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Summary

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.

©2020 Albert Camus (P)2020 Recorded Books, Inc.

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Do Not buy this performance of this fabulous book

i love this book. I r read it for the first time 35 years ago. The pandemic had me pining for it's wisdom. It was nearly ruined by a reader who insisted on swilling a gobful of spit at the end of each sentence. i would have abandoned the entire project but for the magnificence of the writing. I gave the performance one star ONLY because I couldn't give it nil. It was utter shit

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I read this years ago when studying epidemiology. But thought to read it again during the real event! Fascinating!

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Probably the best book ever written

Perhaps due to recent circumstances and a journey through a modern plague we have all endured, this book as become evermore present example of good philosophical writing and the bastion of absurdism. Everybody should experience this book at least once before they die form the plague. 5/5.

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Don’t be put off

Another reviewer’s extremely damning review of the reader’s performance here was off putting but I decided to make up my own mind and downloaded the book.
The reading may not be perfect but it is never less than committed and expressive - there is a lot of feeling here and I was able to enjoy the whole book without resenting the reader.
I was supposed to study La Peste for A level in 1972 but I was a bad student so I knew little about it until this. Now I can’t believe they gave this to 17/18 year olds! It is quite austere but ultimately inspiring. Camus validates sympathy and selfless dedication to alleviating the suffering of others because ….. because what else is there to do as a human being?

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Captivating performance of a compelling story

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the vibrant cast of characters who inhabit Oran. The narrator's unusual voice suits the tone of the narrative perfectly.

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  • 07-01-22

Very good!

My first book from Camus, I thoroughly enjoyd it and the narration was superb!
Also somewhat topical consider the current climate, obviosly not comperrable but a rather hopeful view of the human condition in a time of morbid strugle, whilst also telling of the bleakness that can arrise in people.
Worth the read, in a pandemic or not!

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  • Joel
  • 24-09-21

O So Fascinating. Meticulous Indeed.

In order not to spend a most deserved length of time in typing this review, I shall hope to keep it short but true.

I had previously read another of his titles "The Fall" and although that was quite the mentally stimulating but complex literary read, this... this was magnificent in the most purest ways.

Although a seemingly lengthy read, it flies by fairly quickly due to the magnificent pacing and the satisfying, fruitful plot.

More than enough tragedy, irony and reflections of the human character in such a situation (as we may or may not be depending on your reading this).

Another master piece by the author, Camus.