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Buddenbrooks

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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. As he charts the Buddenbrooks' decline from prosperity to bankruptcy, from moral and psychic soundness to sickly piety, artistic decadence and madness, Mann ushers the reader into a world of rich vitality, pieced together from births and funerals, weddings and divorces, recipes, gossip and earthy humour. It is perhaps the first great family saga of modern literature, and it brought to public notice a writer of world stature who, three decades later, was to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. David Rintoul gives one of his finest performances in this committed and deeply moving reading.

©1993 Alfred A Knopf (P)2016 Ukemi Productions Ltd

Narrator: David Rintoul
Author: Thomas Mann
Length: 26 hrs and 57 mins
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The Magic Mountain

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It was The Magic Mountain (Der Zauberberg) that confirmed Thomas Mann as a Nobel prizewinner for literature and rightly so, for it is undoubtedly one of the great novels of the 20th century.  Its unusual story - it opens with a young man visiting a friend in a tuberculosis sanatorium in the Swiss Alps - was originally started by Mann in 1912 but was not completed until 1924. Then, it was instantly recognised as a masterpiece and led to Mann’s Nobel Prize in 1929.  Hans Castorp is, on the face of it, an ordinary man in his early 20s, on course to start a career in ship engineering in his home town of Hamburg, when he decides to travel to the Berghof Santatorium in Davos. The year is 1912, and an oblivious world is on the brink of war. Castorp’s friend Joachim Ziemssen is taking the cure, and a three-week visit seems a perfect break before work begins. But when Castorp arrives he is surprised to find an established community of patients, some of whom have been there for years, and little by little, he gets drawn into the closeted life and the individual personalities of the residents.  Among them are Hofrat Behrens, the principal doctor, the curiously attractive Clavdia Chauchat and two intellectuals: Ludovico Settembrini and Leo Naphta with their strongly contrasted personalities and differing political, ethical, artistic and spiritual ideals. Hans Castorp’s stay is extended, once, twice and still further, as he appears to develop symptoms which suggest that his health, once so robust, would benefit from the treatments and the mountain air.  As time passes, it becomes clear that the young man, with a particular interest in shipbuilding and not much else, finds his outlook and knowledge broadened by his mountain companions, his intellect stretched and his emotional experience deepened and enriched. Hans Castorp is changing, day by day, month by month, year by year, sometimes imperceptibly, sometimes with a sudden advance, as he encounters the varied range of sparkling characters, their comedies and tragedies, their aspirations and their defeats.  The Magic Mountain is a classic bildungsroman, an educational journey of growth - a genre that began with an earlier novel in the German tradition: Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship. It is presented here in the acclaimed modern translation by John E. Woods and is told by David Rintoul with his particular understanding for Thomas Mann as displayed in his widely praised Ukemi recording of Buddenbrooks.

©1996 Knopf Translation (P)2020 Ukemi Productions Ltd

Length: 37 hrs and 27 mins
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Death in Venice

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The world-famous masterpiece by Nobel laureate Thomas Mann - here in a new translation by Michael Henry Heim 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 Gustave 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. In the decaying city, besieged by an unnamed epidemic, he becomes obsessed with an exquisite Polish boy, Tadzio. "It is a story of the voluptuousness of doom," Mann wrote. "But the problem I had especially in mind was that of the artist's dignity."

©2004 Michael Henry Heim (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Simon Callow
Author: Thomas Mann
Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
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Life Grows in the Soil of Time

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This essay comes from the NPR series This I Believe, which features brief personal reflections from both famous and unknown Americans. The pieces that make up the series compel listeners to rethink not only what and how they have arrived at their beliefs, but also the extent to which they share them with others.

©2006 This I Believe Inc. (P)2006 This I Believe Inc., Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

Narrator: Thomas Mann
Author: Thomas Mann
Length: 4 mins
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La Montana Magica [The Magic Mountain]

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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. El protagonista Hans Castorp, una persona promedio, sin ninguna aspiracion a ser heroe, representa al hombre del comun, aislado en un medio donde las cosas suceden pero sin que ninguno de los personajes pueda hacer nada para impedir o para avanzar los hechos. Considerada como una de las grandes novelas de la literatura universal, es una orgullosa adicion para esta serie de audiolibros. In this dizzyingly rich novel of ideas, Mann uses a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps, a community devoted exclusively to sickness, as a microcosm for Europe, which in the years before 1914 was already exhibiting the first symptoms of its own terminal irrationality. The Magic Mountain is a monumental work of erudition and irony, sexual tension and intellectual ferment, a book that pulses with life in the midst of death.

©2003 Editorial Fonolibros de Colombia (P)2003 Editorial Fonolibros de Colombia

Narrator: Daniel Quintero
Author: Thomas Mann
Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
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Gert Westphal liest Thomas Mann

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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. Enthält: "Gefallen" (Erzählung), "Der Wille zum Glück" (Erzählung), "Luischen" (Erzählung), "Gladius Dei" (Erzählung), "Das Wunderkind" (Erzählung), "Ein Glück" (Erzählung), "Das Eisenbahnunglück" (Erzählung), "Unordnung und frühes Leid" (Erzählung), "Königliche Hoheit" (Roman), "Lotte in Weimar" (Romanauszüge), "Weihnachten bei den Buddenbrooks" (Ausschnitt aus "Buddenbrooks"), "Die Damengesellschaft" (Ausschnitt aus "Joseph und seine Brüder"), "Leiden und Größe Richard Wagners" (Essay).

©2016 Der Hörverlag (P)2016 Der Hörverlag

Narrator: Gert Westphal
Author: Thomas Mann
Length: 26 hrs and 40 mins
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Doctor Faustus

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Nella Germania devastata alla fine della Seconda guerra mondiale, il professor Serenus Zeitblom scrive la biografia dell'amico d'infanzia Adrian Leverkühn, un geniale musicista che in cambio dell'anima ha ottenuto dal diavolo ventiquattro anni di furore creativo. Reinterpretando in chiave moderna il mito di Faust, Thomas Mann narra una vicenda che per molti aspetti sembra anticipare il destino della Germania, travolta dalla follia hitleriana e dalla distruzione. Dando vita a tre generazioni di personaggi, descritti ora con accorata pietà ora con mordente ironia, Mann crea nello stesso tempo una grandiosa allegoria della storia tedesca, e riflette sul profondo significato dell'arte, della musica, della filosofia, della scienza, e sul destino dell'uomo. >> Questo audiobook in edizione integrale vi è offerto in esclusiva per Audible ed è disponibile solamente in formato audio digitale.

©2015 Mondadori (P)2018 Mondadori

Author: Thomas Mann
Length: 23 hrs and 45 mins
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Death in Venice and Other Tales

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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, with its controversial passages now restored. You will find fresh relevance in the story of an aging writer’s uncontrollable and humiliating passion, and the other poignant tales included here. These works subtly explore the great themes of Mann’s fiction - his mythic fascination with sexual inhibition and artistic creativity. This translation, with its recreation of the intricate rhythms of the author’s language, virtually sings in an audio format. Paul Hecht’s lyrical narration makes the music and meaning of Mann’s writing more accessible than ever to modern ears.

©1998 Joachim Neugroschel (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Paul Hecht
Author: Thomas Mann
Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
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Buddenbrooks

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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.

©2008 Bavaria Film / Pirol Film Production / Colonia Media / Der Hörverlag (P)2008 Der Hörverlag

Author: Thomas Mann
Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
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Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull

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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. Thomas Mann verfasste seinen heiteren Schelmenroman 1922 und arbeitete vielfältige private Bezüge ein. So versteht sich der Meisterbetrüger Krull als Künstler und bringt seine Bekenntnisse mit hoher literarischer Kunstfertigkeit vor. Mann hingegen empfand diebische Freude dabei, seinen Text als parodistische Autobiographie zu konzipieren und sich in der Figur des kriminellen Aufsteigers selbst zu porträtieren. Es handelt sich daher um einen Bekennertext mit doppeltem Boden: einerseits die fiktive Biografie eines verführerischen Verbrechers, andererseits eine kritische Selbstprüfung des verschmitzt resümierenden Autors.

©2009 Argon Verlag Berlin (P)2009 Argon Verlag Berlin

Narrator: Boris Aljinovic
Author: Thomas Mann
Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
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Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull

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"Die Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull" begleiteten Thomas Mann sein Leben lang. Achtundsiebzigjährig noch las er die Memoiren dieses modernen Schelmen, der sich dank seines schauspielerischen Talents und seiner erotischen Ausstrahlung in die höchsten Kreise der Gesellschaft schummelt.

©1954 S. Fischer Verlag GmbH, Berlin und Frankfurt am Main (P)1953 Norddeutscher Rundfunk ; 1954 Norddeutscher Rundfunk

Narrator: Thomas Mann
Author: Thomas Mann
Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
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