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Classic German Short Stories, Vol. 1 Unabridged Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1929718122
ISBN-10: 1929718128
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About the Author

NARRATOR CHARLTON GRIFFIN is one of the great readers of our time. His classical theatre training combined with his wonderful, incisive interpretations of great literature make him a unique talent. Mr.Griffin's vocal performance is vibrant, soothing, compelling, and hypnotic. He is the recipient of the Audie Award for Classic Fiction.

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These stories represent the cream of the crop. They are powerful, humorous, intelligent, and occasionally shocking, especially "Little Herr Friedemann" by Thomas Mann. Goethe, Arthur Schnitzler, and Friedrich Schiller are among the other contributors to this book. Charlton Griffin is an amazingly gifted reader, who can turn his soothing bass voice into an utterly convincing female in seconds. It's surprising to see his name listed as the only narrator. While this is a testament to his vocal range, at times he is a bit too soothing, making it difficult to follow the stories. His voice almost becomes background sounds due to his elongated and precise diction. Better pacing would make this book even more enjoyable. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Audio Connoisseur; Unabridged edition (March 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929718128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929718122
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,924,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 2002
Format: Audio Cassette
This collection should get SIX stars. Having sampled one of Audio Connoisseur's other recordings, and being hugely impressed, I went out and purchased this one. I had always wanted to know a little about German literature, assuming that a nation that can build fabulous cars could also produce a few good authors. Before I say anything about the stories, let me just tell you that the narrator, Charlton Griffin, is probably the greatest reader now living. I say that in all honesty. Never have I encountered recorded literature in which ALL the characters, including women and children, have been performed with such utter believability and astonishing acumen. You will shake your head in disbelief that only one person is performing all these voices. I differ with the above AudioFile reviewer who castigates Griffin for his pacing. The pacing is perfect, almost stately. In the appropriate places it has a dreamlike quality. The stories are a very good cross section of German literature over a period of 150 years, beginning with Goethe and ending with Lampe. Every single one of these little masterpieces has a jewel-like quality and a sparkling intelligence behind them. I approached this subject with mild trepidation and came away astonished at the variety and depth of German writers. My favorites in this volume were the stories by Mann, von Hofmannsthal and Schnitzler. Not content with merely great stories, Audio Connoisseur has tastefully added music and sound effects...but only in perfectly suitable places and without distraction. They seem to fit in organically, as though a film were rolling in your head. If you are an educator, this would be an indispensable teaching tool. My admiration for Audio Connoisseur knows no bounds at this point. May they continue this level of quality forever.
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