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Death in Venice

Lu par : Peter Batchelor
Durée : 3 h et 6 min
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A stunningly beautiful youth and the city of Venice set the stage for Thomas Mann’s introspective examination of erotic love and philosophical wisdom.

Public Domain (P)2011 Trout Lake Media

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The terrible narration ruins the book

Souhaiteriez-vous essayer un autre livre de Thomas Mann ou lu par Peter Batchelor ?

I enormously enjoyed the Buddenbrooks by Thoman Mann, read by David Rintoul, and was hoping for a similar experience. Unfortunately, the narrator here is just terrible. It is one continuous monotonous mumble.

Quelle a été votre réaction à l'écoute de ce livre ? Enervement, tristesse, déception ?

It was such a disappointment to see this amazing story of passion and vulnerability damaged by the reading.

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  • Erez
  • 19/03/2012

A problem with the narration

The book itself is well worthy of the name "classic". It is deep, intelligent and moving, and the most impressive thing about it, to me, was the apparent ease with which the author portrays such a complex protagonist and such deep feelings. However, I was only able to reach these conclusions after reading a print version of the book, since in the audiobook I could only barely follow the story.

The problem with the narrator is very simple: his voice is just too deep. He's not an untalented narrator, in that his pronunciation is very clear and he reads without any errors (I think I detected a hint of accent -- South African, perhaps?). However, he reads at such a low pitch that it is very hard to decipher what he's saying. Most of the time it sounds like someone grumbling to himself in another room. This would be a perfect voice for some sort of "mountain-man" in an animated film, but constantly straining to understand the narrator is not what you want in an audiobook.

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  • Jaded Buddha
  • 21/08/2013

This is great. Now where is Magic Mountain?

Fantastic story, of course. Narrator's performance was acceptable to me.

Now please make an audio book of Magic Mountain ASAP!

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  • Bobby J
  • 04/12/2015

You Get What You Pay For

I bought this version of Death in Venice because it was really inexpensive, and the sample seemed decent enough. After I started it, I found the narration to be excruciatingly awful, and after about an hour of listening in the car, I made up my mind that this audio book had to go! The narrator has a deep, muffled, and throaty voice that simply croaked. He sounds like a heavy smoker whose respiratory system is about to give out at any moment. I decided to call it a loss and to download and listen to the more expensive version. The story itself is great.

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  • Chantal Thomas
  • 21/08/2015

Shatteringly beautiful

An aching requiem for love and reason set amidst the swelling sicknesses of Europe before the Great War.

I did eventually come to like the narrator very much- found his tone a bit monotonous at first, but perhaps in the end this was the right artistic choice considering the tone of the book.

All in all, great.

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  • Juan C. Velandia
  • 08/02/2020

It's not as exciting on audiobook

"Death in Venice" is a classic and there's no way around it. With its pros and cons, the book is a great piece of literature by Thomas Mann. Now, the audiobook, narrated by Peter Batchelor... I wasn't really into it. His tone was flat, the pace was good, but... I didn't connect at any time. When he does different voices for the characters, I didn't really find it amusing or interesting... It was boring, to be honest. He lacks emotion, passion... Maybe it was just me, but I was expecting more

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  • PleasedGA
  • 14/05/2020

strange story

a very odd story from start to finish. I rarely think that I would rather have my time back after reading a book, but this is one of those occasions.

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  • T
  • 18/04/2020

great book but..

i love this book, it's a great book... but it's hard to understand the narrator. it's kind of mumbled.

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  • Karen
  • 17/05/2019

Classic

Brilliant story. The performance is good, but sometimes hurried and slightly unclear. Nevertheless, a bargain at the price.

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  • Diego Rizo Patrón
  • 09/05/2019

Mala narración

La dicción del narrador es muy pobre. La historia es bellísima, llena de emoción y color.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17/06/2018

Not the best of Mann's works

After hearing my professor reference this book so much and reading some other works by the author, I really wanted to go through at a deliberate pace. It was a bit of an underwhelming experience, but I kept turning the pages as Mann's style is great. All and all not that exciting, but, if you're in a contemplative mood or want a good philosophical discussion on the european conception of aesthetics, I would suggest this book.

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  • Frank Pross
  • 24/05/2020

Inaudible - should be removed.

This recording is like an elderly man was forced to read into an old tape recorder while locked in a closet. A more disinterested reading of this book is not humanly possible. Do not be tempted by the fact that this is a half credit. This recording should be free (with a disclaimer) or better yet, removed!