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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (40,711 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hermann Hesse Narrator: Peter Weller Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With its blend of Eastern mysticism and Western culture, Hesse’s best-known and most autobiographical work is one of literature’s most poetic evocations of the soul’s journey to liberation

Harry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy. He struggles to reconcile the wild primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the bourgeois values he despises. His life changes dramatically when he meets a woman who is his opposite, the carefree and elusive Hermine.

Originally published in English in 1929, Steppenwolf ’s wisdom continues to speak to our souls and marks it as a classic of modern literature.

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  • “Weller, who has a Midwestern folksy personability, reads Hesse less as a work of great literature than a philosophical manual, meant to be studied for personal improvement. Hesse can be forbidding, even for the teenage readers who often discover literature through him, so Weller wisely renders his novel familiar, comfortable and friendly.” 

    Publishers Weekly

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

    " when you are rally down to the floor "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Diane | 2/13/2014

    " I didn't know why I hadn't read Steppenwolf, but now at age 50,I know that I'm glad that I hadn't. This book is appropriate for me, as I am the age of poor Harry. I am also at that point in my life, as is Harry, when time spent too much alone makes a hungry mind turn back to gnaw on itself. The man vs. beast idea is seized by the young who fight with their own dualism. The other subtleties in this book, the examinations of one's calluses made by the injuries of living, can only be truely admired at middle age. A fine work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Thombeau | 2/6/2014

    " I've read Hermann Hesse's Steppenwolf four times now: while in my twenties, thirties, forties, and most recently at age 50. Each reading was even more rewarding than the previous, with the last one sort of blowing my mind. Not only is the book itself about the inner world of a man turning 50, but Hesse himself was about to reach that age when he wrote it. Hesse is my favorite author, revered by many, and there's probably not a lot I can add to all that's been said about his work. But I will say that my last perusal of this great tome was a truly unique literary experience, profound and relevant in ways I could never have imagined until this very point in my life. As a matter of fact, after a young friend of mine read this book (at my recommendation) he said to me "Thom, you are the Steppenwolf!" All I could say in return was "Is it that obvious?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Caitlin Holm | 2/3/2014

    " I read this after I read Siddhartha and absolutely loved it. Herman Hesse was brilliant. "

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