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marnie

seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Humbling

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Everything is over for Simon Axler. One of the leading American stage actors of his generation, now in his 60s, he has lost his magic, his talent, and his assurance. His Falstaff and Peer Gynt and Vanya, all his great roles, "are melted into air, into thin air". When he goes on stage he feels like a lunatic and looks like an idiot. His confidence in his powers has drained away; he imagines people laughing at him; he can no longer pretend to be someone else.

    marnie says: "Dick Hill destroys The Humbling"
    "Dick Hill destroys The Humbling"
    Overall

    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.

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