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Baudolino, 5 CDs (Audio CD)

Umberto EcoAudio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • ASIN: 3895849723
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,220,467 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Opulenter kann ein Hörspiel kaum mehr aufbereitet sein. Nicht weniger als 34 Sprecher, darunter Bühnen- und Fernsehhochkaräter wie Michael Mendl als Kaiser Barbarossa, Peter Fricke, Irina Wanka (Der Sandmann), Friedrich Karl Praetorius sowie der aus Geißendörfers Zauberberg-Verfilmung bekannte Christoph Eichhorn, machen Umberto Ecos Kreuzzugsroman zum Hörgenuss. Erzählt wird die im 12. Jahrhundert angesiedelte Geschichte des Galgenstricks Baudolino, einer Art mittelalterlicher Oskar Matzerath, der, von Kaiser Friedrich I. Barbarossa adoptiert, diesen bis zu seinem rätselhaften Tod im Fluss begleitet. Baudolino dreht auf derart Schwindel erregende Weise am Rad der Geschichte, bis Dichtung und Wahrheit im Bericht des Lügenschelms nicht mehr auseinander zu halten sind. Für Umberto Eco ein rechtes Erzählfest, wie man sich denken kann. Die Soundeffekte-Abteilung arbeitet auf Hochtouren. Untermalt wird das Spektakel von den cineastischen Breitwandklängen des SWR-Rundfunkorchesters Kaiserslautern. So erhält das Ganze einen Hauch von Hollywood. Ein kleiner Wermutstropfen vielleicht, hätte man sich doch eine zeitgenössische Musik auf historischen Instrumenten als stimmungsdienlicher denken können. Dennoch ein grandioses mittelalterliches Audioabenteuer! --Ravi Unger Hörspiel, 5 CDs, Gesamtlaufzeit ca. 369 Minuten.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Toe in the Eco water... May 11, 2007
Umberto Eco is one of the most technically challenging authors of our time. His knowledge of history, religion and philosophy is truly stunning. Additionally, his writing from the perspective of an educated Italian professor, provides an insight into the very core of westernm literature. Many of his previous works, The Name of The Rose, Foucalt's Pendulum were massive tomes which would easily smother the reader.

This is not the case for Baudolino. Set in the late 10th/early 12th centuries, this is a very readable book about one extraordinary individual. Baudolino is a connsumate con-man who, after rescuing Frederick (the Holy Roman Emperor) in his native Italy, is elevated to foster son and concocts numerous tales to support his own adventures.

Eco infuses Baudolino with remarkable humanity and thought. The text flows quickly, and unlike other works, is a manageable length. I found the stories compelling and easily applied to many of our own modern myths (or official spin) put forward to the public.

Baudolino is a great introduction to this superb author. I recommend those folks who enjoy high fantasy, strong history or even some of the more esoteric philosophical tracts to pick up this book and settle in for a delightful ride in pursuit of the mystical kingdom of Prester John.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Baudolino the Opportunist September 28, 2005
I've recently started reading Umberto Eco's Baudolino, a rambunctious tale of a thirteenth century opportunist. "The world condemns liars who do nothing but lie, even about the most trivial things, and it rewards poets, who lie only about the greatest things."

Although I'm only 120 pages into this 500 page novel, I'm engrossed by the weaving plots and rich characters. Baudolino is an Italian peasant with a gift for languages and a bald-faced liar who is adopted by an emperor as a boy and falls in love with the emperor's young bride as a teenager. He studies at the University of Paris in its first years, and befriends a wannabe poet and a moorish scholar, and the three of them are off now on worldly quests, befuddled by alcohol and "green honey".

The thirteenth century was an influential time for so many elements of our modern society, seeing the usurpation of the church in Europe by the birth of the university, science, nationalism and capitalism, for all the good and bad that it all heralded. This book thus far does a great job of chronicling this from the perspective of someone entrenched in the middle of it all. It's great fun to compare our modern knowledge with that of a medieval persona.

I'll let you know what I think when I'm done with it, but so far, I'd highly recommend Umberto Eco's Baudolino.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good tale by Eco December 14, 2004
This is an entertaining read.

"Baudolino", by Umberto Eco, is a tale of grand adventure and intrigue: the setting is in Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire during the late 12th and early 13th centuries. The story is well written and absorbing: it moves at a good pace and procedes to a definitive ending. I really looked forward to finding time to keep returning to this book.

If you like Umberto Eco's style of writing then you will enjoy this book. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eco's Fanciful Fantasy March 5, 2012
"Baudolino" is a fanciful and mythical novel by Umberto Eco, set in the twelfth century Europe and the Near East. Eco, best known for his masterwork "The Name of the Rose," returns with "Baudolino" to the theme medieval Europe, albeit of somewhat earlier date. The eponymous protagonist of this novel finds himself adopted by an accident by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I, which sets him on the path of high adventure. During Baudolino's years of study in Paris, he befriends a motely crew of thinkers, poets, and adventurers, and with their help conjures a plan to discover the land of mythical Prester John, who supposedly lives somewhere far in the East. Most of the second half of the novel concerns the journey of Baudolino and his companions. Most of the stories in here are told from the Baudolino's perspective, as he narrates them to Niketas Choniates, a famous twelfth century Byzantine historian, whose life he had saved during the sacking of Constantinople.

Frederick I and Niketas Choniates are just a couple of actual historical characters who appear in "Baudolino" under very unusual and highly fabricated circumstances. Eco knows his history very well, and is able to push the plausibility into the lacunae of our knowledge and fill them up with fanciful interconnected narrative. In the latter part of the book, though, he almost completely abandons any appeal to realism, and takes the reader on a wild ride through some of the most fantastic and imaginative scenes taken from the medieval myth and lore.

Both readers and the literary critics have not in general been impressed by any of the Eco's fictional works, with the notable exception of the "Name of the Rose.
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