amoral and always expecting someone else to help him. He's not a likable character in the end.

    I would have liked a more adult-sounding, mature narration for Roberta. I found Sondra, the rich girl love interest, irritating and annoying, with all of her baby talk; we're just told that she was beautiful without a lot of demonstration of how she could have been so alluring as to tempt Clyde to get rid of Roberta.

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    Amazon Customer Tucson, AZ, US 09-14-15
    Amazon Customer Tucson, AZ, US 09-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    I've read this book now I've listened to it. I highly recommend it, in any format you can find. even the first time through, it's obvious what must happen, Dreiser is such a great writer that the ending is suspenseful anyway. and still shattering the second time through. I hate to see this book become obscure. everybody read it! you won't regret it.

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