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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (22,303 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hermann Hesse Narrator: Jeff Woodman Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A brilliant psychological portrait of a troubled young man’s quest for self-awareness, this coming-of-age novel achieved instant critical and popular acclaim upon its 1919 publication. A landmark in the history of twentieth-century literature, it reflects Hermann Hesse’s preoccupation with the duality of human nature and the pursuit of spiritual fulfillment.

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  • “An Existentialist intensity and a depth of understanding rare in contemporary fiction.”

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  • “Woodman delivers a brisk, bright, attractive reading of a book that, at times mysterious, even arcane, is here well rendered for modern listeners.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Angel Fernandez basagoitia | 2/20/2014

    " El primer libro que mi profesora Ericka me presto :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gerald | 2/18/2014

    " When I was about ten pages from the end, I fell asleep and had an Emilesque dream where I hated/loved/feared/desired Abraxus/Frau Eva/Demian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lucy Monostone | 2/15/2014

    " Weird. Well, it's a book about searching yourself (and God). On the early chapters, I liked Sinclair's moral struggle and I was deeply intrigued by Demian's character. But personally, I prefer Demian to be an "illusion" rather than a real person like in this book. He was just.. too good to be true? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Will | 2/14/2014

    " Hermann Hesse reveals himself as the Horatio Alger of the soul. With a little pluck and determination, anyone touched with ambition toward self awareness can find it. Sinclair, the hero, is the Ragged Dick of the story who runs into Max Demian and finds himself on the journey to becoming not middle-class so much as a self realized man, as if there's a difference. The story follows the standard coming-of-age arc and is imbued with the paranormal, which makes it more or less like the Harry Potter series if that had any depth. In fact, that's a great way to sell it to literate teenagers: Harry Potter with an internal life. Good luck finding a literate teenager. "

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