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Inside, Outside

Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
Length: 25 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (70 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Every Herman Wouk book is like a stand-alone opus, and this audiobook is no different. The story of Israel David Goodkind makes for a touchingly funny novel that benefits from the performance of narrator Peter Berkrot. Written in the first person, the audiobook excels because Berkrot inhabits Goodkind's psyche, skillfully delivering Wouk's words in a manner reminiscent of the best New York comedians. Listeners follow Goodkind's life from his youth through college and to the Nixon White House, where he serves as a low-level bureaucrat. Berkrot's delivery is consistently charming, especially his voicing of Yiddish references that enhance the story's authenticity, making this one of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's best works. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award." (AudioFile magazine)

From Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Herman Wouk, Inside, Outside is a rich and compelling story - beautifully focused and often hilarious.... 

Israel David Goodkind is a minor bureaucrat in the Nixon White House, killing empty office time by writing the story of four generations of his large, sprawling Russian Jewish immigrant family. As he recounts his brief stint in show business, his torrid affair with a showgirl, and his encounters with a hassled and distracted President Nixon, Goodkind also witnesses historical events firsthand - the Watergate scandal, the Yom Kippur War - and eventually finds his way back to his Jewish faith. 

Combining Wouk's wildly funny streak with deeply religious passages - and some intensely intimate romantic scenes rare in this reticent author's work - Inside, Outside is a striking departure from the traditional storytelling mode in which the author has won international fame, and yet it may be the most truly characteristic of all his writings. Written in the first person in a free-form, often ribald style, playing antic tricks with time, it offers all the passion, depth, historical detail, and humor that has made Wouk a best-selling author around the world. 

©1985, 2014 Herman Wouk (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • Aileen
  • Stony brook,N.y.
  • 05-22-18

1000% satisfied

This book took me by surprise in a great way. At 24 plus hours o.o spent 4
evening enjoying Izzy or David . As wonderful traveling or beach read. Thank you Mr. Wouk.

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One of the greatest storytellers!

I have a number of authors I love, authors that specialize in horror, police drama, mysteries, historical fiction and more. A number of these authors I am very loyal to and read everything they write. But in my mind, there is a type of author that is one step above a great author. I call these authors 'storytellers'. These are the kind of writers who are perfect for audio books, because the way they tell their stories simply pulls you in. It's one of life's great pleasures to have a storyteller's book read to you. James Michener has always been one of my favorite storytellers, but Herman Wouk is as well. I found this to be especially true with "The Hope", "The Glory", and now "Inside, Outside." The narrator for "Inside, Outside" perfectly captures the essence, the heart, the soul and the voice of Herman Wouk's story. I thank both Herman Wouk and Peter Berkrot for the wonderful experience!

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America -the Goldeneh-Treifah medina

I started off loving this book and about half way through I couldn’t believe that the author was the same person who wrote “This is My God” and later wrote “ The Will to Go On”. Early on the book is a nostalgic look at the challenges facing New Americans who came from Czarist Russia in the early 1900 with their Jewish Orthodoxy intact and how they led bifurcated lives Inside and Outside. I could see the life story of many families I know personally and it made me smile and at times feel sad. Its a story of the search that one boy had growing up in America during the 20s and 30s and his struggle to find out where he fit in with his religious identity, family and American society. Halfway through the protagonist goes “off the path” and descends into depth of secular culture, forbidden relationship , and hedonism. I don’t think it was necessary to go into the level of depravity and crassness even though I’m sure there was substantial realism
Peter Berkrot was fantastitc . His ability to convey the various characters and their personalities added so much to the book. He even got most of the Yiddish and Hebrew phrases right. #Growingup #Nostalgic #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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A Great Book for those on the Inside and the Outside

A touching, beautifully written “memoir” that, as a Jewish woman born with ancestors from Austria and Poland, brought back a lot of wonderful memories.

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