I Married a Communist : Zuckerman

  • by Philip Roth
  • Narrated by Ron Silver
  • Series: Zuckerman
  • 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 1999 Ambassador Book Award of the English-Speaking Union in Fiction
Iron Rinn, born Ira Ringold, is a Newark roughneck, a radio actor, an idealistic Communist, and an educated ditchdigger turned popular performer. A six-foot, six-inch Abe Lincoln lookalike, he emerges from serving in World War II passionately committed to making the world a better place and instead winds up blacklisted, unemployable, and ruined by a brutal personal secret from which he is perpetually in flight. His life is in ruins.
On his way to political catastrophe, he marries the nation's reigning radio actress and beloved silent film star, Eve Frame (born Chava Fromkin). Their marriage evolves from glamorous, romantic idyll to a disparaging soap opera of tears and treachery when Eve's dramatic revelation to gossip columnist Bryden Grant of her husband's life of espionage with the Soviet Union soon twists the couple's private drama into a national scandal.
I Married a Communist is an American tragedy as only Philip Roth can conceive...fierce and comical, eloquently rendered, and definitely accurate.


What the Critics Say

" I Married a Communist is a gripping novel, memorable, its characters hateful and adorable by turns." ( The New York Times Book Review)


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Roth read by Silver is stunning.

As a recent newcomer to Roth, I read The Plot Against America in paperback this summer and enjoyed it so then I tried American Pastoral read by Ron Silver on Audible. That was sensationally good so then I tried My Life As A Man but it was a different reader and a few chapters in I realised it was quite disappointing so I returned it and looked for another one read by Silver - which led me to this.
I've been enjoying a variety of good books for several years now on Audible and I always find that having the right reader is incredibly important. But in all my experience there has been nothing to compare with the marriage of Roth's prose with Silver's delivery. No doubt it is bound up in Roth's anecdotal monologue sort of method but if ever there were books which burst into flame when performed aloud they are these ones.
Silver's range of tone, pace and dynamics is virtuosic while expressing the deepest humanity. I wish everything of Roth's was available here read by Ron Silver.
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Atmosphere from the past McCarthy era.

Fascinating story. Told with such character. Moderately arduous but so insightful. How lives were ruined in this time under a paranoid regime
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- Elisabeth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-03-2016
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books