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Steppenwolf Audiobook

Steppenwolf

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Harry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy. He struggles to reconcile the wild, primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the bourgeois values he despises. His life changes dramatically when he meets a woman who is his opposite, the carefree and elusive Hermine.

With its blend of Eastern mysticism and Western culture, Steppenwolf, Hesse' best-known and most autobiographical work, originally published in English in 1929, continues to speak to our souls as a classic of modern literature.

©1927 S. Fischer Verlag A. G., Berlin. Renewal copyright ©1955 Hermann Hesse. English translation copyright B© 1929 Henry Holt and Company. Renewal copyright ©1957 Hermann Hesse. Revised translation copyright © 1963 Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, Inc. Author's note copyright ©1961 Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt Am Main; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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    Nick Parkison 05-20-15
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    "If you like Nietzsche, you'll love Der Steppenwolf"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to intelligent introspective friends who may have read some Nietzsche. Those would get the most out of it. I saw on the wiki page for the book that Jack Kerouac "dismissed" this book in Big Sur. While I've only read one of Kerouac's books, I can say the two aren't remotely on the same level. I think Hesse's work was just beyond him.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Der Steppenwolf of course.


    What does Peter Weller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Peter was an interesting choice. I can understand why he was offered the job, he often represents the lone wolf in movies.His pronunciation was decent but don't forget about the speed function on your audible player. I found 1.25x normal a very comfortable listening speed.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A new life is yours to take.


    Any additional comments?

    Psychologic, philosophic, and existential

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 03-02-14
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Save this Hesse novel for your midlife crisis."

    There is this bourgeoisie period in every man's life. This midpoint between birth and death where man is trapped alone. Unable to exist in hot or cold of the absolutes he tries to find his way between the extremes in the comfortable center. Fearing life and death, he just exists ... barely. This is not a novel for the young. Just like it is better to save King Lear for late in one's life, it is better to save Steppenwolf for those crisis years of the midlife.

    Hesse's novels seem to flirt between the edge of memoir, scripture, prose poem and Eastern philosophy tract. This isn't a book you want to read in a hot bath with scotch in one hand and a razor blade in the other. You will either spill your drink or spill your blood or lose every printed word, the hot water erasing pages and pickling your fingers, toes and time.

    There are parts of me that get super irritated by Hesse and parts of me that absolutely love him. It depends, I guess, on what part of me is dominating at the time, which of my selves is dislocated and which is demanding the most.

    Somedays, I wonder if I had my druthers I'd be a shepherd and write poetry on rocks. Unfortunately, I am a bourgeoisie bitch cloaking myself in cashmere and not a mangy wolf from the steppes.

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    Ben 07-03-15
    Ben 07-03-15 Member Since 2009
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    "the spell is never broken..."

    ...not to say that the spell mightn't push its luck once or twice (like the infrequent flirtations with silliness don't provide much needed relief). As it is with Finnegan's Wake, this would be a good one to save up for a while, seeing as how it leaves a lot of other very worthwhile novels reading like so much fan fiction. Also as it is with Finnegan's Wake, you're more or less guaranteed at least one moment where some long-forgotten-dream memory will burst its banks.

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    Eric MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 12-14-12
    Eric MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 12-14-12
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    "Masterpiece"

    Weller's delivery of this potent work is spot on in every way. This novel is a favorite of mine, but I will be looking into other audio books Weller narrates on the strength of this performance.

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    Amazon Customer 09-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "wonderful "

    Would have finished it in a day if didn't have so much work to do. Mr. Weller's voice brings this story to life

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    Samuel A. Cohen San Francisco 02-06-17
    Samuel A. Cohen San Francisco 02-06-17
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    "My favorite book"

    The best book ever. Thank you. Such a good book. You will love it so.

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    Ross Snyder 01-18-17
    Ross Snyder 01-18-17
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    "A journey to the dark recess of my soul"

    I have read this book 3 times during different times of my life and get a different feel each time.
    I'm 60 now and just finished listening to Peter Weller's reading. Amazing....Amazing...Amazing.
    The lights turned on monetarily and I saw something wonderful!

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    malin 09-08-16
    malin 09-08-16
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    "Steppenwolf"

    I have read steppenwolf several times over the years, but listen to it as always made me enjoy it in a slightly different way.

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    David M. Gregg 07-17-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Book excellent, narration notably disappointing"

    There were a few moments of good narration, but as a whole, this beautifully-written character-rich book was represented flatly and lifelessly. I understand that the main character is in the deep despair of an existential crisis -- I am there myself -- but that doesn't equate to malaise, nor does it justify very nearly interpreting all other characters in precisely the same way. There are several occurrences of awkwardness, as well as oddly too-slow or (more rarely) too-quick readings.

    I am certainly not a fan of this narrative performance, and I have little qualm in stopping an otherwise good book for this very reason. But I persisted in this case for two reasons: 1) the text is just that good and I have the imagination to re-interpret the narrative on-the-fly; and, 2) the narrator, though uninterested or incapable of putting humanity and pathos into his narration of this work, does succeed in providing just enough for my attention-span to grip (almost paradoxically). Perhaps again it is the superb writing of Hesse and the book's resonance with a similar struggle in my own life, but I refer you to a few other reviewers who were more than pleased with this narration.

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    DAVID CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, United States 11-19-16
    DAVID CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, United States 11-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "yuk!"

    what a morbid pathetic story. waste of time. depressing. when i read it 45 years ago i thought it had a message. now its just a misguided tour of a purposeless mans woes.

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  • pamela
    2/27/15
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    "Loved every moment of it."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I have a list of friends I will tell about it and to get a copy to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the descriptions and the nature of Harry


    What does Peter Weller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    it was easy to submerge instantly. his voice is perfect for this work this book.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no neither I smiled one maybe but it enriched me and I feel more solid in the world and more expanded and safer somehow.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish it was written by a woman and spoke of women and used non gender language when talking about people but it is very gender bias and actually it is misogynistic but that is the blindness of the times it was written the limitation of the logos of the age and I forgive it for that I just need to remember to reinstate myself back into the world when I finished it. I will follow up a lot on the mention of the other works Harry was studying too. I will submit this but I hate speaking out Im sure I have spelt very badly and not expressed myself well or even close to what I would like to do, but this work make me want to be courageous . I hope I will find lists of the other books mentioned in Steppenwolf.

    I'd love to know who was the lecturer in the first chapter.. I was thinking it could be Rudolf Steiner. But I hope not.

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  • Joff
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    1/21/09
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    "Great"

    A fantastic, moving book. A timeless tale and the best I've listened to so far. Great narration too. A+

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • O'Dowd
    9/20/16
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    "great listen!"

    Excellent reading of a powerful book. Highly recommended for all Hesse fans and those new to his work.

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  • hfffoman
    Kent
    5/29/15
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    "Profound but ultimately not interesting enough"
    What disappointed you about Steppenwolf?

    Several of Hesse's novels rank among my very favourites and at first I thought this would be another. As I went on, the weight of it gradually wore me down. It is more of an essay than a narrative and though I admired it and liked it in principle, after a while it became too dull and I returned it.


    What does Peter Weller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Something about German literature in a drawling American accent grates. More importantly, the story feels monotonous because the narration is literally monotonous.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sympathy then ultimately boredom


    Any additional comments?

    This is a profound study of a lonely, unhappy man suffering from a detached intellect and incurable cynicism. The book is intelligent both in the depth of its character study and the manner of the writing. You get the feeling as soon as you read the introduction by Hesse discussing the meaning of the book - a dangerous topic for a critic, let-alone the author, and yet Hesse handles it safely and adroitly.

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  • Stuart Browning
    Bury UK
    4/13/13
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    "Steppenwolf"

    Very interesting for it's time, not quite sure what kind of drugs this guy was on writing this but the fantasy world he create towards the end of the novel was beautifully morbid.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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