• The Theater of War

  • What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today
  • By: Bryan Doerries
  • Narrated by: Adam Driver
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 22-09-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 5 out of 5 stars 5.0 (5 ratings)

Summary

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. Here, drawing on these extraordinary firsthand experiences, Doerries clearly and powerfully illustrates the redemptive and therapeutic potential of this classical, timeless art: how, for example, Ajax can help soldiers and their loved ones grapple with PTSD or how Prometheus Bound provides insights into the modern penal system.
Doerries is an original and magnanimous thinker, and The Theater of War - wholly unsentimental but intensely felt and emotionally engaging - is a humane, knowledgeable, and accessible book that will inspire and inform listeners, showing them that suffering and healing are both parts of a timeless process.
©2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2015 Blackstone Audiobooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Emily Willis on 05-01-18

Breathtaking

I couldn't put it down. To be honest, I first got the book because I adore Adam Drivers' voice and the content sounded interesting enough. But I was humbled and amazed by the content, the honesty and humanity of the book touched me in ways I didn't expect or know I needed. I am very grateful for this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By SayF on 14-03-18

Try not to Cry, I Dare You.

Would you listen to The Theater of War again? Why?

I definitely will. It's a well written, emotional book that caters to my interests in classics and psychology. It's very interesting, emotional, and thought-provoking.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Well, my favorite section of the book was the one about veterans. It's the first audience Doerries brought Theater of War to, and he expands upon it the most. It was really enlightening, and it also shed a lot of light on my parent's own marriage, ironically.

Which scene was your favorite?

With Adam Driver narrating, any scene where he gets to really use his talent is a good one. While most of the book is a narrative of the reasons behind, actions, and effects of Theater of War, there are a plethora of Doerrie's intriguing translations that Driver expertly performs.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Oh, I listened to this at work one day - start to near finish - and it was a huge mistake. I had to stop actively several times to stop myself from crying. It's a really emotional book, and hearing about what the people Doerries worked with was very heavy. As was the connection I felt to some of them.

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