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4.24 out of 54.24 out of 54.24 out of 54.24 out of 54.24 out of 5 4.24 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Roth Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN:
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Lauded as the most profound novel of Jewish life ever written by an American, Call It Sleep seamlessly weaves together the searing pains and subtle joys of immigrant life in New York's Lower East Side. It is the story of David Schearl, a dangerously imaginative little boy who arrives from Eastern Europe in 1907. Shock by shock, he is exposed to the blows - and occasional pleasures - of life in the crowded tenements.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 2/18/2014

    " This book is incredible - I've never read anything like it. I was expecting an immigrant experience story, a sort of "American Tail" rife with descriptions of seders and gefilte fish the way Mama used to make and so forth. This is NOT that. This book is completely original, intensely personal, and very disturbing. Disturbing not because of a specific event (e.g., rape, abuse, etc. - though those things, or at least close relatives of those things, do happen), but because, for the 400 or so pages of the book, you're made to look at the world in such a strange and horrifying way, and this view of the world seems so real, like it couldn't possibly have been invented by some author experimenting with "character" and "style" - meaning that somewhere, out there, there is someone for whom this is real life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Carlsruh | 2/13/2014

    " Sensitive little Jewish boy's perspective. Slow and insightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Richmond | 1/25/2014

    " It's a hard read. The main character (your proxy) is just sort of battered and scared and scarred throughout the whole book. But maybe that's the immigrant experience? We hear a lot about the old Jewish Lower East Side, but I don't think I've ever really considered with the intimacy that Roth affords here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/21/2014

    " A haunting story of childhood trauma and depression. Roth succeeds in recreating what it's like growing up and not always understanding everything we witness. Also vividly portrays life in New York as an immigrant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 1/14/2014

    " This book has become my stock answer to the question "What is your favorite book?" It's very beautiful; the prose is dense, dark, internal, and terribly modernist. And extremely affecting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Fuchs | 1/10/2014

    " Possibly the most major of allvthe minor contemporary 'masterpieces' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan Roy | 1/8/2014

    " defining great fiction is beyond me... i know it when i read it. this book fits that bill for me. it is a useful reference scale for me that helps me enjoy other great reads in my life. that is what good books do. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Edward ONeill | 12/30/2013

    " I couldn't get through it. Hate the prose style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Rohl | 12/16/2013

    " I can't even remember why I loved this book so much but I did. Great, simple story with enormous depth and meaning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 will | 12/10/2013

    " All the beauty of Joyce with none of his pretension, accessible and poetic, spiritual and religious. By far my most intense reading experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 11/26/2013

    " Wonderful. If you have the time to dedicate to this novel, you will be rewarded. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gizella Czene | 11/4/2013

    " reminded me of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn but more heavy-weight. Beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Dunbar | 10/17/2013

    " Re-reading -- for the nintieth time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Zalmayev | 9/27/2013

    " deeply moving, evocative, emotional. a profound experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 8/21/2013

    " It was a little bit too much "I want to be James Joyce but in New York" for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 6/2/2013

    " It took me a little to long to finish it but I think it's a great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz Dunham | 1/18/2013

    " An immigration story of a Jewish East European boy. New York City's Lower East Side in the early 1900's. This book was first published in 1934 and it was a little dense for casual reading, but a classic "coming of age" story set in a particular period in New York. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 11/16/2012

    " Amazing book. Starts out a little slow but once you get into it you can't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emchait | 8/12/2012

    " A bit too long in my opinion but really comes together in the final section. Definitely a classic and a must-read for anyone with immigrant heritage. The happy parts reminded me of stories my grandfather told of his childhood. Also describes physical abuse and rape. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Layna | 5/25/2012

    " A book that was out of publication for many years, it's a poignant document of childhood and immigrant life in the slums of NY in the early 20th century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 5/2/2012

    " A truly honest portrayal of early 20th century Jewish Immigrant life in New York seen through the eyes of a 6-8 year old boy. "

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About the Author
Author Henry Roth

Henry Roth (1906–1995), European-born American novelist and short-story writer, was the author of Call It Sleep, Mercy of a Rude Stream, and An American Type.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.