Although a little slow to start, this is one of the most compelling novels I have ever listened to. Well deserving of the Pulitzer Prize.
No, I wouldn't recommend this book because it is a story of such unhappiness and meanness. The last chapter emotionally disembowels the main character, a fine man who has always done his best in life, and the depth to which it dives into his emotional innards is championship writing. But there is so much sadness and the only happiness is shown in reminiscences of the past, so those are overlaid with even more sadness.
I'm not sure.
The last chapter in which the main character is emotionally flayed is my favorite.
Yes, I guess so but it wasn't easy.
This is read perfectly with wonderful intonations and accents that make the characters come completely alive.
The novel is a masterpiece, and the reader is wonderful.I had read some of Philip Roth's early books in the sixties and seventies, but had no idea that he'd developed into a novelist of such power. And I'm not sure I've ever heard a reader who so superbly captured the feel of a book. There's something elegaic about Silver's New Jersey-accented voice as he inhabits Roth's narrator. One of the best things I have ever heard or listened to.
Pastoral it's not
Well written but depressing in general with humorous portions.
His delivery was completely on target. It made the story come alive. I was actually having trouble getting into the book until I bought the audible version, then it flew by.
Things are never what they seem.
Absolutely...Unfortunately, I had to contact Audible as part 2 was inaudible...they gave me a $10 credit until the problem is fixed...but the story was fascinating (as usual for Philip Roth)
Just fascinating how he develops the characters in the order that he does...and the detail about the glove industry....I'm not sure if he researched this or has knowledge of this through his family or is just a genius....and just the way the story line is woven together re-emphasizes how most of us cannot even write an interesting term paper, yet begin to produce a piece of work such as this
Fantastic. You can't tell that's he reading...he's a phenomenal storyteller...similar to Portnoy's Complaint...breaks my heart that he's not around anymore
Susan-discerning reader with limited attention span
Loved the story and the reader who even reads with a heavy New York accent. Very entertaining and funny yet sad. A lot of emotions about relationships particularly about family
He is a fabulous reader. I have listened to every Phillip Roth book he has read and been totally engaged.
Phillip Roth is an incredible craftsman and story teller. There's nothing I can add to what has already been written about him. Probably one of the greatest pleasures of this audio book was Ron Silver's reading, which was not so much a reading as a lesson in wonderful acting. He portrays each character with fullness and life, and yet remains very subtle in his rendering. Even if this weren't a great book to begin with, I'd recommend it just to listen to Silver's extraordinary performance.
I had high hopes for this, especially after the beginning sections. Then, the whole thing fell apart for me. It was tiresome and a chore to listen to. But I finished it. So, it's done. Now I'm going to read what I want.
Bit of an abrupt ending, no?
I listened to the audiobook (from Audible) and my download had some microphone issues at the beginning of some of the chapters. If your copy does this, I'd suggest you just grit out the reverb and keep listening. It's only periodic and the periods that contain the screeching reverb seem to be limited to about 5 minutes at most.
However, I won't say it wasn't supremely annoying (it was), but you can get past it with some determination. Oh, and Ron Silver's narration seemed pitch perfect (though you can't listen to that guy on "faster" cause he's so fast as it is that "normal" is your only legit option).
Say something about yourself!
Worthy of the prizes. Best narration. Amazing writing. Haunting story. The clash of the immigrant's hard working son and his suburban New Jersey daughter. An intimate portrait of a man's psyche told from the point view of a writer who knew him in his youth, the reader gets closer to a character than his wife or anyone else.
The part of me that loves good literature so amazed to read this, I probably would read it again. It was hard, though--to be left so sad.