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3.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 5 3.80 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Narrator: Don Hagen Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Werther, a sensitive young man falls in love with Lotte, a sweet-natured girl he meets while visitng an idyllic German village. Although Lotte is betrothed to Albert, Werther’s infatuation with her torments him to the point of despair and suicide. The book, consisting almost entirely of letters written by Werther to his friend Wilhelm, was an immediate success and developed a large cult following, resulting in copycat suicides.

Based on Goethe’s unrequited love for Charlotte Buff, it is the first great “confessional” novel and turned Goethe into one of the first international literary celebrities.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Samuel | 2/20/2014

    " This charmingly effusive short tale is such a lovely addition to my mind over and over again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Erika | 2/19/2014

    " I am not sure I can wait until Book III for Werther to kill himself... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Hilary | 2/3/2014

    " Okay, so since I read this in high school, in English, I don't really know how to rate this one honestly. But it's early Goethe, which means: Pathos! Melodrama! Over-the-top demonstrations of love and despair! I seem to remember one passage started with Werther saying "Oh today! Oh life! Oh mankind!" or something to that effect. If you like a bit of drama but don't like quite that much, Goethe's Faust (Part I) has the same Sturm und Drang thing going on, without quite so much wallowing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alix | 2/1/2014

    " Better written than many of his stories. He was an early writer - but this is the first thing I've read that had a conclusion to the story, which was much appreciated. Rambles (ailment of that period of literature) and was incredibly depressing. I will continue to slog through his collected works, though! "

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