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3.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 5 3.87 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Albert Camus Narrator: James Jenner Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781440780981
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In the small coastal city of Oran, Algeria, rats begin rising up from the filth only to die as bloody heaps in the streets. Shortly after, an outbreak of the bubonic plague erupts and envelops the human population. Albert Camus’ The Plague is a brilliant and haunting rendering of human perseverance and futility in the face of a relentless terror born of nature.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There are certain things which need to be said now, without care for the future, and these are said…in The Plague.”

    New York Times Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eclarep | 2/19/2014

    " In a hostile world where people are dying but nothing can be done to alleviate their suffering why go on? Camus' answer is that we must find meaning in the hostile world and despite the hostile world. The struggle itself is enough to fill a man's heart. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian Widmer | 2/9/2014

    " I hated every second of this book. So I guess you could say it was effective. 2 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry Buckley | 2/8/2014

    " An unforgettable journey through despair; yet a chronicle of the strength of the human will, and the goodness of man. An existential tour de force, which asks the question; can one become a saint without believing in God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 1/10/2014

    " Who could guess that a book about the plague would be so perfectly lovely? One of my favorites. Makes up for L'Etranger in high school French. Thank you Sarah Auerbach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenessa | 1/4/2014

    " Dark and brooding, yet somehow oddly positive, Camus does a great job of illustrating his insistently not-existentialist philosophy, that there is absolute horror all around us but to thumb our nose at it and preserver regardless is the greatest joy one can obtain "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 11/21/2013

    " Read this one a long, long time ago. I remember loving it, but the narrative has faded into memory. Must return to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Puriso | 11/14/2013

    " I read this one very slowly. Nothing much happened, but it was pleasant to read. I like Camus' style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Akiryuu | 11/8/2013

    " I did not particularly like the book. I actually read this for my school summer assignment and really had to force myself through it. However, the writing is good for people who enjoy having a slow read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Alexandre Silva | 10/29/2013

    " Muito bem escrito e um excelente relato do comportamento humano perante um evento catastrofico como uma peste. Mas entediente e enfadonho sinceramente. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aleyda | 10/23/2013

    " Camus para los desayunos solitarios. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayna Lorentz | 12/31/2012

    " A great book, but I read it too slowly--the long sections of exposition took me out of the story when read this way, in small chunks. But the text is full of wonderful, quotable passages on love and loss and finding what is underneath the habits of the everyday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vero | 12/9/2012

    " Ya lo lei y no lo vuelvo a hacer. Interesante pero deprimente. Prefiero leer por escapismo y no para sufrir "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Uli | 12/8/2012

    " I love the premise to this book. A plague can strike at any time. I talked to my mother about this and she said that was how the AIDS virus seemed at first, so many good people died and no one really knew how to prevent it, there was no cure and death seemed certain after infection. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aaron Bennett | 9/7/2012

    " I didn't like this book because it moved very slow. There wasn't a strong climax so I became uninterested. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 9/1/2012

    " absolutely adored "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Heins | 1/18/2012

    " Almost certainly the best book I've ever read. Just...there are no more words. Camus gives us all a masterpiece of human experience, dread, joy, injustice, and love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronn | 7/25/2011

    " this is easily one of the best books I've ever read. I've gone back to it so many times that it is literally falling apart but I refuse to replace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Wiltsher | 7/21/2011

    " Classic tale of life under an oppression and how lives continue nevertheless - parallel with the Nazi invasion of France. Classic writing and love it every time I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/12/2011

    " i think i like camus very much. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 6/8/2011

    " Really. Dull. I couldn't finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriel | 6/4/2011

    " Another intense book, Camus is able to craft a wonderfully depressing setting and situation for a society living in an isolated town. The plague gives examples of the possible actions carried out if such an epidemic were to hit, and the reactions individuals would have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Treesh | 6/3/2011

    " I loved this book. I read it while abroad and it made me very contemplative. I'd recommend it, most definitely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rondell | 6/1/2011

    " this book was really sad i hat6ed when the book take you on place and then demolish you this book did that i surprised that thay didnt live even though they made it so close to the home town "

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About the Author
Author Albert Camus

Albert Camus (1913–1960) was a French philosopher, author, and journalist. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism. He wrote in his essay The Rebel that his whole life was devoted to opposing the philosophy of nihilism while still delving deeply into individual freedom. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957.

About the Narrator

James Jenner is an actor known for Very Good Girls, Enemy Territory, and Third Watch.