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The Plot Against America Audiobook

The Plot Against America

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Dr. Simon G Bell 24/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Unbelievably prescient"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Plot Against America to be better than the print version?

    Excellently told story and so very moving in our present situation


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Plot Against America?

    The gradual unwinding of the plot and the hideously possible nature of the crimes committed.


    What does Ron Silver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The reading brings in accent and flourish which I could only guess at as a Brit.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could not listen to this in one. I had to keep coming back and savouring the building horror.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a fantastic bit of guesswork. Who does control Trump after all?

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Malwina Tritt 15/08/2017
    Malwina Tritt 15/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A bit disappointing"

    The idea of the story seemed interesting but it didn't turn out to be this way... Every chapter is an anticlimax but I ploughed on, as I didn't have anything else to listen to and I half expected an ending that will make me say "huh!" and in fairness last two chapters made it worth the struggle. But the story isn't half as bad as it's narration. The performance is appaling! Really struggled to stick with it because of the man who's reading it. I think, I'll try the book in its paper version at some stage, once the bad after taste of the audiobook is gone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Storer2 09/08/2017
    Chris Storer2 09/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Spoilt by performance"

    Couldn't get past the dull delivery enough to enjoy the story. Might read the Kindle version

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S Garlick 06/06/2017
    S Garlick 06/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Not enough happens, great concept, poorly executed"

    I found the book just lumbered it's way to conclusion with very little happening until the final two chapters. When it did get interesting the story jumped around in terms of timeline. Great concept just poorly executed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Pinsent 28/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story shame about the narration"

    This is a fantastic story. Very topical, first person perspective grounds you in it. Shame about the monotonous narration

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    L. D. Otter 13/08/2017
    L. D. Otter 13/08/2017
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    "Still relevant today"

    Tough going at times as I found the narrator just that, reading a story without bringing it to life.

    Sad that as I finish this book more rioting and a death due to clashes in Charlottesville between the far right and people that accept our world is varied and should be celebrated.

    Unbelievable that in 2017, this story of fiction remains relevant.

    Worth a listen and persevering with in my view.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luke alder 03/08/2017
    Luke alder 03/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A beautiful insight"

    An incredibly powerful fiction, with an excruciatingly genuine insight into the persecution of minorities.

    I'm particularly impressed with how realisticly the author portrays the perspective of a nice year old, without any condescension or unnecessary clichés.

    A genuine 10/10 listen

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    Gemma 10/07/2017
    Gemma 10/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting read/listen"

    Interesting book. I am certain I am not the first to say I found strong similarities of America today. Unfortunately, I found the story lacking something. I expected more of a resolution at the end.

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    Sandy mg 04/07/2017
    Sandy mg 04/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't get into it!!"

    The premise of this book looked promising but I just couldn't get into it!! Returned

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    Suswati 23/06/2017
    Suswati 23/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Disturbingly relevant even to contemporary events"

    Philip Roth's vivid dystopian novel depicts America under a fascist government through the eyes of a 9-year-old boy in the peak of World War One. It's dark and compelling, showing how creeping discrimination can ultimately make way for potential genocide. Absolutely grim yet gripping.

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    04/02/17
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    "Scarily realistic"

    The author really made me care for the characters in this book. I'm not a history buff, but this book really made me appreciate what Jews may have been thinking during the real historu of WW2.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • R. Kravitz
    New Haven, CT
    01/02/17
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    "Extraordinary"

    This is a masterpiece, ranging from grand history to the intimacies of family life, from the most dire circumstance to the outrageously funny, as in the best Shakespearean history plays.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Imelda Marcos
    New York, USA
    05/03/17
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    "A Traitor POTUS & Barnstormer"

    The Greatest Generation reimagined as rubes...A celebrity pacifist President preaches America First while Hitler & Tojo run wild over the globe...New Jersey never sells out...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bette J. Piacente
    Walnut Creek, CA USA
    02/02/17
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    "Almost too much in the current climate"

    Roth evokes the atmosphere of fear being used to manipulate Americans into hatred and loathing their neighbors. At times it was all I could do to continue listening, not because of any failure of the author's, but because it was all too plausible!

    The part where Roth's younger self it not telling the story tended to have less power to me. I understand he is trying to explain how fascism could happen in America, but that part of the seemed to be a little too precious and unbelievable.

    However, the tale as told from the child's eyes is frightening and very believable. I especially appreciated the situations showing how there are no Right options in stressful times, no matter you will be left with regrets beyond measure.

    10 of 12 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.

    23 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Amy
    Petaluma, CA, United States
    17/02/17
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    "Frighteningly familiar"

    This is the first Philip Roth book I've ever read- and to no one's surprise , he's brilliant, gifted, what everyone says. In the early era of Trump, this book is eerily familiar: a shock that he's elected, surrounded by white supremacists, influenced by fascists and killers from other governments. I hope we have a different ending.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • W Perry Hall
    L.A.
    20/01/17
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    ""The Pompous SOB knows everything....""


    “The pompous [SOB] knows everything. It's too bad he doesn't know anything else.”

    "--nor had I understood til then how the shameless vanity of utter fools can so strongly determine the fate of others”

    “How can people like these be in charge of our country? If I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I’d think I was having a hallucination.”

    Philip Roth, The Plot Against America


    Philip Roth's convincing tale of an alternate U.S. history has been made all the more plausible by recent events. I mean, look again at these quotes. In this 1940 America, the heroic Charles Lindbergh, known as an isolationist and admirer of Hitler in his early years, is elected U.S. President in a landslide over FDR by voters fearful of becoming involved in another European war. The U.S. does not get involved in WWII and the election unleashes a swelling tide of anti-Semitism resulting, ultimately, in assignments of Jewish citizens to certain areas designated by the U.S. government's new Office of American Absorption.

    Roth impressively paints this tense fictional world in the Newark, New Jersey in which he himself was raised. He narrates through his early teen, fictional self providing an absorbing read made more captivating by recent Russian interference with the U.S. Presidential election and is even more timely and chilling on this inaugural eve.

    18 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Emrys
    Alfred, NY, United States
    11/03/17
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    "Great premise-fine novel"

    Reading this right after the election of Trump gave the book the power of apparent prescience. It's classic Roth, which means that the portrait of working class Jewish life in Newark is superbly portrayed. The premise of the novel--the election of Lindbergh to the presidency in 1940 makes for a gripping story. But I felt that the book promised more than it ultimately delivered. The last part of the story seemed rather rushed, and a bit unsatisfying. For all that, it's a fine novel.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Leti Solis
    Seattle, WA
    21/02/17
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    "Excellent storyline and performance"

    Given the sharp turn to the right in American politics, this book lends an insightful and chilling look at how populism, nefarious foreign regimes and public fear can take hold of a nation, its people and government. This story is in the same realm as Sinclair Lewis's It Can't Happen Here. The somewhat plausible story is told through the eyes of a young jewish boy, philip. convincingly read by Ron Silver. The ending felt somewhat disjointed, thus my 3 star rating. Overall though, I'm really glad to have listened to this book.

    2 of 3 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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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