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3.23 out of 53.23 out of 53.23 out of 53.23 out of 53.23 out of 5 3.23 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ethan Canin Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9780739368480
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From Ethan Canin, bestselling author of The Palace Thief, comes a stunning novel, set in a small town during the Nixon era and today, about America and family, politics and tragedy, and the impact of fate on a young man’s life.

In the early 1970s, Corey Sifter, the son of working-class parents, becomes a yard boy on the grand estate of the powerful Metarey family. Soon, through the family’s generosity, he is a student at a private boarding school and an aide to the great New York senator Henry Bonwiller, who is running for president of the United States. Before long, Corey finds himself involved with one of the Metarey daughters as well, and he begins to leave behind the world of his upbringing. As the Bonwiller campaign gains momentum, Corey finds himself caught up in a complex web of events in which loyalty, politics, sex, and gratitude conflict with morality, love, and the truth.

America America
 is a beautiful novel about America as it was and is, a remarkable exploration of how vanity, greatness, and tragedy combine to change history and fate.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2008 Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/15/2014

    " Looking over my "to-read" books, I realized I read this recently. Can't remember much about it, but thought it was decent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/11/2014

    " Politically interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Rose | 1/25/2014

    " I had such high hopes for this book ....it never really "grabbed" me but there were definitely some very interesting insights into politicians, those who back them, and the early 1970's ... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Crystal | 1/21/2014

    " I couldn't finish it, it was just too slow and too strange. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 1/12/2014

    " I don't know I kept reading this...it took me three library checkouts to get through it! I think it would have been better if it hadn't flashed between the present and the past so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 12/24/2013

    " I was unable to sit down and read this book without many interruptions. Sometimes I lost track because it moved from the past, past past, and present. Sometimes it took me a minute to realize where I was in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 12/13/2013

    " A lot of fun to read. A great story about class and political corruption. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 11/30/2013

    " Well written tale of a young man coming of age and his involvement in the 1972 presidential campaign. Brings to mind Robert Penn Warren's ALL THE KING'S MEN. Engaging, timely, and very well done. Highly recommend. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 11/17/2013

    " boring!! did not grab me at all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret Rosinski | 11/10/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this after I got into it. Great characters and an interesting writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miyabi | 9/30/2013

    " I kept reading but not Ethan Canin's best book. Never cared about the characters enough. However, I did like the subject and so did gain something from it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Naomi | 8/25/2013

    " This book supposedly evoked a time during the 70's but it felt more like the 30's. The story lines didn't develop as fully as I would have liked. It was meant to be slow paced and it was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 8/23/2013

    " I really love his short stories, but I find his novels to be lacking something. In this case, it just felt long & overly drawn out. The characters were good & I love his writing, but the plot didn't sustain a book of this length. Try "The Palace Thief" or "Emperor of the Air" instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maraidh | 8/10/2013

    " Another great Ethan Canin novel. I am a huge fan of all of his, a great story teller. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mayuri | 7/23/2013

    " Halfway through and nothing has happened yet or really made me want to read further? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 9/17/2012

    " So I loved the story and writing style - well written engaging characters kept me going. But the writing made me want more. I felt like if Canin would have put more effort into being a bit more explicit, the story would have benefited greatly. Instead, I was left wanting more.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Zerby | 8/14/2012

    " A well-written and interestingly indirect angle on the Nixon years through a story of a powerful man who makes one very bad mistake, a powerful but flawed senator and a young boy caught up in a world not his own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JP | 6/7/2012

    " Fabulous writing, great story ... very enjoyable. Not one for the ages, I wouldn't say, but very very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 5/28/2012

    " I learned that politics is a dirty game and that the innocence we might have enjoyed some 35 years ago is gone. However, the game of politics keeps getting dirtier. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 11/16/2011

    " I wanted so much to like this, and I did...but it also seemed unnecessarily elliptical. Reminiscent of The Great Gatsby, as other reviewers have noted. I love love love his short stories, however, which share the same wistful quality--The Palace Thief and the Emperor of Air. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Kathryn | 6/29/2011

    " I found this to be an extremely satisfying read. Sweeping and specific at the same time, this novel was as if Jane Hamilton's "Book of Ruth" and John Irving's "Prayer for Owen Meany" had a baby. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 5/9/2011

    " It's a beautiful novel which reminds me of some of my favorite American novelists, probably foremost Wallace Stegner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 3/16/2011

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this after I got into it. Great characters and an interesting writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 2/28/2011

    " I liked it. If it had been told chronologically, as a great story, I would have LOVED it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 2/21/2011

    " Smart book looking at the world of politics, power, and passion. Yeah...I know...alliteration. This novel reads like good literature that challenges with good ideas, great characters, and a look at the world of men who strive for power, willing to sacrifice so much for the greater good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/13/2011

    " Not his best - but still pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 1/2/2011

    " I liked the writing style and the storyline was great - there was one sort of confusing part that I might have to go back and re-read to see if I can figure out what happened, but otherwise a great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 12/31/2010

    " Pretty much loved it. I think it could have been so much more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 12/10/2010

    " Couldn't finish it. I just couldn't bring myself to care enough. Nice enough prose, nice enough characters, but halfway in and I still wasn't hooked. Too many other books to read to keep plugging away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bayh | 12/7/2010

    " There are a few sentences in this book that are so masterfully crafted, I could not imagine better prose if I tried. Overall a compelling story studded with intermittent rhetorical gems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suni | 12/1/2010

    " Very well written book - eventhough it was written in 2008 it is timely to politics now and forever "

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About the Author
Author Ethan Canin

Ethan Canin is the author of several books, including the story collections Emperor of the Air and The Palace Thief, as well as the novels For Kings and Planets and Carry Me Across the Water. He is on the faculty of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and divides his time between Iowa and northern Michigan. He is also a physician.

About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.