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In the small coastal city of Oran, Algeria, rats begin rising up from the filth, only to die as bloody heaps in the streets. Shortly after, an outbreak of the bubonic plague erupts and envelops the human population. Albert Camus' The Plague is a brilliant and haunting rendering of human perseverance and futility in the face of a relentless terror born of nature.
©1947 Librairie Gallimard (P)2006 Recorded Books

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Translator Please!

Please please list the translator for books that come from other languages. Who did the translation and when makes an enormous difference in what we are reading! It is hard to make a choice without this knowledge.

In this case it is Stuart Gilbert, done in 1947 just as it was released in French. He renewed the copyright in 1975, presumably with some changes. But there is also a 2002 version by Robin Buss edited by Tony Judt -- so please, help us out here!

65 of 68 people found this review helpful

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  • smarmer
  • Los Angeles, CA USA
  • 11-13-14

Brilliant as description and as metaphor

Any additional comments?

This is an amazing book. It works on so many levels. It is about plague itself, a topic of great interest in the Ebola, West Nile, and SARS era. It is about personal courage and duty. It is an exploration of human nature under stress. It addresses the nature of fate and individual response. It is about loyalty and friendship. It is also about how any plague spreads, be it viral, bacterial, or ideological.

Camus writes with a sparse but pungent style. He is intensely unsentimental. This is not to everyone's taste but I found it penetrating and moving as well as profoundly insightful.

The narration is excellent, capturing the subtleties of the various characters and situations.

Not an easy book and not "fun" but extremely worthwhile.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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It teaches the reader the value of patience.

Interesting history and insights into human behavior but a tedious and labored read at best. However, it has its moments if the reader can "hang in there" long enough to find them.

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Great read

This was one of the best reads I have had in a long time. I recommend this book to everyone.

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great book

The writing of Camus has always been an inspiration for me and it was only made better by James Jenner's calm clear reading

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  • Betsey
  • SAUSALITO, CA, United States
  • 09-03-12

Like Saramago's Blindness, but with less action

Where does The Plague rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top third.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The man who is constantly rewriting his masterpiece.

What does James Jenner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

There's a lot of compassion for the characters in his voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

Any additional comments?

There's plenty of depth to this book, but you can enjoy it on many levels.

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Not particularly intriguing

It was okay, dragged on a bit too much for my liking, good story though.

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Ugh...

I have never in my life been so bored listening to something I literally don't remember half of it because I couldn't pay attention for more than 2 seconds the narrator is terrible the book is awful stay away

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Pulled me in, then fell flat

Really interesting and intriguing beginning, but then slowed down and began to drag to the point where I no longer remained interested. Had potential, but I got bored.

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I was deeply surprised by the book.

The book itself start out slow. Yet, slow dialog help explain isolation of the plague. Show parallel reflect on subjects matter of town of Oran, as well; the human spirit during time of great distressed, horror, and threatened by death. it force you to "what if...". The examining one self during plague. Camus wanted to illstruate worse or also best of man. Dealing with context that many existenial philosophy belief about faith , human sprit , and confronting death.