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3.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 5 3.65 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Roth Narrator: Ron Silver Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Seymour Swede Levov is a prosperous, hard-working family man who comes of age in America's triumphant postwar era. The owner of a Newark glove factory, Swede leads a blissful existence, complete with a 170-year-old stone farmhouse, a beautiful wife - Miss New Jersey 1949 - and a lively, precocious daughter. But when the country begins to run amok in the 1960s, Swede's perfect world crumbles. His cherished daughter becomes a revolutionary terrorist, bent on destroying everything her father holds dear. In chronicling Swede's rise and fall, author Philip Roth paints a vivid portrait of a man swept away by a current of conflict and violence in his own backyard. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawna Russell | 2/9/2014

    " One of my favorite books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Josie Cheney | 2/5/2014

    " I know that this book won with Pulitzer Prize and is generally highly rated, but I did not like it at all. I found it too depressing and ugly to enjoy. I tried. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Seitchick | 2/4/2014

    " The most depressing book I have ever read, but really very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly Charles | 1/24/2014

    " You're asking for it if you give an angst-ridden kid a name like Merry "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cookie Lopez | 1/20/2014

    " Mom loved it; I didn't...unusual for us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 12/21/2013

    " My favorite Roth (of the three I've read). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bernie | 11/24/2013

    " Re-read this. One of the great novels of the last 20 years. So beautifully written. So intelligent. So heartbreaking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Kiro | 11/8/2013

    " An Amercian classic and demonstrates the power of Roth's writing. He dismantles this family life in a way that only J.M. Coetze comes close to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allie | 11/5/2013

    " I think this will be the end of my Philip Roth stage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zack Najarian-Najafi | 9/27/2013

    " Lays bare the American soul. All the more terrifying because Swede Levov reminds me of my grandfather, so watching him degraded and tormented was only more heart-wrenching. Philip Roth is a genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 GAMMY | 8/11/2013

    " Recently 'discovered' Philip Roth and enjoying his writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Soojan | 6/11/2013

    " What a great book....I was still thinking about it for hours after I finished the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma Hegarty | 5/16/2013

    " Heart-breaking characters and struggle of a 'good' person to make sense of a new order. Nice to read a father-daughter relationship instead of the usual mother-daughter focus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirby | 7/19/2012

    " I love love love this book! That is all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maude | 10/5/2011

    " This book delves into all sorts of topics examining what it means to have a "happy" and "normal" life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paul | 10/5/2011

    " One day I'll write a metafictional memoir about building a time machine that transports me back to the site of Philip Roth's first wedding. Don't know if I'll abduct the bride of the groom, but the world will be spared a lot of misogynistic fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanne | 5/26/2011

    " Probably my favourite Roth book, interesting characters and I enjoyed the story. Did have questions at the end, wondered what Swede was going to do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samuel | 5/21/2011

    " Anti-Vietnam, Jainism, perversion, bourgeoisie and depression. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charles | 5/8/2011

    " this book is self-indulgent and pointless. it's one of the worst books i've ever read. some chapters are 50 pages, and they dont have anything to say until the last page. no hyperbole, either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andre | 5/7/2011

    " The most vigorous American historical epic I have read so far "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 5/3/2011

    " Philip Roth is a brilliant writer; I only wish I liked his characters more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 4/27/2011

    " Very entertaining and I found myself fully absorbed into this world. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz | 4/15/2011

    " I tried so hard but couldn't do it
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About the Author
Author Philip Roth

Philip Roth is one of the most decorated writers in American history, having won the National Book Critics Circle Award twice, the PEN/Faulkner Award three times, the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, and many more. He also won the Ambassador Book Award of the English-Speaking Union and in the same year received the National Medal of Arts at the White House. In 2001 he received the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, given every six years “for the entire work of the recipient.”