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3.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 5 3.69 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Roth Narrator: James Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781441805676
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Gil Gamesh, the only pitcher who ever literally tried to kill the umpire. The ex-con first baseman John Baal, “The Babe Ruth of the Big House,” who never hit a homerun sober. If you’ve never heard of them — or of the Ruppert Mundy’s, the only homeless big-league ball team in American history — it’s because of the Communist plot and the capitalist scandal that expunged the entire Patriot League from baseball memory. In this ribald, richly imagined, and wickedly satiric novel, Philip Roth turns baseball’s status as national pastime and myth into the occasion for unfettered picaresque farce, replete with heroism, perfidy, ebullient wordplay, and a cast of characters that includes the House Un-American Activities Committee. "Roth is better than he's ever been before....The prose is electric." - The Atlantic 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 Mike | 2/2/2014

    " I enjoyed this book, and think it was more of a 3.5 for me than a straight-up 3. I'm a sucker for books about baseball, and overall I thought the book was well-written. It wasn't as consistently funny as I was hoping it would be, although there were some scenes that were truly hilarious (the shenanigans before one of the games which included a grandmother stealing second base was the highlight for me). I can't say I took any great message from the satire, but it was an enjoyable read. "

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

    " The Rupert Mundy's were a sight to behold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 1/1/2014

    " This is easily the tamest Philip Roth book I've read, both in terms of explicit sexual fantasies and in terms of writing style. The 50-page "preface" did leave me with a little bit of Roth fatigue, but for the book is a surprisingly straightforward, by his standards, satirical novel about a baseball team during World War II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guillermo Matías | 12/18/2013

    " Boy, did I laughed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 12/18/2013

    " I learned that the Patriot League was a freak show and am glad it was disbanded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mudman27 | 12/5/2013

    " Every baseball fan should read it. the funniest sport book I've ever read. I give this book as a gift to friends and family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Tornello | 12/3/2013

    " Really good read, but nothing that great to remember. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 11/18/2013

    " Hilarious. A smart satire of the romanticism of baseball and American nationalism. It gets excessive which is in part the point of the book -- to reveal the excesses of this symbol and its use -- and in part Roth's inability to show restraint. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lara | 11/12/2013

    " I don't give a rat's ass about baseball. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Askin | 10/22/2013

    " The 60-page prologue which teases Hemingway is a lot of fun, but it slows down after that. It's reasonably good on the whole, but I would not recommend it with so much else out there to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/18/2013

    " It must have been "time of life" for me but I really enjoyed this story of baseball. For me it was hilarious "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/5/2013

    " I really could not get into this book, which is unusual as I have read and liked Roth's books before. I did not finish reading it - a pretty rare occurrence for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 12/4/2012

    " I would definitely recommend this book. It is really funny and unlike Roth's other books, many of the characters are likable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole G. | 7/30/2012

    " Satiric baseball novel; I don't care much for baseball, but this book has enough in it to keep me interested beside. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Feinstein | 7/13/2012

    " Great story about baseball and America back when things were a little grittier pre-WWII. Thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moira | 7/10/2012

    " Parts of this book were very funny, but I did find myself pushing to get through to the end. Parts were over the top for me, and I also don't know a ton about baseball so that wasn't a natural attraction for me. However, I think it's a good read for baseball fans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Van duren | 12/17/2011

    " Ingenious word play. Might have held my attention better if I was a baseball fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Al Olson | 10/29/2011

    " If you love baseball (and Philip Roth) read this book. It'll make you laugh out loud while reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Mcmanus | 3/9/2011

    " Baseball is the setting - the Great American pastime. It's wickedly funny. Gil Gamesh is an unforgettable character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 9/22/2010

    " This was a really fun book to read, but there's nothing in it that really stays with you for very long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chr_s | 7/21/2010

    " I don't like baseball or Philip Roth, but I liked this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 7/3/2010

    " The 60-page prologue which teases Hemingway is a lot of fun, but it slows down after that. It's reasonably good on the whole, but I would not recommend it with so much else out there to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 6/26/2010

    " It must have been "time of life" for me but I really enjoyed this story of baseball. For me it was hilarious "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 1/26/2010

    " Satiric baseball novel; I don't care much for baseball, but this book has enough in it to keep me interested beside. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 12/12/2009

    " Really good read, but nothing that great to remember. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 12/6/2009

    " Great story about baseball and America back when things were a little grittier pre-WWII. Thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 8/25/2009

    " I found this almost as funny as "A Confederacy of Dunces". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mudman27 | 4/17/2009

    " Every baseball fan should read it. the funniest sport book I've ever read. I give this book as a gift to friends and family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bebe | 1/8/2009

    " I read this many years ago and loved it- I must re-read it. "

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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 Narrator

James Daniels is a labor organization attorney who performed Shakespeare in London, received a Grammy nomination for his audiobook narration, and wrote the hard-boiled noir mystery Ghost Bride. He and his family live in the Midwest.