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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,689 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Roth Narrator: Fritz Weaver Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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What if a look-alike stranger stole your name, usurped your biography, and went about the world pretending to be you? In Operation Shylock, master novelist Philip Roth confronts his double, an impostor whose self-appointed task is to lead the Jews back to Europe from Israel. The fake Philip Roth becomes a monstrous nemesis to the real Philip Roth, who must take a frightening and mysterious journey through the volatile Middle East. Suspenseful, hilarious, and impassioned, Operation Shylock is at once a spy story, a political thriller, and a confession, pulsing with intelligence and intense narrative energy. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 2/8/2014

    " The main character (Philip Roth) has a body double following him around. Very weird but thrilling book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toby Spitz | 2/8/2014

    " Everything about this book proves why I love Philip Roth's writing, i.e. humor, use of the English language, provocation to thinking, relevance to the modern world. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Geoffrey | 1/25/2014

    " One of the few books I've literally thrown into the garbage can. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 1/20/2014

    " Read this in Israel, where a lot of the story takes place, so it could have been the circumstances, but i really really thought this was a hoot. More funny than his usual work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 1/18/2014

    " Roth really breaks out the full bag of tricks here. Is it fiction or nonfiction? Who's the real Philip Roth? WHo's working for the Mossad, who's working for the PLO? What is the moral responsibility of the Jews both Israeli and Diasporic, to the Palestinian conflict? And many more questions, both moral and narrative, on top of those. Minus one star for two reasons: It took me more than a hundred pages before I was really sucked in, and as much as the prose is virtuosic, I sometimes feel Roth falls a little too much in love with his own writing. Still, a must-read for anyone interested in the craft of fiction, especially postmodern fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 rmn | 1/18/2014

    " I am a big fan of Philip Roth and this was one of his two or three best. Hijinks, absurdity, and great writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. | 1/5/2014

    " Well, this one had me chewing through the pages sometimes ... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tori | 12/25/2013

    " I gave up early on. It felt like homework. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 May Bletz | 12/15/2013

    " Definitely not Roth's best -too many angry shouting old guys- but the beginning of the novel, when the narrator gets hit by depression is superb. Is the Palestian guy in Ramallah supposed to refer to Edward Said? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rex Draconis Sr | 12/15/2013

    " Sempre eccellente. Forse l'ultimo capitolo ha qualche "millimetrico" cedimento. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liora | 11/30/2013

    " Nancy, I think you might like this and relate. There are some funny parts, but also he gets a bit self indulgent towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 11/21/2013

    " LOOOOVED the first 2/3 of this book . . . always like Roth . . . the last 1/3 got too heavy on the internal discussions though. Still . . . an amazing book idea, and very thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Brandner | 5/15/2013

    " Absolutely brilliant book. This author never lets the reader down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ke Huang | 11/10/2012

    " In Portnoy's Complaint, I found the subplot in Israel a bit random. But I believe Roth did much a better job integrating his Jerusalem trip in this story (confession?). I enjoyed most of the book, but found the pages devoted to referencing the book itself a bit cliched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wade | 8/31/2012

    " Most everything I know about being Jewish I picked up from Phillip Roth and standup comedians. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 7/22/2012

    " Frickin' bizarre. Fun read through. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 1/15/2012

    " Dear Philip Roth, I don't know who you are and I don't much care to, especially after you wrote this book, which was overblown and unfun to read and kind of altogether terrible. Sorry. Better luck next time? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kenzie | 12/10/2011

    " I read this because Obama listed Philip Roth as one of his favorite authors, and I'm glad I got a taste of Roth's style. One taste was enough, though; the ironic, post-modern self-awareness of the author made the book slow and overly cerebral. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara O | 3/19/2011

    " I really liked some parts of this book...it honed in on a lot of stuff I like to debate, but then the end just dragged.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik | 3/17/2011

    " If you're at all curious about what it means to be a skeptical Jew, read this. If not, read it anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 3/9/2011

    " Sprawlingly ambitious work. This one took me awhile but it was well worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen | 2/14/2011

    " Having a hard time getting through this one so far. Parts are great, but others are a slog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 8/16/2010

    " An interesting perspective on self recovery, anti-sematism, and survival of an individual and a people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 6/12/2010

    " Everything I love in a good post-modern novel - blending of fact and fiction, questioning identity, questioning reality, playing with form... love it all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 5/21/2010

    " I'm not entirely sure this is five star writing (it may be), but I'm dead certain it's a five star mind-fuck.

    It's a book about writing. It's an instruction manual for the writerly imagination.

    It's also a wheels-in-wheels rabbithole into koo-koo land. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eleanor | 4/30/2010

    " This was quite a demented book--Philip Roth at his best and most self-indulgent. I recommend it highly. Great discussion of the contradictions in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thom | 12/26/2009

    " Fritz Weaver read the Recorded Books edition. Perfection. This my nomination for Roth's best....quintessentially, self-consciously, "Rothian". "

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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.”