The Glass Bead Game

  • by Hermann Hesse
  • Narrated by David Colacci
  • 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set in the 23rd century, The Glass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has been raised in Castalia, which has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish. Since childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game).

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Would you consider the audio edition of The Glass Bead Game to be better than the print version?

No, but that's mainly due to the narrator.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Glass Bead Game?

Of course the ending, but I won't spoil it for other listeners. In fact, it's the whole setting of a future where entire provinces are set up with the express purpose of exploring the maximum capabilities of the mind. Makes you wonder what that would bring.


Did David Colacci do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Unfortunately not, his characters all sounded very similar and each was as bombastic and condescending as the other. It's my main complaint about this reading of the book, actually. I believe that it was not the intention at all of Hermann Hesse that his message be delivered in such a tone.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Province of the Mind


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stay in the forest

The start was hard going (acedemic and cerebral) but I stuck with it and it was worth it contains deep and clear insights into the human condition in extremely well thought through language. Last story - a coup de grace. A German F Scott Fitzgerald
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- Emma Furr

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-12-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.