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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (163 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neil Gordon Narrator: Donald Corren, Hillary Huber, Kirby Heyborne, Ann Marie Lee, Arthur Morey, Cris Dukehart, Jeannie Stith Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set against the rise and fall of the radical antiwar group the Weather Underground, The Company You Keep is a sweeping American saga about sacrifice, the ecstatic righteousness of youth, and the tension between political ideals and family loyalties.

When Jason Sinai, one of the last Vietnam-era fugitives still wanted on murder charges for a robbery gone wrong in 1974, encounters a young newspaper reporter in search of a story, he must abandon years of safe underground life for the dangerous life of the road—traveling across America and deep into his past. It is a vivid re-creation of lives lived underground—of battle-scarred veterans, ideologues, profiteers, criminals, and bystanders.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cerebral, rousing…It bids well to enter the company of our best fiction about the Vietnam era.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A hybrid of political novel, love story, cat-and-mouse thriller.”

    Seattle Times

  • A 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael O'toole | 2/19/2014

    " Set in the 90s, this dramatic thriller follows civil rights attorney Jim Grant who's in the midst of a custody battle for his seven year old daughter with his recovering drug addict ex-wife. After the arrest of Weather Underground activist fugitive, Sharon Solartz, young, ambitious reporter Ben Schulberg who's assigned to write the story interviews Grant, who refused to represent Solarz after she contacted him. Later, after finding out that Grant left town with his daughter, Isabel, Schulberg soon uncovers that Jim Grant is actually Weather Underground fugitive Jason Sinai. Once he leaves his daughter with his estranged brother in New York City, Grant goes on the run from the FBI across America, encountering old Weather Underground buddies while trying to locate his former girlfriend, another former activist who he claims can clear his name, and hopefully get his daughter back. Meanwhile, as Schulberg continues to investigate Sinai's whereabouts, he interviews the FBI agent who first investigated the crime Sinai went on the run for, and ends up falling for his daughter in the process. He later uncovers a shocking connection between them, and Jason Sinai, which can exonerate him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by shirley | 2/19/2014

    " It's been a long time since I enjoyed a book so much. I checked out the audio version from the library and loved that it was read by numerous readers, each assuming the role of the character he/she portrayed. The book is told in emails to the main character's daughter, requesting her presence at at parole hearing. Each version tells how the events in their lives led up to this hearing. This is the first book I've read in this format and really worked in this story. There are a couple of unexpected twists that came as a surprise to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peggy | 2/16/2014

    " For anyone who experienced the unrest of the 60s & has spent time reflecting on the idealism, the violence, the subsequent wars, this is a book to read. On another level, it is also an exciting story with interesting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/13/2014

    " This is my favorite of the 1960s/1970s fugitive-rebel genre. Though less well reviewed than a number of others, all of whose titles escape me, this felt to me the most right; or, at least, the most compelling. Told entirely in emails to the daughter the fugitive hasn't seen since her infancy, to me it gives a real sense of what happened during the Vietnam War era, and what has happened since. It points up how hard it would be for the child of radicals to really understand, or have empathy. It also made me want to write a novel in emails, but I haven't done so--as yet:). "

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