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American Pastoral Audiobook

American Pastoral

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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 1998

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.

©1997 Philip Roth (P)1997 by Dove Audio, (P) 2014 by Phoenix Books

What the Critics Say

Audie Award Winner, Best Solo Narration by a Male, 1998

"One of Roth's most powerful novels ever...moving, generous and ambitious...a fiercely affecting work of art." (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)

"Dazzling...a wrenching, compassionate, intelligent novel...gorgeous." (Boston Globe)

"At once expansive and painstakingly detailed.... The pages of American Pastoral crackle with the electricity and zest of a first-rate mind at work." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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    Andrew I Frank 03-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    this was a great reading of a great book. it had me from the first few words til the end

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    Viktors 11-03-15
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    "Great book. Great performance. An exquisite treat"

    A really great book and reading. It was many things to me - wise, sad, tender, funny, philosophical... It was my first encounter with Philip Roth's work. And what a pleasure! And an exceptional reading performance by the late Ron Silver. I had many excellent moments with Audible. This has been the best so far!!! Thank you!

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    Dustin 09-29-15
    Dustin 09-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "not the best"

    well narrated, but difficult to follow as an audio book. adult situations, listener beware

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    adesegun agbebiyi 09-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fine sweeping story..."

    Deconstruction and disaggregation post world war II American life through the life of Jewish American Seymour Levuv. Swede Levuv it rhymes with the love! I don't feel it was a particularly original story though. it was a fine book and even finer performance from the narrator but I am.beginning to wonder about these Pulitzer prize winning books that leave me less impressed than I would have imagined and even a little underwelhmed.

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    Geri 08-27-15
    Geri 08-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great performance !"

    I thought Ron Sliver's performance was perfect. Growing up in the Midwest at this time, I didn't realize the composition of the movement, how convoluted perceptions can be .

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    Stephanie Pangia 08-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    From the opening page this gripping story, read brilliantly by ron silver - full of provocative philosophical dialogue and statements is probably the best I have ever heard. Was so sorry to have it end
    The story is gripping and the narration is award quality

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    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 05-04-15
    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 05-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A very thought provoking book. Worth reading."
    Would you listen to American Pastoral again? Why?

    yes. I plan to read it again because I'm sure I missed some important clues.


    Any additional comments?

    This was not an easy read but worth every minute!

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    Michelle Hannum 04-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Better late than never!"

    The character development was excruciatingly slow at first. The real story really took dimension late but I'm glad I stuck with it. It was heart wrenching and thought provoking. The author really brought life to the performance.

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    Ken Greensboro, Georgia 04-05-15
    Ken Greensboro, Georgia 04-05-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Waste of time and money"

    There are many great books out there. This isn't one of them. Great narration but for me it pretty much ended there. Main story involved daughter of "All American"parents turned Vietnam War protester and activist. Pretty lousy ending to top it all off. Wish I had listened to something else!

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    Anthony Dunnellon, FL. United States 04-03-15
    Anthony Dunnellon, FL. United States 04-03-15 Member Since 2016

    Avid book lover and listener. Nuff said for this purpose.

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    "Awesome, award winning..."

    What can I say?
    Well I can say if you're not Jewish or have never been around a Jewish family you may be tempted to give up after about 4 chapter, but don't! The syntax may seem too much for you at first however this book is worth any effort you put into it, it's just an incredible story about families from the 40's thru the Vietnam war era.
    What can happen to families living the dream in America will surprise and stun you in its depth rendered here by a great author and wonderful reader.

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