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    • The Plot Against America

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Ron Silver
    • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extraordinary

    • By R. Kravitz on 02-01-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • American Pastoral

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Ron Silver
    • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,422
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,731

    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
    • Powerful Masterpiece

    • By Sara on 03-10-14

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Goodbye, Columbus

    • And Five Short Stories
    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 146
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 117

    Neil Klugman and pretty, spirited Brenda Patimkin - he of poor Newark, she of suburban Short Hills - meet one summer and dive into an affair that is as much about social class and suspicion as it is about love. The novella, the first book published by Philip Roth, explores issues of both class and Jewish assimilation into American culture. It won the National Book Award in 1960.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love begins and Assimilation

    • By W Perry Hall on 04-21-14

    Regular price: $25.17

    • When She Was Good

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
    • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    In this mesmerizing, funny, chilling novel, the setting is a small town in the 1940s Midwest, the subject the heart of a wounded and ferociously moralistic young woman, one of those implacable American moralists whose "goodness is a terrible disease. When she was still a child, Lucy Nelson had her alcoholic failure of a father thrown in jail. Ever since then she has been trying to reform the men around her, even if that ultimately means destroying herself in the process.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Narration was terrible

    • By Shelby S Simmons on 06-22-17

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Everyman

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 434
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 135
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 136

    The hero of Everyman is obsessed with mortality. As he reminds himself at one point, "I'm 34! Worry about oblivion when you're 75." But he cannot help himself. He is the ex-husband in three marriages gone wrong. He is the father of two sons who detest him, despite a daughter who adores him. A masterful portrait of one man's inner struggles, Everyman is a brilliant showcase for one of the world's most distinguished novelists.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Full Frontal Roth

    • By JOHN on 05-31-06

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Ghost Writer

    • The Nathan Zuckerman Series, Book 1
    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 60

    The Ghost Writer introduces Nathan Zuckerman in the 1950s, a budding writer infatuated with the great books, discovering the contradictory claims of literature and experience while an overnight guest in the secluded New England farmhouse of his idol, E. I. Lonoff. At Lonoff's, Zuckerman meets Amy Bellette, a haunting young woman of indeterminate foreign background who turns out to be a former student of Lonoff's and who may also have been his mistress.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Turning Sentences Around

    • By Darwin8u on 01-28-17

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Nemesis

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 435
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 293
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 292

    At the center of Nemesis is a vigorous, dutiful 23-year-old playground director, Bucky Cantor, a javelin thrower and weightlifter, who is devoted to his charges and disappointed with himself because his weak eyes have excluded him from serving in the war alongside his contemporaries. Focusing on Cantors dilemmas as polio begins to ravage his playground and on the everyday realities he faces, Roth leads us through every inch of emotion such a pestilence can breed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Without pathos about life...

    • By Mirek on 11-21-10

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Sabbath's Theater

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: David Dukes
    • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 224
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 138
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 138

    Once a scandalously inventive puppeteer, Mickey Sabbath at 64 is an aging, raging powerhouse, defiantly antagonistic and exceedingly libidinous. But after the death of his longtime mistress, Sabbath embarks on a turbulent journey into his past.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great book by a great writer

    • By Joshua on 08-23-07

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Counterlife

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    The Counterlife is about people enacting their dreams of renewal and escape, some of them going so far as to risk their lives to alter seemingly irreversible destinies. Wherever they may find themselves, the characters of The Counterlife are tempted unceasingly by the prospect of an alternative existence that can reverse their fate. Illuminating these lives in transition and guiding us through the book's evocative landscapes, familiar and foreign, is the mind of the novelist Nathan Zuckerman.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Counterlife- how deep can you get?

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-07-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • I Married a Communist

    • Nathan Zuckerman, Book 2
    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Ron Silver
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • American Trilogy's Weakest Link

    • By George on 10-03-16

    Regular price: $27.97

    • The Humbling

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 31

    Everything is over for Simon Axler. One of the leading American stage actors of his generation, now in his 60s, he has lost his magic, his talent, and his assurance. His Falstaff and Peer Gynt and Vanya, all his great roles, "are melted into air, into thin air". When he goes on stage he feels like a lunatic and looks like an idiot. His confidence in his powers has drained away; he imagines people laughing at him; he can no longer pretend to be someone else.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Self-Indulgent Roth

    • By Darwin8u on 01-13-17

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Nemesis

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Joachim Schönfeld
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Newark 1944. In der Stadt bricht eine schreckliche Polioepidemie aus. Die meisten Betroffenen sind Kinder...

    Regular price: $16.07

    • Operation Shylock

    • A Confession
    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Fritz Weaver
    • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 52

    What if a look-alike stranger stole your name, usurped your biography, and went about the world pretending to be you? In Operation Shylock, master novelist Philip Roth confronts his double, an impostor whose self-appointed task is to lead the Jews back to Europe from Israel.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Jew, a doppelgänger, Israel and the Diaspora

    • By Darwin8u on 03-31-14

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Selected Shorts: Even More Laughs

    • By: T. Coraghessan Boyle, Jonathan Lethem, Miranda July, and others
    • Narrated by: Jerry Zaks, Alec Baldwin, Christine Baranski, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    From silly chuckles to rueful ironic glee to deep cosmic laughter, this new volume of humorous tales samples the best of recent seasons of the popular public radio series Selected Shorts.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Even more laughs than what?

    • By Michael on 08-30-12

    Regular price: $19.60

    • La macchia umana

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Paolo Pierobon
    • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Coleman Silk, professore di lettere classiche all'Athena College, da cinquant'anni nasconde un segreto. Un giorno però, a pochi anni dalla pensione, basta una parola detta per sbaglio e contro di lui si scatena una violenta e ipocrita caccia alle streghe. La brillante vita accademica e la bella famiglia cedono sotto il peso del perbenismo. E non c'è scampo, perché "noi lasciamo una macchia, lasciamo la nostra impronta. Impurità, crudeltà, abuso, errore, escremento, seme: non c'è altro mezzo per essere qui".

    Regular price: $12.64

    • Zuckerman Unbound

    • The Nathan Zuckerman Series, Book 2
    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Now in his mid-thirties, Nathan Zuckerman, a would-be recluse despite his newfound fame as a best-selling author, ventures onto the streets of Manhattan in the final year of the turbulent 60s. Not only is he assumed by his fans to be his own fictional satyr, Gilbert Carnovsky ("Hey, you do all that stuff in that book?"), he also finds himself the target of admonishers, advisors, and sidewalk literary critics. The recent murders of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. lead an unsettled Zuckerman to wonder if "target" may be more than a figure of speech.

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Breast

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 18

    Like a latter-day, Gregor Smasa, Professor David Kepesh wakes up one morning to find that he has been transformed. But where Kafka's protagonist turned into a giant beetle, the narrator of Philip Roth's richly conceived fantasy has become a 155-pound female breast. What follows is a deliriously funny yet touching exploration of the full implications of Kepesh's metamorphosis - a daring heretical book that brings us face to face with the intrinsic strangeness of sex and subjectivity.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • 36D Kafka

    • By Darwin8u on 05-08-18

    Regular price: $13.99

    • The Great American Novel

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: James Daniels
    • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Gil Gamesh, the only pitcher who ever literally tried to kill the umpire. The ex-con first baseman John Baal, “The Babe Ruth of the Big House,” who never hit a homerun sober. If you’ve never heard of them—or of the Ruppert Mundy’s, the only homeless big-league ball team in American history—it’s because of the Communist plot and the capitalist scandal that expunged the entire Patriot League from baseball memory.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A good farcical novel, but expect more from author

    • By Jay Quintana on 12-21-15

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Patrimony

    • A True Story
    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    Patrimony, a true story, touches the emotions as strongly as anything Philip Roth has ever written. Roth watches as his 86-year-old father - famous for his vigor, his charm, and his repertoire of Newark recollections - battles with the brain tumor that will kill him. The son, full of love, anxiety, and dread, accompanies his father through each fearful stage of his final ordeal, and, as he does so, discloses the survivalist tenacity that has distinguished his father's long, stubborn engagement with life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • You must not forget anything

    • By Darwin8u on 06-19-18

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Indignation

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Ray Chase
    • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 189
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 174

    In 1951, the second year of the Korean War, a studious, law-abiding, and intense youngster from Newark, New Jersey, Marcus Messner, begins his sophomore year on the pastoral, conservative campus of Ohio's Winesburg College. And why is he there and not at a local college in Newark where he originally enrolled? Because his father, the sturdy, hardworking neighborhood butcher, seems to have gone mad - mad with fear and apprehension of the dangers of adult life, the dangers of the world, the dangers he sees on every corner for his beloved boy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Tight, beautiful and also strange and sad.

    • By Darwin8u on 08-22-16

    Regular price: $17.47

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