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  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy | Ta-Nehisi Coates

    We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ta-Nehisi Coates
    • Narrated By Beresford Bennett
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    "We were eight years in power" was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. Now Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America's "first white president".

    Fred says: "must read"
  • 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"
  • The Second World War: Triumph and Tragedy | Winston Churchill

    The Second World War: Triumph and Tragedy

    • 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"
  • 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 31 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"
  • Brutal Valour: The Tragedy of Isandlwana: The Anglo-Zulu War, Book 1 | James Mace

    Brutal Valour: The Tragedy of Isandlwana: The Anglo-Zulu War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Mace
    • Narrated By Jonathan Waters
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    It is December 1878, and war looms on the horizon in South Africa. British high commissioner Sir Henry Bartle-Frere seeks to dismantle the powerful neighboring kingdom of the Zulus and uses an incursion along the disputed border as his justification for war. He issues an impossible ultimatum to the Zulu king, Cetshwayo, demanding he disband his armies and pay massive reparations. With a heavy heart, the king prepares his nation for war against their former allies.

    Tyler Beal says: "Excellent Rendition"
  • 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!"
  • 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"
  • 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..."
  • 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?

    Sharon says: "I kept on driving just to listen to a few more chapters"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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 of Brady Sims | Ernest J. Gaines

    The Tragedy of Brady Sims

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ernest J. Gaines
    • Narrated By JD Jackson, Danny Campbell
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    After Brady Sims pulls out a gun in a courtroom and shoots his own son, who has just been convicted of robbery and murder, he asks only to be allowed two hours before he'll give himself up to the sheriff. When the editor of the local newspaper asks his cub reporter to dig up a "human interest" story about Brady, he heads for the town's barbershop. It is the barbers and the regulars who hang out there who narrate with empathy, sadness, humor, and a profound understanding the life story of Brady Sims.

  • 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"
  • 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.

    Kristi Richardson says: "“If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle..""
  • The Eating of the Gods: An Interpretation of Greek Tragedy | Jan Kott

    The Eating of the Gods: An Interpretation of Greek Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jan Kott
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    In The Eating of the Gods, the distinguished Polish critic Jan Kott reexamines Greek tragedy from the modern perspective. As in his earlier acclaimed Shakespeare, Our Contemporary, Kott provides startling insights and intuitive leaps which link our world to that of the ancient Greeks. The title refers to the Bacchae of Euripides, that tragedy of lust, revenge, murder, and "the joy of eating raw flesh" which Kott finds paradigmatic in its violence and bloodshed.

  • Three Act Tragedy | Agatha Christie

    Three Act Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
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    Thirteen guests arrived at dinner at the actor's house. It was to be a particularly unlucky evening for the mild-mannered Reverend Stephen Babbington, who choked on his cocktail, went into convulsions and died. But when his martini glass was sent for chemical analysis, there was no trace of poison, just as Poirot had predicted. Even more troubling for the great detective, there was absolutely no motive.

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