American Pastoral Audiobook, by Philip Roth Play Audiobook Sample

American Pastoral Audiobook

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Read By: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 10.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 8.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The American Trilogy Release Date: July 2023 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9798212382489

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

17

Longest Chapter Length:

70:54 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

37:51 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

56:49 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

41

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Publisher Description

Here is Philip Roth’s masterpiece, featuring Nathan Zuckerman and the story of Swede Levov, a legendary athlete at his Newark high school, who grows up in the booming postwar years to marry a former Miss New Jersey, inherit his father’s glove factory, and move into a stone house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock. And then one day in 1968, Swede’s beautiful American luck deserts him.

For Swede’s adored daughter, Merry, has grown from a loving, quick-witted girl into a sullen, fanatical teenager—a teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of domestic terrorism. And overnight Swede is wrenched out of the longed-for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk. Compulsively listenable, propelled by sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters, American Pastoral gives us Philip Roth at the height of his powers.

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"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."

— Zack (5 out of 5 stars)

Quotes

  • “One of Roth’s most powerful novels ever…Moving, generous and ambitious…A fiercely affecting work of art.”

    — New York Times
  • “Dazzling…A wrenching, compassionate, intelligent novel.”

    — Boston Globe
  • “Some of the best pure writing Roth has done.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Roth’s most mature novel, powerful and universally resonant.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

American Pastoral Listener Reviews

Overall Performance: 3.59090909090909 out of 53.59090909090909 out of 53.59090909090909 out of 53.59090909090909 out of 53.59090909090909 out of 5 (3.59)
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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " One of my favorite books. "

    — Shawna, 2/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Josie, 2/5/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Richard, 2/4/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Carly, 1/24/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

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

    — Cookie, 1/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Jan, 12/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Bernie, 11/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Cindy, 11/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    — Allie, 11/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — GAMMY, 8/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Soojan, 6/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Emma, 5/16/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Kirby, 7/19/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Maude, 10/5/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Paul, 10/5/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Deanne, 5/26/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    — Samuel, 5/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Charles, 5/8/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Andre, 5/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Anne, 5/3/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Seth, 4/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I tried so hard but couldn't do it "

    — Liz, 4/15/2011

About Philip Roth

Philip Roth (1933–2018) was one of the most decorated writers in American history, having won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award twice, the PEN/Faulkner Award three times, the National Book Award, 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.”

About Malcolm Hillgartner

Malcolm Hillgartner is an accomplished actor, writer, and musician. Named an AudioFile Best Voice of 2013 and the recipient of several Earphones Awards, he has narrated over 250 audiobooks.