Regular price: $28.50

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of You Should Have Known and Admission, a twisty new novel about a college president, a baffling student protest, and some of the most hot-button issues on today's college campuses.

Naomi Roth is the first female president of Webster College, a once-conservative school now known for producing fired-up progressive graduates. So Naomi isn't surprised or unduly alarmed when Webster students begin the fall semester with an outdoor encampment around "The Stump" - a traditional campus gathering place for generations of student activists - to protest a popular professor's denial of tenure. A former student radical herself, Naomi admires the protestors' passion, especially when her own daughter, Hannah, joins their ranks.

Then Omar Khayal, a charismatic Palestinian student with a devastating personal history, emerges as the group's leader, and the demonstration begins to consume Naomi's life, destabilizing Webster College from the inside out. As the crisis slips beyond her control, Naomi must take increasingly desperate measures to protect her friends, colleagues, and family from an unknowable adversary.

Touching on some of the most topical and controversial concerns at the heart of our society, this riveting novel examines the fragility that lies behind who we think we are - and what we think we believe.

©2017 Jean Hanff Korelitz (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    29
  • 4 Stars
    12
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 4.4 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    28
  • 4 Stars
    15
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    27
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Excellent.

The audio is well produced, the narration amazing, the writing just defines the term 'excellent'.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

The Devil and Webster

If you like the academic world and the complexity of scholarly, political, historical, and social dynamics, this is a great read! The narrator is supremely accomplished in her use of inflection as it informs the reader of the lead character's (the Webster College president) varying perspectives. Full of range and nuance. My only criticism of the story is the too-easily-passed-over reality of tenure decision confidentiality which, if fully highlighted by the college president, would have calmed the waters. Yet this flaw in plotting enables the unfolding of a dramatic story of campus life that would otherwise not have been told.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Roxanne
  • Shell Beach, CA, United States
  • 07-12-17

Disappointing!

I've tried for months to get into this book without success. It goes on and on and takes forever to get anywhere...and the narrator is rather depressing. I am going to return it.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Identity politics can poison an open mind.

This book is an excellent illustration of when the beauty and necessity of youthful idealism is corrupted by charismatic self promoters. The story of a college president struggling with the illogical means of modern protest while simultaneously coming to terms with the fact that she is not one of them.

Identity politics runs amok on today's campuses. The devil and Webster is a perfect synopsis of the negative impact it can have on today's youth.