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.
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.
dad, data geek, rugby union fan, sap employee, proud south african, audiobook adict.
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.