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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (832 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Roth Narrator: David Colacci, Susan Ericksen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781441801098
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“With the lover everyday life recedes,” Roth writes — and exhibiting all his skill as a brilliant observer of human passion, he presents in Deception the tightly enclosed world of adulterous intimacy with a directness that has no equal in American fiction. At the center of Deception are two adulterers in their hiding place. He is a middle-aged American writer named Philip, living in London, and she is an articulate, intelligent, well-educated Englishwoman compromised by a humiliating marriage to which, in her thirties, she is already nervously half-resigned. The action consists of conversation — mainly the lovers talking to each other before and after making love. That dialogue — sharp, rich, playful, inquiring, “moving,” as Hermione Lee writes, “on a scale of pain from furious bafflement to stoic gaiety” — is nearly all there is to this audiobook, and all there needs to be. “A fiendishly clever piece of work . . . an amazing feat. . . . He’s invented the purest speech, the most convincing cadences, of any American novelist.” — William Pritchard, Hudson Review Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 1/31/2014

    " This is an audiobook review as Roth has become my go-to for road trips. Listening to this was more like listening to radio theatre since it consists solely of conversations. It was entertaining to listen to but in comparison to his other books I've read and listened to, this one wasn't as interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindy Loo | 1/29/2014

    " This book is worth checking out SIMPLY because it's written only in dialogue. The trope is that the whole book is composed of pre- and post-sex conversations between two people having an affair. And really, it's an interesting trope. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin | 1/25/2014

    " Unfortunately, despite this book's being beautifully extraordinary in its concept, I'd prefer it a lot shorter. It's basically a series of conversations that seem placed pretty randomly. I found most of them uninteresting. Sure, there were gems but like one among each fifteen. The best part (by far) of this book is near the end. There is this chapter discussing how can written fiction mess up your real life relationships and how people insist that your writing must be about them or anything real. //I write fiction and they say it's autobiography and when I write autobiography, they say it's fiction. So I guess I'll just keep writing and let them decide.// -something like that. This part is absolutely brilliant, it's only about ten pages long but it's so good it makes for the whole book. The ending was also very nice, more reality shifting and that's what I love about Philip Roth. He keeps showing me things I can do through literature I haven't even thought of. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanne | 1/17/2014

    " He's still travelling on Goodbye Columbus...generations after that should be the case. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/15/2014

    " I reread this all the time, throw it across the room in disgust at the end, and then read it again a few months later. Why? I don't know. I wish I knew how to quit you, Deception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Collin Rogowski | 1/13/2014

    " Very nice book which is comprised solely from dialogues where you don't know exactly who's talking... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mattiscus | 1/6/2014

    " The chickliterati could learn a thing or two from this old guy. Compelling read from start to finish. Worth picking up if you are in the mood for lighter fare. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 adam | 12/23/2013

    " Not essential Philip Roth, but damn good anyway. For those who claim he's a misogynist who stereotypes his female roles, check out how well he draws the female characters using ONLY dialogue here. There are maybe five non-dialogue sentences in the whole book. Nifty trick, and a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan Hart | 12/7/2013

    " It was ok, 2.75 not a 3. Good writing but the story was something I could not get into. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neva | 11/17/2013

    " This is a story told entirely in dialogue, and centers around two lovers that are married to other people. Though ultimately not particularly deep or moving, Roth has a very good ear for conversation and it was a quick, fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 cait(lin) | 9/1/2013

    " incredible tale told with no narration - just dialog ... roth shows his masterful ability over the written word "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ingrid lassleben | 5/29/2013

    " oh, wait, i havn't actually read this one. whoops "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivan Mulcahy | 5/15/2013

    " Isn't this the book where he included whole chunks of his actual marriage in the text? Including scenes and dialogue and did it in such a way as to demonstrate a far greater level of betrayal than she had heretofore imagined ? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 amelia | 4/23/2012

    " "All the time I thought you loved you me for my body when in fact it was only for my sentences." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Fokkens | 2/5/2012

    " Unique it its style of narrative minimalism, it's a must read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mel | 9/14/2011

    " Not to read books of pure conversation "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Albert | 5/15/2011

    " Interesting use of dialogue as a book, very untraditional approach "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gloriagloom | 11/18/2010

    " La lista della spesa del signor Roth,P. credo sia più interessante, variegata e illuminante di questo suo Inganno. Qualcuno fermi l'Einaudi nella disastrosa campagna di ristampe dell'autore più grande dei nostri tempi. Urge referendum. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 9/23/2010

    " Another lovely book by Philip Roth. It's hard to do it justice. It's just a collection of disconnected conversations. It's almost all dialogue. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mel | 5/7/2010

    " Not to read books of pure conversation "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cat | 3/9/2010

    " If this had been my first Philip Roth book I wouldn't give him a second chance "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 12/28/2009

    " Some smart conversation and pillow talk are the basis for this novel consisting entirely of dialog. I listened to this on audio with multiple readers and found it mostly kept my interest, but this was a short book... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anna | 12/21/2009

    " Ugh. Awful. What a dreadful "arty" waste of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allen | 11/4/2009

    " Terrific. Smart. Slim. Full of truth. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dan | 2/7/2009

    " Again, similar to my last review, an affectation played large.

    Roth is a masterful writer, and I picked this up after I read "Indignation." The latter was a masterful story artfully told. This is not.

    Avoid it, unless you enjoy artifice for artifice's sake. "

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About the Author
Author Philip Roth

Philip Roth is one of the most decorated writers in American history, having won the National Book Critics Circle Award twice, the PEN/Faulkner Award three times, the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, and many more. He also won the Ambassador Book Award of the English-Speaking Union and in the same year received the National Medal of Arts at the White House. In 2001 he received the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, given every six years “for the entire work of the recipient.”

About the Narrators

David Colacci is an actor and director who has directed and performed in prominent theaters nationwide. His credits include roles from Shakespeare to Albee, as well as extensive work on new plays. As a narrator, he has recorded more than one hundred audiobooks, earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His narration of The Suspect was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2007.

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.