Buddenbrooks

  • by Thomas Mann
  • Narrated by David Rintoul
  • 27 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

First published in 1900, when Thomas Mann was 25, Buddenbrooks is a minutely imagined chronicle of four generations of a North German mercantile family - a work so true to life that it scandalized the author's former neighbours in his native Lübeck.
As he charts the Buddenbrooks' decline from prosperity to bankruptcy, from moral and psychic soundness to sickly piety, artistic decadence and madness, Mann ushers the reader into a world of rich vitality, pieced together from births and funerals, weddings and divorces, recipes, gossip and earthy humour. It is perhaps the first great family saga of modern literature, and it brought to public notice a writer of world stature who, three decades later, was to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. David Rintoul gives one of his finest performances in this committed and deeply moving reading.

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Five Star

One of the best readings I have yet heard. David Rintoul's performance was perfect throughout. The intensity and the gentle humour of the novel were beautifully delivered. I hope we can have a recording of Mann's "Doctor Faustus" with the same reader.
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- Hugh M. Clarke

Truly wonderful narration!

Excellent narration by David Rintoul on what must have seemed like a marathon! I am sure he must have been very tired of Toni and "life" by the end! Probably a well researched story, but much too long - thank goodness for David Rintoul.
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- Bookaholic

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-10-2016
  • Publisher: Ukemi Audiobooks