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    • American Pastoral

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Ron Silver
    • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,334
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,660
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,649

    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

    • 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 1,038
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 949
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 943

    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

    • 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 141
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 112

    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

    • 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 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 56

    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

    • Sabbath's Theater

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: David Dukes
    • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 131

    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

    • 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 106
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    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

    • 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 84
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    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

    • Nemesis

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 433
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 291
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 290

    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

    • The Counterlife

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    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
    • <br /><br /><br />classic Roth

    • By alan on 07-04-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • 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 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    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

    • The Dying Animal

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 60

    Philip Roth, one of the best-known and award winning literary masters of our time, engages his readership with insightful and challenging novels of the human condition. With The Dying Animal, he revisits the character David Kepesh. At age 60, Kapesh is drawn out of his carefully ordered existence and into an obsessive affair with one of his students.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Breathtaking...

    • By Everett Leiter on 08-25-10

    Regular price: $25.87

    • Everyman

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 427
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 128
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 129

    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 Prague Orgy

    • The Nathan Zuckerman Series, Book 4
    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    In quest of the unpublished manuscript of a martyred Yiddish writer, the American novelist Nathan Zuckerman travels to Soviet-occupied Prague in the mid-1970s. There, in a nation straightjacketed by totalitarian Communism, he discovers a literary predicament, marked by institutionalized oppression, that is rather different from his own. He also discovers, among the oppressed writers with whom he quickly becomes embroiled in a series of bizarre and poignant adventures, a perverse kind of heroism.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • One’s story isn’t a skin to be shed...

    • By Darwin8u on 05-08-18

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Indignation

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Ray Chase
    • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 184
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 169

    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

    • When She Was Good

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
    • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 29

    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

    • 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 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Smiling more than laughing

    • By Timo on 12-02-10

    Regular price: $19.60

    • 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 21
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    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

    • Letting Go

    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 24 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    Letting Go is Philip Roth's first full-length novel, published just after Goodbye, Columbus, when he was 29. Set in 1950s Chicago, New York and Iowa City, Letting Go presents as brilliant a fictional portrait as we have of a mid-century America defined by social and ethical constraints, and by moral compulsions conspicuously different from those of today.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Chronicle of Real People Living Real Lives

    • By Jay Quintana on 01-29-16

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Anatomy Lesson

    • The Nathan Zuckerman Series, Book 3
    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    At 40, the writer Nathan Zuckerman comes down with a mysterious affliction - pure pain, beginning in his neck and shoulders, invading his torso, and taking possession of his spirit. Zuckerman, whose work was his life, is unable to write a line. Now his work is trekking from one doctor to another, but none can find a cause for the pain or assuage it. Zuckerman himself wonders if the pain could have been caused by his own books.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pain is like a baby crying

    • By Darwin8u on 03-16-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Facts

    • A Novelist's Autobiography
    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    The Facts is the unconventional autobiography of a writer who has reshaped our idea of fiction - a work of compelling candor and inventiveness, instructive particularly in its revelation of the interplay between life and art.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Roth's Metabiography

    • By Darwin8u on 05-21-18
    • A Novelist's Autobiography
    • By: Philip Roth
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Release date: 04-15-10
    • 4 out of 5 stars 41 ratings

    Regular price: $19.99

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