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The Plot against America Audiobook

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Read By: Ron Silver Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781504693707

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Longest Chapter Length:

110:11 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

69:27 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

89:14 minutes

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Publisher Description

In an astonishing feat of empathy and narrative invention, our most ambitious novelist imagines an alternate version of American history.

In 1940 Charles A. Lindbergh, heroic aviator and rabid isolationist, is elected president. Shortly thereafter, he negotiates a cordial “understanding” with Adolf Hitler, while the new government embarks on a program of folksy anti-Semitism.

For one boy growing up in Newark, Lindbergh’s election is the first in a series of ruptures that threaten to destroy his small, safe corner of America—and with it, his mother, his father, and his older brother.

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“Plot is too tough-minded to deliver simple hope, but it’s openhearted enough to build an inspiring portrait of a family struggling to survive the days of perpetual fear. Their love is the real America, and no s—hole president will ever take that from us.”

— Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A) 


  • “When we’re ten pages into the book, our own world starts to seem like a flimsy fantasy.”

    — Time
  • “A remarkable act of historical imagination.”

    — People
  • “It’s not a prophecy; it’s a nightmare, and it becomes more nightmarish—and also funnier and more bizarre—as is goes along.”

    — New Yorker
  • “Provocative…An intimate glimpse of one family’s harrowing encounter with history.”

    — New York Times
  • “Ambitious and chilling.”

    — USA Today
  • “A terrific political novel…You turn the pages, astonished and frightened.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “It depicts the United States slipping towards fascism and the demonization of minority citizens.”

    — Washington Post
  • “Enraging and discomfiting, imaginative and utterly—terrifyingly—believable.”

    — San Francisco Chronicle
  • “A novel that you must read—now…A stunning work.”

    — Christian Science Monitor
  • “It’s startling how allegorical it is to our current political moment.”

    — NPR
  • “A fabulous yarn.”

    — Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • "The Plot Against America is not necessarily a comforting read but it is an immersive one that will take you to another America, at least for a few hours.”

    — BuzzFeed
  • “The overall effect of the novel is staggering. Roth has constructed a brilliantly telling and disturbing historical prism by which to refract the American psyche as it pertains to war.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “A sumptuous interweaving of narrative, characterization, speculation, and argument…An almost unbelievably rich book.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “In this stunning novel, [Roth] creates a mesmerizing alternate world.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “The author wonderfully balances politics and a boy’s view of a seemingly idyllic America shattered by forces he cannot truly understand.”

    — Library Journal


  • A New York Times Notable Book
  • A BookRiot Pick of 15 Great Alternative History Books and Series
  • A Washington Post Pick
  • A London Guardian Pick of Best Books of the 21st Century
  • A New York Public Library Staff Pick of Books Headed to TV
  • A Pop Sugar Pick of Books to Read before They Become Hit TV Shows
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick for Spring

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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.”