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The Man Who Spoke Snakish

Lu par : Aaron Landon
Durée : 14 h et 1 min
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A best seller in the author's native country of Estonia, where the book is so well known that a popular board game has been created based on it, The Man Who Spoke Snakish is the imaginative and moving story of a boy who is tasked with preserving ancient traditions in the face of modernity.

Set in a fantastical version of medieval Estonia, The Man Who Spoke Snakish follows a young boy, Leemet, who lives with his hunter-gatherer family in the forest and is the last speaker of the ancient tongue of snakish, a language that allows its speakers to command all animals. But the forest is gradually emptying as more and more people leave to settle in villages, where they break their backs tilling the land to grow wheat for their "bread" (which Leemet has been told tastes horrible) and where they pray to a god very different from the spirits worshipped in the forest's sacred grove.

With lothario bears who wordlessly seduce women, a giant louse with a penchant for swimming, a legendary flying frog, and a young charismatic viper named Ints, The Man Who Spoke Snakish is a totally inventive novel for listeners of David Mitchell, Sjón, and Terry Pratchett.

©2007 Andrus Kivirähk. Translation copyright 2015 by Christopher Moseley. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • Kees
  • 08/05/2016

Wonderfully mysterious

Very good book that deals with the subject of change and things that pass over time. It's a beautifully raw written fairy tale.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15/03/2019

did not enjoy

I had high expectations but it was slow moving and just a general downer. I do not recommend

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  • AmethystClay
  • 12/11/2015

Intriguing origin story

Narration really added a separate and more endearing element of story imagery to the author's carfully chosen words, characters, and setting. I was immediately drawn into our protagonist's struggle with humanity's daring dance to change and be the change we want to see in the world, more specifically in society. It takes peer pressure to the extreme while harkening the keen voice of J. Swift's "Modest Proposal" in all his satirical glory!

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  • john
  • 10/04/2017

stupid, adolescent

childish plot, silly characters. even for a fantasy the deus ex machina plot repairs are gimmicky

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  • Suzanne
  • 01/10/2018

Strange, violent and depressing

I was hoping the story would be fantastical, based on some of the reviews that I had read, and the popularity of the book.

Instead, despite my desire to find things I liked – characters, plot, Life lessons, Social commentary - that desire was unfulfilled. At one point, the main character describes himself as being indifferent to what happens to him as well as to the world from which he came. I find I feel exactly the same.

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  • Zachary Unsell
  • 17/05/2018

Not worth the hours.

Throughout the whole story the women are 2D backdrops for the men in the story. That killed it for me pretty quick.

The writing is also over-explanatory and often redundant.

The speaker wasn't bad. I just didn't care for his voice.