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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,141 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Roth Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9781441805492
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As a student in college, David Kepesh styles himself “a rake among scholars, a scholar among rakes.” Little does he realize how prophetic this motto will be—or how damning. For as Philip Roth follows Kepesh from the domesticity of childhood into the vast wilderness of erotic possibility, from a ménage a trois in London to the throes of loneliness in New York, he creates a supremely intelligent, affecting, and often hilarious novel about the dilemma of pleasure: where we seek it; why we flee it; and how we struggle to make a truce between dignity and desire. “Philip Roth is a great historian of modern eroticism. . . . [He] speaks of a sexuality that questions itself; it is still hedonism, but it is problematic, wounded, ironic hedonism. His is the uncommon union of confession and irony. Infinitely vulnerable in his sincerity and infinitely elusive in his irony.” —Milan Kundera “A thoughtful . . . elegant novel. . . . A fine display of literary skills.” —The New York Times Book Review 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 Graf | 2/18/2014

    " David Kepesh, Professor of Literature and lover of raw sex, just can't seem to find it and keep it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/16/2014

    " The man can write, but almost glib and at times aimless accounting of sexual progress which sometimes intersects with mating, but never partnership. Marriage becomes misery. Finally finds a woman he loves with something like reciprocity. He hovers near the feeling of sufficiency and pleasure in not yearning for the mythical 'more', only to anguish over the temporality of it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia Robinson | 1/30/2014

    " I'm drowning sweetly in these words. I'm not even being romantic about this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 1/28/2014

    " Yes, I do like Philip Roth. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy | 1/22/2014

    " I tried to get into this book, but was so bored at page 100 that I put it down. I hate not finishing books, but this one just didn't captivate me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregg | 1/17/2014

    " The second volume in Roth's Kepesh trilogy didn't really move me as much as I would have hoped. David Kepesh spends much of his youth studying literature and frolicking with women, then settles down and gets married, then gets divorced, then falls in with a schoolteacher and starts to build a life, only to catch a glimpse of the fleeting nature of his affection. The novel ends with a bunch of nostalgic backwards-looking that I found stilted (though effusiveness certainly wasn't what I was looking for). Maybe it's because nostalgia was a bad habit for me until a decade ago. I don't know. I don't know what I'm talking about right now. I'm so zapped on cold medicine I can barely see straight. So if you really give a damn what I thought about this book, check back later and maybe I'll do a better job. I'm going to bed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Otto | 1/5/2014

    " I have become a Philip Roth fan; I am trying to read everything he has written (and his production is prodigious.) Some of his books are among the best I have read. This one, written in 1977, is boring. With a title like that and Roth's reputation as a writer in which sex plays a prominent part, this one is surprisingly tame. Basically, after a wild year in England, the narrator settles down with one woman to live a conventional life. Good for him. Minus the wild year in England, that's my story. But it's not worth writing about. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Martin | 1/5/2014

    " Boring as fu**. What the **ck? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 12/24/2013

    " Not my favourite Roth, but still a great novel about women, women and women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 12/11/2013

    " the name of this book makes me giggle but nevertheless, very good. i really love roth. it will be sad when he dies. this review is useless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 11/29/2013

    " Amy willingly let me take this from her bookshelf after starting it twice. Was a quick read for me but I know what she meant. But he was less uber-male than Saul Bellow, so it was tolerable. "

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

    " again,this turned out to be better than I expectesd. Maybe it doesn't quite deserve a 4, maybe 3.6, lots better than The Breast. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Klaus Gramann | 8/21/2013

    " Impressive beginning. Funnier than the other novels by PR I read thus far... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 8/11/2013

    " A three and a half. Well written and at times really funny, ultimately the book really depressed me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ania | 6/19/2012

    " i expect roth to be good every time but i'm begining to realise that i probably like his early stuff best.guess i'm a sucker for books about relationships-especially failed ones.brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 10/22/2011

    " Didn't enjoy the first half too much but got a lot stronger as it went on. Last 50 pages or so were excellent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole G. | 8/26/2011

    " Not quite sure how I feel about this one yet. This happens often when I read Roth's work; I have to let it sink in for a few days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rashid | 1/15/2011

    " Funny ..kinky.. but long for no reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 10/13/2010

    " This is:

    1) As purely delightful a novel as Roth has written, one of the very strongest of his early novels 2) As harrowing a novel of addiction as The Gambler or Hangover Square 3) A wonderful palette-cleanser after running the gauntlet that is Gaddis's JR. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 9/18/2010

    " Amy willingly let me take this from her bookshelf after starting it twice. Was a quick read for me but I know what she meant. But he was less uber-male than Saul Bellow, so it was tolerable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 6/25/2010

    " A three and a half. Well written and at times really funny, ultimately the book really depressed me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy | 4/29/2010

    " I tried to get into this book, but was so bored at page 100 that I put it down. I hate not finishing books, but this one just didn't captivate me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 2/7/2010

    " Not quite sure how I feel about this one yet. This happens often when I read Roth's work; I have to let it sink in for a few days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 11/30/2009

    " Same as for Lawrence's 'The Virgin and the Gypsy' -- such mirroring, I take it, is a violation of review etiquette, but does it make the review incomplete? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yeti | 11/3/2009

    " Loved this book. Roth at his finest. David Kepesh on a binge of sex and drinking and intellectualism. Absolutely brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Klaus | 11/1/2009

    " Impressive beginning. Funnier than the other novels by PR I read thus far... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marina | 10/5/2009

    " A bit wordy, but funny in true Roth fashion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leticia | 7/13/2009

    " Good read, but the Dying Animal is a much more interesting character study "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danny | 4/10/2009

    " While I didn't particularly enjoy this book, I still think Roth a brilliant writer. "

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