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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (445 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Kehlmann Narrator: Nicolas Coster Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN:
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From the internationally best-selling author Daniel Kehlmann, a provocative, wickedly funny novel about two unpredictable men - one an artist and the other a journalist - who together embark on an unexpected adventure with uproarious results.

Sebastian Zollner's failure as a journalist is matched only by his personal failures: his girlfriend is moving a new lover in before Sebastian even knows he's been dumped. Searching for the break that will redeem him in the eyes of his peers, he heads off on a wild-goose chase into the mountains to interview the eccentric, legendary painter Manuel Kaminski with the hope of writing his biography. Kaminski is going blind and is living in seclusion with his daughter. He could be working on his next masterpiece or easing into his final days, and his inconsistent career raises the question of whether he has been a fraud or a genius.

His artistic reputation hinges on any number of factors, but most prominently on a definitive biography. Enter Zollner - who has no intention of writing a puff piece. He's out to dig dirt and to force Kaminski to confront the legacy of his work. But the secrets he uncovers will lead Kaminski, and Zollner himself, to places neither of them ever expected to go.

With edgy wit and intelligence, Kehlmann dives into the question of what is truth in our celebrity-crazed times and embraces the energy and humanity that lie beneath the pretensions of the art and journalistic worlds. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 8/25/2013

    " Funny, witty, charming, unexpected, and a very quick read. 3 1/2 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 7/9/2013

    " Definitely not a book I would have read on my own - but I was bored and it was just lying around my dad's place so I read it. It wasn't bad, a nice little storyline, nothing overly deep, but not boring either. Humorous in parts - not laugh-out-loud - but definitely funny in a wry sort of way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Petya | 11/24/2012

    " He was such an asshole in this book! Amazing writing, and after 3 read books by Kehlmann, I'm allowed to add him as a favourite author! :)) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 10/31/2012

    " I choose Me and Kaminski randomly and was mostly intrigued because it was by a German author. It was subtly entertaining and reads quickly, but nothing special. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serena Schreiber | 10/16/2012

    " Daniel Kehlmann evokes complete scenes and entire personalities with a few words. I admire his pacing and use of gesture and dialogue. So much in such a short book, I want to read it again immediately to see what I missed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 G | 9/13/2012

    " I wasn't as fond of this as I am of Measuring the World, but Kehlmann crafts a nuanced portrait of self-representation and biography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 9/13/2011

    " Started without much promise, but gained momentum throughout. Kehlmann is capable of cynicism without cruelty. This is a book only marginally about the art world. Really, it's about the way we choose to construct conceptions of ourself, an act that is almost always destructive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karinmoellering | 6/13/2011

    " Loved it! I believe it's historically solid (the author is a historian), some facts were completely new to me (there is connection between the Rio Negro and the Orinoco), and Gauss is just not a nice guy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mattijs | 6/7/2011

    " Read original: Die Vermessung der Welt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 adriana | 5/29/2011

    " brilliant, magical and hilarious. rich with history and the irreplaceable company of two equally great and eccentric characters. the agile style and touches of witty humor makes it a very pleasant read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 3/15/2011

    " Two grumpy old men recounting their great ambitions and the journeys these ambitions became? It was very funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 3/3/2011

    " Inhaltlich gut. Idee gut. Art des Erzählens war definitiv nicht die Weise, die ich lesen möchte. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bennet | 3/2/2011

    "
    I am always amazed to find that a translation reads as brilliantly as the original, but according to my German friend this does. This was pure pleasure to read, for the language, the story, the characters, the humor, everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 2/8/2011

    " Very interesting book about two interesting persons: Gauss and Alexander von Humboldt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ramona | 2/6/2011

    " Two scientists become human. Interesting style and subtle (often dark) humor. I wonder what the translation will be like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 12/20/2010

    " I really liked the parts about Humboldt, but Gauss were harder to read. Mostly because he was so antisocial that it hurt. Humboldt wanted to measure the world so he explored it, and Gauss measured the world from his house. Interesting, and good. There are some crude parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/16/2010

    " Interesting but it didn't really grip me for some reason. Both the main characters are eccentric geniuses from start to finish so there's not a lot of character development going on. There is a bit of humour though especially from the Humboldt's poor assistant who increasingly wants to kill him. "

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About the Author
Author Daniel Kehlmann

Daniel Kehlmann’s Measuring the World was translated into more than forty languages. He has received numerous awards, including the Candide Prize, the Literature Prize of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Heimito von Doderer Literature Prize, the Kleist Prize, the WELT Literature Prize, and the Thomas Mann Prize. Kehlmann divides his time between Vienna and Berlin.