I love Philip Roth and feel like I just heard someone completely destroy his written word. Here is an example of what can go wrong with audio books. I don't even know if I like The Humbling or not. I downloaded this over a year ago and started listening and realized Dick Hill was not up to the task of reading Philip Roth. So, now, a year later I was stuck on a plane and this is all I had left. My first impression was correct. He absolutely destroys the female characters as they all sound like wilting little flowers. He absolutely destroys sex scenes. And, worst of all, he takes on the voice of Axler, a great stage actor and makes him sound like a cartoon. Well, that was excruciating. Horrible.
I think this could have been a much better book if it had a different narrator. She should have listened to some david sedaris for some pointers. Her inflections become grating and her delivery sounds like bad julia sweeney comedy. OCD can be funny (as proven by sedaris), disinterested parents can be funny (as proven by sedaris) and i just wonder if this book may have been funny and engaging if had been given an appropriate narrator.
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