Extended Audio Sample

Download The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, by Masha Gessen Click for printable size audiobook cover
0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Masha Gessen Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
Regular Price: $20.00 Download
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $17.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Download learn more )

The facts of the tragedy are established: On April 15, 2013, two homemade bombs fashioned from pressure cookers exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding 264 others. The elder of the brothers suspected of committing this atrocity, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died in the ensuing manhunt; Dzhokhar will stand trial in January 2015. What we don’t know is why. How did such a nightmare come to pass?

This is a probing and powerful story of dislocation, and the longing for clarity and identity that can reach the point of combustion. Bestselling Russian-American author Masha Gessen is uniquely endowed with the background, access, and talent to tell it. She explains who the brothers were and how they came to do what they appear to have done. From their displaced beginnings as descendants of ethnic Chechens, Gessen follows them as they are displaced again, from strife-ridden Kyrgyzstan eventually to the United States, into an utterly disorienting new world. Most crucially, she reconstructs the struggle between assimilation and alienation that ensued for each of the brothers, fueling their apparent metamorphosis into a new breed of homegrown terrorist, with their feet on American soil but their loyalties elsewhere—a split in identity that seems to have incubated a deadly sense of mission. Like Dave Cullen’s Columbine, this will be the enduring account of an indelible tragedy.

Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • "[A] stunning piece of reporting. An instant classic.”

    Lev Grossman, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “[The Brothers] is one of the best books I’ve ever read about terrorism and the immigrant experience in America…part social history, part travelog (she traversed the Caucasus and Central Asia while reporting it), and part forensic on family and cultural dysfunction.”


  • “[Gessen’s] own background…make[s] her an ideal author for this story…Gessen explains how the history of Chechnya—and the radicalism that took root there—might have affected family members, and she also brings an understanding of the dislocations often faced by immigrants to her account.”

    New York Times

  • “Her prose is spare and highly polished…[Her] tenacious reporting commands our attention and makes The Brothers essential to understanding how the heartbreak here in Boston fits into the endless heartache of this world.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A powerfully compelling portrait.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Remarkable…a saga of both the Tsarnaev family and contemporary US culture…For Gessen, the issue is not guilt or innocence…more essential is what the Tsarnaevs and their story tells us about who we have become. That she makes the case with grace and passion, while also basing it on rigorous reporting, is the triumph of the book.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Huber’s pacing is measured, and her voicing straightforward and easy to listen to as she describes the Tsarnaev family background, the history of Chechnya and Dagestan, and various theories about the bombings and what led to them.”


  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations