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Everyman Audiobook

Everyman

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Publisher's Summary

There is no more decorated American writer living today than Philip Roth, the New York Times best-selling author of American Pastoral, The Human Stain, and The Plot Against America. He has won a Pulitzer Prize, two National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, two PEN/Faulkner Awards, and numerous other distinctions.

The hero of Everyman is obsessed with mortality. As he reminds himself at one point, "I'm 34! Worry about oblivion when you're 75." But he cannot help himself. He is the ex-husband in three marriages gone wrong. He is the father of two sons who detest him, despite a daughter who adores him. And as his health worsens, he is the envious brother of a much fitter man. A masterful portrait of one man's inner struggles, Everyman is a brilliant showcase for one of the world's most distinguished novelists.

Listen to an interview with Philip Roth on Fresh Air.

©2006 Philip Roth; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC.

What the Critics Say

  • 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award, Fiction

"Roth continues exercising his career-defining, clear-eyed, intelligent vision of how the psychology of families works." (Booklist)

"This is an artful yet surprisingly readable treatise on...well, on being human....Through it all, there's that Rothian voice: pained, angry, arrogant, and deeply, wryly funny." (Publishers Weekly)

"Our most accomplished novelist. . . . [With Everyman] personal tenderness has reached a new intensity." (The New Yorker)

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    Braden Batch 02-20-15
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    "Want to think about death?"

    The book traces a lifetime through familial relationships, and the topics of vitality, age, and death are narrated expertly by Guidall. The book made me think about the topics, but wasn't overly philosophical, and in some parts the poetic language was what I was most impressed with. A fine audio book, but not incredibly remarkable.

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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 07-23-12
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2008

    My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.

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    "Want an unvarnished existential view of life?"

    Then this may be the book for you. The prose is great. The characters are sufficiently vivid. The reflections on life are sufficiently profound. The main character's actions and inactions are all sufficiently realistic or appropriately motivated. The whole book is a very thoughtful, well-done examination of what it means to be a human being in today's world. I can even say that I enjoyed the book while I was listening to it. And yet, when it was over, I really had a hard time thinking of a good reason that this book needed to exist. YMMV

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    Trygve SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 05-01-12
    Trygve SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A very rich and complicated story."
    Where does Everyman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high; not the best.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Everyman?

    The thinking and musing about death not too far away.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He sounded like the main character might sound.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was disturbing.


    Any additional comments?

    It was very very good from a literary standpoint and and it was emotionally moving. It stuck in my mind for a long time. I couldn't stop thinking about it; about impending death and remembrence.

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    B. Leddy NY 09-27-11
    B. Leddy NY 09-27-11 Member Since 2016

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    "awesome"

    Scary portrait of old age amidst a life with no depth and no faith in anything. Writing is incredible.

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    Dan Tel Aviv, Israel 09-21-11
    Dan Tel Aviv, Israel 09-21-11
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    "A strong volume"

    Philip Roth's "Everyman" is as insightful as it is chilling.
    From beginning to end, Roth continues (as in previous projects) to unmask the evidently meaninigless notion of purpose and leaves his reader with nothing more than existential deliberation. A truly powerful book, but be warned: altough on occation one might find himself smiling or even savoring a good laugh, you will not come out of this novel with a smile on your face. You will, however, enjoy every minute of it.
    Guidall takes Roth's beautifully intricate language to new hights with a truly astounding performance.

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    Avi 08-14-11
    Avi 08-14-11
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    "Execellent"

    As a man in his sixties, I identified with a lot of what happened to the main character. I found the book very interesting, in spite of all the flashbacks to the past. The narrator did a good job, reading the text from the perspective of an older man.

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    Donald Arlington, MA, USA 09-07-09
    Donald Arlington, MA, USA 09-07-09 Member Since 2005
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    "What do you regret?"

    An introspective look into the foibles and joys of a man. His estrangements and attachments. He looks back from the end of life vantage point with regret and sympathy. The book is a downer in that each scene is a hospitalization.

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    Dave Smith 10-13-08
    Dave Smith 10-13-08
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    "Grim, but worth the time"

    I listened to Everyman as a 48 year old who just starting to notice the accumulating effects of various abuses done to character, body, and mind. The book is honest, and yes, rather stark. Mr. Roth aptly describes life's arc and I am glad to have listened to this reading at this time in my life. As another listener already wrote, this is not a fun story. It provoked serious reflection.

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    M. I. Wolfson Cape Town 08-10-08
    M. I. Wolfson Cape Town 08-10-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Depressing"

    If your over 70 years old, don't read this

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    Margaret El Cerrito, CA, USA 05-23-08
    Margaret El Cerrito, CA, USA 05-23-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Rich, heartbreaking"

    I would give this a 5 except I find the narrator to have a bit of a halting style that distracted me from time to time.

    But, the story itself is terrific. It is a bit short, but then, so's life, and that's the point here. (And besides, it was the perfect length for a 5-hour flight yesterday.) The reflections on mortality, life, failure to be the person we expect and hope to be, all of these ideas make this a brilliant listen--one that is close to the bone sometimes.

    A keeper.

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