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  • American Pastoral

  • By: Philip Roth
  • Narrated by: Ron Silver
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,500
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,489

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relentless

  • By Jeff on 12-29-04

The Brilliant Roth’s Masterpiece

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-18

This is the second time I have read American Pastoral. It will not be the last. Roth saw the future decades ago in its earlier beginnings. Ron Silver is the best narrator I have listened. Prepare to devote all of your free time if you decide to read. Funny, tragic, astute, breath taking. What a ride.

  • What to Remember When Waking

  • The Disciplines of Everyday Life
  • By: David Whyte
  • Narrated by: David Whyte
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

A poet like David Whyte turns words into transcendent vehicles for spirit. With What to Remember When Waking, this celebrated writer and teacher reveals how our reality is created through conversation with the universe-and how we can create an identity robust enough to meet life's gifts and demands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best audiobook experience I've had so far

  • By Sabrina on 01-18-16

Remarkable -- David Whyte's poetry, his magnificent voice, and rare wisdom is a gift.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-16

To listen to Whyte is a form of emotional bliss. His words calm me, enlighten and inspire.

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