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Josh

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  • American Pastoral

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Ron Silver
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (347)

    Philip Roth presents a vivid portrait of an innocent man being swept away by a current of conflict and violence in his own backyard - a story that is as much about loving America as it is hating it. Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, and the prosperous heir of his father's Newark glove factory comes of age in thriving, triumphant postwar America. But everything he loves is lost when the country begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s. Not even a most private, well-intentioned citizen, it seems, gets to sidestep the sweep of history. American Pastoral is the story of a fortunate American's rise and fall ... a strong, confident man, a master of social equilibrium, overwhelmed by the forces of social disorder. For the Swede is not allowed to stay forever blissful living out life in rural Old Rimrock in his 170 year-old stone farmhouse with his pretty wife (his college sweetheart and Miss New Jersey of 1949) and his lively albeit precocious daughter, the apple of his eye ... that is until she grows up to become a revolutionary terrorist.

    Thomas says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Plot isn't the purpose of Literary Fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Some will tell you that its plot is somewhat convoluted, perhaps not exciting, or will even tender statements like "get to the point!". But oh does it make a point!

    The point is made, and made powerfully. Literary fiction, for what it's worth, is a study of character - of people and their minds, things that lie beneath the surface - and isn't dependent on twists and turns of action, though this book does that as well if you're reading carefully enough and do not give up. This book is a masterpiece in exposing the churning beneath the murk of what appears on the surface to be a glorious, undisturbed and placid lake of a man's life.
    It speaks to the point that "things fall apart, the center cannot hold". And the narration by Ron Silver is one of the best I've heard to date for any audiobook. He captures the essence of the people, the time, the thoughts and the tragedy. Simply, an astounding piece of work by both author and narrator.



    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2072)
    Performance
    (1074)
    Story
    (1079)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "Hilarious and read brilliantly!"
    Overall

    A great and enjoyable book, simply stated.
    But what makes this stand out is the deft and capable narrator. Absolutely astounding how well it was read. The cadences of New Orleans brought out superbly. Each character distinct and novel. This reading brought this book to life in the most wonderful way.
    Ignatius J. Riley's "Oh my God!" will stay with me forever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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