©1919 Hermann Hesse (P)2012 Michael A. Smith
I read the book in college, and Mr. Smith's voice makes the story flow. One can listen to the story without any distraction.
Wow. I hated the way this was read. I found it listenable! I guess I'll read the book.
It was monotonous and depressing. To me, it sounded like someone being forced to read out loud in junior high school.
Please, someone else record this book!
I never write a bad review. But this masterpiece of a book is ruined here. Worst narration I've ever encountered, and the translation is also inferior.
'Demian' is a beautiful and powerful book, breaching spiritual and existential complexities that are still confounding and taboo in our current culture. It's profound, mystical, erotic and communicates highly esoteric topics expertly and poetically.
The narrator mispronounces words that any school child would know, and speaks for the characters in absurd affectations of voice. His inflection is monotone and unintelligent. Not suitable for such an important book.
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