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Humboldt's Gift

Lu par : Christopher Hurt
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For years, they were the best of friends: the grand, erratic Humboldt and the ambitious young Charlie. But now Humboldt has died a failure, and Charlie's success-ridden life has taken various turns for the worse. Then Humboldt acts from the grave to change Charlie's life: he has left Charlie something in his will.
©1973 Saul Bellow (P)1992 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Scott
  • 10/05/2008

Great Book, Great Reader

This is a wonderful and compelling reading of a very good book: one that would be very easy to ruin with an unintelligent interpretation.

No, there is not a lot of "plot" per se and it is highly discursive: welcome to Bellow's world! There's a passage of several pages where Charlie considers the subject of productive inactivity from every possible angle, which struck me as almost a manifesto for the technique of the novel itself. Events in the outside world mainly serve to prompt ruminating, reflecting, and reminiscing.

But make no mistake: there is in fact a story, it features great, colorful characters, it's told in beautiful language, and it's very entertaining all the way through. It made me laugh out loud all the time. And finally, countless little plot threads that have meandered through the text for hours all get neatly tied up into a satisfying screwball ending.

But the book is not really about the destination. It's about the journey. The book is drenched with warm-hearted nostalgia, and a comprehensive generosity of spirit that is hard to find anywhere in the world, at any time. Charlie Citrine makes the world a bigger and friendlier place to be.

And again, this reader is probably the best possible reader they could have chosen for the part. I plan to give this book a second and third listen in the future. This definitely ranks up there with Ron Silver's reading of American Pastoral, George Guidall's reading of Zorba the Greek, and Donal Donelly's reading of Dubliners as one of the best audiobook performances I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

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  • Chris Reich
  • 14/12/2014

Rotten Audio Quality, Poorly Read

Herzog! Bam! Henderson the Rain King! Bam! The Victim! Bam! The Adventures of Augie March! Bam!

I seem to have fallen into a Saul Bellow groove. I've enjoyed (Very good to Great) every audio title until this one. I wasn't crazy about the narration but the reader is supposed to be jaded and snarky so I'll give Hurt a pass though I believe much of the Bellow philosophy of life is lost in the monotonous delivery.

I don't think this is Bellow's best but it's still got plenty of meat and a lot of it very tender and delicious near the ample bone. There's a bit of fat and a vein of gristle that makes the book a little dated---it's destined to be a period piece.

The biggest complaint is the awful, tin can like audio quality. I tried all the formats and it made no difference. I thought my ear buds were failing so I got new ones. This book just has lousy sound. If there was another version, read by someone else, I'd ask Audible for a credit. But, alas, there isn't and I may come back to this again so I'll keep it.

I wouldn't recommend it to you.

Chris Reich, The Business Physicist

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  • R. Bellerose
  • 31/03/2008

Masterful language

Thickly spread with self-reflection, this story seems to move slowly, but each aside engrosses the reader and moves the story along. Filled with social commentary that will sparkle for decades.

The reader is tireless and without error. He renders the first-person Charlie in a believable and consistent voice.

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  • Eric Miller
  • 25/01/2015

Some people write in a way that is captivating

I really enjoyed this book. Journey into his mind. Much to digest over time. The writing was truly mesmerizing, no matter what he was talking about, no matter how gross or how lofty, I was captivated.

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  • James
  • 27/09/2011

#1 Classic

Wait... you do know who wrote this right? This is Saul Bellow. There's no way you're not going to read this, even if it IS with your ears.

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  • Robert
  • 20/02/2010

The worst narrator, ever

The first audio book I've not been able to finish. The narration is so bad that I found myself struggling to understand what he says. He drops the ends of words, trails away at the ends sentences, and makes the listener work to parse out what he's saying. Listen to the sample - when I first heard this bit on my iPhone, I couldn't tell if he was talking about "the melancholy of affluence" or "the melancholy of Athens"! Too many instances like this make you too aware of the narrator and knock you out of the story. A shame.

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  • Kate Hay
  • 26/07/2019

Oh sweet baby Jesus skip this one

I'm currently reading my way through all the Pulitzer Prize fiction winners, else i would have gladly laid aside this book in the first 5 minutes never to have returned again. In the instance that I encounter truly terrible books, such as this, I always inquire as to if the author has since passed from this life so that we can be assured that their literary nonsense has ceased. Which thankfully, Saul Bellow has been gone for years so there need be no further worries as to Humbodlt returning in any capacity. Hallelujah amen! Sadly, in addition to the actual content being horrendously awful, the narrator drops his voice at the end of words as well as the ends of sentences; thus, you have to up the volume to hear the end of anything but then the rest of the sentence is so dang loud. Blahhhhh. Checking this off the list. That's all that matters. It is finished.

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  • The idiot
  • 26/05/2015

A thought provoking work of art

Brilliant, moving and epic!
A masterpiece and read to perfection!
A book that I read because it was the one both my parents agreed was great...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06/05/2009

Humbolt's Gift, Saul Bellow

The pace of this book is pedestrian at best with the main character rather self absorbed and brooding. The relationships tend to be self serving and hedonistic. I found the reading experiance left me depressed and hollow. While the main character, Charlie, had many redeeming qualities he seemed to have no spiritual foundation or sense of where these moral imperatives came from. Even with all his introspective broodings he was clueless about why he acted the way he did or was offended by the actions of the other characters when they crossed certain moral boundries.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 21/05/2018

Christopher Hurt

The narrator, in an otherwise excellent performance, tends to swallow his words occasionally and therefore a word here and there becomes inaudible.