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.
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.
More dialog. The story had lots of tangents. It just seemed to be back story after backstory of the characters. They were certainly interesting characters, but the story didnt' seem to take off. I only made it through a few hours of the book.
Appropriate for some of the characters, but then they all started to sound the same.
Don't read this if you are prone to depression. The story, however, is lyrical in the way it is put together and performed.
I love Ron Silver's narration, but there was just too much anger and weird stuff in the story for me to continue listening. Though I certainly know him by reputation, this is the first Roth book I've 'read' so maybe they are all like this. If i had been actually reading it, I would have skipped ahead in parts but can't do that with my older-style ipod. Maybe someday I will go back to it.
Ron Silver's performance of Roths classic was captivating. Never before have I heard the voice of an authors ideas and intent so well delivered. I throughly enjoyed this book and only wish Mr Silver had lent his talent to other Roth novels.
If you enjoy slice of life novels, this one will not disappoint.
I don't often leave books unfinished, but I could not get through this one. I haven't read Roth since Portnoy's Complaint and I find that he still seems to invest women with an unrealistic amount of evil. As for the reader, I've always liked Ron Silver as an actor but found that he didn't enunciate clearly enough in this audiobook. I repeatedly had to backtrack to try and understand a word or phrase. Add to that the fact that one of the main characters has a stutter and it all adds up to an unpleasant listening experience. I read literary fiction almost exlusively, but for me Roth falls short of that category.