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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: April 2012 ISBN: 9781611205756
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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 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 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 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 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:). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/10/2014

    " This was super fast read. I live in Michigan near Ann Arbor where the story takes place. I enjoyed the story and the setting. "

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

    " I've been trying to remember the name of this book for several months and it just came to me this morning. I remember this being a can't-put-down story. I loved the perspectives from which it was told and found the story very compelling and seductive. It's one I would read again, if I had time in life two read books twice. I'll have to track down a copy for Emily to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 1/14/2014

    " I didn't love this guy as a teacher, but this book is a great read. It has all the makings of a book that keeps you flipping pages and stays in your pocket everywhere you go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 1/10/2014

    " While I found the style confusing at first, I came to really enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn | 1/9/2014

    " Interesting, different than the books I normally read. Made me a little bit interested in the underground movements in America in the 60s and onward. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 1/7/2014

    " Admire the email conceit. Admire the attempt at political balance. Hate how all the characters are superhuman. All of them. Not a true to life character in the bunch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 12/19/2013

    " While I should be reading baby books, I got sucked into this one. Great glimpse and well researched fiction re: the underground/Weathermen movement of the 60s/70s. Wonderful storytelling and vivid characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meagan | 12/14/2013

    " This is a really interesting novel about the Vietnam era. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 12/10/2013

    " Wonderful book providing lots of food for thought - but as we are on holiday no time to do review until I return home. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 11/14/2013

    " Loved this book!! Thank you Robert Redford for making this in to a movie otherwise I would never have found out about the book( movie tie in)now my only problem is how am I going to get my hands on Neil Gordon's other titles??? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 11/12/2013

    " I loved this book! It was a wonderful trip back to college days for me. It reminds me of another favorite....VIDA by Marge Piercy. Both are fictionalized accounts of the Weather Underground and life post bombings and bank robberys....A great summer read for sure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Randee | 8/17/2013

    " Those who really liked this book seem to be young, the children of those who lived those times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amberly | 6/10/2013

    " Three stars instead of 2 because at one point I couldn't put it down, and it takes place in my neck of the woods in upstate NY. But, like so many other stories that start out promising, the finish gets mucked up on itself and the end is too unbelievably pat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffrey | 5/14/2013

    " The politics, history and presentation of argument were good. I personally was not convinced by the convenience of the plot threads among the main characters. The structure of the novel was another strong point. Overall it was a strong work, albeit too convenient in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jgknobler | 1/13/2013

    " A carefully constructed novel about the Weathermen, combining fictional and non-fictional characters. I enjoyed reading about the techniques of fugitives, as well as the thoughts and rationales of Weathermen terrorists, but the book is just too slow and repetitive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 12/1/2012

    " Political, romance, thriller. Based on happenings of the Weather Underground during the Vietnam era. Great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Bijas | 10/3/2012

    " Story of the weather underground as told via e-mails. Political, vietnam background, but takes place in modern day. Well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tfalcone | 7/14/2012

    " I just watched the movie and just wanted to go trough the story one more time - very good book, excellent movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridgette Bissonnette | 5/29/2012

    " A page turner with politics and mystery mixed in. Apparently, it's a book one has to read if they know Nell. &, I do:) "

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About the Author

Neil Gordon was born in South Africa in 1958. He earned two Hopwood Prizes for fiction while completing his bachelors degree at the University of Michigan and holds a PhD in French literature from Yale. He worked for many years at the New York Review of Books, Washington Post, and Boston Review and is currently dean of the American University of Paris.

About the Narrators

Donald Corren is a stage, television, and voice actor whose work has been featured on and off Broadway, in regional theaters, behind animated characters, and on television for the past three decades. Trained in the theater division at Juilliard, he is also a writer whose credits include the original Martha Stewart Living television series and the medals ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards and won ten Earphones Awards. Her recordings for Blackstone include Skinny Bastard, The Art of Social War, and The Cheater.

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered twenty-two Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.

Ann Marie Lee is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She is a Los Angeles–based actress with television credits that include ER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Nip/Tuck. Her stage performances for Broadway National Tours and regional theater include Peter Pan, As You Like It, Heartbreak House, and The Cherry Orchard.

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards: in 2011 for Biography and History, in for History and Historical Fiction, and in 2009 for Nonfiction and Culture. His work has also garnered twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.

Cris Dukehart is a voice-over artist and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. Her voice can also be heard across the country and around the world in commercials and corporate narration. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.

Jeannie Stith is a professional voice-over artist. Her clients for professional and promotional voice work include Crayola, Barbie, Motorola, and Verizon. Also an Earphones Award–winning narrator, she has read more than a dozen audio books, including Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, Nightworld by L. J. Smith, and There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones.