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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (721 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph von Eichendorff Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN:
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From the Life of a Good-for-Nothing is like stepping into a delightful 18th-century painting accompanied by the music of Mozart. Every day is warm and sunny, with puffy white clouds, twittering birds, gorgeous flowers, and charming gardens. Sorrow and despair are never to be seen, while amusing characters pass in and out of the chapters. It is a charming world of beauty and adventure, which Eichendorff has created for us.

First published in 1826, this is one of the most famous and perennially popular novels to come out of Germany. It is a romantic novella whose main themes are love and voyage. Our hero leaves his father's mill and becomes a gardener at a Viennese castle, where he falls in love with the duke's daughter. The complications and Italian trip which ensue are a wonder of the romantic movement. It becomes a dream world of amazing power. You will want to listen to this story many times.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Philip Lane | 2/2/2014

    " As Im reading other early 19th century writers this seemed rather old-fashioned. It is short and sweet but didn't really get me very involved with the characters as it seemed to be a pale comparison to a Gothic novel or a Romance or even a Shakespeare play. I finished feeling that I had gained very little and that it was all very superficial. Disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jule | 1/8/2014

    " I had to read it in school but it really showed me what ROMANTIC means. A wonderful romantic novel with the typical descriptions of nature and landscape. Impressing and beautifully written! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 12/27/2013

    " I thought this book was a little strange--strange in an unappealing way. It had some funny parts, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Firlefanz | 12/17/2013

    " Classical novel about a young man discoovering the wide world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cooper Renner | 12/3/2013

    " A slight but sometimes funny picaresque novella, the adventures of a miller's son who doesn't want to work at the mill and hits the road with his wits (or lack thereof) and his violin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bendow | 11/17/2013

    " Interesting, I'm going to check out more von Eichendorff, his prose is purdy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Volker | 11/16/2013

    " Superlustig - seiner Zeit voraus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Hatley | 10/14/2013

    " A perfectly delightful novella, first published in 1826. I highly recommend it for a few hours of enjoyable reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vera | 9/29/2013

    " Probably this is one of the most terrible editions, but the story beautifully catches the old Germany. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Haneen | 8/13/2013

    " It's an old novel with an old life style which I don't like....the author tried to write a love story but I didn't feel it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E. Bartels | 7/26/2013

    " Delightful little book, it reads almost like a fairytale, complete with a happy ending. A sweet little musing on contentment, love, and belonging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renate | 5/22/2013

    " Always a favorite classic novella. Seems so harmless, and yet so deep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shipwreck1969 | 3/22/2013

    " A lovely little book. 115 pages. German Romantic novella. Thoroughly satisfying. The convenient circumstances that might make a book feel predictable make this one feel mystically connected to the mission of the universe. Thank you, Henri, for recommending it. "

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