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The Plot Against America Audiobook

The Plot Against America

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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. For one boy growing up in Newark, Lindbergh's election is the first in a series of ruptures that threaten to destroy his small, safe corner of America - and with it his mother, his father, and his older brother.

©2004 Philip Roth (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Alan Jay Ominsky, M.D.
    Philadelphia, PA USA
    20/08/16
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    "Roth at his worst"

    The story meanders
    The book just stops instead of ending
    The reactions of the characters are illogical, unpredictable, and (even as fantasy) unbelievable.
    For a great audible book on the same subject try "It can't happen here by Sinclair Lewis.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    potomac, MD, United States
    04/08/16
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    "Life is imitating Roth's art"

    A country with bitter internal divisions faces a world dissolving into savage war, and a man with no political experience but a high national profile marches into the White House. His radical policies begin to transform the country in frightening ways. It was written ten years ago but reads like a thinly-disguised version of America in the summer of 2016.
    And the narration is pitch-perfect.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • drewser
    14/05/16
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    "Good story with confused narrative"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book reads like "this is what the onset of fascism feels like" from the perspective of a family facing impending oppression. This aspect of the book is well done. On the other hand, the "what if" rewriting of history only serves confuse the narrative and ultimate detracts from the serious sense of social claustrophobia and confounding choices that one is faced with in a situation like this.

    The book probably would have been more sincere without the "what if" aspect, but that hook certainly made it more fun to listen to. The expository sections of the book which take place outside the family do a lot to create some context, but the mix of history and fiction makes it difficult to stay immersed in the cocoon of paranoia and desperation.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Warren Spindler
    24/09/16
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    "For the times that try our souls..."

    Recommended by a radio personality last weekend. It is an eye opener though the story takes place in a different time. Well worth the time to listen and contemplate. Mark Twain said something like this: " ...history may not repeat itself - but it rhymes...".

    Let's hope not.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Good man
    23/09/16
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    "Don't waste your money"

    Boring lousy and unrealistic don't waste your money if you're looking for a good alternate history check out v-day or or if you're looking for a good thriller check out the last thing I remember.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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