So much has been written about this book, so I will keep this short. Fascinating concepts, but the author really hits you over the head with his messages. He's way more of a "tell" than "show" author. Some passages were overly (and to me, unnecessarily) long. Hated the Rita Cohen scenes. Ron Silver did a good job with the narration, but too many of the characters sounded alike. Plus the audio quality was weird in spots. I could hear background noises like conversation. Almost as though he recorded some passages at a cafe!
An amazing exploration of how the members of one family came to be the way they were. OUTSTANDING performance. Trying to do justice to this literature in a two hour movie is nothing but screenwriter hubris and arrogance.
Nice historical book - powerful and definitely well suited to audio format. I think I got more out of it on audio than I would have reading it on paper. Tour of middle class America in the Vietnam era - easy to forget how volatile a time that was with social unrest and domestic terrorism rather than just peace and grass. Phillip Roth books strike me as excellent technical muscle power rather than ...transcendental literature... so expect a nice story well told, not a life changing experience. The recording is old and can be kind of cheesy - music and dramatism - but is still worth listening to.
If you are looking for a book that makes you rethink good American life and how people don't really have it all together, good. If your looking for a thriller or action about the weather underground or Vietnam then this isn't it.
Fully developed characters. I felt like I knew all of them. Ron Silver rocks. He brought the characters to life. The movie has a lot to live up to. I'm glad I heard the book first.
Mr. Silver's nuance , inflection and accent brought this opus to life. His narration was so captivating that I found myself hooked into my head phones as I went on with my daily activities- I could not put this performance down.
The narration was great and captured all the accents of New Jersey. The psychology of the breakdown of the American dream as seen through the eyes of an author trying to do a biography of his high school jock known as the Swede. On the surface he appears to have had the American Dream but when you explore his family and the life of his only daughter the truth is lost in the deranged actions and thoughts that plague his only child . The backdrop of the social issues of the 1949 to 1990 are explore in the examination of what made Mary become the radical she became. Enjoyed it but was somewhat slow at times. Good story.