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Extended Audio Sample The Brummstein, by Peter Adolphsen Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (76 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Adolphsen Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This astonishing novel begins in 1907, when Josef Siedler, a science-fiction devotee, ventures deep into a series of caves in search of an entrance to the underworld. Disappointed in his quest, he nonetheless returns with a peculiar souvenir: a small rock sample that emits a strange humming sound.

Upon Siedler’s death, the rock is bequeathed to his nephew, a significant step in what will become an extraordinary journey through the arc of history. For as the stone passes through the hands of a series of owners, we are told their stories: from pre–World War I ambitions and inter-war anarchism to conditions during World War II, the bleakness of life in post-war East Germany, the German art scene of the 1960s, and more. These snapshots of the twentieth century serve to chronicle the continuity of humanity, with all its strengths and weaknesses.

In The Brummstein, Danish author Peter Adolphsen has spun a mystical, and movingly memorable, exploration of the meaning of life.

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  • “Thought-provoking, this is a gem of a little book.”

    Historical Novel Society

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Emma | 11/14/2013

    " This book has got off to a slow start, with a long and detailed explanation of the formation of the Alps. Now I have got through the geological part, I am quite enjoying the story and looking forward to seeing how it develops. More later! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Robin Edman | 11/12/2013

    " The only thing that could make this work better would be for there to be more of it. It is, believe it or not, the fictional provenance of a fictional rock, and yet the writing is utterly absorbing and charming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by K | 7/22/2013

    " It had its ups and downs, mostly it was a slog. There were some great parts to it, but for the most part the novella was bogged down by the overly scientific language in its beginning. The whole thing was just so European. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joy | 5/4/2013

    " This slim little novel is the story of a small rock from it's creation and how it was passed on from person to person after it was chipped off a larger rock. A strange little novel, but appealing because of the spare but descriptive writing. "

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