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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,026 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Roth Narrator: James Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Guillermo Matías | 12/18/2013

    " Boy, did I laughed! "

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