An American Tragedy

Written by:
Theodore Dreiser
Narrated by:
Dan John Miller

Unabridged Audiobook

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27
Narrator
5
Release Date
July 2011
Duration
34 hours 16 minutes
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.
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Johanna T.

this was the most repetitive drawn out and boring read ever. A total waste of 30 hours. The plot so predictable it was a joke.

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Linda M.

This is a very long book but it is worth it! The narrator, Dan Miller, deserves an award! His narrative is spot-on; when he reads the main character, it sounds like a different character from the other roles in the story, just amazing. I don't think that the "tragedy" is specifically "American"; it is about anyone who doesn't make the right decisions, and is led on by the idyllic dream of what can be theirs - "if only, if only...." A great book and glad that I did not miss it.

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