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3.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 5 3.37 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Mann Narrator: Paul Hecht Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781456124151
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Joachim Neugroschel’s brilliant new translation lets you enjoy the work of Nobel-Laureate Thomas Mann as never before. By using creative, contemporary language, Neugroschel reinterprets Mann for modern English-speaking readers. The author’s superb literary craftsmanship, his psychological insight, and the deeply erotic content of his work shine forth in this definitive English-language version of some of his most celebrated short works. This collection features the world masterpiece Death in Venice, with its controversial passages now restored. You will find fresh relevance in the story of an aging writer’s uncontrollable and humiliating passion, and the other poignant tales included here. These works subtly explore the great themes of Mann’s fiction-his mythic fascination with sexual inhibition and artistic creativity. This translation, with its recreation of the intricate rhythms of the author’s language, virtually sings in an audio format. Paul Hecht’s lyrical narration makes the music and meaning of Mann’s writing more accessible than ever to modern ears.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 2/18/2014

    " lovely literary style & talent. the story was compelling and by all means a unique plot--albeit a tad bit strange and almost disturbing. . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/16/2014

    " i loved the short story for the descriptions of Venice. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lanel | 2/12/2014

    " Spoils the magic of Venice "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlos Mestre | 2/11/2014

    " A marvelous short story about beauty and its consequences. Mann's prose is incredible, smooth and dense at the same time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhi | 2/9/2014

    " I don't know what I thought this book was about, but I didn't think it was a forerunner to Lolita until after I finished it. A very odd story, but it was satisfying in its telling, although a bit creepy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 1/16/2014

    " Though an interesting read on obsession, I didn't find this to be quite as scandalous as I had heard it would be. I like that we as the reader never know if Tadzio did, indeed, notice and like the attention of the narrator or if that was all a part of his delusion. The lack of a real climax, even of a real meeting, made this more, rather than less, intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Clark | 1/16/2014

    " Oh Thomas Mann, how I love your stories about weird, socially awkward, eccentric men who had strange, strong loves from a distance and who find themselves in the middle of epidemics or at least the possibility of them. This is like a mini Magic Mountain set in Venice. Lovely, homoerotic, paranoid and strange. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon A. Smith | 1/8/2014

    " I bought this book mainly for "Death in Venice," but found it to be the worst part of this otherwise great collection. I'd have to say that "Death in Venice" is one of the most boring stories I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber Eve | 12/12/2013

    " Death in Venice: A short story about the unlikely feelings of an adult man for a boy. Worth the time it takes to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rimina | 11/9/2013

    " Especially riveting are the 'Other Stories'. "

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

    " I hate to not love this book, especially as I spent most of this morning in Venice searching for it, and most of this afternoon in Venice reading it. But no, I can't say I love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raban | 9/19/2013

    " Probably my favourite novel! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie Bell | 8/15/2013

    " This was creepy...I don't recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 8/13/2013

    " Marvelous psychological literature halfway between Dostoevsky and Goethe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 5/26/2013

    " I did not love this book as much as the other of Mann, but he has this rare gift to give each character a very recognizable voice. And every hundred or so pages, you get one sentence, that really mesmerizes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 8/25/2012

    " Read for my independent study during university... It was my favorite of all the Mann stories I read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie Ricker | 8/19/2012

    " An interesting and thoroughgoing German experience, even if it is in translation. Brings back all sorts of memories from German philosophy and the Love and Death classes. I wish I were in a class like that now so we could hash out all our theories and figure out the layers of meaning. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sweetman Sweetman | 4/10/2012

    " What the heck is all the hoopla about this? Too many words, too lofty, are we in Greece or Venice. gah! Too much emo for a novella. It was the one assigned book in this class that I really did not like. Not bad for all the reading we did. I gave it the one star for that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcelle | 12/14/2011

    " A compelling look into the nature of man. Parallel to the story of Orpheous and Euryice, this book provides an analysis of human behavior. "

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About the Author
Author Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann was born in 1875 in Germany. He was only twenty-five when his first novel, Buddenbrooks, was published. In 1924 The Magic Mountain was published, and, five years later, Mann was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Following the rise of the Nazis to power, he left Germany for good in 1933 to live in Switzerland and then in California, where he wrote Doctor Faustus. Thomas Mann died in 1955.

About the Narrator

Paul Hecht’s long career in audio books spans dozens of titles and authors as varied as Ray Bradbury and Gore Vidal, Jack Finney and Thomas Mann. He has recorded such books as Bob Dole’s One Soldier’s Story and Alexander McCall Smith’s Portuguese Irregular Verbs and At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances. Hecht’s theater career in New York includes many Broadway and television credits.