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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (347 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Roth Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Facts is the unconventional autobiography of a writer who has reshaped our idea of fiction — a work of compelling candor and inventiveness, instructive particularly in its revelation of the interplay between life and art. Philip Roth concentrates on five episodes from his life: his secure city childhood in the thirties and forties; his education in American life at a conventional college in the fifties; his passionate entanglement, as an ambitious young man, with the angriest person he ever met (the “girl of my dreams” Roth calls her); his clash, as a fledgling writer, with a Jewish establishment outraged by Goodbye, Columbus; and his discovery, in the excesses of the sixties, of an unmined side to his talent that led him to write Portnoy’s Complaint. The audiobook concludes surprisingly — in true Rothian fashion — with a sustained assault by the novelist against his proficiencies as an autobiographer. 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 by Ethan | 2/19/2014

    " Is it forgivable that the last chapter of this book is devoted to pointing out all the ways in which the book falls short? I'm biased, of course, but the writing is completely sharp, and he does a good job of giving what I imagine readers would have wanted in 1981. Disturbing that the pregnancy scene from My Life as a Man was the only piece of total truth in all his fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by katen moore | 1/22/2014

    " I just love love love philip roth. His books are full of life and consciousness. I love his books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John | 1/15/2014

    " Eh, he is a bit of a jerk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Todd | 12/25/2013

    " Lesser Roth, but still an interesting window into his life -- and his mind. Especially because of Zuckerman's postscript. "

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About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”