Babs The Great

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  • Remembering Roth

  • By: James Atlas
  • Narrated by: James Atlas
  • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 734

In 1977, when he was 28, James Atlas published his first book, a biography of the poet Delmore Schwartz, and was stunned to receive a congratulatory letter from Philip Roth. He had been moved by the tragic story it told. Thus began a friendship that lasted, with a few intervals, until his death. He was living in rural Connecticut then, having exiled himself from the literary noise of Manhattan in order to focus on his work, and was on his own. He invited Atlas to come visit, which he did - the first of numerous pilgrimages to the Roth homestead. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • made me think as much as many long books.

  • By K D on 03-10-19

Hard to listen to this voice

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Reviewed: 03-03-19

James Atlas tells an interesting story but his reading voice is like listening to someone with wet marbles in his mouth. All spitty and garbled. I had to stop listening or lose my mind.

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