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Greg

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  • "Outstanding Audiobook!"

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    One Hundred Years of Solitude has made a name for itself as one of the most stunning novels of the 20th Century. So, it’s no surprise that many readers, like myself, have anxiously awaited its release on audiobook… yet it should also come as no surprise to fans like myself, that this is an intricately woven piece of literature, often requiring a little legwork to fully grasp the complex web of characters. I went into my listening experience knowing this, and after reading some scathing reviews by other listeners – while I understand how translation from page to digital can create some inevitable need for clarifications – I have to disagree with such harsh reviews that seem to trash the audiobook as a whole. If needed, there are plenty of resources online to help the listener along, not to mention, a hard copy of the novel (which, in my opinion, everyone should have regardless)! I found John Lee’s performance full of clarity and rhythmic narration, quickly and effectively engaging me as a listener. After much anticipation, I was thoroughly pleased with this audiobook, and would definitely recommend it - with the understanding that, as a novel, it is complex – but SO worth it!

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    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

    Melinda says: "What in the heck happened?????"
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  • The Brothers Karamazov

    "Best "Karamazov" yet."

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    Constantine Gregory decided to give a reading of the Constance Garnett translation of "The Brothers Karamazov". Constance Garnett is no longer considered the best translator of Dostoevsky. She goes to great length to "pretty up" the rather rough and bumpy language of the original. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky’s new translation of "The Brothers Karamazov" is now regarded by most critics to be definitive as it does not try to mask Dostoyevskys idiosyncratic prose.

    Gregory gives a rather calm and relaxed rendering of the work, which is nice in the long run.
    My dream "audio" Karamazov would be David Horovitch narrating the Pevear and Volokhonsky’s translation.
    However as it stands now, this version by Constantine Gregory is the best "Karamazov" available.

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  • "A modern classic"

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    This book is a revelation for its spiritual depth, its evocation of beauty (and its opposite) and the portrait of its passionate hero, Zorba. Listening to this, I experienced the greatest sense of well-being and the greatest heartbreak - to the point of tears. The narrator, George Guidall, is great, as always - one of the best readers I've had the pleasure to come across.

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    Zorba the Greek

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Nikos Kazantzakis
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    A wonderful tale of a young man’s coming of age, Zorba the Greek has been a classic of world literature since it was first translated into English in 1952 and made into an unforgettable movie with Anthony Quinn. Zorba, an irrepressible, earthy hedonist, sweeps his young disciple along as he wines, dines, and loves his way through a life dedicated to fulfilling his copious appetites. Zorba is irresistible in this charming audio production by veteran narrator George Guidall.

    Walter says: "A modern classic"

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  • 4.9 (21 ratings)
    Master i Margarita [The Master and Margarita] (






UNABRIDGED) by Mikhail Afanasyevich Bulgakov Narrated by Vladimir Ivanovich Samoylov

    Master i Margarita [The Master and Margarita]

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mikhail Afanasyevich Bulgakov
    • Narrated By Vladimir Ivanovich Samoylov
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    Master i Margarita - "posledniy zakatnyy" roman M.A. Bulgakova, roman zaveshchanie, voskresshiy iz pepla unichtozhennoy avtorom pervoy redaktsii. V Mastere i Margarite fantastika natalkivaetsya na realizm, mif na istoricheskuyu dostovernost, teosofiya na demonizm, romantika na klounadu.

  • 4.3 (631 ratings)
    The Odyssey (






UNABRIDGED) by Homer (translated by Robert Fagles) Narrated by Ian McKellen

    The Odyssey

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    • By Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
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    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
  • 4.3 (536 ratings)
    Anna Karenina (






UNABRIDGED) by Leo Tolstoy Narrated by David Horovitch

    Anna Karenina

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    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
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    Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky.

    Marcus Vorwaller says: "Beautiful story, amazing narration"
  • 4.5 (470 ratings)
    Anne of Green Gables (






UNABRIDGED) by Lucy Maud Montgomery Narrated by Shelly Frasier

    Anne of Green Gables

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    • By Lucy Maud Montgomery
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
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    When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables send for a boy orphan to help them out at their farm, they mistakenly get Anne Shirley, a feisty, independent but warm-hearted 11 year-old girl. Fortunately her sunny nature and quirky imagination win the hearts of her reluctant foster parents and everyone in the community. But not a day goes by without some memorable adventure or prank in the tragicomedy of her life.

    David says: "Magical"
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  • 4.3 (123 ratings)
    Collected Fictions  by Jorge Luis Borges, Andrew Hurley (translator) Narrated by George Guidall

    Collected Fictions

    • HIGHLIGHTS (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jorge Luis Borges, Andrew Hurley (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    From his 1935 debut with "The Universal History of Iniquity", through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph, these enigmatic, elaborate, imaginative inventions display Borges' talent for turning fiction on its head by playing with form and genre and toying with language.

    Darwin8u says: "Highlights of Collected Fictions = Uncollected"
  • 4.3 (118 ratings)
    The Prophet (






UNABRIDGED) by Kahlil Gibran Narrated by Paul Sparer

    The Prophet

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By Kahlil Gibran
    • Narrated By Paul Sparer
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    Writer, artist and philosopher Kahlil Gibran considered The Prophet to be his greatest achievement. First published in 1923, this collection of poetic essays on life and the human condition has been translated into more than 20 languages, and has become one of the beloved classics of our time. Cherished by millions, the universally inspiring words of The Prophet are here magnificently read aloud.

    Nolan P. Clark says: "Beautiful"
  • 4.4 (115 ratings)
    Les Miserables (






ABRIDGED) by Victor Hugo Narrated by Walter Covell

    Les Miserables

    • ABRIDGED (33 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
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    Les Miserables is set in the Parisian underworld. The protagonist, Jean Valjean, is sentenced to prison for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread. After his release, Valjean plans to rob monseigneur Myriel, a saint-like bishop, but cancels his plan. However, he forfeits his parole by committing a minor crime, and for this crime Valjean is haunted by the police inspector Javert. Valjean eventually reforms and becomes a successful businessman, benefactor, and mayor of a northern town.

    Leslie says: "astounding"
  • 4.3 (94 ratings)
    Molloy (






UNABRIDGED) by Samuel Beckett Narrated by Sean Barrett, Dermot Crowley

    Molloy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Samuel Beckett
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Dermot Crowley
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    Written initially in French, later translated by the author into English, Molloy is the first book in Dublin-born Samuel Beckett's trilogy. It was published shortly after WWII and marked a new, mature writing style, which was to dominate the remainder of his working life. Molloy is less a novel than a set of two monologues narrated by Molloy and his pursuer, Moran.

    Gene says: "Nauseating, boring, hilarious, and magnificent"
  • Lolita (






UNABRIDGED) by Vladimir Nabokov Narrated by Jeremy Irons

    Lolita

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    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
  • The Odyssey (






UNABRIDGED) by Homer (translated by Robert Fagles) Narrated by Ian McKellen

    The Odyssey

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    • By Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
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    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude (






UNABRIDGED) by Gabriel García Márquez Narrated by John Lee

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

    Melinda says: "What in the heck happened?????"
  • The Brothers Karamazov (






UNABRIDGED) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky Narrated by Constantine Gregory

    The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    • Narrated By Constantine Gregory
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a titanic figure among the world's great authors, and The Brothers Karamazov is often hailed as his finest novel. A masterpiece on many levels, it transcends the boundaries of a gripping murder mystery to become a moving account of the battle between love and hate, faith and despair, compassion and cruelty, good and evil.

    Robert says: "Best "Karamazov" yet."
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  • The Metamorphosis (






UNABRIDGED) by Franz Kafka Narrated by Ralph Cosham

    The Metamorphosis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    “One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug.” With this startlingly bizarre sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young traveling salesman who, transformed overnight into a giant, beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. Rather than being surprised at the transformation, the members of his family despise it as an impending burden upon themselves.

    Patrick Weldon says: "Kafka-esque terrific"
  • Love in the Time of Cholera (






UNABRIDGED) by Gabriel García Márquez Narrated by Armando Durán

    Love in the Time of Cholera

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
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    From the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people's lives together for more than half a century. In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career, he whiles away the years in 622 affairs - yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral....

    Darryl says: "Marquez is great, awaiting 100 Years"
  • The Divine Comedy (






UNABRIDGED) by Clive James (translator), Dante Alighieri Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini

    The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Clive James (translator), Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
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    Renowned poet and critic Clive James presents the crowning achievement of his career: a monumental translation into English verse of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. The Divine Comedy is the precursor of modern literature, and this translation - decades in the making - gives us the entire epic as a single, coherent and compulsively listenable lyric poem. Written in the early 14th century and completed in 1321, the year of Dante’s death, The Divine Comedy is perhaps the greatest work of epic poetry ever composed.

    Tad Davis says: "Brilliant!"
  • Anna Karenina (






UNABRIDGED) by Leo Tolstoy Narrated by David Horovitch

    Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
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    (536)
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    (333)
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    Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky.

    Marcus Vorwaller says: "Beautiful story, amazing narration"
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  • The Book of Five Rings (






UNABRIDGED) by Miyamoto Musashi, William Scott Wilson (translator) Narrated by Scott Brick

    The Book of Five Rings

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Miyamoto Musashi, William Scott Wilson (translator)
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    Setting down his thoughts on swordplay, on winning, and on spirituality, legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi intended this modest work as a guide for his immediate disciples and future generations of samurai. He had little idea he was penning a masterpiece that would be eagerly devoured by people in all walks of life centuries after his death.

    Peter says: "The way of all things."
  • Gilgamesh: A New English Version (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen Mitchell Narrated by George Guidall

    Gilgamesh: A New English Version

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen Mitchell
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    This brilliant new treatment of the world's oldest epic is a literary event on par with Seamus Heaney's wildly popular Beowulf translation. Esteemed translator and best-selling author Stephen Mitchell energizes a heroic tale so old it predates Homer's Iliad by more than a millennium.

    George says: "A defense of this "translation""
  • The Art of War (






UNABRIDGED) by Sun Tzu Narrated by Mike Vendetti

    The Art of War

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Mike Vendetti
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    For over 2000 years, these 13 chapters attributed to Sun Tzu have been the Bible, or should have been the Bible for those intending to wage war, or who are waging war. Ho Chi Minh I am sure was very familiar with it, and don't be surprised that the Taliban is also familiar with the principles contained therein. Leaders as diverse as Mao Zedong, General Vo Nguyen Giap, General Douglas MacArthur and leaders of Imperial Japan have drawn inspiration from the work.

    Yaquelin says: "A must for all"
  • Cry, the Beloved Country (






UNABRIDGED) by Alan Paton Narrated by Michael York

    Cry, the Beloved Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alan Paton
    • Narrated By Michael York
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    This is the most distinguished novel that has come out of South Africa in the 20th century, and it is one of the most important novels of the modern era. Cry, the Beloved Country is in some ways a sad book; it is an indictment of a social system that drives native races into resentment and crime; it is a story of Fate, as inevitable, as relentless, as anything of Thomas Hardy's. Beautifully wrought with high poetic compassion, Cry, the Beloved Country is more than just a story, it is a profound experience of the human spirit.

    Penny says: "Two Words"
  • Lord Jim (






UNABRIDGED) by Joseph Conrad Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    Lord Jim

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Conrad’s Lord Jim is the iconic story of a romantic young man and his struggle with guilt and self-loathing. The novel begins with Jim’s earlier life as a ship’s officer. He and the other crew members abandon an imperiled vessel and its passengers after a mysterious collision reveals a dangerous bulge below the water line. But the ship does not sink and Jim survives to face an official inquiry. He is stripped of his license and faces universal scorn and the reality of his own guilt.

  • Ein Hungerkünstler (






UNABRIDGED) by Franz Kafka Narrated by Walter Gellert

    Ein Hungerkünstler

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Walter Gellert
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    Ein Hungerkünstler lebt zunächst in Zeiten, in denen in der Öffentlichkeit ein reges Interesse an seiner Kunst besteht. In seinem Gitterkäfig wird er vom Publikum von Hungertag zu Hungertag interessiert begutachtet und bewundert. Für den Hungerkünstler ist aber das andauernde Hungern "die leichteste Sache von der Welt". Er leidet darunter, dass man ihm das nicht glaubt, ihm möglicherweise sogar unterstellt, geschickt heimlich zu essen, oder ihm zumindest absichtlich die Möglichkeit dazu gibt. Zudem besteht sein Impresario darauf, dass er nach vierzig Tagen das Hungern beenden solle. Er öffnet ihm den Käfig und stellt ihm Essen bereit. Der Hungerkünstler fühlt sich absolut missverstanden, er weiß, dass er noch viel länger hungern kann.

  • Der Bau (






UNABRIDGED) by Franz Kafka Narrated by Walter Gellert

    Der Bau

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    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Walter Gellert
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    Ein nicht näher bestimmtes Wesen, offensichtlich ein dachsähnliches Tier, hat sich einen vielfältig gestalteten unterirdischen Bau errichtet. Er dient als Schutz und gut bestückte Vorratsräumlichkeit. Das Tier wird beherrscht von der Vorstellung, sich gegen einen wie auch immer gearteten Feind durch eine Optimierung des Baues schützen zu können. Zunächst ist das Tier sehr zufrieden in seinem Bau. Es schlummert häufig friedlich darin und frisst von seinen Vorräten, aber auch vom Kleingetier, das mit im Bau haust. Besonders die Stille ist wohltuend für das Tier.

  • Gimpel the Fool (






UNABRIDGED) by Isaac Bashevis Singer Narrated by Theodore Bikel

    Gimpel the Fool

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    • By Isaac Bashevis Singer
    • Narrated By Theodore Bikel
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    Widely considered one of Isaac Bashevis Singer's most notable works of short fiction, "Gimpel the Fool" was originally written in Yiddish. It was later translated into English by Saul Bellow and appeared inthe 1953 edition of Partisan Review. The story, a parable, tells of a foolish, unlucky baker named Gimpel, who isconstantly tricked and heckled by other villagers. His follies ultimately reveal a moral lesson.

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  • Ecclesiastes (






UNABRIDGED) by King James Version Narrated by Glenn Hascall

    Ecclesiastes

    • UNABRIDGED (32 mins)
    • By King James Version
    • Narrated By Glenn Hascall
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    This is what may be described as the bad-day book of the Bible. King Solomon held onto the greatest wisdom of his generation, but after all his work, and at the end of his life, he saw all his life's work as "Madness and folly". The wise king would learn that even in these down days there is a plan. There is a purpose. No matter what he felt there was something greater than he could see. Narrated by Glenn Hascall.

  • Twenty Strange Stories: Uncanny and Bizarre Tales (






UNABRIDGED) by O. Henry, Jerome K. Jerome, G. K. Chesterton, Barry Pain, Katherine Mansfield, Stacy Aumonier, George Sand Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    Twenty Strange Stories: Uncanny and Bizarre Tales

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    • By O. Henry, Jerome K. Jerome, G. K. Chesterton, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A wonderful selection of some of the most bizarre and unsettling stories ever written.

  • Sterben (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Schnitzler Narrated by Bettina Reifschneider

    Sterben

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    • By Arthur Schnitzler
    • Narrated By Bettina Reifschneider
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    Das ist die Geschichte eines langsamen Sterbens, von der Nachricht der Unheilbarkeit der Krankheit bis zum endgültigen Verlöschen des Helden Felix. Was sich dazwischen auftut, ist ein Panorama von Ängsten, Hoffnungen, Versprechungen und Lügen. Alle Szenarien werden durchgespielt, vom pathetischen "Mit-Dir-Sterben-Wollen" der Geliebten über die Missgunst allen noch Lebenden gegenüber bis zur Todesangst der Todesstunde, in der das Grauen so groß wird, dass der sterbende Felix um jeden Preis seine Geliebte mitnehmen möchte.