The Good Soldier Svejk

  • by Jaroslav Hasek
  • Narrated by David Horovitch
  • 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jaroslav Hasek's world-famous satirical farce The Good Soldier Svejk has been translated into over 60 languages, and is one of the best-known Czech works ever published.
A soldier in the First World War who never actually sees any combat, Josef Å vejk is the awkward protagonist - and none of the other characters can quite decide whether his bumbling efforts to get to the front are genuine or not. Often portrayed as one of the first anti-war novels, Hasek's classic satire is a tour-de-force of modernist writing, influencing later writers such as Hemingway, Faulkner and Joseph Heller.
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A great listen

Do take time to listen to even this abridged version of one of the 20th century's most humerous and iconoclastic novels detailing the adventures of a hapless, bumbling characters ( or is he? judge for yourself ! ) in the First World War. I can't remember a more scathing satire of the lunacy of war,especially combined with the incompetent buffoonery of those supposed to be in charge ! David Horovitch does a superb job with a great variety of accents depicting the book's characters.

So why only 4 stars then? Come on Audible, let's have the whole book !
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- Terry

A really enjoyable listen.

I have been travelling to Prague regularly for the last couple of years and I have realized how much the Czechs have in common with the British in so many ways - particularly our sense of humour. However, even in English I don't know of another book as subtly critical of the stupidity of war and yet so amusing at the same time. I came to look for this book because my favourite restaurant in Prague is called U Brázdů and is part of the small chain of Švejk Restaurants, where authentic local dishes can be savoured. This book is an insight into the Czech folklore that is well worth listening to.
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- Mike G

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-03-2009
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks