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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,054 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Roth Narrator: David Dukes Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Once a scandalously inventive puppeteer, Mickey Sabbath at 64 is an aging, raging powerhouse, defiantly antagonistic and exceedingly libidinous. But after the death of his longtime mistress, Sabbath embarks on a turbulent journey into his past. Haunted by the ghosts of all the people who loved and hated him the most, Sabbath contrives a succession of farcical disasters that take him to the brink of madness and extinction. Acclaimed author Philip Roth is at the very peak of his creative powers in this bold and hilarious novel, a comic creation of epic proportions. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Retha Ferguson | 2/18/2014

    " My favourite book in the whole wide world. No contest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laureen Vonnegut | 2/14/2014

    " enjoyed the beginning more than the middle, but still liked it, think i like anything of roth. a little long winded, but never dull. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariah | 2/14/2014

    " A little disturbing, but I had a hard time putting it down. Different from other books I've read by him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dov | 2/12/2014

    " This was my first Phillip Roth book. Sickened me but absolutely Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5  | 2/7/2014

    " Il manuale di sopravvivenza di quel cinico, egoista e bastardo di Sabbath. In salsa tragicomica. Pornografico, grottesco e pieno d'amore. Dura la vita. Anche la morte. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luis Luque | 1/26/2014

    " Even more demented than Portnoy's Complaint. Absolutely brilliant in long stretches, particularly in the first half, but the last 100 pages or so are just okay. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 1/20/2014

    " Really didn't like it. Too much stream of conscious blah blah. Kind of a Gunter Grass, Tin Drum stylistic rip off. Also, I read Tin Drum first and maybe had too much of this style for the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared | 1/17/2014

    " this was the first one i read by roth, got it for like $5 in a bargain bin. i love it when great writers' books get tossed into bargain bins, because people would much rather have some chicken soup for the soul. anyway, it was the first of many roth books for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 1/16/2014

    " So dark it's illuminating. Puppets away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Davidnathan | 1/2/2014

    " Philip Roth's Irish novel . . . Yeats, and Beckett, and Joyce are the influential ghosts of this novel (and Drenka too, obviously). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benboy | 12/17/2013

    " you feel worse and worse until ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 11/26/2013

    " The writing reminds me of Nabokov, but the end is less than satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach | 7/25/2013

    " This is my favorite novel ever. Angry, profane, hilarious and dirty, dirty dirty, it's also the most moving writing I've ever read. The last hundred pages are heartbreaking and the last line of the novel is a piece of evil brilliance. This is Roth at his best, which means writing at its best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 10/15/2012

    " Loved his outrageous characters and unusual plot turns. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 6/7/2012

    " Roth, dude, go to therapy already. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laysee | 12/3/2011

    " I have read many of Roth's novels and liked most of them, but I could not read Sabbath's Theatre. There are glowing reviews with many proclaiming this possibly his best work. I will never find out why. I gave up after about 70 pages. I could go no further. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 12/3/2011

    " Goddamn. Fucking genius. This is the fourth novel by Roth I've read and by far the best. What's it about? Living. Death. Sex. Unexpected how such a character as Sabbath could be so penetrating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ona | 9/20/2011

    " The first Roth I've read. What a waste of good talent on a cliche character, i.e. dirty old man full of self pity, facing mortality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dov | 5/6/2011

    " This was my first Phillip Roth book. Sickened me but absolutely Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thom | 5/5/2011

    " Well, it was a long time ago, but I recall the book seemed forced, not as if Roth had any personal stake in the narrative. Was it his SIXTH book ? Felt like he was, you know: trying to write a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ke | 4/10/2011

    " The story is so poetic. I couldn't believe in the Drenka's voice.

    It also got too long. I didn't really care about the protagonist.

    The story reminds me of Catcher in the Rye and the Odyssey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 3/6/2011

    " "I am sure that each of you has an unworthy mate-I am hers. I am Mickey Sabbath. Everything you have heard about me is true. Everything is destroyed and I have destroyed it. Hello, Rosie." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eamonn | 2/24/2011

    " This book marked the beginning of Philip Roth's rejuvenation. Mickey Sabbath is not the most attractive character in fiction yet Roth portrays him with insight, depth and humanity. This is a fine, substantial, serious existential read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 2/6/2011

    " My first attempt at Philip Roth...not really sure it's for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 12/29/2010

    " Sabbath is an odd, sad man. I didn't know if I would finish it or not-got pretty tired of him "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luis | 11/4/2010

    " Even more demented than Portnoy's Complaint. Absolutely brilliant in long stretches, particularly in the first half, but the last 100 pages or so are just okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mathieu | 10/20/2010

    " An excellent book. Roth always captivates me with the development of his novel's characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 8/24/2010

    " I think this book probably deserves more than 2 stars, it's just that I am finally tired of Philip Roth and need a break. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremiah | 8/8/2010

    " Was Roth worried he was to shortly die or did he just have an erection? "

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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.”