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The Plot Against America Audiobook

The Plot Against America

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In an astonishing feat of empathy and narrative invention, our most ambitious novelist imagines an alternate version of American history.

In 1940 Charles A. Lindbergh, heroic aviator and rabid isolationist, is elected president. Shortly thereafter, he negotiates a cordial "understanding" with Adolf Hitler while the new government embarks on a program of folksy anti-Semitism. For one boy growing up in Newark, Lindbergh's election is the first in a series of ruptures that threaten to destroy his small, safe corner of America - and with it his mother, his father, and his older brother.

©2004 Philip Roth (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Matthew 08-04-16
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    "Life is imitating Roth's art"

    A country with bitter internal divisions faces a world dissolving into savage war, and a man with no political experience but a high national profile marches into the White House. His radical policies begin to transform the country in frightening ways. It was written ten years ago but reads like a thinly-disguised version of America in the summer of 2016.
    And the narration is pitch-perfect.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    W Perry Hall 01-20-17

    One master-passion in the br east, like Aaron's serpent, swallows all the rest. A. Pope

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    ""The Pompous SOB knows everything....""


    “The pompous [SOB] knows everything. It's too bad he doesn't know anything else.”

    "--nor had I understood til then how the shameless vanity of utter fools can so strongly determine the fate of others”

    “How can people like these be in charge of our country? If I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I’d think I was having a hallucination.”

    Philip Roth, The Plot Against America


    Philip Roth's convincing tale of an alternate U.S. history has been made all the more plausible by recent events. I mean, look again at these quotes. In this 1940 America, the heroic Charles Lindbergh, known as an isolationist and admirer of Hitler in his early years, is elected U.S. President in a landslide over FDR by voters fearful of becoming involved in another European war. The U.S. does not get involved in WWII and the election unleashes a swelling tide of anti-Semitism resulting, ultimately, in assignments of Jewish citizens to certain areas designated by the U.S. government's new Office of American Absorption.

    Roth impressively paints this tense fictional world in the Newark, New Jersey in which he himself was raised. He narrates through his early teen, fictional self providing an absorbing read made more captivating by recent Russian interference with the U.S. Presidential election and is even more timely and chilling on this inaugural eve.

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    drewser 05-14-16
    drewser 05-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story with confused narrative"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book reads like "this is what the onset of fascism feels like" from the perspective of a family facing impending oppression. This aspect of the book is well done. On the other hand, the "what if" rewriting of history only serves confuse the narrative and ultimate detracts from the serious sense of social claustrophobia and confounding choices that one is faced with in a situation like this.

    The book probably would have been more sincere without the "what if" aspect, but that hook certainly made it more fun to listen to. The expository sections of the book which take place outside the family do a lot to create some context, but the mix of history and fiction makes it difficult to stay immersed in the cocoon of paranoia and desperation.


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    Alan Jay Ominsky, M.D. Philadelphia, PA USA 08-20-16
    Alan Jay Ominsky, M.D. Philadelphia, PA USA 08-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Roth at his worst"

    The story meanders
    The book just stops instead of ending
    The reactions of the characters are illogical, unpredictable, and (even as fantasy) unbelievable.
    For a great audible book on the same subject try "It can't happen here by Sinclair Lewis.

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    Warren Spindler 09-24-16
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    "For the times that try our souls..."

    Recommended by a radio personality last weekend. It is an eye opener though the story takes place in a different time. Well worth the time to listen and contemplate. Mark Twain said something like this: " ...history may not repeat itself - but it rhymes...".

    Let's hope not.

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    Good man 09-23-16
    Good man 09-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't waste your money"

    Boring lousy and unrealistic don't waste your money if you're looking for a good alternate history check out v-day or or if you're looking for a good thriller check out the last thing I remember.

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    "Unbelievably prescient"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Plot Against America to be better than the print version?

    Excellently told story and so very moving in our present situation


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Plot Against America?

    The gradual unwinding of the plot and the hideously possible nature of the crimes committed.


    What does Ron Silver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The reading brings in accent and flourish which I could only guess at as a Brit.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could not listen to this in one. I had to keep coming back and savouring the building horror.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a fantastic bit of guesswork. Who does control Trump after all?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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