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  • Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family | Thomas Mann

    Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    First published in 1900, when Thomas Mann was 25, Buddenbrooks is a minutely imagined chronicle of four generations of a North German mercantile family - a work so true to life that it scandalized the author’s former neighbours in his native Lübeck.

    W Perry Hall says: "Condemnation of Materialistic Decadence"
  • It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism | Thomas E. Mann,Norman J. Ornstein

    It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Mann, Norman J. Ornstein
    • Narrated By William Hughes
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    Hyperpartisanship has gridlocked the American government. Congress' approval ratings are at record lows, and both Democrats and Republicans are disgusted by the government's inability to get anything done. In It's Even Worse Than It Looks, Congressional scholars Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein present a grim picture of how party polarization and tribal politics have led Congress - and the United States - to the brink of institutional failure.

    Paul deJong says: "It's even worse than they say"
  • Death in Venice | Thomas Mann

    Death in Venice

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
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    A stunningly beautiful youth and the city of Venice set the stage for Thomas Mann’s introspective examination of erotic love and philosophical wisdom.

    Erez says: "A problem with the narration"
  • Death in Venice and Other Tales | Thomas Mann

    Death in Venice and Other Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
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    Joachim Neugroschel’s brilliant new translation lets you enjoy the work of Nobel-Laureate Thomas Mann as never before. By using creative, contemporary language, Neugroschel reinterprets Mann for modern English-speaking readers. The author’s superb literary craftsmanship, his psychological insight, and the deeply erotic content of his work shine forth in this definitive English-language version of some of his most celebrated short works. This collection features the world masterpiece Death in Venice....

    Die Falknerin says: "Beautifully done"
  • Death in Venice: A New Translation by Michael Henry Heim | Thomas Mann

    Death in Venice: A New Translation by Michael Henry Heim

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
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    Published on the eve of World War I, a decade after Buddenbrooks had established Thomas Mann as a literary celebrity, Death in Venice tells the story of Gustav von Aschenbach, a successful but aging writer who follows his wanderlust to Venice in search of spiritual fulfillment that instead leads to his erotic doom.

    Lawerence says: "Brilliant gem"
  • It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism | Thomas E. Mann,Norman J. Ornstein

    It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Mann, Norman J. Ornstein
    • Narrated By William Hughes
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    Congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein identify two overriding problems that have led Congress—and the United States—to the brink of institutional collapse. But they offer a panoply of useful ideas and reforms, endorsing some solutions, like greater public participation and institutional restructuring, while debunking others, like independent or third-party candidates. Above all, they call on the media as well as the public to focus on the true causes of dysfunction rather than just throwing the bums out every election cycle.

    Scott says: "A No-Nonsense Look at our Current Political Crisis"
  • Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull | Thomas Mann

    Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By Boris Aljinović
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    Felix Krull, der überaus anziehende und charmante Sohn eines bankrotten Sektfabrikanten, entwickelt schon im Kindesalter Vorlieben für das diebische Gewerbe. Weder Schokolade, noch Liebesbeweise entgehen seiner Aneignungslust - und da die Welt betrogen werden will, betrügt er sie! Als ein Rollentausch mit dem Marquis de Venosta seinen Aufstieg vom Hotelpagen zum Adligen ermöglicht, stehen ihm alle Türen offen, was er nur zu geschickt zu nutzen weiß.

  • Der Tod in Venedig | Thomas Mann

    Der Tod in Venedig

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By Heidi Hornbostel
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    Thomas Mann nannte seine Novelle "die Tragödie einer Entwürdigung": Gustav von Aschenbach, ein berühmter Schriftsteller von etwas über fünfzig Jahren und schon länger verwitwet, hat sein Leben ganz auf Leistung gestellt. Eine sommerliche Erholungsreise führt ihn nach Venedig. Dort beobachtet er am Strand täglich einen schönen Knaben, der mit seiner eleganten Mutter und seinen Schwestern samt Gouvernante im gleichen Hotel wohnt. In ihn verliebt sich der Alternde.

  • Tonio Kröger | Thomas Mann

    Tonio Kröger

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By Senta Berger, Axel Milberg, Sabin Tambrea
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    Ein schüchterner, Gedichte schreibender Junge aus der besseren Gesellschaft wünscht sich, von seinen Schulkameraden geliebt und beachtet zu werden - vergeblich. Die Jahre vergehen, der künstlerische Erfolg als Schriftsteller stellt sich ein, aber die Sehnsucht bleibt... Heinz Sommer lässt in seiner Hörspielbearbeitung die berühmteste Novelle Thomas Manns auf drei Ebenen spielen.

  • Classic German Short Stories, Volume 1 | Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,Friedrich Schiller,Johann Peter Hebel,Hugo von Hofmannsthal,Friedo Lampe,Arthur Schnitzler,Thomas Mann

    Classic German Short Stories, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Johann Peter Hebel, and others
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    German short stories began in the late 18th century as brief, beautifully written moral fables. In the following century, style evolved toward realism in parallel with that of other European literature. From the lofty idealism of Goethe to the searing verisimilitude of Mann, German writers of all styles have left us some of the most arresting profiles of the human condition ever conceived.

    Ian says: "Enjoyable"
  • Der Tod in Venedig | Thomas Mann

    Der Tod in Venedig

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By Gerd Wameling
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    Thomas Mann selbst bezeichnete Der Tod in Venedig als eine "Novelle gewagten, wenn nicht unmöglichen Gegenstandes", vom plötzlichen "Einbruch der Leidenschaft" in das Leben eines Menschen. Der nicht mehr junge Schriftsteller Gustav Aschenbach entdeckt am Lido des schwülwarmen Venedig die Gestalt des apollinisch schönen Knaben Tadzio...

  • Gert Westphal liest Thomas Mann | Thomas Mann

    Gert Westphal liest Thomas Mann

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By Gert Westphal
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    Der Zauberer und der König der Vorleser. Gert Westphal ist eine Legende: Die wohlklingende, modulationsreiche Stimme, sein untrügliches Gespür für Rhythmus, die souveränen Tempo- und Rollenwechsel, die kräftigen Dialektfarben - nicht umsonst hat die ZEIT ihn zum "König der Vorleser" gekürt. Besonders berühmt wurden seine Rezitationen Thomas Manns, dessen "oberster Mund" (Katja Mann) er war. In dieser Edition kann man wieder und wieder dessen großen Erzählungen und Romanen lauschen.

  • La Montana Magica [The Magic Mountain] | Thomas Mann

    La Montana Magica [The Magic Mountain]

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By Daniel Quintero
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    Una descripcion morbosa de la decadencia. La Montana Magica fue la obra que logro para Thomas Mann, el insigne escritor aleman, el Premio Nobel. En esa historia, situada en un sanatorio de tuberculosos en los altos de una montana, el autor creo un increíble microcosmos, reflejo de lo que el consideraba la decadencia de su patria y de toda la civilizacion europea.

    James says: "Heard it was good... audiobook not in English"
  • The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track | Thomas E. Mann,Norman J. Ornstein

    The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Mann, Norman J. Ornstein
    • Narrated By Paul Mantell
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    Congress is the first branch of government in the American system, write Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, but now it is a broken branch, damaged by partisan bickering and internal rancor. The Broken Branch offers both a brilliant diagnosis of the cause of Congressional decline and a much-needed blueprint for change, from two experts who understand politics and revere our institutions, but believe that Congress has become deeply dysfunctional.

  • Mario y el Mago [Mario and the Magician] | Thomas Mann

    Mario y el Mago [Mario and the Magician]

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By Carlos Zambrano
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    Mario, hipnotizado por un mago procede contra su voluntad: el pequeno senor Friedemann, un lisiado que ha logrado adaptarse a la vida, hasta que una coqueta despierta en el deseos que habia logrado reprimir y el ansia vital de la otra historia, son muestra de la brillantez del gran autor y Fono-Libros presenta orgullosamente estas obras maestras.

  • Die großen Erzählungen | Thomas Mann

    Die großen Erzählungen

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By Gert Westphal
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    Gert Westphal ist eine Legende: Die wohlklingende, modulationsreiche Stimme, sein untrügliches Gespür für Rhythmus, die souveränen Tempo- und Rollenwechsel, die kräftigen Dialektfarben - nicht umsonst hat DIE ZEIT ihn zum "König der Vorleser" gekürt. Besonders berühmt wurden seine Rezitationen Thomas Manns, dessen "oberster Mund" er war.

  • Royal Highness | Thomas Mann

    Royal Highness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    For his Royal Highness Klaus Heinrich, prince of a small German duchy, life means servitude to traditional ducal functions - until he meets the independent-spirited and liberal-minded American Miss Spoelmann. During the course of his unorthodox and quixotically tender wooing, Heinrich is forced to reach into unknown depths of his personality and discover the real meaning of the word ‘duty’.

    Rachel says: "It's not The Magic Mountain."
  • Der Tod in Venedig | Thomas Mann

    Der Tod in Venedig

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By Matthias Brandt
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    Schönheit, Liebe, Kunst und Tod. In Venedig steigert sich der alternde Schriftsteller Gustav von Aschenbach in eine Liebe zum schönen Jungen Tadzio...

  • La morte a Venezia | Thomas Mann

    La morte a Venezia

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By Massimo Popolizio
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    Sullo sfondo di una Venezia afosa e appestata dal colera, lo scrittore Gustav von Aschenbach, al culmine del successo, incontra Tadzio, un ragazzo di crudele bellezza. Giochi di sguardi di fronte ai quali vacillano la facciata di rispettabilità e il rigore morale dell'anziano scrittore, che s'abbandona all'inesorabile passione.

  • Buddenbrooks: Filmhörspiel | Thomas Mann

    Buddenbrooks: Filmhörspiel

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By Jessica Schwarz, Iris Berben, August Diehl, and others
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    Heinrich Breloers Verfilmung der "Buddenbrooks" wird das Kinoereignis der besonderen Art: Er zeigt das Drama um Glanz und Untergang der reichen Lübecker Kaufmannsfamilie in intimen, anteilnehmenden und vielschichtigen Szenen. Regisseur Heinrich Breloer selbst verfasste unter Mitarbeit von Rainer Zimmer das Erzählmanuskript und setzte den Film in eine einzigartig verdichtete und nachhaltig beeindruckende Hörspielfassung um.

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