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Blind Girl

Budapest, Hungary
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  • Verwirrnis

  • Autor: Christoph Hein
  • Sprecher: Sylvester Groth
  • Spieldauer: 6 Std. und 53 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Friedeward liebt Wolfgang. Und Wolfgang liebt Friedeward. Doch keiner darf wissen, dass sie mehr sind als beste Freunde. Es sind die 1950er-Jahre, sie leben im katholischen Heiligenstadt, käme ihre Beziehung ans Licht, könnten sie alles verlieren. Als sie zum Studium nach Leipzig gehen, führen sie ihre Liebe im Geheimen fort, bis Wolfgang die DDR unerwartet verlässt. Friedeward dagegen wird ein angesehener Germanistik-Professor an der Leipziger Universität - immer darauf bedacht, seine sexuelle Identität zu verbergen, selbst dann noch, als die Zeichen der Zeit sich ändern.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Life is too short

  • Von Blind Girl Am hilfreichsten 04.09.2018

Life is too short

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 04.09.2018

Mr. Hein is the author of a thousand surprises. This time he wrote a bad Schlink-novel.

This is the forth audio of his I have the chance tol isten to. ’Drachenblut’ is an unknown masterpiece of 20. century German literature. ’Frau Paula Trousseau’ happens to be a mediocre popular garbage. ’Weiskerns Nachlass’ is a funny, intriguing novella on a clumsy scolar. Now ’Verwirrnis’ is the worst novel by Bernhard Schlink (written by Christoph Hein) I ever read.

Maybe every German writer over 70 are alike. Or only those who were born in 1944. They want to tell a story in a correct, nice, not too original style, that’s all. ’Verwirrnis’ doesn’t add much to the gay topic. Or to any topic. Mr. Hein is, as usual, almost interesting. Almost likeable. Almost profound. And very similar to Bernhard Schlink in his disciplined, mesured, well-structured prose. Characters may be not so lifeless a sin Schlink’s work but certainly unable to keep the novel alive. Even worse is that after the richly detailed first part the storyteller runs out of any energy, the description of the Leipzig years and the cheesy ending are almost in bullet points.

’Verwirrnis’ is readable, to say the most. It gives surely some stylistic pleasures. Highly recommended if you are interested on the modern history of Leipzig University, which is passionately crafted. But remember: life is short. There are so many powerful German novels! If you want to read something groundbreaking, fresh and shiningly thoughtful, purchase for exemple ’Das Jahr der Frauen’ by Christoph Höhtker. Try something new this time.

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  • Das Jahr der Frauen

  • Autor: Christoph Höhtker
  • Sprecher: Erich Wittenberg
  • Spieldauer: 10 Std. und 21 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Sprecher
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Was ist zu tun, wenn man von allem endgültig genug hat, der Therapeut aber dennoch Vorsätze für das neue Jahr hören möchte? Frank Stremmer, Anfang vierzig, ausgebrannter deutscher Expat in Diensten einer illustren internationalen Genfer Organisation, rafft sich zu einem letzten Kraftakt auf: zwölf Frauen in zwölf Monaten! Ohne Geld, ohne Versprechungen, ohne Perspektiven. Was als Witz, als müde Provokation gegenüber seinem Psychologen beginnt, entwickelt sich schon bald zur fixen Idee.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My #1 Literary Experience in 2018

  • Von Blind Girl Am hilfreichsten 03.09.2018

My #1 Literary Experience in 2018

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 03.09.2018

This outstanding Swiss novel is a patchwork of confusing (and utterly hilarious!) inner monologues, of e-mails and job-related dispatches, of psycho-sittings and tape recordings. There’s a bad short story on onions. And the whole gave me the most memorable literary experience of this year. The burnt-out (or simply disillusioned) anti-hero of this novel is wandering among sexual and professional fallouts for 12 months. He is a totally believeable (and instead of his maniac manners) loveable character, with a richly detailed and always provocative ego.

Mr. Höhtker wrote a book full of challenges. You must focus on every sentence. The paragraphs are loaded with self-referential jokes, high-tech vocabulary and the finest thoughtfulness ever heard. You need to be able to understand official and colloquial English, some French and please don’t give it up after ten or twenty minutes of exhausting listen. It gets better with every phrase.

What I loved best about this title is that ’Das Jahr der Frauen’ has been written with good intentions. Not a misogyneous remark. Not a word about the cruelty of the world as usually. Frank knows he is the only one to blame. ’It feels so good to be with women’, he says to himself in November. You will finish this book thinking it’s worth living after all.
And don’t forget: everywhere you go take a woman with you.

Special thanks to Erich Wittenberg for the exceptional voicing of this formidable novel. And even his English pronunciation is acceptable.

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  • Frau Paula Trousseau

  • Autor: Christoph Hein
  • Sprecher: Christoph Hein, Sissy Höfferer, Oliver Brod
  • Spieldauer: 10 Std. und 50 Min.
  • Gekürztes
  • Gesamt
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Sprecher
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Geschichte
    3 out of 5 stars 8

Wie werden wir zu dem Menschen, der wir sind? Aus der Perspektive der Malerin Paula Trousseau erzählt Christoph Hein, mal in ausgreifenden Situationsschilderungen, mal im Zeitraffer, von den Selbstbehauptungen einer Frau, deren Lebensgeschichte in den Bann zieht: Wie sie sich - gegen Eltern und Ehemann - für das Kunststudium entscheidet, wie ihre Beziehungen zu Männern scheitern, wie das Grau in ihren Bildern zum dominanten Ton wurde.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Eine merkwürdige Geschichte

  • Von Jan Am hilfreichsten 05.03.2012

This is a bad, bad, bad novel

Gesamt
1 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
1 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 24.08.2018

I was rather enthusiastic about Mr. Hein after ’Drachenblut’ being avare of the fact that female monologues not necessaryly work always efficiently. The great difference between the two novels: here the author has nothing to say.

The uninteresting story of a silly but agressive painter who is somehow protected by GDR political storms. Believe me, I can join the dots but in the first 2 hrs I couldn’t decide when precisely the insignificant events of Paula’s early life actually occur. And, to be honest, I couldn’t care less. Lifeless characters, unnecessary sex scenes, overdetailed descriptions of pictures and dull meetings without real narrative force. The reduced vocabulary may be useful only for intermediate German learners and in the end you just don’t know why all this has been written. And for God’s sake who is Sebastian?

The cut parts are vibrating wounds in the audio. I feel exactly where the editor clipped the single paragraphs out from the novel. I am afraid the Big Abreviator was Mr. Heim himself. Now if an author mutilates his own work or agrees with the mutilation for gaining some minutes of playing time, I can call him a vain Barbarian.

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  • Ida

  • Autor: Katharina Adler
  • Sprecher: Petra Morzé
  • Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 28 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Sie ist eine der bekanntesten Patientinnen des 20. Jahrhunderts: Dora, das jüdische Mädchen mit der petite hystérie und der verschlungenen Familiengeschichte. Dora, die kaum achtzehn war, als sie es wagte, ihre Kur bei Sigmund Freud vorzeitig zu beenden, und ihn, wie er es fasste, "um die Befriedigung brachte, sie weit gründlicher von ihrem Leiden zu befreien". Von ihr, die eigentlich Ida hieß, handelt dieser mitreißende Roman. Katharina Adler erzählt mit großem gestalterischen Können von einem weitreichenden Leben - von Welt- und Nervenkriegen, Ehe und Exil, Analyse und Erinnerung.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Novel in a Thousand Drafts

  • Von Blind Girl Am hilfreichsten 03.08.2018

A Novel in a Thousand Drafts

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
2 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 03.08.2018

Ida Adler has been certainly a wity, extraordinary lady. We understand that Katharina Adler saw in her the perfect material for her first novel. Unfortunately she hasn’t wrote it. I had the feeling I am listening to a hundred notebook pages with a hundred of story drafts on. And these notebooks have been ordered randomly.

Sometimes it works. The unforgettable novel by Mortem Brask (available on audio here) uses the episodes of a life cleverly paced. It requires a heavy mindwork on behalf of the listener and int he end every chapter gets a final purpose, you reach the integrity. The whole oeuvre of Emily St.-Jone Mandel is about this kind of puzzle-like writing. Both of them do it briliantly.

Something is missing all along the novel. We don’t want detailed descriptions of Wien or Chicago, no. But honestly, we all want to know about the before and after the therapy, don’t we? And this is the line when the novel fails. A handful of pieces of puzzle has been dragged out of the game. No convincing preliminaries, no decisive consequences given. It remains superficial and is unable to go deep.

The narration is superbe and Mrs. Adler invented a very enjoyable, light-hearted, almost gossipy language to her debut novel. But the pacing is awful. We see Ida lying ont he most famous couch of the world only int he sixth hour of the audiobook. In the previous time we try very hard to get closer to her. But she remains a creature in ink and draftpaper.

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  • Der fremde Freund / Drachenblut

  • Autor: Christoph Hein
  • Sprecher: Christoph Hein
  • Spieldauer: 5 Std. und 15 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Sprecher
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Geschichte
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

DDR, Anfang der 80er-Jahre: Claudia ist Ärztin, geschieden und kinderlos. Als ihr Nachbar Henry eines Abends in ihre Wohnung stürmt und nicht mehr geht, lässt sie sich auf eine Beziehung mit ihm ein, die es trotz oberflächlicher Nähe nicht vermag, ihren Schutzpanzer aus Selbstverleugnung, Resignation und Gefühlskälte zu durchbrechen. Henry bleibt ihr fremd.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So strong it tears us apart

  • Von Blind Girl Am hilfreichsten 23.07.2018

So strong it tears us apart

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
1 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 23.07.2018

An outstanding novel on a slightly privileged woman living in an era and place with no perspectives. As you keep on reading it slowly feels very tight and suddenly there’s no more air. Behind the cynical manners of the protagonist there you find a constant struggle for tiny parts of air and other bits at least partially human. I have never read a similar novel even if I am from behind iron curtains. Magnificiently depressing and deep, this short book tells books about existences under opression. I wonder how such a sincere novel could be released int he GDR.

Reveals much about the magnetism of the audio that I listened to it in two days in spite of the horrific narration. It was strangely like Mr. Hein himself do not understand what he has written 30 years ago. I immediately begin an other title by the author knowing I will probably be disappointed. ’Drachenblut’ is a once-in-a-lifetime experience both for writer and reader.

  • Ein Mann namens Ove

  • Autor: Fredrik Backman
  • Sprecher: Heikko Deutschmann
  • Spieldauer: 10 Std. und 37 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3.836
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3.596
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3.586

Ove ist der Nachbar aus der Hölle: Jeden Morgen macht er seine Kontrollrunde, schreibt Falschparker auf, räumt Fahrräder an ihren Platz und prüft die Mülltrennung. Aber hinter seinem Gegrummel verbergen sich ein viel zu großes Herz und eine berührende Geschichte. Seit Oves geliebte Frau Sonja gestorben ist und man ihn vorzeitig in Rente geschickt hat, sieht er keinen Sinn mehr in seinem Leben. Doch als nebenan eine junge Familie einzieht...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ein durch und durch ergreifendes Buch

  • Von claudia Am hilfreichsten 22.10.2014

So sweet it hurts

Gesamt
2 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
1 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 27.06.2018

An urban fairytale for adults, you may say. But it is so unsincere and dummy, so sweet and idealistic it hurts. No community on Earth moves this way neither in the dream-like, so open-minded, so tolerant, so whatever Sweden. Untrue, inprobable, liar. Prose and narration are quite good, but it doesn't help at all.

  • Jakob der Lügner

  • Autor: Jurek Becker
  • Sprecher: August Diehl
  • Spieldauer: 8 Std. und 27 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Geschichte
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Die Geschichte des Juden Jakob Heym, der im Ghetto einer polnischen Stadt zum Lügner wird, um anderen Hoffnung zu schenken. Die Rote Armee ist nur noch wenige hundert Kilometer entfernt, diese Meldung hat Jakob zufällig vernommen. Mit der Aussicht auf baldige Befreiung wird ein Morgen wieder vorstellbar, deshalb will Jakob die frohe Botschaft mit seinen Mitgefangenen teilen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Überragende Aufnahme eines Buches von Weltruf

  • Von Wolfgang Mann Am hilfreichsten 22.05.2018

The Great Jewish Ghetto Rundfunkshow

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 14.05.2018

I have been waiting so so long for this title to be released. Now I am done with it and I stand here with mixed emotions. I think to myself that Becker is not different from any other German author in the mid-20th century: poor plot, incapability (and unwillingness) of creating suspense, too much philosophy. Becker misses every opportunity to boost up his story, and even if it’s rather to be read as a screenplay than a novel, he always talks when it’s time to action. The scene, the era and the cast are ment to be described with all the horror they contain, but ’Jakob der Lügner’ fails when the necessary depth is needed. It remembers me to ’La vita é bella’ with Roberto Benigni, where creators were unable to decide on what register to push.

You may say it is all about the famous Jewish humour and their wise resignation. Buti t is not enough to make it work all along. The best parts are when Becker does workshop and appears int he novel as an author. But too much is too much, and int he end every joke looses energy and strength. The language is however very enjoyable, limpid and clear. Such as the outstanding narrator.

Having said all that, my next download will be an other novel by Jurek Becker. I would like to listen to his late works for a try.

A couple of words on the author (by Wicki):

Jurek Becker was born, probably, in 1937. His birth date is not entirely clear because his father gave a birth date that was intended to protect the child from deportation. After the war Becker was claimed by a father whom Jurek was never sure was his real father, and who said he no longer remembered Jurek's correct birth date. It is probable that Jurek Becker was some years younger than is generally reckoned.
He lived in the Łódź Ghetto as a child. When he was five, he was sent to the Ravensbrück concentration camp and later to Sachsenhausen. His mother died in the Holocaust, but his father survived; father and son were reunited after the war and settled together in East Berlin.
After completing his national service in the East German army in the 1950s, during which time he became firm friends with the actor Manfred Krug, Becker studied philosophy in East Berlin but was expelled for expressing non-conformist views. In the 1960s he wrote film scripts, one of which, Jakob der Lügner ("Jacob the Liar"), he turnedinto a novel when the film production was halted. It was made into a film by the East German film company (DEFA) in 1974, and in 1975 became the only East German film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award (in the foreign-language film category), though it did not win.
By the mid-1970s differences of opinion with the GDR authorities were becoming apparent, and Becker was one of the original twelve signatories of the petition against the expulsion of writer and singer Wolf Biermann in November 1976. In 1977 he moved from East to West Berlin, though somewhat unusually he retained his East German citizenship. He continued to publish novels and short stories, some on Jewish themes, others not.
Becker died in 1997 of colon cancer that was diagnosed in December 1995.

  • Pinocchio

  • Autor: Carlo Collodi
  • Sprecher: Alexis Krüger
  • Spieldauer: 4 Std. und 18 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Sprecher
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Die märchenhaft-phantastische Erzählung von der Holzpuppe Pinocchio: Der arme Holzschnitzer Gepetto schnitzt eine Puppe, die zu seinem Erstaunen zum Leben erwacht. Doch Pinocchio reißt immer wieder aus, stolpert von einem Abenteuer ins nächste. Denn erst wenn er gelernt hat, dass sich Lügen und Faulheit nicht auszahlen, kann sein Wunsch in Erfüllung gehen: Ein richtiger Junge aus Fleisch und Blut zu werden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must-have

  • Von Blind Girl Am hilfreichsten 10.05.2018

A must-have

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 10.05.2018

Poor Italians! They have to disposition the sole original text, so outdated and even stylistically patronising! This is the third German version I listen to and even if I admit that the one read by Felicitas Hoppe is the most faithful, this one is the most playful and creative. Man, the translator puts entire poems where originally you find only two plain sentences! The language is absolutely satisfactory with some really wity structures and vocabulary.
For me the interpretation by Stefan Kaminski is the #1 on planet Earth, but also Mr. Krüger did it with enthusiasm, energy and talent. Those 4 hours were pure joy to listen to. Thanks again.

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  • Der Fremde

  • Autor: Albert Camus
  • Sprecher: Ulrich Matthes
  • Spieldauer: 3 Std. und 43 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

Der meistgelesene Roman Albert Camus'. In einer Sprache voll kristallener Härte und Klarheit wird die Geschichte eines jungen Mannes erzählt, der unter der Sonne Algiers bar aller Bindung ohne Liebe und Teilnahme gleichgültig dahinlebt, bis ihn ein lächerlicher Zufall zum Mörder macht.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spitzenklasse

  • Von helmiK Am hilfreichsten 05.02.2016

Bad audio edition

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 08.05.2018

The #1 masterpiece of 20th century French literature is about human monstrosity that became daily standard in our times. The interpretation of Mr. Matthes is simply outstanding, it was a mere pleasure to listen to this unforgettable and evergreen novel with him in an excellent German translation.

Nothing excellent about the audio edition however: I wonder if it does cost something to give it a beginning and an end? The recording starts with the first sentence, no credits, no chapters. At the end, when you just need some time to digest the last sentence, you hear immediately after the last sound spoken by Mr. Matthes: "Auf wiederhören bei Audible". I find all this very undemanding and cheap.

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  • Kleiner Mann - was nun?

  • Autor: Hans Fallada
  • Sprecher: Frank Arnold
  • Spieldauer: 16 Std. und 21 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605

Hans Falladas Meisterwerk erschien in unsicheren Zeiten. Es wurde vor dem Druck 1932 gekürzt und verändert: Textstellen, an denen sich der Autor politisch differenziert äußerte, wurden geglättet oder gar in ihr Gegenteil verkehrt. Jetzt erscheint der Roman erstmals so, wie Fallada ihn gewollt hatte. Johannes Pinneberg und seine Freundin Emma, genannt Lämmchen, erfahren, dass sie ein Kind erwarten. Kurzentschlossen heiratet das frisch verliebte Paar, auch wenn es mit wenig über die Runden kommen muss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bemerkenswertes Buch.

  • Von Saarpirat Am hilfreichsten 21.06.2016

The Story of Two Nobodies

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 12.04.2018

No one told me Mr. Fallada is so good. I have never heard about him before. I could say he is an enhanced version of Erich Kästner. Enhanced, because his style is colourful and creative as Kästner’s but fortunately with no patronising and morally lecturing tendencies.

The story doesn’t want to be original. A short period in the life of a far too simple couple in slow deterioration. And as the story flows, slowly, sometimes even cheerfully, you suddenly comprehend the unavoidable directions of German history. The awakening of monsters, if you like. The shadows grow darker and darker, but the prose is so human, so beautiful, so young!

Mr. Arnold is unbearably perfect. He is calm, compassionate, always a bit sad. This is certainly not my last title by Fallada.

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