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Moshi moshi! Is there anyone out there?

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

Rezensiert am: 22.04.2019

Probably more people will be interested to listen to this title now that 'Die Kieferninseln' has been short-listed to the 2019 International Man Booker Prize. I downloaded it to see what the hipe is about. I still can't see.

You know, Japan is a winner trade mark. If you put any Japanese reference into your book let alone you write an entire novel about Japan, you will certainly raise some interest. In my long carreer as a reader I had been listening to only one Japan-related novel that deserves to be mentioned. It was 'Seide' by Alessandro Baricco. I love Japanese writers very much but books on Japan written by Europeans are for me a complete disgrace.

I was surprised to see there were 45 ratings on this title and no reviews. Now I can see why. I am a tough listener but after an hour I've lost every interest. I jumped forward on and on in the audio to be able to hear if anything will happen. One more hour and i quit it for good.
It's clear Herr Poschmann has not enough material even for such a short book. He fulfills the big gaps of the languid story with mystic Japanese religion and philosophy issues, but after all I am not sure he is actually believing it will work. He is certainly amazed about Japan but he is unable to let me show why. It's like Herr Poschmann decided to write a novel at any price without an exact message. He wrote it. Now what?

I warn you: I was unable to listen to Musil, to thomas Bernhard and Günter Grass as well. Maybe I am not the right person to see though it all. If you like stories without stories, characters without a proper character and unconvincing writing, it may be your book of the year.

1 Person fand das hilfreich

Narrator saves the book

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

Rezensiert am: 25.03.2019

The good old German tradition of writing novels without a proper plot is still alive. Even wins awards. Pale puzzle pieces of murder, of EU-chitchat and
overchewed Holocaust-reminders glued together with inapropriate essay droplets. The whole whatever would be more terrible if Mr. Menasse hadn't have an
excellent style. But still it was painful to listen to it.
After the first hour I thought the author must be a very old man. In fact he is only sixtish, but the prose smells of a ninety-year-old retired scolar
trying to put forward his dated theories wrapped into a patchwork paper. It is like he forgets half way where he had begun and where he is planning to
go.
Good luck, reader! Surely the professional and sensible narration will help you a lot to get through this one. But you won't be richer
at any rate. I listened the German and the English version side by side so my vocabulary gets the best of it. Otherwise... avoid it. Life is so short.

Mad narrator kills the clown

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

Rezensiert am: 17.02.2019

This is a very crucial novel of post-war West-German social and political, religious and moral tendencies written in an enjoyable, genial style. Not a boring moment in all the book.
But crazy narrator spoiled all the pleasure of listening it. He read like someone who needs to finish it as soon as possible. It was not an audiobook, it was an infinite, maddening rush through a masterpiece. Completely valueless.
The 25 chapters of the book had been merged into one big flux of speach without showing any chapter limits. Title and starting quotes or any other credits were not spoken. It is not audiobook publishing. It is a mindless crime against the finest German literature. Shame on you all by Saga.

7 Leute fanden das hilfreich

Absolutely useless

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

Rezensiert am: 15.11.2018

What you get when you purchase this title is
- words and phrases randomly dragged together
- incorrect translation with no grammatical background
- no chance to feedback
- a single dialectic narrator with often dubious pronunciation and an arrogant tone
- no PDF attached for ortography checking
- confusing structure
- big audio units to make navigation very difficult
- sometimes French speaking following the German version

All in all a very undemanding production, composed by a staff without any contact to proper communication skills. Somehow we begin to understand why the French are not the giants of language teaching (and studying...)

The best audio courses you will find on 'book2 50 languages' And this is for free. Maybe take a look at it before you spend money on misty and annoying releases.

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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.

4 Leute fanden das hilfreich

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 (but to Africa!)


Special thanks to Erich Wittenberg for the exceptional voicing of this formidable novel. His English pronunciation is more than acceptable.

1 Person fand das hilfreich

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.

2 Leute fanden das hilfreich

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.

3 Leute fanden das hilfreich

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.

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.