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4.28 out of 54.28 out of 54.28 out of 54.28 out of 54.28 out of 5 4.28 (18 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jaroslav Hasek Narrator: Sam Kelly, Adrian Lukis Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation by Christopher Reason of the satirical Czech novel by Jaroslav Hasek.

This tale charts the exploits during the First World War of 'European Forrest Gump' Svejk, in his progress through the ranks of the Austro-Hungarian army. Good-natured and garrulous, Svejk becomes the Austrian army's most loyal Czech soldier when he is called up on the outbreak of the First World War - although his bumbling attempts to get to the front serve only to prevent him from reaching it.

This story of a 'little man' caught in a vast bureaucratic machine combines dazzling wordplay and piercing satire to create a hilariously subversive depiction of the futility of war.

Starring Sam Kelly as Svejk and Adrian Lukis as Lukas. Directed by Gary Brown.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 2/14/2014

    " humorous account of Eastern Europe mentality "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tute | 1/24/2014

    " haha...ada ya prajurit jaman perang dunia 1 sepolos dan senaif doi?? tapi yang lebih bodoh adalah orang2 yangmengira dia mata-mata... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/22/2014

    " Very much a book of its time and place. The universal squaddie, Svejk, frustrates the might of bureaucracy and incompetence on the eastern front in WW1, with his feigned simplicity and wealth of anecdote. No wonder the survivors of WW1, like my father, loved this book. Anarchy Rules OK! as we used to say in the 60s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hlynur | 1/15/2014

    " Brilliantly laugh-out-loud funny and that is a rarity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RØB | 12/31/2013

    " How it took me nearly two months to read this is beyond me (says the fellow that is reviewing it almost two years later). A great work of the anti-war "genre," with funny illustrations and some genuinely hilarious, laugh-out-loud type moments. This is another one I was reading largely (or exclusively?) within the confines of medical studies I was doing for money. My personal copy is pretty decrepit, it has that yellowed plastic-layer sorta flaking off of the cover, for those that've experienced this particular form of paperback dilapidation. I remember being surprised at how old my copy was when I found out, but hey, that was two years ago. I seem to recall a particularly gut-busting segment that had to do with dog-walking... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Coon | 12/16/2013

    " A true classic in satire and dark comedy. I read this in the Nineties while riding trains throughout Poland, the Czech Republic and elsewhere. As a former long-time resident of that part of the world, this book really rings true, even today. Humbly reporting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin Hoffman | 7/3/2013

    " I hadn't realized that Ignatius Riley and Inspector Gadget shared a Czech relative. But apparenly his name was Svejk. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ermias | 5/5/2013

    " World War I from an anarchist's perspective. One of the few funny books I ever read. It depicts the ridiculousness of war and the whole setup behind it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica | 3/2/2013

    " I actually couldn't finish this book -- too long! Ended up having to leave it in Prague, but I loved the part that I got to read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Genevieve | 2/6/2013

    " maybe my favorite book of all time "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolynshivers | 12/17/2012

    " Living in Prague, friends told me to read this book if I ever wanted to understand the Czech soul. Loved the book, would recommend this to all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Capsguy | 7/7/2012

    " Please note that 5 stars would not have been given if this was the final work, post-edit. I don't think it's right to detract from Hasek simply because he literally could not live to finish his story, let alone editing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisa | 6/14/2012

    " A satire on war. Dark humor- absurd situations (all the more so because of that terrifying ring of truth). Sort of a Dostoevsky-light. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grafton | 11/26/2011

    " This book cannot be recommended highly enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clark | 9/18/2011

    " Clear basis for Catch-22, and worth the read for its own reasons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cora | 7/2/2011

    " My father gave me an illustrated, short edition for my thirteenth birthday, and it's been one of my favorite books ever since. Brilliant and subversive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 lyell bark | 2/22/2011

    " humbly report sir i am an imbecile "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liam Mckinstry | 1/6/2011

    " I'd love to think if I was mixed up in a war I'd use the good soldier svejk's inpired & enthusiastic stupidity to stay well clear of any actual fighting. class "

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