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  • The Glass Bead Game

  • By: Hermann Hesse
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 365

Set in the 23rd century, The Glass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has been raised in Castalia, which has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish. Since childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game).

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Reviewed: 04-01-13

What did you love best about The Glass Bead Game?

The elusiveness of comprehension. The moment one thought one understood the Glass Bead Game another perspective was thrown in. Is it a game or an allegory regarding our pedestrian life?

What did you like best about this story?

The use of language is like a beautiful song. The setting - Castalia a utopia for the intellectually gifted. The allusion to homosexuality. For instance, the desirability that some of the boys/men had to knecht and Knecht's strong attractions to some of his acquaintances all presented as asexual encounters.

Have you listened to any of David Colacci’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I have not, but would like to. I love his voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I listened several chapters at a time.

Any additional comments?

Very well done.

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