The Theater of War

  • by Bryan Doerries
  • Narrated by Adam Driver
  • 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.


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

Yes. This is book addresses 3 major issues in our culture: 1) our treatment of veterans 2) our treatment of prisoners and 3) our treatment of those facing death.

What did you like best about this story?

Personal insight, historical reference, and thought provoking questions

What about Adam Driver’s performance did you like?

He actually read with emotion. If a quoted passage involves emotion, he would speak using that emotion.

Any additional comments?

I'm an Iraq combat veteran and I had the pleasure of seeing TOW in person as well as meeting Mr. Doerries. This is a book I will give to fellow veterans. I wish I would have read this 8 years ago instead of dealing with PTSD mostly on my own for so long.

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- Marisa "Marisa Smith"


I originally got this book because it was narrated by Adam Driver. However, by the end of the first chapter I was hooked both by the subject and the narration. I was moved to tears on many occasions by the author's observations and the stories of the people he was writing about. The narration added to the effect and while I feel this book would be great on its on..the impassioned narration really added and enhanced the feelings and points the author was trying to put across. I just ordered the hard copy version.
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- albion

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.