Yes I would recommend it, it is a classic of American literature made even more wrenching and poignant by the narrator.
He renders Meredith's lines just as she would have spoken them.
Yes, but then I wouldn't have had it to listen to for a second and third sitting.
Excellent book with an great reader. I found the musical interludes distracting. If you have to squeeze them in to signify some kind of break, ok, but fade them out before the reading starts back up.
I am a college professor and professional actor, director and playwright. The peformance of the book is as important to me as the writing.
I am not sure why I missed Philip Roth who is no secret to most readers, but I did. He probably became really popular during the years when I was either not reading very much because I was too young to appreciate it, or the years when I was raising a son. However, I recently saw a special on him on PBS and it peeked my interest andI decided to give him a listen, choosing this book because of its subject matter. I am so glad that I did. This novel is world class and will likely stand as one of the great novels of the century. Roth's ability to craft a story that resonates off the page and into the hearts, minds and soul of America is a mark of his true genius. Ron Silver as the narrator is probably the finest vocal work I have heard on audio book- ever. Mr. Silver has an intimate delivery style and plays with pacing and emotional tone to superb effect. I will listen to this book again and again. There were moments that literally took my breath away. And even though I finished it months ago, I find myself thinking about the story over and over again. So glad I have found Philip Roth and I thank Ron Silver for his fine work.
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
Roth could take lessons from Wallace Stegner. You don't have to descrive everything about sex in every book. Humans know about sex. Use words that inspire not just to sell books.
Seymour, he is doing the rightthing.
The narrator was great.
It was a great book I am looking forward to seeing what they do with the movie. It represents my lifespan. I fel sorry for the younger people in the book.
Tell Roth to avoid John Updike's determined to exalain sex in every book. We got it.
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.