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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,258 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Updike Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN:
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The ever-surprising John Updike's 22nd novel is a brilliant contemporary fiction that will surely be counted as one of his most powerful. It tells of 18-year-old Ahmad Ashmawy Mulloy and his devotion to Allah and the words of the Holy Qur'an, as expounded to him by a local mosque's imam.

The son of a bohemian Irish-American mother and an Egyptian father who disappeared when he was three, Ahmad turned to Islam at the age of 11. He feels his faith threatened by the materialistic, hedonistic society he sees around him in the slumping factory town of New Prospect, in northern New Jersey. Neither the world-weary, depressed guidance counselor at Central High School, Jack Levy, nor Ahmad's mischievously seductive black classmate, Joryleen Grant, succeeds in diverting the boy from what his religion calls the Straight Path.

When he finds employment in a furniture store owned by a family of recently immigrated Lebanese, the threads of a plot gather around him, with reverberations that rouse the Department of Homeland Security.

But to quote the Qur'an: Of those who plot is God the best. 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 Don Healy | 2/5/2014

    " I haven't really enjoyed the other Updike novels that I've read. I just couldn't get into the Protestant suburban characters he wrote about, but this book is gripping. While some reviewers have criticized the shallowness of secondary its characters, Updike was able to draw my sympathy for the main character and to simultaneously admire and be horrified by his quest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamampoline | 2/2/2014

    " Upon kicking off my John Updike-reading career, I steeled myself for harsh criticism of America's burbs and women, and Updike did not disappoint! From his loathsome descriptions of sagging boobs to his prosaic musings on middle-aged fatness in women to the repeated dips into the Quran for tidbits about the unclean women the protagonist (well, the young muslim, but perhaps Updike actually sides with his teacher more) must avoid to stay pure in his faith, there is plenty to wonder what kernel of wisdom underpins the novel. In the end, though, the story of a young man of mixed origin following a faith and attaching himself to the idea of sacrifice, in somewhat of a response to an amoral, luxury and comfort-focused world, was a fascinating read. The climax, in which the two lead characters charter a truck full of explosives toward NYC, is proof to me of Updike's skill in conveying the disappointments and contradictions of his characters through dialogue. I would also wonder how someone who hated the world as much as his depressed characters do could muster the energy to keep writing books, if there wasn't some redeeming nugget hidden at the end. A late redemption for this book earns it a 4. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 12/25/2013

    " Pretty engaging. The sometimes stock characters grown on you by the end, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 12/14/2013

    " a story that needed to be told, yet which somehow falls short of its potential. its most thought provocating theme is the suggestion that in the end, jews and arabs will encorporate each other's salvation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marvin | 11/11/2013

    " Reviewers have trashed this book by one of my favorite authors, but it's not as bad as they've said. It helps that the reader of the audio version is terrific. He gives interesting but not overdone voices to the main character, an Islamic convert who's the son of an absent Egyptian immigrant father & an Irish American mother as well as to the other characters, including a secular Jewish disillusioned public school guidance counsellor and his fat wife, a female African American classmate who tries to befriend our hero, and a Lebanese American furniture store owner & his son. This list, though, betrays the novel's great flaw: its cast of characters are all types rather than real characters. (The "fat wife" is a particularly offensive stereotype.) Moreover, the older characters--& even some of the younger ones--give voice to an annoying grumpiness about developments in American culture. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Syd | 11/10/2013

    " Given Updike's recent passing, I really wanted to like this book. Usually I get invested in his characters even if I don't really like them. This wasn't the case in this novel, and by the time I reached the climax, I really didn't care what happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karl Steffey | 10/29/2013

    " Terrorist: A Novel by John Updike (2007) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 9/26/2013

    " Anything by John Updike is fabulous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 8/21/2013

    " I enjoyed my first Updike. My friends warned me against it, but I read it anyway. Makes me want to read more of his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 7/12/2013

    " Could be a lightbulb moment for intelligent Americans who don't understand Muslim and Middle Eastern thinking and motivation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 1/7/2013

    " Starts off kind of slow. Most of it is depressing because it's so true. Updike is the man when it comes to getting the little details right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 10/31/2012

    " I felt like Updike didn't really know his protagonist, so the book wasn't that convincing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick Johns | 8/27/2012

    " Insightful, perceptive, evocative (as Updike always is) and entertaining. The best post-9/11 book so far for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Risa | 1/28/2012

    " The subtle influences of religion on adolescent minds; Updike's use of language magnificent. Story a little too pat and predictable "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 1/25/2012

    " As usual Updike is just too wordy for me. Are all Arabs cowards or realists? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob | 8/28/2011

    " As usual, a young man's angst is neatly captured by Updike...seems to be his speciality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 8/15/2011

    " Read the book shortly after the release and can't rem the yr but the book impacts 1's understanding of becoming a home grown terrorist well done "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Huda | 5/23/2011

    " The story sets you up for something dramatic and then fails to deliver. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isai | 5/9/2011

    " pengen tau cara perekrutan teroris?? baca novel ini... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 3/23/2011

    " Pretty engaging. The sometimes stock characters grown on you by the end, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 3/11/2011

    " Not as cerebral as some of Updike's books, but that's okay. Being cerebral definitely slows down the action and interferese with mystery/thriller aspects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 3/7/2011

    " I loved it. Poignant and exciting. Prose consistently demonstrates Updike's knack for finding new ways to describe things you see, hear and feel all the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 1/26/2011

    " This is not a usual book choice for me, but it was an excellent book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/21/2011

    " Solid story of a high school boy who becomes involved with Islamic fundamentalist as he struggles with life in modern New York. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 1/13/2011

    " Could be a lightbulb moment for intelligent Americans who don't understand Muslim and Middle Eastern thinking and motivation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 12/15/2010

    " As usual Updike is just too wordy for me. Are all Arabs cowards or realists? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 12/14/2010

    " A guided tour of old, urban, faded NJ, with a twist! A reminder of how easy it is for young people to make big mistakes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alice | 12/4/2010

    " So far, so good.
    No, gave it up. It got pretty boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 12/2/2010

    " The character development was excellent and I like his style of writing, but the plot didn't keep me interested. A 3 star mediocrity. "

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About the Author
Author John Updike

John Updike (1932–2009) was the author of more than sixty books, including collections of short stories, poems, and criticism. His novels have been honored with two Pulitzer Prize Awards, the National Book Award, and the Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Hugging the Shore, a collection of essays and reviews, received the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.