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.
It just went on and on and on. At first, I found Roth's handling of the loss of innocence and the death of the American dream moving, but after 70 neurotic chapters I simply couldn't take it any more.
The 1st chapter
Roth's depiction of women verged on sexist. They made me uncomfortable. But maybe that is what he wanted. It is a disturbing book and perhaps better read than listened too.
This is the kind of book that shows just how meaningful an audiobook can be. Silver's performance brings Roth's sometimes dense text, with its long, run-on sentences, into vibrant, ecstatic life. Just an extraordinary experience – I don't think I would've enjoyed the book as much had I read it.
Ron Silver needs to be mentioned first. His narration is astounding. Phillip Roth writes for us the story of us and it is perfectly told. I love this book.
This is a complex, griping story and the performance is outstanding.
Everyone, even the minor characters have a depth that will keep them alive in my memory.
The theme of misunderstanding others is really powerful; I'm not sure I understood the book.
I could not finish this book. Storyline never took hold. Narration dull. I don't which was the most dull, the story or the narration. Don't waste your credit.
Yes - absolutely. Although it was written for those of us who were beginning adulthood in the 60's, it is relevant in today's world. Beautifully written. Like the review posted, it was my first Philip Roth book. I, too, was an English major so appreciate the excellent writing. Intricate and sensitive story telling.
The sensitivity of a modern day writer - Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kitteridge).
NO - but I would listen to another by him.
The main character - Swede Levov - someone who seemed so perfect to the outside world, who tried to uphold a high standard of morality but who saw how that wasn't possible or appreciated or that it made much difference in the long run in our world today.
Must have an appreciation of good writing to truly appreciate this book.