American Trilogy
Books in series3
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(4.1 based on 2277 ratings)
  • 1
    American Pastoral | Philip Roth

    American Pastoral

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Ron Silver
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    Overall
    (1677)
    Performance
    (1049)
    Story
    (1040)

    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.

    Powerful Masterpiece
    Reviewed on March 10 2014 by Sara ()
  • 2
    I Married a Communist: Nathan Zuckerman, Book 2 | Philip Roth

    I Married a Communist: Nathan Zuckerman, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Ron Silver
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Iron Rinn, born Ira Ringold, is a Newark roughneck, a radio actor, an idealistic Communist, and an educated ditchdigger turned popular performer. A six-foot, six-inch Abe Lincoln lookalike, he emerges from serving in World War II passionately committed to making the world a better place and instead winds up blacklisted, unemployable, and ruined by a brutal personal secret from which he is perpetually in flight.

    American Trilogy's Weakest Link

    Nothing much happens in this book about a communist radio actor caught in the grip of McCarthyism. At his best Roth imparts narrative drive and suspe..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 03 2016 by George (Wyoming)
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    The Human Stain | Phillip Roth

    The Human Stain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Phillip Roth
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (506)

    It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished even his most virulent accuser.

    Spooky how Roth bends the edge of the possible

    Reading Roth is almost a spooky, sexual experience. I say that knowing this will sound absurd, trite and probably hyperbolic. But with Roth, his words..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 07 2013 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)